Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hazel & Hattie Bunny / New Hanasaurusrex Amigurumi Bunny Dolls

I would like to introduce you Hazel and Hattie Bunny. Two new Hanasaurusrex knitted amigurumi dolls. They're sisters/BFFs, and they love to go on adventures together!
Yesterday, they went exploring at the McKinley Park Rose Garden. The roses smelled amazing, bathed in morning sunlight, boasting all their full bloom, spring time glory. And they were in about every color you can imagine. Hazel loved the yellow roses best.
Hattie said she's a red rose kinda gal, but the white ones were lovely too.
After seeing all those beautiful roses, Hattie really wanted to pick flowers! So, she found some more her size. She said she picked this one for you!


Hazel & Hattie Bunny will be available in the Hanasaurusrex Etsy shop soon! Rose Garden Postcard sets will also be available. And if you'd like to knit your own Hazel & Hattie Bunny, I will be releasing their patterns sometime in late summer 2014.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pow! Wow! 2014—Hanasaurusrex Yarn Bomb—The Daughters of Triton

I think it's safe to say, I decided to bring it for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014. When Jasper and Amy invited me to participate again this year, I was completely honored, giddy really. But when Amy told me I'd have the entire grounds and building of the Honolulu Museum of Art School building, Linekona, to work with, I was like, "Whaaa?!!" Yes. It took me all of a few seconds to say, "I want to do the columns!" I'd been wanting to yarn bomb columns for several years; although, I had no idea the kind of commitment it would actually take. 1500+ hours worth of labor and 200+ skeins of yarn later and I was in deep. But then my knitting machine decided not to work with me, which meant the largest pieces had to be hand knit; time and energy I hadn't planned to expend after having already crocheted their hair and tails. Let's just say it was definitely, without a doubt, The Lord protecting my hands, shoulders and back from game changing injury, and not to mention, giving me the strength and energy to get up everyday and face my needles... again.
The entire experience was incredible, though, really amazing. From the pattern writing to the engineering and, of course, the knitting and crochet, I had so much fun with every part of creating them. At home, in California, the Mr. and I made a wire mesh column, which we cut in half so it would fit in the apartment, for me to work off of. It proved to be an invaluable tool in helping me calculate my gauge and desirable proportions. I, seriously, would not have been able to make them without it. And the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. As I started to seam up their backs... I couldn't have asked for a better fit.
The installation process was a dream as well! The staff at Linekona were all amazing. I felt right at home. Working outside on the lanai everyday, meeting and chatting with the instructors, students, and patrons as they would come and go was great! Especially after having been totally consumed by this project for the last 2 months, working at home all day by myself. Having the chance to work outside, in Hawaii, and be around living, breathing, human beings—and awesome beings at that—was nothing short of soul reviving.
And now they are done, finished, pau. It took more than a moment to sink in yesterday. All the dreaming about, planning, plotting, stressing, calculating, engineering, pattern writing, knitting, purling, single and double crocheting, cabling, short rowing, increasing, decreasing, chaining, magic looping, sewing and seaming... are... not done... I'll just be moving on to my next project. 
I want to go back tomorrow and take more detailed photos of the stitch work. These were all taken as I was working and the sun was making it hard to photograph them from the back where there are also lovely little details—adding details is my favorite. :D 

So, pardon the poor quality of the next photo, but to get a close up of the entire piece, without a shift in perspective, was pretty impossible.... 


Height: 10' 3"
Hand Knit and Crocheted
100% Acrylic Yarn—Bernat Softee Chunky for all but the water. The water is Knit Picks Brava Bulky

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Project Boom Box Starship

One of my current commissions is creating two knitted dioramas for my BIL's band Busekrus' fourth album, Boom Box Starship. And I'm having fun with it! As a designer, my all-time favorite words are, "We trust you." You don't hear them often, but, after designing the last three albums for the band, that's exactly what they told me. Woooo-Hoo! Many sketches and pattern writing sessions later.... BOOM!
Boom Box Starship, that is!
I've been working on the dioramas and their inhabitants since June, and I'm just about ready to hang the album cover's elements.... You can't have a space scene without a wee martian!
And you also have to have some space pods... Did I mention how fun this project has been?!

I'm still working on the inside "bridge" scene. So more to come soon! I can't wait to share everything when it's all put together!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Limited Edition 2014 Pow! Wow! plushies are here!

Today is a good day! Pre-sale Limited Edition Pow! Wow! Hawaii + Hanasaurusrex 8" Spray Paint Pals in the fab neon green reppin' 2014 are now available in the Pow! Wow! online shop!


