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Friday
Mar152013

The Knitterati: The Nature Bike

If you've been following Sweet Peach, you are well aware of the genius that is The Knitterati. They've yarn bombed trees for the Atlanta Beltline, as well as create the Beltline Beasties. Their latest project was a bit smaller in scope but no less impactful. The team covered 10 bikes that are now on display throughout the East Atlanta Village until the end of the month. Today, I'm focusing on Sandy M. Tyler and Julie Jeffers Rivard's fabulous two wheeled collaboration they call The Nature Bike. 

It took 7 weeks of work (after work) to knit, crochet and felt this bike into being. Julie designed and executed the back wheel, the mushroom seat cover and felted honeybees and lady bugs- as well as the sweet bird perched upon the bike's frame. 


The whole concept of the bike started with the idea of crafting a daisy wheel. Sandy bought a pattern for a daisy cushion cover from the Royal Sisters shop and decided to create, then sew two daisies together to cover the front wheel. Julie then added a felted honey bee. 

One of their favorite features are the handlebars. Sandy, "I kept looking at the handlebars and thinking that they could only be a dragonfly, but I had no idea how I was going to do it. I experimented making patterns for wings and wiring them. Julie offered to felt the tail, which was the golden ticket to completing the dragonfly." 

When I first saw the bike, Sandy admitted their main concern is that its moniker would quickly become 'The Penis Bike.' It's not the easiest task to cover a bike seat and make it look g-rated. But hey, so it goes. I think the mushroom, created by Julie, looks pretty great. Sandy readily embraces all sly commentary.  

The details are what make this bike such a wonderful conversation piece. I really love the moss covered frame, the vivid colors and small features that make you see something new each time you take a gander. Sandy, "We just took the nature theme and ran with it and I think it's magical and very pretty." It is indeed. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Oct312012

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