August 26, 2015
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WIP Wednesday

Today I’d like to share with you two wearable projects I’m working on. The first is a crochet sweater (hopefully) made with white cotton yarn. The second is a soft and zig zaggy knit shawl.

The intention for the crochet sweater is for this to be an oversized cardigan with wide sleeves. So far I haven’t been writing the pattern down because I’m just making it up as I go along – it’s fairly simple and straightforward. Working from the bottom up, I’m working across sets of triple crochet and single crochet rows. I’m using a size 9.00 mm hook for the main piece and 6.50 mm for the ribbing, which is done by working back loop only for several rows.Crochet WIP Wednesday Crochet WIP Wednesday

I’ve also been practising my knitting skills with this Yin Yang shawl pattern on Yarnspirations. I’m pretty much a beginner each time I start a new knitting project and this was no exception. I had to look up how to slip stitch! I was so happy to find there is a video on how to make this shawl, explained beautifully by Vicki Howell. The yarn I’m using is a little finer than what the pattern calls for so might take me a wee bit longer.Knit Yin Yang Shawl WIP

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August 25, 2015
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Super Quick DIY Yarn Holder

Picture it: you’re working on a project with a small ball of yarn, maybe that’s how big the ball was when you bought it or maybe it’s the last remains of a larger skein. Anyway, you’re working away and each time you pull on the yarn it rolls off your lap or couch and ends up on the floor. Sometimes it just keeps on rolling like a rogue roll of toilet paper on a mission. So instead of interrupting your work to rescue the yarn here’s a super quick DIY. Take an empty (and thoroughly washed) iced beverage container, like the kind you get at Starbucks or in my case, Davids Tea, and place your ball of yarn inside. Thread the end through the straw hole and you’re set! Now your yarn will stay put. Super Quick DIY Yarn Holder - Pops de Milk
Repurposed Yarn Holder - Pops de MilkIf you find the plastic container is too light and tips over with the slightest whisper you can add weights at the bottom. I used these plastic sea shells I found at a dollar store but you can use pebbles or dried beans/rice, just make sure whatever you put in the cup is clean and smooth so it won’t dirty or snag your precious yarn.Repurposed Yarn Holder - Pops de Milk Repurposed Yarn Holder - Pops de Milk

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August 17, 2015
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Lil Quack the Duck: My First Giveaway!

When I first started crocheting I had just moved to Vancouver and needed something to do while I got settled and looked for work. Eventually I discovered amigurumi, on Pinterest of course. I came across so many cute creatures and one of the first pages I followed was Amigurumipatterns.net. When the first book, Zoomigurumi was published in 2012 I snagged a copy as soon as I knew it was available and have since made several of the patterns. I’ve used the book as reference when designing my own patterns and it has been a great resource. After I learned how to design my own amigurumi I felt I had learned all I could from the book and put it to rest with my other crochet books. But recently I’ve felt the need to take breaks from designing my own patterns and instead work on patterns created by other talented crocheters – it gives my brain a chance to relax and unwind. One night while flipping through the pages of the patterns in the book I realised that I never made Lil Quack the Duck, which is one of the cutest duck amigurumi I’ve seen. The designer is Amy of Little Muggles and she has and etsy shop where you can find her patterns. I glanced at the amigurumi I have on display and noticed I didn’t have space for another creation so I thought, “Gift it.” And that’s what I’m doing now. My first ever giveaway!Lil Quack the Duck Giveaway - Pops de Milk

This cute little duck was created by me with a mix of acrylic and wool yarns. He comes with a charming hat and a shawl to keep him warm. Note that I have used safety eyes so it’s not safe for children under 3.Lil Quack the Duck Giveaway - Pops de Milk Lil Quack the Duck Giveaway - Pops de Milk Lil Quack the Duck Giveaway - Pops de Milk

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August 11, 2015
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Crochet Hashtag Blanket – Finished!

Drum roll please….

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Finally, after nearly 2 months the blanket is done and is way bigger than I expected! As you can see it beautifully covers the surface of our queen size bed.

For the border I ended up going with two rounds of hdc and dc stitches. The first hdc round has 2hdc, 3ch, 2hdc in the corners and in the parts where the squares are joined I made 4ch. In the second dc round the corners have 6dc sts and in the 4ch from the first hdc round I made dc sts in each ch. Done!Hashtag Blanket Design - Pops de Milk Hashtag Blanket Stack of Squares Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk Hashtag Joining Squares - Pops de Milk Hashtag Blanket - Pops de Milk Hashtag Blanket - Pops de MilkHashtag Blanket - Pops de Milk

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August 4, 2015
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Hashtag Blanket – Joining Squares

After making all the squares for this blanket it’s finally time to join them together! So exciting! Okay, let’s begin:Hashtag Joining Squares - Pops de MilkHashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk

I like to use a standing stitch to begin but you can also start by making a sl st and chaining 3 (this will count as a dc). Start by taking 2 to 4 squares and laying them flat, right side up, one above the other as pictured:1Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de MilkIn the top right  corner of the bottom square make a dc, then in the bottom right corner of the top square make a dc. Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de MilkRepeat once more so there are 2 dc in the corners.3Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk Skip a st and dc in the next st of the bottom square. Repeat with the top square. Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de MilkContinue this way across until you reach the next corner where you will again make 2 dc, just like in the beginning. Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de MilkContinue joining squares this way. Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de MilkWhen coming across intersections just continue to join as you did in the first join. Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de MilkWhen you come across an intersection where 3 squares have already been joined it’s a good idea to first sl st to an existing dc before adding the next square – this will help to avoid large gaps. Or you can always use a bit of scrap yarn to sew the gaps together.Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk Hashtag Granny Square Blanket - Pops de Milk

 

And that’s it for how to join squares. Next post I’ll show you how to add a finishing trim to the blanket. We’re almost there!!

