Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL November Update

Hello Friends,

Hope you all are well and preparing for winters.

The weather here has cooled down and I'm enjoying the pleasant wind.

On to crafting, I have a FINISH!!! Yes you read it right...a finish.

I finally knit last stitch on the baby blanket I was making for my friend's baby. I washed it (in a washing machine,after lot of apprehensions) , blocked it and now its ready to be gifted to the baby. Now the question is , how will I send it to the recipient !

Here are few pics of the finished piece, which don't do justice to the beauty it turned out to be. I think I should take some class how to photograph handmade items.

Trying to gauge whether the size is enough

First attempt at blocking

Better blocking this time

Finished and ready to be gifted

The blanket took much longer than I expected,but I satisfy myself by saying , Hey its still quicker than cross stitch .😉

As this is my first big knitting project , I learnt so many new things related to this form of needle craft. I have realised that I need a lot of help from real people while learning something new  , videos and photos don't help me much. I like to talk to crafters about what to do, how to do and specially discuss my fears if I think something is not right.

I know many crafters swear by You Tube , that how they have learned new crafts entirely from you tube..Well videos aren't for me. May be that explains why I never liked flosstube , I tried watching-3 times but never developed a taste for that.

I'm back to stitching my Candamar design WIP, hopefully I finish it before my next trip to India, because that is when I will meet my friend,intended recipient.

I also wanted to share with you my new hobby: Postcard exchange. Until few years back I didn't know the concept of sending and receiving postcards, and now I have a dedicated account on Instagram for this hobby. I have also joined Postcrossing back in June and I'm thoroughly enjoying knowing people from different countries.

If you are interested you can check my account on Instagram : @minizpostcards

That's it for this month, I hope to show you some progress on my cross stitch next month.


  1. Thanks for taking part in GG this month with your lovely baby blanket. Such pretty colours!
    Glad that you are enjoying your new hobby too!

  2. Your baby blanket looks gorgeous, Mini! Tee, hee, know what you mean about photos ..... I've just been agonising about how to take pictures of something flat! (not on the blog just yet!) I think your pictures show your blanket very nicely. I'm not on Instagram ..... yet! Not sure if I will be able to see them, but I'm off to have a look!
    Barbara xx

  3. Lovely baby blanket, Mini! Your friend will love it:) I also don't like flosstube, but I learn a lot from YouTube video tutorials. Not all videos are good, you need to get the right one.

  4. This baby blanket looks really gorgeous. Great knitting, Mini.
    I always consult you tube videos when I'm not sure about how to do something crafty. But I also love tutorials on blogs with step by step pictures.
    I had already heard about Postcrossing, it seems to be a lot of fun.

  5. Beautiful baby blanket, love the colours. I like watching You Tube if I don´t know or can´t remember how to do something and as Brigitte above comments, I too like blog tutorials.

  6. Well done completing your first blanket. Its sure to be a wonderfully used gift.

  7. I am absolutely in love with that blanket! The colors are just so perfect. You made such a lovely job of it Mini! And it looks to me the perfect size for a baby blanket :)

  8. What a beautiful blanket Mini. The colours are so pretty and bright and perfect for a baby. I think you did a great job of photographing it too!


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