In sixth grade, our school took us to a field trip. I remember, I was very excited. All I could think was about the roller coaster, the haunted house, the boat ride and the food. What I did not think about was, who will I enjoy all this with. 
Yes, my friends, I was a loner. Partly because I had bad communication skills (probably still do). And, partly because my classmates were just down right meanies. You know, the brats.  Some were even like spikes

Before I delve into the story, let me tell you, I was an extremely naive child. I was one of those stupid people. I simply assumed anybody would accept me into their group and I will be good to go. 

However, the first time reality hit me, was when we were sitting in the bus. Everybody had some friend to sit with. So they already reserved the seats so they could be together during the ride. That meant, I could not sit in one of the already booked seats. Anyways, I still managed to sit with a girl who, I did not talk to at all. I think, she was probably just like me. 

The second time was, when we were actually at the park. After getting out of the bus, I was so clueless as to where to go. So I followed these girls from my class. I still remember their names and faces. I think I followed them enough to freak them out. Because, one of them said, “let us take her in our group, she is a alone.” And the rest immediately responded with a NO.

Yup, my ego was not at all fractured. 

Anyway, I eventually realized, I will probably get lost if I stay alone. So, I should be with someone at. Luckily, soon after the humiliation I found Fatima Jaffery and her friends.

Fatima Jaffery was also my classmate. Fatima and her friends were few of those who were nice to me. I didn’t really know them; nor did I know what they actually felt about me. But, If they never befriended me, they never bullied me either. And I think, that was the closest I got to being friends with someone during that time. 

So I asked her if I could tag along with her. And she said yes. Now that I think about it. Fatima actually did a huge favor on me. Considering the situation I was in, this was a huge blessing. She not only gave me some sort of safety, she also gave me company. I did not have to roam in that park all on my own. I did not have to sit on the rides alone. I did not have to eat my lunch alone. 

Just like how that “No” from the other girl is ingrained in my memory. So is Fatima’s “yes”. That trip would have been very difficult if I had not received that “yes”. 

So many times, people cross your path. You know, if that person hadn’t come to your rescue, you would have been in a very unfavorable situation. These people are sent by no one but Allah. It is beautiful how Allah is always there with His slave. He knew, I was distressed. I was worried. And he sent His creature to help me out. Whenever you come across a situation like this, don’t forget to thank your Lord. 

AlhamduLillah. 

AlhamduLillah.

 For not leaving me alone. 

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I skipped last week’s post.

And I am sorry.

I could go on and on about how I got busy with my exams and how I should have made time. But, well that is pretty much useless. Instead, I thought  I will talk about something interesting.

We all are toxic to some extent. And we all face toxic people everyday. Until and unless you are extremely lucky. I have divided these people into categories and I will share with you a few of them.

DISCLAIMER: ALL IS SAID IN HUMOR. IF YOU FIND YOUR TYPE HERE, DON’T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.

Or maybe you could. And improve yourself.

There might be several reactions to this article. You will try to relate these descriptions with the people you hate. For example your in laws or your colleagues. But, maybe for a change try to find yourself in those categories. After all, no one is perfect.

So let us begin!

#1— THE ALWAYS MISERABLE.

Really, you will find this type of personality everywhere. Elements of this type can be found even within yourself.

Now all is well with these miserable beings. The problem starts when they come into your life.

Well duh.

This type does not know the meaning of happiness. Hell, they are the antonym of HAPPY. You don’t use sad. You replace it with their names.

When they enter a room, they suck the life out of everyon. I don’t know what is it about them. Without moving a finger they absorb all the cheers and laughter from the room. They ALWAYS have a frown on their faces. And, they always have a problem. If they don’t have a problem, they will create one. That is how they use their creativity.

Now this kind could be anyone. They could be your friends or your enemies. Nonetheless, wherever they will be, they will carry their gloominess with them. To an extent that, you will start feeling gloomy too.

#2— THE, I AM BETTER THAN YOU. 

*Sigh*. Now I AM ALWAYS MISERABLE is still tolerable to some extent.

But this one. Oh no. Not at all.

If you are an emotionally weak person, then this type will damage you. Psychologically. In fact, if they sense your inferiority complex, then oh boy! you are in for a tough time. They literally feed off of your distress. They will do everything and anything to make you understand that you are absolutely worthless. However, they are faaaar faaaaar better than you. Thus, you should strive to be like them.

But, no matter how hard you try to improve, they will never see it. So don’t bother.

#3— THE I WILL REMIND YOU YOUR LIFE IS FALLING APART.

