Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Boys are growing

Life is ever so busy, although I have been crocheting lots and getting better at reading patterns and making up some of my own.

Ben is now in school and is really enjoying junior kindergarten.  Johnny is in the midst of the terrible twos and keeps us on our toes.

I've missed blogging and as I said before I really want to get back into it.  Maybe I will make time for it or maybe not.  In the meantime, I've shared a pattern for a new set of slippers that I created a pattern for.

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Balls of Joy Slippers

Balls of Joy Slippers
by Megan Olaveson

I'm not a professional pattern writer and sometimes throw caution to the wind when doing things.  There was a lot of trial and error and a few times of frogging, but here is what I made.

Base of the slipper- Crochet 2 bases per slipper.  You will then single crochet these together.  it makes the slipper stronger and less likely to tear.  If you want, you can sew some form of non slip grip to the bottom.

Use a 3.5-3.75 hook for base and body
Use 6.0 for bobbles
Yarn Needle to weave ends in - where possible I try to crochet over the ends so the amount of weaving at the end is limited.
Pattern is intermediate level
Worsted weight yarn

Yarn needed
Colour A for outer base, Colour B for inner base, Colour C for body of slipper, Colour A, B, D, E for bobbles.  I'm not sure how much is needed, but none of it took tons as I used left over balls I had laying around.
I used red for the outer base ( I believe RHSS) and Bernat Super Value in gold for the outer base with Bernat green, blue, and beige for the other colours.

This is written to make a size 9 ( Candian ) pair of slippers.  Adjust according to the size of your foot.  This will be worked in a round ( you never turn your work).  Any of the doubling stitches should be done at the ends so it is centred. I crochet tightly so adjust so that your doubling is done at the ends and nicely curves around.  I highly suggest crocheting both your slippers at the same time so that they both end up the same size at the end ( ie, do the base, then do the stripes of colour, etc).  If you need to make any adjustments, write them down as you do your slippers so you can do the same on the second one. See how in my picture all the end stitches are centered in the middle.

Once you have your bases sewn together, you will now begin to sc around your slipper with the colours you are going to do the bobbles in.  I did three rows of colours. Join with a slip stitch.  I did a few gathering stitches ( sctog)  around the toe. Evenly place these.  ( ie 1 on either end of the toe). Make note of where you put them.  I did the rows of colour at the same time so that any gathering would be the same on each slipper.

You will then switch to the colour that will be the body of your slipper.  I choose a neutral colour so that the bobbles would stick out.

Body of slipper ( with 3.5 hook)
Row 1:  HDC around
Row 2: HDC till you reach where your toes should be.  I didn't know how to HDCtog so I dctog here.  So 11 DCTOG in a row so that they are centred in the toe area.  Then HDC the rest of the way, SL in the back.
Row 3: HDC around till you reach where you DCTOG before.   2 DCTOG in a row then gather 4 DC together and gather, then 2 more DCTOG.  HDC back around.
Row 4: HDC till you reach nearish the middle  DCTOG 4 times, Gather 4 DC together, then DCTOG 4 times, HDC all around
Row 5: HDC around to the centre,  DCTOG 3 times, gather 6 in DC in the middle, DCTOG 3 times, HDC around to the back.
Row 6: HDC to the middleish , DC TOG 1, gather 6, DCTOG 1, HDC to the back
Row 7: Single crochet around, with a sctog of the stitches that are left so that it is a round surface

Switch to 6.0 hook
Row 8: Start the bobble stitches.  You will make roughly 9 stitches around each opening depending on the size of your slipper.  Join your new colour.  Ch1, SC,  Sc in next stitch, in next stitch do a bobble ( wrap yarn around your hook 3 times, yo pull through 2, yo pull through 2, yo pull through 2 and leave 1 on the hook. Repeat this 4 times do a total of 5).  At the end pull through.  Single crochet in next 3 stitches.  Repeat 8 times.
I did not single crochet between bobble stitches as I wanted them to be very close together.
Row 9: Join new colour.  Make your bobble stitches in the 3 chain space.    Repeat as above
Row 10: Join New colour, repeat as above
Row 11: join New colour, repeat as above. ( feel free to add more rows of bobbles if you want.  I stuck with 4 rows)
Row 12,13,14: Using your base colour of the slipper, single crochet around three times.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

The boys

The boys are getting older and bigger every day.  It doesn't feel like that long ago Benjy was born and now Johnny is already 17 months old.  Here is a recent picture of the two boys together.  Benjy's speech has totally exploded and Johnny's personality is really starting to stand out.  I love my two little boys and they keep me very busy.
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Crochet Blue Train Hat Free Pattern

Due to copyright issues, I will call this the Blue Train Hat.  It is based on everyone's favourite tank engine though.

