When my dad was a teenager he lived in Oceanside, near the beach, and was part of the surf community down there. He and his friends used to go to watch Bruce Brown's movies, back when that meant that Bruce himself would narrate the film footage from the back of the room with a microphone. If you haven't seen The Endless Summer you should check it out. It's a peek into the surf culture of the '60s. And I particularly enjoy it because it's funny to think that my parents were ever that impossibly young...
Myself? I was never part of that beachy lifestyle. I loved the beach, still do in fact, but I am too fair to be able to enjoy it without 70 spf sunblock, a hat, and an umbrella. Some of us were just not made for sun worship... I think that I've joked on here before that I'm part vampire, since my skin seems to catch aflame with the tiniest bit of sun exposure. I'm still rockin' a painful (and bright red) sunburn from our 3 hours at the craft fair last weekend. And I was wearing sunblock! LOL!!!
Still, I love the laid-back beachy vibe. Even though we live about 10 miles inland, in the heart of Disney, the beach and surf cultures still seem to permeate much of the fashion and music in this area. I don't get dressed up to go out, I wear flip flops year-round, and Mims listens to Jack Johnson for bedtime music. And I love, love, love beachy bohemian jewelry.
So, inspired by the beach, I've created some jewelry that every surfer girl needs (even if the only thing she surfs is the internet). If you want to make some too, this is how you do it:
Surfer Girl Necklace/Bracelet
approx 23" long
Beads (I used some potato-shaped freshwater pearls that I picked up on sale. You're going to need at least 20 for this project)
Hemp Cord, about 3 yards (The back of the package said that it was 10# cord, which seems to be about the same weight as size 10 crochet thread. It's stiffer than cotton crochet thread. You could also use Super-Lon #18 nylon thread for micro-macrame, which would make the necklace/bracelet virtually indestructible.)
Size D crochet hook (I used a Boye hook after I discovered that my Susan Bates hook what noticeably larger than the Boye. If all you have are Susan Bates hooks, use a size C hook.)
Ruler (Pardon the scribbling and general crappiness of my little wooden ruler. Mims got ahold of it a couple of years ago and decorated it for me.)
Scissors (Not shown in picture. Because, come on, it's a pair of scissors...)
Tapestry needle (Kinda sharp would be helpful. Kinda small is also good, as long as the end of the cord goes through the eye...)
Once all of your beads are on, make a slip knot in the front end of your cord (the end you were just using as you put the beads on).
I used my tapestry needle to weave in the ends. They were pretty easy to hide along the chain. Snip off any extra cord once the ends are sufficiently woven in.
I made this one out of glass beads and glass pearls, with some dyed jasper (although turquoise would have been nice too). I only used 2-3 chains between beads. The end pearl is 10 mm. I love it. It's so beachy and fun. I made one for Mims, who wore it swimming and declared it to be perfect mermaid jewelry. I made one for my sister, who declared that she was absolutely not going to wear it swimming, despite my assurances that it was completely water safe/waterproof. But I found out later that it was just because she wanted it to stay beautiful and perfect to bring her good luck at an appointment she was going to the next day.
If you make some surfer girl jewelry, I'd love to see it! Send a quick picture to CrochetDynamite@gmail.com and I'll add it to the Dynamo Gallery! Mahalo!
Oh, and Karen, Nancy, Charlotte, Leah and Laura were the winners of my giveaway. I had my 91-year-old grandma pull the names out of a bag. Thank you all for playing!