Friday, 19 January 2018

Kashmiri Palak and Chicken Recipe.

HI Guys! today i'm going to share how we Kashmiri's normally cook our Spinach and chicken meal. Its easy and yummy. if your recipe vary, you can share that in the comments below!


Spinach 1 kg.
Chicken 1 whole.
Garlic 3 - 5.
vegetable oil 2 - 3 tablespoons
Salt to taste.
Red Chillies 1 teaspoon.
Ginger powder 1/2 teaspoon.
Turmeric 2 - 3 teaspoons.


We will cook chicken and spinach separately and mix them together in the end.

1. Put chicken in a bowl with water, little salt, 1 teaspoon turmeric and boil. As soon as it boils drain the water and let it sit in a strainer.

2. Clean the spinach and put it in a big utensil with water and a little salt. Boil till the volume is reduced. Strain the water.

3. Fry the spinach. In a pressure cooker put the fully strained spinach along with chopped garlic, oil and salt.

4. Beat the spinach when frying to make a paste using a wooden spoon.

5. When it starts to give off oil add other spices and mix thoroughly. Add a little water if need be.

6. In a separate utensil put the drained chicken, add oil, salt and chopped garlic. Fry for 15 to 20 minutes on a low flame.

7. Add spices and fry a little more.

8. Add enough water that covers the chicken pieces.

9. Let it boil and keep it boiling till the chicken is tender.

10. Add this chicken along with its soup to the spinach prepared.

11. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.

12. Serve with naan or rice.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Mathemetics of Crocheting

Hi guys!
Have you ever thought that why the heck am I studying Maths during school? Or have you ever thought why and where do I need such complex mathematics?

Well, I have been crocheting since childhood but never thought about it and it only came about much to my surprise that there is a link between crocheting and mathematics!
Yes folks, Its true! In fact all crochet patterns have underlying mathematical structures. The mathematics of crocheting. 

crochet is used to view 3D spaces that are otherwise difficult to understand or view 2 dimentionally. it is used to illustrate hyperbolic and fractal geometry!

In ancient times, making baskets and weaving led to the mathematical discovery in these crafts as the crafts have repetitive patterns.

Some mathematical crochet structures:

 Möbius strips

Mobius stripes in crocheting are nothing than Infinity scarfs! we have made them, used them all along our life but until now, had no idea about their mathematical perspective. In mathematics, a mobius stripe can be defined as a surface with one continuous side formed by twisting the other side at 180 degrees! (Dont get confused, they mean Infinity scarves).

Did you know, Alan Turing, a well known computer scientist, would often knit mobius stripes and other geometric shapes during lunch break!

Mathematics and hyperbolic crochet

Hyperbolic plane is a surface that is always expanding! the space expands and curves away from itself. It is open and infinite and has a very complex geometry. For a crocheter though, creating a hyperbolic pattern is very easy. Just keep on increasing those stitches, like you do in ruffles.

The above piece is just a flat circle that has number of stitches increased in each round so it looks like a giant round ruffle.

As a matter of fact, mathematicians for hundreds of years believed that anything as such was impossible until they accepted that in form of geometry. Because of its complexity, they thought it was not possible to materialize it. However, in 1997 Dr. Daina Taimina, surprised them all with its simplicity through crocheting!

Hyperbolic growth in nature gives rise to the ruffled shapes of coral, kelp, and sea anemone.  The Institute for Figuring created the concept of the Coral Reef with hyperbolic crochet and have been developing this concept since 2005.

Lorenz manifold

Mathematical scientist Edward Lorenz, first studied a system of ordinary differential equations, they are notable for having chaotic solutions for certain parameter values and initial conditions!

Dr. Hinke Osinga(Engineering Mathematics) and professor Bernd Krauskopf have turned the lorenz equation in a real life objects by crocheting computer generated instructions of lorenz manifold!
The overall shape of the surface is created by little local changes: adding or removing points at each step.

