A New WIP

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I’ve got a new WIP going.. And yes, this kit was also a part of my yarn stash.. And I have a very long way to go with this one!

Just completed one motif and I’m pretty sure many of you already know which pattern this belongs to 😉

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Finished Project – “Fiesta Afghan”

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Hello Lovely readers!

Another project is now off my hook 🙂 ! Very pleased with how they are all turning out to be.

This project is the “Fiesta Afghan” found in the April 2016 issue of I Like Crochet magazine. The colors were selected by my 12 yr old although I couldn’t help thinking they looked a little flag-like : the Ghana flag has these similar colors 🙂

But I like it, just the way it is!

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So, now that I’m slowly and steadily finishing off my yarn stash, the better half (very kindly) took me to the yarn shop to see if the grey shades of yarn needed for my Moroccan Afghan were back in stock. And they were!!!

I shall be posting a completed picture of it, soon enough 🙂

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead!

 

Finished Project – “The Mini Rings of Change” Baby Blanket

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Finally completed another baby blanket!

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Pattern is by Frank O’ Randle called the The Mini Rings of Change and this was one I had included in one of my earlier posts about some cool Mandalas that had really taken my fancy.

My Finished Objects are taking a lot longer to get off my hook than I would have liked. Seriously wishing I could treat myself to some new yarns just for a little bit of motivation 😦

Now on to the next project…

 

Finished Project – The Virus Blanket

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My blog has been awfully quiet these past couple of weeks. It was a little on purpose because I didn’t want the added stress of writing up a post when I have been, quite madly, trying to finish off my yarn stash if I am to have any hope of bringing in more 🙂

The better half has put his foot down on this and I had no choice but to meekly accept his decision. So I’ve been trying to get everything sorted out and make Finished Objects out of them all.

One of the finished project is the Virus Blanket I made. Its baby-size because that’s the only amount of yarn I had in the stash. I used the Ice-Yarn Magic Baby brand and its one of the 2 varieties of the most softest yarns I own. I can’t get over how squishy and marshmallow-y it feels and I had been holding on to it for God-knows-what.

This pattern was decided on in a rush. I’m not entirely sure if I did the yarn justice by turning it into something so simple, but I love how its turned out. The pattern basically consists of a repetition of 4 rows and once you memorize it, then its a breeze. This was completed on my car-rides to work and back.

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I have one more variety of this brand left and I’ve begun working on something a little more intricate with it which might take another week to finish.

Sadly, I still haven’t been able to get back to my Moroccan Tile Afghan. All suggestions and requests of going to the yarn-shop to take a peek on whether they have re-stocked has been falling on deaf ears and I dare not push it any further. So my pretty little WIP has ended up with the Sophie WIP in her basket.

Since I have been on a race to finish off my yarns, I’ll  be back soon with more of my completed projects. Have a lovely week, all!

Crocheted Rugs

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My Moroccan Tile Afghan is on hold because I ran out of the dark grey shades of yarn in between rounds. A visit to my local yarn store also proved unfruitful because they didn’t have stock. So while I have been waiting for them to re-stock, I finished crocheting 2 rugs yesterday. Took me 2 days for each. Its the first time I’ve made rugs and they are actually just thicker versions of a mandala or a doily.

I had some Ice Yarns (Magic Bulky) lying about and I thought I might as well use them to make rugs and finish them off so I can have more space in my yarn cupboard. I always had a thing about making rugs because I don’t want anyone stepping on them. I don’t think I’d mind it much if it just lay in a remote corner looking pretty. Or maybe on a large table like a center-piece. But this is too thick for that.

The pattern I used is the popular Mandala Rug.

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The cream portion of my rug is 2 strands of worsted weight yarn also by Ice Yarns (Favorite).

Although the brown one came out flat, the pink/peachy one is a bit ruffled at the edges. I don’t know how that happened. I am thinking it could be because I used the Bulky yarn for the center portion of this rug.

I still love them, though!

I have seen some oval-shaped rugs that I’ve fallen in love with too and I will be making those. Will put up pictures once done. Take a look at these beauties while we’re on the subject of rugs :

 

Have a great weekend, all!

A Short and Lovely Trip to Tbilisi, Georgia

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I had a lovely long weekend last week. Made a short trip to Tbilisi, Georgia with 2 of my colleagues from work for 3 nights and had a blast!

