Yarning For December

Knitted pullover for men | Whims And Fancies

 

Knitting is such a comforting and calming activity for me.  A few years ago, I started knitting and it stuck.  The prospect of working a piece of string with a couple of sticks to create a knitted cloth fascinates me.  Learning how to knit actual wearable clothes is quite exciting.  It is such a forgiving hobby too.  Worst case scenario, all you have to do is rip it apart and restart.

 

Wool On Sundays 

I did a lot of knitting in the month of December.  I showed a few photos in the previous Wandering Camera post.  My dear friend Janine from Rainbow Hare hosts the Wool On Sundays linky party.  It has been awhile since I linked up, so I thought it would be nice to elaborate on my yarn endeavours of December and link up on Wool On Sundays as well. 

I had been working on this sweater for my husband for quite a while now.  Following the pattern resulted in a really baggy sleeve.  Since my knitting skills are not much beyond apprentice level, I had to rip the first sleeve a couple of times before the sizing finally worked. I finished the sweater a few days ago.  I will share more once I block it.

 

Easy crochet blocks | Whims and Fancies

 

I was going through my cabinet and I found this set of crochet blocks.  I love the earthiness of the yarns and the simplicity of these blocks.  I don’t remember when I worked on them.  I also don’t remember why I stopped.  My last crochet project was so long ago, I don’t even remember how to crochet anymore.  So after a quick refresher course, I am ready to work on this one again.

 

Crochet Lace Blanket | Whims And Fancies

 

This is the one and only crochet project I have ever done.  If I was able to make this, then surely I should be able to finish the easy single crochet patchwork blanket.

 

Fingerless Mittens | Whims And Fancies

 

I really love making fingerless mitts.  They leave my fingers open to work my camera while keeping my palms warm.  As far as I am concerned, one can never have too many fingerless mitts.

I made this pair to give away as a celebration of Wandering Camera.  The winner of these mitts is Alycia.

 

 Arranged Words

Dixie’s Shop

My lovely friend Dixie from Arranged Words is fabulous enough to offer one of her paintings from her shop as part of the giveaway as well.  The winner of Dixie’s painting is Jo. 

I will email you both shortly.

I started working on another sweater already.  I hope you are getting to work on something that is soothing for you.

-Soma

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Wandering Camera – January Linky Party

Camera And Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies 

Welcome to the Wandering Camera linky party.  When I started this project in January of 2016, I had no idea where this photographic journey would take me.  I became more aware of my surroundings, and I found unexpected possibilities.  My wonderful friends inspired me to make new things which became the subject of my photography many a time.

I apologise for being late with the post this month.  I found myself seeking comfort in December and I let that urge continue a little longer.  I spent a lot of time at the dining table working on scores of things while watching the rain outside.  Comfort food, films, video games and other activities played a big part in our daily lives.  The December photos are definitely reflective of that.

 

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 1.  Unfinished Dala Horses waiting to be painted Falun Red

2.  Beautiful shades of yellow and green from moss and lichen

3.  A Lego photographer

4.  Found a Haiku on the trail

  

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5.  Painted leaf in my sketchbook

6.  My one and only finished crochet project

7. I always love spotting Earth’s shadow in the eastern sky at sunset

8. We have a lot of fun playing Lego board games

 

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9. A bit scuffed up, but sings beautifully

10. A myriad leaves turning into fireflies

11.  Fruit wines.  They could also double as potion bottles

12. A few of the travelled places

 

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13. Painted Wayside Beacon for Twitter Art Exhibit, a charity art exhibition / sale

14.  Gnarled bark

15.  Rain-soaked

16.  Knitted mitts

 

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17. Recipe book scribbles (The Half Blood Prince has nothing on me!)

18.  Yellow always brightens up the day for me

19.  Black oaks and pink skies

20. Third time’s the charm, I finally finished the first sleeve without having to frog again

 

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21. Winter Solstice

22.  Pretty rain clouds

23. Downpour

24.  Shuttle Tydirium – A Lego finish

 

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25.  Getting ready to paint

26. Baked cinnamon rolls in the wee hours of the night

27.  Last light of the day on a skeletal tree

28.  Strumming again

 

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29.  Creating warmth

30.  Taking chances

31. Finding magic

  

Giveaway 

 

That wraps up my Wandering Camera project.  It has been wonderful sharing this project with you.  I can’t thank you enough for joining me,  sharing your photos, and boosting my confidence by leaving such lovely comments.  I want to do a little giveaway to celebrate.

