The bullying started for me when I was in elementary school. I was the new overtly different kid since I was the only Indian girl in my class. People didn’t sit next to me. They told me “I smelled gross”. They laughed at me and in front of me. Then, the struggle in middle school was to fit in while in that awkward phase of transitioning into my adolescent self. The self that hurt more because I understood more about myself and about life in general. This was the first time I was physically hurt by someone and then it happened again a few times in high school.
Self-Negativity Born from Hateful Speech
But you know what? It’s not the physical assaults that hurt. I survived those because those wounds healed with time but what I was left with were the real scars. I was left with the scars of negativity: negative views about myself, my life, and about who I was. When someone says hurtful things about you, the words imprint on your mind. The more you think about those things, you start internalizing that hateful speech.
Having my own child, it scares me immensely because he could also be on the receiving end of bullying once he starts school. I pray to God that he isn’t but it is a very real possibility. I remember when I was bullied, I did not want to tell my parents because I was shocked, embarrassed, and confused. That’s why, as a parent, it is so important to be aware and pick up on signs that your child is being bullied. Here’s an article by stopbullying.gov that outlines some of the signs that a child is being bullied. As parents, the best thing we can do is learn these signs and watch for them!
Support the Cause – Anti-Bullying Efforts
Today, on World Day of Bullying Prevention, I stand with Lion Brand Yarn in their support for anti-bullying with their #HatNotHate campaign for the Stomp Out Bullying Campaign. When I heard about this initiative I knew I had to help! I made a few blue hats for donation and I also made some for my own little family. Here we are sporting our #hatnothate hats.
If you’d like to support this cause. You can go donate today and/or wear blue to show your support! But before you head over there, let me know what you are doing now to prevent bullying.
Sl st: Slip stitch Ch: Chain Tss: Tunisian Simple Stitch
Crochet Pumpkin Pattern:
Foundation Row: With Color A, ch 10 and pull up a loop in the back bump of each chain. Complete standard return pass. (10 st)
Rows 1 -20: With Color A, Tss 10. Complete standard return pass. (10 st)
Bind off loosely and do not cut yarn
With the wrong side facing out, fold the finished piece and slip stitch into every other stitch along the bottom and side to close the pumpkin.
Turn piece inside out and add stuffing or scrap yarn. Cut 30 in. of Color B and weave through the top stitches and pull to close the top and tie a knot, do not cut yarn.
Chain 5 with the remaining strand of Color B, pull up a loop in the back bump of each chain. Complete standard return pass. Sl st. to bind off. Weave in remaining ends into the pumpkin and enjoy!
This is a free pattern but please remember to credit me and link back to this page whenever you make the pumpkin! Don’t forget to share a picture on Instagram by tagging me @noorsknits and use the hashtag #tunisiancrochetpumpkin so I can see your version and share with everyone!
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I sat down with my Tunisian crochet hook and Fall on my mind and before I knew it, I had crocheted up a creamsicle. Read more about my inspiration behind this design over here.
I used Big Twist Baby Yarn which is now, unfortunately, discontinued. Does anyone else feel like a lot of good yarns are very transitional? How do you manage to work with these types of yarns/keep the inspiration alive? I honestly loved this yarn. It was super soft and worked up very nicely! Oh well, I do still have some left in other colors! This was a size 4 worsted weight yarn most comparable to Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice yarn or Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn.
Crochet Squares and Joining
I was able to crochet up each square in about 15 minutes and really found the repetitive nature of the pattern soothing! I am also a sucker for symmetry and this pattern delivered! After completing each square, I tried to weave in ends as I went and it really helped! Once I completed all twelve of the squares, I had a hard time figuring out how I should join them. I wondered if I should crochet all of them together or if I should sew them together! I tried both and found that crocheting the squares vertically and then sewing rows together worked best for this pattern since my bind off was too tight to get the crochet hook through the loops at the top of each square.
I also added a zig-zag stitch like effect horizontally with the stick color for the area where I had sewn the rows together since it looked too bare and lacked the grid-like pattern I was going for. Then I finished off with a simple border using the stick color. I was thinking of doing a multi-colored border but decided the contrast of the stick color would look better! The last step was to block. I initially tried to block each square as I went but I just got too lazy and ended up blocking the whole blanket row by row after joining all of the squares!
If you are interested in the pattern, I will be releasing it very soon! It has been sent out for testing! You can join my mailing list here to get all of my updates and find out when I release the pattern!
Anyone else feeling like we’re in a limbo between summer and fall? Here I am wearing my buffalo plaid pajamas and joining the squares for my Creamsicle Crochet Baby Blanket. I recently finished making it and I am so excited because it is finally ready for testing!
