Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Sunset

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.


Girls Mentorship

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.


Beach Cities Swing

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.



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.


A flower ring on my beehive in the back yard. Those girls have made my garden sing with fruit and flowers!


My vegetable garden

Here is my veggie ring – two hands entwined holding vegetables like those I’ve been growing in my community garden plot for the last eight years. We have a wonderful group of gardeners there, so it’s both palatably and socially sustaining!


Neighborhood Grinds

My first morse code ring went to Neighborhood Grinds, a place where I eat and drink and pick up my CSA box and enjoy poetry nights and open mikes and crochet groups and art exhibits, where I read and chat, where I often am when I’m not home. They are engaged in building community, so they get a ring from me. (Ring is on top of their sign; had to climb a chair to place it.)