20 December 2012

Sew Your Own Knitting Needles Holder

A sewing project after a long time ...... a friend of mine from Ravelry, Jo, asked me to sew a needle holder for her which had to accommodate her regular needles plus circulars and dpn-s (double pointed needles).
I should have taken a few pictures with needles in it , but I was in too much of  hurry to mail it..:) I'll try and bum a few pics off Jo and post them here..:)
edited to add: I got this picture from Jo with her regular needles, circulars and dpn-s in place.

This is a little unfinished, but just wanted to give you the idea.
I have put a few pictures here that shows a step-by-step of how I did it, in case anyone is interested...

The colour preference was for pink, fuschia etc...so I went in for this pink-fuschia-white for the outer main cover and a contrasting white with pink-green stripes for the inside so the needles wouldn't get lost in busy prints.....
The fabric was cut into these pieces.....measurements include seam allowances.....
-two big rectangles: 15" x 18", one each from both fabrics - pink and striped,
-one rectangle:         15" x 9", from striped fabric for the stright needles,
-one rectangle:         15" x 7", from striped fabric for circulars
-two strips:               15" x 1 1/'2", from the pink floral print for contrast binding.

The two big rectangles will be called the 'main pieces' here.
The piece that measures 15" x 9" was cut after I turned the fabric a 90 degrees so as to get a contrast stripe just to break the monotony.
 
The 'how-to':
Here's how you sew and assemble the holder.
Put the two largest pieces - print and stripe - aside for the time being.
Take the contrast strip and one of the smaller rectangles. With right sides facing and along the 15" side sew the two together.
Fold it over twice and over to the wrong side with 1/2 cm showing on the right side and pin in place - like the picture below......it shows the wrong side....
In the picture below the piece in front shows the wrong side and the other shows the right side.....
Right sides showing - before the final seam.....
From the wrong side sew along the edge. (This seam can be made from the right side too as that will a more precise seam along the binding but you will need to sew this by feel.)
Repeat the contrast binding for the smaller rectangle too.
This is how they will finally sit on the bigger piece.
On the piece with the perpendicular stripes mark your columns for pockets for the needles - I marked them  approximately 1.25" apart. Pin this piece on to the main striped piece - wrong side of smaller piece on right side of the main piece.
Now sew parallel lines down the piece along the marked partitions. Be sure to double sew the beginning of the seam where you create the pocket to re-enforce it. I cropped a picture to show this hence the blurred edges.
The smaller striped piece was not sewn on, at this stage, with the other pieces just now because that was to have broader pockets for the circulars whereas the back pockets were to be narrow ones - if you know what I mean?????
Now pin the smaller piece on to the other piece - aligned with the bottom edge - and sew the pockets sections down as per your requirements. 
I didn't take a final picture of everything all pinned and sewn up at this stage - but if you see the final product you should be able to see what I mean.
Take a piece of ribbon about 24" long to use a tie. Fold this in half and with a few stitches attach it at the edge where ever you feel it is right. I fixed it at the level of the bigger pocket. Be sure to keep the bulk of the ribbon towards the main fabric and the folded edge facing outwards - like in the picture. (This is so that when you finally sew the backing you don't end up with the ribbon disappearing inside the two layers when you turn them inside out.
Now bring out the main outer fabric - the fuschia printed one in this case - and place it's right side over the right side of the main finished pocket piece. So you now have the right sides facing - pin in place. Sorry should have taken a better picture.
Sew all around leaving a little opening of 4-5 " at the top edge to turn your work.
.......and turn it inside out.....
 .....and use a seam ripper to pull out the corners to get sharp ...ah... corners. 
Whip stitch the opening or sew a seam across - you can go all around the four edges to help the fabric 'settle down'.
There - all done!!!!!!!
Let me know if I can answer any queries from your side. 
And I would love to know if you made one of these - will be good to add their pictures here.  

(ps: I sewed a crochet roll too - you can see more of those here...)

Ciao!!!!!

03 November 2012

Chicken Pasty....

