Namaskaram - salutations

Namaskaram - salutations I dedicate my blog to the enormous art lovers across the globe I love knitting so much that I have started a blog for knitting.Knitting is a job that I will like to go on.Through knitting I breathe life into many people's life. It is knitting time. When I want to relax I do it with knitting. I am a knitting buff.I love to do knitting on various topics. There is no way that you can stop me doing knitting.I am born with a flare for knitting.My face brightens once I touch the knitting needs.The electronic media has helped knitting to travel across the world.Every stitch made will talk about how knitting has influenced people.I have done some and would like to share it with you. Some patterns have been taken from free knitting sites. Some designs have been created by me. Many a times I have modified the patterns to suite my requirements. Finally I can say that I breathe knitting, I talk knitting, I walk knitting - a total knitaholic

Thank You

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your appreciations are most welcome

My sweet buddies

Monday, May 30, 2011

How to create a watermark in Picasa3

How to create a watermark in Picassa 3

1. Down the free software Picassa3 from the net on your desktop. It is a free software and can be downloaded easyily. Just follow instructions The following is the link 

2. Create a new folder for the photos you want to add the watermark

3. First Method

Select a picture from your file

4. Right click on the picture and select the tab ‘open with’ and you will get a drop down for you to select. Then click on view with Picassa viewer.

5.  Your picture will open in a new file and you have the Picassa editor tools

6. There are two options to use the edit button. Go to the edit button on the tool tabs or right click on the picture and edit through Picassa  edit . Now you will have a new page of Picasa and all its tools in the left panel of the picture

7. You have a various menus for you to use
1. Basic Fixes
2. Tuning
3. Effects.
I normally use the Basic Fixes to create the water mark. You can try all other features to fine tune your pictures according to your requirements

8. Create a watermark
a. Select the ABC text button
b. You will get a check box – “Type anywhere to add a text
Now add your choice of words or your blog details or your name.
Then you will notice a circle like indicator
This indicator arrow will help us to do the following options
1. Font Type – Arial
2. Font size - 12
3. Style - B [bold], I [itilized], or U [underline]
4. Alignment – here you can choose the area or location where you want to place the watermark
5. Color selection: There are 3 option Choose both the ‘T’ and if you want in multi color effect then you can chose the middle one where the color will not be filled
6. Transparency - You can select the way your color want to be keep it to the maximum
7. Then tick mark the Apply button [here you have the option of clearing all changes or canceling]
8 After all required changes have been done then go to file menu and click on “SAVE AS” and give a new name to your picture. This is very important because your original picture will remain in tact.

Second Method
Another way to create a watermark without any alterations is
Go to the Export tab on the file menu
As soon you click on the export tab you will get a window export to folder
It will have the following options
1. Export location Where the picture is located
2. Name of the exported folder – the name of the new folder created by you
3. Image size – adjust as per your requirements to ….. Pixels
4. Image quality - change as per your requirement . – I choose automatic –this will preserves original quality of the picture
5. Watermark – click on this box [add watermark] There is a space provided below this and here you can give your http details, your name as desired by you.
6. Then click on the export tab and you have successfully added your watermark. Sine this is an inbuilt one it will appear at right hand corner of the picture

Now your watermark will appear on the picture

Hope this tutorial was beneficial to one and all.
Please do get back if you have any doubts and I shall explain to you.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fish Oils

If you do not like eating fish try supplementing your diet with fish oil, which may provide the same heart-protective benefits. Studies of cardiac patients that supplemented their diets with 1 gram of fish oil a day were 45% less likely to die of unexpected, heart-related problems. Ask your doctor, if you would like to find out which fish oil is right for you.

By Lili Yakimoto from Tokyo Japan

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Stratospheric Flight Day.

It is to be noted that on 27 th May in 1931, Auguste Piccard and Charles Knipfer flew a balloon from Augsburg,Germany, to a glacier near Innsbruck, Austria. Reaching a height of 51,793 feet during their 17-hour flight, they were the first humans to reach the stratosphere.

Wonder Girl of the Air Day

On 28 th of May in 1930, English aviator Amy Johnson completed the first solo airplane flight from England to Australia. She had started the trip 23 days earlier on May 5th. With this feat she became to be as the wonder girl of the air. She has also many other feats to her credit.


Presenting a submarine ship made by Hrishi - This was created using the Aquamech kits from Peacock Toys and games . This was brought from the TOYS Shop in Nugumbakkam High Road Chennai.

1. Aerial view of the submarine

2. Side view of the submarine

3. The lateral view of the submarine. He created this so that the ship can carry anything from planes, weapons, soldiers/marines and during emergency carry people, medicines and food stuffs.

