Friday, March 10, 2017

Squashed rat

I was at the comp typing out my new blog post when wifey casually said “There is a new man in my life”
I turned and looked at her, trying to comprehend what she said.
She said “meet Mr Cute” and dangled this little guy in front of me. 

I knew that she was into crochet of late, but this little guy took me by surprise and brought a smile on my face.
In December she was busy making angels of different sizes and shapes.

I asked her “They are so colourful, aren’t  angels supposed to be all white?” 
She said “These are for kids and they enjoy colourful things”

Last week I got a shock when I saw this head lying on the cot. 

When I asked her she said “Oh that is just the head, wait till you see the rest of the body”
I love the small things that she makes, like these key chain Owls 

Or the little book marks. This cow with a big head.

I photographed this squished mice book mark on a Spice book and inside the book titled "Sholay" that I was reading

Some of the things that she has crocheted has reached different parts of the world, like this pillow case which has reached Canada 

This scarf and cap has reached Australia (waiting for the cold season to set in) 

These frocks and skirt has reached California 

I wonder how the Australian immigration allowed a squished rat to enter their country. 

Frogies are her favourite, whether it be a simple one or a book mark. 

Her work table where she was working on a doll as well as a rattle. 

Finally she finished her work on the doll and asked me “Can you pack this and courier it to Chennai?” 

Now that put me in a fix as I had to ensure that it was properly packed and more important was the fact that it should reach the recipient at Chennai.
My anxiety reached new heights when there was no news from Chennai even after six days !!   I consoled myself that maybe they were sorting out the squabble between Sasikala and Paneerselvam and delivery of a crocheted doll is last on their priority list.
It was only when I  got a photograph on WhatsApp on the seventh day saying that it was safely delivered, did I leave a sigh of relief.  

Even the dolls looked tired after all the travelling they did.

So I decided to take one more picture of our Mr Cute in our garden happily sitting next to the onion sprigs.      

Talking of the garden, this is the last flower of the season (Vanilla) There are eleven beans holding on which means about 30% success in pollination. The longest bean is 9 inches. 

Now for the next step – Vanilla  extraction. 

PS: addition on 11th March - Little Mrs Mousy gingerly standing at the edge of the Ikea table. 

PS: 12th March - The Hedgehog came creeping in today.  

PS: 13th March - The Koala refused to look at the camera

PS: 24th March - This doll took some time and some say that the previous one was better. 


joeh said...

that is real talent

Jim and Sandie said...

My mom liked to crochet and she tried to pass that talent on to me but it didn't work. Everything is so cute.

only slightly confused said...

That cow is udderly delightful. Thanks for dropping in to Mumblings.

Gaurav Dutta said...

Awesome. Great talent. And generous tremendous hard work.

trees said...

Fabulous! But then I know this woman. And I know how she puts her heart and soul into everything she takes up. Talent alone cannot result in beauty like this. There has to be passion fuelling it.

padmaja said...

Wow, wow! What an incredible talent! The best thing to add to her creativity is the unconditional spouse support that is laced with pride, bravo!

Loco mente said...

Aww... These are very cute! My mother makes such dolls too... I am cursing myself for not having patience to learn it from her :)

Ankita said...

Gosh! the neatness and dexterity are mind blowing! I tried crotchet once but could just do it :P

amazing :)

Anvilcloud said...

That's very cool, and your blog about her creations reaching a lot of place has reached a lot of place, including Ottawa, Canada although your sidebar thinks I am in Toronto. But from that far away, they do look close together. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow ! Enjoyed reading and seeing Marie's cute creations. Passion, patience and painstaking effort. - Sajeena Titus

Megha @ Meinblogland... said...

Great work! Hope she keeps at it :)

Margaret-whiteangel said...

The crochet is really lovely.
I crochet too!

SweetMarie said...

I love the bookmarks! the hedgehog is adorable! Marie is really talented. :) I've been thinking about learning to sew. My mom knows how and I never learned, but it's not too late.
We have Ikea end tables. :)
Like your wife's name. :)
have a good day,

Ron said...

These are ALL so brilliant, but my absolute favorite is the squashed rat book mark! Your wife is very talented!

Alicia said...

These are all amazing, what a talent! I can crochet a simple thing like an afghan, but to make something like these lovely creatures just astounds me! Quite a talent she has!

Jeannette said...

Fun post, Joe. Your wife's work is expert! The vanilla is lovely! Are there any birds nesting on your deck this year?

Haddock said...

@Jeannette : The birds did come scouting a few times, but looks like they were not very happy with the growth. I think they are looking for a little more dense foliage.

Rajlakshmi said...

OMG �� she is so incredibly talented. I have never seen crochet so cute... Wow amazed by her creativity. Brilliant stuff ����

Bijoux said...

Those are positively amazing. I love each and every one of them. My Grandma crocheted many afghans back in the 1970's. She tried to teach me, but I was not very proficient!

Phani said...

Wonderful subject, missed reading some on first release,have to cover the backlog soon.
Marie's art is incredibly beautiful!!

Kalyani said...

Lovely... my daughter can't stop saying 'aww... sooo.... cute...'. They are such wonderful creations!

Pooja Mahimkar said...

Wow! Beautiful <3

SG said...

Beautiful. Your wife is very talented.

Sujatha Sathya said...

Love the green doll with the red hair and the frog bookmark favorite from among the really lovely creations
Enriching talent this one :) Super talented

GretchenJoanna said...

I'm so glad you showed us all these delightful critters - your wife's style is very appealing, her handiwork meticulous. It's fitting that her art should be appreciated all over the world!

Deepti Nair said...

Love it! Aunty's work's brilliant! Love the blog!

Anonymous said...

LOVE the hedgehog.
There needs to be some kind of bookmark substitute thingie for kindle users!
- Rituparna Choudhury

Girl in germany said...

Haha they look absolutely cute. Especially the pink angel and the koala bear :) could see them all day!