Mandala – A Crochet Project

One of my recent Crochet projects is a  “Mandala”. I followed this pattern from a great blog called Red Agape.  This website has many patterns for Crocheting and a lot of other Diys too. Do check it out.

Final Mandala-001

I had never heard of the term “Mandala” in Crocheting before. I was too surprised to come across this Indian word when I was looking for something new to try. It was a breeze to crochet this pattern and now I’m hooked! I’ll be making many many more of these Mandalas, and using them in tablecloths,as coasters and giving some away as gifts too. 🙂

You can make it using a single colored yarn or you can mix and match different colors and textures to make the final piece even more interesting.

I used the same wool I’d used for making the valance. And I used my 3.5 mm Crochet needle.

Wool- Mandala

Here are the steps in pictures-

There’s a good pattern for a mandala on this website too. Do try it and let me know if you need any help.

Set of 3 Mandalas

Mandala Project

PS- I made this Crochet tablecloth for my sister-

Tablecloth for my sister

  PPS- And she totally loved it! 🙂

Here’s to more “Doing” and more “Giving”…

Cheers,

Madhurya.

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Insel Mainau

A few weeks ago, we visited the Insel Mainau, a beautiful island off the shores of Lake Constance. Insel Mainau is small, about 45 hectares, and lies on the far south-west part of Germany, close to Switzerland and Austria. This island is called the “Flowering Island” as it is full of parks and gardens;  It is covered in flora over 150 years old!

Beautiful Gardens

On the way to the island, we stopped at my mother in law`s house to take her along with us. It is an hour-long drive from our home to the mainland of Mainau. You must park the car on the mainland and cross a small bridge to reach the island. Entry to the island costs 19Eur per person and 5Eur for parking a car.

Tulips

Millions of Tulips, Rhododendrons, scented Roses, Dahlias and perennials cover the length and breadth of the island, looking like colorful carpets. People had come from all over to view this splendor, making the place a bit crowded and stuffy, but we didn’t mind. We were having a good time!

Flower power

First, we went inside the Butterfly house, shaped like a Butterfly, with its inhabitants fluttering all around.

Our next stop was the ancient Teutonic Castle, completed in the year 1746, and the Palace Church of St. Marien. These monuments with their ornate detailing were built in Baroque style of Architecture and have a lot of history behind them. The castle has now been converted into a Souvenir shop where many kinds of artifacts are sold.

Teutonic Castle

Interior of the Church

A beautiful garden surrounds the castle and from here you also get a picturesque view of Lake Constance.

Lake Constance beyond

The Grand Duke Friedrich terrace, named after the Park’s founder, Grand Duke Friedrich, is breath-taking! It is an Italian Renaissance Garden with a staircase adorned with colorful and exotic flowers and a waterfall cascading down to the lake from the top. Benches are placed at the bottom by the lake for visitors to relax and soak in some fresh air. From the terrace, visitors can also have a pleasant view of the Arboretum.

The Grand Duke Friedrich Staircase

As you walk along the shore, you enter another garden and a petting farm with animals like goats, cows, rabbits, donkeys etc. Kids seemed to be having a gala time there.

There are a few fancy restaurants and some fast-food joints too. As they were too crowded, we did not get a chance to dine. However, we had a really good time at the island!

Family time

Cheers,

Madhurya.

Medha at 6

Medha at 6 –

Medha at 6

  • is a fun girl (has always been one), ready to socialize (she’s called a “social butterfly”) and willing to go anywhere, anytime.
  • now has a scooter (a gift from the grandparents) which she rides like the wind, telling me she feels like singing “Kitna maza…” as cool breeze hits her face! She has never played with anything else this long (Touchwood!). Always flitting from one thing to another, it’s a wonder she’s still excited about it!
  • is very athletic, always ready to walk, ride, run, dance, whatever! I wonder where she gets all that energy from. And I also wonder how powerful that idiot box called TV must be to keep such an energetic person sit glued in front of it for hours!
  • may seem too detached, carefree and easy-going. But know her better, you will see her sensitive side, the side that wants everyone to love her; the side that is capable of comprehending complex thoughts; the side that speaks words beyond her age. For eg: “I feel like a woman when I wear this!”!

She simply stumps me with her dialogues. Grandpa thinks she’s well-suited for the movies, but, with her restless nature, she’ll just be jumping from one project to another without completing any, he despairs!

  • loves to dance and tells me she doesn’t need a teacher to teach her the steps; says she can come up with her own, thank you very much!
  • will not stop dancing till you’re bored to sleep; so please ask her to display her skills at your own risk!
  • is a complete foodie, tasting everything and insisting upon helping me in the kitchen. I let her. She washes and peels veggies, tosses salads, mixes ingredients and even helps with cleaning the dishes! I wonder why I used to be so worried about her eating habits. Things keep changing, you see…
  • is getting better and better at Reading. At the end of a reading session (of not more than a few pages, by the way!), we are so exhausted, we take a nice long break!
  • isn’t too impressed with my stitching or other creative projects and asks me why I struggle when it is SO easy to buy stuff!
  • is Madhav’s “Little Mama”, keeping an eye on him at all times, making sure he doesn’t stray far, ensuring his safety on lifts and escalators. She does a better job than I do, seriously! My favorite pastime is to just set everything aside and watch the duo converse or play or fight with one another! They’re one hilarious couple! 🙂

Love,

Manasa.