October 31, 2014
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Happy Halloween! Movies to watch, Treats to eat, Crochet to do!

Halloween has arrived and it’s time to celebrate this ghoulish holiday…at home!

Normally we get all dressed up and go to a party or event but this year we’ve decided to keep the celebrations low key. We have opted for a cozy night in with movies, treats, and of course crochet (for those really suspenseful scenes). So if you’re thinking of doing something indoors for Halloween have a look at what’s planned at the Pops de Milk house:

Pops de Milk’s Top 5 Halloween Movies to Watch

1. Hocus Pocus – This one is at the top of my Halloween movies to watch because it’s a childhood favourite that my sisters and I grew up with. If you’ve seen it you’re probably already singing, “BOOooOooooOOK!!!” The movie was made for kids of course so it’s not actually scary, though some parts were actually creepy as a kid (I’m thinking the opening scene and the eerie song).

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas – I don’t think I need to explain how incredibly awesome this Tim Burton creation is. Just like Hocus Pocus, it’s a childhood fave and one that I still watch every year. I like to sing along and I find Jack so endearing. Oh and if I don’t watch this at Halloween then I usually end up watching it at Christmas – can’t go wrong with The Nightmare Before Christmas.

3. Psycho – The first time I watched this 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic I was in high school and I remember liking it a bit (even though at the time I insisted most black and white movies were boring). I watched it again (this time as a more cultured adult) and couldn’t believe how well made this movie was! I was thoroughly creeped out and at times filled with so much anxiety and suspense. Be sure to shower before watching Psycho.

4. The Shining – When I was coming up with this list of movies I didn’t immediately think of The Shining because I like to watch this movie ANY time of the year, not just Halloween. But if you’re looking for suspense, crazy stuff, creepiness, and Jack Nicholson, then I definitely recommend The Shining. There are some things about the movie that I still think about and find myself interpreting in different ways.

5. Ernest Scared Stupid – Another childhood favourite, do you see the trend here? Sorry if you were looking for slasher flicks! But if you’re a fan of the silly Ernest movies you’ll probably enjoy Ernest Scared Stupid.

Halloween Treats

Of course if I was still a child I would go out trick or treating but I’m apparently too old to do that now. So, aside from Jay buying a box of Halloween candy, I made a small batch of Halloween sugar cookies! I used ghost and pumpkin shaped cookie cutters that my Mom gave me years ago. I didn’t decorate the cookies other than add food colouring to half the dough (for the pumpkins). For the recipe I used Alton Brown’s Sugar Cookie recipe. As you can probably see I left the ghosts in the oven a little too long (and what’s up with the bubbles on the pumpkins?). Also, for the pumpkins I added some pumpkin spice using the spice mix at the bottom of this pumpkin cake recipe by Savory Simple, which by the way is amazing!Happy Halloween! Movies to watch, Treats to eat, Crochet to do!And last but not least I am crocheting something that has nothing at all to do with Halloween but with the coming cold winter months. I am making a pair of slipper boots I found on Pinterest. They look so thick and warm and very durable. You can find the pattern here on SMP Craft.

How are you celebrating Halloween? Going out or staying in? In either case Happy Halloween!!

 

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October 28, 2014
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Crochet Frankenstein Monster Mason Jar Cosy

During one of our walks this weekend, Jay and I noticed pumpkins, spooky lawn decorations, so many beautiful orange leaves on the ground, and a cloudy, chilling haze overhead. Halloween was definitely in the air on Sunday afternoon. It was a little cold so to make our nature walk that much better I decided to grab a pumpkin spice latte and enjoy it in a mason jar with my latest cosy:

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Ever since I got hooked on my making mason jar cosies I knew I would probably end up making one for every season and holiday. And because Halloween just happens to be one of my favourite celebrations I couldn’t pass up a chance to make something adorably scary, like this Frankenstein’s monster mason jar cosy. I also bought this reusable jar drinking lid by Cuppow, which is very awesome and BPA-free .Oh, and in case you were wondering, the mason jar is perfect for a tall (12oz) size pumpkin spice latte!Crochet Frankenstein Monster Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk #crochet #halloween #frankenstein

Frankenstein Monster Crochet Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk #crochet #halloween #frankensteinI can never take a serious picture when Jay is behind the camera. But you can probably tell I thoroughly enjoyed walking around drinking out of a cute mason jar.Crochet Frankenstein Monster Mason Jar Cosy - Pops de Milk #crochet #halloween #frankenstein

 

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October 25, 2014
by Pops de Milk
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Yarn Garden Addition: Crochet Cactus Pattern

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Crochet Cactus

Do you ever wish you could keep plants…without killing them? Wouldn’t an immortal cactus look splendid on your (home) office desk? Or window ledge? As someone who struggles with the existence of her house plants, I can appreciate a cute plant with a bit of resiliency. So if you’re constantly wishing you could add a little green to your décor why not try an easy to care for crochet plant. It will never die. This would also make a great house warming gift for the cactus lover in your life. And if you’ve got kids or pets you won’t have to worry about curious little paws getting poked.

