FRIENDS CAL WEEK #7: The One with Smelly Cat

While Phoebe’s guitar represented all the important musical moments in FRIENDS, I felt that one song in particular deserved its very own panel–Smelly Cat. Smelly Cat popped up over and over throughout the series and is just so darn catchy that my 4 year olds who have never seen the show, heard the song while I was writing this, and can sing it word-for-word. From Phoebe singing Smelly Cat in Central Perk, to teaching another musician, to starring in a music video and cat litter box commercial, Smelly Cat will always be a staple of memorable FRIENDS moments.

Week #7: The One with Smelly Cat…

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For more information on the this CAL or to purchase your copy of this crochet-a-long, head on over to my Ravelry store.

Feel free to make and sell products using this, but because I put a lot of time and love into this big CAL project, I ask that you give me credit or if it’s online somewhere, you link back to me. If you’re not a part of our CAL Facebook group, come and join us. We have a special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the FRIENDS CAL with us (you can find information on how to join that particular group in your purchased pattern).

I can’t wait to see what you do with this! The official hastag for this CAL is:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYFRIENDSCAL

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” –Monica

<3, Angela

FRIENDS CAL WEEK #6: The One with the Peephole Frame

Confession: I have ALWAYS wanted to paint my front door purple and hang up a replica peephole frame just the door in Monica’s apartment.I even have a peephole frame saved somewhere on my Amazon wishlist. This week’s panel is probably my favorite panel in this whole crochet-a-long. I just love how it turned out. There is quite a bit of detailing on this week’s panel, but I totally think it’s worth it.

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P.S. One of my favorite peephole frame moments comes when Joey gets his head stuck in the door. You get to see a ton of the frame in this scene as well as Joey’s head being basted with turkey fat. hehe

Week #6: The One with the Peephole Frame:

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For more information on the this CAL or to purchase your copy of this crochet-a-long, head on over to my Ravelry store.

Feel free to make and sell products using this, but because I put a lot of time and love into this big CAL project, I ask that you give me credit or if it’s online somewhere, you link back to me. If you’re not a part of our CAL Facebook group, come and join us. We have a special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the FRIENDS CAL with us (you can find information on how to join that particular group in your purchased pattern).

I can’t wait to see what you do with this! The official hastag for this CAL is:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYFRIENDSCAL

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” –Monica

<3, Angela

FRIENDS CAL WEEK #5: The One Where WE WERE ON A BREAK!

One of the greatest storylines in the tv show FRIENDS is the relationship between Ross and Rachel. Their relationship was full of high and low points and is often referenced in pop culture. As a FRIENDS fan, I can remember the buzz going on when Ross and Rachel finally became a couple:

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I can also remember their low points, particularly their whole ‘we were on a break’ debacle (hello, 18 pages!). Now, without starting a huge debate, here are a few snippets from that whole mess:

Because of this debate, I thought it only fitting to include this main storyline into our graphgan. I give you WEEK #5: The One Where WE WERE ON A BREAK:

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For more information on the this CAL or to purchase your copy of this crochet-a-long, head on over to my Ravelry store.

Feel free to make and sell products using this, but because I put a lot of time and love into this big CAL project, I ask that you give me credit or if it’s online somewhere, you link back to me. If you’re not a part of our CAL Facebook group, come and join us. We have a special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the FRIENDS CAL with us (you can find information on how to join that particular group in your purchased pattern).

I can’t wait to see what you do with this! The official hastag for this CAL is:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYFRIENDSCAL

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” –Monica

<3, Angela

Picnic Basket

Last year, both of my brothers became fathers, making me an auntie! This time last year, I was still relatively new to crochet and whipped up some baby items for my new nieces. This year, I wanted to get a little creative with their 1st birthday gifts. I love making amigurumi and wanted to make them a few pieces of food to play with but didn’t quite know how I wanted to present the food to them. This was the birth of my Picnic Basket pattern!

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I love the look of the basketweave stitch and decided that this is what I wanted to use to give the basket this great texture and detail. Using double strands of I Love This Yarn (worsted weight) in Brown, I created this picnic basket small enough for little curious hands.

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The food patterns do not belong to me, but are linked below. I used all cotton yarn (I Love This Cotton) to work up the food so little curious mouths wouldn’t have acrylic fibers on their tongues. The picnic blanket is a piece of thick cotton fabric that I happened to find at my local fabric shop which I washed and sewed the folded edges.

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Big Apple Amigurumi by Craft Passion

Cupcake Pincushion by Esshaych

My friend Kimberlie over at ShopKimberlie gave this pattern a whirl and added her hotdog and cheeseburger amigurumi pieces to her basket!

