Entries in crochet (3)


Pumpkin Patch 

This is Gorilla. He's my one eyed pug and he's approximately 11 years old (a rescue). I've always wanted to get him an eye patch over the years but could never find him a good option. Until now...

When I rescued Gorilla nine years ago he had just received eye surgery and luckily enough, they replaced the eye that died (from a dog bite) with a silicone one so it retains its shape. You wouldn't know it's a fake eye, until you walk him and he doesn't like to turn left or you mistakingly hit him on the left side of his head with the refrigerator door. Poor baby...

Gorilla found his long overdue swagger in Sandy M. Tyler, of Atlanta's The Knitterati. She's a good friend of mine and crochets like a mad woman. One day I realized she may be able to whip something up that could work for a pug sized eye patch. She loved the challenge and she quickly created Gorilla a bunch of stylish options. 

Sandy, "If someone wants to make an eye patch for their pup, they should look for applique patterns online if they aren't patterning their own. Appliques are flat and can be made quickly, often with scraps of yarn, so it's a great way to use odds and ends." 

For this Jack-o'-lantern, Sandy made a small ring by joining three chain stitches. She made sure that she left the tail end of her yarn extra long. She then worked double-crochet stitches around the chain until there was a nice, full circle. Next, she joined the double-crochet stitches to make a round and slip-stitched around the outside to make a nice, finished edge. (she left a big tail of the yarn at the opposite end too) 

Lastly, Sandy sewed the eyes, nose and mouth with black yarn and attached the green leaf to the edge by chaining three and then making two single-crochet stitches back down the chain. Sandy, "Then I carefully worked the two ends of my orange yarn through the back of the eye patch, sewing them into place to make the ties that go around Gorilla's head." 

For the heart, Sandy found an applique pattern she liked as Gorilla may just have the biggest heart of all. 

Cute thang! Thanks so much to Sandy of the fabulous Knitterati for giving Gorilla his first set of eye patches, and so stylish. Happy Halloween everyone...


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


The Mason Jar Made Pretty...

An artist that finds a pretty new way to celebrate the South's infamous mason jar has my attention. In this case, it's Carmen Jacob from Fort Worth, Texas. These made to order crochet lace jar hangers offer a delicate and lovely way to liven up your Southern decor. You can add flowers, candles, whatever your heart desires...

Carmen crafts these hangers freehand, ensuring a unique touch each and every time. As these are custom made, she can adjust color and size, as well as add flame-retardant upon request. 

I especially love Carmen's rustic hangers that would look beautiful at your next dinner party or garden wedding. Find all of her pretty mason jar creations here


Photos: Carmen Jacob     Content: Sweet Peach


The BeltLine Knitterati

Guerilla Knitting has become a design trend across the country. You may have seen Magda Sayeg's site, Knitta Please from Austin, Texas who is considered to be the mother of yarn bombing. Atlanta resident Brigette Flood was recently inspired by Magda's work and founded a knitting group in town that could create a similar impact. As she explains, "Yarn bombing is a way to knit big and make a colorful impact on an existing place or thing to make people take notice." 

The idea became to create an art installation for the Atlanta BeltLine, a developing green space that when completed, will encompass 22 miles of historic rail segments around the city of Atlanta. A public art initiative allows selected artists to showcase their work along the newly opened paths. Brigette submitted the idea to yarn bomb a whole section of trees along a section of the BeltLine and it was approved.

Brigette then gathered her team and together they mapped out their mission and gave themselves a name, The BeltLine Knitterati. Members include: Brigette Flood, the Yarn-Armed Leader along with knitters Julie Rivard, Annie Perry, Kate Swett and crocheters Sandy M. Tyler, Britt Dunn, Stephanie Haas and Kate Crosby.

Britt is featured above and as Brigette explains, "He upped the ante with his awesome color combinations and amazing productive hands. We nicknamed him Britterati because he created so many pieces." 

For Sandy, this installation is a way to give back and to support one of her favorite places, "It's so significant that Atlanta is choosing to preserve this green space in the city and adding parks, walking paths and bike trails. I think the art is a great way of bringing pubic attention to the BeltLine and the selection of installation artists really reflects Atlanta's eclectic spirit." The Knitterati spent two days installing the fabulous arbor knitwear, receiving much needed help from family and friends.

When discussing color choice and style, the Knitterati decided against uniformity, preferring instead to express themselves how they wished. Upon completion, they used over 150 skeins of yarn and had taken part in four "knitogethers" since they began the project in June. In just nine weeks time, they had enough colorful, one of a kind sleeves to cover over 40 trees! 

Each tree receives a personality jolt with their new fall outfit. I especially liked the red pom poms made by Sandy. She learned to make the yarn 'bubbles' from a book and was more than happy with the outcome, "I think it has a real sense of humor. It's very 'Cat in the Hat.'" The whole scene does take on the look of Dr. Seuss, doesn't it? The log sleeve is great too. Created by knitter, Julie Rivard, this quickly became a Knitterati favorite.  

I love the idea of making the sleeve fit seamlessly into the scene, as this camouflage piece does so well. Kate Crosby is behind this fall look that pairs trendy with subtle cool in the forest...I like it. 

Wearing Britterati, this old sign got a much needed makeover with a fashionable hat and a 'look-at-me-now' pink and red ensemble.  

The largest installation, which took over 30 hours to produce, is this colorful striped number made by Brigette. She explains that the idea was to "go big and help set the tone for the rest of the installation." Full of big, bold color, this knitted piece creates a high visual impact. She adds, "It's like the mama tree, big and overbearing but in a good way, full of warmth and colorful love. It also provides a unifying element. No matter where you are in the grove, you can see it."

Two of the Knitterati showed me around the day I shot these photographs; Brigette Flood to the left and Sandy M. Tyler to the right- who you may remember from her Kitchen and Bath renovation. When I asked them what they hope others experience from their installation, they both had the same sentiment, "We hope they think it's pretty and an unexpected surprise." They encourage visitors to touch as well as look- exploring the various textures and patterns that change from tree to tree.

If you're in Atlanta and would like to experience the fabulous BeltLine Knitterati 2011 Fall Collection, take the 20 West (if coming from the 75/85) to exit 54, Langhorn Street. Turn right off the exit and follow Langhorn as it curves to the right and meets up with Westview Drive. Turn left here and then an immediate left onto Napoleon Drive, SW. You can access the BeltLine from the cul-de-sac at the end of the street. You'll quickly see the bright row of trees to your right....enjoy! The installation will be up until November.  


Photos and Content: Sweet Peach. BeltLine Rendering: Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and Perkins + Will/Field Operations. Behind the scenes photos: The Knitterati