Squirrel Picnic

Handmade with Love and Stuff


You Made This!

Thanks to everyone for crocheting Squirrel Picnic stuff and sharing your photos with me. Seeing your pictures really makes what I do worthwhile. Hodge and Podge are raising their tiny paws to salute you! We are especially thankful to the following awesome people: FrlBig, Grace W., Jenna W., Kate Z., Margie, MollyBean, purpledragoncrafts, Sharon, Sheila, and Tajana.

If there’s anyone I missed, I’m really sorry and I’d like to make it up to you in a future installment of You Made This! Please send a photo of your project to squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com.

You Made This August 2014

And with summer winding down, I’d also like to share with you some of the fantastic yarn-bombing that has been done using croshades. Lois and Susan — you ladies are hilarious! Thank you so much for making croshades and using them to add a bit of silliness to your world.

Croshades August 2014

A special thanks goes out to Sylvie and Becky for sporting croshades with me in the Venus de Miles bike race through Longmont last weekend. We had a blast and are looking forward to an even bigger Sunnies team next year.

The Sunnies with their croshades!



The Sun’s So Bright Even the Statues Need Shades… Croshades

CroshadesTake a summer stroll down famous Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado, and one of the first things you’ll notice is the beautiful landscaping, including picturesque flowerbeds and statues. Walking along on my lunch break one day, I realized that all of these statues must get pretty hot in the summer sun. It should come as no surprise that my next thought was “I should crochet them some sunglasses.”

So that’s exactly what I did. And on a particularly nice day in late July, I set off down Pearl Street with my friend Becky McKay (also known as the Cereal Baker) to help out some statues. It was by far the most fun I have ever had downtown! People really seemed to get a kick out of us. Tourists photographed our handiwork. A waiter at Trattoria got in on our fun. Even the cops were smiling. Now I just want to make more and cover the world’s statues with crocheted sunglasses, which Becky dubbed “croshades.”

Becky Wears Croshades

Becky the Cereal Baker wears croshades.

Isn’t that a great name? Can you think of a better product? Okay, maybe glasses you can actually see out of would be better. I’m on it! Becky just challenged me to crochet such a pair.

I wonder what they will look like. Will they be like the shutter shades of the ’80s? Will the lenses be lacy or covered in fringe? Or will they look like LeVar Burton’s Geordi La Forge glasses? You’ll have to stay tuned for the Make It! Challenge, Croshades Edition, slated for early next year.

Until then, crochet a pair of these beauties with my croshades pattern. I think it goes without saying that you shouldn’t wear these while driving, operating heavy machinery, or well, moving about in any way. They’re really just for decorating your favorite inanimate objects.

Here’s one thing to keep in mind when you go yarnbombing. While croshades work really well on statues with ears, it’s good to bring a little extra yarn with you in case you need to tie your croshades on the statue.

Whatever you do, be sure to take pictures. Send them to squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com and I’ll add them to our Croshades album on Facebook and do a follow-up post here.

Check out these photos of our fun on Pearl Street.

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