Stars, Stripes, and Rings

Figure skating is my first love. It’s the thing I first remember falling in love with. I started figure skating when I was 6 years old. I skated all the way thru college (and beyond), and started coaching as a college student. In fact, I coached on my skates while pregnant with my twins up until the point where I could no longer bend over enough to tie my own skates (at about 7 months).

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In case you didn’t know, the 2018 Winter Olympics are about to start (opening ceremonies air February 9 on NBC here in the United States), and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m one of those Winter Olympics fans that annoy the non-Winter Olympics fans in my house. When you grew up figure skating, the way you watch the figure skating events is like none-other. For some reason, figure skaters clench and feel the moves happening on the ice. Even if we could never pull those moves off. I want to say it’s muscle memory since that’s what was ingrained in my head during every practice. Perhaps it’s the excitement of the event. Or a combination. Whatever it is, it happens. And I’m looking forward to going thru this again starting next week :)

You can find all the information on when each event is happening here on this awesome schedule: Time’s Winter Olympic Schedule PyeongChang2018

Or on the official PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics website.

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It’s been cold here lately and I’ve been cuddling up in my house with scarves and sweaters and blankets galore. I knew I’d want to watch the Pyeongchang Olympics with something…festive. So, I whipped up a little something to wear–a Team USA scarf. Now I’m ready to cheer on all of the amazing athletes as they represent their own countries (of course I’ll cheer a little louder for our own athletes).

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I worked up this super scarf using a size H (5.0mm) hook, worsted weight (on the lighter side) yarn from Hobby Lobby’s line I Love This Yarn, and a traditional corner-to-corner (c2c) stitch. The entire scarf is worked up in one piece, with the stars added on afterwards as appliques. I finished the piece off with a simple single crochet border around the edge, taking care to do sc+chain 2+sc in each corner.

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You can grab the file for this graph right here:

ChaosAndChopSuey-Team USA Olympic Scarf-Graph pattern

You can grab the file for the written instructions (for the graph) right here:

ChaosAndChopSuey-Team USA Olympic Scarf-Written Instructions

Here are the colors that I used for this scarf:

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And those awesome star appliques? Well, I found them in two different places. The large stars are from One Dog Woof. I followed her directions as written for my 3 largest stars, making the stars one layer thick, then attaching them to my scarf with a needle and the long remaining tail from each star. And the 2 smallest stars are from Repeat Crafter Me, again, as written.

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As always, feel free to use my patterns to make gifts or items to sell, but do not copy my images or patterns in any shape. It’s awesome when you link back to my page on social media. To check out more of my patterns, head on over to my Ravelry store!

Don’t forget to tag me or use my #ChaosAndChopSuey hashtag when posting on social media–I love seeing what you all are doing!!

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEY

<3, Angela

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Harry Potter Sweater Blanket Graph

If Harry Potter, sweater, and blanket don’t belong together in a sentence, then I don’t know what does. My latest graphgan (and cross stitch) pattern combines my love for Harry Potter and my affinity for sweaters (though I don’t own any because I can never decide on which one I want). So I combined them together to make a Harry Potter inspired sweater-style blanket (cause you all know I L-O-V-E blankets!)

My Harry Potter Sweater Blanket graph is now available for purchase in my Ravelry store!! Head on over to my Ravelry store to grab your own copy of my Harry Potter Sweater Blanket graph!

Harry Potter Sweater Graph

I am now open for CUSTOM GRAPH orders as well. The current turnaround time starts at one week depending on the level of detail required. Prices start at $8 for a custom graph that includes several sizes (for printing purposes) of colored graphs. I can also include yarn color suggestions if that is desired. To create a custom graph order of your own, message me on Etsy and we can discuss everything there!

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For more information on this Harry Potter Sweater-Blanket graph, head on over to my Etsy store. For more information on any of my previous crochet-a-longs (Grease, FRIENDS, or Gilmore Girls), head on over to my Ravelry store. It’s never too late to join us!

Don’t forget to tag me or use my #ChaosAndChopSuey hashtag when posting on social media–I love seeing what you all are doing!!

#CHAOSANDCHOPSUEY

<3, Angela

Grease Crochet-a-Long: WEEK #14

Welcome to our last week of graphs for our GREASE crochet-a-long! While this is our last week of officially scheduled graphs, that doesn’t mean that the fun stops here! Stay tuned for next week’s joining and bordering, plus, there may be a few more bonus appliques and bonus graphs coming your way!

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For our last week, I pulled inspiration from the vote that happened early on in our Grease crochet-a-long Facebook group. One of the ideas with the most votes was for Blanche and her xylophone! With her kooky sense of humor, Blanche breaks the ice and brings a bit of comic relief with her fun loving self. I had to find a combination of her pink collared dress with her xylophone to add to my own blanket.

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This is our last week of graphs! Next week we will be joining our panels together and adding a border. Weave in all your loose ends and finish off each panel with an even SC (single crochet) border. You don’t NEED to do the single crochet border, but I HIGHLY suggest is as it makes joining your panels so much easier. Using the same color yarn as the background. My mini c2c = 2 sc in each chain 2 space + 2 sc evenly spaced out in the 3HDC + (sc + chain 2 + sc) in each corner. You can check out my blog post on this here.

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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. It’s never too late to join us!

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

GREASE crochet-a-long: WEEK #13

Grease was defined by the music. Well, afterall it is, a musical. The jukebox was a big part of social life in the 1950’s, so it’s only fitting that Grease features a jukebox in the Frosty Palace. As a tribute to all the music in Grease, I created this week’s panel.

