Healthy Crafting Tips





Hey friends!

I took the past week off from crafting to give my hands a rest.

I’d realized that I was working too hard too often with them and not letting them rest properly. At work, I’m always clutching either a radio or a thermos (I’m a security officer!), and in Southern California, you’re usually white-knuckling it in traffic, so my hands go through a lot before I even get my hands on a crochet hook or loom tool! I was spending more time stretching my hands at work and realizing just how sore they were. I’ve been hooking more things at a much faster rate and stressing out the muscles.

And that’s not good for your health.

So I took a break to recenter myself and get my hands back into better shape, but now I’m back and I wanted to share some helpful tips to keep your hands and body healthy while still being able to do what you love: crafting!

     1. Keep hydrated.

I know that that sounds like a given, but so often us crafters (I see you on Instagram!) chug caffeinated tea and coffee to help us power through our day and all of our projects–but it’s so important to drink water to avoid unnecessary headaches. Coffee is life, I know, but DRINK THAT WATER! Here’s some info from the Mayo Clinic on water intake (article here):

– 8 glasses of 8 ounces of fluid is good

– keep in mind that fruits and veggies give you hydration

– aim for pale yellow urine (I know it sounds gross, but pay attention)


     2. Watch your posture.

Mind those curves of yours, and make sure that things are properly aligned from time to time to alleviate and/or prevent any strain you might be inflicting on yourself! I have a tendency to slump a lot and relax my back too much which causes lower back strain for myself–sit upright. Like this guy:


Have your back straight and pull your shoulders back occasionally just to reset yourself. The Cleveland Clinic has some helpful tips and how you can train yourself better! also has some great tips for how to maintain your posture while standing, driving, picking up kids, and doing various tasks throughout the day, and is definitely worth a look.


     3. Take breaks.

Take breaks! And not just for sipping your drink, though that can help your hands. Get up, do some stretches, and walk around. Get the blood flowing to break it up. Different sources say to get up once an hour. I know we all love the crafting marathons, but they’re not doing us any good health-wise, even if we do feel good about completing things faster. Stretch your legs a bit, stretch your neck, and stretch your hands!


     4. Stretch your hands.

Your hands are your livelihood and your hobby, keep them safe and healthy! WebMD has a helpful slideshow about the different kinds of stretches that you can do for your hands, which you can find here. Take frequent breaks, stretch your hands, and maintain proper hand posture to help keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay. Though there are no “fool-proof” methods for preventing Carpal Tunnel, it helps to stretch.

Use appropriate tools. Why are ergonomic hooks so popular? Because they help people get the right hand shape they need so that it doesn’t hurt to craft. When I first started out with crochet, I wasn’t using ergonomic hooks and was wrecking my hands. I couldn’t craft for very long because my hand would start to cramp up. There is a history of arthritis in my family, so I’d like to stave that off for as long as possible and take care of my hands. Since I started using the ergonomic hooks, I haven’t had the cramping! Yay!

You also might need to keep your hands warm. When my hand was hurting, I bought myself a crafting glove over at Michaels and it was very helpful. Whether it was because it acted as a gentle pressure on the hand muscles or the warmth it gave my hand, I found the crafting glove to be really nice. And, while I haven’t needed to use it, I do keep it handy just in case I might need it during the wintertime.

It’s like my dad always says, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    5. Get sleep.

Again, those crafting marathons are fun, but get sleep. Get your proper rest so you can tackle your projects more appropriately. I have spent so many nights just aimlessly hopping from one project to the next or scrolling patterns online. At times, this is fun, but remember to get sleep!


I hope you found these tips helpful! I know that it’s hard to keep track of time and pay attention to how long you’ve been working on any given project, but it is SO important that you take care of yourself while doing so! You love crafting, so you want to be able to be healthy enough to continue to do so comfortably! What kinds of tips and tricks do you use to keep at the top of your health game? Are there certain stretches that you like doing best? I’d love to hear how your practice safe crafting, so hit me up in the comments here, or Instagram, or on Facebook.

Until next time,




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Happy National Granny Square Day!

Happy National Granny Square Day!!


Wait, what?


Yes! Today is National Granny Square Day!

I know that there is a ton of “national” days, but I think it at least keeps things interesting, even if you can’t use it as an excuse to call in sick from work…


Me: *cough cough* “Sorry boss, can’t come in today, I’ve gotta celebrate National Granny Square Day”


Man, that would be awesome, though.


So today I’m here to share with you some of my own curiosities about the granny square and some of my favorite patterns that include them! Come along with me on this journey, it’ll be a fun little jaunt!


I was curious as to why it was called a “granny square” and unfortunately there really aren’t that many reliable resources to help answer the question as anything further than it “looks like something your granny would make”, which is a little bit of a letdown that it might be something so stereotypical. So it seems like another one of those “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop” questions…the world may never know.

