Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!

In honor of San Francisco's favorite holiday, here's a sampling of the best, the scariest, and the craftiest crocheted Halloween treats.

From upper left: Curbly features the ultimate way to candy-coat your cat; Frankenstein and Pirate Panda on Amy Gaines' flicker page; decorative pumpkins; Harry Potter & friends; and man-eating sea creatures (and much more) on this clever Japanese site.

And finally, What Not to Crochet features this beautifully executed (pun intended) saw scarf, my absolute favorite of the bunch.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Felting, plus

I mounted my felted "painting" yesterday. It's not quite right yet - I think I'll have to nail a frame around the edges - but it's getting there. As you can see, it definitely fills up a wall.

Here's another (semi-)related project that I found interesting. Marilyn Rose created these spectacular quilts from her own late night pictures: She snapped photos of the scenes with her point-and-shoot camera "from behind the wheel going way too fast on the highway." Read more here.


I'm back on hats. I've finally finished (at least for now) my "basic hat" pattern, and have been experimenting with yarns, patterns, and variants. I really like the striped one.

The purple hat drops down slightly farther in back to keep more of your head warm, and has ear covers. I think it's going to be a lot warmer than the flap-less hat. This photo is certainly not one of my best, but as my friend Brooks pointed out, it has a certain anime (plastic?) quality that's interesting. So there you go.