Now, people in this category don’t necessarily have a superiority complex; they just strive to be better than everyone. However, in some cases they are like #2.

What these people do is that they make sure you are constantly reminded of all the misfortunes that are happening in your life. Now, you might be a person who likes to ignore your problems. However, a companion of this kind will make sure that you ALWAYS feel sorry for yourself.

For example, you got a bad instructor. You know the evil ones. So this type will say, “oh my God, you got enrolled in HIS class!!? I feel so sorry for you.” And, “How are you going to survive???!”

Even though, you have done enough of self-counselling and convinced yourself that you will manage. However, after listening to this person, you lose all that motivation and you are back to square one. My advice would be to NEVER share your problems with this person.

#4— I WILL TAKE EVERYTHING YOU SAY IN A WRONG WAY.

I can understand these people to some extent. But, the issue arises when they go to an extreme level. It is when, they twist everything you say. Even when you are saying something nice, they will think you mean something else underneath.

I honestly don’t want to give an example. It is just that, you stop talking around these people. You often feel suffocated in their company. You think 3000 times before saying something but, end up not saying it eventually. You try very very hard to rephrase your sentences in the best way possible but, it doesn’t change anything. The best thing to do around these people is to be quiet. That is the only solution. But, some very pessimist ones will make something out of your silence too.

Then, my friend, you have no way out.

#5— THE JEALOUS KIND.

It is very clear from the title what kind I am talking about. Now this type is a combination of all the above categories. They can’t see any good happening to you. Because of that reason they are always miserable. Even though, they are blessed with enough. They start telling people how they are better than others and put others down. They will remind you how many things are going wrong in your life. And, finally they will never take anything you say in a positive sense.


SO. That is all from my side. Can you think of any other kind of toxic people?

On a serious note, you will find these people everywhere. My advice would be to just ignore all of them. That is the simplest solution. Or else, you can never be happy. And obviously, for that take Allah’s help and invest yourself in His remembrance.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Do find me on Facebook and Instagram. I will wait for you there.

Look at this.

I am posting for the second time this week.

Well, I took a day off so, I got some extra time. Thus, I thought, I must acknowledge this award given to me by the lovely BeautyKnowsNoFlaws as soon as I can. Than you so much Bobby!

BeautyKnowsNoFlaws is a blog full of beauty; as the title already suggests. Bobby is an amazing makeup artist. Her makeup is soft and natural but the look still manages to stand out. But that is not all, she also discusses life in general in her series called dear diary. Do check her out!

Rules:

Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in post
They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
Must add 7 facts about them
Then nominate 15 people

7 facts about me:

1. I stress out a lot. Almost 24/7.

2. I used to be a person full of self doubt. Now I am much better.

3. Crocheting calms me down.

4. I always wanted to start an online business. I think my dream is going to come true. (I think)

5. I love those ice lollies. Like the Jetsport ice cream. (or ice lolly).

6. I am very blunt. I don’t know how to not be straightforward.

7. I once tried to sell a crocheted mobile cover online. It did not sell. 😛

My Nominees are……

Some wonderful wonderful blogs. I would say some really talented ladies are going to take over wordpress. In sha Allah. CHECK EACH ONE OUT! You won’t be disappointed.

A lot of them are crochet blogs. Well, you know why.

RUSH TO SUCCESS

1NEWLEAF

Raising Rayyaan

SHUKRALLAHBLOG

A MUSLIMAH’S WRITINGS

Scottish Muslimah

Ruthie’s Crafting Corner

yarnchick

CROCHET539

Renate Kirkpatrick’s Freeform

NothingButKnit

Storyland Amis

inthecrochetgarden

I am looking forward to all of your responses! All the best!

Till then stay in touch with me on Facebook.

I am at that point in the semester when I finally realize that I have to put some effort to avoid failing my subjects.

Okay, not exactly fail; but, at least maintain my GP.

I spent the first 1.5 months of the semester just crocheting. I invested whatever time I got after school to plan new projects, design new patterns and think about better ways to Photograph them. However, I did not score well in few of my courses and, I realized, I have to get my act together. Thus, you see me posting only once a week instead of the three times I usually did. 

And that is the very reason, this post got delayed.

But worry not, I am finally writing it; it is not anything massive; but well, it is something I want to share.

I use crocheting to escape from all the stress university gives me. Crochet is a stress reliever; and this blog is my happy place. Therefore, I was overjoyed when my order finally arrived on 11th March.
There is a very unique kind of joy one feels when they receive their favorite craft supplies. Moreover, I love the smell fresh supplies. For me, only staring at colorful, brand new yarns can be a therapy. 

