Wednesday, 25 December 2013

The Universal Easy-text Mobile Pouch

The Universal Easy-text Mobile Pouch


This is an age of mobile phone, smart phones, apps and smartness :)

Everything is done at the touch of a button .. and yesterday.  There are apps and apps.. for everything you can think about.. and you are 'in touch' every minute of every day (exhausting for me, but hey.. I'm not the 'demographic' here.

After my spate of mobile phone covers, one of my testers commented that the one she'd tested was appreciated by all her co-workers and one said she'd have loved one if it was 'easy to use'.. the 'birth' of an idea, & overnight I worked on this new pattern! 
(Thank you Jo) 



The pattern for the Universal easy-text mobile is a simple one line repeat pattern using only ch and sc. It can be made in half an hour.
It can be easily adapted for several phones, but has been ‘tailor-made’ for the I-phone 4S, I-phone 5, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini smart phones.
This pattern has been tested using:
  1. 3-ply yarn(light fingering), Oswal Mills ; 25 gms (142.5 yds) ; 4 mm (G) hook ;
  2. Schachenmavr SMC Bravo , 12 g , 3.5 mm hook ; one hour to complete project
  3. Premier Yarns – Serenity Garden Yarn , 45 yards , 3.75 mm (F) hook, Gauge : 8 st x 6 rows = 1” x 1” ; took 1.25 hrs
  4. Own handspun yarn, about 22 g, with 4 mm hook ; Gauge : 4.5 stitches and 4 rows to the inch ; Project took about 75 mins to complete.
View more images and the pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/universal-easy-text-mobile-pouch  or http://ravel.me/shyamanivas/uetmp

Do remember to link your projects to me and do mail me with your comments

Titali Cowl

Titali Cowl

The word titalī (तितली) means butterfly in Hindi. 
I am fascinated by the little butterfly. Its arduous life cycle goes from the egg to the caterpillar to the cocoon, and then finally emerging as this beautiful creature that actually bears no similarity to the earlier stages. And after all this ‘hard work’ the little thing flutters around barely for a month (if not caught before that)! Makes us take a good look at our lives, does it not? 
This cowl too has ‘layers’ and parts – so your cowl too starts out as a small ‘egg’ and then you slowly ‘build’ it up till you get the beautiful butterfly cowl.
This cowl has been inspired by that beautiful creature and is the next in my series: “Inspired by Nature”. (My first is my Poinsettia scarf).
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/titali-cowl or http://ravel.me/shyamanivas/tc

During our recent trip to Urulikanchan, I was once again re-united with these lovely fluttery creatures (who are sadly missing from the urban concrete jungles that our suburbia is turning into).  I took several pictures, but sadly, none of them were good enough.  I then remembered our good friends Aloke Surin (http://accidentaltrekker.blogspot.in/) and Franklyn Silveira, both fellow trekkers /  mountaineers and fantastic photographers.  They have very sweetly shared their (Indian) butterfly photographs with me. 
White tiger

White tiger

Bush brown

This pattern has been extensively tested using 
1. DK acrylic yarn from Oswal Mills, 50g (165 yds); 5 mm (H) hook ;
2. Filati Deluxe Francia (more like worsted weight than DK) , 175 meters, 50 grams 1 skein = 191.4 yards (175.0m), 5 mm (H) hook ; (Comment : Ths is a quick and easy project, each strip took me about 30-35 mins to make.)
3. Bernat Baby Coordinates (DK or #3 weight); 3 oz or 230 yards; Gauge 2 shells x 3 rows = 3.25” square, 5 mm (H) hook ; took about 6-8 hrs (with an injured finger)
4. Impeccable , 209 yds, 5mm (H) hook. Project completed in three hours
5. I Love This Yarn Sport Weight Sun Yellow, weight 3 , I/9 hook , 174m / 191yd ; Rated as Easy- Advanced
6. Red Heart Soft (Super Saver) , 0.25 skein, 5 mm (H) hook, completed in three hours.
 I thank my rav-testers for their time and eye for detail. I'd also like to thank my lovely model, Sejal, for patiently modelling for me and beautifying my project(s).


Feel free to make as many of these as you like for gifting, local craft fairs, auctions, raffles, bazaars, but please do not sell finished items online. If making for charity, please let me know the name of the charity & include my contact info with the item shyama.nivas@gmail.com or on Ravelryhttp://www.ravelry.com/projects/shyamanivas

Friday, 13 December 2013

Universal Kindle Safe

Universal Kindle Safe


During my recent visit to Australia, my niece was heading off to Switzerland in an exchange semester from her college.  Packing was a-frenzy (actually, not.. as my niece is one of the most calm, and organised young ladies I know.. hmmm... but it sounds good .. or should I say 'reads' good, and the mind's eye conjures such lovely images of 'frenzy'.. so..)
Right.. so packing.. and then the tickets.. and she was reminded "don't forget your kindle" (now once again, I digress.. my organised young niece would not 'forget' anything.. but a mum is a mum..)
and here I was confused.. wondering.. kindle?? firewood?? hahah, right!?

Well, Amazon.. you've locked us up in this e-book too now, have you?



Now, my  niece had a month long vacation in Europe before she joined college, and she enjoyed not just the works d'art, and the sights that one must and does see, but also enjoyed her kindle in some lovely gardens, waiting for a train, during long train passages and evenings with her hot cocoas (all of which we read about on her blog and salivated over!)

Back in Mumbai and my crochet designing, my daughter wanted a quick cover for her mobile phone, and that got me thinking about a cover for a kindle too.. and one that would keep it clean and covered, and yet was a 'flip top' that allowed you to read while still in its neat cover.. and 
VOILA ! I designed my "Universal Kindle Safe" which was made to fit a  4.75” x 7.5” x 0.44” (12 cm x 19 cm x 1 cm) kindle.

I used the readily available Oswal 4-ply acrylic and needed only about 35 g with a 4 mm (G) hook - so this is not only a quick gift, but a superb stash buster too.  This pattern is a free download and you can visit my page at

This pattern has been tested using :

1. 4-ply acrylic (fingering) yarn, 35 g (300 yds) , 4 mm (G) hook ; about 2 hrs;

2. FB Wool Narsico(DK Acrylic), 45 g (99m), 4 mm (G) hook, about 2 hrs to complete, Gauge : 8 st in pattern = 12.5 cm

3. Pattons Kroy Socks Stripes; approx. 26 gm = 86.32 yards, US G-hook (4.25 mm), Gauge : 3 (3dc,ch3) groups x 5 groups = 2.5” x 2.5” , Time to complete : Just under 2 hours ;

4. Caron simple soft heather, about 200 yards, G hook ;

5. Cone purse/polyester yarn (4-ply fingering), about 70g, 3.5 mm hook, project done in a few hours ; and

6. Schachenmayr SMC Bravo, 35 yards, 12 grams 0.24 skeins = 35.0 yards (32.0m), 3.5mm (E) hook.

Go ahead, down load now.. and enjoy.  Do remember to link your project(s) to my Ravelry pattern page.