It's very simple to make.

Materials for a young child size hat.

#4 Worsted Weight Yarn in Blue, Black, Grey and White
I used about 1/2 ball of blue of Red Heart with Wool and small amounts of the black, grey and white
I also used some #3 black yarn when making the eyes
Yarn Needle
Size 5.0 Crochet Hook

Feel free to experiment with colours though and hook size

Make the base hat using blue

Start with a Magic Ring
Row 1: Chain 3, Dbl Crochet into the ring 12 times, slip stitch to beginning of first st
Row 2: Ch 3, Dbl crochet into each stick 2x, sl st to beginning of first st
Row 3: Ch 3, {Dbl Crochet into first stitch 2x, next stitch 1x, } repeat until  end, sl st to beginning of first st
Row 4: Ch 3, {Dbl Crochet into first stitch 2x, next two stitches 1x} repeat until end, sl st to beginning of first st
Row 5: Ch 3, {Dbl Crochet into first stitch 2x, next three stitches 1x} repeat until end, sl st to beginning of first st
Row 6: Ch 3, {Dbl Crochet into first stitch 2x, next four stitches 1x} repeat until end, sl st to beginning of first st

( Note this will make a hat that will fit between a 3- 7 year old.  If you want it bigger, simple follow the pattern expanding the had until it covers the top of the head- 2 dbl, then single x times, 2dbl then single x times  If you want it smaller, simple don't expand it so much)

Row 7-13 : Ch 3 and put 1 dbl crochet into each st, sl st to beginning of first st.  Leave a long thread of yarn to weave in with yarn needle and cut.

Ear Flaps in Blue
Ear Flaps should be roughly 3 inches from front and 2 inches from back.  I try to try it on my kids when I am putting them on, but if you have no kid fold hat in half, measure 3 inches, put in first stitch, then 9 single so 10 altogether.
Row 1: 10 sc, turn
Row 2: Chain 1, 10 sc, turn
Row 3: Chain 1, sc2tog , sc till last two stitches, sc2tog , turn
Row 4:Chain 1, sc2tog , sc till last two stitches, sc2tog , turn
Row 5:Chain 1, sc2tog 2x, sc, sc2tog 2x turn
Row 6: Chain 1: sc2tog, sc, sc2tog turn
Row 7: Chain 1 sc3tog, finish off

Repeat on other side

Single Crochet around hat in black and red, ensuring that you evenly spread stitches on ear flaps and make 3 single crochets in the points of the ear flaps.

If you want tassels, measure arm length amounts of red, black, and blue and pull through point on ear flap, braid and tie off.

Train Face

Using Grey yarn, start with a magic ring

Row 1: Chain 3, Dbl Crochet into the ring 12 times, slip stitch to beginning of first st
Row 2: Ch 3, Dbl crochet into each stick 2x, sl st to beginning of first st
Row 3: Ch 3, {Dbl Crochet into first stitch 2x, next stitch 1x, } repeat until  end, sl st to beginning of first st
Row 4: Ch 1, sc around in black, cast off

Eyes ( make 2)
Using white, Chain 3, into first ch, dbl cr 10 times, cast off

Eye Pupils ( make 2)
Using lighter weight black, make magic ring with 3 chains, sc 6 times, pull ring tight, cast off

Sew pupils to eyes with yarn needle and black yarn.


Chain 12, Inserting hook into 2nd chain from hook, dbl 5, in 6th ch dbl crochet 2x, then dble crochet till end.  Cast off.  Single Crochet around mouth with black.  ( my mouth is rather large so if you want it smaller make the starting chain smaller)

Assemble: Sew mouth to train face.  Sew eyes to train face.  Embroider half crescent between eyes for nose.

Funnel: Chain 6, turn sc up and then back down ( so you have 3 rows).  Then Chain 2 and sc back to other side, chain 2 and sc back to middle.  Essentially you are making a T.  Cast off.

Sew to hat:  Fold hat in half to get the front of the middle, and place face on the middle.  I recommend laying on a table to ensure that everything is straight as you sew it on.  ( I had to resew on the face as the eyes were crooked the first time).  Sew the straight part of the funnel on the hat, but not the t-part.  It will stick up a bit creating a 3-d effect.

