Crochet, Skip one, Crochet

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Hi everyone, it’s been too long! I’ve missed writing and creating things to share with you, so I’m happy to return to sharing patterns after skipping a year (it’s been busy!).

I don’t know about you but I tend to get overly ambitious; take on too many things without enough time to accomplish them; then get bummed when I can’t accomplish everything. Well, venturing back to work after having my son was certainly a learning experience in how to prioritize activities. I know it has been said before, but being a working mom is a challenge! Before pudge came along I would bring home work and leisurely netflix and mark/plan my future lessons, which turned out to be a pre – pudge luxury. After working I just wanted to come home and spend time with my family and crochet seemed to always get pushed to the bottom of my list and onto tomorrow over, and over again.

It took a few months before I started to figure out the work – home balance a little bit and then I found out I was expecting pudge #2! It wasn’t until the summer came that I was able to dedicate more time to crochet again and felt such comfort at working with yarn again. Luckily, pregnancy makes it easy to decide what kind of projects to make, and since I knew this time I was having a girl I added pink and soft pastel coloured yarns to my stash. I quickly whipped up a hat to bring home my daughter in and started brainstorming a pretty blanket to make her.

I’ve only made a blanket once before, which was fairly simple and boring to make crocheting the same stitch over and over and over… Blankets take forever! I initially thought up a blanket of many colours, textures, designs and yarn, but unfortunately chose one yarn too different from the rest. After the blanket was a quarter of the way through, it was wonky in various sections and I was frustrated after sinking so much time into it. So, I once again decided to simplify.

You must choose your yarn wisely.

I’ve always loved the chevron stripe design and after using the star/ marguerite in scarves as gifts for my midwives and another scarf for a scarf exchange party (which I never actually made it to since my daughter arrived the day before the party). I decided to combine the chevron stripe with the star stitch and since I couldn’t find a pattern for it, I made my own! It took longer than expected (I rarely do blankets… because blankets take forever!), but I LOVE how it turned out! I also forgive the blanket sized length of time it takes because of how much I love the star stitch.

I happened upon some beautifully soft and pretty yarn that felt ilke crocheting with a cloud, although it is a handwash only yarn, it is still worth it (for me, that means its very soft and pretty!). The chevron gave the blanket the modern looking stripe I was going for and the star stitch gave it enough texture to keep it interesting. The blanket also doesn’t have very many spaces which I find little fingers tend to get caught in. If you’re interested in making one of your own I have the pattern posted on my Etsy page with directions on how to alter the pattern for different sized blankets and different yarns ( in case you don’t feel like crocheting with a cloud).

Well, I look forward to working up my next pattern for you ( which is already started!) and although my head is full of ideas at the moment, I’ll try to keep to one thing at a time so I still get to keep sharing.

Until next time!

You can find the pattern for the Shooting Stars Crochet Blanket / Chevron Star Stitch Baby Blanket  HERE .

Important to remember 🙂

 

 

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Shrinking anger

First of all, Happy September everyone! I know summer is over but I’m excited for sweaters and pretty leaves. Autumn is just so lovely here.

I’ve had some requests to size down the Anger hat, so here’s the adjustments! Please be aware I didn’t make these fully, but if I were to, this is what I’d do. Also, when you’re shaping the brow I’d start with the same area to attach it but you might want to play with where you fold it over to attach since the dimensions are a little different.

Breathe in… breathe out.. feel your anger decreasing to an appropriate head size

Adjustments 3 – 5 years (20 inches) 6 – 10 years (21 inches)
Body Chain 64. Complete remainder as directed. Chain 68. Complete remainder as directed.
Top Complete rows 1 – 9 as described.

On row 10, instead: HDC 1 into bottom of Ch 1 and all remaining stitches. SS to top of 1st stitch to join. Cut, pull through and weave in ends.

Complete rows 1 – 9 as described. On row 10, instead: *HDC 1 into first 11 stitches and HDC 2 into the 12th stitch*. Repeat pattern between ** for remaining stitches. You will end in the middle of the repeat with 3 HDC 1’s. SS to top of 1st stitch to join. Cut, pull through and weave in ends.
Eyes Use 3.25mm size hook instead of 3.75mm Use 3.5mm hook instead of 3.75mm

Hope this helps and if you make one of these up or the original size I’d love to see them!

Here is the link to the original post with the Anger hat pattern as well so save you some searching: http://pudgefudgecrochet.com/2015/08/20/a-rage-filled-project/

Cozies and Coasters and Craft Shows Oh my!

 

Hello everyone!

It’s been busy around here, so this post is a short one! There’s the back to school prep (feels great after all this time with the little guy!); the rush to finish repainting my cupboards before school starts and I really have no time and of course the fun of crochet! I had my hooked yarn’ed over and ready to go to do my next Inside Out hat (which is going to be purple… 😉 ) when I remembered that I have a craft show coming up!

So, needless to say I’ve been making a lot of cup cozies lately and there was one in particular I loved that I wanted to share with you so I whipped up the pattern for you on my way down to the Jay’s game (who are on fire right now!). It’s for this acorn cup cozy which I made in one and two colours (I like them both!) with an Oak leaf (or not… again, I like ‘em both ). I’m selling this one for a Toonie, which should make my American friends happy since your dollar is destroying ours at the moment (much like the Jays destroyed the Detroit Tigers 15 – 1 woo!).

