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Countdown to Dia de los Muertos


Dia de los Muertos is almost a week away! To say I have been busy getting ready for the event is an understatement. I don’t know quite why I do this, but as I’m sure you’ve observed from my previous crochet projects here on the blog, I have a very distinct tendency to overdo things. I blame my imagination. Once I get something in my head, I just have to create it. So in preparation for this upcoming Dia de los Muertos Mart at the Pirate Gallery, I have been crocheting like crazy. Let me show you.

I’m calling these Skullbow (Skull + Elbow) Hoodies. I crocheted the skulls, of course, sewed them onto the sleeves like elbow patches, and even embellished some of them with beads. Nothing in my studio is safe from embellishment at this point.

Like I said, I’ve really gotten into adding buttons, beads, and embroidery to these skulls. I ended up making five Skull Art Hoodies and I love each one. I hope you like them too!

Then, because I just couldn’t stop myself, I made four more hoodies with plain white skulls on the back. Each will come with a large, very colorful flower pin on the skull’s forehead, and shoppers will be encouraged to purchase additional flower pins to really personalize their hoodie if they want. Crochet flower pinsAs you can see, I made a ton. Some of these flowers will be for the pins, but I’m also making hair clips too. I have been crocheting these everywhere I go: you know, on the bus, on my lunch break, in line at the grocery store. The problem is I just keep coming up with more ideas and I have to try them all! Most of these flowers were made using the patterns in my favorite flower crochet book, 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet. The marigolds were made using the mum pattern from Suzann Thompson’s Crochet Garden. Bamboo crochet hooksI was crocheting so much this month that some interesting things started happening to me. Things that have never happened before… First, I got a rash on my hand. (I’ll spare you the picture; just trust me, it’s weird.) I couldn’t figure out what was causing it, until I realized that my crochet hooks, which I’ve had since I began crocheting 15 years ago, are nickel-plated. And earlier this year, I developed a crummy nickel allergy. The upside of this crochet-related injury is that I get to try out some new hooks. I got these bamboo ones from Amazon for $10. Score! Also for the first time I’m beginning to experience serious muscle pain in my fingers. After this, it may be time for a (hopefully short!) vacation from crochet. Hodge and Podge are madThis coming week will be just as busy I’m afraid, as I set about the task of organizing and pricing everything. As you can see, Hodge and Podge are not happy about this. In all the flurry of activity for the Muertos Mart, I didn’t get a chance to make their Halloween costumes. My sincere apologies to you and Hodge and Podge. I know many of you were looking forward to Halloween costume patterns for your squirrel friends. Maybe after my crochet vacation I can get started on Christmas costumes instead. How about Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel Claus? MEAP could be an elf. Eric could be the Grinch. What do ya say?



16 thoughts on “Countdown to Dia de los Muertos

  1. How gorgeous and fun! 🙂

  2. I love the skullbows, and love the idea of the hairclips made from the flowers in addition to the pins!

    Hope your fingers and muscles recover soon!

    • Thanks, Sheena! They are so much fun to make, I just can’t stop. But it will be nice to relax my fingers for a while. 🙂 I’m sure I will be on the mend soon enough.

  3. Those hoodies are the bomb! Did you make the pattern for the skulls yourself?

  4. Everything looks so beautiful. I hope your hands and fingers feel better soon. I use wooden hooks and have few problems so I recommend them for long term. I am also ‘furiously” crocheting your skulls. 😀

    • Thank you so much, Sharon! I took a bit of a break this weekend and it was just what my fingers needed. I still have a little more to do in preparation for Day of the Dead. It will be here before we know it. I can’t wait to see your skulls and your event!

  5. Take care, keep your hands warm and relaxed, I know the pain usually when you put yourself (enthusiastically) under pressure to complete something (I use fingerless gloves if the weather chills) and frequent breaks … The bamboo needles are great I have bamboo knitting needles too 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Irene, for your wonderful advice. I took a bit of a break over the weekend and my hands are feeling better. I better take care of them… with Christmas around the corner. 🙂

  6. soo cool. iam sending a pic of my zombie, tell me what you think. debi

  7. Dear Jennifer,
    I know how you feel and little break is what all of us need occasionally (even when we are taking break from the things what makes us happy). Where to start after reading your blog…
    Your sculls are fabulous and each year you come up with something new. I love it. Will send you in mail tiny little scull I made this year. you might like it and might be something you can make for Hodge and Podge this year so they can feel the spirit of Dia de los Muertos and maybe change their mad faces to smiling ones 😀
    I loooove crocheted flowers and seeing yours in this colorful photo brought smile and that warm feeling. All are beautiful!
    Take your time and rest well, dear friend. If you need anything or any help, please know you can always knock on my door.

    • Vanja, you are so kind. Thank you for all your support and well wishes. I can’t imagine quitting crochet, so I will definitely take good care of my fingers so I can crochet for many years to come. Best wishes for this Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Hugs to you!