End of Summer Leg Warmers

September is flying by and I’m trying my best to hold on! I’ve been crocheting away, making as much as I can for the Etsy: Made in Canada craft show, and thinking of ways to display my booth. Last week my Death Star pillow made it on George Takei’s Facebook page. Needless to say, I was beyond surprised/happy/giddy. And then the emails started coming in – I got lots of questions that gave me the push I needed to finish making the Death Star video. And then the custom order requests started coming in. So, like I said, I’m trying my best to hold on to this crazy-exciting month! The show is next Saturday (OMG!!!) and I think I’m almost there…but of course that tiny voice inside my head keeps telling me I don’t have enough items and my table display looks like a barren wasteland. Jay has been lovely, telling me everything is cool and I’m cool and my stuff is cool. Bless him, he’s keeping me from burrowing my face in my yarn stash.

But, despite my frenetic mood, I realise I need to take some time for myself and have a little break by working on something unrelated to craft shows and Death Stars.End of Summer Leg Warmers - Pops de Milk

Leg warmers. The nights are getting cold and even the days now have a chill to them, so why not slip into something warm? To make these leg warmers I started with a simple ribbing at the top and then used the Lacy Wave crochet stitch from New Stitch A Day. Make sure to watch the video and familiarise yourself with the stitch before starting the pattern. The pattern is worked flat, then sewn together and then a strip of elastic is stitched around the inside rib to keep them from sliding down.End of Summer Leg Warmers - Pops de Milk End of Summer Leg Warmers - Pops de Milk

End of Summer Leg Warmers

Materials

-3 balls (50g/1.75oz) cotton yarn such as Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in colour of choice.

-Size 3.75 and 4.50mm crochet hooks.

-Needle and thread for sewing the seams and elastic.

-Strip of elastic, enough to wrap around comfortably (I only stitched the elastic along the back of the knees portion).

Stitches

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single crochet

BLO – back loop only

Dc – double crochet

Starting with hook size 3.75mm

Ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.

Ch 1, turn, sc in BLO for approx. 55 rows or until the piece fits around your calf. It should be a little snug but not so tight that you’re cutting off circulation – that’s what the elastic is for ;)

Once the ribbing is done, ch 1 and sc along the side in each row. At the end you’ll have 55 stitches if you made 55 rows.

Now continue the pattern by switching to 4.50mm crochet hook and the Lacy Wave stitch:

Row 1: ch 1, sc into 2nd ch from hook, *ch 2, skip 2 sts, 1dc into each of next 2 ch, ch 2, skip 2 sts, sc into each of next 5 sts; rep from * to end, turn

Row 2: Ch 5 (count as 1dc and 2ch), dc into 1st st, *[ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc into next st] twice, ch 1, dc into next 2ch space, skip 2dc**, 5dc into next 2ch space, ch 2, dc into next st; rep from * ending last rep at **, 4 dc into last 2ch space, dc into last sc, skip turning ch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 5 (count as 1dc and 2ch), dc into 1st st, *[1ch, skip 1st, 1dc into next st] twice, ch 1, skip 1 st, dc into next ch, skip [dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1 and dc], 5dc into next 2ch sp**, ch 2, dc into next st; rep from * ending last rep at ** in tch, turn.

Repeat Row 3 until you’ve reached desired length – my leg warmers are about 15 inches (incl. the ribbing) or 24 rows.

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Photo cred: Little Sister Sue :)

Raccoons!

Look! It’s a bunch of curious raccoon mason jar cosies! And I’ll be selling them (including mason jar) at the Etsy:Made in Canada craft show.Raccoons! - Pops de Milk #crochet #etsymadeincanada #raccoon

Instead of finishing each mason jar cosy from start to finish I decided to go the assembly line route. First, I crocheted the bodies for all the animals I’ll be selling at the craft show (foxes, raccoons, and bears). Then, I made the tails and cut out all the face patches. Once I had all the necessary parts, I started with the raccoons (because they have more parts to them :P). I put together the patches, followed by the eyes, and lastly, the tail.Raccoons! - Pops de Milk Raccoons! - Pops de MilkRaccoons! - Pops de MilkNow I can cross one set of items off my list!

Have any of you ever sold handmade crafts at a craft show? Did you prefer to make your crafts assembly line style or one at a time?

Croshades

We’ve been having a few gloriously warm summer days lately, perfect for sun bathing and chillin at the beach. Jay and I were visiting my sister in Ottawa a couple of weeks ago when I read a blog post by Squirrel Picnic where Jennifer Olivarez shares her Croshades pattern. Croshades are awesomely cute and hilarious crochet shades intended for yarn bombing. My intention was to put them on the statues and sculptures around the parliament buildings but with my dad’s birthday, swimming at Meech Lake, lazily eating ice cream at La Cigale while having conversations on human behaviour, I didn’t get a chance to go so instead I wore them while I lounged under the sun.