This pattern is for a simple cactus shape but you can alter it to add limbs or make it taller, shorter, rounder, narrow, etc. by adding more rows or beginning chains. You can even add a face to give it some character and voilà, you have an amigurumi cactus! And did I mention this is a great crochet beginner project? What’s not to love about this cuddly cactus!

Download the PDF Crochet Cactus Pattern here.

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October 21, 2014
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Crochet Zombie Pattern Roundup

Ahh! Zombie!!

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Crochet zombie roundup, that is…actually that’s even scarier than just one zombie. Still, of all the different Halloween ghouls and monsters out there I think my favourite are zombies. I have seen a lot of zombie movies but a few days ago while Little Sister Sue and I searched for a (somewhat) scary movie to watch I realised I haven’t seen quite a few of the old classics like White Zombie, the first zombie movie ever made. Filmed in 1932, it stars Bela Lugosi as an evil voodoo master in Haiti who brings people back from the dead and turns them into slaves. Surprisingly these zombies don’t eat flesh but they do kill people under Murder Legendre’s orders. Despite the age of the movie, I thought it was creepy and a must-see for all zombie enthusiasts.

So, because Halloween is almost here and I still have White Zombie on my mind, I collected a few of my favourite crochet zombie patterns, including my own zombie pattern from earlier this year. Zombie Roundup - Pops de Milk

1. Zombie Mug Cozy – Geek Crafts

2. Crochet Zombie – Pops de Milk

3. Zombie Bunny – Crochetbot 3000

4. Zombies in Love – Squirrel Picnic

5. Zombie Gretel – Speckerna

6. Zombie Murphy – Speckerna

Do you love zombies? What’s your favourite zombie movie?

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October 17, 2014
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Chunky Purple Infinity Scarf ~ Crochet Pattern

Remember the Apple Scarf Guy? Ever since I saw his lovely scarf I wanted to make a crochet version of the purple infinity scarf and I had this gorgeous chunky Loops and Threads yarn in a deep purple that was perfect for this project. Sadly, I didn’t have enough yarn to make an entire scarf so I added a few rows of a greyish beige yarn from Mary Maxim. I think it turned out quite beautifully and it’s the perfect shade for autumn!

Chunky Purple Infinity Scarf

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Chunky Infinity Scarf - Pops de Milk #crochet #scarf #pattern

This scarf was super quick and easy to make and would be a great project for a beginner. To make this scarf you’ll need two 100 gram/100 metre skeins of bulky/chunky yarn (5) and size 6.50mm crochet hook. You can also add more rows (or make less) to get a wider or narrower scarf.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)

Ch 160

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn.
Row 2: ch 4, sk 2 sts, hdc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, hdc in next st* repeat to end and turn.
Row 3: ch 2, *2 hdc in ch space, hdc in next st* repeat to end making 3 hdc in last ch space.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired width is reached. Sew the ends together and voilà! Purple Infinity Scarf!

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October 14, 2014
by Pops de Milk
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Crochet Egg and Bacon Art

One of my favourite things to eat for breakfast are eggs and bacon. Could be from all those lazy Sunday mornings with my family and later with Jay, getting up to fry delicious bacon and practice the art of sunny side up eggs with the perfect yolky centre. Actually, if I could eat that everyday I probably would but because I care about my body I don’t. Still, the sight of a plate of eggs and bacon brings an instant smile to my face and I thought, wouldn’t my fave breakfast make for some fun and cheery art?

Crochet Egg and Bacon Art:

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To say that I had fun crocheting this would be an understatement. I was literally laughing when I started stitching the arms and I got to this point:Crochet Bacon and Egg Art - Pops de Milk

After figuring out the crochet pattern, this project didn’t take much time to make and it’s great for using up leftover yarn. I used an old sweater and a rectangular frame (8 x 11 inches) but you could also use canvas, an embroidery hoop, or shadow box to display your breakfast art.

This Crochet Egg and Bacon Art pattern will be available for FREE until November 1st (download the Crochet Egg and Bacon Pattern PDF here) or you can purchase the pattern here at my Etsy shop.

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October 10, 2014
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Easy Crochet Ribbed Pom Pom Beanie

A few weeks ago I was drawn to All About Ami’s blog post on this crochet men’s beanie and I knew I had to make one. I was inspired by Stephanie’s nature shots so during one of our walks, Jay took a few shots of me wearing the crochet beanie.Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hatEasy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hatThis crochet beanie hat was crazy easy to make, definitely a great crochet project for beginners. The pom pom was a bit of an experiment for me because a) I didn’t have a pom pom maker and b) this was probably my second time making a pom pom.Then I decided to get creative and used different yarn colours. Here is the link to the beanie pattern and there is also a pom pom tutorial video link in All About Ami’s post, which I really wish I had watched before making my pom pom). Here’s how my pom pom experiment went down:Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat Easy Ribbed Beanie - Pops de Milk #crochet #beanie #hat

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