 

Dixie’s Shop

My dear friend Dixie from Arranged Words is a fabulous painter.  If you don’t know her already, please pay her a visit.  She has very generously offered a painting of your choice from her shop.

 Fingerless Mitts | Whims And Fancies

 

I have grown very fond of my fingerless mitts.  They keep my hands warm while my fingers stay free to work the camera.  So I made a pair for the giveaway  (The box is not included).  They are of medium/large size.

Just leave a comment.  I will announce two winners, one for each prize, on the 19th of January.  

Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them.

 

Badge to share on your post and website

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!

 


I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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Falling Into Winter

Inktense Fall Leaf Painting | Whims And Fancies

We are surely and steadily heading into winter, but there are still signs of Autumn in my corner of the world.  Fogs enfold the surrounding landscapes during the cold nights, while days are quite often wet.  There are also a lot of golden yellow and ruby-red leaves hanging on to a few trees.  I picked up one of those leaves and it made its way into my sketchbook earlier in the month.

I also got sent photos of a couple of autumnal finishes made from my patterns.  The creators were very kind to give me permission to show them here.

 

Fall Leaf Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Fall Leaf by Lea

Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy

 
Autumn Harvest Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Autumn Harvest by Janine

Pattern on Craftsy

 

Custom Paper Piecing Pattern | Whims And Fancies

This was a special order pattern.  Melanie sent me a picture of her husband’s racecar and wished to make a quilted wall hanging as a gift for him.  I used that picture to draw up a paper piecing pattern.  This is the finished wall hanging made by her.

 

Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

Pattern on Etsy and Craftsy

I also got a request from a customer for a 5.0″ teddy bear paper piecing pattern.  She was going to make little Christmas Tree ornaments with the blocks.  Due to the small size, I made a custom simplified pattern for her.  Then I went on to modify it to make a 10.0″ block.  I am hoping to join in the One Monthly Goal for January and finish making this little one.

 

Lego Harry Potter Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

I am a regular visitor of the Fabric Frenzy Friday linky party hosted by Fort Worth Studio and they have been wonderful to feature my patterns before.  This week they featured my last set of Lego Harry Potter patterns.  I was very happy about that.

 

Harry Potter Giveaway

Congratulations to spierssusan, the giveaway winner of the Harry Potter linky party!  Since it’s holiday season, I will email the rest of you who linked up your blocks for a little giveaway of my patterns.

 

I also set up my Lego Village for the holidays.  I usually set it up such that there are many activities involving the minifigs.  A few of my friends asked me to post photos, so here they are –

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

The whole village – I cut the photo into three sections so it would fit here

Below are a few close-up snapshots –

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

A child playing with an astronaut and a robot

Christmas trees and refreshments for sale here as well

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

Snow play area.  A little one got stuck in the snow (red pants and shoes, on the right)

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

Plenty of food and drinks to go around

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

Musicians and carollers

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

Having a go at archery, one can even dress up in a medieval armour, if fancy strikes

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

At the centre they are enacting a scene from a story –

Good wizards are fighting the evil Green Wizard and the Green Witch

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

The Red Princess is there with her army…

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

…and so is the Blue Princess

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

The photographer is there to capture it all.

 

Lego Winter Village | Whims And Fancies

The little Christmas Tree has plenty of presents

That wraps up my Lego Village of 2016.  I like to think the little minifigs are having a wonderful time.

A few years ago, we decided to forgo buying presents for each other and spend the money on charitable donations instead.  We donate food, books and money to various organisations.

 

Watercolour lamp painting | Whims And Fancies

Some months ago, I joined Twitter and found #TwitterArtExhibit.  Artists donate their work which is then sold to raise money for a local charity.  This is my painting for the event that will be held in April 2017.  I am very honoured and excited to be able to join this wonderful organisation.  If you paint, draw or create, there is still plenty of time to register and send them a card.

 

This will by my last post until after the Holidays. I wish you all healthy and happy holidays and a wonderful time!

-Soma

 

I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, SeasonsOur World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

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Wandering Camera – December Linky Party

Camera And Photo Linky Party | Whims And Fancies 

Welcome to the month of December Wandering Camera linky party.  We are reaching the end, the next one will be the last one.  Thank you so much for visiting, for your lovely comments and for sharing your photos.

Unfortunately, November was not an easy month for me for various reasons.   Add that to working around the clock for a couple of weeks, I was more than ready for the Thanksgiving holidays by the time they came around.  Until then, I did what I always do – I went for walks.  We went to a trail that we haven’t visited since last spring.  So much had changed!  Dry and yellow changed to wet ground and dark greens.  Days are also getting shorter, so it’s a lot darker in the woods.  Most of the time I didn’t make it outside before the light started fading so I took the opportunity and practised low light photography.

