Missing in action??

Lolz.. Not really… Been in action! The last few months have been crazy with custom sweaters and travel and foray into beads and wires.

To wind up my pending #goal2019, I finally gathered courage to learn and experiment in the art of wire, beada and jewellery making. This opened a whole new world of possibilities which has kept me occupied and distracted when a break was needed. Here are some things I learnt over the time period that I was ‘missing in action’!

Do lemme know what you think of these attempts.

*String them along amd basic wire twisting

*using gear/tiger tail wire and crimping.

* memory wire and its uses

* wire wrapping and bead loreals

And the journey continues.. Alongside my various crochet and knit projects 😁.

Be sure to follow me on IG (@rashmibinu_saiasmi) to be the first to see my makes as soon as I post them.

Would love to know, what you thibk of these humble attempts. Do drop in a word.. It always helps me better my attempts! 🤗

..Rashmi

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African Flower crochet cushions – a repeat project!

For someone who dreaded color combinations and multiple colors, I sure have come a long way 🤓.

After throughly enjoying making of the previous cushion project, this one was custom-made for another dear friend. This post is to document this new project 😁.

The front panels were more organized this time round and worked up pretty fast. Thanks to another wonderful blog I came across.

If you have worked with crochet hexagons, you do know there are two sides with jagged edges.. As shown in the picture above. 2 sides require half hexagons (links at end of post) and the remaining will be triangular spaces.

This time round, I made up a small motif to match the space I needed, covered. Find the instructions at the end of post.

Once I got done with them… It was time to work the back panels. This time round, I had a wider array of colors to choose from and going with my current #colorspectrum mood… We decided to go ahead with a simple granny square in color progression.

This was the most fun part… I will let the pictures speak for themselves 😁

Working on the joins now.. And 🤞tried something new to straighten the triangular edges of the panels.

As you can see in the panel edges, we need a triangle and a half triangle motif… This is what I did.

Wider Edge Triangle – ch3 counts as dc

1: ch4, 4 dc into the last chain. Turn. (5)

2: ch3, dc into same stitch, dc, 2dc, dc, 2dc. (8). Turn.

3: ch3, dc in the same stitch, hdc, hdc, 2sc, 2sc, hdc, hdc, over the next stitches and 2dc in the last stitch (top of previous row ch3) (12)

Bind off and stitch up in the space required. Match the ends to the pointy ends of the adjacent hexagons and the startingbpoint to the low of the valley.

Smaller Corner triangle – ch3 counts as dc

1: ch4, 2 dc into the last chain. Turn. (3)

2: ch3, dc into same stitch, dc, 2dc. (5). Turn.

3: ch3, dc in the same stitch, hdc, hdc 2sc and sc in the last stitch (top of previous row ch3) (6)

Bind off and stitch up in the space required. Match the ends to the pointy ends of the adjacent hexagons and the startingbpoint to the low of the valley.

Follow up with an sc border and you are set!

Watch this space for the completed project 😀

Do leave your comments and opinions on the journey and tips and suggestions for any future repeats of the same.. Will be mighty helpful for me as a crafter and for others who wish to do the same. You can follow me and my work @ http://www.facebook.com/saiasmi @rashmibinu_saiasmi on Instagram.. or follow #saiasmidreamzinyarn anywhere. Here are links that inspired and helped me in the shaping of this project.

Inspiration: Pinterest pin
Pattern: for African flower hexagon

Pattern: for half hexagons (YouTube)

Tutorial : for joining (YouTube)

Happy Crafting!!!

..Rashmi

Feeling a bout of Nostalgia – my journey!

When Facebook threw this memory up, for May 20th, 2012, I couldn’t help but walk down memory’s lane and relive this wonderful journey I am on.

A start of a journey, that seemed so far fetched but enticing nonetheless… And here we are!

7 yrs ago, everything seemed uphill. I had a toddler, had just decided that I would have to let go of my job as managing it all was overwhelming. It was upsetting to give up on all the hard work and good credit I had worked to achieve over all those years. I needed an outlet. Something to rediscover myself in. Somewhere, where I could feel my uniqueness. Vain! – I know! But such was my state of mind. 😜

I started small, with embroidary projects… An embroidered yoke for my sibling and a story bed-sheet for my baby’s crib…

The effect was therapeutic. I quiet enjoyed having a comforting hobby to lean back on. To relieve the stress of a busy day, or just to inspire creativity in me, that was so long forgotten behind a Computer screen. 😁

The learner in me woke up. I slowly moved to working with yarn.. re-taught myself Crochet and Knitting. Can’t be thankful enough for some of the amazing vidoes, by fellow crafters on YouTube. They inspired me to learn new terminologies, new stitches, to read patterns, techniques and more.

