Coffee vs Computer


*YAY* I just love sitting down to write a post…. always really, but especially at the moment, because I am studying hard for my exam next week, so my time is very, hmmm…. structured right now, so blogging is a treat and hooking time has been reduced greatly!  Apart from when my brain just can’t take any more learning, I’m thoroughly enjoying the discipline (!) and despite the hours and hours of daily study, I’m making my way through my latest cushion!  It’s HUGE…. but I’ll tell you all about that in my next post!

A few weeks ago I had an unfortunate disaster involving a showdown between my laptop and a coffee plunger full of coffee…..

It was not a happy moment, I’m very attached to my laptop, not just because of the access it gives me to the blog world (tee hee) but also because of the many unfinished essays the live on it…. I’m not one of those legendary people who back things up on USB, no, no, I’m much more spontaneous than that!  So anyway… I went to grab my camera to upload photos of hooky goodness onto beloved laptop and the cord hooked the coffee plunger and pulled it over spilling HOT HOT coffee all over the table onto my leg, who cares about the leg?  It’s my laptop that has plunger grinds all over it!


After the mess was cleaned up, I rebooted beloved laptop and discovered that it was in fine shape apart from a big streak across the screen and a few grinds in between the keys (thank you Universe!) and within a few days the streak had dried and my computer is good as gold.

I wish the same could be said for the carpet…….And we (I) now have a new rule… no plunger coffee next to the laptop.  As well as a big huge brown stain on our new cream carpet, the coffee also managed to ruin the plunger cozy I made for it aaaaaaaaaaages ago, so it was a brilliant excuse to make a new one!  In good old granny stripes!

Oh, and meet Rick, Dick and Prick… or possibly Dick, Prick and Rick…. we’re not entirely sure who is who, but they live next to our front door.  Prick (we assume)… the one on the far right has lovely flowers in summer, I’ll show you in a few months!  I love a good cactus collection, as long as it is just a looking collection, they’re never fun to move anywhere… not even across the room.

I wanted to make this plunger cozy quite carnivally (sp?)…. kind of circusy (sp?) with a fun edging….

Pointy bits are fun!!!  Want to know how I did it?  I’ve done a tutorial for you all…..

Once you’ve finished the piece you want to edge with this fun pointy happiness, I suggest edging it in the colour you want to make the points in sc… to begin the sequence:

slst into first stitch, into the next stitch, *sc, dc, make picot (ch3 slst into 3rd ch from hook), dc, sc.  Slst into next 2 stitches*… repeat ** until the end.

Make sense?

In that slightly blurry picture (sorry about that!) I’ve made sc and dc and am about to do my picot…

There’s the picot, dc and sc all made into the same stitch, ready to slst into the next two stitches.

Now!  because I know there are beginner hookers out there, I’ll write it out stitch by stitch because I remember learning patterns and they can be overwhelming written out like that, so here it is in a more comprehensive way!  (Let me know if you like it like this!)

Slip stitch into first stitch.

*Into the next stitch make one single crochet

one double crochet

chain 3

slip stitch into the third chain from the hook (you have just make a picot stitch)

one double crochet

one single crochet

Slip stitch into the next two stitches*

Between the * and the * is the sequence, so repeat the ** instructions until you have finished the round!

I’m quite partial to this edging… although word of warning, it’s not the best edge for a plunger cozy as it can interrupt the flow of the coffee as you pour it which creates spillage, ha ha *sigh*

OK lovelies…. I’d better get back to the books…. I have been taking sneaky breaks from study and visiting my favourite blogs for a crochet and colour injection and it has been very therapeutic!

See you very soon, hopefully with some great pics of my latest cushion!  I need you to name it for me, for this rather funny cushion exhibition I’m planning!  Something great instead of “green and blue cushion”…. I know you’ll come up with something!

Love and happiness to all of you!  Thank you for popping by!



About Crochet with Raymond

I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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27 Responses to Coffee vs Computer

  1. Marla says:


    Get yourself some plain old Hydrogen Peroxide at the drug store, grocery etc….. It’s usually inexpensive and will take out almost anything from your crochet goodies (umm test on your wool first) and carpet… I use it on my carpet all the time with kitty messes, anything my hubby spills etc…. it works wonders. Love your blog!! Give Raymond a hug for me!


  2. Pammy Sue says:

    Love the tutorial AND the written instruction all in one place at the end. That way I can copy and paste easily after looking through the tutorial. Really cute coffee cozy. I’m sure that edging will come in handy somewhere sooner or later!

    I’m not very good at naming things. As you saw from my Granny Mandalas named Aqua Mandala, Yellow Mandala, etc. My cat was named Kitty. See what I mean?

  3. Renee, spear401 says:

    You’re very good under pressure, you know. Exams, essays, crocheting…ALL at the same time! We won’t even go into those names for the cacti…

  4. Joyce says:

    Hullo Alice, oh dear, glad your computer was kind to you and saved your work. *yikes* all that typing and study and thinking power *phew*. Love your edging, very fun for sure. Got the giggles with your 3 amigos on the window sill. Love it. So how is Raymond these last few days? Is he behaving himself? Big smooches from us here please. Look forward to seeing your huge cushion cover. All the very best with the study and books over the next few days, yes I totally agree, you need the hooking to break the workload. I have completed another unit, it’s ready for posting next week, so I am on a break til the postie brings the next one. (please Mr Postie, take your time – really – truly – extra cherries on top.) lol Enjoy your week, I have two little darlings here that want to play with Mum. xx

  5. Linda says:

    I also have two weird cactuses – Fluffy and Crooky – living on my kitchen windowsill 😀
    Good luck with your studies! 🙂

  6. Louise says:

    I wanted that edge 2 projects ago. Bum. Next time I will ask!! 🙂

  7. oooops that could have been an expensive drama! Nice edging and tutorial, can’t wait to see your cushion 🙂

  8. anka says:

    Good luck with your exam. Can’t wait to see pictures of your new pincushion!

