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FPF: Parking Cone

1 Jul

You NEED to make these (and then you need to say VOILA, obviously).

baby parking cone & mommy parking cone


After you make them, you NEED to take them on adventures.

Baby Parking Cone's Jungle Adventure


Mommy Parking Cone Goes Spelunking


Baby Parking Cone... or Angel at Baby Jesus's Birthday?!?


Lifetime Movie: Mommy Parking Cone Feels Nostalgic (that's me and my brother when we were still tiny and cute!)


Baby Parking Cone Makes Coffee


Mommy Parking Cone Brushes up on her Pop Culture


After this, you NEED to give your parking cones to a child (I’m giving mine to my nephew) or else people will start to refer to you as “That Crazy Parking Cone Lady.”


Oh, and here are the pattern links:



Thanks to Ellen2010 and Alicia Kachmar for designing these adorable little guys!


Free Pattern Friday: Hemp Market Bag

15 Apr

Finally!  Something you can make out of hemp that won’t brand you a friend of The Dude!

...that sounds exhausting, man...

You’ll need:

-some hempy hemp from hemp town

– a 3.75mm (F) hook

1: ch5, sl st to form a ring

2: *ch 11, sc into loop* 5 times

3: *ch11, sc in the 6th ch of the next loop, ch 11, sc in the sc*

4: *ch 11, sc in the 6th ch of the next loop*

5: repeat row 4 eight times & FO.

Now for the drawstring/handle!

1: ch 60, turn.

2: ch1, dc across, FO.

3: weave through your bag in the second row from the top.  When finished, sew the ends of the drawstring together to form a continuous loop.  Once you pull the drawstring closed, you’ll have enough left over for a neat little handle!

mmm... tomatoes and parmesean...

Safety Dance

14 Mar

I’ve been on a bead kick.  My cousin Jess made me this awesome bracelet that she swears will align my chakras and turn me all zen and stuff.


Buddah beads = beautiful!

Isn’t it awesome?  You should totally get her to make you one.  She’s got a website and everything!

So I figured I’d give this whole beady bracelety thing a try.  I discovered a billionty-seven safety pins in my bead box.  I put on some music.

I failed miserably.


If I put it on a candle it becomes awesome, right?

I tried again.


St. Patrick's Day Fail.

Third time’s a charm, right?




If you were in third grade this would be cool, right?



…second grade?…


Anyway, I suppose I’ll leave the jewelry making to the jewelry makers and get back to the crochety side of the universe.  Also, someone should really take away my safety pin stash  before I turn it into a lamp or something…

Free Pattern Friday: Pom Pom Flowers!

25 Feb

So, there’s not really much crochet in this pattern, but it’s quick, easy, and fun.

is it a flower? is it a faery wand? does it belong to Dr. Seuss?

Caution: If you are a perfectionist, give it up now.  This is not the project for you.

You’ll need:  two different colors of yarn, a 12 inch, 3mm pipe cleaner, and a G-sized crochet hook.

1. Wrap some yarn around three of your fingers about 65 times.

don't wrap too tightly or your fingers will turn blue.

2. Take the wrapped yarn off your fingers and cut another piece of yarn (in the same color) about 5 inches long.

it's warm, oh yes, but it's not fuzzy yet...

3. Tie the 5″ piece of string around the loops (in the center) as tightly as you can.

Aww, isn't it cute?

4. Cut all the loops.

...it's GROWING...

Aaah! It's the flying spaghetti monster! Halp!

5. Trim around your tiny spaghetti monster until he looks reasonably ball shaped. If you’re spending more than about 45 seconds on this step, you’re spending too much time.  Give up now or you’ll be micro-trimming for the next six hours.

PRO TIP: If you are using light yellow yarn, DON’T sit on a black comforter to do your trimming… Unless, of course, you feel like lint-rolling your entire bed.

6. Take the 12″ pipe cleaner and fold it in half.

this is what a folded in half pipe cleaner looks like.


7. With the second color of yarn and your crochet hook, chain 25 or so – just make sure your chain is the same length as your pipe cleaner.


8. With the bent edge closest to your hook, hold the pipe cleaner next to your chain and start a single crochet in the second ch.  When you’ve gone through the chain and are about to yarn over, put the pipe cleaner on your hook.


I switched to pink yarn so this would be easier to see...


9. Complete the single crochet as usual.


this is what the "front" will look like after a few stitches


10. Pinch the two sides of the pipe cleaner back together, and from now on treat them like one strand.  Continue to sc across, carrying the pipe cleaner along as you would a strand of yarn in a color change.


the back of your pipe cleanery friend


11. When you get to the end of the chain, stop. Cut a piece of yarn, about 5 inches again, with the same color you made the pom pom.  Thread it through the “top” of your stem (the end with the pointy bits of the pipe cleaner).


the finished pipe cleaner


threading color 1 through the top of the stem

12. Now thread the other end of your yarn through the needle so it looks like this:

13. Shove the needle up through the center of the pom pom (Sorry, I couldn’t think of a non-dirty way to say that…). Push the pointy ends of the pipe cleaner up into the pom pom a bit further – this will add some stability.

14. Tie the two long strands in a tight square knot and trim them to the same length as the rest of your pom pom, and…  VOILA!  FINISHED!

I’m actually going to be turning these little beauties into something other than flowers… You’ll have to stay tuned to see what they become!  Happy Hooking!  })i({


Granny What Now?

9 Feb

Did you know that there’s a difference between a Granny Triangle and a Granny Half-Square?

You did? Smarty Pants.  =)

For the rest of you, check this out:


Granny Half Square

Granny Half Squares are flat on the bottom and involve adding an extra dc into the first and last “granny group” of each row.  For a refresher course, check out my ridiculously awesome tutorial!


