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My First Love

14 Jul

More twist can be better! I learned this when finishing my second handspun. I’d watched in horror as the skein of yarn I just plied wound in on itself. My first yarn didn’t have enough twist. At first I thought my second yarn had too much. I feared in vain: a quick soak and drying straightened that skein right out. And I was in love.

100 g of BFL aka heaven

It was incredibly soft, like you wouldn’t believe. I was not expecting to get “soft” in my first attempts at this spinning stuff. And it shines and is all pretty, and is kind of even. Yeah baby!

So I made a thing with it. I was starting to feel the first signs of an impending knitting funk, so I decided on crochet. It’s so fast and everything. (I’m sorry about the nearly un-intelligible gushing, by the way. I think the yarn fumes are getting to my head.)

The thing I made was the Catesby Three Hour Cowl (available for free on Ravelry). Took me a lot longer than thee hours by the way, my crochet is not yet as fast as lightning. This reminds me: I was validated the other day when, perusing the newest issue of Interweave Crochet, I learned there are at least two real, valid crochet hook holds (as Men Crochet 2 there explains). There’s the pen hold everyone keeps telling me is correct, and then there’s the knife hold, which is what’s always been natural to me. So there, the crochet police can get off my case 😉

Excuse me while I feel awkward in this photo

I can’t wait for it to get cold again so I can wear this thing 🙂 I used the leftovers to free crochet a pair of mitts that I’m not too thrilled with, but ripping back seems like too much of a hassle, so guess what, I have a new pair of mitts anyway!


Brain Slugs Are Our Friends

10 Feb

Hermes: [monotonous] I suggest we all go to the Brain Slug planet.
Zoidberg: What do we do there?
Hermes: [monotonous] Just walk around, not wearing a helmet.

Yep, it’s time to switch to a garlic shampoo – the invasion has begun.

After my happy experience crocheting Nibbler, it was only natural I continue to this other great Futurama pattern from the same designer:

Pattern: Brain Slugs

Published in: Hook and Needles

Yarn: Flip Flop from Novita (bulky, 100 g = 125 m)

Hook: 4,5 mm


It was an easy and quick project, and a great way to really hammer home the difference between single, half-double, double and triple crochet (those were used to create the ruffles slime).

I’m not happy with the big brain slug’s eye because I couldn’t get the white to lay totally flat and it bulges in the middle. Originally I was going to use white wool and needle felt the eye, but had to crochet it when it turned out I hadn’t bought any white wool despite really making an effort to do so.

I can rip out the eye (there’s a nice image) and do it over anytime, but I probably wont. It looks fine from a couple of meters away. And you wouldn’t want to get any closer than that to a brain slug anyway, right?

This small brain slug has chosen its spot well. It clings onto our fridge, preying on anyone who is foolish enough to approach without a helmet on. It took two magnets to get it to stay up because the yarn I used was so thick. Sewing the magnets while they were trying to stick to the needle was interesting. They kept slipping out, but I beat them into submission in the end.

I love Ravelry (I don’t think I’ve mentioned that lately) – now because of the many great crochet patterns I’ve found there since I made these guys. I went through my stash a couple of days ago, and found I have the yarn to crochet this Portal Companion Cube… and enough light fingering yarn to knit a Thermal.

I like it when I actually have to choose what I’m going to do next out of many contenders, as it’s usually a sign I’m feeling inspired and haven’t had a lot of failures recently. I’ve wanted to knit the Thermal for two years now, so it won, and I’ve been knitting it for a couple of evenings. I don’t think I will forget about crochet again, though.


“I can do more than talk; I can pontificate!”

6 Feb

Crochet patterns often scare me. I don’t yet know how to “read” a crocheted fabric and sometimes don’t know where in the fabric my hook should go. Especially patterns which have me turn the fabric are scary because I always end up with one too many or one too few stitches at the end of each row.

Crocheting in a spiral is much easier, and I was pleased to learn that lots of amigurumi patterns use this technique a lot. My recent success with knitting another toy, Alot, finally gave me the push to sit down, take hook in hand and work out how to crochet the pattern I’ve dreamed of making for the longest: Nibbler.

That was a couple of days ago. Today I’m really really proud to present:

Lord Nibbler.

Pattern: Nibbler

Published in: Hook and Needles

Yarn: Fleur from Anttila (50 g = 130 m, worsted weight, 100 % acrylic)

Amounts: 2 balls black, 1 ball white, beige, yellow, red

Hook: 4 mm (Nibbler), 4,5 mm (clothes)

Brown fiber for needle felted eyes


Nibbler: *sigh* Sometimes I fear we are cute.

Apart from getting to enjoy Nibbler’s unfortunate but undeniable cuteness, I’m also happy about making this project because it gave me so much security in my skills with crochet. I also learned about the possibilities of crochet: the fact that it can be very fast to do, the great possibilities of shaping with the different stitches, the simple joy of ripping back without worrying about picking up stitches again.

I’m no longer intimidated by the sheer number of stitches to learn… I guess I have to remember how to do just as many different things in knitting – what with all the different phases in a knitting project which are absent from a crochet project (casting on, binding off etc). And I really don’t have to remember how to do the different stitches by heart. That’s what the internet is for.

All hesitation is gone, now I can crochet all the cute things!


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