This project made possible by funding from The West Oxford Agricultural Society ~ presenter of The Fryeburg Fair

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Maine Reef Blog Being Viewed by the World!

Here is some interesting trivia for you about the Maine Reef Project......

This blog is linked to Sitemeter which is a statistic recording app that tells us how many hits we get each day on our blog. Additionally, it lists the names of the country where those visitors comes from. Amazing but kind of scary at the same time!

Anyway, thought you might enjoy learning what countries have shown up on our reports besides the US in the last few months......

United Kingdom
The Netherlands

I thought this was pretty awesome!

Guess we are indeed part of a "worldwide" project......

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crocheted Fish Pattern

Check out this adorable fish pattern provided by the French Colouer Machine blog. Although the pattern is written in French, the diagrams are very easy to follow if you are a crocheter. It's made with both yarn and plarn  which is plastic yarn made from thin clear plastic grocery type bags cut into strips.

Photo is by MarieMade.

The link to this pattern is also on our patterns page.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Maine Reef Project 6 Months Away!

Don't let time slip away from you..... Start now and create your contribution so you aren't left out!

Only 6 months until Installation begins..........

With the Reef Installation little more than 6 months away I'm grateful for some new contributions!

Thanks to Lynette DuBois from 7 Ponds Township, Maine we have a lovely Nautilus and some other sea life!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Display of Samples of the Maine Reef


     The Scarborough Public Library is readying for their first ever Textile Day on Saturday March 24th from 10:30 - 3:30 and the Maine Reef will be there to let their patrons know about the project and how they can participate!

The library has information on display about the Worldwide Project and our Maine efforts, along with free patterns and information about how people can participate. They are also an official drop site for any contribution of completed pieces or donations of yarn and hooks.

Celeste Shinay, Manager of Programming and Development along with the rest of the library staff are very excited about their upcoming event and we are delighted to be included!

Several of our Project volunteers  will be presenting at the event with bells on and will offer crochet instruction, information and encouragement to the public in hopes of increasing community participation in our amazing project...

Thank you Scarborough Library for letting us come and share this opportunity with your patrons!

Textile Day at the Scarborough Public Library

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Jellyfish Gone Wild!

Here's a first crack at a Jelly Fish made with a cake cover donated by Jeremy Ashe, Manager of the Millcreek Hannaford store in S. Portland. The yarn I used is some fun fur that has a ply of polka dots, and turquoise yarn donated by Crystal Shibles.

Thank you both for feeding my passion and contributing to the Maine Reef Project!

I ended up adding more tendrils after this photo was taken but am imagining a large school of these jellies in our "slice" of the ocean :-)

Oh what possibilities!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Free Pattern by Jessica Polka for Sculptured Fronds

One of the fruits of going to SPA was to meet Marilyn Passmore, the editor of the 75 Shells, Corals & Sea Creatures: Knit and Crochet by Jessica Polka. I decided I needed to check out Jessica Polka's blog and found some interesting things including a pattern for free form fronds/Seaweed. Check it out here .It's more of a schematic for how to free form the shapes but an easy to follow idea for anyone who knows how to crochet. I couldn't wait to try it! I have done some similar things but this explanation helped move me beyond what I was originally able to produce!

Here it is and it didn't take very long. I will want to ry this on pipe cleaners or wire. We need some verticle work so will see what I can do with that.

So many things to try!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Maine Reef Contributions Piling up!

Sheila Christakis - N Yarmouth, Maine
Reef supporters are popping up all over the place! From Hawaii to Vermont and various locations throughout Maine our Maine reef is growing slowly and steadily. YEAH!

The most common question I am asked when out in public promoting the Maine Reef is "how big will it be?" My pat response is, "it will be as big as YOU and our other contributors make it!" So, Keep the work coming everyone and help us make this the most impressive Crochet Reef project ever! We can't do it without you!

Thank you to our most recent contributors:
Pauline Paul - Biddeford, maine
Crystal Shibles - Biddeford, Maine
Karen Wade - Standish, Maine
Hannah Kaspereen (9yrsold) - Gorham, Maine
Catherine Whitmore - So. Portland, Maine
Jane Sittnick
Shelagh Smith - Vermont
Sheila Christakis - N Yarmouth, Me

Here are some photos of the newest contributions. Enjoy!

Gale's Yellow Polyp

Catherine Whitmore - S Portland. First crochet piece ever!

Novelty yarn - SPA Needle felter from Canada
Laura Lepine - Cape Elizabeth, maine

Pauline Paul - Biddeford, Maine

Multiple unknown donors - Gorham, maine area

Gale's Zoanthids
Gale's Nudibranch

Michelle Schwengel - Hawaii