Another thing the world may never come to a definitive conclusion is when it got started. It’s about as murky as the question of when crocheting really got started as a fiber craft. Some reports say early nineteenth century but, as mentioned by The Sunroom, the earliest references are from books from Victorian England, in which are rather complicated patterns, suggesting a longer history than even that. Want to know more than you possibly wanted to about granny squares? I humbly suggest further reading this article by Crochet Concupiscence, it’s pretty wild and thorough!

But from whatever humble beginnings it originated, it has had an enduring relationship to crafters all over! It enjoyed a renaissance in the 60s and 70s and hasn’t ever completely faded, continuing to grace runways even today.

And there are all kinds of granny squares!

Little ones:

These are 2 3/4 in squares from Crochet Again!


Chunky ones:

Chunky granny squares from Designs by Phanessa

Simple ones:

Simple square design from The Spruce

Complex ones:

Leaf Stitch Granny Square from Craftsy User Jyneffer

You have plenty of opportunities for creativity with these!

There are several kinds of motifs you can use as well. You can go for a floral motif:

Click for the YouTube tutorial

Or even some cute animals! Maria’s Blue Crayon does some really adorable wildlife granny squares!

Maria’s Blue Crayon’s Woodland Afghan series
And here’s her Ocean Granny Square Afghan

The “granny” style motif isn’t all, either!

You can also do granny stripes:

Granny Stripes pattern from Attic24

And granny chevrons!

Granny chevron design from Bella Coco

The sky’s the limit!

And even I myself have made some cute stuff using the design! It’s such a nice and simple way to make things and really opens you up to different ideas!

I have my Granny Gone Chic fingerless gloves, these are done in Gryffindor colors:

And my Granny Goes to the Beach applique bikini top:




I just appreciate the wild amount of variety you have as a crafter when it comes to the usage of the granny square motif. I think it’s just a really cool way to add pops of color to things, whether you want something super vibrant, or subtly delicate in creams. It’s also a fantastic way of busting up your stash of odds and ends of yarn, which everyone has! So I hope you enjoyed reading this little foray into the magic of granny squares, I certainly did. If you want to get into the fun and action of the day, be sure to scroll about through the Instagram tag #nationalgrannysquareday or #nationalgrannysquareday2017! Everyone will be posting up close pictures of their individual squares to create a delightful digitally composed afghan, let’s hope it figuratively covers the globe!


Until next time,



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Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy


Hey everyone!


Welcome back! If you liked my pencil scarf pattern from just shy of two weeks ago, then I’ve got an extra special treat for you! I’ve written up a pattern for some delightfully perfect back to school-themed pencil coffee cozies! I’m a big fan of coffee sleeves, they’re just so versatile and fun and highly customizable!


Best of luck to everyone whose little tykes have been sent back off to school and are getting back into the swing of the new school year! You’re probably going to need the coffee! It’s so weird to me hearing that people are starting school in August–or even July!–because I myself have always associated with September being the back to school time, so I can only imagine!

Another thing about the impending season is that it’s when lots of crafters are getting ready for their craft fairs, since they are already underway and the signups have begun for the events that won’t be popping up for another couple of months! I have some craft fairs on my own radar, and you probably do, too! And even faster still is the doom and excitement of all the holidays, so lots of craft preparation is going on!

And have I mentioned just how much I love quick and easy projects? They’re the best! I’ve shared my Santa Belly Coffee Sleeves here recently, which if you haven’t seen them, check them out, they’re super cute and I used mine on and off throughout July…because Christmas in July! Another reason why coffee sleeves are awesome (in addition to their personal qualities and that they help you reduce the amount of paper in landfills) is that they are quick and easy! I had originally whipped up one of these last year when I’d been inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn, and I was just so in love with how it turned out, but I hadn’t done anything with the pattern! I’m glad that I finally have the chance to share this with you! For these reasons and more, I think that these little coffee sleeves are perfect gifts for the teachers going back into the classrooms or for your craft fair needs!

So let’s get started!






Worsted weight yarn (4)
I used Red Heart Super Saver
I used Craft Smart
I used Impeccable
H hook
Tapestry needle

Terms used (US):

Sc = single crochet
DC = double crochet
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch


Using H hook and GOLD yarn, chain 32, slip stitch join to form loop


Row 1: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch around, sl st to beginning of row (32)
Rows 2-5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6: Repeat previous row, sl st to beginning and bind off

Row 7: Sl st GREY into first stitch, ch 1, single crochet into first stitch and every stitch around, sl st to beginning (32)


Row 8: Ch 2, DC into first stitch, sc, *DC, sc, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to beginning of round

In the above picture, you can see the work in progress! The first row at the foreground of the photo is Row 7, the row of single crochet in Grey, and the row being worked behind is Row 8, the alternating of DC and sc


Row 9: Introduce PINK with a slip stitch. Ch 1, sc into the sl st space and every space around, for 32 sc. Sl st to beginning ch.

