When you are small, you don’t have any rules for color. Remember sitting at the table with a stack of paper and crayons, dreaming up all sorts of things? The grass could be pink, the sky could be green, the sun could be blue. Inevitably, there was always an adult around who said, “The sun is not that color, the sun is yellow.”
I did not appreciate that. The sun can be any color you want, when you are in charge. Let’s make some color. Any color you want.
You’ll need worsted weight yarn (in whatever colors you desire), a 4mm hook, a hairpin lace loom, a large-eye needle, and scissors. You will need patience at the start, as I consider this a bit of an advanced pattern. You will, of course, need to know how to make hairpin lace. This is definitely something you want to learn from watching a video, and there are scads of tutorials on YouTube. Here’s one I like. The finished motif measures about 7 inches in diameter.
Sunburst Hexagon Motif
Set your loom forks so they are 3 inches apart and make a strip of lace that has 36 loops on each side. Cut your yarn and finish off the strip while it is still on the loom. Use a needle or your crochet hook (like I did, below) to thread a piece of the same color yarn through all the loops on one side, making sure you don’t skip any.
Slide the strip off of the loom, keeping the threaded yarn in place.
Cinch the yarn you threaded through and tie a tight knot. This closes up the center of the motif. Using the needle (or your hook again), hide the ends of the knot you tied within the loops of the center of the motif.
There will be two yarn ends remaining at each side of the braid (where you started and ended your hairpin lace strip). Tie these together with a square knot and weave the ends into the braid, trying your best to mimic the braid so it looks as seamless as possible. You may want to move the center loops around with your fingers to even them out. Now the center sunburst is done! Switch to a different color to edge the sunburst center.
Time to make the sunburst border. You’ll be working through 3 loops at a time, keeping the twist in the loops. This part is kind of like working broomstick lace!
Round 1: Join your new color through the first 3 loops with a single crochet. Make 2 more sc in same 3 loop group, ch 3. * Make 3 sc in next 3 loop group, ch 3. Repeat from * around. Join with a sl st to first sc. (36 sc, 12 ch 3 spaces)
This is the start of round 1:
And this is the end:
Round 2: Chain 1, sc in same st as joining. Ch 5, sk one sc, sc in next sc. Ch 3, sk one sc, sc in next sc, ch 3. * (Sc in next sc, ch 5, sk one sc, sc in next sc. Ch 3, sk one sc, sc in next sc, ch 3, sk one sc, sc in next sc, ch 3). Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. (6 ch 5 spaces, 18 ch 3 spaces)
Here’s the end of round 2. It’s starting to look like a hexagon, with six chain 5 spaces for the corners and three chain 3 spaces between each corner:
Round 3: Sl st in first ch 5 space, ch 3 (counts as first dc). Make (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same ch 5 space, ch 1. (Make 3 dc in back loop only of next sc, ch 1) twice. *[Make 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 5 space, ch 1. (3 dc in back loop only of next sc, ch 1) twice]. Repeat from * around. Join to top of beginning ch 3 and finish off. (72 dc, 6 ch 3 spaces, 18 ch 1 spaces)
You can easily join-as-you-go with these motifs. I used the single crochet JAYG, making a ch 1, sc join, ch 1 at the corners – and a regular sc join at each space between the 3 dc groups along the sides.
No finished picture for this blanket yet . . . because I’ve been WIP’ing it for about two years now . . . soon, though, soon.
Pinterest is good. I love Pinterest.
But I also think Pinterest might have brain-washing powers. After being barraged with popsicle recipes on Pinterest, I felt I had to get a popsicle mold, and so that is what I did. No regrets, because Pinterest told me I could not live life without one. If Pinterest is a mad scientist, I am the hunch-backed lab assistant, buying popsicle molds and making ombre bookends and doing all sorts of things with vinegar and just saying yes to everything with my big googly glazed-over eyes.
So there I was on a Friday night at home – popsicle mold in hand – but no ingredients to make the popsicles I wanted to make. And then coconut cardamom popsicles were born – straight out of the dark corners of my cupboards, patched together with what I had on hand. This is all starting to sound a bit like a horror movie, but trust me, there’s nothing scary about these babies (although I did feel a little like this when they were done).
Coconut Cardamom Popsicles
Put all of this in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-low heat, whisking occasionally:
Two 14 oz cans of coconut milk
½ cup sugar
14 green cardamom pods, crushed or split open
3 cinnamon sticks
Turn off heat and stir in ½ tsp of vanilla. Let steep for ten minutes or so, then strain the mixture into a container with a spout. Chill mixture in the fridge until it’s nice and cold. Whisk it one more time and pour into your popsicle molds. FREEZE.
This made a just-about-perfect amount to fill this popsicle mold. There was a tiny bit left over and I put that into my morning coffee on Saturday. . . and all was good in the world.
Showing off our rings, totally SFW.
Hi, I’m here, I didn’t join the witness protection program – promise. Just busy soaking up summer, and here’s proof.
Hanging out with friends from near and far. I think that this fire is the culprit behind the mysterious foreign-object-lodged-in-my-eye debacle. Thanks, fire – you cost me $600 in ER fees. Love you.
A nasty storm came through and caused mass damage to our neighborhood, resulting in a big fat mess and an almost 5 day power-outage. A big group of our friends came over with chainsaws and food, resulting in the best fence-fixing-tree-pick-upping-grill-out-party ever!
