December 18, 2014
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Crochet Tree Ornaments – Tree WIP

“Less than a week left before Christmas and my tree isn’t fully decorated!” That is the thought that kept circling around my head all day. And good thing because it gave me the boost I needed to get down to business and finish making my ornaments.

I realised halfway through putting up the few ornaments and the crochet baubles I made that the tree didn’t have lights on it. And another realisation hit – I didn’t actually have tree lights. So, even though I said I wouldn’t buy any decorations for the tree, I did have to purchase a set of tree lights.

For the ornaments I came across so many beautiful and fun patterns but the ones I fell in love with were the Christmas cookie crochet patterns on Squirrel Picnic and this Christmas tree applique on Repeat Crafter Me. From Squirrel Picnic I chose to make the the Pizzelle and I’m (still) finishing up the lamp from A Christmas Story (isn’t it awesome?). I also used a few of the Christmas star coasters I crocheted. 

Now I just need one finishing touch and the tree will be done. Check back tomorrow for the final addition!

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Now I just need one finishing touch and the tree will be done. Check back tomorrow for the final addition!

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December 16, 2014
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Crochet Christmas Star Coasters

Our place is starting to look more and more like Christmas – the tree is up, though still looking a little bare, a few Christmas cards have arrived and are on display, and we’ve switched our usual couch cover with a bright red cover. I wanted to add a few more holiday touches and decided on making Christmas coasters that could also be used as tree ornaments!

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These coasters work up quickly and you can use any colour combination you want. You can also adjust the size by using different sized crochet hooks. You can also change the shape by adding more starting stitches. For example there is a 6 sided star that made by starting with 12 double crochet instead of 10. Play around and see what you come up with!

Materials:

-Worsted weight yarn in colour of choice. I’m using Bernat – Berry, Bernat – Kelly Green, and Bernat – White

-Size 3.50, 4.00, and/or 4.50mm crochet hooks

-Yarn needle for weaving ends

Stitches (American):

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

tr – triple crochet

Pattern is worked in rounds and joined at the end with a slip stitch.

Round 1: In magic ring ch 3 (does not count as dc)  and make 10 dc, close ring and sl st to first dc.crochet christmas star coasters - Pops de Milk1

Round 2: ch 5, dc in next st, *ch 3, dc in next st* repeat around, ch 3 and sl st to first st.crochet christmas star coasters - Pops de Milk2

Round 3: ch 4, sl st in 3-ch space, sc in next dc, *ch 3, sl st in 3-ch space, sc in next dc* repeat around, sl st to first st. Fasten off and weave ends.crochet christmas star coasters - Pops de Milk3

Round 4: Using a standing stitch in any 3-ch space [tr, ch, 3 dc], *2 sc in next 3-ch space, in next 3-ch space [3 dc, ch, tr, ch, 3 dc]* repeat around ending with [3 dc, ch] in beginning 3-ch space, sl st to first tr and fasten off. Weave ends.crochet christmas star coasters - Pops de Milk4Crochet Christmas Star Coasters - Pops de Milk

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December 11, 2014
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Snow Day!

Seems that Christmas/winter arrived over night because when I went to bed last night I don’t remember seeing any snow and this morning when I woke up, there it was! About 3 inches (it looked like 3 inches) of snow neatly lay over windowsills and the balcony railing. It was a pretty sight, which I wanted to enjoy but had to get to work. In any case, I did enjoy the view even more when I stepped outside. The streets were covered in a thick layer of snow that streetcars had to slowly rumble through, and the dimly lit office buildings appeared to be asleep – it was really quiet after all. The atmosphere put me in a good mood, despite having come down with a cold. So, because it is the season to get sick and work has been demanding (thanks, year-end, thanks) I will show you what I’ve been working on another day.

But because I really can’t wait to show you I’ll just tell you about my current WIPs:

-Christmas tree ornaments – I decided not to purchase any in the end. I might actually be crazy to think I’ll make enough ornaments for our brand new (real) 7 foot tree.

-A cute winter holiday decor that involves fake snow and a mason jar!

-And, I’m designing pretty Christmas-inspired mandala coasters (or possibly ornaments).