Keep going!

Rows 10-12: Repeat Row 9. Start with ch 1, sc around, sl st to beginning. When you’ve reached your desired eraser length, bind off and weave in those ends!



Here’s a picture of me from when I first created this cozy last year–I still had the braces then! Time flies so fast! I actually kind of miss the braces, is that weird?


And that’s the Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy! I hope you brought enough for the whole class!



Until next time,



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Back To School Roundup!

Fall’s coming!

I’m sure of it…like in some parts of the United States, somewhere? Not here in California, but I’m sure it is definitely going to be happening somewhere! Send me pictures of what weather looks like because as a Californian I’m terribly confused. But either way, school is going to be starting up pretty soon, if it hasn’t already, whether it feels like summer where you are or has started transitioning into Autumn.


I’m jealous, by the way, of the places that experience Autumn, and I’m not afraid of showing it.



*googles images of Autumn* *wistful sigh*


But here’s a list of crochet patterns and designs that I think just scream back to school and that you might enjoy! So if you’re sending the kids back to school, off to college, want to give a gift to a teacher, or just simply enjoy the adorable qualities of these designs for your fall wardrobe, these are all really cool and fun ideas—so get to crafting!




  1. Pick an Apple…Or A Pumpkin!—by Divine DebrisThese dainty earrings are a sure-fire conversation starter! They would make for a lovely and quick project for back to school or for various fall parties! These apple earrings would make for a perfect back-to-school piece or a gift for a new teacher! Or, if you’re planning on doing quintessentially fall things like apple picking and want a fun statement piece, these would be perfect! Made from lace yarn, the work would be small (make sure to do hand stretches so you keep your muscles safe!), but the dainty quality is wonderful!
  2. Top of the Class Pencil Scarf—by Gilliane of GillyGnitsThis snazzy scarf is a FREE pattern made by yours truly and is such a dorky and fun way to bring in the back to school and fall season! They work up pretty quickly (you can mindlessly stitch single crochet in the body of the piece while you watch Netflix!) and allow for lots of variation, so start sharpening those pencils and have fun!
  3. Hop on the Bus, Gus! Scarf—by Amanda Rader Designs
    Carrying on the scarf theme, this is such a fantastic and ingenious scarf that looks like a long school bus! It has such a fantastic usage of detail, right down to the little blue handicap and red stop sign icons on the sides of the piece! The use of chain spacing to create the scarf’s “windows” is a smart detail element as well. Available as a free Ravelry download!
  4. Crochet Pencil Pouch—by Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe
    Pencil pouches are so cute and useful, so it’s the best of both worlds! This pouch has a single button enclosure and I love how she models the piece with a mix of crochet hooks and pencils, it’s usually how my desk looks!
  5. Pencil Shaped Pencil Pouch—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    This and the following entry are both by Sewrella as part of her Back To School series and are so adorable, I’d have been amiss in not including them! They are super cute and look even better as a set! This pencil case is a nice quick project and will be such a fantastic accessory for your little one to take with them and all their brand new writing utensils to school! I personally love the double-button enclosure on the piece!
  6. Notebook Paper Crochet Textbook Cover—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    I love things that are usable and contribute less waste, and I remember book covers in school being pretty wasteful because they were paper and tore and were quickly thrown away by the end of the first week of school because of their lack of durability. Not the case with this cute pattern courtesy of Sewrella! It looks like a sheet of lined paper, complete with the detailing of punch holes, and looks like a beautiful fit for books! Her thorough photographs of her process make for easier crafting and are incredibly helpful while working the project!
  7. Back-to-School Teacher’s Treat—by Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
    The teacher’s treat: apples! These are some cute apple coasters that would be perfect for a teacher’s desk to start the new year off right, and have a table that’s safe from rings from their coffee. Because teachers need A LOT of coffee! But this would also be a perfect addition to a country-themed kitchen, and is just a very cute pattern. The post also includes an option to make the coaster pieces into a tiny treat bag! Perfect!
  8. Building Blocks Crochet Backpack—by Tamara Kelly of Moogly
    Whoa! This is so cool! Inspired by Legos, this is an adorably intricate drawstring backpack requiring an understanding of a number of techniques, but Moogly is such a great resource you can find all of the tools you need on the site to properly execute the bag! I wouldn’t call this a quick and easy project by any means, but it looks like a labor of love that is well worth the effort!
  9. Gecko Bookmark Pattern—by Lion Brand Yarn
    I think that crochet bookmarks are so much fun! And this one is no exception. A fun, elongated body makes this little gecko look like family-friendly roadkill (sorry if that’s a gross picture that popped into your head), but makes it perfect for laying flat in a closed book! The curlicue tail is a nice touch and the little tongue makes for a nice addition, though could be omitted if desired!
  10. The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Bookmark—by Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom
    I love the perfect simplicity of this bookmark pattern! It really is perfect since it is probably the easiest pattern in this lineup of awesome patterns! It’s a pompom with a long tail that can be inserted into a book as a very effect bookmark! It can be made by hand or with the use of a Clover pompom maker. It’ll spruce up the desk with an assortment of cute pompoms sticking out of a stack of books!