A beautiful country and one that would be much more appreciated in the spring/summer than in winter. It is much too cold now and being someone who loves the heat, I still enjoyed the beauty of the place.

We went on Thursday evening and got back Monday morning. Visas are upon arrival in Georgia and that is one major plus-factor for most us expats from the GCC who needs to get visas prior to travel to any country. So any expat holding a valid Residence Permit from any of the GCC countries can travel to Georgia without any visa fuss .

I was also told that Georgian immigration greets all visitors with a welcome drink! Which didn’t happen with us, though 🙂 . Must have been wishful thinking on somebody’s part!

Our guide (Nino) and driver (Zaza) from Wonders Infinity Group (Tour Operator) were the most fun-filled guide and driver I have ever met! Kept us in peals of laughter with their camaraderie on whose village is the best kept secret in Georgia and general bickering. What was so charming about them was how passionate they were about their country. They tried to show us every little thing there was to see with so much enthusiasm, it was infectious. And what we loved most about the place was how genuine, friendly and unpretentious the people were.

We visited Georgia’s best Ski Resort – Gudauri – where I had my first ever paragliding experience! It was amazing and although I am glad I did it, I wished with all of my being that it wasn’t so freezing cold! I was almost on the verge of frostbites and I could actually feel my feet and fingers frozen in places and desperately wanted it to end. Minus 20 degrees is no joke!

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On the Road to Gudauri

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A lone Tea Stall on a hill along the way. They even had a hammock to swing on 🙂

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Gudauri

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Me in the air with my pilot.

The second day took us to Lake Lopota in the beautiful wine-making region of Kakheti. If it was summer, the place would have been lush green. But winter saw us passing acres of snowy and brown landscape in Kakheti that were actually vineyards with millions of stems sticking out of the ground. Come August, they would be ripe for harvest. Lake Lopota is a resort perfect for families and also corporate events with a private lake, surrounding which are hotels, cottages, swimming pools, sauna, spa, restaurants and even a stable. We took turns to ride a lovely chest-nut brown horse named Nisha. That was a first too, for me. We also spent a few moments admiring the rakish, stable-boys. I couldn’t help thinking how one of them looked a little like Jake Gyllenhaal 😀

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Lake Lopota Resort and Spa

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Lake Lopota Resort and Spa

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The Lake Lopota – frozen a little bit here and there

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All of us except Zaza

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Nino and I

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A bit of Horse-Riding

The last day was spent in the city of Tbilisi and a long drive to Mtshketa. The quaint old town of Tbilisi, the museums, the monasteries and churches in both Tbilisi and Mtshketa all had their own charm. If you like touring places where old is gold, then Georgia is definitely a must-see. The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral located in Mtshketa preserves the cloaks of Christ and the Prophet Elijah. We can’t see them, though, because they are buried underground. But I was still in awe at being so close to something so historically and spiritually powerful.

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Inside the Stetitskhoveli Cathedral – Under this column is the robe of Christ buried

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The Zhinvali Water Reservoir – It looks more beautiful on my phone where the water is actually turquoise colored 🙂

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A small frozen waterfall in town

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The Bridge of Peace – a little bit at odds with the oldness of the city

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View of Tbilisi at day

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View of Tbilisi at night

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Dining and shopping is very, very, very reasonably priced. They do not have brands in the likes of a Dior or a Chanel. But they do have brands like Zara, Mango, Aldo, Charles & Keith, Clarks etc to name a few with prices being half of what I would have paid for in Kuwait. Their food is fresh and all produce comes from their local villages and mountains. I am told restaurants are not allowed to use frozen stuff which is not so hard to believe because we could actually taste the difference in the food there and what we are used to here in Kuwait. We got the chance to try out the Georgian Chacha too! Burned down my throat all the way to the tips of my toes!! All I could muster were 3 sips. Its supposed to be a drink for real men, apparently 😀

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At a traditional Georgian Restaurant with live music

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The Tsiskvili Restaurant – Tbilisi’s best – On our last night

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The country will soon be a part of the EU in another 3 months and tourism is still in its infancy. English is not widely spoken, so having a guide with you to tour around is the way to go.

A totally charming place with great value for money and definitely worthy of a visit.

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The better half went to Vegas again for their yearly trade show event. I look forward to these trips of his because then, I can get him to bring stuff from the US that I always hesitate to shop online because of the exorbitant shipping costs and unreliable postal services.

