GREASE crochet-a-long: Week #1

The time has finally come! We start our GREASE crochet-a-long (CAL) today! Every Monday a new panel will be released here on my blog. If you want to participate and have your own copy of the patterns for the panels and appliques to be released “mystery style”, you will need to head on over to my Ravelry store and purchase your own copy. Every Monday after the release on my blog, your copy of the pattern within your Ravelry library will update automatically with the new pieces for the week. Let’s get started!

Let’s get the party started with a little Pink Ladies tribute! Obviously we couldn’t have a Grease graphgan without a little Pink Ladies jacket lettering on it. The sparkle in this Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn Metallic Pinky Toes Sparkle gives it just the right sheen to mimic the shine on those iconic jackets. Now, this is one of the larger panels, so don’t be daunted by it’s size. The rest will seem like a breeze after this one!

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I will be working this graphgan up using Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn, my fantabulous set of custom ergonomic GREASE THEMED hooks by the ever-talented Chloe Rebecca Boutique (you can find her on IG here or her ETSY page here), and my go-to graphgan technique–mini corner to corner (mini c2c). These hooks are exclusive and limited only to those participating in the CAL with us!!! Details on how to order your own hooks are available in your pattern download.

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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 in our special Facebook group reserved only for those that are doing the GREASE 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:

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYGREASECAL

“She looks too pure to be pink.” –Rizzo

<3, Angela

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

Gilmore Girls CAL – Week #7 Bonus Squares

This week marks the end of our bonus squares. With all memorable characters and events in Gilmore Girls, I could go on and on and on creating additional squares, but I won’t. I do have to end this crochet-a-long (CAL) eventually. Next week is our last week–banner week, plus a few small appliques I will be adding to my own graphgan.

I had just one bonus square planned for this week, but the members over in our Facebook group convinced me to add a few more. So, here are the 3 final bonus squares for this CAL.

I just knew I had to include a snowflake square because of the girls’ fondness for the first snow of the year. I’m from Hawaii so I understand the magic of snow from a non-snow-country perspective. I’ve never had to deal with snow in any other capacity other than on vacation (living in the Southeast of the United States, I still have this view of snow).

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And what would the Gilmore Girls be without Paris Geller? She’s my favorite non-Gilmore character. She knows what she wants and makes no excuses for getting it. She’s hella smart, driven, fierce, and strong. And in true GG fashion, she has witty banter and hilarious scenes full of funny lines.

I raked my brain throughout the entire CAL trying to think of something that would represent Paris, but all the attributes I love about her are not physical and not really represented by any symbol. So, I went to my Facebook group and asked them for ideas. The best (and most popular) idea was Chilton plaid. Chilton is where we are introduced to Paris and where Rory and Paris become lifelong friends. So, I give you, Chilton Plaid:

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Last but not least, I picked my favorite town tradition and turned it into a square. My favorite town tradition takes place during Season 2, Episode 13 “A Tisket, A Tasket.” It’s the Annual Stars Hollow Picnic Basket Auction, aptly named ‘Stars Hollow Bid-on-a-basket Fundraiser.’ I don’t know why I love this little tradition, but what could be a better way to raise funds for a good cause than to dine over food and good conversation? Sure, it could end badly, but with the charm of Stars Hollow, what could go wrong? (ahem…Dean…Jess…Rory…)

Here is a mock-up of Rory’s basket meant for Dean for the auction:

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I have these graphs available in several formats–PDF and png. Below you will find the links for them via Google Drive documents.

I Smell Snow 25×25 PNG

I Smell Snow 25×25 PDF

Chilton Plaid 25×25 PNG

Chilton Plaid 25×25 PDF

A Tisket, A Tasket 25×25 PNG

A Tisket, A Tasket 25×25 PDF

Here are the colors needed for these graphs, but for more information on the colors (alternatives), layout, and schedule for this CAL, check out this IMPORTANT DOCUMENT.

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While my Gilmore Girls CAL posts will stay up and remain free, for convenience, I have also combined all of these graphs into one giant PDF file for those that would like to purchase a copy of it condensed, rather than having to hunt thru my posts. You can purchase this pattern for a small fee here on Ravelry.

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 FB group, come and join us here.

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

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYGGCAL

Copper Boom!

<3, Angela

Gilmore Girls CAL – Week #4

The rebels. This week pays tribute to the rebels in the Gilmore Girls–the Life & Death Brigade and Hep Alien.

One of my favorite episodes in the entire Gilmore Girls series is season 5, episode 7, “You Jump, I Jump, Jack.” In this episode, Rory is whisked away for a weekend with the Life & Death Brigade so she can cover a story for the Yale Daily News. My favorite scene is when Logan takes Rory by the hand and the two then jump off of a scaffolding in a stunt. This iconic GG scene symbolizes Rory’s awakening, where she is opening herself up to adventure and stepping outside of her comfort-zone bubble. Many will argue that this is symbolic of her relationship with Logan, but I think it goes beyond her relationship with Logan.