So happy to finally have a team doing awesome in Toronto!

The pattern is a PDF again, and the same layout as my freebies. You can get the pattern here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/246157616/multi-way-crochet-acorn-cup-cozy-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1

Happy hooking! 🙂

A Rage – filled Project

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So I got to say,  my choice of projects couldn’t have worked out more perfectly with these Inside Out inspired items I’m working on to start off this whole venture. I’ve been a bag of mixed emotions lately and they’ve allowed me to be more self-reflective. There’s change in the air as the summer draws to a close. I’m ending my maternity leave and heading back to teaching at a brand new school. I was lucky to take extra time with my little guy so he’ll be 17 months when he starts full time, but sending him off to daycare is a struggle nonetheless. Then there’s also the little bit of anxiety that comes with a new school year but lots of excitement for the fresh beginning as well. Lastly there’s all these new crochet related feelings with opening the Etsy store and starting this blog, which I couldn’t be happier with! It certainly felt great to share my last pattern for you and I’m pumped for this one too!

I decided to go with one of my two favorites from the Inside Out movie for my next hat inspiration with anger. Truth be told I loved all of them, but anger has a special place in my heart as the struggle with my inner anger is real. I’ll go ahead and blame it on my latin fire that comes from being half Chilean. So I decided to make anger a little for myself and sized it to fit an adult.

I don’t know if I was channelling this hat when I was making it, but the making of this hat certainly brought with it some rage moments. Perhaps it’s because most of it went so smoothly and it was only the end that brought frustration. I had an idea for how to get Anger’s head shape and was happy that it turned out so great, as did the eyes. Then came the eye placement, I had to attach them twice and made four different mouths before finding one that I liked. Oh, and Pudge was acting like a butt the whole day, so I was getting a little frustrated.

I decided to make a nice hearty dinner since I enjoy cooking, a take on cottage pie, with lots of orange things, because apparently if it’s orange it’s delicious. Here’s the recipe if you’re so inclined:

Pudge’s Marbled Top Cottage Pie
Ingredients:

  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • ½ orange pepper, diced
  • ½ Spanish onion, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 bulb of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 3 – 4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp parsley, fresh or dry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Instructions:
  • Boil carrots until softened about 5 min.
  • Peel and cut potatoes and sweet potatoes and boil until softened (you can boil them separately if you’d like but I just separated them in the strainer afterwards)
  • Place oil in large frying pan and heat up. Dice orange pepper, onion and garlic and place in frying pan with ground beef. Stir and add salt, pepper, paprika and parsley. Add green onions
  • Place potatoes in food processor add 1tbsp butter and milk by the tablespoon until creamy when blended. Remove into separate bowl. Add sweet potatoes (no need to clean it out, just make sure the potatoes before are mostly scraped out) and 1tbsp butter and blend until smooth.
  • Put contents of frying pan in large casserole dish and cover with white potatoes. Add sweet potatoes on top and swirl with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Put casserole in oven, uncovered, on broil until golden brown, or desired crispiness is reached. * Keep a close eye, should only take a few minutes*
My only good picture of this casserole. All the others ended up being blurry. Figures.. lol

My only good picture of this casserole. All the others ended up being blurry. Figures.. lol

Pudge kept trying to feed the dog crayons while I was making dinner, and to cause mayhem in general, so that was fun. A few hours later I returned to my project, finally figured out a mouth I liked but then realized I had to move the eyes AGAIN, so I just lost it and went to bed. ARRRRRGH!

Not to mention all the messed up mouths!!!!

Not to mention all the messed up mouths!!!!

After a good night’s sleep I moved the eyes and was very happy with the result. So my tip to you is to keep calm and put the eyes a little closer together than looks right and to use pins!

Though the process had some frustration I'm pretty happy with how it turned out !

Though the process had some frustration I’m pretty happy with how it turned out !

This hat is sized for a large adult head 22 – 23 inches, but if there’s enough requests for it I can let you know how to size down. Get your rage on and happy hooking!

**** For sizing down instructions visit here: http://pudgefudgecrochet.com/2015/09/02/shrinking-anger/

FREE PDF PATTERN: Inside Out Anger Character Hat Pattern

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My First Blog Post & an Emotional Pattern

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I’ve always been a creative person and I loved to bring my artistic touch to pretty much anything I do. I had always wanted to make hats, scarves and more, especially since I live in Ontario in the GTA where I can make the most of them. I tried knitting and I HATED it. I tried so hard to like it, but it hurt my hands, my tension was always messed up, I always lost my spot and it just seemed to take forever and not be worth it at all. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and my wonky pieces that took up hours of my life left me feeling frustrated. So I walked away from the yarn aisle sadly and found my creative outlets elsewhere.

Many years later I became pregnant with my son and thought about knitting again. I thought better of it and ended up making him this awesome hot air balloon mobile from pattern I found at an Etsy store called  Continue reading

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