Happy (Early) St. Patrick’s Day!Posted: 03/16/2012
I am not Irish, but I do like groups of friendly people riding bikes and dressed predominantly in green. I’m participating in an Irish-themed ride with San Jose Bike Party, and wanted to do a little something for my bike. I got a handlebar bag yesterday, and there was a convenient clear pocket on the front. I went for a snake instead of the usual shamrock and leprechauns. I wanted to dress up as a huge snake and have Justin chase me with a stick (as St. Patrick) but we figured in a group of 1,000+ cyclists, that could be trouble.
I’ve always thought of the story of St. Patrick chasing the snakes out of Ireland as THE legend, but I found out that “post-glacial Ireland” didn’t have any snakes. Maybe it was large worms?
For this craft, I used three sheets of pressed felt, a felting pad and a needle. So simple! You could also use glue if you feel so inclined. I did the lettering free-hand (I am usually very bad at lettering). Wish me luck tonight! I have never been around this many bikes and it will be raining!
Bonus! San Jose is a sister city to Dublin, Ireland, and the “Lord High Mayor” Andrew Montague visited last weekend. He is a cycling enthusiast and went on a ride with citizens on Sunday morning. Justin and I got our picture with him. Get a load of that chain of office!