Hope you all did enjoy

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Air plane

Here is a version of a plane created by Hrishi - This was created using the Aeromech kits from Peacock Toys and games . This was also brought from the TOYS Shop in Nugumbakkam High Road Chennai.
Side view

Aerial view

Health benefits of Jackfruit - Queen of fruits

This is an article I found in TOI - Chennai edition dt May 26,2011- written by KAShaji -TNN - which will be usefull to all . It talks about the the fruit Jacfruit which is a must for people of Kerala. It is rightly called as QUEEN of fruits

The benefits are

1. With simple sugars including fructose and sucrose.It replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.

2.Rich in dietry fibre,which helps protect the colon mucous membrane and prevents cancer

3. An excellant source for Vitamin A which is a poweful anti-oxidant,essential for vision.Vitamin A is essential to maintain the integrity of mucus membrane and skin. It also boosts immunity.

4.Rich in antioxidant flavonoids including B cartene and lutein - which have been found to be protective against colon,prostate,breast, endometrial, lung and pancreatic cancers.

5.Contains the important B-complex group of vitamins.Has high amounts of B-6 [pyridoxine], niacin, riboflavin and folic acid.

6.A good source for Vitamin C also an antioxidant.This vitamin helps body develop resistance against infectious agents.

7. A good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help control heart rate and blood pleasure.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Hi Friends - I have started a new space for Hrishikesh - so that his creations can be show cased. Presenting his new creation Truck that helps clearing the garbage from the roads.This was created from the Mechanix Plastic Engineering Construction  set- Grand Prix - Cars 3 .This was brought by his mother Pallavi [my sister] from Toys Store on Nugumbakkam High Road in Chennai

1. Arieal view

2. Front view

3. Lateral view


Hello Friends, I am sharing this muffler with you all. This was the pattern taught to me while I was studying 6 th standard [grade] in St. Lawrence High Scool in Mumbai in the year 1968. I have recreated this one. It is hazzle free as we do not have to make a knot while wearing. Hope all of you will like it.

1. Muffler as done

2. A loop has been created in the muffler itself

3. Muffler tip is being inserted into the loop

4. Another view of muffler being inserted into the loop

5. This picture shows the 'X'  shape of the muffler

6. Muffler will look like this around the neck

7. Muffler looks like this when worn around the head

This is an all purpose muffler and can be worn for all seasons.
Just including the directions of making a loop. Hope this will be helpful
The attraction is making the loop for which I had to use 3 needles - two needles to hold the sitches, with the help of the third knitted the stitches from the second needle. After the first row, you will have stitches left in the first needle. Then knit the require loop space in one needle and cut the yarn. Do not bind off. Then make the same required length in another needle. When you attain the required loop distance then join the stitches from both the needles. So you have achieved the loop.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Care for your Nails

Did you know that nails are one of the last parts of our body to receive blood and nutrients during times of illness?Hence nail appearance is a sign of defencies or body changes. Here are a few tips that will take care of your nails during summer.

1.Tan control
During summer, hands and feet often turn a shade darker.use sunscreen to protect them from tanning.For tan lightening, soak hands and feet in tub of warm water with a spoon of lemon juice.

2. Eat healthy
Drink plenty of water to keep hydration under control. eat fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy and strong nails. Include foods that are rich in calcium, vitamins, zinc, sulphur, silicon, and biotin like broccoli, fish and soy.

3. Cuticle care
Massage your nails with a few drops of olive oil. The oil locks in moisture and massage boosts blood circulation, which allows for a healthy and strong cuticles.

4.Does your polish remover have lanolin?
A nail polish remover must contains lanolin and not just acetone. This will ensure that the skin around the nails does not become dry.Dry nails become brittle and break easily.

5.Instant recovery for nails
Buy Omega 3,6 and 9 capsules. Squeeze the oils out of them and mix and apply to your hands and nails.Keep this fatty acid formula on for thirty minutes as an instant recovery plan for nails.

6.Beets make beautiful
Beetroots are loaded with calcium and vitamin D.Daily intake makes your nails beautiful

7.Folic acid is good for you
For strength and reflexibility of nails, try to include foods such as whole grains,berries and citrus fruits that are rich in folic acid.


Collage Aid

College Aid: Before spending the parent’s assets, spend the student’s assets first

When considering a student for financial aid, the federal formula expects the student to contribute 50% of the student’s income (minus the income protection allowance), and 35% of the student’s assets during his/her base year. Given this, the family should spend down the student’s money first. For example, instead of buying the student a car or a computer while he/she is in college, have the student buy it out of their own funds during the base year before you apply for FAFSA. This may increase the student's eligibility for aid and reduce the family's out-of-pocket costs.

By Mario Chiara from Danbury USA.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga exercise has many benefits including:
-reconnecting with yourself
-mental and physical relaxation
-an improved awarness and sense of calm
-improvement each time with steps associated to yoga
-a time for meditation and contemplation

By Diana Richards from Raleigh USA.

