So we all know how much I struggled with the September socks, right? These socks…let’s just say I’m beyond surprised and amazed I finished them not only on time, but a week early! The pattern was actually easy, in theory. In practice it required so much more patience than I anticipated. Who knew that having to switch colours and not being able to carry the yarn was going to be so challenging? I knew when I made the first colour change from red to white that I wouldn’t be able to carry the yarn, it just looked so unsightly with the red showing through the white. The only other solution would be to have two strands of red going at the same time, which led to lots of twisting and tangling until I remembered I had yarn bobbins (I found mine at Dressew when I lived in Vancouver but anything will work in a pinch: cardboard, clothespins, Ikea pencils if you’re the kind who has amassed a collection…). This was the first time using a bobbin and I couldn’t stop thinking, “Why have I never done this before?!” If you plan on making socks like these I strongly suggest yarn bobbins. The other colour challenge was in the gusset and heel flap but with a bit of fiddling I made it work. These socks were inspired by the Wizard of Oz, you know, the socks and ruby slippers the Wicked Witch of the East wore when the house fell on her.
Suddenly the air is crisp, the leaves are turning orange, and PSLs (Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes) are in bloom. It’s that period between Thanksgiving and Halloween when Canadians get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and at Pops de Milk HQ we are not immune to this. In fact, we’ve decided October is our favourite month of the year! In last week’s post I shared a pattern for mini pumpkin hats and this week I want to share a free pattern for a teeny tiny pumpkin. It is so cute I just can’t even…
So, I heard a new South Park game is coming out soon and naturally my thoughts went to the pumpkin hats I made four years ago.
But when I went to look for them I couldn’t find them! How horrible! But no need to fret because it gave me a reason to revisit the pattern and actually write it down this time. See, things do happen for a reason. So for anyone who wanted a pattern of the South Park hats, here you go!
South Park Crochet Pumpkin Hats
Stan: red and blue worsted weight yarn
Cartman: light blue and yellow worsted weight yarn
Kyle: light green worsted weight yarn
Size 3.75mm hook
Small yellow and red pom poms (you can make your own or use store bought ones that you can hot glue or sew to the hat)
Mini pumpkins or large navel oranges
This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and this year we’re hosting a potluck dinner for our close friends. As I type this post I think about our massive turkey, thawing in the fridge (it’s been in there since Wednesday) and how I can’t wait to share good food with good people. I also think about how I’ve been able to keep this blog going, thanks to you, my lovely readers. I get so much inspiration, encouragement, and motivation from you and I’d like to say thank you 🙂 As a thank you I want to share this free crochet pattern for a cup cozy.
Ever have those days when you want to check things off your list but there’s so much going on that you barely manage to finish one task? That’s what September was like. Life, as it tends to do, got in the way of crochet (again!). Life has no consideration for my oh so important crochet schedule but (I’m sorry) c’est la vie! I finished this pair of socks a day late, which isn’t that bad, I just wish I hadn’t felt so rushed near the end. I had plenty of yarn left over to make the socks higher but I worried I wouldn’t have enough time so they turned into ankle socks. This was also the first time I didn’t use a pattern, I went rogue and did my own thing, experimented and played around with stitches. At first I was very diligent about taking notes but after I got to the heel I decided I needed more experience in heel-making before I could share. The heel-ankle part turned out very snug and I don’t know why. Can anyone tell me? Anyone? Everything else fits perfectly and I love the feel of the yarn (Loops & Threads Woolike in Pumpkin Spice). Overall quite happy with the results and extremely eager to continue practicing heel-making.