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.

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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
by Pops de Milk
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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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July 21, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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DIY Get Outside Body Spray

Recently Jason and I went camping with Little Sister Sue and a few of our friends. As expected, there were tons and tons of mosquitoes, deer flies, horse flies, and other insects that like to make sure you’re having a miserable time around the campfire. Or worse, while you’re trying to set up a tarp. The weather was amazing though, perfect for swimming and playing games like ladder toss. But with amazing weather comes the chance of heat stroke, sun stroke, forgetting to re-apply sunscreen, and just feeling a little grungy in your day-old, DEET and campfire-smelling clothes. This is where my body spray came in to refresh us. The lavender and lemon essential oils boosted our spirits when we felt tired and sweaty, leaving a citrus fresh scent behind. And as an added benefit, it repelled insects for a bit, which gave us a much needed break from using poison on our bodies.DIY Get Outside Body Spray - Pops de Milk

Lemongrass, citronella, and eucalyptus are natural insect repellents, specifically mosquitoes. Lemon oil is a known mood booster, just a sniff of the citrus oil puts a smile on your face. Lavender oil is good for soothing insects bites, repelling insects, and feeling calm and relaxed. Lastly, witch hazel helps to soothe insect bites and itching, plus it just feels so nice on the skin, especially after a hike on a hot day.

Here’s how I made this body spray:

In a small spray bottle combine 5 drops each of lemongrass, lavender, lemon, citronella, and (because it’s very strong and I don’t want to smell like cough medicine) 3 drops of eucalyptus oil. Add a few drops more of your preferred scent – I added a little more lemongrass to my mix.

Fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel and give it a good shake before each use.

Spray on and get outside!

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July 14, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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I Heart Pluto

This morning the first thing Jason said to me was, “The New Horizons spacecraft made it to Pluto!” Inside my groggy morning brain nothing happened, I hadn’t had my coffee yet. An hour (and two cups of joe) later I was in awe at how far we’ve come in our space exploration. After a decade of soaring through our solar system,  the New Horizons probe flew by Pluto and gave us a closer look at the dwarf planet. Amazing. Even more amazing is that a part of Pluto’s surface has the shape of a heart! I went from awe to “Aww!” and it didn’t take very long for me to decide that I needed to crochet Pluto.

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When it came down to making the planet I decided to use the same pattern as the little Death Star with several modifications. The finished size for this planet is 9 inches in circumference.

Notes on the pattern:

Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, do not join or turn at the end of each round. Use stitch markers to keep track of rounds. Colour Changes are made in the second step of the previous single crochet stitch, for example: with Main Colour insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over with Contrasting Colour and pull through. Don’t worry if the sphere looks a bit cone-shaped, that is fixed with lots and lots of stuffing.

Materials

-worsted weight yarn. I used Bernat Super Value in Clay for MC and Oatmeal for CC

-4.00mm hook

-polyester fiberfill

Stitch Abbr. (American Terms)

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2sc in same st)

inc3 – 3sc in same st

dec – decrease (sc2tog)

dec3 – sc3tog

Pattern

With MC

Round 1: in magic ring ch1 and make 5 sc (5 sts)
Round 2: inc in next 4sts, inc3 in last (11 sts)
Round 3: inc in next st, sc in next 2sts, *inc in next st, sc in next st, repeat from *3 more times (16 sts)
Round 4: sc in next st, inc in next st, change to CC, sc in next st, change to MC, sc in next st, inc in next st, sc in next 2sts, inc in next st, sc in next st, inc in next st, *sc in next 2sts, inc in next st repeat from *once more (22 sts)
Round 5: sc in next 2sts, change to CC, sc in next 3sts, change to MC, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 5sts, inc in next st (26 sts)
Round 6: sc in next st, change to CC, sc in next st, inc in next st, sc in next 3sts, change to MC, sc in next st, inc in next st, sc in next 5sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4sts, inc in next st, sc in next 2sts (31 sts)
Round 7: sc in next st, change to CC, sc in next st, inc in next st, change to MC, sc in next st, change to CC, sc in next 3 sts, change to MC, sc in next 5sts, inc in next st, sc in next 10sts, inc in next st, sc in next 7sts (34 sts)
Round 8: sc in next 2sts, change to CC, sc in next st, change to MC, sc in next 3sts, change to CC, sc in next st, change to MC, inc in next st, sc in next 10sts, inc in next st, sc in next 11sts, inc in next st, sc in next 3sts (37 sts)
Cut second colour and weave ends.
Round 9: work even
Round 10: work even
Round 11: sc in next 3sts, dec, sc in next 17sts, dec, sc in next 13sts (35sts)
Round 12: sc in next 12sts, dec, sc in next 16sts, dec, sc in next 3sts (33sts)
Round 13: sc in next 7sts, dec, sc in next 9sts, dec, sc in next 9sts, dec, sc in next 2sts (30sts)
Round 14: sc in next st, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 6sts, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 5sts (26sts)
Round 15: sc in next st, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 4sts, dec, sc in next 5sts, dec, sc in next 3sts (22sts)
Start stuffing.
Round 16: sc in next 2sts, dec, sc in next 3sts, dec, sc in next 2sts, dec, sc in next 3sts, dec, sc in next 2sts, dec (17sts)
Round 17: dec, sc in next st, dec, dec, *sc in next st repeat from *2 more times (11sts)
Round 18: dec 4 times, dec3