And February, 2014 saw me, now with a Preschooler and a second baby, accept my first ever Crochet order and SaiASmi – Dreamz in Yarn was born. And as they say, there has been no looking back. 😀

This dream journey was inspired, supported, encouraged and still is alive, because of some wonderful people in my life.

Firstly, my darling hubby – Who bears up with my ‘Yarn-trencities’ and the yarn madness around the home. He still patiently listens to my excited ranting about a new technique/ pattern/orders/or just color combinations 😁.

Toldjya, he is a total darling.. Blessed to have him.

Last but not the least… My friends… I have had many over the 3+ decades, people I have met at varied points.. But there is one thing common, that they have all been equivocally encouraging of my craft and my ‘Yarn-devours’ 😃. Blessed is my life, for having them around. As an unmoving pillar to lean on and that gentle nudge to carry on.

There we go.. My crafting journey to date… And may it ever carry on 😄.

.. Ever crafting,

Rashmi 😉

One ❤(square) at a time! – pattern: “Minus One day”

When after 5+ years of working with yarn and designing and just creating with yarn… Getting to learn two completely new techniques with this pattern, says it all!!! This is why, i love what I do 😍.

There is this designer, I follow on IG and have admited her patterns and makes, her yarn and amazing color combinations, for a long time. So when Ruth (@EveryDayYarnWorks) called for tester applications, yours truly jumped at the chance 😁

The pattern to be tested was her 50th pattern: the Minus One Day (Knitting Pattern can be purchased at her Ravelry Shop).

I offered to test a couple of squares, so that I can test the instructions, sizing, joining etc as basic minimum and started off..

I used a bit of my yarn I had handy, as I had just completed the African flower cushions. And added white on the outside on a whim. The effect was amazing.. And I just wanted to try another color!

Just one more.. I said… Just one more color.. 😁 .. And kept saying that with each square I finished! Before I knew it I was comitted to making it a baby blanket 😁😜.

16 squares in all.. A color spectrum.

Labor of love! Is what my Sonny boyo calls it (inspired by a Once Upon A Time episode we happened to be watching at that point 😂😂)

And then came the joining and border. I was apprehensive, about the time ot would take to pick up the stitches and then knit them round ( 500 sts) but the amazing techniques of the pattern make them super easy!

I did finish it in one sitting! And here is my “labor of love 😍”

Testing for Ruth of BraschElegance (knitting)

Ruth of #BraschElegance (Ravelry) or #EveryDayYarnWorks (Instagram) has been a favorite of mine on IG for quiet some time now. I love her sense of color and patterns and her knack of turning out the perfect combinations of the two.

So when a testing oppertunity opened up, for her upcoming blanket pattern, I just had to apply! And, Yes!!! Got selected 💃💃💃

The Yellow Heart Blanket pattern is a wonderful motif based knitting pattern, that has amazingly simple instructions. When the designer has taken care enough to explain everything with care toward ease of understanding.

This pattern uses DPNs or Circular needles and the motif literally blooms out 😍.. All 💕

This is an ongoing test.. Will be updating the links and complete pictures soon.. Keep watching this space 😁

The little red birdie…

When the little one signed up to be a part of a play.. this momma decided to be a bit inspired. This is my attempt at making a glittery little red birdie costume for her.

First thought process was to make a set out of cardboard and color papers. But that somehow didn’t ring well.. Knowing my little darling, it would be ripped in minutes. And she does love all things glitter💖, so a plain fabric was out of question… So this is what I chose to do.Matetials: glittery gauze, satin ribbons from #itsybitsy #madewithitsybitsy

With inputs from my dear and crafty friends. 🤗🤗🤗🤗.. And thanks to the recent glue gun – 101 (huge shout out thanks 🙏Aparna) … Taped the two sides and added ties…

Sonny boy offered to be the guinea pig for trials 😁. A red bill cap served for the head and as suggested by a friend, added a few strips of ribbon to the top to give it a ‘birdie’ look… 😁

Did it work, no clue.! I’d sure like to hear from you! One thing was for sure though….the little darling loved it.. And thats the most satisfying thing ever!😍