Dr Osinga has been able to crochet since she was seven years old , so she noticed that this is exactly the same way that crochet instructions work – by specifying a “surface” (more usually a poncho or baby’s blanket!) in rows, with the number of stitches increasing or decreasing. From there it was a simple step to turn the algorithm into a crochet pattern, and to start to create a real-life Lorenz manifold.

That was clever!

Fractal Crochet

Fractal geometry is a field of maths born in 1970's and is developed by Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. Fractal geometry is all about shapes. Fractal is a geometric pattern that is repeated at small or large scale to produce self similar and irreglar shapes and surfaces that are impossible to create in classic geometry. Fractals are irreglar patterns found in nature that are modeled using computers and fractal geometry.

In crochet as you can see, we make certain small unit of a pattern and repeat it over and over again to make the end product that looks like it is made up of smaller sub units. The basic examples are that of doilies, blankets etc.

I hope you found this information as insightful and fascinating as I did. I never knew there is so much to crocheting as this. If you are a crocheter like me, it is a plus point to know more about the science behind the crochet and crochet behind the maths!

Don't keep it to yourself only, Keep pinning, keep sharing!


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

How To Crochet A Granny Square Fingerless Gloves

Hi Guys! In this post we will talk about my new YouTubeGranny Square Gloves. I have already uploaded the video, you can watch it there as well. I had a lot of scrap yarn, and probably have some still, I decided to put some of it to a good use! And this pattern came to my mind. I searched for some granny square patterned gloves on Pinterest but didn’t find much similar products.

I used cotton yarn and a size II aluminum hook. You can use your choice of yarn and hooks as well.
Let’s begin the pattern, if you are new to crocheting you can learn the basics to crocheting here.


Working the granny squares.

Round 1. (Any Color Yarn)

1.       Chain 4.
2.       Join to make a magic ring.
3.       Chain 3.
4.       Double crochet 2 times in this magic ring.
5.       You will have 3 stitches. The first chin 3 will be considered as one stitch.
6.       Chain 3.
7.       Make a set of 3 double crochet stitches in the magic ring the second time.
8.       You will have 1 set of double crochet stitches, followed by a hole and then the second set of double crochet stitches.
9.       Chain 3 once again.
10.   Make a 3rd set of double crochet stitches.
11.   Chain 3.
12.   Make the 4th set of Double crochet stitches.
13.   Chain 3 and join with the beginning of the round.
14.   The sets of double crochet stitches make the sides of the granny square where as the chains of threes makes the holes that represent the corners of the square.
15.   Trim the yarn and weave in the yarn tail.

Round 2: (Black Yarn)

1.       Join the black color yarn to one of the holes of the square. Chain 4. (call it A)
2.       Now work the double crochet stitches in the next hole. Make a set of 3 stitches. Followed by a chain of three and a 2nd set of double crochet stitches.
3.       Chain 1.
4.       That is the first corner worked out.
5.       Now work in the second corner/hole. Again make 3 double crochet stitches, chain 3, 3 double crochet stiches.
6.       Chain 1.
7.       The third hole is worked in the same manner.
8.       However, in the last hole, we make a set of 3 double crochet stitches, chain 3, next we make only 2 double crochet stitches, and the third one is the initial chain that we called A, Join it with this chain at the 3rd stitch.
9.       Trim the excess yarn and weave off the yarn tail.

Joining the granny squares.

1.       We will be using 24 granny squares for both the hands together, i.e. 12 for each hand.
2.       Join the granny squares using yarn and yarn needle and stitch them together.
3.       Make a matrix of 3x4 squares, i.e. 3 rows and 4 columns.
4.       Fold in half, stitch along but leave a gap for the thumb.
5.       Weave off the yarn tail.
6.       Decorate with pearl beads.

I love how this pattern worked out and how perfect the centers look like. I’m glad that all the scrap yarn was put to some use and the end result was cheery. The flowery look is giving me quite a positive vibe.

Note: This pattern is original pattern by Hobbiesinn. Please do not claim this pattern as yours. If you wish to share it, you may link to this pattern but please do not copy on your site. You can use it for personal use but DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.

You can however, sell the products of this design but do credit the design to me  @hobbiesinn. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!