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July 28, 2015
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Hashtag Blanket – The Granny Squares

I think I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I get random project ideas and this one is no exception. Why a hashtag blanket? I’m not sure but hashtags are such a big part of our culture these days that I thought, why not crochet it? I toyed with the idea of hashtag coasters or a purse but those projects seemed too small, and would be over in a short time. But a blanket on the other hand takes time and commitment. Of course I didn’t want to spend too much time on this blanket so I chose to take the pixel approach and make several large granny squares, which I would later join. But first, the design.

At first I thought of making the blanket in black and white, with white as the background. I quickly realised this would potentially become boring so I decided to add colour. The hashtag would be some sort of vibrant colour against a white background. At the same time I didn’t want to buy more yarn when I already had so many beautiful skeins crammed into my yarn shelves. So I decided to use different colours and make it an ombre hashtag. Eventually I opted for a black background to make the colours really pop.

Hashtag Blanket Design - Pops de Milk

The Squares

The pattern for the square is simple and works up really quickly. Each square measures approx. 8×8″. For this blanket you’ll need to make the following squares:

33 in black

2 in contrast colour A (White)

5 in contrast colour B (Red Heart Super Saver – Aruba Sea)

2 in contrast colour C (Red Heart Super Saver – Jade)

5 in contrast colour D (Bernat Super Value – Aqua)

2 in contrast colour E (Red Heart Soft – Teal)

Materials

-For the contrasting colours you’ll need one 7oz/197g skein of worsted weight yarn for each colour, or about 1oz of yarn per square. For the black squares and for joining later you’ll need three 14oz skeins of worsted weight black yarn.

-6.50mm crochet hook

-Yarn needle for finishing ends.

Pattern 

With the exception of Rnd 1, starting chain always counts as first stitch.

Rnd 1: ch 8, join with sl st to form ring.Square Round 1
Rnd 2: ch 3, in ring make 2dc, *ch 4, 3dc, repeat from *2 more times, ch 4, join to top of ch 3.Square Round 2
Rnd 3: ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, *in ch4 sp make (3dc, 3ch, 3dc), dc in next 3sts, repeat from * 2 more times, in ch4 sp make (3dc, 3ch, 3dc), join to top of ch 3.Square Round 3
Rnd 4: ch 4, skip st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip st, dc in next st, ch 1, skip st,  *in ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), ch 1, skip st, dc in next st until next corner, repeat from * 2 more times, in ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), skip st, dc in next st, ch 1, join to 3rd ch of ch4. There should be 5 ch spaces between corners at end of round.Square Round 4a Square Round 4b
Rnd 5: ch 4, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, dc in ch space, dc in next 2 sts, *in each ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), dc in next 2 sts, dc in ch sp, dc in next st, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, dc in ch sp, dc in next 2 sts, repeat from * 2 more times, in ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), dc in next 2 sts, dc in ch sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, join to 3rd ch of ch4. There should be 3 ch spaces between corners at end of round.Square Round 5a Square Round 5b
Rnd 6: ch 4, dc in next dc, dc in ch sp, dc in next 6 sts, in each ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), between corners *dc in next 6 sts, dc in ch sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, dc in ch sp, dc in next 6 sts, repeat from * around, dc in ch sp, join to 3rd ch of ch4. There should be 1 ch space between corners at end of round.Square Round 6a Square Round 6b
Rnd 7: ch 3, dc in ch sp and next 10sts, in each ch 3 sp make (2dc, 3ch, 2dc), between corners dc in each st and ch 1 sp, join to top of ch 3. Fasten off and weave ends.Square Round 7a Square Round 7b

One square done, only 48 more to go!

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July 24, 2015
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Design, Test, Create, Repeat

The last several weeks have been pleasantly busy. I say pleasantly because I’m doing what I love most – crochet. And not just busy but also exciting. Why? Because early last month I was approached by Quantum Publishing to design and create patterns for their upcoming book Creature Feetures! I can’t show anything right now, but it’s a crochet pattern book of adorable and quirky baby booties. That’s not all. Jennifer at Squirrel Picnic is also working on her own book, The Big Acorn Race, and she asked me to test her patterns! I’m so excited and thankful to be part of these two projects and I can’t wait to share more in the future. Of course, when I’m not designing baby booties or testing patterns, I’m working on other projects and one of them has been in the works for the past 2 months. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the beginnings of a square, which will eventually become a blanket. This summer, so far, has had some pretty cool days and even colder nights so working on a blanket hasn’t been an issue. This weather has also inspired me to work on other fall/winter projects, like slippers! As I said, it’s been pleasantly busy around here. With so many projects going on at once it’s amazing that I don’t lose my focus, especially when Jason decides to play some fun music and attempts to take a hidden video of me.

 

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