Granny Triangles, on the other hand, are worked without turning the piece, and have three distinct roundy edges (and yes, that’s the scientific term):


Granny Triangle

For an awesome Granny Triangle tutorial, check out Carina’s craft blog – she’s got pictures and everything!

Nina is extremely smart, as you may know, and was able to correctly identify the Granny Triangle on her first attempt!


Smartest. Kitten. Ever.


In case you were hoping for a kitten-less shot (though I can’t imagine why), here you go:

AND… in case you were hoping for a bit more humor in today’s post, I just want you all to know that WordPress recommended I tag Cloris Leachman, the United States, and Constellation Maps in this post.  Then, when I typed those three things, it updated my recommended tags to include Go Daddy and a related article about a Grannie attacking thug bikers (which I’ve included below).  WordPress ROCKS.


Plarn Tutorial

22 Sep

Yes, Plarn.  As in “plastic yarn”.  As in “upcycled plastic grocery bags”.  As in “Good for the world Better than ending up in a landfill Cheaper than buying those reusable grocery bags that fall apart in 15 minutes anyway”.   Dig deep into your heart of hearts.  You know you want to make some!  Here’s how:

1. Lay out the grocery bag like this:

(Yes, mine’s from Staples.  It’s difficult to find second hand compressed air.  Plus, going to Staples is the best Date Night ever.  Just sayin’).

2. Fold the bag in half long ways, then in half again:

3. Cut off the head and the butt.

Don’t throw those pieces away!  How green would you be if you did all this work to upcycle your plastic bags if you just tossed the scraps into a landfill?  RECYCLE those bad boys!  There’s no rule that says you can only recycle an in-tact bag.  Save one of your bags to keep the scraps in.  Really.  Do it for me.  Do it for your grandchildren.  Do it for that cute little girl in the grape juice commercials.

4. Slice up the rest of the bag into 1/2 inch thick strips.

5. Unfold two loops and lay them out with one overlapping the other a bit, like this:

6. Flashback to elementary school & pretend you’re hooking your super trendy jelly bracelets together. (Pull the bottom loop over the top one & then back through itself).

7. Keep doing that over and over until you run out of loops.  One plastic bag makes a ball of plarn about this big:

This was enough to do 5 rows of 20 single crochets with a G hook.

Super cool and groovy, right?  You’re going to make some today, right?

Oh, and just so you know.  Once you get the hang of this, feel free to layer those bags and save yourself some time.  I’m able to do stacks of 6 bags quite easily.  Also, pay attention to the thickness of the plastic.  As a general rule, the thinner the plastic, the thicker you’ll want to cut your strips.  Once you crochet them (or macrame, or knit, or whatever you’re going to do) they’ll even out, so don’t worry if some of your strips are 1/2 inch thick and others are closer to an inch or more.  Enjoy!  })i({

Free Pattern Friday: Stay at Home Socks

17 Sep

Check these bad boys out: Super easy, super snuggly, and as my friend told me the other day, they actually look like socks!  Here’s the pattern:


6.00mm hook (J), and 2 skeins of Bernat LuLu yarn (100g).  You’ll have some left.

Stitches used: ch, sc, sc-inc, sl st.

1: Ch 9

2: In 2nd ch from hook, sc, then sc across.  sc-inc in the last ch.  DO NOT TURN.

3: sc back across the other side of your ch, again ending with an sc-inc.  You should now have a total of 18 stitches in an oval shape.

Completed Row 3

4: Continue to sc around the oval, doing an sc-inc each time you get to the short end of the oval, until you have 26 stitches around (Your rows should have 20,22,24, & 26 stitches, respectively).

Completed Step 4 (26 stitches around)

Congratulations!  You just finished the toe!

5: sc around the oval 24 times (that’s 24 rows of 26 stitches each).

Completed Step 5

6: sc 13, ch 13, sl st ch to the last st in the row (this forms a hole where you’ll attach the heel later).

Step 6: sc13 + ch13

Completed Step 6

7: sc around, using the ch13 as the second half of your oval from now on (you should still have 26 stitches).

8: sc around the oval 12 more times & FO.

Completed Step 8

You should now have most of a sock with just a little gap where the heel should be.  Go ahead – try it on!  You know you want to!

9: To make the heel, follow steps 1-4 above, but this time continue increasing until you have 28 stitches around.

10: sc around x2.  DO NOT FO.

11: turn your sock body inside out.

12: sl st the heel to the body of the sock, FO, and turn right side out.  DONE!

Stay at Home Socks!


Uhm, you should make two of these, obviously.  Unless you only have one foot.  Or, if you only like to wear one sock at a time.  It’s up to you, actually.  Make as many as you want.  They’re so warm and fuzzy!

I do not recommend the LuLu yarn for beginners… it was tough to see my stitches.  Thank goodness for my paper clip stitch marker! Go for something with a bit of stretch, though.  It’ll work better.

I wear a US size 7.5 shoe.  If your foot is bigger than that, you’ll need to increase the pattern following Step 4. The first time I made this pattern I just kept trying the sock on to measure.  Just make sure no one’s watching when you do it, because you’re going to look silly.

I had enough yarn left over to make this:

Snuggly Scarf

A super groovy 4×4 sc scarf.  I tried to get fancy with the scarf pattern, but again, had trouble seeing my stitches with the LuLu yarn, so I just opted for something simple.  It’ll keep the warm fuzzies in just the same.  Now, if only fall would come so we have some reason to wear Stay at Home Socks & Snuggly Scarves!  })i({