Hope you liked the patterns here, and feel free to share some that you’ve enjoyed! I’m always looking for new friends on Pinterest! I’ll be scouring through Pinterest myself throughout the rest of summer and dreaming of Fall!

Until next time,




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Top of the Class Pencil Scarf

Hey there! I know that it’s the dead of summer right now and all you want to do is run and hop and skip and jump and have lazy days…but school is coming again. That’s right, school. is. coming. again.


Byeeeeee, random kid from the internet in this stock picture!


Before you know it, it’s going to be time to do the Back to School shopping and get new backpacks and clothes and all of the fun (and not-so-fun like waking up early) stuff that comes along with it! And judging by the ads and displays at Target and Walmart, for some of you it’s already time! Time to sharpen those pencils and get back to school!

This pattern that I’m sharing with you today would make a perfect scarf for a student (even for your college kid heading off or back to campus!) or a splendid gift for that teacher in your life, ooooor even a great quirky perk to your own outfit! I wanted something kind of whimsical looking as a fun project to work on and I was inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn that I have been working through. (Click through for my post about PSY! You can also look for the hashtag on my Instagram!) My favorite aspect of the pattern is the crinkle look of the faux-metal tip of the pencil, I think it gives it a super cute textural aspect to the design! If the crinkle look isn’t personally your thing, I’ll include the alternative faux-metal tip, there is a lot of flexibility in crochet. You can follow the pattern to the letter or, if you would like a thinner/tighter scarf, feel free to use a smaller hook to obtain that kind of gauge. You can make it however long you would like! Whether you like the ascot-ty look or you really want the scarf to wrap around, the design is pretty straightforward and versatile, I hope you enjoy it!


**Notes** Because a lot of this pattern is small color changes, I’ve highlighted the colors being used in BOLD to help it stand out in the text, so you don’t accidentally skip it somehow.

The yarn color you’ll need the most of for this project is the gold/yellow, since everything else is in small quantities.


Seriously. The black yarn you’ll only need for like 8 stitches and room for weaving in the ends. Really small.



*1 Ball of worsted weight yarn (4) in Yellow
[I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold]
*Small parts of:
Black (for the lead)
[I used Red Heart Super Saver]
Beige (for the pencil)
[I used Impeccable in Heather]
Gray (for the ‘metal’ tip)
[I used Craft Smart yarn in Gray]
Pink (for the eraser)
[I used Impeccable in Arbor Rose]
*I Hook
*Tapestry needle

Terms Used:
SC=Single Crochet
DC=Double Crochet



With Black, ch 2
Row 1: 2 sc into the second chain from the hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 1 sc into each stitch, ch 1, turn (2 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc into each st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Beige. Ch 1 with Beige and turn. (4)

I didn’t like my original attempt at color changing, which is why I’m suggesting just binding off each color and then slipping in the new color!

I had originally tried a color change in the last stitch, but it didn’t really work out the way that I had liked, so I felt it was necessary to complete each other in the row before introducing the new color in each block. It looked really messy on one side which, for some projects, is okay, but this kind of annoyed me, so here’s the two examples of the pencil tips that I made:


The wonky one was okay on the other side, just flip it over:

So it’s up to you whether you want to make the color change in the last stitch in your row, but this is what I liked the best for this project in particular…and the one I went with!


Row 4: 2 sc into first st, sc next 2 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (6)
Row 5: 2 sc into first st, sc next 4 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (8)
Row 6: 2 sc into first st, sc next 6 sts, 2 sc last st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Yellow. Ch 1 with Yellow and turn (10)
Row 7: 2 sc into first st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (12)
Row 8: Sc each st across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 9-??: Sc each st across, ch 1, and turn until the body of the scarf has reached a comfortable length for your project’s needs!

You might want a scarf that’s more ascot length or a super scarf, or you might want something shorter for your kindergartner but something longer for your college kid, so I’ve left the length more or less up to you! If you have a whole skein of the yellow yarn, then you have lots of room to play with the length, it’s your scarf!

But there’s still more! Leave room for the eraser!