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To grab your copy of my Picnic Basket pattern, you can head over to my Ravelry store, or use the direct link to my Picnic Basket pattern. With such a versatile basket pattern, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

-Angela

FRIENDS CAL WEEK #4: The One with Phoebe’s Guitar

I‘m not sure what FRIENDS would have been like without Phoebe and her awful interesting songs. So, to pay homage to Phoebe and her tunes at Central Perk (or outside Monica’s fancy restaurant or in the subway), this week’s panel is a guitar. As any true FRIENDS fan would, I too love Smelly Cat, but she has so many more memorable tunes about:

I also really love the holiday song that Phoebe wrote for all her friends. You know the one…the one where nothing rhymes with Rachel and Chandler:

There are some options for this week’s panel. You can choose to make the panel as the pattern states, or you can add the optional applique to your panel. Our optional applique this week is a string of Christmas lights to represent that wonderful holiday song she wrote for her favorite people. It’s up to you!

I give you Week #4: The One with Phoebe’s Guitar:

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While the strand of Christmas lights represent Phoebe’s holiday song, I can’t help but be reminded of the time Rachel forgot to take down the Christmas lights and when she finally did, she fell off their patio and was dangling in front of Mr. Heckles’ window by the strand of Christmas lights. I mean, hello, that’s how Rachel and Monica ended up in the ER and meet George Clooney and Noah Wyle (who happen to be guest starring as doctors, which is funny because of their roles in the show ER)! (BTW, this is Season 1, episodes 16 and 17.)

And if you’re not the applique kind of person, here’s what the guitar looks like without the string of Christmas lights:

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For more information on the this CAL or to purchase your copy of this crochet-a-long, head on over to my Ravelry store.

Feel free to make and sell products using this, but because I put a lot of time and love into this big CAL project, I ask that you give me credit or if it’s online somewhere, you link back to me. If you’re not a part of our CAL Facebook group, come and join us. We have a special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the FRIENDS CAL with us (you can find information on how to join that particular group in your purchased pattern).

I can’t wait to see what you do with this! The official hastag for this CAL is:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYFRIENDSCAL

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” –Monica

<3, Angela

FRIENDS CAL Week#3: The One with the Magna Doodle

Chances are, if you’re a fan of the tv show FRIENDS, then you know what a Magna Doodle is. You’ve probably even played with one. According to my research, the Magna Doodle in Joey and Chandler’s apartment didn’t show up until the second half of Season 3. It debuted on the wall in the guys’ apartment and eventually migrated to the door. It even moved over to Monica and Rachel’s apartment when the girls lost their apartment to the guys in a trivia game.

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The Magna Doodle turned into somewhat of an Easter Egg for the show FRIENDS. Sometimes the drawing was directly linked to something in the episode it appeared it, sometimes it was a throw back to a previous episode, sometimes it was a tribute to a cast or production member, and sometimes, it was seemingly random. Whatever the case, it is fun to go back and look for the Magna Doodle. Here’s a fun website that chronicles the drawings and writing that appeared on the Magna Doodle.

This week’s panel features the Magna Doodle with one of Joey Tribiani’s memorable quotes, “How you doin’?”

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For more information on the this CAL or to purchase your copy of this crochet-a-long, head on over to my Ravelry store.

Feel free to make and sell products using this, but because I put a lot of time and love into this big CAL project, I ask that you give me credit or if it’s online somewhere, you link back to me. If you’re not a part of our CAL Facebook group, come and join us. We have a special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the FRIENDS CAL with us (you can find information on how to join that particular group in your purchased pattern).

I can’t wait to see what you do with this! The official hastag for this CAL is:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYFRIENDSCAL

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” –Monica

<3, Angela

FRIENDS CAL WEEK #2: The One with All the Thanksgivings

Some of the funniest FRIENDS episodes are their Thanksgiving episodes. Every season has one and it was always something I looked forward to because I knew it would be one of the best in every season. I mean, what could get better than having Brad Pitt guest star as an old high school buddy of Ross’ who loathes Rachel, while they were married in real life?! And Rachel’s awful English Trifle that, ‘taste[d] life feet’?! And the Thanksgiving football game with the Gellar Cup topped with that horrendous dirty troll?!

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Take a look at this little clip of some of the greatest Thanksgiving episodes:

One of the most iconic images from my favorite Thanksgiving episodes is the giant turkey that Joey and Monica wear on their head, so in homage to this Thankgiving tribute, I give you ‘The One with All the Thankgivings’:

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Love my hook and want one of your own? Head on over to Angie at Harper Baby Shop.

 

For more information on the this CAL or to purchase your copy of this crochet-a-long, head on over to my Ravelry store.

Feel free to make and sell products using this, but because I put a lot of time and love into this big CAL project, I ask that you give me credit or if it’s online somewhere, you link back to me. If you’re not a part of our CAL Facebook group, come and join us. We have a special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the FRIENDS CAL with us (you can find information on how to join that particular group in your purchased pattern).