And what better way to incorporate Rory’s BFF, Lane Kim, into our graphgan than to add Hep Alien? We all remember Lane’s penchant for hiding forbidden music, clothes, make-up, and food from her mother in the floorboards of her bedroom. Lane followed her passion for making music by rebeling against her mother, and met her husband and the father of her twin boys in the process.

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Now, I know a true fan will argue that the umbrella Rory used in the ‘You jump, I jump, Jack,’ scene is black. But I went with the vibrant blue of her scarf. So if you were wondering why I used that blue, well, that’s why.

I give you the rebels of the Gilmore Girls, the Life & Death Brigade and Hep Alien:

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In Omnia Paratus, Latin for ‘ready for anything,’ is the motto of the Life & Death Brigade, and has become quite a memorable quote from the series. You don’t have to do the quote, but if you want to, here’s how I did it. To do this writing on the umbrella, I simply made a long chain and sewed it on! Simple as that. I placed stitch markers to mark the tops and bottoms of the rows I used to place the motto on to help keep the letters as even as possible. It was a lot of trial and error with the placement, but my patience paid off. Here are a few progressive photos:

I have both graphs available in several formats–PDF and png. Below you will find the links for them via Google Drive documents.

In Omnia Paratus (Life & Death Brigade) 25×25 PDF

In Omnia Paratus (Life & Death Brigade) 25×25 PNG

Hep Alien 25×25 PDF

Hep Alien 25×25 PNG

Here are the colors needed for these two graphs, but for more information on the colors (alternatives), layout, and schedule for this CAL, check out this IMPORTANT FAQs DOCUMENT. **NOTE: I had originally scheduled Ivory as the background for the Hep Alien square, but switched to the Light Gray while making it. Either would work!

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While my Gilmore Girls CAL posts will stay up and remain free, for convenience, I have also combined all of these graphs into one giant PDF file for those that would like to purchase a copy of it condensed, rather than having to hunt thru my posts. You can purchase this pattern for a small fee here on Ravelry.

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 FB group, come and join us here.

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

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEYGGCAL

Copper Boom!

<3, Angela

Baby on the way!

No, not my baby. I’ve been there, and done that. But a new little niece of mine should be here any day now. One of my younger brothers is about to be a daddy for the very first time, so of course,  I had to whip my brother and sister in law a few baby items.

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The secretness of this project has kept my Facebook and Instagram account pretty quiet lately, and I’m so excited to FINALLY be able to share it with you. I’m not gonna lie, this whole gift makes me all giddy and kinda wish I had a baby on the way.

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Don’t you just love it?! Details on the patterns I used are found below. The color scheme was pulled from the baby’s nursery. The vibrant coral and turquoise pair perfectly with the dark grey and crisp white. What a fun color scheme for a nursery! I used my go-to yarn line, Hobby Lobby‘s ‘I Love This Yarn’ in Greybeard, White, Mango, and Turquoise (all worsted weight).

The striped baby blanket is a pattern by The Felted Button found here. Since this was meant for a baby,  I altered the pattern just a bit to make it smaller. But isn’t that a gorgeous pattern? I have plans to make one that will stay in my house.

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These teeny little sandals are by TMK Crochet found here. I used a different bow pattern, but I have no idea where I found it nor do I remember how I did it (of course, right?).  The headband is AWESOME. If you are familiar with crocheted headbands, you know they stretch (or don’t stretch) kinda funny so their fit is a bit off. Well, fear no more, I found an easy, adjustable, and perfect headband by The Lovely Crow rightly called ‘The Genius Headband’ found here. Seriously, this headband IS magical. And the flower I used is by Autumn Berry Crochet and can be found here.

Now for my favorite part of this whole package–the unicorn lovey. You may have noticed that I tend to mix-and-match various patterns to come up with what I make. I first saw an African Flower Hippo lovey made by the talented Amy over at Spicy Tuesday Crafts and knew I HAD to make a lovey using the African Flower motif as the blanket base. It’s just that colorful and fun.

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I used a random African Flower pattern from the internet (just Google ‘African Flower pattern’ and you’ll find a TON of them) for the base and joined them in a layout that suited my needs. The unicorn head and arms are from One and Two Company‘s Nuru the Unicorn pattern found here. In order to achieve the right scale, I had to go up a hook size or two on the unicorn. The head was made as the pattern states, with a different type of hair because of my own personal preference. I chose to make the arms longer than the pattern stated, again to achieve the right scale. I added a bow over her ear to fancy her up a bit :)

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Now, to wait for another little baby on the way because I really really want to make another unicorn lovey!

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