Monday, April 17, 2017

Wow, what a long time!

Asalamu alaikum,

Literally like three years?!?!

You sometimes get caught up in life and stuff falls by the wayside, I think that for me part of it is moving back state side. Life is a little busier, I have two boys now and we are starting to get to the age of school, activities and all that.

So major news, we went to Abu Dhabi and I worked as a teacher for a while at a lovely school with some awesome people. It was a very interesting experience and I miss the people I worked with. We finally ended up back to the states as Tariq's immigration paper work was approved and visa granted. We came back and are now living with my parents, so we went from one joined family to another! My parents love having the boys around(though as with all young kids there are some moments ;-)

We had a whole snafu with the green card,  shortly after moving back here my dad bought a house and even though I had changed our address on the USCIS website and with the post office they sent it to the old address! We checked and the new tenant and the building manager claimed to have never seen it, but USCIS didn't get it back, so I think it much more likely that someone trashed it and just didn't want to own up. We called to find out what to do and they said to apply for a replacement card and pay all the fees again, even though we never received it. Eventually they refunded the fee and we waited....and waited....FOR OVER A YEAR... and the whole time they kept telling us it was just "in process." We asked our congressman to inquire and they heard the same thing. Finally it arrived, and it only took 14 months. Crazy!

So here we are in the states. We did go back to Pakistan for a visit last summer because one of my SILs got married, so that was exciting. Saif came back thinking that any new clothes that he received or any new toy or the best stuff only came from Pakistan. He loved it, and was old enough to understand the differences and to appreciated them a bit.

I have been working on lots of projects, personal projects and not so personal. I have published a couple new patterns, and restarted my eBay ventures. We have a nice yard now, so we have been working on a garden. The boys love it, especially the pick and eat concept!

Hopefully I can blog a bit more, even if it never gets back to being very regular!

Some FO's from 2013 posted in 2017?!?!

Asalamu alaikum,

I saved this draft in 2014 people! Wow, I am an excellent procrastinator! I am trying to clean up my drafts folder and get back to blogging, I miss it and often wonder why I have stopped and basically ignored it for three years. I think I will go and post an obligatory update post, but for now enjoy these long time finished FOs-



I have long been a bit obsessed with Crinoline women designs/motifs. I just love the way they look, so feminine, dainty. So when I found a booklet called Crinoline Lady in Crochet, over at the Antique Pattern Library(free download because it is now in the public domain!) I started right away!

Here is a doily with two women holding fans to cover their faces.

Another motif, I knocked together the smaller version based off the larger original pattern. Then I hand stitched them to a mobile case and draw string makeup pouch for SIL #3.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Feature- Book Review:Marriage and children four book series

Asalamu alaikum,

This is a four book set that I had picked up at the book store in the Masjid I used to attend in Florida.

  • The Quest for Love and Mercy
  • Closer than a Garment
  • The Fragile Vessels
  • Our Precious Sprouts 

As a new Muslim and at that time being newly married I found these incredibly helpful. Learning the rights responsibilities of each spouse according to Islam can be confusing at times, this laid out everything in a very easy to follow manner. There are translations of each hadith /ayat used and detailed explanations.

The fourth, Our Precious Sprouts has been useful with each of my children. I sometimes have problems with cultural traditions that go against Islam, so it is good to have on a hand a reference book to be able to sort out what is allowed and what I should keep away from my children.

This book set seems to be geared towards slightly to the right of moderate Muslims. I would still recommend it even if you follow a more progressive branch of Islam, it is an excellent reference.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pinterest Projects: Chocolate chip cookies

Asalamu Alaikum,

After avoiding it for so long, I finally joined pinterest, and quickly got addicted. I don't pin that much, mostly just ohhh and ahhh over the brilliant ideas. I have managed to tear myself away for a bit and actually do some of the stuff I pinned. As an encouragement to myself to keep going(rather than just waste my time drooling and never doing) I wanted to post some of the stuff and do a bit of review, keep track of any mods, etc. To see other projects in this little series, click on the "Pinterest projects" label at the end of this post.
Original Pin here

My version-
Delicious. That's it, just delicious. The recipe made a bunch, but they didn't last long!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Feature: Life's little coincidences and crossovers.

