...start with a cup of tea and the newspaper. Sometimes I have a couple of Parle-G biscuits, but those are usually reserved for evening tea. I've been enjoying this tea lately (it comes packaged in a blue box in India), with a dash of milk.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
My husband recently returned from a week long work related trip to southern Maharashtra. The Konkan is famous for mangoes, cashews, jack fruit, paddy fields, and yummy fish. I didn't get to go, but I recommended that he eat a lot of mangoes and a lot of fish. Unfortunately, mango season was almost over down there, and it's not really a good time for fish.
So in lieu of bringing back real mangoes, he brought back some wooden ones from Sawantwadi, which is famous for wooden toys, and wooden models of fruit and vegetables. I was inspired to make another box bag, but with an orange zipper in celebration of mangoes!
With a gentle tap, this beautiful doll wobbles (dances) at the neck and waist.
The grey yarn is from the fleece of a local breed of sheep. It is a bit rough, and probably better suited for weaving, rather than knitting; the purple yarn is jute. I was impressed with the canvas bag the shop gave out with each purchase.
I have also been enjoying spinning this top.
On another note, the Monsoon is here at long last. Subdued and disconcertingly late, but here nevertheless. Enjoy Sunday.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Yes, the new wallet is very similar to the old one, but I love the red and black fabric! I changed a few things - mine only has four credit card slots, as opposed to the six in the tutorial. Instead, I have three large pockets for notes and papers (vs. two in the pattern). I used interfacing for the largest credit card pocket, inner zip pocket, on the outside, and the snap tab closure. If I were to use this pattern again, I would make the snap tab closure a little narrower and shorter.
Did I already mention that I love the fabric?
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I moved to India without any of my sewing supplies or patterns. I did bring my knittng needles and a few balls of yarn, but I wasn't really sure if I would have the opportunity to sew here. Since I now have a sewing machine (very different from the one I have in the U.S.), I have been enjoying trips to various parts of the city in search of sewing supply stores (which are very different from the ones in the U.S.) to buy scissors, needles, thread, and other notions. I've also spent a fair amount of time looking for patterns online. I will undoubtedly be browsing the internets some more. I'll save that for another post. Here is a photograph of my latest fabric purchase. Enjoy the weekend.
Washed and ironed.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We went for a short walk around the neighbourhood to take in the sights and smells. Others people were coming out to walk too. The sun was peaking out behind the clouds, and the light was wonderful.
I saw at least three vegetable vendors in action - setting up after the rain.
This vendor was selling some lovely greens. He comes from a village less than 10 miles away, so the veggies were very fresh and local. Lots of people were interested in the greens - they went fast! I ended up buying dill and a red spinach like veggie, which we cooked up for lunch the next day.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I recently bought a bunch of zippers and notions, and had no place to put them. To reduce the clutter and mess, I made a box bag from some scrap fabric. To make it pretty, I used some zari. I rather like it!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Burji refers to anything scrambled - eggs, paneer. For the egg burji, I used some finely diced onions, green chillies serrano peppers), and fresh coriander (cilantro). I've also used capsicum (green peppers), mushrooms, corn, and tomatoes in the past. You could use pretty much anything that suits your fancy. I like to keep it simple for breakfast, but you could add garam masala, if you feel inspired.
Saute the veggies (for about 30 seconds) while you whisk the eggs, add fresh coriander, pour frothy eggs into the pan, and let eggs cook. Enjoy!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Hand knit socks bought in a small village in Himachal
We headed up to Himachal Pradesh in March. We were prepared for the cold, but it was certainly colder than we expected. Not unlike early spring in the mountains anywhere, the weather was a little unpredictable. In fact, it even snowed while we were there. People have to walk long distances to get places, and a lot of women knit while walking.
Crocheting on the go.
We visited Chitkul, a village close to the Tibet border. I saw this lady spinning and started chatting with her. She even gave me a spindle, but she couldn't find the wooden base to go with it.
I also saw quite a few looms. They weave large pieces of fabric that are then sewn into vests (we bought some), jackets, pants. In some villages, I noticed that they wrap themselves with a large piece of woven woolen fabric, wearing it almost like a sari, but not quite. They also make gorgeous, intricately woven shawls.
Setting up a loom.
I bought some yarn and needles - some sock yarn and a sweater's worth of a wool alpaca blend. For more shots, you can check out my flickr set here.
Yarn shop in India - they sell all kinds of other stuff, including cricket bats.
It was fun to be surrounded by 18,000+ ft snow capped peaks and knit. It had been very warm leading up to the trip, and the cold mountain air was a welcome change. It also made me whip out my knitting needles even though we were still in the otherwise balmy tropics!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Buttercup Bag using Made By Rae tutorial