I crocheted this enormous mandala from the wonderful pattern, Mandala Madness. People from all over the world have done it in all kinds of color schemes! This color scheme is loosely based on the Tibetan sand mandalas that I used to watch monks painstakingly create over the course of Tibet week at Emory University. It did end up pretty huge, but this is actually only about 2/3rds of the total pattern. Maybe I’ll add more rows someday.
I was a little afraid to do this at first, because I wasn’t sure what I would do with the completed mandala, but I decided just to make it because I knew I wanted to. I’m glad I eventually found a place to hang it, on my already pretty odd apartment door. I think I learned a little lesson about not getting too hung up on the end result and just making things because I want to.
A former coworker gave me pictures of her doggies, and I created some amigurumi versions of the pups.
I love Twinkie Chan, the crochet artist and Instagram celebrity. I made a couple of her projects for my house, and I particularly love this Animal Cracker garland! I don’t actually like frosted Animal Crackers, but damn if they aren’t visually appealing to me.
She has really fun patterns for magnets, too. I made the t-bone steak, the lemon, the donut, and a fried egg (I had to add Gudetama’s face. Love that lazy egg).
I don’t usually like to make cozies for myself, but I thought my tablet could use a little protection, so I designed this red panda case for it. I love the green novelty yarn and hope that it suggests a bamboo forest 🙂 It’s fun to see this little panda peeking at me from my nightstand.
I met a pair of delightful teenaged twins who had recently gotten their first phones. I knitted them a pair of phone cases while we traveled in Tokyo together. I don’t think these cases will really help them protect against breaking their screens more than they already have, but dang if they aren’t pretty!
We got a couple of Ikea light fixtures that I thought could stand to be snazzier, so I tried my hand at making some doilies (sort of). I like the backlit effect, and I smile every time I turn one of these on.
I love scary stuff and Halloween, so when Yarnbombing SG suggested that we do a Halloween-themed installation at a park in Singapore, I started crafting immediately. We had such a blast, and the passers-by loved it! Unfortunately, even though we HAD permission to do this, a cleaning crew mistakenly cut it all down and threw it away only a day or two after we put it all up. Oh well…
I designed this rainbow infinite scarf for a trip I took to Nepal in 2017. It’s a lot colder in Nepal than in Singapore, so I really had to bundle up! The yarn is from a great company called Darn Good Yarn that has lots of sustainable and ethical practices. This yarn is made from waste saris that are cut into ribbons! It has some beautiful effects in it, like patterns and rhinestones from the original sari patterns.
I made this scary li’l vampire for a friend. It was my first experiment with making a soft circuit, and I love how it turned out! The eyes light up when you squeeze his lil belly. The pattern is from the awesome book Knitmare on Elm Street.
I also made this creepy organ grinder’s monkey from the same book. This one just sits on a rotating solar pedestal in my house. And grins maliciously at me.
Do you love pangolins like I do? What wonderful, odd, terribly endangered creatures. I put a LOT of work into executing this pattern, which I didn’t design.
It was all worth it, because it was auctioned off for pangolin conservation at the Singapore Eco Film Fest. We raised more than $300 SGD!