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July 7, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Donut Pin

The idea for this project came from a few things. It started one day when I came across this fun DIY Donut Purse on Studio DIY. I loved the idea of a donut as an accessory and was daydreaming about how I could crochet a donut bag. As I usually tend to do, I asked Jason if he thought a donut bag would be cool, like the Boba Fett and Goron bags. “What about the donut hole?” he asked and added “I don’t think that would work out so well.” I agreed he might be right but I would continue brainstorming and maybe experiment with a pin instead, perhaps using plastic canvas? A few days later, after I’d forgotten all about making a donut bag, I saw this crochet rose earring tutorial on Fiber Flux. She used embroidery thread to crochet roses! Embroidery thread! As it was my first time seeing anyone crochet with embroidery floss I was blown away. Of course I immediately brought out my box of thread – so many lovely colours, just sitting there –  and all of a sudden: donut. And that is how this pin came to life.

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Once I knew I’d be making a donut I did a quick search for a pattern and found this awesome donuts pattern on Little Things Blogged. But instead of using regular yarn I used embroidery thread and a size 2.00mm crochet hook. Also, in Rounds 4-10 of the base I only worked even until Round 8 and for the icing I only did Rounds 1-3. Before sewing the icing to the base I stitched on some sprinkles. Lastly, I sewed a pin to the back. Sweet!Crochet Donut Pin - Pops de Milk Crochet Donut Pin - Pops de Milk Crochet Donut Pin - Pops de Milk Crochet Donut Pin - Pops de Milk Crochet Donut Pin - Pops de Milk Crochet Donut Pin - Pops de Milk

 

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July 2, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Dragon’s Loyalty & Creative Blogger Awards

Dragons Loyalty and Creative Blogger Awards - Pops de MilkImagine my surprise when I discovered that Kerry from Candyfloss Ramparts nominated me for a combined Dragon’s Loyalty and Creative Blogger Award! These awards are a clever way to share tidbits about yourself and to get to know other bloggers too. Fun!

Dragon’s Loyalty Award Rules:
Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
You must share 7 things other bloggers may not know about you.
Nominate up to 15 bloggers for Dragon’s Loyalty Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog

Creative Blogger Tag Rules:
Nominate 10-20 blogs and notify all nominees through their social media/blogs.
Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you.
Share five facts about yourself to your readers.
Pass these rules onto them.

And without further ado, I give you 12 Facts About Me:

1. I think about crochet all the time. Like, if I go to a movie theatre I get anxious because I can’t crochet while I watch a movie. There should be a movie theatre for crocheters/knitters…

2. I am a very anxious person. I worry a lot about stuff like should I wear my Tom’s today? It looks like it might rain…

3. The movie Julie and Julia inspired me to start blogging about food. Eventually crochet took over, much like the yarn that’s taken over our apartment.

4. As a kid I used to love back to school shopping because it meant brand new stationery. Unsharpened pencils! Pristine erasers! Thick stacks of fresh lined paper!

5. This is my high school grad photo. I then went on to shave my head. Good times.grad pic

6. I have two younger sisters. Jason says we sound like giggling dolphins when we’re together.

7. I used to read a lot of trashy romance novels when I was a teen. I looked forward to summer vacation so I could read as many as I could. These days I read a lot of crochet patterns.

8. I think my nose is beautiful.

9. I have a very small tattoo of a turtle on my back.

10. The song I sing most often in the shower is Colours of the Wind.

11. My mom and I used to workout to Richard Simmons Sweatin’ To the Oldies. To this day whenever I hear a song from the video I have to do the dance moves.

12. A few of my all time favourite movies are: Shirley Valentine, Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie, Pretty Woman, Working Girl, Terminator 1 & 2, Alien 1 & 2, and Clueless. But really the list goes on and on.

Thanks Kerry for the nomination! And now I nominate these awesome bloggers:

All About Ami

Amigurumi To Go

Bluettine

Hands Occupied

Hopeful Honey

Little Crochet

Rescued Paw Designs

Squirrel Picnic

Tea and Craft

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June 30, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Goron Mask Bag

Little Sister Sue, upon seeing my Boba Fett bag, immediately requested that I make her a bag of a Goron from Zelda. Without thinking too much about it I agreed and a few days later did a quick Google search of Goron masks. I never really got into playing Zelda, though I did try and I did watch Little Sister Sue play quite a bit so I was somewhat familiar with a few characters. Still, when I searched for Gorons I realised I didn’t remember too much about them (other than their ability to roll like rocks) but more importantly their appearance. “They look like turnips with fish faces,” I said to my sister, who agreed.

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If you’re new to tapestry crochet check out this post on colour changes and this post on increases and decreases. For a liner I used this Tri-force fabric from Spoonflower. To make your own Goron you can download the PDF chart here. For the back piece I used a solid yarn colour. Lastly, for a bag strap I used a long metal key chain that I found at my local dollar store and a snap for closure. Little Sister Sue was very happy :)

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