On April 9, my friend Alice took me to the American Folk Art Museum, a tiny but exclusive fabric and yarn shop called Habu, and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City. I temporarily placed and photographed rings in the museum’s donation box and on the minimalist sign outside Habu’s 8th-floor entrance. At Lion Brand, I left my signature mushrooms (made with Lion Brand yarn!) in a basket on their classroom table and posted a ring on their bulletin board under ‘News from the Yarniverse.’
This is the best tree swing ever; it’s magical. My 3 old son and I use it every time we walk by this house in Madison Heights, Pasadena.
I wanted to send a representation of the four generations of my family. The picture is of four rings, each on the hand of my grandmother, mother, daughter, and myself; strong women that I love. I made a simple crochet ring for each, doing a single crochet in the back loop to give it a little more elastic.
I put a ring on the beautiful sunset. The beach during sunset is my
favorite place, it’s where I’m most at peace. It’s my calming exhale.
I put a ring on the girls I mentor at church. They are part of a group that works to advocate for women’s leadership and visibility in the church. I love that there’s such a wide age range between them– the oldest one here just finished college, and the youngest one is in first grade. They work together and support each other, and leading this group has been so meaningful and fulfilling for me. They were the obvious choice for a ring because I love them more than anyone in the world and they’ve given my life a lot of purpose. I crocheted my ring with acrylic yarn. The diamond was made in panels that were reinforced with posterboard and then sewn together.
I placed this ring on the sign for Beach Cities Swing, a swing dancing event with a live 17-piece band, held monthly (third Sundays) at the Automobile Driving Museum. My son and I are regulars. He loves to dance. In the photo, you see his dancing chair–it’s lighter, more maneuverable than his regular wheelchair. He’s pretending not to be part of the yarnbombing. Doesn’t he look innocent?) The dance is so fun. Music is great, everyone is very welcoming and encouraging, always a diverse crowd; it’s a highlight of our social schedule. They get a ring.
YBLA held a Put A Ring On It photobooth, check out what people submitted! Apparently cat people don’t attend CicLAvia?
My second morse code ring was placed on the shelf of children’s books, inside Cork’er, an Irish cafe, which shares space with Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach. What’s better than an independent bookstore where you can also get a reuben sandwich and a tasty local beer? Author appearances, movie nights, and easy parking too. Love this spot.
Crochet literally saved my life. And then I wrote a book about that experience and it allowed me to connect to others who healed through the craft as well, saving my life in a new way. So what I love so much I’d marry it is crochet itself, the healing powers of the craft, the crochet community and the ongoing self-expression it allows me.
Following a major house fire a few years ago, a lovely sassafras tree just outside our back door met its end during the rebuilding that followed. A chance meeting with a chain saw artist led to the discovery that the dead stump left behind contained a tree spirit within. This is Eliot — short for T. S. Eliot — who now presides over our garden and serves as a constant reminder of the good that can come from evil. Here he sports a knitted gold cabled ring with a pink heart-shaped diamond. Thank you, Eliot, for reminding me to keep a positive outlook.