Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

Me-Made May 2016

May 31, 2016

I finished Me Made May 2016–a month of wearing garments made by myself, either sewn, crocheted, or refashioned somehow. It was fun, and not a particular stretch to wear 30 different handmade garments. I might could have gone another week, though it would have involved wearing some fancy dresses and older things.
Click here for a closer look: MeMadeMay2016

Yarnbombing at Descanso Gardens

May 9, 2016

For my Mother’s Day this year, I yarnbombed a pillar at Descanso Gardens–by permission, part of a bigger installation by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles–we were doing pillars, benches, overhead structures, etc. at the entrance of the gardens. It was fun to hear reactions from the folks leaving today.

I worked on this a lot on spring break, when we took a road trip…


…to the Grand Canyon.

Three-way Shawl

December 20, 2015

I found a big hank of hand-dyed navy-blue wool-silk fibre from Little Wool Co. of New Zealand, in a bag of yarns at a thriftshop. Of course I grabbed it. I knew it could make something quite large, so I started making a big rectangle, not completely sure what it would be….and this is what it became.


The gold edge detail is mohair from another thriftshop goody bag–it’s a little heavier weight yarn, but it helps with holding the shape. The buttons belonged to my great-aunt. And it turns out it can be worn three ways–I like the shoulder-button way best, because it means I can carry a shoulder bag without it getting bunchy.

“Tron” sweater vest/layering piece

November 12, 2015

Because my friend Kim said this reminded her of Tron. Made from a bunch of nice rayon/cotton blend (three colors of Tahki Stacy Charles “Victoria”), and some Bernat “Souffle” (nylon, the black parts), all thrifted. Looking forward to seeing how it wants to be worn.
Crocheted sweater vest

Halloween 2015: Crafty round-up

November 10, 2015

It was another fun season of crafting for Halloween this year.   For daughter, another Pokemon hat (Espeon, this time):

Crocheted Espeon Hat

Crocheted Espeon Hat on daughter

Also crocheted some Sylveon ears for her friend to add to a headband:

Crocheted Pokemon hats

Crocheted Pokemon headwear

For a friend’s preschooler sons, I crocheted Darth Vader and Batman hats/masks:
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For myself? A giant crocheted bird costume.
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For son, I built another cardboard/duct tape/spray paint wheelchair costume, this time “Rocketship to Jupiter”:

We photographed it at Trash for Teaching, because we got some of the materials for making it there. He won best costume at his teen dance, and we also won $100 in Crafted Cash at Crafted in San Pedro, so it was a popular costume.
For the yard: my Little Free Library got a monster costume:

Crochet for Problem-solving

June 4, 2014

Our kitchen table needed covering–we don’t eat at it much, it mostly holds groceries and boxes and backpacks and such.  But we can’t use tablecloths, because a member of our household pulls them down, every time.  So, I was thinking, “fitted tablecloth”? Do they make such a thing?  And then… can I make such a thing?  I might have been able to sew a cover, but decided that it’s easier for me to crochet.  I used various fabric strips from Trash for Teaching (of course), so it worked up quickly, and the results are stretchy enough to hug the tabletop, and cushion it from any sharp corners. 

Yes, it does look like I yarnbombed my own kitchen, but that’s a bonus for me.  Speaking of which, there’s still time to go see Surroundings, the current installation by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, at the Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center

Crochet in Code

February 17, 2014

I’m making a ring for the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles project “Put a Ring on It.”  While an engagement ring seems to be the reference intended — as in “if you like it, why don’t you marry it?” and bringing in the idea of “engagement” in community — I thought of a secret decoder ring, and about crocheting in Morse code.


According to this Morse code translator, “put a ring on it” is .–. ..- – / .- / .-. .. -. –. / — -. / .. –

I made the dots red, the dashes aqua, and the spaces (slashes) dark green:

.. ..– – / . / .. .. . . / — –. / ..

Each row is a symbol; so three dashes in a row are three aqua rows.
I made a swatch with thrifted acrylic DK yarn, 32 rows, 16 stitches per row; that’s enough for a ring that’s a little bigger than a bagel, and looks like a chunky bracelet.
I stuffed it with a plastic bag (which doesn’t add weight, and doesn’t mind a little rain).

Here’s the finished ring (and another ring made from the same code):IMG_4482

When I’ve made a few, I’ll place them in the community, and I’ll contribute photos to the Put a Ring on It Project.  Stay tuned.

No sleeveless blouse is safe now….

August 29, 2008

Crocheted cap sleeve, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

I figured out how to add crochet sleeves to a blouse this week, see above. If school doesn’t start back soon, every single item of clothing in this house is going to be crocheted upon. Yes, everything. Even shoes are fair game, it seems….

I saw the school bus yesterday, testing its route. We’re getting close. My wrists may yet survive the summer (but bowling last night didn’t help).

Freeform crochet scarf

August 20, 2008

Freeform crochet scarf, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Yes, it’s meant to look like that… yup, I made it like that on purpose.  It’s my first stab at freeform crochet, a fun use for random bits and pieces of leftover yarn. It’s like crochet sculpture…or crochet collage…

Grey Sweater, after

August 8, 2008

Grey Sweater, after, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

I had a thrifted grey sweater that I liked in a lot of ways–scoop neck, nice weight and texture. But it didn’t fit, not even close. So….. I cut it open up the center, and cut open both sleeves from shoulder to cuff, then filled crochet in the gaps–different stitches, thrifted yarns, didn’t really have a plan going in, just kept adding until I liked the look and fit, then closed them all. I’m really, really happy with the outcome–it fits comfortably and it’s completely personal and unique–yeah!  Now I have to dig in the basket of refashioning candidates for more crochet projects….bwahahaha…