5 Little Monsters

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sweet Stripes Crocheted Laptop Case

My last post was a pillow that I made using Premier Yarns Sweet Rolls. The pillow took one full Sweet Roll and a tiny bit of another. I ran out on my final round of the second side, so I did half of the last round, the joining round and the border out of my second roll. As a result I had almost a full Sweet Roll left. I was trying to think of something that I could make using a little less than one roll and this project is what I came up with. I ended up using pretty much the rest of the yarn, I ended with just a few yards to spare. Originally I was thinking of just making a bag but as I started I realized that what I was working on was almost the perfect size for my laptop and I thought a laptop case would be awesome, especially since I used to have a plastic cover on mine but it recently broke so a crocheted case could kind of be the replacement for that. I started over so that I could size it better for my laptop and in no time at all I had a new case for my computer. I sized it for my computer but obviously laptops come in a lot of different sizes and since this uses a simple stitch pattern it is really easy to adjust to whatever size you need.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rounds and Ridges Crochet Pillow

Recently, well for several months now I guess, it seems like everyone in the crochet community has been obsessed with the new striped cake yarns, and now every brand is coming out with there own version. It started with Caron Cakes, then Premier Sweet Rolls, now there is Lion Brand Mandala and Bernat Pop and there may be even more but those are the ones that I know of. When they first came out I was pretty skeptical. I am not typically a huge fan of sudden color changes and to be honest, I didn't really love many of the original color combinations. I kind of thought it was way over hyped and I didn't feel like it was something I had much of a desire to try. But then I started feeling like they were such a big deal that I wasn't sure I could be taken seriously as a crochet blogger if I didn't have at least one Caron Cake or Sweet Roll project on my blog. I picked up a couple of Caron Cakes at Michaels and I was actually pleasantly surprised. The color changes didn't look bad and it was kind of fun to see the stripes appear. I am making a blanket with that yarn for my daughter, she picked out the color, and it has kind of been my project to work on between other projects so it isn't done yet. Here is a little sneak peek...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cricut 101: Uploading Your Own Images

-This post sponsored by Cricut, all ideas and opinions are my own-

In the year that I have had my Cricut I have made so many different kinds of projects. Somtimes I can find exactly what I am looking for in the images available through Cricut or I can adapt one of those images to make it into what I need. But sometimes I am looking for something I can't find, or maybe I just have a specific image I want to cut out. For example, I cut out a logo sticker using my 5 Little Monsters Logo. Of course that isn't going to be available through Cricut because it was something that I designed myself, but I was able to upload that image and cut it out that way. I did the same for a logo for my husband's website. I also uploaded my own images for some of the geeky shirts that I made for my baby. I have used that feature quite a bit so today I thought I would demonstrate how to do that.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ASL I Love You Crocheted Valentine

-Compensation for this post provided by Fairfield World, all ideas and opinions are my own-

Just over 8 years ago my second baby, first little girl, was born. We were so excited to add a baby girl to our family and had no idea how much her birth would change our world. With my first baby I don't think I even realized that they that they did newborn hearing screenings because he had passed his, I don't think I realized it until the nurse walked in with my newborn baby girl and told me that she hadn't passed. We didn't really know what that meant, they didn't really know what that meant. They told us that lots of babies fail right after birth because of fluid in their ears so we should just come back in a week, retest her, and chances are she would pass. The only problem is she didn't pass a week later, or the next week, or any of the times over the 2 months that we took her in to have her hearing tested. By the time we finally got some answers and a diagnosis we were more relieved to finally know what was going on than anything else. She was diagnosed with a moderate hearing loss in both ears. Further testing revealed that she had a progressive hearing loss and would most likely eventually lose all of her hearing.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I Love Books Bag with Bookroo

-This post sponsored by Bookroo, all ideas and opinions are my own. Post may include affiliate links-

Some of my best childhood memories involve books. I loved reading books myself and there are so many books that grew up loving, picture books and chapter books both. My mom used to read books to us too. I remember so many times that we would beg her to keep reading, just one more chapter, then one more, and one more. Some of my favorites were those books that she read aloud. I think part of it is the stories but I think part of it was just that we all loved when she read to us. I have always felt that one of the biggest reasons that I grew up loving books and reading was because my mom read to me and shared her love of books  with me and mt siblings. When my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first baby over 10 years ago one of the first things we did was start a little collection of some of our favorite books. It was so important to me to share my love of reading with my kids.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Through the Cracks Cowl

I made this cowl quite a while ago and have been meaning to get it posted on here but with all of the holiday projects I was trying to get up it just had to wait. I got the idea for it just looking through my stash of yarn that was leftover from other projects and saw a small ball of Red Heart Unforgettable that  was left over from my Spring Colors Scarf. I really like the colors of that yarn but there was just a small amount left and I wasn't sure what I could with it. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Colorwork Hearts Pillow

I finally got my newest pattern up on the Fairfield World site. I wanted to make something to get ready for Valentine's Day next month and I had the idea to do another graph pillow but this time I used single crochet instead of corner to corner. Because it is all single crochet it is a beginner friendly project. No complicated stiches to learn, just a basic single crochet. You change colors as you work to make the hearts.

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