Thursday, December 26, 2013

How To Use A K-Cup Without A Keurig Machine

A few months ago we got a variety of free K-cups in the mail. We don't have a machine so thought we'd have to give them away to someone that does. We were able to use the hot chocolate cups quite easily by dumping the contents into a cup of hot water, however, the coffee and teas proved much less simple.

As you may know, the tea and coffee cups come with an inbuilt filter to stop the yucky bits getting into your drink. We found this out the hard way with an icky and potent cup of peachy tea.The rest of the cups have been sitting in the back of the cupboard since.

Today, I was feeling somewhat adventurous and decided to experiment. I had an idea but had a quick search online to see how others have overcome this problem. One solution I found required a small coffee filter and piece of string and instructed me to dump the K-cup contents out into the filter and make a little teabag. I don't have filters and the method didn't really appeal to me. So, I decided to try out my original idea.

I put cold water in a small glass jug (glass measuring cup with spout) and heated it in the microwave being careful not to make it too hot. I carefully cut the bottom of the cup off with a knife a little worried about piercing the filter inside. Inside the cup I found a plastic filter disk with the filter that the tea sitting higher up than I thought. I peeled most of the foil cover off the top, held it over a mug and slowly poured the water in a little at a time. The water was coming through pretty clear by the time my mug was getting full. It was quite slow and a little messy but it worked!

Here are the photos I took after I'd used it, just to show you what the K-cup looks like inside.

The bottom of the cup after I'd sliced it off.

Bottom of the cup with the plastic disk removed.

The gunk left in the cup after I'd used it.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Crochet Kitty Giveaway

Welcome to my first giveaway where you can win this adorable kitty cat in black and rainbow colours!

This little kitty has been specially made for this giveaway. The bright colours have been chosen to contrast with the black head and body. It would be perfect for a child to carry around or take along in the car or diaper bag. It could also be perfect for adults as a desk top friend to brighten your day.

This Giveaway is open to residents age 18+ of USA, UK and Canada (excluding Quebec). Void where prohibited. Shipping/Postage will be paid by Krazy Kabbage.

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway. All entries are optional but must be completed correctly or will be void. If you need help, have questions or spot and error please contact me via my Krazy Kabbage Facebook Page (link in top right).

Thank you and Good Luck!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Granny Circle Squares Blanket

I wanted to make a blanket made up of circles joined together. I found a pattern and tried to follow it, however, since I haven't been crocheting all that long I just couldn't make sense of it and had to give up. Then, I thought I should just try and make my own simple circle pattern... and that's how I got this blanket.

I decided to play about with my newly created pattern a little and came up with 3 different styles of circles simply by using different colours for different rounds. I then reversed these colour combinations to create 6 different circles.

Now I'm going to try and share this pattern with you, this is my first pattern so I hope it makes sense. I'll start off with the circle seen in the top left of the picture above - large white circle with multi-coloured. I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Soft White(colour 1) and Bon-bon (colour 2) but you can use whatever colours you like. I used a 6mm J  hook, if you are more experienced you may choose another size, I just used the J hook because it looked like a nice size for this kind of project. I'm not sure what to tell you about gauge since I don't understand this either... maybe in a few months I'll have it figured that out :-)

Krazy Kabbage's Circle Squares Pattern

Using J hook and worsted weight yarn

With C1 (colour 1) chain 4, sl st to form ring. 

Rd1: sl st in ring, ch 2, 11 dc in ring sl st into top of 1st dc (12dc)

Rd2: sl st in 1st space, ch 2, dc in same space, 1dc in next space, *2dc in next space, 1 dc in next space* repeat from * sl st in top of 1st dc (18dc)

Rd3: sl st in 1st space, ch 2, dc in same space, 1dc in next 2 spaces, *2dc in next space, 1 dc in next 2 spaces* repeat from * sl st in top of 1st dc (24dc)

Rd4: Repeat round 3 (32dc)

Fasten off then attach C2 (colour 2) in 1st space.

Rd 5 (1st round of square): Ch2, dc  ch2, 2dc in same space for the 1st corner, * dc in next space, hdc in next, sc in each of next 3 spaces, hdc in next, dc in next, (2dc, ch2, 2dc in next for corner) repeat twice from * sl st into top of 1st dc (you should have 11 stitches per side and a total of 44)

Rd 6: sl st in 1st space, ch 2, *(2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next space, dc in each of next 10 spaces, repeat twice from * sl st in 1st dc, fasten off (56dc or 14dc per side)

For variation 2 (shown in top centre of photo above), do rounds 1 and 2 in colour 2, rounds 3 and 4 in colour 1 and rounds 5 and 6 in colour 2

For variation 3 (top right of photo above), rounds 1 in colour 1, round 2 in colour 2 and alternate the colours (rds 1, 3, 5 in white and rds 2, 4, 6 in multi)

Reverse the colours to make the 3 squares shown on the bottom row.

I made 6 of each square so I got 36 squares and arranged them as show in the photo below.

The squares seemed a little small to make a blanket so I decided to make them bigger by going around each one in purple. To achieve this simply repeat round 6. If you want to make them even bigger just repeat the round again, or make more squares for a bigger blanket.

Joining the squares

To join them together, I laid them face up and single crocheted across starting with a slip stitch through the adorning corners of the first 2 squares (top right square and the one below it) then SC in same space and each space across. Do this five times so the squares are joined horizontally.  Turn the blanket and repeat the process adding in 1 chain stitch to jump over each of the previous joins.


For the border I double crocheted all around in the dark purple.

Round 1: Fasten the yarn with a slip stitch into any space, ch 2, dc in each space across, (2dc, ch2, 2dc for corners) sl st to join through top of 1st stitch and fasten off.

Round 2: Using white, repeat round 1.

Round 3: Using purple, repeat round 1.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern. I'd love to know what you think. If you use my pattern and post it online please give me, Krazy Kabbage, credit and provide a link back to this post. Thanks!

Also, while you are here, would you mind voting for me on a facebook contest?

I'm trying to win a crib and it ends March 1st 2013. Here's the link (click link, press vote next to Kat)  Thank you!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Amigurumi Penguins

Here are the penguins I've made so far. I can make these to order and other colours are also available. Please visit the Krazy Kabbage Etsy Store (link on the right) to view available stock and contact me about orders.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Amigurumi Elephants

Here are the elephants I've made so far. I can make these to order and other colours are also available. Please visit the Krazy Kabbage Etsy Store (link on the right) to view available stock and contact me about orders.

Amigurumi Giraffe

Here are the giraffe I've made so far. I can make these to order and other colours are also available. Please visit the Krazy Kabbage Etsy Store (link on the right) to view available stock and contact me about orders.