Squirrel Picnic

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Something to Smile About

Winter doesn’t last long at Squirrel Picnic. As much as I enjoyed the Christmas banner this year, I decided to bring back the summer one to give us something colorful to brighten our days until the warmer months actually return to the Northern Hemisphere. (And if you happen to live where it is sunny and warm right now, please go out and catch a few rays for me.)

Keep the warmth of summer in your heart


An End of Summer Picnic

Summer’s winding down, and I’m just not ready to change our website banner over to a fall theme yet. I love the summer banner with its hummingbird, flowers, and butterflies too much! So here are a few extra close-ups to enjoy before the season is officially over.

One fine summer day, two little squirrels named Hodge and Podge go on a picnic.

Summer Banner 2013

They love to picnic in a garden surrounded by yellow daffodils, red and orange geraniums, and bright white daisies.

Hummingbird in Nest

Podge particularly enjoys watching the butterflies play among the flowers.


“Wait, is that a hummingbird I see?” Hodge asks Podge. “Look! I do believe she’s sitting on her nest. What a rare sight!”


“Can it be?” the hummingbird wonders. “Is that really two squirrels having a picnic? What a rare sight indeed.”

Hodge and Podge Summer Picnic

The squirrels invite the hummingbird to join them, and they all enjoy some cake.


Thanks for coming to our picnic. We’re so very happy to have you!


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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