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Secret Santa Fun!

I’m sorry for the lack of updates! The Christmas crocheting season is definitely in full swing. I only have completed ONE person. Only 3 more to go. Eep!

I wanted to take a quick break and share what I got for a Secret Santa gift, because it’s so adorable. 😀 I signed up for the Reddit Secret Santa, and mentioned that I like to crochet. My Santa really went with that. Look at the neat stuff I got (brag, brag, brag, sorry). 😛


I hope you have a lovely holiday season, and you are much further along than I am with your gift projects. I’ll be posting my projects once Christmas is over, so I don’t ruin the surprise for people.

Until next time, happy crocheting!


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Motif Monday: Light it up

Today’s Christmas Eve, so for everyone who’s a last minute person, here’s an incredibly easy and quick pattern for a Christmas light potholder: pattern.

christmas lights

Merry Christmas!

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S&T Sunday: Salmon Sperm! (And Santa!)

One of my labmates works with salmon testes. 🙂 Or rather the DNA from salmon testes, but we like to joke about working with salmon sperm. After some discussion with my other labmates, for his gift, I made a salmon colored sperm!

salmon sperm

The sperm pattern can be found here. One change from the pattern, I put a pipe cleaner in the tail so it will bend.

Then I felt maybe we gave him too much of a hard time about working with salmon sperm, so I also made him Santa:


I really like his beard and mustache and hat and…. Actually, he’s just cute all over! I posted this pattern a few weeks ago for Motif Monday.

More presents next Sunday!


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Motif Monday: More Garlands?!

Sometimes I think I like the holidays more than I’d like to admit. Yes, family is really annoying, but wow, that feeling of wintertime, gifting, and odd bit of joy really lifts the winter depression.

Christmas. We’re halfway out of the dark.
(Anyone get the reference?)

Anyhow, if you like sewing on beads, this is probably the project for you, a beaded garland by Lots of Crochet Stitches:


FYI, do check out the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog if you love crocheting, there are definitely a lot of stitches!

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Fan Friday: Decorating a Tree

Time to decorate? Just look at these!

christmas trees

silver ball garland

Koalakidsfashion has these mini Christmas trees and a very nice garland. If I had more time, I’d probably make some. The Christmas decorations at home have been around as long as I have. We haven’t bought a new ornament probably since 1995, and we still hang them even if they’re broken (it gives the illusion that we care, because there are lots of decorations).

I’m a fan!


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S&T Sunday: Christmas Star

For the past few years our Christmas tree topper was nonexistent. I’m pretty sure we got it in the early 90s, and hadn’t changed it since. It got to this point where it was getting too old and falling apart, so we threw it away and never got a new one. Until I attempted to make one yesterday!

With the pipe cleaners I have, it looks more like an angry monster. It was a little difficult getting it to stay up, but I stuck some of the branches into the star and it’s being supported by other branches (yay, fake tree- the branches act like giant pipecleaners! :))

It looks like this in the back:
If you want, here is an attempt at a pattern:

Materials: Bulky yarn in red and yellow (or whatever colors you want)
Size N/9.oomm hook
Lots of pipe cleaners to help it stay up (I used 5)
Newspaper or Polyfill stuffing or something of the sort

Picot: ch 3, sl st into same st

Star (Make 2):
With star color, ch 4 and sl st together to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 2dc into ring, *ch 2, 3dc into ring*, repeat *to* three more times. Ch 2, sl st to top of beginning ch 3.

Rnd 2: Sl st into middle dc of the 3dc from the previous round, skip next dc, *(3dc, 2ch, 3dc) in ch2 sp, skip next dc and sl st in middle dc, skip next dc*, repeat *to* four more times.  Sl st to next dc to join.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc into same space, sc into next two dc. *(2sc. picot, sc) into ch2 sp, sc into next three dc, sl st in sl st of previous round, sc into next three dc*, repeat *to* four more times, ending with a sl st. Fasten off.

With tube color, ch 4 and sl st together to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, 5dc into ring.

Rnd 2-3: Dc into each dc.

Rnd 4: *2dc, 2dc into dc* twice. (8dc total)

Rnd 5-??: Dc into each dc until desired length. Fasten off.

Sc stars together. Stuff. NOTE: Don’t stuff too much, or it will be too heavy. I had to take some newspaper out to lighten my star so it’ll stand up better.

Sew tube between two star points. Weave pipecleaners around top of tube and star until it stands up (you’ll definitely have to play around). If you have other ideas of how to make your star stand up, do share!

Attach to top of tree! Spread holiday cheer!

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S&T Sunday: Granny Squares Blanket

The blanket that I’m making my grandparents is a granny squares blanket, and this is my first granny squares blanket.

The colors look a bit Christmas-y, but it took two months. I’m really happy with it and it’s very warm. I didn’t do any blocking with it, because the squares connect as you go.


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