Making Christmas


It’s ours this time! Getting ready for holiday shows means making ornaments.  By crocheting with cotton thread, I made a traditional white snowflake, then another one with silver beads, and then a black pinwheel. Here you see me starching them, and after they dry they will be ready to hang.


I also made some Christmas cards, using stamps, markers, and whatever else is on hand.  Cards are an easy project to do with kids or with a craft group.


The Halloween Collection, Part 1


Most design houses have a fall collection, but here at Fitting and Proper we also like to pay extra attention to that most important event which livens up the beginning of fall.  So here are some creations for the Halloween season!  Spooky earrings, with skulls and black crochet.


Clip made of a silver bat on a bed of cotton lace.  The lace is a scrap leftover from a friend’s project; another example of zero waste sewing.

Amulet Bags

thread crochet necklaces and candle holders

So you’ve seen me crocheting necklaces, and purses; now here is both at once. Amulet bags go around your neck so you can carry something special close to your heart: a lucky penny, a crystal, a ring you can’t wear on your hand.  Or you can carry something practical like a spare key or bus fare.  The beads make a nice texture; come over and feel it at my next show.

Victorian Beaded Purses

two crochet beaded purses

Having some fun designing with beads.  These reticules take quite a while to crochet, because the stitches need to be tight enough that nothing can poke out through the holes (even a bobby pin, or the tip of a pencil).

The grey and black one was a commission, which also included these matching gloves.

crochet fingerless gloves

Winter means Warm Hats

hand made hats for winter

Cold weather is here, a good time to debut a line of crochet hats.  They vary in color and stiffness, but are about the same shape: can be worn as a tam or beret or random slouchy thing.  These comfortable, stretchy hats will be available at the Ecology Center’s Craft Fair this Saturday, on Center St & MLK, a block and a half from downtown Berkeley Bart.  Fitting and Proper will have a booth there along with dozens of other vendors of handmade and recycled items that make great last minute holiday gifts.

Fingerless Gloves

lace fingerless glove

I have been making fingerless gloves for the last month or two, crocheting them out of several different weights of wool yarn or cotton thread.  The pattern is my own and I revise it as needed to suit the thickness of each yarn.  The glove shown modelled is made from size 10 crochet thread that has a tinsel-like metallic plied in.  The metallic keeps the thread from stretching as much as cotton normally would, so I had to work carefully and loosely so the gloves could stay supple.