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, October 31, 2011


Y/day being Sunday was a holiday to all of us. Hrishi could not idle himself and hence took his mechanix set and created this lovely Helicopter.

Side view

Ariel view

Another view

Front view

Friday, October 28, 2011

Aakash Kandil - Sky Lamp [ Lantern]

I cannot beleive myself that I was able to create one of my dreams Aaakash Kandil [ Sky -Lantern]. Yes this is a practise in Maharashtra. During dewali almost all houses have this lantern.This is one of the decorative lamps that are hung with a help of a string to a pole or stick. This is placed in the front door of the house or verandah. Since people are staying in apartments - it is hung on the balcony. Hence let us share the spirit of light among ourselves. HAPPY DIWALI

This kandil consists of 12 parts which has been stitched/attatched together. Tutorial will follow

One view

Another view

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Hrishi created this pulley after getting inspired from the pulley from Baby's Day Out. This mechanic set was his birthday gift from my sister who lives in Hosur.Mechanix- engineering system for creative kids.

Front view

side view

another view

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pouch for Sasikala

Sharing with you the pouch that I made for Sasikala of Foodys. I used the new pattern waves created by me. Please view the waves pattern here. I have used two color yarns.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hrishi's birthday in Foodys

Today our Maharaj - "Hrishikesh" celebrated his birthday in Foodys. Mrs Sasikala Anand and Mr. Anand, had organised a small part of cutting " Pizza". Yes dear Hrishi cut a pizza instead of a cake. Totally we -Hrishis mother and his aunty nitya - were so over whelmed by their kind jesture. Entire staff celebrated and we did not feel that we were in a joint celebrating. I thank Sasikala and Anand to share their space with us. Presenting some of the photos that we took. May GOD bless Hrishi for a healthy life

Welcomed in Foodys by a bunch of Red Roses

The pizza cover had these lovely words hand crafted by Sasikala Anand

Hrishi cutting the pizza

Hrishi is being assisted by Nitya while cutting the pizza

Hrishi- Kritika Anand- Nitya
Thanks to ........... no adjectives

Waves stitch pattern

Hi - friends sharing a simple pattern that I created for my friend's pouch. She asked me to knit a pouch for her blue tooth.Sharing the pattern now- will share the pouch as soon it is ready

Multiple of 3 Sts
Drape: good
Skill: easy
1 st row: knit
2 nd row: purl
3 rd row: k1*p2, k1* repeat from * to end
4 th row: purl

The wave’s effect looks great when done in 2 color yarns. I did the first 2 rows in pink
Did the 3 rd and 4 th row in red. Just in 4 rows I was able to create this pattern.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Weaving Loom

Presenting the image of the weaving loom, used by me in weaving the multi colored mat. This was gifted to me by my sister. She picked it up from Toy Shop , located at Nungumbakkam High Road.
This loom is meant for age group +7 years. It is made in India by Frank Educational Aids Pvt Ltd. factory located at Noida
The thread is wound from one end to the other. With the help of the needle, yarn is pulled through the warp yarns. You can create anything using your imagination. Hope this is useful.

Multi color woven mat

On Vijayadashami day my sister gifted me a small weaving loom. Thanks to her , I simply used my left over yarns to weave this mat. This was my first attempt.After weaving I realised that I had to strictly follow two things.
a. Never start to weave from the edge. Always start from the middle as it will be easy to loop the extra yarns.
b. Leave at least a gap of 2 inches from the frame on both sides. So when we have finished weaving we will have sufficient yarn thread available for us to tie a knot or create a tassel.
I have used 6 colored yarns

side view - this cleraly shows the warp and weft yarns

Closer view of the weave

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Brown and yellow wall hanger

As it was puja festival , did not go to knitting side. Today finished a wall hanger. created an isle pattern in the middle with yellow yarns. Very simple to knit. Have shared the pattern.