So stay tuned for some holiday crafting! And if a bunch of snow just got dumped in your part of the world, be sure to go out and build a snow person :)

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December 9, 2014
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Santa Claus Mason Jar Cosy

I’ve been seeing a lot of cute coffee cup cosies, in particular this Santa coffee cup cosy on Frogging Along. I thought it was so cute and naturally felt inspired to crochet a mason jar version!

Santa Claus Mason Jar CosySanta Claus Mason Jar Cosy Crochet Pattern - Pops de Milk

For this project I’m using my go-to mason jar cosy crochet pattern to make this cute beverage accessory, perfect for Christmas. I mentioned in a previous post that the 500ml mason jars are the perfect size for a tall (12oz) Starbucks peppermint mocha latte, or a hot chocolate with marshmallows! And if hot drinks aren’t you’re cup (or jar) of tea, this works wonderfully with cold beverages too.

Materials

-worsted weight yarn in red, white, and black. I used Bernat – Berry, Black, and White

-4.00mm crochet hook

-small piece of gold felt

-1 small black button

-gold embroidery thread and needle

Stitches used:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase

BLO – back loop only

Notes: 

Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, do not join or turn at the end of each round. Use stitch markers to keep track of beginning/end of each round. Colour changes are made in the last yarn over or previous stitch and for this pattern I used a great colour switch tutorial here on Oomanoot.

Starting with red yarn.

Round 1: make 6 sc in ring or ch 2 and make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Round 2: inc in each st (12 sts)

Round 3: [sc in next st, inc in next st] repeat around (18 sts)

Round 4: [sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st] repeat around (24 sts)

Round 5: [sc in next 3 sts, inc in next st] repeat around (30 sts)

Round 6: [sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st] repeat around (36 sts)

Switch to white yarn.

Round 7: sc around in BLO.

Round 8: (in both loops again) sc around.

Switch to red yarn.

Rounds 9-10: sc around.

Switch to black yarn.

Rounds 11-12: sc around.

Switch to red yarn.

Rounds 13-15: sc around.

Switch to white yarn.

Rounds 16-17: sc around.

Fasten off and weave ends.

Make the belt buckle with a small square piece of felt and sew with matching thread. Sew small button above belt buckle.Santa Claus Mason Jar Cosy Crochet Pattern - Pops de Milk Santa Claus Mason Jar Cosy Crochet Pattern - Pops de Milk Santa Claus Mason Jar Cosy Crochet Pattern - Pops de Milk

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December 4, 2014
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PB & J Banana Bread Recipe

It’s been a while since I published a food post, and even longer since I blogged about random baking! So I decided it was time to share a fun recipe with you. I had a craving for something sweet and as I looked around the kitchen I spotted three very ripe bananas (they were supposed to be snacks for work but somehow they were forgotten and then they reached the point of being too soft to be safely transported without a banana case, which I don’t have). Of course I didn’t want to make a plain and simple banana bread so I thought of what else I could throw in the batter. I’ve been going through a peanut butter and jam sandwich phase lately and decided BP & J would be the “special ingredient” in this banana bread recipe.

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Makes one loaf

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 to 1/2 cup home-made or store-bought strawberry jam or whatever flavour you prefer

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup peanut butter, I used smooth peanut butter

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F and grease a loaf pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a mixer. In a separate bowl, mash the banana. Add the peanut butter, jam, and vanilla then stir in the eggs and mix into the butter and sugar mixture. Add all the dry ingredients into the butter and banana mixture and stir until combined. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

The bread turned out delicious! Moist and full of flavour, though my food testers, Jay and Little Sister Sue, said the strawberry was a little too subtle for their taste so maybe a little more jam in the next batch. In this batch I used 1/4 cup of strawberry jam.PB & J Banana Bread - Pops de Milk PB & J Banana Bread - Pops de Milk

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December 2, 2014
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Christmas Tree WIP

So, I mentioned in the last post that I’m making my own Christmas Tree ornaments and/or looking for random objects to use for decoration. Last night I found the perfect random Christmas Tree ornament:

Cutest Little Death Star Christmas Tree Ornament!

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That’s right, the mini Death Star has made its way into the plastic branches of my Christmas Tree, just waiting for a stray ship to fly by.Christmas Tree - WIP - Pops de MilkChristmas Tree - WIP - Pops de Milk

Isn’t it awesome having a Death Star as a tree ornament? Never thought I’d combine Christmas with Star Wars but there you have it!