Croshades by Squirrel Picnic - Pops de Milk

The pattern was very easy to follow and I really liked the way Jennifer designed the arms because even without pipe cleaners they still hold their shape well. Also, I completely forgot to pack white yarn so my Croshades don’t have the reflection spots, boo.

Also, I can see myself adding an elastic band at the back and turning these into a sleeping mask!Croshades by Squirrel Picnic - Pops de Milk

Raccoon Mason Jar Cosy

Slowly, my collection of mason jar cosies is growing. Ultimately I’d love to have a set of 4-6 cosies and as of last night I decided there would be a theme to the set. Seeing as I already have a bear and a fox I thought I would continue with the woodland creatures theme and so I came up with this adorable Raccoon Mason Jar Cosy:

Raccoon Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk

Raccoon Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk Raccoon Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk

So why a raccoon? Honestly, I think they are super cute, even though they scare me some times – especially while walking down a dark street and I realise that one is in a low tree branch right over my head. They’re so fluffy and cute with their keen beady little eyes, able to disarm you with a slight tilt to their head in a, “do you have a snack for me?” stare. I took some inspiration from notable raccoons like, Meeko the bottomless pit from Pocahontas, Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course The Raccoons (used to love that cartoon as a kid!). Oh and there’s also this fella who kept along with us for a while during a walk in Stanley Park, pausing ahead sometimes to wait for us to catch up.Raccoon Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk

Want to make a Raccoon cosy? Download the PDF here.

Raccoon Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk

Recently…

…I’ve been working on a pattern for leg warmers. I know, too soon, but summer is almost over and at night I sometimes find myself wishing I had a pair of leg warmers. I’ve never made any so that’s another reason for wanting to make cold weather accessories this early. I’m thinking a light and breezy pattern. If you’re like me and you tend to get cold shins at night, check back soon for a leg warmers pattern ;)

Last week I finally made something I should have made a long time ago: Coffee table leg cosies

The cosies definitely lessen the noise/scratch every time we move the table. Plus now the coffee table looks cute! Took no time at all too.

And today I finished an Etsy custom order of Ziggs from League of Legends. It was fun to revisit the pattern but I had completely forgotten how many pieces there were!

Ziggs and his clone - Pops de Milk

And, saving the best for last, I have some very exciting news…Pops de Milk is going to be at the Etsy: Made in Canada craft show! The show is in Ottawa at the end of September so naturally I feel as though it’s in a year, though a small voice keeps reminding me it’s more like, next week. Thank goodness for the small voice or I probably wouldn’t have already started crafting. For the next 4 weeks (yikes!) I’ll be busy crocheting like crazy and timing myself to see how fast I can crochet!

That last bit is more for my amusement…

Underwater Mario World Toilet Paper Cosy

I know today’s post is a little random, but what isn’t? The idea for this project was inspired by fellow crafter, Shannon at Badass Knitting, who knitted an octopus toilet paper cosy. I loved it and wanted to make one for our bathroom. I asked Jay if there was a particular theme he wanted for the main bathroom and he immediately said, “Giant squid! Or Poseidon (the Greek god)! Or the Nautilus!” To which I replied, “So…basically an underwater theme?” “Yes,” he said eagerly.

I began my brainstorming by holding a new roll of toilet paper and doing a Google image search of underwater themes. Because I’m still trying to learn how to tapestry crochet, I knew I wanted to use that technique so I would need a pixel image. The words “8-bit” and “underwater” could only lead to one thing: Super Mario Underwater World!

Underwater Mario World TP Cosy - Pops de Milk Underwater Mario World TP Cosy - Pops de Milk

I’ve made up a graph you can follow (download PDF here) but if you’re new to tapestry crochet I suggest you check out some tutorials, like this one by Little Woollie. Note that because this pattern is worked in the round the design will look a little slanted. You can shape the piece once it’s finished by tugging in the opposite direction but really, it kind of adds a little “watery” effect :)

 

The (N)Ice King

One of my favourite Adventure Time episodes is Loyalty to the King where the Ice King (after having his captured princess “taken away” by Finn and Jake) becomes depressed and eventually decides to shave off his beard and get in shape. The drastic makeover ends up attracting princesses who unknowingly refer to him as the Nice King. But deep down he is still the Ice King, a misunderstood and sad individual, searching for a princess to kidnap and marry. In a way I feel bad for him because he really just wants people to like him.

From mean old Ice King…

Ice King - Pops de Milk

To smiling Nice King.

Nice King - Pops de Milk

For a while I’d been wanting to make the Ice King but after seeing Loyalty to the King I was inspired to design a doll that could change from one character to another. This particular pattern took me a while to work on. It was a bit of a challenge figuring out how to make a removable robe as I’d never made anything like it before. Also, getting the eyebrows “just right” definitely tested my embroidery skills – I really wanted his expression to change from mean to nice by only adding/removing the beard. And let’s not even talk about the beard and hair piece yet!

If you’d like to make the Ice (and Nice) King you can download the PDF pattern here or you can find it in my Etsy shop here.