Brown and yellow wall hanger knitting pattern

Brown – yellow wall hanger 

Material required

Color A yarn Brown – ¼ ball

Color B yarn Yellow – 25 mts

Size 7 [3.5 mm] straight needles

Size 10 [3.75 mm] Double pointed needles


Cast on 24 Sts

Knit rows 1, 2 and 3 in garter stitch [all rows knit stitch]

R-4: knit 2 Sts, knit 20 Sts, knit 2 Sts

R-5: knit 2 Sts; purl 20 Sts, knit 2 Sts

Repeat rows 4 and 5: 3 times

R-12: knit 2, k9, with yellow yarn K2, k9, K2

R-13: knit 2, p9, with yellow yarn p2, p9, K2

R-14: knit 2, k8, with yellow yarn k4, k8, K2

R-15: knit 2, p8, with yellow yarn p4, p8, K2

R-16: knit 2, k7, with yellow yarn k6, k7, K2

R-17: knit 2, p7, with yellow yarn p6, p7, K2

R-18: knit 2, k6, with yellow yarn k8, k6, K2

R-19: knit 2, p6, with yellow yarn p8, p6, K2

R-20: knit 2, k7, with yellow yarn k6, k7, K2

R-21: knit 2, p7, with yellow yarn p6, p7, K2

R-22: knit 2, k8, with yellow yarn k4, k8, K2

R-23: knit 2, p8, with yellow yarn p4, p8, K2

R-24: knit 2, k9, with yellow yarn K2, k9, K2

R-25: knit 2, p9, with yellow yarn p2, p9, K2

R- 26, 27, 28 – all rows knit [garter stitch]

Bind off till last stitch. The yellow patch will appear in the center; hence we will have to carry the brown yarn at the back of the piece [like we do for an isle pattern]

Change to DPN needles- knit front and back [kfb] – 3 Sts

Knit an I-cord for 22 cms, then k3tog, insert to last stitch of the square piece and make a secure knot. Trim extra yarns. I inserted 1 cm of metal wire through the corner stitches so that the corners will not curl [that is used for flower making]

Lo wall hanger is ready

Happy knitting

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Navrathri 2011

Hai friends sharing this year 2011 pooja celebrations with you.

Just to highlight the story - I am sharing the thoughts behind navrathri- My buddy Vidhya Raghu  has given in details the theology.- Tribute to Durga-Lakshmi-Saraswati -
Nine nights in Sanskrit ; Nava meaning Nine and Ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi i.e. female divinity are worshipped. Dasahara, meaning ‘ten days’, becomes dasara in popular parlance. The Navaratri festival or ‘nine day festival’ becomes ‘ten day festival’ with the addition of the last day, Vijayadashami which is its culmination. On all these ten days, the various forms of Mother Mahisasura-mardini (Durga) are worshipped with fervor and devotion. There are different kinds of navarathiri too.. To name a few,

Sharad Navaratri
Vasant Navaratri
Ashada Navaratri

These navaratris are celebrated depending upon the seasons. The kind of navaratri which we celebrate now is sharad navarathri which is the beginning of winter season (Sep-Oct). Nine forms of Shakti are worshipped during the Navaratris. The Devis worshipped depend on the tradition of the region.

Durga :goddess beyond reach
Bhadrakali: the auspicious power of time
Amba or Jagdamba: mother of the world
Annapurna: giver of food and plenty
Sarvamangala: auspicious goddess
Bhairavi: terrible, fearful, power of death
Chandika or Handi: violent, wrathful, furious
Lalita: playful
Bhavani: giver of existence.

According to Hindu mythology, a very powerful Asura-demon king Mahishasuran prayed to the almighty and asked for a boon - that his death should at the hands of a woman and by no other human being or any form of living being.On being granted his wish, he started inflicting atrocities on all human beings on the earth. He considered himself to be immortal as thought that it was impossible for a woman or any female form of a human being to be powerful enough to kill him. When his cruelty became unbearable, people prayed to Sakthi the consort of Lord Shiva to save them from the demon and to provide them with salvation. Sakthi then took the form of Durga and slayed the demon.