  9. Melissa says:

    So glad the lap top is safe (Big Whew!). The way things work in my house, it would have been fried. Love the coffee cozy and the edging is great. It would be so cute on a baby blanket. Good luck on your exams, etc. I really don’t miss those days, but I’m sure you’re doing great! Take Care!

  10. Louise says:

    I love that edging! Thank you for the super easy tutorial.

  11. Penelope says:

    Hi Alice
    Our , actually MY laptop got a virus on it a few months ago with Mr. A trying to watch cricket on line ! Hhhhmmm ! So I know how important it becomes to have access to one’s work and the net. As a consequence I decided to back up all our digital photo’s over the years and it is a relief to know that if another virus appears we won’t have regrets.
    Your coffee plunger is full of circus trickiness andI loves the names foryour cactuses, ver good fun and descriptive indeed !! xxxxoxxxxx

  12. Sharon says:

    I have a cat called Kat, so how can I argue with the names of your cacti?………….
    Sharon x

  13. kate says:

    Sometimes these laptops are surprisingly resilient. Mine has stood up to being dropped, kitten pulling off some keys and a cup of tea, glad to hear yours survived. It probably needed the caffeine hit as much as you!
    Your cactus names crack me up. Completely.
    xxoo happy studying, Kate

  14. sandiart says:

    Laptop and carpet, oops. Now those cacti are serious cacti and I wouldn’t like to meet them in a dark room, one of them is very aptly named (:-0)
    Your cushion exhibition name, being blue and green – something to do with the sky and earth, blue moon or sea and grassy meadows. You have great intuition, you will think of something brilliant.
    Hugs Sandi

  15. My heart was in my mouth as I read this! That would have been a terrible disaster for your laptop to be out of action Alice! The carpet I could live with, but the laptop! That’s like not being able to eat isn’t it? I totally get where you’re coming from in this post, I’m just the same as you. Very much like your cafetier warmer, and very impressed you had the time to write it down, still, crochet and blogging are a wonderful release from work, aren’t they! Very pleased to meet the three cactuses, has Raymond met them yet?! Love Vanessa xxx

  16. alyshajane says:

    Good luck for your exams! Not that I think you will need it! 🙂

    Glad to hear your laptop survived! I’ve given my computer some coffee before – it did not want it, but it survived! My keyboard has survived numerous dousings with coke, coffee, tea etc and is still going strong *Pats keyboard*

    Sending hello’s to you and Raymond!

  17. Barbara says:

    Hello from San Francisco! I just found your website and am drooling over all the beautiful crocheted projects. I’ve been in bed with a cold for several days and decided to make a triangle for a bunting. Thanks to your excellent instructions, it came out perfectly!

    As for coffee in the computer, you are lucky! Many years ago I spilled a cup of coffee all over a laptop keyboard. After airing it out for several days, and bringing it to a specialist, it was diagnosed as officially dead. A new computer was purchased. The old one rode around in the back of a station wagon for a month. Then, on a whim, I tried turning it on and voila! It was back. Miracles do happen. I’m glad you had a miracle too!

  18. suki says:

    I was also really lucky when my computer and my cappuccino recently fought.
    I waited 2 days to turn it back on because I really had little hope for my laptop.
    Great tutorial as usual….love your blog!

  19. Lucy says:

    Hi, I love your blog, I am about to complete a Granny stripe and will edge it after following your ‘Carnival Edging’ tutorial, would you mind awfully if I used one of your photographs and linked to your blog in a post from my blog?
    Thank you 🙂

  20. Linda says:

    thank you so much for all your gorgeous patterns, and love this edging I can see I will use it lots…
    lots of hugs to the most handsome Raymond, what a dish…

  21. Julia says:

    Just discovered your blog. What a find! And I’m now in the process of making a tea cosy with flowers thanks to all your gorgeous cosies.

  22. Belinda says:

    Hi! I LOVE this edging! You can see mine here:

    Thanks so much for your tutorials, they are so clear and easy to follow.

  23. Lisa Johnson says:

    Thank you so much for the pointy stitch tutorial! I love it! I have made a baby blanket and I am using this stitch around the outside edge! That stitch is gonna make this blanket. I have never seen this before but I will be using it in a lot of my crocheting now! Give Raymond a hug! I love cats too! I have three of them. Iris is my black lab, she sits in the floor while I crochet.

  24. Melissa says:

    Just found this on Pinterest, which led me here to your blog – thank you for sharing this stitch! Nice tutorial, I appreciate the step-by-step directions. PS: My cat Ozzie says hello 🙂

  25. glumuke says:

    Un coucou de Auvers sur Oise in France! I’m just popping in to check your carnival border because i’m at the end of an blanket for my baby boy and I like this kind of ending for a boy! Thanks for the blog, hope it will be on line for a long long time! Lots of love to you and KB, I send all by best thinkings al through the universe. Love

  26. mysterioussmysteries says:

    First off keep all drinks away from laptop or desktop computers. No fun having to cleanup that mess. Second wish you good luck on your exam.
    And that is such a cute idea. I may try it. Very pretty colors on the cozie

  27. Karen says:

    Oh yes! having the instructions written like that was way easier for me! I’m new at learning how to crochet and understanding the written instructions. I get lost from looking at project in my hand then looking at pattern instructions….I get frustrated and give up!

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