Coast Range Druid – Crochet Projects

Crocheted Druid Robes

As a druid who spends a lot of time digging in the dirt and tending plants of various types, my typical mode of dress involves bluejeans and a t-shirt, with a fleece in chilly weather, and gortex when it rains. I have never had formal, “druid robes” of any kind.  I had never had any intention of making any. But then, I stumbled upon a delightful pattern for crochet oak leaves:

And when I crocheted the first couple of leaves using this pattern, a spool of Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 cotton crochet thread, and a #4 steel hook, I got the following results:

A few weeks later, I stumbled upon a source of equally delightful, solid-brass acorn buttons:

And suddenly, I felt the Awen flowing!

I have been working on a crochet-lace druid robe of my own design, since discovering these bits and bobs in February 2017. The robe design is a top-down crochet pattern I am creating as I work. As I completed the 100th row of lace, this is what it looked like:

I refuse to acknowledge how many rows of lace I had to frog, and rework, to adjust the fit. The pattern is only written down after I have gotten it right.

The plan is to make many more oak leaves to adorn the yoke area, and also to adorn a similar panel at the bottom of the robe.  One day, there will be sleeves.  And the peplum, which has just been started, will be extended down to knee-ish length, so as to keep the white lace out of the dust and mud.

Watch this space for the ongoing saga!

Crocheted CA Flora & Fauna Blankets

One of my ongoing bardic arts projects is a series of crocheted blankets of my own design and making, each inspired by a different native plant or animal of California.

The first one was inspired by the ceanothus (wild California lilac) bushes planted on our property as part of our ongoing ecosystem restoration project. Now, we occasionally (though rarely) experience frost in these hills, but never any snow.  The white was mostly chosen for contrast. There do exist mountain lilacs in the Sierras, and those bushes might see snow, now and then, and so: Ceanothus in the Snow (completed August 2016).

The next blanket in the series, will be a queen-sized bedspread, inspired by the summer-flowering, wild California Rose. The flowers on these roses are a rich, rose pink as the buds first open, becoming paler pink as they mature. They are simple, five-petaled flowers that one would hardly notice — until their powerful perfume nearly knocks you over. And so, Rosa Californica:

(coming soon)

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