Last row of Yellow: Sc across all stitches, yarn over and slip knot to end the color, color change with Grey. Ch 1 with Grey and turn
**Grey 1: Single crochet into each stitch across, ch 2 and turn

Grey 2-8: 1 DC into the first stitch, sc the second, DC the 3rd, continue pattern to the end, ch 2 and turn.



The above chart is meant to help you out in the scheme of how the stitches are supposed to situate themselves, the 3 with a bracket off to the right hand side of the chart is to denote a stitch height of 3! I hope this helps! (Please let me know if it doesn’t make sense, or if I can clarify it. My Microsoft Paint skills are pretty good, I hope!)


**Alternative with Grey**
If the crinkle effect isn’t to your liking, you can DC into each stitch across the row, ch 2 and turn. Repeat for each row until the eraser metal is to your desired length, but 10 rows would make an appropriate length.



At end of final row, color change with Pink. Ch 1 with Pink and turn

Pink Row 1: Sc into each st across, ch 1 and turn.

Pink Row 2-8: Repeat Pink Row 1 until the Eraser is your favorite length!
Note: You can make the Grey and Pink rows as long as you’d like, though however many rows you use, match it in the opposite color to make the sections even

Bind off and weave in all ends. Wear it like a scholarly rock star!




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Fiber and Fandom: Knit and Crochet Cosplay!

Hey friends!


This past weekend I got back from a crazy trip: I went to San Diego Comic Con! And boy, was it crazy! Thousands of people descended on the oceanside city to bask in the nerdy goodness and feed off of each other’s energies as they let themselves be excited by their love of pop culture. It is such  a wild experience, though you always need to recharge afterwards–there are just so many things to look at and there are people EVERYWHERE!




Look at this panorama I managed to get on one of the days:

I mean dang.


This was my sixth Comic Con and I decided to go with lighter (and less stress!) costuming options this time around, opting for more of an OOTD kind of vibe! Last week, I’d given you a peek at some of the things that I had had in mind with my last-minute costumes with the Crochet Animal Headbands, but also had some other pieces I was excited to show–and was showing the progress on my Instagram.

So allow me to show you a smattering of the pieces that I used:

On Day 1, I wore a brain slug headband, which was inspired by the cartoon series Futurama:

I’m considering making a pattern for the headband, so if you’re interested, please let me know! Also, side note: I’m still kind of confused by my new smile since the braces just came off at the beginning of June, so that’s a work in progress, though I do like how this picture turned out!

Day 2, I went for a Princess Leia bun headband that I had whipped up the night before:

These were a simple project:
2 circles done with a K hook and Wool Ease Thick & Quick, I think it was the color “Wood”, then stitched onto a headband!
They would be pretty cool as ear warmers, so I think I’ll keep them in mind for wintery craft ideas!

Day 3 was my most exciting piece, a Magikarp hat!

This guy was a loom knit piece, with crochet elements, and I am currently working on getting the pattern done so that I can share it with you all! I got so many compliments for it, and a lot of Pokemon Go players were asking me what team I was on!




Go Team Valor!


But enough about my own creations! I had the goal of looking for other fiber-arts minded people and so I searched for those people in the crowds who also had knit or crochet creations for the convention!

By FAR the most popular pieces I saw were the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly! The red, yellow, and orange combination is hard to miss! I would have taken more pictures but some people were just too far away and I couldn’t tap them on the shoulder! So here are some people who were kind enough to let me take pictures of them with their cunning hats:

Everyone was just too cool!


But that wasn’t all! There were also other Magikarp I saw and a super fantastic Harley hat:


Going through the crowds of people to take a picture with this guy was like swimming upstream!

Everyone I ran across had such amazing details in their pieces that it made my day! There were 2 fascinating pieces that I couldn’t get pictures of because of various reasons, but one was a majestic Sorting Hat and the other a large Doctor Who scarf, so I’m still kicking myself, but man, these artists are great!


And the vendors there were splendid! There are so many artisans who come to display all of their hard work and I was so happy to see the fiber arts represented! Here were some fantastic booths that I ran across!

TurtleBunny Creations:

They brought the nerd factor up to an 11! They had so many cute items there from their Super Buddies collection, which you can find more of in their Etsy shop or follow all of their updates on Instagram!





THEIR CATS ARE SO CUTE! I don’t know if it’s their body size or the large eyes, but they have some super adorable little kitties for adoption! Adopt one of your own in their Etsy shop or look at their new felines on their Instagram!



dsgnGrl Crochet:


Such an adorable assortment of items! I really loved the crochet superhero masks that she had–such an adorable idea! You can find all of her great items in her Etsy shop, and follow her updates on Instagram!



It was such a crazy experience that I only went to 3 days of the convention, and took the 4th day to decompress by seeing some of the sights in San Diego! It was the right call, we went to a cool historic area called Balboa Park, which was a great idea to help us recharge. I had such a great time at San Diego Comic Con and came away feeling so inspired! It’s always a great way to get new ideas and see the people who enjoy the same things you do, whether it’s your favorite tv shows and movies, or a love of fiber arts! I hope you enjoyed my recap of my Con experiences, feel free to share some of your own!


