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
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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.

Crochet Goron Mask BagGoron Mask Bag - Pops de Milk

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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June 23, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Flower Key Cosy

After much wear and tear my Key Chain Chomp had to be retired. This left my key feeling exposed and vulnerable so I had to crochet another cosy for it. I have a growing stash of scrap yarn that I thought would give me inspiration and I quickly came up with a colourful flower cosy.

Crochet Flower Key CosyCrochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk

To make this cosy you will need bits of worsted weight yarn. The size of the hook is not that important as it depends on how big you want the flower to be. I used size 3.50mm hook.Crochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk Crochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk

1. Starting with a magic ring, ch 1 (does not count as first st), make 6 sc in ring and join with sl st, do not turn.

2. Ch 1 (does not count as first st), 2 sc in each st, sl st to join, do not turn (12 sts)

3. Make 4 dc in next st, sl st in next st. Repeat around and join with sl st. Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Make a second flower but weave ends. Sew both flowers together making sure to leave enough space for the key to fit in. Place the key inside and continue to sew and secure in place. Sew to key chain and you’re done!Crochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk Crochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk Crochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk Crochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk Crochet Flower Key Cosy - Pops de Milk

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June 16, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet BMO Tablet Case

Recently we purchased a tablet and, after setting it up to my liking, my immediate thought was to make a case for it. The last time I made a tablet case was for my iPad by using an old book. This time, because I’m so hooked (get it, hooked?) on tapestry crochet I decided to do something cute and geeky. It didn’t take me very long to realise that BMO from Adventure Time would be the perfect design for a tablet case.

Crochet BMO Tablet CaseCrochet BMO Tablet Sleeve - Pops de Milk

If you’re new to tapestry crochet check out this previous post on colour changes. To make this case I created a crochet chart, hoping that the finished size would be the perfect measurement for the tablet. But it was a little small so I improvised by making the back piece (which is a solid colour) wider as well as adding rows to give it length. For a liner I used this adorable BMO design from Spoonflower – so many fun fabric designs on this site! Once I sewed everything it all came together perfectly.

Download the BMO crochet PDF chart here.Crochet BMO Tablet Sleeve - Pops de Milk Crochet BMO Tablet Sleeve - Pops de Milk Crochet BMO Tablet Sleeve - Pops de Milk Crochet BMO Tablet Sleeve - Pops de Milk Crochet BMO Tablet Sleeve - Pops de Milk

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June 9, 2015
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Crochet Mandala Mug Rug

When I started making these mandalas I wasn’t thinking about the mandala wall art project (which is still a work in progress!) but I thought these small mandalas would make beautiful coasters. Then I had another idea come to me one morning at breakfast. I was taking my mug of coffee to my desk along with a glass of water and a small plate with a scone. I put the plate on top of the mug to save me a trip and to keep my coffee hot but when I took the plate off the mug there was quite a bit of condensation on the bottom. Not wanting to leave a water ring on my wood surface I grabbed another coaster. Staring at the three coasters I had gathered together I wondered if it wouldn’t make more sense to have a mug rug.

Crochet Mandala Mug Rug

Crochet Mandala Mug Rug - Pops de Milk

I used cotton yarn to make the mandalas and then simply sewed them together to form a square. To add some colour to the yarn here is how I tea stained the mandalas. There’s no pattern for the mandalas because I was making them up as I went along, getting inspiration from books and the internet.Crochet Mandala Mug Rug - Pops de Milk Crochet Mandala Mug Rug - Pops de Milk

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June 2, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Tea Dyed Crochet Mandala – An Experiment

After making a mandala with this pattern from Rescued Paw, I felt inspired to crochet more mandalas. Mandalas are great for mental relaxation and have a meditative quality about them, perfect for mindless crochet. Using white cotton yarn, I started making a small mandala and then another and so far I have made four. I’m not sure what their purpose will be yet but I do have some ideas. One thing I was sure I wanted to experiment with was tea-dyeing the mandalas.

Tea Dyed Crochet Mandala – An Experiment

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Here’s how I dyed, or stained, my mandalas:

I boiled about 2 cups of water and used 4 tea bags (Earl Grey, because it smells so nice).Tea Dyed Crochet Mandalas - Pops de Milk

After letting the tea steep a few minutes I gently immersed the mandalas into the tea dye and let them soak for about an hour. Then I rinsed them under lukewarm water, re-shaped them and laid them flat to dry. This is the part that took the longest – cotton is super absorbent and since I didn’t stain the yarn before crocheting and I did this during a rainy weekend I felt like it took forever to dry. Also, I noticed that the top side of each mandala had a much darker stain than the bottom, could be from not rinsing the mandala enough but I really like how it looks.

Have you ever tried dyeing yarn with tea? Would love to know your experience!

Tea Dyed Crochet Mandalas - Pops de Milk

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May 26, 2015
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Table Mandala

For some time I’ve wanted to make something to hide or at least partially hide the centre line in the dining table where the leaf extension goes. I could use a table cloth but…it’s much easier to clean a naked table surface than having to wash a cloth all the time. We started getting weekly flowers from Fresh City and they look so pretty on the table but the table crack is still there. Last week Rescued Paw shared this beautiful mandala pattern and I knew this would look perfect on the table with the flowers!Crochet Table Mandala - Pops de Milk

Naked table with ugly line.Crochet Table Mandala - Pops de Milk

Now that’s better! Doesn’t it look so pretty and flowery? To make this mandala I used a light weight yarn though I’m not sure about the weight (I used a mystery yarn I found in my stash).  And now the dining table is not so naked!Crochet Table Mandala - Pops de Milk

 

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