Okay, slight exaggeration. But you know what I mean.

I bought seven yarns and a set of crochet hook. All  yarns are double knit. Simply, because double knit is my favorite type of yarn at the moment. And, it’s​ the best for baby shoes. It is strong and soft at the same time. Five of the yarns are from the brand Super Robin. The other two are from Bally. The only reason I brought another brand is because they had the two colors I wanted. Well, there is no harm in trying​ something new. 

Then, I bought a set of 14 hooks. I did feel it would be a waste of money. But, I really wanted everything in one delivery cost. Basically, I don’t use the hooks sized below 3mm. And, I really don’t know where I will use the 10mm hook. But, we never know, these might come handy.

So, AlhamduLillah. This is pretty much it. I purposely ordered some dull colored yarn to contrast it with the brighter colors. Let’s see how that goes. Till then, stay up to date with my crochet adventures on Facebook and Instagram

Adorable Baby Shoes- Free Crochet Pattern.

This day has arrived.

The day I am publishing my very own original crochet pattern. AlhamduLillah!

I crocheted this pair for my nephew who I adore very much. I am very proud to say that I am going to gift him something original. Something specifically designed for him. In sha Allah.

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Well, let’s just dive into it.


What I used:

3 mm Crochet Hook. Beige color yarn- Brand, Robin Double Knit. Pink color yarn- Brand, Lana Para. Both are 100% acrylic.

The size:

3.5 inch sole.

Abbreviations:

Sc=Single Crochet.

Hdc=Half double crochet

Dc=Double Crochet

Dc2tog= double crochet two together.

Sts= stitches

Sl st=Slip Stitch


Sole+Upper

Row 1: Ch 13. 2dc in the second chain from the hook. Dc in the next five chains. Hdc in the next 3 chains. Sc in the next 2 chains. 6hdc in the last chain.

Opposite side of the chain: Sc in the next 2 chain. Hdc in the next 3 chains. Dc in the next 5 chains. 4 dc in the last chain. Slip stitch into the 1st double crochet.

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Row 2: 2dc in each of the next 3 stitches. Dc in the next 8 stitches. 2hdc in each of the next 6 stitches. Dc in the next 11 stitches. 2dc in each of the next 3 stitches. Slip stitch in the 1st double crochet to join. (42 sts)

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Row 3: Ch 1. Dc in the same stitch as ch1. Dc all around in all stitches . Slip stitch into the 1st double crochet to join.

Row 4: Ch 1. Dc in the same stitch. Dc in the next 2 stitches. One dc2tog. Dc in next 10 stiches. One dc2tog. Dc in next 6 stitches. One dc2tog. Dc in next 10 stitches. One dc2tog. Dc in next 6 stitches. Sl st in the 1st dc to join.

Row 5: Ch1. Hdc into the same st.  Hdc in all the sts all around. Sl st to join. Fasten off.

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Tongue

Row 1: Ch10. Hdc from the second ch from the hook. Hdc in all the following chains. Turn.

Row 2: Ch1. Hdc in all sts. Turn.

Row 3: Ch1. Hdc in all sts. Turn.

Row 4: Ch1. Skip first st. (along with the Ch1). Hdc in all next sts. Turn.

Row 5: Ch1. Skip first st. (along with the Ch1). hdc in all next sts. Turn.

Row 6: Ch1. Skip first st.(along with the Ch1). hdc in all next sts. Don’t fasten off.

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At this point, hdc all around the edges of the tongue until you reach the point where you started. Slip stitch into the 1st hdc. Fasten off.17199036_10210646888865719_55731591_n17229942_10210646894425858_482520362_o


Assembling+Joining

Now turn your work inside out so that the right side of the upper is facing towards you. Align your tongue (again the right side facing toward you) with the front of the upper. Count the front 12 stitches of the tongue. Count the front 12 stitches of the upper. Align the 12 stitches of both the parts. Insert your hook in the first stitches of both the tongue and the upper. Put your pink yarn over the hook and pull through both the stitches. Then ch1 to secure the stitch.

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Insert your hook in the second stitches the same way. Pull the yarn through both stitches and single crochet normally.

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Do this throughout one side of the tongue. When the tongue ends, sc normally throughout the heel of the shoes where there is only one stitch. Then when you reach the tongue again, sc through both the stitches of the tongue and the upper. Sl st into the 1st sc. Fasten off.

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Now weave in all your yarn.


Strap

Leave a long tail while making the loop. Ch11. Dc in the second ch from the hook. Dc in the next 8 sts. 6 dc in the last st.