This is a fun crochet baby blanket pattern that uses the Tunisian crochet colorwork technique over twelve squares. Each square measures about 7 x 8 in. and works up quickly with worsted weight yarn! It can easily be adjusted to make a bigger or smaller blanket by adding or removing squares! This pattern includes video references for how to do Tunisian crochet colorwork and how to change colors from TL Yarn Crafts Sweet Gingham Baby Blanket Pattern. The best part is that the creamsicles can be pretty much any color, the possibilities are endless!
Read more about my inspiration for this design here. If you like the pattern, fill out this pattern tester application and I’ll take a look! Testers will be notified within the next 2 weeks! Let me know if you have any questions via e-mail [email protected] or in the comments below! Before you go anywhere, let me know which one you prefer, lime or orange creamsicle? I love oranges so you know which one is my favorite!
Summer rolls around and I am usually that person who keeps saying “ugh, it’s too hot”. Although I prefer cooler weather, there are some things that I do love about summer. I love being able to walk out in sandals and not having to bundle up Bubs in a huge jacket! Sunsets during this season give me all the heart eyes. Since I’m Indian, summer weddings usually each last a week and are full of fun dancing and singing. So naturally, I love dressing up for them.
I am also thrilled that I get to see my family from near and far! Essential seasonal fruits like watermelon and mangoes make me drool. I find them to be so refreshing and delicious! I also love popsicles and ice cream although now I have to share with my little man anytime I eat them. Whenever I have a popsicle or ice cream, it takes me back to my childhood when I used to enjoy these treats with my cousins during the hot summer days while watching shows on Nickelodeon. Speaking of popsicles and ice cream, if you haven’t yet, you should check out my blog post about an upcoming creamsicle baby blanket pattern over here.
Recap of My Summer
Our summer began with Bubs turning 2!
A few weeks later we celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, the Eid that follows Ramadan!
Bubs and I had many moments of random dances throughout these past few months and I loved each and every one. Whether it was after dinner, before breakfast, or randomly in the middle of the day. However, my absolute favorite dances were the ones under wide open skies with rays of sunshine beaming through while walking the beautiful trail near our home!
Those dances were good practice for the wedding we attended!
We also took Bubs to the zoo for the first time, that day we just wore a couple of cute hats on a hot day and stared at a lioness falling asleep because I mean how else are you supposed to do summer, right?
Then off to Canada we went to spend the last bit of summer and celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with family and friends!
And we ended our summer by taking a long overdue trip to Niagara Falls!
I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about what summer means to me and how I spent my time this season! Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list here to get updates.
Creamsicle Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern – The Inspiration
It’s funny the way our subconscious mind works. When I sat down with my yarn and Tunisian hook, I knew I wanted to make a Tunisian crochet baby blanket but I wasn’t sure what it would look like. Although I was trying to get into Fall mode, creamsicles were at the back of my mind. I guess I’m not ready to let all summery things go! This along with the fact that I recently made the Sweet Gingham baby blanket (pattern by Toni from TLYarncrafts) and that I have constantly been looking at my book “Tunisian Crochet Workshop” by Michelle from Poppy & Bliss helped the concept formulate in my mind! Completing the Sweet Gingham Baby Blanket ignited a love for Tunisian crochet colorwork and constantly seeing the bright colors that are a signature of Michelle’s work made me subconsciously want to design something with these components!
Below you can see the back of the orange creamsicle crochet square before and after weaving in the ends.
Creamsicle Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern – The Details
This Tunisian crochet baby blanket is my first granny square style blanket using the colorwork technique. I used Big Twist Baby Yarn in Dandelion, Cotton Tail, and Lime. This is a 100% acrylic yarn in weight 4. I also used Caron Simply Soft in Bone which is also a 100% acrylic yarn but in a weight 3. Each square measures approximately 7 x 8 in. So the blanket works up pretty quickly. I am still working on joining the squares and making a border. So you’ll have to wait for another blog post soon to see the finished piece. I’ll be looking for pattern testers soon so be on the lookout for an application by the end of next week! Join my mailing list here to get all the updates!
Inspiration in Sweet Summer Memories
This pattern fits in perfectly with the feelings that I have towards summer. When I think of summer, I think of popsicles and ice cream. I still do love eating these treats although now I have to share with my little man anytime I eat them. Whenever I have a popsicle or ice cream, it takes me back to my childhood when I used to enjoy these yummies with my cousins during the hot summer days while watching shows on Nickelodeon. Read more about what summer means to me and see a recap of my summer over here.