The fight between Durga and Mahishasuran is said to have lasted for nine days and nights.The period of nine days and nights when Goddess Durga fought the Asura is celebrated as Navarathiri in Tamilnadu. The Goddess is worshipped during these nine days and nights as it signifies the fight of the good over evil. Goddess Durga is considered as the personification of courage, strength, and power and praying to the goddess, helps one to be blessed with all these qualities especially during Dasara. First three days: The goddess is invoked as a spiritual force called Durga also known as kali in order to destroy all our impurities. Second Three Days: The Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees inexhaustible wealth, as she is the goddess of wealth. Final Three Days: The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati.In order to have all-round success in life, believers seek the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence the nine nights of worship.

In Mysore, this festival is celebrated in a very grand manner. Mysore palace will be illuminated during that time. wow!! what a treat for our eyes!!! There are also kinds of dances associated with this festive.The kinds of dances are "Garba" and "Dandiya" which are famous in Gujarat.

In Southern states of Tamil Nadu and to a lesser extent in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the festival of Navrathri is called Kolu or Navratri Golu, where women set up decorated planks in a corner of the house and decorating it with dolls which are collected over the years. The origin of the word Kolu can be traced to Tamil Kolu or Telugu Koluvai, which means a sovereign sitting in his royal durbar. As per belief the concept of arranging these Navrathri dolls on the plank is to depict that Goddess Mahishasuramardini is sitting in her Kolu, prior to the slaying of the demon Mahishasura. The dolls are only decorated during these ten days but the collection of dolls may have started over years. These dolls can be very simple to very complicated ones as per ones likes. Every year women enthusiastically arrange these dolls as per their tastes. They either remodify the existing dolls with some new additions or they add couple of new dolls to the existing stacks to decorate the plank every year. These Navratri dolls are arranged in several tiers. Maximum no of tiers in which dolls are arranged are 9 depending on time and space constraints. Steps 1-3:These steps are dedicated to— are devoted to the Gods. So all the different idols of various Gods are arranged here. The kumbham or the ceremonial jar for holy water, which is a conical vessel, is filled with fresh water. A silk cloth covers the mouth of the vessel, a coconut and mango leaves are placed on top of it. This is kept on the first step. Steps 4-6: The next three steps are devoted to saints like Sai Baba, great men like Swami Vivekananda, demigods and even national leaders who have sacrificed their lives for the country.

Step 7: Various sets such as the marriage set and pongal set, which signify the various human activities, are placed on the seventh step. Step 8: The eighth step is devoted to various businesses and crafts, say the Chettiar dolls (equivalent of Sethji) —a businessman and his wife are placed and their commodities like rice, pulses in cups and other utensils are kept in front of them. Step 9: The ninth step is the last stage where the traditional wooden dolls called Marapachi — the male and female dolls that are dressed in colorful and shining clothes — are placed. Dolls of animals, birds, reptiles and other forms of evolution are also kept on this step. On the 10th night after the ceremonial arti and prayers, the dolls are put to ‘sleep.’ And the next day, the exhibits are packed carefully in cloth or paper and preserved for use the next year. Another novel trend is the concept of `community kolus’, when many women, unable to keep kolu in their homes, join hands and put up a Navratri kolu in a common place. Arranging Navrathri Kolu is also an event in itself it means inviting neighbors, friends and other relatives to visit your home and view the Kolu decorated. Pleasantries and small gifts are exchanged amongst women generally women exchange coconuts, cloths and sweets amongst themselves. Sumangali (married) women also exchange bags containing a small mirror, turmeric, comb, beetle leaves with supari. For each day, a different kind of sundal is prepared and offered as neivedyam to goddess...

Navratri is the longest celebrated Indian festival. Since me and my sis learnt carnatic music during our school days, during navaratri times we along with other friends used to go to a lot of neightbour's places to sing songs and see the decorations of kolu.Then, will be back home with a collection of tastier sundals. Those 10 days will be a great feast for us... Good old days which we cannot forget!!! I love this festival very much since we are able to meet different people, then many snacks to eat and the exchange of gifts too... Hope i start my kolu exhibits by next yr atleast by god's grace!!! Quite a looonger one, but i feel it as an interesting one!!!

Source: My thoughts + Internet(Compiled from various sources)

courtesy Vidhya Raghu


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