Opposite side: Dc in all sts. Ch 5. Sl st into the first dc. Fasten off.

Insert the long tail into a yarn needle and sew it to the pink border you single crocheted along the tongue. Weave in the yarn and fasten off. Please be careful with the sides. It will be sewn on a different side on each shoe. 

Now sew a button of your choice and…… there you go! You are done! I hope this pattern benefited you.

I know how difficult it can be to follow a written pattern. So, don’t worry! You are free to ask me anything in the comments below. I will try to explain again all that you found confusing in sha Allah!

Also, stay in touch with me on Facebook and Instagram.

© This pattern was officially published on mycreativehutt.wordpress.com and therefore is the property of My Creative Hut. You are not allowed to copy and sell it under your own name or take credit for this pattern in any form. Nor are you allowed to sell the project made using this pattern. You can only use it for non commercial purposes.

© All Images are the properties of mycreativehutt.wordpress.com. You can not share or sell these photos under you own name. Full credit must be given to My Creative Hut when sharing it. You can not use this photo for commercial purposes.

We finally hit that century.

Yes we did. 

My Creative Hut community has finally reached the number 100!

All thanks to Allah for this success.

Yes success. For me this is a great achievement.

For many this might be a very small number. But for me, it is so much more. It makes me realize that all the hardwork that I put in the last 2.5 months did not go to waste. There are 100 people out there who want to be a part of My Creative Hut family. I cherish each and everyone of you. Every single like, every single comment and every single follow kept me going. All through out I had so many doubts but, the WordPress community never let me give up. There was always someone out there to support me. You all are truly amazing!

Here is a small progress I made through these 2 months that I want to share with you guys. Why, you are wondering? Simply, because I know there are so many of you out there wondering, when will you get followers. Well, I want to tell you with sheer hardwork, deligence and patience you will. In Sha Allah! When I took a screenshot of the 20 followers notification, nobody told me you will reach a 100 after a few months. But, I had this desire, this determination. And by the grace of Allah I can finally screenshot the 100 followers notification. 

Look, my point is very simple. You need to Believe. Believe in yourself. But most of all believe in Allah! 

I know I have not reached the peak of success. But this still means so much to me. And, I know there is always room for improvement; always room for progress. 

AlhamduLillah for everything. 

Only recently I was looking through my posts and came across Someday, you will find success.

I was having a slightly rough day. I was feeling quite demotivated. So, I read this post and for the first time in my life my, own words lifted me up.

I am my biggest critique. I never like my work. I find fault in all that I do. But, this time i was surprised to see what I have written. After such a long time, I truly appreciated myself. I added a little more to that article and now I am sharing  it with you all because I want to uplift your mood as well.

Take a look at the post here. Hope it benefits you.

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Are you searching for simple moccasins pattern?

Then this is the perfect post for you!

I crocheted this for my nephew who entered this world on Saturday night. AlhamduLillah!!

It was one of the simplest patterns I have come across. I have only recently started crocheting baby shoes and booties and most patterns are quite complex. The best part about this the way everything is explained with pictures. I don’t know about you guys; but, I don’t understand patterns with diagrams. This pattern is written in such a simple manner. Simple terminologies are used. If you have gained enough knowledge about crochet, let’s say, all the main stitches. And, you have made a couple of projects like bags and hats then you are very good to go. In fact, even beginners can take a risk. I used to do that a lot ;).  Oh and it’s completely free on craftsy.com. So go download this pattern and crochet adorable booties! All the best!

Hope this post benefits you.

The Liebstar Award

You guys don’t know how happy I am while writing this post. A big thank you to Sanchali07wanderer for nominating me! Go check her blog out or else you will be missing out.

Just like all awards I have to complete some tasks so let’s dive into it.

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Let’s start from rule no. 2.

 Questions asked by Sanchali :

1.What is your greatest achievement outside blogging?  

Getting into IBA (Institute of business administration). IBA is a renowned university of Pakistan and it’s quite tough to pass the aptitude. This is something I never thought I could do but with the help of Allah I was successful.

2.What are your nicknames? You prefer to be called?

In all honesty, I have a number of nicknames. Th list is too long. I like to be called from my original name that is “Sundus”.

3. How many days could you last in solitary confinement and how?

Not more than a day. By crying my heart out.

4.What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?

Humble. Smile. Friendly attitude.

5.Which animals scare you most?

Lizard. They freak me out!

6.What would your autobiography be called?

Hmm. A journey or colors and arts. I guess. 😛

7.What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

There were so many strange things. But I can remember any of it. 😛

8.Where is your fav place to take out an out of town guest?

