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Friday, February 24, 2017

The tale of a crocheted Poncho

I've never worn a Poncho till this point in my life. But now I want to try.

I don't want to buy one. I want to make one..

Thus started the Poncho.. sigh!!!

I started crocheting a V-stitch Poncho. The cowl neck took me three attempts to get right. The term right is relative - to get right means good enough to satisfy me or make me happy. I was so happy with the ribbed cowl neck that I put it on several times just to see myself wearing it - my first ever crocheted cowl neck ,you see :)

Then started the body. I followed the pattern to the 'T'. The pattern had repeated V stitches with the front and back center tip increase. After several rounds, it began to look really like a V.



With every round my apprehension started to grow..the shoulders were slow to increase, but the tip was getting longer and longer. The poncho did look good, but I was afraid - by the time it reached my elbows, the tip would reach my knee. Well, for a tall person, it wouldn't matter - but I didn't want front and back tails. I should've stopped the crocheting then and there.

Did I??

No, I didn't. I tried to adjust because I didn't want all my effort and time go waste. I tried increasing the sides so that it becomes broader and not so stiff. I kept on crocheting more and more rounds hoping it'll look better. But it turned out to be worst - all wavy and twisted...yuck!! 

I've not taken a pic, but believe me - it was bad. 
My daughter probably didn't want to criticize and kept on saying - it looks good, ma.

Finally , after spending so many hours crocheting and being unhappy , I decided to end it..

The yarn too looks tired, doesn't it ? And now, I am trying again..but no more V stitch. I've had enough of it for the time being..

The dream Poncho looks like this now.

My friend who has been following the progress of THE poncho - after seeing, hearing and seeing again the developments- exclaimed -"you could have just bought one!! Crazy!!!"

Well..I think so too..sometimes..

The variegated yarn is a German product from the "Kik" store -It is 45% Cotton as shown in the label.

I love variegated yarns and have always wanted to buy them all when I see them in stores. I grabbed  this one when these appeared in Kik. 
Then I realized that these yarns look good when they are yarns - and may not necessarily look that good when made into a wearable - because of the color changes and stuff.  So, from now on - I'll be in control when I see variegated.

Hopefully, a few more hours of work and my Poncho should be ready to wear. The Fasching holidays begin today and we're off to a trip to Rome tomorrow. Its been a dream to see the Colosseum and the Pantheon.
After the trip, I'll be back with the Poncho and also show you how my jute embroidery looks ...

Love,luck and sunshine..
Deepa

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Double colored leaves

I've been trying to vary the colors of the leaves in my latest jute project.


Beginning with two strands of green, I changed to one strand each of the two colors. For the smaller leaf, I stitched only the tip with the golden olive shade. Which colors have you used for double colored leaves - bright yellow? browns?

I will be back after stitching up a few more of these..

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa

Friday, January 20, 2017

Embroidery on jute

Hi everyone,
The new year started on an icy note...and still remains so - as of now we're having temperatures between negative 10 and 11.
Well, it's not bad..life goes on, and mamma nature is letting trees and plants take a well deserved rest. I do feel for those who live in temperatures still lower. I cannot imagine a -20 or a -30...phew!!

Since its a fresh start of the year, I too decided to try something new. During my visits to the Christmas market in Erlangen , I met Simone who had a stall of Linen products for home. She sews them all by herself and she very kindly gave me a couple of discarded scraps. I am attempting to embroider on one of them.

The fabric is very coarse and I could not transfer pattern to it using the traditional light box method or the carbon paper. Have you tried embroidery on jute? How do you transfer patterns?

I just stitched on the outlines keeping the paper and fabric together. The idea worked, but it would've been better had I used a tracing paper rather than the "Original"..duh!!

So, now I've started embroidering - it's a simple design and I hope it turns out just like I've visualized it. Let's see..
The fabric is rather stiff and harsh on the threads. I don't even need an embroidery frame. My stem stitches did not turn out to be as uniform as I would've liked- I think I was a little too much in a hurry to see them done and move on to the leaves. Hopefully the leaves will cover up the bad stems..

That's my update for now. Wishing all who visit this page - either on purpose or accidentally , a fantastic year ahead. My first year in Germany has shown me a different way of life -in India, we were always busy doing something or the other - here, we're wondering what to do with the extra time.Shopping and meeting friends are fun - but not practical everyday.

DH sometimes asks me, " I have some extra time , shall I give it to you,please?" { smile..} So, this year I need to see if I could find a productive way to occupy myself.

I hope this year will be a productive one for all of you too..

Love,luck and (a chilly) sunshine ,
Deepa