Celebrations!!


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HodgePodge has FINALLY hurdled over the facebook 13,000 fan mark!! I’m super excited to have that many facebook fans (though I really wish more of you guys over there could see my fb posts!!)

However, to celebrate not only reaching 13,000 fans but also my birthday … I’m turning 21…again ;) … I’m offering up ONE FREE PATTERN over in my Ravelry store for the next 13 hours!!

Head on over into Ravelry and use the code:: CELEBRATE13 ::for your free pattern! Limit ONE per customer. Lowest valued pattern will be free at checkout if selecting more than one. http://www.ravelry.com/stores/hodgepodge-crochet-designs

If you come by to visit me over in facebook– (HODGEPODGE ON FACEBOOK) –please hit that like button, share the birthday love with all of your friends, and before you go, don’t forget to mosey on over to that little Follow HodgePodge button right over there in the blog to make sure you never miss any of this crazy, yarny, fun!

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hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com Mad Mad Me 'Spiral Construction/When Alice Fell' Ravelry CAL

Mad Mad Me: ‘Spiral Construction/When Alice Fell’ Copyright: Charissa Ragsdale: Mad Mad Me. All Rights Reserved.

Do you own a copy of Mad Mad me‘s Spiral Construction~When Alice Fell pattern and haven’t tackled it yet? If so, head on over into Ravelry for CAL inspiration with the Spiral Motif – When Alice Fell event!

          http://www.ravelry.com/events/cal--spiral-motif—when-alice-fell

You’ll find incentives for finishing as well as discounts on the purchase of the pattern if you don’t already own one! Hurry because the event is already underway–it runs from September 22 – October 1, 2014–and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun!!

DIY Glow In The Dark Yarn


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Lately I’ve been having all sorts of fun experimenting with ‘dying’ acrylic yarn all kinds of colors for all sorts of projects! My latest was a cute shade of pink that I wanted to use in a brand new design I’m working on!!

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For those that missed the process on how to dye acrylic yarn, make sure you check out my ‘How to ‘DYE’ Acrylic Yarn’ blog post before going any further to find out how to make your own!

I’ve been wanting to try some new ideas using the ‘dying’ technique, so a few weeks ago when I found myself wandering down the craft aisle of my local WalMart–which is actually quite depressing…but that’s a whole other blog post–toward the paint, I had no idea what I’d find until I started hunting…and then I had an idea!

I happened to see a bottle of this stuff sitting in among all of the hundreds of colors on the shelves and wondered if it would work on yarn. The back of the bottle said that it could be used on all porous surfaces… Yarn is porous, right? The definition pretty much says that anything porous has minute spaces or holes through which liquid or air may pass… So… :)

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I bought a bottle just to see what would happen! I know…I know…I’m constantly curious to see what happens next.

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So I went through the process of ‘dying’ my yarn by first making a small(ish) hank of white, but this time I wet the yarn really well, drained the water so that the yarn was still wet but not dripping, and then poured some of the paint directly over it and massaged it in.

A few minutes later I had this:

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It didn’t look like much and I was a little underwhelmed…okay, a lot underwhelmed. So I looked at the back of the bottle again and it said to charge the glow by leaving out in the sun or by holding under light. Since I was making this batch at night, I opted for a light. 15 minutes later I turned off all the lights and this happened:

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I had a hank of glow in the dark yarn in about 20 minutes for about $0.50! That price might go up depending on how much your yarn and paint costs are in your local WalMart.

I didn’t drip dry my yarn this time, because I wanted the glow to stay throughout and not end up concentrated on one side, so I put out several layers of paper towel and laid the entire hank right on top. I flipped it every 4 hours–except overnight when sleep took over–until it was bone dry (which took about 24 hours).

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It doesn’t look like much but trust me, the secret happens when the lights go out!

So what do you do with a hank of glow in the dark yarn? Anything, really! It would look amazing in hats, scarves, blankets, gloves, slippers, sweaters, etc., etc. Since we are close to Halloween, Trick-or-Treat candy bags came to mind! A quick trip over to Moogly to pull up her AMAZING free crochet alphabet blog post, and away I went crocheting one B and two O’s.

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A flat panel for the bag, a couple of handles, and viola! A Trick-or-Treat bag complete with a hidden surprise!!

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If you make your own glow in the dark yarn, I’d love to see what you turn it into! Head on over to HodgePodge on facebook  or Google+ to share your pics!

***FAQ UPDATE!***

I’ve gotten quite a few questions regarding how the glow in the dark yarn works so I’m going to attempt to answer as many questions as I can right here!

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Q. Can you ‘dye’ any color yarn and make it glow?

A. No. Well…you CAN dye any color yarn but some will glow better than others and some just won’t glow at all.

  • Hands down, the best color yarn to use is white. It will glow the brightest and the longest.
  • You can also dye yellow, green, orange, pink, and light purple but you will need to use more paint and the glow will not last as long or be as bright.
  • DO NOT USE: black, blue, red, purple, brown, or any other dark shades of yarn. The glow paint is not strong enough to do what it’s intended to do and you’ll be disappointed.