Taking into consideration his airline luggage allowances and the loads of official stuff he had to bring back this time, he did manage to get me some supplies too – the sweetheart that he is 🙂 . No yarns though, sadly, except for a bundle of mini cotton yarns by Lion Brand. But those are really tiny! Not much one can do with just one pack.

But he did get me some clasps for the heart-charms that I had made reading crochet charts, lots of buttons, some metal charms, safety eyes, Mod-Podge Matt and Gloss, Stiffeners for my doilies and some tiny seed beads.

And guess what I did with a few of the flower buttons shown on the bottom left corner! I brightened up a plain black top that I owned 🙂

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After Vegas, he had taken a trip to San Francisco as well to tour around and sent me these 2 pictures that he took near Fisherman’s Wharf :

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Feels grand knowing I’m thought about on his trips 🙂

A New WIP – The Moroccan Tile Afghan

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I had been curbing my desire to start a larger project and I was able to keep it at bay until last week. I finally had to give in to the urge and so, began work on a new throw – The Moroccan Tile Afghan by Tamara Kelly. I seriously love the color combinations she’s got going with hers!

I’m doing mine with a color change on every other row, though. So there’s gonna be hundreds of yarn ends to weave-in! But I’m being a little diligent and weaving them in once I complete 1 set of colors (9 colors in a patch).

Since this throw has already crossed the “scarf” stage, it is most definitely going to be a completed project soon enough 🙂 .

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Taking it with me on my car rides to work. This is SO not a suitable car project!

Now, if only I could be tempted to complete Sophie! I think I’m gonna take her out today and see if I can add on a few more rows.

Hoping to post an update soon!

“Owl” See You At School Bag

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I’ve made my 3 year old his very first school bag for preschool. A small and cute little pattern that I got from the August 2016 edition of “I Like Crochet” Magazine.

He loves it already and keeps showing it off to his sister all the while saying “MY bag”. To which she replies “NO! Its mine” just to provoke him, and then a scuffle ensues. Its fun watching them fight!

This is how it turned out (a little different with the embellishments although I think I need to re-do the beak and make it a little bigger) –

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But I’d be happier if I could sew a lining for this. Learning to sew is currently on the top of my list when I go down to India for my annual holidays later this year. Mum said she’d be happy to show me some basics. On the scary machine!

One positive : I learned a new stitch with this pattern – The Crocodile Stitch. Something I had been planning on learning and now I have (with help from Tamara Kelly’s video tutorial.)

I’m also contemplating an Owl Beanie to complete the look. Gotta see how that turns out.

They’re Growing So Fast!

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Its been a little more than a week since my last post. My 3 year old will be joining a preschool in another week and its been kind of doing my head in. I had been wallowing in a sea of gloomy thoughts along the lines of how quickly my cheeky li’l monster was growing up. I desperately wish there was a way to slow down this growing-up business! As much as I am looking forward to seeing him mingle with kids his own age and hopefully hear him speak a language that makes sense to us, I am dreading the day when I will miss him speaking Minion. And a time when he wouldn’t even want to be seen around with me is also just around that infernal corner. All these impulsive hugs and cuddles that he’s always giving me will soon come to an end. And so will all the whispers, snuggles and giggles that we share alone at night.

So since I’ve been pondering over all the changes that will take place very soon, I have also been thinking about my 11 year old who turned 12 earlier this month. She’s going to be in her teens next year and I am already having a tough time talking to her. We’re at each other’s throats quite frequently these days and I really do not know how to handle it. Which brings me to wonder how my mum did it with my brother and I! We were horribly rebellious during our teenage years and she managed us all by herself because Dad was overseas.

Why can’t they just remain little for a while longer? I remember a time during my childhood days when I truly wished I didn’t have to grow up. If Neverland ever existed, I think I would have happily run off and made my home there. This could be a reason why a part of me is still and always will be, childish. I never wanted to grow up! Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional, they say.

So is all of this going to get any easier? Nope!

I guess I can cheer myself up with the fact that there is going to be a lot of “First Times” to look forward to with him. With both of them, in fact. But that’s about the only positive thing in all of this for me.

So I’d better just suck it up, put my game face on, add more lipstick and pretend all is well with the world. And if I need to cry, at least I have my yarns to cry into.