I can’t wait to see what you do with this! The official hastag for this CAL is:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYFRIENDSCAL

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” –Monica

<3, Angela

FRIENDS CAL Week #1: The One with the Couch

The time has finally come for our FRIENDS themed graphgan crochet-a-long (CAL) to begin! It seemed only fitting that our first week’s inspiration comes from the opening credits-the couch in Central Perk.

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That orangey couch is not only in the opening credits, but it’s seen in every episode that has a scene in Central Perk, which is practically every episode. That couch has seen a lot-from runaway brides (Rachel fleeing her wedding to Barry in the very first episode) to Phoebe’s boyfriend that didn’t wear enough clothing to some fabulous guest stars (Robin Williams and Billy Crystal).

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In homage to this piece of furniture that was an anchor for so many, I give you ‘The One with the Couch’:

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Love my hook and want one of your own? Head on over to Angie at Harper Baby Shop.

For more information on the this CAL or to purchase your copy of this crochet-a-long, head on over to my Ravelry store.

Feel free to make and sell products using this, but because I put a lot of time and love into this big CAL project, I ask that you give me credit or if it’s online somewhere, you link back to me. If you’re not a part of our CAL Facebook group, come and join us. We have a special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the FRIENDS CAL with us (you can find information on how to join that particular group in your purchased pattern).

I can’t wait to see what you do with this! The official hastag for this CAL is:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYFRIENDSCAL

“Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You’re gonna love it!” –Monica

<3, Angela

Valentine c2c Potholder

Confession: When I learned how to crochet, I totally bypassed the potholder and scarf phase. I jumped right in and made a large amigurumi unicorn for my daughter. I didn’t want to ‘waste me time’ dawdling with things like potholders. I wanted to jump right in and made something useful. At the time, I didn’t have any need for potholders. Funnily enough, I’m at a point right now where, I really do need some new potholders. Ahh…the irony!

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In my last post, you may have seen my video tutorials for how I work up a mini corner-to-corner (c2c) graph. True to my ‘make pretty but useful stuff’ nature, I decided to make one of those handy dandy potholders I am in need of using that little heart graph from my video tutorials.

 

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Valentine c2c Potholder

Materials:

  • Cotton yarn (I used various scrap cotton yarn in white, Pastel Azul (Premier Home Cotton), and Country Red (Sugar ‘n Cream)
  • Size 5.00mm hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

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Pattern

Using the HEART GRAPH found here, work up 2 of these heart squares. Need help working on them? Find the videos here. Make sure you make 2 of them now so you won’t burn your hands! I always do a round of sc on my c2c pieces. Always. Makes joining pieces together so much easier. Seriously. You’ll thank me.Now, finish them off and weave in all your ends.

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Now, holding them together, back to back, using the background color (mint) sc in every stitch all the way around, doing a sc+chain 2+sc in each corner. EXCEPT for ONE corner where you will make your big loop for your potholder (like all potholders seem to have). I chose the top left corner for my large loop and did a sc+chain 10+sc in that corner. Fasten off and weave in end.

For the next 3 rounds (red, then white, then mint), I did a simple moss stitch (sc+chain 1, skip next stitch, sc+chain 1 in next stitch, skip next stitch) all the way around EXCEPT in the corners. Normal corners had the same sc+chain 2+sc as the round before. The large loop in the corner is a bit different. In the first moss stitch round, when you get to the large loop corner, sc around the entire length of the loop and then continue on with the moss stitch when you get to the other length of the square. For the following rounds, you will sc in each stitch on the corner with the large loop. The first row of moss stitch was done in red, then white, then mint for the last row.

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My First YouTube Video!

As we’re gearing up for the start of our FRIENDS crochet-a-long (CAL), I’ve been getting quite a few questions as to how I work up my mini c2c. So, I complied a list of a few things I wanted to make sure to address in my video tutorial and filmed it. Now, it’s a 4 part series because (1) I have no idea what I’m doing tutorial wise. And (2), I’m super duper duper new to YouTube videos (posting and stuff, not watching them). I’m not a crochet tutorial watcher myself, so I hope what I’ve included is helpful for those that are.

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In this tutorial, I go over the basic construction of my mini c2c with instructions on increasing, decreasing, color changes, my basic single crochet border, and a little color change trick I’ve picked up after doing many corner-to-corner graphs.

Later on this week I will post my final project that I used this little heart square for, so stay tuned! If you want to join along, here is a link to the heart graph I used. Using whatever colors you want, work up 2 of these hearts with COTTON yarn and you’ll see what we’re going to do with these! For now, check out my YouTube page!

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