You can find the pattern for the little Death Star here.

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November 27, 2014
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Crochet Christmas Baubles and Christmas Tree WIP

Over a year ago Jay and I moved back to Toronto and last year we didn’t spend Christmas here but instead flew back to Vancouver to celebrate the holidays with Jay’s family (we take turns every year). And while we lived in Vancouver Christmas was either at Jay’s family’s place or at my mom’s place in Toronto so I didn’t put up a tree, in fact, we had to leave it behind when we made the move to Vancouver. So basically I have been without a Christmas tree for three years.

This Christmas it’s my family’s turn and because everyone has been in different places around the world, my mom’s place is no longer an option so…Christmas will be at our place!

I’m already thinking about dinner and all the yummy food I’m going to make but more importantly, what about the Christmas tree? Earlier this year Little Sister Sue moved back from Japan and in the last few months began retrieving belongings from storage. One such item turned out to be a small (fake) Christmas tree! The sight made me happy until I realised I had no tree decorations and then I felt even more excited because I could make decorations!

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The first tree ornament I could think of making was a bauble. I didn’t know how many I would make or what size they would be because what if it took too long and they weren’t ready by Christmas (wouldn’t that be funny). So, in case that does actually happen I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for things around the apartment I can potentially use to adorn the tree – this is where the Christmas Tree WIP comes in. But for now, I have actually made a few baubles/balls of varying sizes. They are very easy and quick to make and you can play around with the colours to make your own unique design.

Here’s how to Crochet Christmas Baubles for your tree:

Materials:
-Worsted weight yarn in various colours

-Size 3.25mm and 3.75mm hooks

-Polyester fiberfill

-Embroidery thread and needle

Stitches:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – increase (2 sc in same st)

dec – decrease (sc 2 tog)

Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, do not join or turn at the end of each round. Use stitch marker to keep track of beginning/end of each round.

Small Bauble – using 3.25mm hook

Round 1: make 6 sc in magic ring or ch 2 and make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)

Round 2: inc around (12 sts)

Round 3: [inc, sc in next st] repeat around (18 sts)

Rounds 4 – 5: sc around.

Round 6: [dec, sc in next st] repeat around (12 sts)

Stuff with fiberfill.

Round 7: dec around (6 sts)

Decrease 2 or 3 more times or fasten off and use a yarn needle to sew shut.

Medium Bauble – using 3.75mm hook

Round 1: make 6 sc in magic ring or ch 2 and make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)

Round 2: inc around (12 sts)

Round 3: [inc, sc in next st] repeat around (18 sts)

Round 4: [inc, sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (24 sts)

Rounds 5-7: sc around.

Round 8: [dec, sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (18 sts)

Round 9: [dec, sc in next st] repeat around (12 sts)

Stuff with fiberfill.

Round 10: dec around (6 sts)

Decrease 2 or 3 more times or fasten off and use a yarn needle to sew shut.

Larger Bauble – using 3.75mm hook

Round 1: make 6 sc in magic ring or ch 2 and make 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sts)

Round 2: inc around (12 sts)

Round 3: [inc, sc in next st] repeat around (18 sts)

Round 4: [inc, sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (24 sts)

Round 5: [inc, sc in next 3 sts] repeat around (30 sts)

Rounds 6-9: sc around.

Round 10: [dec, sc in next 3 sts] repeat around (24 sts)

Round 11: [dec, sc in next 2 sts] repeat around (18 sts)

Round 12: [dec, sc in next st] repeat around (12 sts)

Stuff with fiberfill.

Round 13: dec around (6 sts)

Decrease 2 or 3 more times or fasten off and use a yarn needle to sew shut.

To hang the baubles on the tree I used embroidery thread by threading a loop through one end and tying a knot at the top. Easy and done!Crochet Christmas Baubles and Christmas Tree WIP - Pops de Milk Crochet Christmas Baubles and Christmas Tree WIP - Pops de Milk

Here’s the tree, looking a little naked. Crochet Christmas Baubles and Christmas Tree WIP - Pops de MilkAs you can see I don’t have tree lights yet – they’re on the shopping list and hopefully will be the only thing I need to buy for the tree – but these crochet Christmas baubles are a pretty good start!Crochet Christmas Baubles and Christmas Tree WIP - Pops de Milk

 

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