Yarn accessories

Designer bags, fashion watches, chic outfits. Have you shopped your spring collection yet???
Find them at the¬†canal street knock off or at the high end 5th ave stores… living by the city does have its perks!

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With the warm ‘n humid weather its time to really pack away those cute hats and scarf making space for the fun & colorful spring summery clothes.
As for me, its not just a time to spring clean my home. Its time to move…. AGAIN!!!!
And this time its much more exciting, ‘coz its where I belong! ūüôā
My blue crochet hat and scarf made with chain stitch zig zag pattern came in so handy this winter but its time to hibernate while I enjoy the warm tropical Sun!
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The travel and relocation may be stressful, but my blog has a lot more variety and flavor than usual! Keep coming back for more, from yet another exciting location!
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Cherry blossom and crochet earrings tutorial

Ahh… What a relief??? All those jackets, scarves and shoes, its time to go back in! While the rest of the world is busy spring cleaning, we couldn’t stay home any longer. ¬†After all time waits for no man! And so doesn’t the cherry blossom, here at the Brooklyn botanical garden.¬†Four months of visiting the city on weekly basis and I must say this was the best day out.¬†

Brooklyn cherry blossom

As you walk through the garden, the array of cherry blossom takes the center stage. Standing against the blue sky and the green grass, the view is breath taking. All you would want to do is lie down and soak up the Sun or maybe picnic and watch random New yorkers and the cute kids running around.

While you breath in the beauty of this place, make sure to loop the Japanese garden. This small landscape is prettied up with warm arch bridge, the¬†weeping higan cherries in full bloom hanging low over the shimmering pond. Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival is on April 28-29 but the plants are past peak bloom, so don’t wait up visit the garden soon!

Japanese garden

Easy crochet earring

My design inspiration

Kiran absolutely loved the garden, especially with his macro camera. His photographs are so inspiring both to improve my photography skills and a muse for my creations! Amongst the cherry blossom and vibrant tulips, these pretty daffodils with yellow center and soft white petals was rare find this late in April.

Spring crochet earring

How about a simple earring that you can do-it-yourself! You can be a newbie in crochet or trying out jewelry making. 

Things needed:

  • Left over yarn – lightweight or thinner
  • Crochet hook – F/ 3.75mm or smaller
  • A pair of french ear wire
  • Jump ring – 2
  • Flower bead or pretty flat bead – 2
  • Flat nose pliers

DIY spring crochet earrings

Crochet pattern (Simplified):

  • With F crochet hook, make a slip stitch, chain 4 and join to make a loop
  • Rnd 1 – Chain 2 for height and 11 double crochet around.
  • Join to the 2nd ch of the 1st height, knot to finish and chop off the yarn.¬†
Earring making:
  • Using a flat nose plier open jump ring away from one another NOT wide and apart.
  • Insert crochet disc, the flower bead and the ear wire loop in the same order.
  • Close the jump ring and repeat the steps for the other pair. Done!
Visit your local spring garden, make these simple earrings and wear them proudly!

A dash of history with granny square scarf

Around the time I went to high school, before the internet and emails became a commonplace in India, there were only a few internet cafe, who by the way, charged a very high per hour rate with darn slow computers. Back¬†in late 90’s, we lived in¬†a small town called Belgaum in northern Karnataka. My dad and I went to check out this new ‘net-cafe’ after a yummy ice-cream treat. That day, I signed up for my first email account with usa.net. You see, I¬†couldn’t¬†use just Priya as my user name, so the guy at the cafe suggested p_riya16 or something of that sort. I had no clue that there was trial and error option when it comes to choosing your username, so I settled for this complicated one with underscores and my age! It didn’t last that long, the .net domain became paid and we lost the records but the fun memories and first time experience lasts forever….¬†

Red and white yarn

Well my point is, today we live in an¬†internet¬†age which comes with its own advantages. I’m happy to have global friends and followers, stay connected with old schoolmates and learn everything at the convenience of my home.¬†Yeah, I took you through my the story of my life to convey that I learnt granny square crochet scarf purely from YouTube. ūüôā I hope you enjoyed the story though, it was a special day, ¬†that’s probably why I remember it even after 13 years.

Granny squares

Granny square is a great technique for newbie like me. Apart from being a cyclic and a 70’s fashion, it has fun history to it. Quoting author¬†Debbie Stoller,

If you grew up in the seventies, as I did, you might fear the granny square–if only because, for a while, clothing was made of nothing else. Granny square vests, granny square shorts, granny square hats. Heck, I bet there was some kid out there who was forced to go to school wearing granny square underwear.

Thank goodness, for today this pattern is just feminine and a very unique addition to my winter closet. I started out with the red square, adding off-white borders to it for the width and attached it to one another.

  • Wool – Bulky, 1 yarn of each color¬†
  • Stitch ‚Äď Single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tc) with granny square pattern.
  • Hook size ‚Äď I, 5.5MM

Granny square in progress

It’s a short scarf now, I’m yet to complete this project by adding length but I’m posting this anyways. Who said that everything I shared on my blog should be a finished work? What about all the ideas, the work in progress and those sad little incomplete projects?

When I get around to finish it, I will let you know… Be inspired by the vast history and the new age!

My first crochet scarf

While we bundle up in cold awaiting the first snowfall this winter in east coast, here I am sharing the warmth with a story of how I happen to crochet a scarf…

Learning to crochet is one of those things, when once learnt can never be forgotten. Like a baby learning to walk, balancing the bicycle or staying afloat in water. I took my first step probably 10 years ago during the arts and crafts class in my school days. All I could make were small coasters with the basic stitches.¬†Every once in a while, when we walked past the yarn isle in the crafts store, my DH used to ask if I could make a sweater or a scarf for him. I was reluctant to buy because I felt that I spent way too much on my hobbies. I finally changed my mind and picked up the super bulky wool and crochet kit from walmart. Result? A cozy warm men’s scarf! Continue reading

Would you care for some henna?

Not long after I began blogging, my friend Kankana invited me for a lunch meet up. I had a chance meet two other bloggers and share the know-hows of blogging. ¬†Everyone there were exclusive food-bloggers, so you know… The food was exquisite!¬†I can now say that I don’t just comment at their sites based on the¬†appetizing¬†photography. Pay a visit to their websites ¬†for recipes and importance of good food photography. Also,¬†ping-backs¬†are a great way to promote each others blogs!¬†

Kankana –¬†Sunshine and smile just like the name, the look and feel of her blog would make anyone smile!

PrernaIndiansimmer, a dedicated food blogger and stylish photographer.

VijithaSpices and aroma, stop here for any authentic south indian recipes.

It was the week of karvachauth and henna, being a part of every indian festival, we decided to apply something simple. As usual I was so engrossed, enjoying the endless possibilities of doodling curves and lines with henna cone making wonderful designs. Continue reading

Festive Henna

Happy navrathri!

Happy Navarathri!

The joyful festive season is on… Not just in the western part of the world, we have a series of ¬†festivals lined up till Jan and this week is navarathri-dushera-Durga pooja in India. There are prayers, offerings-good food, singing, joyful dance of dandiya with sticks and apply henna.

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Henna is a considered auspicious and is a part of navarathi tradition. Its pain-free temporary tattoo, safe and totally natural if you buy it from a reliable source. I Continue reading