Q. How long does the glow last?

A. Glow time depends on how long the paint has been charging. If you leave it in direct sunlight for about 2-3 hours you will be able to achieve the maximum glow, but the longer you can leave it out in the sun the brighter and longer it will glow in the dark.

Q. Are There Any Side Effects or Health Risks?

A. As long as you use glow in the dark paint properly, there are no health risks involved. Many people fear that glow in the dark paint is radioactive or has radioactive properties; It does not. Glow in the dark paint is non toxic. Always use gloves when dying your yarn and follow all safety precautions labeled on the back of the bottle.

Q. Do I have to use this brand of paint?

A. You do not have to limit yourself to this brand of paint! You can use any–safe for fabric–glow in the dark paint available!

Q. I charged my project using a light bulb and it won’t work! 

A. In order for your project to glow, it needs to be charged by UV rays. This is why most glow in the dark paint requires you to place it on a sunny windowsill for a few hours. The longer the paint is in the sun, the longer the glowing feature will last in the dark. If your light bulb isn’t working, that’s because it’s not producing enough UV to charge the paint.

If you are interested in keeping your glow in the dark paint glowing super bright all year round without using the sun, you might want to invest in a UV black light.

Q. Can I wash my yarn?

A. Yes! You can launder your yarn and it will still maintain a glow. Make sure your yarn is 100% dry before washing or you may find that it does not glow as well after.

Q. Is the yarn crunchy after the dying process?

A. No. The yarn is surprisingly uncrunchy after the dying process and feels almost identical to Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Once washed there is virtually no difference in the yarn that is noticeable other than the fact that it glows.

Q. Can I crochet my project first and then dye it?

A. Yes you can and it works exactly the same way as outlined above in the blog post.

Q. Is there an odor?

A. The paint has a very faint acrylic odor which vanishes once completely dry and/or laundered.

If you have a question that has not been addressed, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll add it up here! Comments are moderated so don’t panic if you hit enter and nothing happens! :)

Union Jack Pillow Graph


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I don’t think there can be any denying that I LOVE all things UK. So with the new season of Doctor Who in full swing, my very American house was crying out for something to show that love in style. I decided what that something needed to be was the oddly specific Union Jack…in pillow form…(as seen decorating John Watson’s favorite chair in Sherlock.)

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But I wanted mine to be slightly larger than the original Sherlock version and decided the best way to go about tackling my recreation in yarn would be with a graph! Mine, at this point, is still a WiP but I promise to update when I’m all done to show you all what it looks like finished!

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This project is small enough for the newer graphghan crocheter and is a little more challenging than a two colored graph.

If you’re interested in creating your own Union Jack Pillow, all you have to do is download a copy, grab some yarn and a hook, and get busy!

Click the link below for your free copy of the Union Jack Pillow Graph 

HodgePodge Crochet Union Jack Graph

If you create a pillow of your own I’d love to see pics! Head on over to HodgePodge on Facebook to show off your stuff!

HodgePodge Crafts: Ojo de Dios


Here in my corner of the planet, back to school means spreading out around our family school table and getting messy. Yup, we’re a homeschooling family, and that generally means tons of glue, crayons, paint, paper, and chaos!

My favorite school art projects always involve yarn (no shock there, I suppose) so when Mexico popped up in our geography curriculum I was over the moon to pull out some yarn for my kids and I to dive into the diverse and rich history of the Mexican culture!

The art project slated for the day was the God’s eye. I won’t go into detail explaining what they are or what they are created for (that’s what Google’s for) but I will tell you how we made ours!

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In order to make the simple version of a God’s eye you will need:

  • Two wooden craft sticks (or up-cycle some Popsicle sticks)
  • Hot glue
  • Yarn

This craft will take approximately 15 minutes to get all the wrapping complete (less if you’re familiar with the process and speed it up!)

To start, glue your craft sticks together using a small dab of hot glue in the center to make a cross (or an X depending on how you’re holding your sticks.)

To make things simpler for my kids I glued the end of the yarn to the center of the cross, but you can skip that part and just begin wrapping your yarn if you prefer.

Label your sticks 1, 2, 3, and 4 so kids have a point of reference when wrapping.

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In order to begin, wrap the yarn twice around the center, rotate and wrap twice more around the center creating a central X around the middle of the sticks.

Once you’ve completed the center, begin wrapping the yarn once around 1, once around 2, once around 3, once around 4, making sure you are always going in the same order around the sticks. Do not overlap the yarn! Each new layer of yarn should be sitting next to the yarn before it so that you continue to grow the pattern outward toward the tips of your craft sticks.

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When you have run out of craft stick, simply use a dab of hot glue to secure, create a loop to hang, and display your cool new wall art!

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We had so much fun creating these mini works of art. For even more fun, I recommend dying your acrylic yarn following my tutorial here before making one! (See the example below which was done with dyed acrylic yarn!)

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If you tackle creating your own colors for this project, your Ojo de Dios can be totally unique and a one of a kind piece of art!!

I’d love to see your Ojo de Dios if you make one. Simply pop over to HodgePodge Crochet over on facebook to drop me a pic!

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