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More Recycled Plastic Tote Bags February 3, 2008

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foxy bags

I think I’ve escaped the Winter Solstice holiday mode of creating these tote bags as gifts. I think. Now I’d like to sell a few, especially since I have several new pipelines for plastic bags of different colors.

Nothing like a cheap-as-dirt crochet hobby, and it keeps the immortal buggers out of the landfill and off the landscape….


Crocheted Sea Urchin December 8, 2007

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sea urchin

Embryos of the sea urchin S. purpuratus have been used in classical developmental biology experiments, and continue to serve as an excellent system for addressing evolutionary and molecular developmental biology questions. I crocheted the sea urchin above from inexpensive variegated acrylic yarn, to provide the stiffness necessary for the “test”. I added beads, in the characteristic 5-fold radial symmetry, as well as yarn spines. The urchin was a prize for the top-scoring student in one of the classes I teach.

Background is a tote bag crocheted from plastic bag yarn.

Crocheted Dorid Nudibranch August 11, 2007

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I’ve made several of these dorid nudibranchs, using the hyperbolic crochet technique to produce the waviness; they don’t correspond to any particular species, but rather provide a way to experiment with different types of yarns, color combinations, and beads. Most of them are about 8″ long. Because of the colors, I call this one the Mardi Gras Nudibranch-the multicolored yarn is Mosaic Twist rum raisin, from Yarn Bee (on sale for $0.99 at Michaels!).

mardi gras nudibranch

Price = US$15.00

One and a half hours of Iyengar yoga this morning, with lots of different poses and work on breathing into different regions of the back and ribcage in each, as preparation for pranayama. Followed by a light lunch, and then swimming at the natatorium for 1.0 miles, alternating breast stroke and crawl. Now it’s time to tend to the whole wheat pizza crust dough, which I plan to top with fresh tomatos, basil, olives, red onion, and goat cheese.

Recycled tote bags August 6, 2007

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Just a quick post before going off to teach anatomy lab (difficult dissections today: contents of vertebral canal, suboccipital triangle). Good thing that one year of Iyengar yoga practice has improved my posture, opened my shoulders, and reversed the overpronation of my feet, else I’d be a wreck after a few hours of teaching.

I’ve been crocheting tote bags from yarn made with strips cut from plastic carrier bags and newspaper wrappers. People are happy to donate their stashes of plastic! Two bags are shown below; they work great for holding produce picked from the garden.

Recycled Plastic Totes

Sea Lemon August 5, 2007

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Sea lemons are dorid nudibranchs which may sport colored projections, or tubercles, on the mantle. I’ve encountered the Pacific or speckled sea lemon (Anisodoris nobilis) in tidepools along the Oregon coast, and there is also a Monterey Bay sea lemon (Archidoris monteryensis). The dorid nudibranchs are named for the Oceanid Doris, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.

Pacific sea lemon, crocheted from golden acrylic yarn and fuzzy pale yellow baby yarn, with wooden beads to represent the tubercles. Photographed with the coral sea lettuce, crocheted using hyperbolic method, from variegated acrylic yarn:

Pacific Sea Lemon

Crocheted Aplysia July 31, 2007

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Welcome to my blog about arts and crafts with a nature/environmental theme, often including items made from recycled materials.

I don’t live on the coast any longer, but I’ve always found the ocean and its wildlife to be very inspiring and fascinating. The photo is of a crocheted marine mollusc called a sea hare, species Aplysia californica, an animal commonly used in neuroscience research. I used inexpensive acrylic yarn (leftover from crocheted afghans) for the body, head, and rhinophores, since this type of yarn provides stiffness for shaping. The parapodia are crocheted (the technique is hyperbolic crochet, to provide waviness) from inexpensive novelty yarn, which is very soft and fuzzy.

Aplysia californica