I don't write down patterns often so if there are any mistakes, comment and let me know.


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Life just gets too busy

The kids are growing faster and faster.  Johnny is 11 months old and Benjy will be 3 in April.  It seems just like the other day they were itty bitty babies.  Not anymore.
The boys at Christmas.  Johnny slept through seeing Santa
I' m back at work now so my time is very limited.  Other than playing with the kids when I get home, I've really worked on crocheting.  I made all of us hats.  I'm working on my first granny square Afghan.  Ill post a picture when I'm done.
Booties I made Johnny.  I used an old pleather purse for the bottoms

Benjy's hat

My slippers.  I had to make 3 altogether

I've been really experimenting with different things with crochet and if I have time, I plan on posting some.  Well I have to get back to work prepping for my classes so hopefully it won't be another 3 months till I post again.
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Monday, September 30, 2013

Tasty Tuesday ( a little early)- Megs' Pilgrims Pie

This is great to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  I first made it a few years ago and its something we love to eat after the main meal.  Depending on how you feel after you eat your meal, you can make this right away with the leftovers but instead of baking right away, put it in the fridge and then bake it the next day in the oven for 40 mins.  

Cooked Turkey 1.5-2 cups finely diced up or ground ( I used the meat grinder attachment for my kitchenaid mixer)
Cranberry Sauce 1/2 cup ( homemade if possible)^
 Mashed Potatoes- 2-3 cups or 1 box of instant
Gravy- 1/2- 1 cup*
 Stuffing - 1-3 cups ( you can use boxed or homemade.  Below I used boxed as my husband ate all the homemade)
Creamed Corn- 1 can

Preheat oven to 350F

Grease casserole dish.  Place ground turkey in botton the dish.  It should completely cover bottom. Place blobs on cranberry sauce on top.

Next place mash potatoes and smooth then cover with gravy

Put stuffing on top of that.  I didn't have too much stuffing left but I spread it out the best I could.

The cover with creamed corn and spread out.

Place completed casserole in the over for 20-40 mins depending on how warm you want it to be.  

If you like to have a crispier style of casserole with the potatoes on top then put
turkey, cranberry, stuffing, creamed corn, gravy, then mashed potatoes.

^How to make cranberry sauce
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bag of fresh or frozen cranberries

Boil water and sugar together in a small pot.  When it comes to a boil, add the cranberries.  They will start to pop.  Allow to slowly simmer for 10-15 mins, then remove from heat and allow to cool.  For this casserole you only need 1/2 a batch of this so 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 water and 1/2 bag of cranberries

*Homemade gravy
I boiled the turkey carcass when I removed the meat for about 2 hrs.  I then strained out the chunks and had broth left over.  

2 cups of broth
2 tbsp bistro gravy mix

Mashed Potatoes

1 bag of new/ baby potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream ( low fat or fat free)
Salt and Pepper

I love how easy mashed potatoes are to make when you leave the skin on.
Quarter the potatoes and boil until you can stick a fork into them easily.  Use a masher and mash them up.  Add the sour cream and salt and pepper to taste.  This makes creamy tasting mashed potatoes without a lot of added fat.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Cranberry Lemon Loaf

This is my latest thing that I have been baking.  It is so yummy.  I got the basis of the recipe from Chatelaine Magazine.

  • 1 3/4 cups (425 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest ( or add lemon extract to wet ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
For the glaze
  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice   

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×5-in. loaf pan. Stir flour with baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Stir in lemon zest. Beat butter in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat for 2 min. Beat in eggs, vanilla and milk. Fold in flour mixture just until combined. Add cranberries. Don’t overmix. Pour into loaf pan and smooth top.
  • Bake in centre of oven until golden and cake tester inserted into centre of loaf comes out clean, 55 to 65 min. Don’t worry if the tops of your loaf cracks: Because it sets before batter has fully risen, it will split as it bakes. Transfer pan to a rack. Cool loaf in pan 10 min.
  • Stir icing sugar with lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Brush glaze overtop warm loaf, letting glaze run down the sides. Let cool completely in pan

I've made it in a loaf pan which is more 8 by 3.  I also used my mini loaf pans and cooked it for about 40 mins.  The cranberries add a great flavour as they burst open as the loaf cooks.