Asalamu alaikum,

I love the little things in life that just seem to pull it all together. Sometimes it is just something small, like I am thinking of something, a particular fruit or snack food that I want and Tariq will bring it when I haven't said anything yet. Mostly it is just small things that make me smile, but sometimes it is bigger.

Remember this from soooo long ago? A crochet rectangle made by my MIL. not really having a purpose and left behind when she left after visiting the states. Who knew she would have a DIL that crocheted, that Tariq's cousin's wife would hold onto this seemingly purposeless piece for so long, and that it would end up with me for finishing?

Saad about 2 years old snuggled under Dadi Amma and mama's joint handiwork.

I did finally finish it(Oct. 2009 according to my Ravelry projects notebooks, so useful!) but couldn't find a post of it on the blog(Odd). So Saad used it for a while and it has been packed up and was waiting for the next little person. When Saif was born in November 2014 out it came.

Another similar thing has happened. Last year while cleaning out the storage room during SIL#3's wedding prep, SIL#2 found a partially completed sweater. the front and half of the back had been done, so they asked me to complete it. It sat around in my WIP pile for some time, while I worked on other more urgent projects.

Almost exactly the way Ammi had left it, I picked it up and knit from mid-way thru the last wide stripe of white.

Getting a rush of energy to finish up a bunch of WIPs and get everything in order(well, slightly less chaotic would be nice ;-)  I took this one out and just got it done. When I had almost finished, I looked at it and thought, "Hmmm, this is kind of big, it wouldn't fit FIL or BIL, I wonder who it was for?" Then I had that ah, if it was a snake it would have bit me moments, my husband is much larger than his father and brother (taller and wider in the shoulders). I thought well that must be who it was for then. So from curiosity I got out a sweater that I had knitted for Tariq while we were still in the States. EXACTLY THE SAME SIZE! Chest measurement, length, armhole, neck. Everything matched. Bit of a color difference, mine was done in maroon and black and hers in maroon and white.

It is just so interesting that we both knitted a sweater that was the same size, while living on opposite sides of the world, for the same person, (though I don't know when she started it). It is like a little thread of connection that we have. 

I really like to think that MIL and I( and maybe MIL and my Mom) would have gotten along very well. She seems, from what I have been told to be similar to my own mother. Crafty, loving, big heart. It is sometimes unnerving that people here that knew MIL, family, friends, neighbors, all tell me how many similarities we have. I really do regret that we never got to meet in this life.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pinterest Projects: Maternity dress/kameez

Asalamu alaikum,

After avoiding it for so long, I finally joined pinterest, and quickly got addicted. I don't pin that much, mostly just ohhh and ahhh over the brilliant ideas. I have managed to tear myself away for a bit and actually do some of the stuff I pinned. As an encouragement to myself to keep going(rather than just waste my time drooling and never doing) I wanted to post some of the stuff and do a bit of review, keep track of any mods, etc. To see other projects in this little series, click on the "Pinterest projects" label at the end of this post.

Here is the original pin,  and here is my version-

This is a kameez inspired by a vintage maternity sewing pattern. It is a princess cut, with a bit of gathering across the front just under the bust. I sewed up a pair of simple trousers in the same pink as the sleeves to go with it.

Mods-I didn't do the rolled collar, instead I made a regular square neckline with a zipper down the front, to allow for easier breast feeding. I also opted for full sleeves.

I do love the pattern but it would have benefited from a better fabric choice. This one doesn't have enough drape, so on an already fluffy pregnant woman it just made me look a bit more tent like. I might consider doing another version in the future in a different fabric.