Tibetan Buddhism Wisdom

When a strong wind blows, the clouds vanish and blue sky appears. Similarly, when the powerful wisdom that understands the nature of the mind arises, the dark clouds of ego disappear. Beyond the ego – the agitated, uncontrolled mind – lie everlasting peace and satisfaction.

– Lama Thubten Yeshe

Problem Child or Wild Child

Have a 'problem child' at home and do not know what to do? Recent studies have shown that children, who take fish oil, plant extract and vitamin, improve there educational abilities. Fish oil and plant extracts have shown to improve the concentration level of the child.

By Doug Galencher from Cape Fear USA.

Inspirational words

Words that come from deep within the soul
Convey warmth that makes one feel whole

Hugs are part of expressing true emotion
Special human contact delivering devotion

Thoughts are forever eternal to the mind
As they give birth to memories that bind

Hearts have eyes with which they can see
The many visible kinds of love meant to be.

By Julie Sullivan from Louisiana USA.

Fringerprint Evidence Day

The first criminal case in the U.S. in which fingerprint evidence was admitted into court occurred in New York City on 19 th May ,1911. Burglary suspect Caesar Cella was convicted by prints identified by detective  Sergeant Joseph Faurot.

Are you somebody Day

It is to be noted that every 20 th of May is celebrated as Are You Somebody Day? This day celebrates all of
us who are good but not yet famous or noteworthy that you can be called as 'Somebody'. Hence it is time for you to celebrate you as you are. Hence make a list of what you do, what you have done, and what you want to do. Build your self-esteem.

Wagon Train Day

On 22 nd May in the year 1843, the first wagon train left Independence, Missouri, on the Oregon Trail.
Three hundred men, 150 women, and about 500 children were part of the wagon train.

Quit Smoking

The jury is definitely in on this verdict. Ever since 1960 when the Surgeon General announced that smoking was harmful to your health, Americans have been reducing their use of tobacco products that kill. Just recently, we've seen a surge in smoking in adolescents and teens. Could it be the Hollywood influence? It seems the stars in every movie of late smoke cigarettes. Beware. Warn your children of the false romance or 'tough guy' stance of Hollywood smokers. Thought for the day: Give up just one cigarette…. the next one.

By Peter Prestipino from Chicago USA.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

All purpose pouch

Hi friends- presenting my knitting small pouch. I can say this is an all purpose pouch. Can put on any things like cell phone, net mobile and many more.I got this inspiration from This is basically a baby mitten but made some alterations and made it as a utility pouch.

1. Pouch

2. It can hold my sisters nokia cell phone

3. It has sufficient space to hold our Vodophone mobile net

WOW hope everyone will be inspired to do one.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cross stitch on knitting

Hi friends,
Have done a new concept in knitting. I have done cross-stitch on my knitted pouch. This pouch will hold all my crochet needles and sewing needles. This was very difficult to do. There is no proper alighnment as the stitches are loose at some places and tight at some places.

1. Cross stitch in the centre

2. Cross stitch in the flap

3.Appearance of the pouch

4. Pouch with all my needles

Hope it will be useful . You can use it for your spectacles or for stationery .

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kadamba maalai [ Mixed garland]

Hi friends , please do look at my new creation - kadamba maalai. This maalai can adore any idol or deity/photo of your choice.

Yarns: 2 mts in each shade of white, red, yellow, purple and green and 1 mts each for pompoms
French knitter set by Pony - 1 set

Pompom set by Pony

1. Tie 1 mts yarns together and make a small ball with colors of your choice. I followed this sequence- white[ malli poo], red [rose or aralli], yellow [ chamandi or thazampoo], purple [ vaada malli] and green [ maruvu or marichozhundu]
2. Cast on 4 stitches with the white yarn on to the French knitter and knit all the colors and bind off. This will have the apperance similar to I-cord

3. Make a colored pompom using the big [yellow] pompom ring. Ensure that you cover all color yarns . This will be used as a center piece
4. Make small pompoms using 2 colors in the small pompom[blue] ring. This will be used between two colors.
5. Take the begining and end of the cord/rope and tie it together. Make sure it is secured properly. Then attach the big pompom to the centre.This will become the centre of the garland.
5. Now you can tie all the small pompom to the intersection[between] two colors in the cord.
This will look like as per below. Now you have a beautiful garland.

A few words can go a long way in business

A few words can go a long way in business

1- You have to…
2- You can’t…..
3- What is your problem?
4- I’ll try, don’t know
5- I need you to…
6- We can’t do that

1- Will you…
2- Would you…
3- Can you tell me about the problem?
4- Let me find out
5- Will you?
6- What we can do is…

By Alicia Lopez M from Barrington Hills USA.


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