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Crochet Animal Headbands

It’s coming–that time to dress up and walk around with a bag and get things from people as you trudge from stop to stop in search of free things!



Oh, I’m not talking about Halloween. I’m talking about the second holiday to dress up and go around in a costume–San Diego Comic Con! Yeah, that’s right, Comic Con!


I enjoy attending Comic Con every year, it’s a lot of fun and a LOTTTTT of people! You get to see what’s new and fresh in the entertainment industry and it’s just a fascinating experience. Now, every year I have dressed up since I’ve started going, but this year I’m doing something different: I’m keeping it simple.

I also got kind of lazy and lost track of time when it came to the costume I had had in mind and don’t want to stress myself out with trying to throw a costume together, so I’m stripping it down and doing these amazing little headbands! They’re perfect for a last-minute Con outfit or you can pin this and save it for Halloween, or a school play, or whatever, there are so many options!

So I’m sharing with you my adorable animal headbands!


Bear Ears:

1″ headband
(I picked up mine in a trio set from Dollar Tree and they’re perfect, this online set is really similar)
1 Ball of Bernat Softee Chunky in Black
L Hook
Tapestry needle




Using L hook and yarn, chain 36

Row 1: 1 single crochet into the second chain from the hook, sc across (35 sc)
(side note: leave initial tail unseamed for now, you’ll need it to seam the edge of the headband)

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch (35 sc)

Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming



Take your newly-made strip and seam around the headband, meeting up the stitches
Make extra stitches at the end of the strip to secure it
Using the yarn from your beginning tail, stitch secure the end of the band

Ears (make 2):

Using L hook and Black yarn, ch 3
Row 1: 2 sc in second chain from hook, 2 sc in the next (4 sc). Ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc. Ch 1 and turn
Row 3: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in the fourth, 2 sc in the last 2 stitches. Ch 1 and turn upside down
Single crochet across the flat part of the ear, bind off, leaving a long tail for stitching onto the headband




Toy around with the ears and find the place where you think they’ll look best, like so:

Use a whip stitch through the spaces in the headbands to secure the ears, tie them off and weave in the ends!


Fox Ears

1″ headband
1 Ball of chunky Orange yarn
(I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Spice)
Small parts of a fuzzy white chunky yarn
(I used Homespun Thick and Quick in Dove)
Tapestry needle



Headband Cover:
Using a soft or bright orange color, ch 36
Round 1: 1 single crochet into the second chain from the hook, sc across (35 sc)
Rounds 2-3: ch 1, sc across (35 sc)
Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming

Whip stitch the seam of your cover around your headband base, creating extra stitching to support the ends of the headband

Ears (make 2):

Front part:
w/fluffy white, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in second chain from hook, ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 2 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 4: sc across, join orange and chain 1
Single crochet around the piece with the orange, slip stitch to the beginning chain 1. Bind off and weave in the ends

Back part:

w/ Orange, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in second chain from hook, ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 2 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 4: sc across, ch 1
Single crochet around the piece and slip stitch to the beginning chain 1. Chain 1, do not bind off



Line up the 2 pieces with the wrong sides facing each other, chain 1, and single crochet the pieces together. Slip stitch to the beginning.
Stitch those bad boys onto your headband!



Pom Pom Ears

I think this one is particularly adorable, it has pom poms for the ears! Not only is it cute, it is also a very simple design!

Choose your base color. For this one, I’ve chosen a pumpkin orange, it’s Bernat Softee Chunky.

Do the same steps for your headband cover (ch 36, sc into the second chain from the hook, total of 35 sc for the first row, plus 2 more rows, leave a long tail and bind off), and stitch it to your headband.

And now you can make your pom poms! They can be whatever size you want, though I picked a pair of large pom poms with my Clover pom pom maker, which I find much easier to work with because I had trouble making pom poms by hand. I thought I wasn’t making them consistently, so the Clover pom pom maker was a lifesaver!

I used a brown fluffy yarn (Wool Ease Thick and Quick) for mine!


And then you stitch them where you think they’d be cute on your headband


And I added a few X’s onto my piece to make it look nice and nerdy: Ewok!



I think Ewoks are cute and this was such a nice simple project, so I’m very excited to take it to Comic Con with me!


As you can see,you have tons of options! I hope you enjoyed this pattern for these super simple and cute headbands. If you’re getting ready for Comic Con and use these for your OOTD, I’d love to see it! Please share with me your finished work via Instagram and Facebook so I can like the heck out of it! Good luck on your crafting and I’ll see you soon!






