Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Another knitted dolly

I knitted another Jeangreen Howe's doll with a slight modification. I used size zero needles with double knitting yarn and it was a bad decision. I had to gain a lot of patience to finish this doll. I also made some changes with her hair. It took me a while, but I finally finished it!
I thought by using a pair of smaller needles, I could make a smaller doll. But, since I used double knitting yarn it didn't make much difference. Maybe, next time if I want to make a smaller doll I will use one skein yarn.
We learn from our mistakes :)

Sock dolls

I finished a couple of sock dolls and they are very cute. I am hooked to these and they are so easy and fast to sew.

I am going to make a few more of these ;)
Until next...

Handmade Notebook

Recently I was reading Reader's digest 'Laughter is the best medicine'. I read a joke which was so funny and inspired me to make this project. The joke goes like this:
As per the joke, I drew two little girls. I learnt to illustrate these cartoon nerdy girls from Wikipedia.
After I illustrated these girls I decided to make this a cover for a book. I added some ruled sheets inside the book. I also added some decorative lenin sheets for the inside and the outside and for the border of the book. I wrote the joke on the cover with a permanent marker and I laminated the cover using a plastic wrap.

I am quite happy with the outcome! I am going to gift this to one of my friends daughter. It will be wonderful to record all kinds of memories of her school daze!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

**it happened again!

Wives tend to make a fool out of themselves in front of their husbands all the time and Eva, is an expert in that.

 Last weekend, Eva's husband had assinged a task to her. To wash his work clothes, since he was working even on the weekend and so he wouldn't be able to wash the clothes by himself. Eva's husband is always good at giving perfect instructions and yet things go wrong with Eva at times especially while performing her husband's tasks. Otherwise, things go perfectly fine when she is performing other tasks and while running errands which are concerned with home and other things.

He told her to set the machine to cotton, prewash, intensive, at 400 degrees and in cold water. Eva, plugged in the washer, switched on the main switch, sets the machine as per the instructions given by her husband and when she starts the machine, all the lights go off, the machine starts beeping, and the lights under intensive, prewash, medic rinse, crease care, 1000, 800, 400, No spin, Rinse hold, cold water, hot water all the lights start blinking and the machine never rotates. Eva, makes sure the water​ is on, she switches of the washer, unplugs the washer, and switches off the main switch. Now, she plugs in the washer. Again the same thing happens and the machine never rotates. She again, switches​ off the machine, unplugs the washer, switches on the main switch, sets the machine and starts the washer hoping that it works perfectly. Unfortunately, no luck!  She switches off the main switch. Now, she reconnects the machine and starts it. For the third time also she did not have any luck! Now, with a grim face she calls her husband at work.

When she tells him the problem, with an annoying tone he tells her "You must have done something wrong, that's why the machine is not working". Then Eva, tries to explain to him whatever she did to start the machine but her husband stops her and tells "Do as I say, first switch off the washer, then switch off the main switch, unplug the machine. Now, replug the machine, turn on the main switch, set the machine to cotton, intensive, prewash, 400 degrees and cold. Now, press the play button". Daarr, the machine starts to rotate. Now, Eva is very embarrassed and she says meekishly, that the machine is working. Then, her husband says "you might have not set the machine correctly, you can't do anything properly", and then he hangs up. 
Eva, starts thinking "why does magic happens only to him?" Or "Is he a magician himself?". When she washed her clothes two days before this incident, the machine worked perfectly fine. Eva tried the same trick  as her husband suggested over the phone to start the machine but,  '**it happened again'!

Story and Illustration by
Revathi Akshay.
I recently came across this beautiful illustration. I downloaded it, but unfortunately I am not able to recollect from where I got this illustration and who is the illustrator. The illustration has a beautiful meaning, words are not needed to explain this painting. When you are feeling low, it is so comforting to share your feelings to someone close to your heart. I loved this painting very, very much!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A lapful of Luck!

 This weekend was dull and unproductive, since, I was down with a cold, headache, and a body pain. But, I was still motivated to paint this illustration by Mabel Lucie Attwell. This illustration reminds me of my childhood and it made me ponder over those bygone days!
As a child, I always used to be around cats. I grew up with cats and used to get excited to play with those little kittens. I use to long to get home from school to play with my cats. I was happy to think about those days and paint this illustration.
"A lapful of Luck", what an irony! A superstitious belief is that black cats are unlucky?  But who cares, for this little girl it is still 'A lapful of Luck'.

  • Revs!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bedtime Elephant.


From past two weeks, in my break time at work, I was knitting this Bedtime Elephant, from Jeangreen Howe's book 'Knitted Animals'. I completed it this weekend.
Ever since I read the announcement on Jean's website that she has retired at the age of 83, and there won't be anymore Jeangreen Howe's designs, I am quite upset. I just thought of knitting some of her designs. I am lucky that I can knit and I am lucky to have discovered Jeangreen Howe's designs. I am quite honored to knit and sew her dolls.
I just thought of mentioning this nursery rhyme:
Just as Midnight's striking,
When everyone's asleep,
Elephants yawn and stretch and shake,
And out of warm beds creep.

They sneak out from their houses,
And gather in the dark,
Then skip along the empty streets,
Heading for the park.....  (Continues)

Sometimes, I feel that I should have remained a child!
I enjoyed knitting this little guy. During my busy work schedule, taking some time out to knit or read or draw is quite relaxing...
Will be back with my next project.
Until then....