Back in Riyadh there is this restaurant by the name of “Tazej”. Their food is amazing!

9.Are you good at keeping secrets?

You have to inform me that it’s a secret. Otherwise, I can’t guarantee anything.

10. The recent compliment received?

My speech communication instructor told me I “surprise” her *pleasantly*. Speech communication is a course in my university that teaches us how to give speeches.

11.Your patronus?

I did not know what a patronus was so I googled it.  After a while discovered it’s Orca. I did read and watch the harry potter series. 😛  After a while discovered it’s Orca.

Facts about me.

  1. I love french fries. I can’t spend a week without eating some fries. However, I have to cut down on it because well, nobody wants to be overweight.
  2. I love photography.
  3. I know coding, but, I am not that good at it.
  4. I am a family girl. Yes, if given a choice between friends and family, I will choose family. I just love them too much.
  5. I am overly attached to my mother. People call me a mama’s girl. I am not ashamed. I have parents who care about me.
  6. I had low self-esteem once. Like the severe one.
  7. I can be very wise at times. Like very. But I am mostly foolish.
  8. I create a mess when I am working. Like cooking or crocheting.
  9. I love honesty and honest people.
  10. I talk a lot.
  11. I stress out a lot.

Now I will pass this award on to some of the best blogs on wordpress!

A MUSLIMAH’S WRITINGS

BeautyKnowsNoFlaws

 Dpressedmuslimah 

1newleaf

ShukarAllahblog

Hira’s Cookshack

Aqsa says what

Crafting Dreams & More

Iqra Writes

Laila Nasheeba

Charley Come Home

My questions for you guys are.

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. How do you define success?
  3. Where do you want to be in 2 years?
  4. What is your best quality?
  5. What is your worst flaw?
  6. What is your greatest achievement?
  7. What is your life changing moment?
  8. Describe yourself in one sentence.
  9. What are you most passionate about?
  10. Why did you start blogging?
  11. How did blogging help you?

How to teach yourself crochet-Beginner’s Guide

I learned crochet about four to five years ago.

During that time, it was quite a rare craft. At least for me.  I didn’t know even a single crocheter around me. In fact, I didn’t even know what “crochet” meant.

Luckily, unlike the community I belong to, crochet was still somewhat popular on the internet. And, one fine morning I stumbled upon this craft and thought, “how did they do it with a single needle? I want to learn this too!” And so, the journey began.

From the right yarn to the right hook I learned a number of things during this time which I want to share with you all so your learning process can be easier.

  • Youtube is Vast. Obvious, isn’t it? Well I do know many of you might have already come across this video. However, you need to focus on how to watch the videos. Youtube requires patience. The videos can be long and there will be a few things that you will find difficult to comprehend. Watch the video again and again to understand the steps. Notice how they hold the hook and how they hold the yarn. See, in which stitch they are inserting the hooks. And so on.
  • The Right Hook. Okay, so there are instructions in the video for the right size of hook. But, let me give you my input as well. I recommend you use 5-6 mm crochet hook. Do not use any hook smaller than 5 mm right now. The process should be as easy as possible so that you don’t give up.
  • The Right Yarn. It doesn’t matter if your yarns are of low quality right now. In fact, I recommend you use cheap yarns in the beginning. Yarns can be expensive. But, use thick yarns.They should also be bright in colors. It’s very difficult to make out the stitches when a dark color yarn is used. Even expert crocheters have trouble with dark colors.
  • Start with short and easy projects. Okay, so you saw this gorgeous crochet sweater. But my dear friend don’t start crocheting it immediately after you learn how to make a chain. Choose small projects that you can finish quickly. This way you will see results and that will motivate you to make more projects. Some examples could be, small clutches, wallets, coin purse, boxes, table cloth, small mats.
  • Follow the pattern. even if it doesn’t make sense. There are many things that don’t make sense in life. So don’t worry when you read “2 sc in the same stitch” and you see your project taking a different shape compared to the original project. There are many factors that can change your project; the type of yarn, the type of hook and so on. But you should keep  working according to the pattern and it will eventually work out. Maybe not exactly the same. But you will make something close.
  • Another benefit of following patterns is that you will learn new types of stitches. For example, you know single and double crochet. But the pattern is asking for a sc2tog. Then just watch a tutorial that teaches that stitch and you are good to go!

The most important element is obviously steadfastness. People give up because it seems very confusing in the beginning. Once you get the hang of it, it will become fun. So stay positive, stay hopeful and work hard. And remember it is certainly not as tough as squats. Hope these tips help you.

© All images are the properties of My Creative Hut.