Monday, April 30, 2007

Katze mit Lederhosen

Yet another dear Amineko kitten, but this time... mit lederhosen!!!



Katze mit Lederhosen!

Complete set

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Baby booties and hat

These aren't the best pictures, but here are a pair of baby booties and hat I made from the book Essential Crochet by Erika Knight.
I'm not sure I like the hat, but at least in yellow they should be ok for either/any baby gender...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Favorite Local Yarn Store

My Favorite LYS in Santa Cruz is the Swift Stitch, on the Westside. The staff are very nice and most importantly, accommodating to crocheters. They have some really beautiful stuff, and always have something on sale. I am particularly keen on the 2 buck bucket, that usually contains deeply discounted yarns that have been discontinued. I almost had a heart attack this weekend when it was mysteriously absent, but I have faith that it will return!

(Yarn can also be purchased in Santa Cruz at the Golden Fleece, or Beverly's in Capitola.)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Pinas Gigantes

I finally found some doily pattern books at a Mexican grocery in town.

Here's the first product, Cuarteto de pinas gigantes... It's blocking and still wet in the photo. The true color is cranberry red and it measures about 15 inches across.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


I don't really carry a purse , so these are for other people. This first one is crocheted and has a magnetic closure with brown cotton lining.

The button on the green one is functional and it is lined with the same fabric. It is crocheted in arcade stitch.

The final purse is unlined, and made from bits of a hand felted recycled sweater.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


It looks like I won't be able to get any work done until I scratch the itch and post something. I made one of the infamous Amineko cats for my Dad, the pattern is here.

Mine is worked in Filatura di Crosa Millefili Fine, 100% cotton in a discontinued color. He's about six inches high and always sleepy.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Foram Beret

In keeping with the "testy" theme for at least one more post, here is a fun foram beret that I crocheted a while back. I think it would be fun to add earflaps yet, we'll see. It doesn't really get cold enough here to wear hats.

Real Planktonic foram for reference:

Friday, April 6, 2007

Handmade crochet hooks

I really wanted to try making my own crochet hooks. It seems like all the larger sizes are made of cheap annoying plastic, and I wanted wood. After a few trips to San Lorenzo Lumber for various tools and about 2lbs of wood shavings on my floor, here's what I ended up with.

It was surprisingly hard work, so I don't know if I'll go into mass production, but I really like them. I don't know anybody else who has crochet hooks with foram woodburning.