Week #13: Frosty Palace Jukebox…

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Just a friendly reminder to weave in all your loose ends (don’t wait until the last minute to do this…you’ll thank me later for bugging you about it now) and finishing off each panel with an even SC (single crochet) border. You don’t NEED to do the single crochet border, but I HIGHLY suggest is as it makes joining your panels so much easier. Using the same color yarn as the background. My mini c2c = 2 sc in each chain 2 space + 2 sc evenly spaced out in the 3HDC + (sc + chain 2 + sc) in each corner. You can check out my blog post on this here.

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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. It’s never too late to join us!

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

Happy Fall!!!

Fall is my time of the year. I love seeing all the leaves changing colors. It truly is a magical sight to see. I grew up in Hawaii where there is no fall. When I moved away from the islands at 25 years old, I immediately fell in love with the drop in temperature and the beautiful colors of fall. One of my favorite things to do is have a glass of hot apple cider and sit by the firepit in our backyard with a campfire going–all while wearing a sweater. Now, because of where I live, our fall is short (sometimes you can wear shorts on Thanksgiving), but that just means I savor every moment.

To celebrate the first day of fall, I have designed a few fall themed graphing panels that you can grab for free, right here on my blog.

Like I said earlier, I love hot apple cider. Don’t throw rocks at me, but I don’t understand the love for pumpkin spice lattes. My husband loves them, but I’d rather have some hot apple cider. So, the panel I chose to work up is my Hot Apple Cider. I plan on turning this into a fall throw pillow for my living room–it’s the perfect size!

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For those of you who are PSL fans, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered:

PSL graph

Just because I’m not a PSL fan, doesn’t mean I don’t like pumpkin! I love pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin graph

These graphs are the perfect size for making a seasonal throw pillow or two. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you could always arrange them in a grid and make a small lap blanket!

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To grab your FREE copy of my FALL TRIO graphs, just click on this link. It’ll take you to a Google Drive document that you can download at your leisure.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to tag me (#ChaosAndChopSuey) in your photos so I can check them out (and possibly feature)!

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Happy Fall y’all!

<3, Angela

GREASE Crochet-A-Long: WEEK #10

We’ve got the T-Birds and we’ve got the Scorpions on our graphgan. Checkered race flags surround a record and two music notes to symbolize their big race down at Thunder Road.

This week’s panel started out like every other panel–a design was developed and planned, then executed. But then I hit a little bump in the road. More like a fork in the road. I originally planned to have WEEK #10’s panel made twice, but when I realized that the pink milkshake from Frosty Palace would work perfectly on this panel size, I knew I had to draw up a graph for it. So, this week’s regularly scheduled weekly panel release also includes BONUS #2. Stay tuned for a little extra release later on this week ;) You will need to make a total of 2 of these panels in whatever combination you like–2 checkered flags, 2 milkshakes, or 1 of each.

This scene is where the inspiration behind the pink milkshake comes from. Poor Frenchy…

WEEK #10: Record, music notes, and checkered flag…

 

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BONUS #2: Frosty Palace pink milkshake…

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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. It’s never too late to join us!

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

GREASE Crochet-A-Long: WEEK #9

“Your story’s sad to tell…” Poor Frenchy ended up being a beauty school dropout. Now, I have a rather biased opinion when it comes to Frenchy having played the role of Frenchy in a musical on ice when I was younger, but she is my favorite character. With her colorful outfits, fun pink hair, well-timed comedic relief, and great big smile, she’s definitely my favorite character.

After accidentally dyeing her hair bright pink in tinting class one day, Frenchy wishes she had a guardian angel to tell her what to do. Frankie Avalon plays the role of her beauty school guardian angel:

Week #9: Beauty School Dropout…

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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. It’s never too late to join us!

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

GREASE Crochet-A-Long: BONUS #1

Who doesn’t love a villain?…er, villainess in this case. In Grease we obviously have the Scorpions playing the role of the villain, but don’t forget Cha Cha DiGregorio, the villainess who seems to put Sandy on her toes with good reason. You can’t forget the time she took over Sandy and Danny’s winning dance at the National Dance-Off, finishing the number with Danny, and claiming the title. I knew I had to include Cha Cha on this graphgan somewhere, so I’ve included her panel as the very first bonus panel.

Bonus #1: Cha Cha DiGregorio

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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. It’s never too late to join us!

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

GREASE Crochet-A-Long: WEEK #8

“Tell me about it…stud.” By far, one of my favorite parts of the entire Grease movie, is at the end of movie when the ‘new Sandy’ and the ‘new Danny’ meet up at the Rydell carnival. The song, “You’re the One that I Want,” is a favorite of mine with Sandy in her tight black leggings, red high heels, and cherry red lipstick, and Danny with his sleeveless black shirt (and his tossed aside letterman sweater). Dancing thru the ride at the carnival where they end up singing and shaking in the ‘Shake Shack.’

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So, with the Shake Shack lettering and Sandy’s red heel, I give you WEEK #8:

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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

GREASE Crochet-A-Long: WEEK #7

Thank you, fans and friends and odds and ends…” And that was the start of the National Bandstand Dance-Off held at Rydell High, hosted by none other than Vince Fontaine. His smooth voice graced the airwaves about as well as his slick womanizing moves. One of my favorite parts of the Dance-Off scene (besides the actual dancing), was when Vince met Marty:

Vince: Hi, I’m Vince Fontaine, I’m judging the dance contest.
Marty: I don’t think I’m entered.
Vince: A knockout like you? What’s your name?
Marty: Marty.
Vince: Marty what?
Marty: Maraschino. You know… (suggestive) like in cherry??

Our panel this week comes from this scene:

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To get your own limited edition rockin’ Grease themed hook, you need to be a member of our CAL! Hooks are being made by Becki over at Chloe Rebecca Boutique.

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