... And shake 'em, shake 'em, shake 'em, they really sound like spray paint cans!
You can also grab an 8" Hanasaurusrex Snow Capped Shave Ice. Yum!
Rainbow striped with the yummiest island flavors: guava, li hing mui, mango, pineapple, kiwi, coconut, and sweet poi, add a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk—aka: the snow cap—and you've got one seriously sweet treat!
And as if it couldn't get even better... 4" Hanasaurusrex Snow Capped Shave Ice keychains are available too. They're deliciously cute and ready to travel!

Check out all the goodies in the Pow! Wow! online shop and treat yourself today!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hanasaurusrex Meter Monster Sighting // San Mateo Meter Garden

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the downtown San Mateo Meter Garden project last week. Meet Mr. Giant Squid; the latest Hanasaurusrex meter monster!
Downtown San Mateo Association Artist in Residence, fellow yarnbomber (KnitsforLife) and friend, Lorna Watt, organized the event by gathering local artists to paint, adorn and in my case yarnbomb the decommissioned meters.
The meters were then "planted" in the meter garden and open to the public to donate monies by feeding the meters. The coins will be collected and used to fund more downtown local art installations! 
And how cool is it that San Mateo's, Mayor David Lim, donated $400 dollars from his own pocket, $100 in quarters for people to feed the meters during the event!
The kids really, really loved Mr. Squid! He received so many squeezes, tugs and hugs; we were pleasantly surprised how he just kept asking for more. It was a stroke of brilliance on Lorna's part to apply some hot glue to his head during the installation! It worked like a charm. Big thank you, Lorna, for the installation and making the pole sock to sew him to too.
All the meters were fab! From left to right: Anatomy of a parking meter skeleton—Julia Stack; Funky face—Sinem Banna; Frida—Ginger Slonaker; Balloon—Thomas-Joseph Carrieri; San Mateo landscape—Katelyn L. Miller; PAL—Kids from the San Mateo Police Activities League; and Fabric meter—D. Cinchon

I can't wait to collaborate with Lorna again! Keep a look out for more west coast yarnbombs from KnitsforLife and Hanasaurusrex!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tools of the Trade

I took this pic with Instagram a while back, but I thought I would share it here as well. These are the tatting crochet hooks I use to make my micro crochet patterns... with a sewing needle for scale. They belonged to my great grandmother and in turn grandmother and now me. :D

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hanasaurusrex Shop Highlights // Amigurumi Diner Meal

yummy combo stitch marker charms // cheeseburger + fries & hot dog + ketchup
Micro crochet cheeseburger is teeny tiny, under and inch!
Mmmm... the all American ball park treat, hello summer time!
crispy, golden fries, ready for snackin'

Last week I launched my big spring update and, in case you haven't been by, there are a bunch of new tiny treats in the Hanasaurusrex Etsy shop! Today, I'm highlighting my amigurumi diner meal.

At least once a week, I get a hankering—yes, hankering—for a cheeseburger. However you want to build it, it may just be one of the world's most perfect foods. And fries... well, fries are cheeseburger's yummy sidekick. Why, I have been known, from time to time, to slip some fries under my burger's bun—hello salty potato layer! 

Hot dogs and summertime go together like cheeseburgers and fries, but I couldn't crochet summertime. So, what else is a hot dog essential? Ketchup! Personally, I put mustard only on mine. Hey, that would make a fun poll. How do you love your hot dog dressed, mustard, ketchup or both?! My tiny hot dog charm has both 'cause I didn't want to leave anyone out!

And speaking of love, a lot of love goes into making these little babies! It takes over an hour using a tatting needle and cotton thread to make each one of these micro crocheted snacks, and when finished they are all under 3/4" tall. 

They make delicious knitting or crochet stitch markers or charms for your zippers or keychains, and you can choose whether you want them to come with loops or lobster clasps, depending on what you want to use them for. 

Collect them one at a time or buy the meal for a 25% discount!

Now, let's get to snackin'!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Getting Back to Nature: Calaveras Big Tree State Park

I celebrated my 39th birthday this past Saturday in one of my favorite places, the forest. I remember when I was a kid, playing with my cousins in the woods across the street from my Grandmother's house in Texas, the crackle of fallen branches under my feel, the smell of the pine. Those were good times...

But those were woods. This was a forest, a vast, deep, beautiful, perfumed forest. Just two and a half hours from where I live now, Calaveras Big Tree State Park has some of the oldest and most awe inspiring Sequoias alive today. Some are thought to be as old as 2,000 years!

Talk about making a girl feel young on her birthday! Mission accomplished.

I can't wait to go back.


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