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Santa Belly Coffee Sleeve

Ho ho ho!

But wait, it’s July…

Aw, that’s okay! It’s Christmas in July! What better time than now to start thinking of all the things you can make for the holiday season? Do you do craft fairs? I hope you’re already working up your stock items to blow away your adoring fans! I just received a promo for a craft fair I have tried to get into for the last 2 years and will not be deterred–I’m getting into it this year! Third time’s the charm, right?

So if you’re like me and want a bunch of different things to offer your potential shoppers, then I’ve got an adorable idea for you MONTHS IN ADVANCE!


Today, I have for you these cute Santa Belly coffee sleeves!

I really love that they look like Santa’s wide belt–I know I sometimes need a Santa tummy for all of the coffee and hot cocoa and tea and apple cider that’s coming! So I’ll share with you 2 different options that work out so well for this little guy!

The only difference between the 2 is how you create your foundation, so here goes!



Materials Needed:

1 Ball of Red (5 or 6 weight) yarn
1 Ball of Black (5 or 6 weight) yarn
(For both of these, I used Bernat Softee Chunky)
Scrap gold or yellow yarn
(I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold)
L hook
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used:

Sc- Single Crochet
Sl st- Slip Stitch
Ch- Chain


Beginning Option 1:
With L hook and red yarn, ch 23, slip stitch to beginning. Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch around (23 sc) and slip stitch to beginning

Beginning Option 2:
With L hook, Foundation Single Crochet 23 stitches, slip stitch together, ch 1
The most helpful tutorial for me for discovering the FSC was One Dog Woof, so I’ll link her pictorial help here. (She’s also a fantastic resource for different patterns and helpful tidbits and definitely worth a follow!)

**Note: working a foundation single crochet takes a little while longer, but does create a nice even tension in the piece**


Whichever option you’ve chosen, you have your first Round!


Round 2: Work a second round of single crochet around your piece (23 sc), but don’t slip stitch to the beginning just yet!

Color change to Black, using a slip stitch to complete the row.

Round 3: Ch 1, single crochet into the stitch and each stitch around for 23 sc.
Round 4: Repeat Round 3.
Round 5: Repeat Round 3. At end of Round 5, color change to Red once again, using a slip stitch to complete the round.
Round 6- 7: Ch 1 with Red, single crochet into the slip stitch and each stitch around for 23 sc. At end of Round 7, bind off.

Weave in all ends!

Take your gold or yellow yarn and thread it through your tapestry needle. I bordered my buckle across 3 stitches and the 3 rows of black for a more or less square buckle, doubling each stitch. I then tied the 2 ends together and trimmed the ends.

Now your Santa Belly is ready to be filled with holiday goodness! Happy Crafting!


Until next time,


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Sunflower Coaster

Summertime and the livin’s easy!

Sometimes. But it’s mostly hot. Thank goodness for cold drinks or there would be absolutely no living with it! It’s always nice to have a nice cold drink on a super-hot day, and even better when those drinks are shared with friends. Summer parties and barbecues are great for getting together with friends and loved ones, with drinks aplenty, so be sure to have plenty of coasters for all those frosty beverages! Or you’re hanging out at Starbucks for a while and want a coaster to look nice, like so:

Which is where this pattern comes in! I think that sunflowers are the quintessential summer flower, and the seeds are delicious! With real sunflowers, it’s a real challenge to husk all the seeds out of them when the time comes, but you won’t have to worry about the mess with these crocheted little coasters—no husking required.


Materials Needed:
Worsted weight yarn
4.5mm hook
Tapestry Needle

Crochet terms used:
DC= Double Crochet
Trbl= Treble Crochet
Sc= Single Crochet
ch= Chain
st= Stitch
sl st= Slip Stitch


With Brown, starting off with a magic circle, insert hook into the middle of the circle and draw up a loop

Round 1: Ch 3, 12 DC into the circle, slip stitch to 1st stitch. 12 DC.
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 DC into each stitch, sl st to previous round. 24 DC.
Round 3: Ch 3, 2 DC into first stitch, 1 DC into the next, continue pattern to end of row.

Color Change at the end of Round 3: cut brown, leaving room for weaving. Insert hook to begin sl st to beginning of round, bring up Gold yarn to complete the sl st.

I like to tie a knot between the 2 colors just to ensure that it stays together, but feel free to work it to your preference in color changes!

Round 4: Ch 3, 2 DC into the first st, 1 DC into the next 2 st, 2 DC into the next st, 1 DC in each of the next 2, continue to end of round.

Round 5: Ch 1, skip 3 st, 7 Trbl into the next stitch, skip the following st and put 1 Sc into the next, skip 3 stitches, 7 Trbl into the next, skip the following st and put 1 Sc into the next, skip 3, 7 Trbl, continue pattern to the end of round, sl st to beginning and bind off.

