Crochet Cardigan

Found a nice store called Knitting Room and they had Cascade Yarn collection. I really liked the feel of the wool. This is what I ended up hooking:

crochet cardigan

This is DK weight – 100% merino. For the first time, I tried wet blocking. Here’s what it looked like before:

wet blocking

The pattern is from a Kristin Omdahl book called Crochet so Fine.

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Happy Halloween 2011

Girish and I tried out pumpkin carving this fall – it came out super awesome and we were really excited with the outcome. We are planning to make this a tradition for the years to come. We got the pumpkin carving kit from Safeway – of all places and also the pumpkins.

Pumpkin 1

Pumpkin 2

pumpkin 3

all

Pista Poori for a Happy Diwali 2011

I’ve decided to try some new recipe every Diwali. This time I tried this Pista Poori. It came out simply amazing! It tasted so yum.

Here’s the link I got it from Pista Poori

Here’s each stage of it:

The aata:

Cutting the rolled pieces:

Ready to be fried:

Our new frier. I’m super impressed with the new Cool Daddy frier we got. It’s very useful and will prove to be more so for Janmashtami when the cheedai decide to hit the ceiling. It has a lid you can close when things might pop up, it’s safe.

And finally soaking shining Pista Poori …. mmmm!

Stretch knit top

This top came out surprisingly well. I picked the pattern off Burdastyle magazine. The measurements were totally off. A constant problem I have with these patterns. Somehow they are always too loose for me over all or too tight on the waist. But I managed to fix the problems this time. Here it is:

stretch knit top

The button emblishment and the pleats at the neck were all part of making it my size. The original pattern, the neck was way too deep.

embelishment

Dashera 2011

Kobri mitai or Thengai Burfi (coconut and sugar) this time for Dashera:

cutting it

burfi

Happy Ganesha 2011

We made our own Ganesha this year. Girish is really who made most of it. I just did all the decoration. Here it is. Still wet but looks cute.

Those 2 little flowers on either side – I made those. We used 2 black beads for Ganesha’s eyes:

And for the festival Ganesha all dried up and ready:

Happy Janamashtami 2011

Cheedai!

cheedai

Capris in a classrom

I went to Joann for classes and learned how to sew these capris. I went mainly to learn the terms of what they call things here in the US and also understand patterns better. I think I got all that I asked for. Here’s what I sewed:

It had 2 neat pockets on each side. The fabric is a little stretchy. One more closer look at those pockets:

Polka dot skirt

I made this circle skirt with white polka dots on brown. It’s so lovely to woosh around as if I were a little girl. 🙂

Here’s another picture of it:

Green dress

An attempt at another Butterick pattern.

green1

The sleeve is not the best for cotton fabrics – but I wanted to try and learn to make this sleeve anyways.

green2

The buttons were made of fabric and Girish had to help me with this because it was so hard that a hammer to hit it in place also didn’t help much. It needed sheer strength and force. 😦 Have to find a better option to making fabric buttons. There should be something simpler. But thanks to Girish, it looks wonderful! I also exercised the button hole stitch on my sewing machine.

button

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