Two nights of camping at Avett Fest. It rained a bunch and Nicky and I discovered that our tent is no longer water-proof. We also discovered that it is not comfortable to spend two nights in the front seat of a 1993 Buick Regal. Adventure!
Berry picking with Nicky’s parents. Check out my sweet berry picking outfit. Don’t be jealous. We’ve been having strawberry smoothies like crazy. I especially like this one from Thug Kitchen. Strawberries and ginger are also a winning combo.
Tubing and kayaking at the lake! I was going to attempt wind surfing again, but I wasn’t in the mood to set myself up for defeat that weekend. Way to reach for the stars, Heidi! Next time . . .
Here’s us setting up our new fire pit – really! Someone said, “Be careful not to drop any of the screws in the deck,” so of course someone immediately dropped one of the screws in the deck. This also happens with Scrabble tiles, so I already knew what to do: chew gum, put said gum on stick, insert into deck, remove lost item, save the day.
My over(ly) easy pin cushion was featured in this issue of Homespun magazine. I also had a project shout-out in Simply Crochet, and I did a guest interview over at Stitch Freak (note the name change, which is still super-weird to me)!
I read Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I also read Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. I highly recommend both. Four stars and two thumbs up.
Also, I have been trying to be better at Twitter! Apologies to those that already follow – I am making an effort for real now, I swear! And to those that are thinking of following . . . do it! I lead a very riveting life full of awesome adventures, dramatic encounters, and mysteries galore – you don’t want to miss out!
Ha ha! See yous soonish!
The word “husband” still feels weird, but I am trying to get used to it. My husband fixed our broken washing machine. My husband sat in the ER for three hours while I had a paint chip removed from my eyeball (Would you like your husband in here while we scrape your eye with this dental tool? Um, NO!).
My husband and I did not have electricity for four and a half days, and we made the best of it.
Nicky played guitar a lot, which is what he does best, and I read a few books and crocheted, which is what I do best. How fortuitous that I had just purchased the latest edition of Simply Crochet – reading + crochet! Admittedly, I got it because I was featured in it . . . but what a nice change to hold a magazine rather than a computer mouse.
Filled with all variety and skill level of crochet projects, I found this to be a great read. It was a little spendy at first glance, but so worth it! Beautifully designed, chock-full of projects, and it even comes with a 4mm hook and a little hank of yarn. This is a great little ditty to take to the beach or on a road trip . . . or to have in the event of a days-long power outage.
My first skim through the magazine led me to the mandala pattern, written by Wink over at A Creative Being. My first thought was, “Aw, sweet. One of my friends has a three-page feature.” But that is blog-brain – I just follow her blog and feel like we’re friends. I had a good laugh at myself, then whipped up her mandala.
This was a fun project to make by lantern-light and made me feel like I was creating my own little slice of sunshine. I wove in all the ends, the power came on, and the sun came out for real. A beautiful day.
Finally, all the work and planning and worrying is done! Back to normal life, such as it is. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
It was really hard to pick just a few pictures. We relied on friends to take snaps, so there are a lot of ‘em. I’ll put the deets at the end of the post and hope to see you all more often, now that I don’t have to worry about planning a huge party anymore!
Our friend, Deja, married us!
Getting married was a great excuse to buy this ring, which I have been pining after forever.
Nicky’s aunt and uncle made this banner for us . . .
. . . and this sign!
My aunt made the cake! It had crochet hooks, guitars, and a picture of Penny (among other things).
Nicky played a few jams, too!
Ceremony and reception and food: Red Barn Farm, Northfield MN
Heidi’s wedding band: Patrick Irla
Nicky’s suit and ring: Overstock.com
Heidi’s dress: Brides of France (secondhand rack)
Cake: Heidi’s Aunt
First dance: You Got It
And of course, if you follow this blog, you already know about the decorations and etc. – we did that ourselves, along with family!
Ooooo-kay! This is the last
wedding project I’ll bore you with here thrilling installment of Big Day DIY. Nicky dug out this old ukulele case, and we decided it was perfect for a card box/guest book combo. And, since I threw it together with stuff I already had in the house, this was a $0 project – score!
The case was pretty ratty, but no matter. I just lined the lid with some fancy paper, and its aged state gave me free reign to drill holes in the storage box to hold pens.
My actual last-final project will be to make a garter. I was going to just buy one because, 1) the garter toss isn’t something I’m super pumped about, and 2) I am getting burnt out on wedding projects. But the prices of garters I saw in the store were appalling. Guess who’s NOT spending upwards of 13 bucks for some elastic and lace? This girl.
The wedding is coming up quick. Like a freight train. Hopefully the next wedding post will be about the actual wedding . . . eeep!
Cat Morley is the founder of Cut Out + Keep, a huge online community where people from around the world make and share step-by-step craft tutorials. She is a crafter extraordinaire, a comic book illustrator, and an endless font of inspiration and ideas. Cat is a genius and also one of my heroes.
Might I also add that Cat and her fiancé, Tom, are cuter than a basket full of kittens? Is that too much? Check out their latest advert for Google and judge for yourself: http://youtu.be/pGbJ48TEbRA
And, you wanna know what else? Cat has been generous enough to share a tutorial for the chalkboard bunting that you see in the video! I’ll put the link to download the PDF below! Thank you, Cat, for being such an inspiration!