Weave in the ends and put a drink on it! Enjoy, friends!







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Granny Goes to the Beach Bikini Top



It’s very very hot here in SoCal right now. And it’s going to be hot until basically November, which can make it a tricky situation when it comes to crafting! So if you live in a hotter climate and love crafting, you either bear the heat and make blankets, or you switch up your retinue of crafts with summery things, lighter things! You can have a ton of options, that’s what’s so much fun about crafting!

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The heat can’t catch you if you work faster…right? Well, luckily I have a nice and easy project for you today! It’s my Granny Goes to the Beach Bikini Top! And even easier than that, it’s an applique to place on top of an existing bikini top!

My inspiration for that was that, as much as I love crochet bikini tops–it’s actually what convinced me to pick up hooks and do more in-depth work than simple chains–the problem with lining is always there! So I thought:

“What if I just get a bikini top and make it cuter?”

And that’s where I went!

I went and picked up a few bikini tops over at Walmart, they look like this. I specifically wanted triangle tops, the simpler the better, for this project and these wound up being the ones that I liked the best! They were triangular, they had lining, and forgivingly simple shapes.

[I must note here that I hate HATE shopping for things like swimsuits and bras. The worst. I will admit that I have a very small chest and dislike the way those kinds of things look on me and it’s an ongoing thing but ANYHOW]

I liked these tops, and would highly suggest a triangular top for this project for the applique to work properly!

But, let’s get down to business and make this top happen for you!

[Note: I used a small bikini top because I am a small person. If you’d like to go with a larger size, then still go with a triangular top and add another row or 3 depending on the size of your cup!]

Materials Used:

Triangular bikini top as shown here in this example
Cotton yarn (I used Yarnspirations Lily n Creme in Off White. It’s a huge ball and has lasted me forever)
H Hook
3.5 Hook
Tapestry needle
Small straight edge ruler
Rotary Cutter (click for the Amazon place I got mine from)
Crochet edging blade (I busted a mission looking for these guys and I am so glad for these!)


If you haven’t already, put the crochet edging blade into the rotary cutter–be careful! I had problems with opening my first rotary cutter and the store shipped me a new one free of charge because of a weird mechanism that had broken, and it was very nice of them to do.

Be careful with the blades, they’re sharp and have a light lubricant on them!

Take your bladed cutter and a small ruler (you don’t need a 12-inch ruler for this, too unwieldy) and place even lines of holes along the 3 sides of each triangle cup

I had to take a picture one-handed, so place the ruler a safer distance from the edge and keep it straight between corners

Feel free with the bottom triangles to stretch it a bit because of the ruching so you can get a cleaner and straighter line!

Making Your Triangles (make 2)

With H hook and your cotton yarn, ch 4, slip stitch to form a circle

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc, ch 3, ch 1, slip stitch to top of original ch 3

Round 2: Slip stitch across to ch 3 space, slip stitch into the space and ch 3, 2Dc, ch 3, 3Dc into ch 3 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc] into next ch 3 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc] into next ch 3 space, ch 1 and slip stitch to beginning ch 3

Round 3: Slip stitch across to ch 3 space, slip stitch into the space and ch 3, 2Dc, ch 3, 3 Dc. Ch 1, 3 Dc into Ch 1 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc] into ch 3 space, ch 1. 3 Dc into Ch 1 space, ch 1, [3Dc, ch 3, 3Dc] into ch 3 space, ch 1, slip stitch to beginning.

Rounds 4-6: Continue with pattern, placing 2 sets of 3Dc into each corner ch 3 space and 1 set of 3Dc into each ch 1 space.

If you are going for a bigger cup, continue from here for the appropriate number of rows for your bikini top

Once you’ve got the appropriate size for your piece, ch 1 and single crochet around the whole cup, and the appropriate number of single crochet stitches for each ch 1 and ch 3 space respectively, slip stitch to your original chain 1

Grab your 3.5mm hook and ch 1. Line up your triangle with the cup of the bikini and single crochet into your top hole. ch 2 to carry around the back of the top, and single crochet into the same hole. Ch 1, slip next stitch and single crochet into the next. Continue this pattern to each corner where you will single crochet, ch 2, and single crochet into the same stitch, carrying the ch 2 behind the corner for your straps to go through. Slip stitch to your original ch 1, bind off and weave in ends.

It’s coming along!

Repeat with your second cup!

Et Voilà you have your bikini top and you’re ready to go!






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Bonus dumb fun:
I have had a tricky time of keeping track of my hooks in the past and accidentally grab the wrong size, which will mess up a project. This project got sidelined for a while when I grabbed the wrong hook and wound up with a wonky cup:


The cup at your left is the wonky one and I got annoyed because it happened all too often! So don’t do what I did!

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