Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Part II

My apologies in advance for all the photos! I visited the Smithsonian Natural History Museum this weekend (after we determined we could not see or hear anything at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Feer!) to check out the crocheted coral reef exhibit. I went in expecting to spend a lot of time trying to find my one little piece, but I found it pretty fast! Enjoy the pictures and I look forward to posting about my upcoming holiday projects in the coming days.

History of the project:

"Healthy" coral angle:

More of the healthy reef:

And....my piece was just behind the railing from the picture above: (hint - my piece is light green with an orange fuzzy accent!)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Crochet Coral Reef

This summer, I was browsing through my local yarn shop's weekly email and noticed a very cool project - a crochet coral reef! The Fiber Space had sessions throughout the summer to teach folks how to crochet pieces of coral for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I was so impressed with the skills of all the talented people making pieces for this exhibit.

Mine is just a small coral inspired by my first experience snorkeling in St. Lucia this summer:

The exhibit is now open and runs through April 11, 2011. I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but I hope that my piece is visible among all the crocheted coral reef pieces. This project was a community effort - local yarn shops, schools, and the museum all worked together to create a coral reef out of yarn.

If you are in D.C. between now and April, I hope you will check it out!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Colorwork Crochet Bag

I had been working on this colorwork crochet bag since last spring and I finally finished it last weekend! My first goal was to finish it before my wedding (June 5), then before the start of law school (August 30), but October 11 just had to do! I found the pattern for this "Finest Hops Bag" in the Summer 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet (near the bottom of the page). I wanted to try experimenting with many colors in one piece and also different embroidery techniques.

I plan to use some of the embroidery techniques in future crocheted and woven projects.

I love the Lantern Moon handles for this bag! Also, there are two outside pockets on this bag under the embroidered flowers. I definitely plan to use the pocket techniques in future projects as well. Thanks to Millicent's Yarn in Cumberland, MD for all the supplies for this project!