..Rashmi

An African flower journey in crochet 😁

African flower motif in crochet has fascinated me for a very long time, almost since my foray into the world of Pinterest. I had seen, admired and pinned a lot of wonderful projects featured there… I guess, hoping to give it a try some day!!!#yarngoal2019 gave #saiasmidreamzinyarn that oppertunity.. to try them on a cushion cover. The custom request was for girly and pastel shades. So white was an automatic choice for the background.But once started, we decided to change two color schemes to make the background pale pink and light yellow on two of the pieces. So here came a challenge as the background color being non-white meant, I couldn’t use some combinations on the flowers!!!! Hence, a deliberation ensued.. to perfect the combinations in a way to suit the background and not be repetitive, while keeping it girly 😉.. Phew!!!!After a long process of determination, the squares for the front panel (20 hexagons and 5 half-hexagons on each) of the cushions were completed… Atleast in layouts and therein began the sewing part.Each motif was joined in with the next.. Including the half hexagons.Two of the edges end up with a zigzag shape and after a lot of research on the net, I finally decided to go with the flow and filled them up with an approximating pattern of1: starting at a peak – ch1, sc2tog, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, dc2tog (at the dip) and mirror that upward.2: sc in the prev ch1 space at peak, (sc2tog, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, hdc, dc) and dc at the dip and mirror it upwards. I used a ch1 where i felt the tension of stitches was puffing the piece out.Back panels: granny stripeAs discussed with the order, it was decided to keep the sequence and pattern of color striping same on all four cushions for the Granny Stripe back panels. But as with the front, using a color back ground would limit the usage of other colors on the stripes. Hence the solution was to alternate them with white stripe and keep white as the base on all four..This kept them true to their matching panels in essence and gave me the freedom of colors too!And Voila!!! Here are the completed covers.. Yet to finish them with the lining and zippers, but there goes…Do leave your comments and opinions on the journey and tips and suggestions for any future repeats of the same.. Will be mighty helpful for me as a crafter and for others who wish to do the same. You can follow me and my work @ http://www.facebook.com/saiasmi @rashmibinu_saiasmi on Instagram.. or follow #saiasmidreamzinyarn anywhere.Here are links that inspired and helped me in the shaping of this project.

Inspiration: Pinterest pin
Pattern: for African flower hexagon

Pattern: for half hexagons (YouTube)

Tutorial : for joining (YouTube)

Happy Crafting!!!

..Rashmi

Knitting goals – Testing times 😁

When a dear friend tagged me on a post calling for testers for Ira Rott’s upcoming pattern, I was super excited and signed up immediately. My joy was ultimate, when I heard back from her to test it!

This is an amazingly cute pattern that’s a must must try for anyone who loves knitting.

The pattern will soon be available at her Ira Rott – Ravelry and Ira Rott – Etsy stores (linked here).

The #irarottpattern is precise and concise to help one build the project bit by bit. Her pattern gives you the required techniques clearly explained, with ample pictorial representations. It’s a treat to work with for sure.

Here are some of my in-progress pics taken to document the test process.

Do drop in your views about this project and my makes here and also a word of encouragement at the linked profile for Ira Rott too!

Creativity blooms further when encouraged. Thank you for always being a support!

You can see my complete works and makes at SaiASmi – Dreamz in Yarn (facebook) or @rashmibinu_SaiASmi (Instagram)

Or follow #saiasmidreamzinyarn for updates on my makes on social media.

One square?? at a time…

I seem to have fallen into the ‘Granny-trap’ 😁.. Well I do love crocheting granny squares, but it has been a long long time since I sat down to make them. They sure have a way of sneaking in, on you and taking over your mind 😉. The colors combinations, the repeated instructions and the sheer speed that you work with.

It started with me testing the #blushbabyblossomblanket (pattern now for sale in her Ravelry store -linked), for @appleblossomdreams that required me to make some as per the design requirements.. And it got me back to the comfort zone of crocheting after a long foray into knitting over the last few months.. Giving my wrists a welcome break 😄

And then came Astri’s (@appleblossomdreams) #appleblossomdreamafghan (pattern now for sale in her Ravelry store -linked), in the form of pentagon motifs. This needed me to make a required few to test the pattern and I was super excited to try them. It got done quickly.. Thanks to the clarity in pattern writing and wonderful picture instructions by the talented designer. Here goes my tested swatch for the same…

And does it end there… No, definitely not! Then the next #yarngoal for 2019 was kicked off, with a request from a dear friend. So here I am, attempting an African flower crochet cushion covers, for her 😃.

It’s amazing how many permutations and combinations are possible (did I just say that 😲.. And here I thought ti had forgotten school mathematics 😬).

Well the colors are lively and the fact that I get to make them is sooper fun! Stay tuned and conencted to see more of them and to see the completed project. Ways to connect remain the same… Linked to the pictures and below:

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