Yum!!! Yum!!!
Made this at home using my standard Short Crust Pastry recipe  - I rolled itup into circles of 6" diameter. Then spread the filling on one half of the base, wet the edges all around with water, folded over the second half and gave it little twists to seal the edges - like we do for our 'gujiya' at Holi.
For the filling:
Overall I got about 1 1/2 cup of this mix. Since this was a trial I just went with the flow - no measuring done...... 
I sauteed some onions just to sweat them, Added a few peas and chopped carrots and some chopped mushrooms and celery.
Once the liquid that the mushrooms release evaporated, I added some pre-boiled chicken shreds, salt, pepper, a sprinkling of flour (must be 1 tsp) and 6-8 tbsps of milk to give a good glaze and to keep the mix moist. I think I added some oregano but can't be sure.
Baked in a pre-heated 180 degree oven for 20-30 odd minutes. Or till you felt the crust was crispy and cooked.
Try it - it's easy!!

23 October 2012

15 October 2012

Pop Tarts - homemade!

Tried to bake a few pop-tarts at home. They didn't turn out too bad, if I may say so myself..:)
The jam that oozed out was all chewy and crunchy....yum!!!
I used my Basic Shortcrust Pastry recipe for the base, rolled it out to a big rectangle and from that cut out smaller pieces that measured 4" x 4" square, smeared a spoonful of Strawberry preserve / Jam on one half of it (keeping the edges clean so the edges could be sealed together) and folded them into small parcels. I pressed the edges with a fork to seal them and to get a fluted edge - baked them in a hot oven at 300 degree F for about 15 minutes. Done!!
Try them  :)

24 September 2012

First Crochet Project Ever - an iPod Pouch

Made my first crochet project today - happiness!
Today, I decided to face at least one of my demons.
The result - a tiny, tiny pouch for an i-pod nano…but as it has been said ‘a journey of a 1000 steps begins with a single step’…..
Hopefully there will more steps to follow this one tiny step.
Measures 2" x 4" - cute, isn't it?
More details here..... Tiny Pouch on Ravelry.
Took me just about half an hour to make.
Used this great pattern by Neesha that she's put up for free- ideal for beginners like me  :)
(Don’t know if it qualifies to be called a pouch)
Ciao!!

18 September 2012

Purple Rain - a test-knit scarf!

Tested a beautiful pattern for this amazing designer, Melanie, who goes by the Ravelry name Mairlynd

Calling it Purple Rain - I fell in love with this gorgeous colour instantly!!!!
 A very pretty, easy-to-knit and easy-to-remember pattern that gives a soft, springy feel to the finished product. It actually feels like the waves of the sea like it's name.

I blocked it very lightly to retain the squishy springiness of the scarf. 
I enjoyed making this scarf and I love the colour of the yarn. I was a little apprehensive that the pattern wouldn’t show up too well as the yarn is more twisted than than the regular Vardhman I use but I love how the scarf turned out. It gives a nice squishy look that's warm and cuddly - love it!!!! 
Yarn:     Vardhman,
Needles: 4.5 mm,
Weight:      150 gms,
How much: 450 yards approx
 As usual blogger turned my pictures a full 90 degrees.

This picture below is actually the reverse side.
Ciao!!!

10 September 2012

Citron #2 - My Rustic Citron

My knitted shawl mania continues.....

Why do I go on knitting them? Because I love to, because I hate sewing up seams in knitted garments, because once I cast off the stitches the project is complete and no fitting required, because my shawls are now in demand by friends and family!!!!!

This is my second Citron...Rustic Citron...... (my first one is here...Kelly Green Citron) I am in love with the simplicity of this pattern. A great project when you need something on the needles that needs no concentration and can be knit as you read/ watch TV/ chat with friends. 
Yarn:     Wendy (India) Brilon xl,
Needles: 4.5 mm to get a loose weave,
Weight: 220 gms
A closer look....
Since I made this a bigger size,I did six repeats instead of five as given in the pattern.
For the last ruffle I did not double the number of stitches instead I only did the ‘kfb’ (knit into front and back) after every one stitch and sometimes after two. This was to keep the number of stitches in control - for me. In spite of that the last ruffle was the most tedious with 514 stitches on the needles.

The yarn: Wendy (India) Brilon xl
Love this pattern!!




08 September 2012

Suryakirans - Daredevils of the Indian Air Force

The Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) of the Indian Air Force!!!!
Makes you feel so proud of them!!

Takes your breath away.....
Will update it with more pictures soon.......
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