flower bonnet pattern

in my earlier post I have shown the picture of flower bonnet. I posted the same pictures here and some of you asked me to share the pattern. so I wrote it down for you. this will be the first time I am writing a pattern so if there are any confusions feel free to ask me.

flower bonnet
flower bonnet

I used a 3.25mm hook

start with chain 5, sl st to form ring

row1:  ch3, 13dc in ring, join to 3rd ch with sl st .

row2:  ch3,  dc in same st, dc in next dc, 1 fdc,* 2 dc, 1dc, 1 fdc* repeat in same manner, sl st at the end.

row3:  ch3,  dc in same st, 2dc, 2dc, 1fdc, *2dc, 2dc, 2dc, 1fdc* repeat in same manner, sl st at the end.

row4:  ch3, 2dc, dc, dc, 2dc, dc, fdc, * dc, 2dc, dc, dc, 2dc, dc, fdc* repeat around, sl st at the end.

row5:  ch3, 2dc, dc, 2dc, 2dc, dc,2dc, dc, fdc, * dc, 2dc, dc, 2dc, 2dc, dc,2dc, dc, fdc * repeat around, sl st at the end.

row6:  ch3, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, decrease 1, decrease 2, decrease 1, *dc in next 6 sts, decrease 1, decrease 2, decrease1,* repeat 5 times, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc, turn

row7:  ch3, hdc in each hdc, dc in each dc, work around turn

row 8: ch3,  4 hdc in next 4 sts, dc, 2dc, *dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next sts,* repeat 11 times, hdc in next 4 sts, dc, turn

row9 – row 15:   same as row 7

row16:  ch3, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts,  *5dc popcorn with second color, dc in next 5 sts with base color,* repeat 11 times, dc in next 4 sts with base color, hdc in next 4 sts with base color, dc with base color. turn

row17:  working with base color ch3, hdc in next 4 sts, *dc in next 2 sts, 5dc popcorn with second color,* 22 times, dc in next three sts with base color, hdc in next 4 sts, dc, turn

row18:  same as row 16.

row19:  same as row 7.

now work for the strip

row20-row40:  ch3, hdc in next 4 sts, dc turn.

stitch a button at the other end to attach the strip to.

that’s all it is. good luck.

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my yellow panda

I saw sweet panda in different colors here they are really cute. yesterday when I saw one of my daughter’s winter set (they are useless now) I imagined a panda in that color. and I was so much exited to imagine that couldn’t wait to make one. this is the final result

my yellow panda

check  how to make this panda here

both the girls loved it

playing with it
playing with it
playing with it
playing with it

isn’t it cute.

Back in action

we are back in Bangalore. the girls are full of new experiences and so am I. they enjoyed every moment there with their grandparents be it dada-dadi or nana-nani. their days were full of new achievements and adventures. I am happy, as by this trip my girls learnt a lot and not by some book or media but by experiencing .

sharing some memories of the trip.

Aakanksha enjoying pooja

view of Himalaya from our home

Achala enjoying video game

Aakanksha at the coloring table

and I want to say something to my papa:

they both remember the rhyme you made , do you remember it

dog kaise ?    bhoo bhoo

cow kaise ?  maa maa

cat kaise ? mew mew

crow kaise ? kaa kaa

and I added a line to it ” achu/ aku kaise ? mummy mummy”  🙂

Christmas candles

As I have told earlier, we will be leaving  to home tomorrow. I will not be able to post for one and half months. So wish you all merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in advance. I am posting these Christmas candles as the gift.

christmas candles
Christmas candles

all you will need is-

thin cucumber slices

cottage cheese about 3 tbsp

salt to taste

tomato strips

Dip the slices in warm water, let them be  there for a while and take out. This will make them soft enough to fold without any crack.

Add little salt to the cheese. Spread a little cheese over the slice and roll it to make candle. Put the tomato strip to add  finishing to the candle.


look who is cooking breakfast

Last week it was raining here almost every day.  The rainy weather reminded me the winter mornings in our hometown. We used to eat early lunch and then go to school.  So I thought to make early lunch and asked my husband for that. He loves the old day granny recipes as much as the new age recipes. So when I told him my idea he asked what’s cooking? I told that I want to make Cafli-Bhat and he approved my idea in seconds. But the problem was that for it i have to wash the greens and it might take a while to prepare the lunch and the babies can’t wait for that long. so I asked my husband to prepare  pancakes for babies and himself. Initially he told he can’t do it but then got ready , so i told how to do and he did it. The good thing is that he was happy with the results and happily made all pancakes.

Pancakes are the simplest  things to make . All you need is

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1 cup milk

salt or sugar to taste

Just mix all the ingredients to get batter of pouring consistency. You can adjust the amount of milk to get the batter. Pour two tablespoons of the batter in a hot non-stick pan, if you are using twa drop some drops of oil before pouring the batter. turn it when it looks set. Take out of heat when cooked on either sides. Serve with fruit jam or tea.

Beans with Spinach Recipe

Beans with Spinach Recipe

Just before her second birthday Achala was diagnosed anemic due to iron deficiency. It is quite difficult to make her eat vegetables. Most of  the times Achala eats only roti (Indian bread) and only chawal (steamed rice) without any dal (pulses) or sabji (vegetable dish). She is very choosy about what to eat. So I mix two or three vegetables to make a dish (which I think she will eat). In this dish I have used spinach and okra (ladyfinger) with french beans

beans with spinach

Makes 3 servings

1 cup french beans
1/4 cup okra
1/2 cup spinach
2 tsp oil
1 tomato
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds


1. heat oil in pan

2. add cumin seeds

3. add all veg and saute’

4. add all the masala

5. cover and cook on low heat till done

Nutrition Facts
Calories 247
Total Carbohydrates  14%
Dietary Fiber  65%
Vitamin A 14% • Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 13% • Iron 15%. Sodium  17% .
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Good points
# Low in saturated fat
# No cholesterol
# Very low in sugar
# Very high in dietary fiber
# High in manganese
# High in magnesium
# High in potassium
# High in thiamin

Read more: http://caloriecount.about.com/beans-spinach-recipe-r281698#ixzz0VlwnYh8q