Here are my photos from the month of November –

 

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 1.  Surprised to find wildflowers blooming

2.  Always reminds me of Something Wicked This Way Comes

3.  Exotic glasswork

4.  Luscious red

  

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5.  Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog

6.  Fairytale streetlights

7. Sit and rest a while

8. Hitting the trail again

 

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9. A cluster of water beads, as brilliant as diamonds

10. Yosemite in watercolour

11. Charlie is always confused

12. Golden Gate strait

 

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13. Glass pumpkins

14.  Reminiscent of Victorian London

15.  Golden tree line seen from my window

16.  Red berries everywhere

 

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17. Magnolia fruit

18.  Started holiday shopping with purchasing food for donation

19.  A rainy day on our favourite drive

20. Found a building with architectural details

 

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21. A pixie and a mandrake = mayhem

22.  Happy to be home after being at the doctor for half a day

23. Seeds emerging from the Magnolia fruit

24.  Happy Thanksgiving

 

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25.  Spooky trees, my take on Black Friday

26.  Another rainy day overlooking a vineyard

27.  Peaceful

28.  Creeks are starting to flow with rainwater

 

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29.  You never know what you will come across in the woodlands

30.  New beginnings

     
Harry Potter Fabric

 

Just a little note – remember, the Harry Potter giveaway is still going on, in case you missed the post about it.  I am going to take a break next week, so the giveaway will be open until the 11th of December.  Here’s your chance to make a gift with out-of-print Harry Potter fabric.

 

My Camera Bag

As you have noticed, I am out and about photographing in all kinds of settings and weather.  Over the years, I have learned to keep a few things as staple items in my camera bag.  I thought I’d share a little about that.

 

Plastic bags/Ziplock bags

You may laugh at this one, but having this has saved my shooting plenty of times.  I always keep plastic bags and Ziplock bags handy to keep my gear dry.  On rainy days, if I am caught outside without an umbrella, I can wrap a plastic bag around the camera and still continue to take photos.  I also keep a couple of ziplock bags handy to keep my cards and lens cloth dry.

 

Lint Free Cloth

I keep a couple of lint-free cloths for wiping lenses and filters.  If I am not carrying my bag, I put one in my pocket.  Not only is it great to wipe away smudges, I can also wipe away the water droplets from the lens easily when it’s raining or I am shooting a waterfall.

 

Lens Cleaning Kit

This is an absolute must to keep in my bag, specially when I am travelling.  It consists of lens cleaning solution and wipes.  You don’t want to use glass cleaner on your lens, it’s much too harsh.

 

USB Cable

 I keep a dedicated USB cable in my bag for connecting my camera to my computer.  That way it’s one less thing I have to remember to pack when I am travelling.  Recently I also purchased an adapter to connect the camera to my iPad, that stays in my camera bag too.

 

Camera Manual

My Canon camera manual is of a compact size and stays in my bag.  I have a tendency of going to places without internet connection.  On very rare occasions, when I have had to look something up, I have been glad to have had the manual on me.

 

Camera-related Material

Other than lenses and the camera, I also make sure that I have this set of things in my bag.  Some of these are only needed for cameras with interchangeable lenses.

  • Battery Charger
  • Extra batteries
  • Camera base for the stand
  • Extra storage cards
  • Filters
  • Lens hoods
  • Remote shutter release for low light or night photography

I hope you find this list helpful.  Other than the list under “Camera-related Material”,  the rest of the items are good to have on you regardless of the type of camera you use.

 

Now it’s your turn to share your photo posts. I always look forward to seeing them.

 

Badge to share on your post and website

Camera And Photography Linky Party | Whims And Fancies

 

You can add any number of links to your posts from the previous month. The posts should have photos in them, with a story or anecdote. Your project photos (quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, etc.) are most welcome. You can also write a new post to link up. Please do not link up posts that are older than the previous month, they will be removed.

Please make sure to include the badge or a text link back to this site on each post that you link up. You can also add the badge to your blog. I am happy either way as long as you link back :-)

Spread a little encouragement amongst each other.

Wandering Camera is a monthly event that will run on the first Thursday of every month. If you follow me via email, bloglovin or facebook, you will get a reminder.

Have fun!!

 



I am also linking up on Life Thru The Lens, Through My Lens, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Photo Friday, and Friday Photo Journal along with with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.

 

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