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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Yarn Apocalypse crocheted this brain slug of his own free will on: February 07, 2008 05:26:29 AM
So, we're having Spawn Number Two in a few months, and I decided to start her off geeky by making her a set of crocheted sci-fi toys and clothes.  I'm thinking a stuffed brain slug (Futurama), a Yoda stuffie and a Jayne hat (Firefly) if I can work out a baby-sized crochet version of that.  So here's the first one that I completed:

What's that on your head, Yarn Apocalypse?

Sweet Zombie Jesus, it's a brain slug!!!!

Pretty easy to do, although I need to improve the pseudopods or jelly veil or whatever the bottom edge of a brain slug is. It's really hard to tell from the slugs' brief exposure on the show, but I'm thinking pseudopods. Wink
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Awestruck by Yoko Suzuki's thread crochet on: October 30, 2007 11:18:55 AM
OK, so Googling Yoko Suzuki tells me she is a character from the Resident Evil games, so I'm guessing the real woman is not exactly a household name.  But I found a couple of old crochet books by her at my mother's house, and wanted to let everyone know how awesome this lady's work is. 

These books were from the mid-Eighties.  One was called "Laceworks", and I think the other was "My Thread Crochet", and they are full of amazing thread patterns for doilies, tablecloths, pillow covers and all sorts of other stuff.  She does some stuff in Irish style, others with traditional Japanese influences, and all of it looks very fresh and clean, things that would fit in just about any modern house.  I've made two of them so far, and they've been fun to do.

So, if anybody out there is looking for thread crochet patterns that don't look like a Jane Austen character made them, I recommend looking for these books.

I copied a bunch of patterns from the books, and will be posting some pictures in the FP section as soon as the pieces are blocked out.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wheel Lattice square afghan on: September 22, 2007 01:17:00 PM
This is the first full-size blanket I've done.  The pattern is basically the  Wheel Lattice Square from http://dayna.tdgservices.com/ShowPattern.aspx?PatternID=58, but I stopped before getting into the meshy outer rows and added a row of solid blue around each square.  The yarn is mostly Wool-Ease and a few other odds and ends.  I know, the colors are probably an outrage to normal human eyes, but I like that sort of thing.

This was a very cool project for me - portable, with enough stitch variation to keep me from falling asleep but not so much that I had to focus my complete attention on it.  I had Firefly, Futurama and Seinfeld in constant rotation while making it.  Other nights I put some music on and drifted into Crochet Dreamland.  A few of the squares seemed to make themselves while I was listening to music.

The only real annoyance was assembly, of course.  I actually finished the squares several weeks ago, but couldn't force myself to sit there sewing the squares together.

Here's the blanket on my bed, even though it's meant for wrapping up on the couch and watching EVEN MORE Firefly!

Closer view of the squares

The four center squares

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Revolution at Michael's! on: July 28, 2007 08:57:56 AM
Just wanted to let everyone know, Michael's (at least the one I go to, and I assume it's the whole chain) have just totally redone their yarn section and brought in a lot of nice yarns.  I saw a bunch of alpaca, merino, self-striping yarn, lots of cool blends, and even some nice new acrylic stuff.  On the cheaper end, they just started carrying this stuff from Lion called "Vanna's Choice" which is kind of like Simply Soft only firmer and bulkier.  I don't know that I'm crazy about it, but for a cheap yarn it certainly beats RHSS.

It's very cool to actually see these things, since it's hard to get to an LYS and generally when I do I find I can't afford to make anything bigger than a skullcap.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anybody know what circular hooks are for? on: July 28, 2007 08:48:00 AM
I went to a Joanne's that was closing down and had everything marked down 30-50% - missed all the good yarn and nice hooks, unfortunately, but I did get some bamboo and wood knitting needles.  Anyway, one of the things I saw there was a pair of circular crochet hooks, and I wondered what you would use such a thing for.

They were aluminum, probably a K or L size, longish hooks like Tunisians but connected to each other just like circular knitting needles.  I might be missing something really obvious, but it's been a week now and I still can't think of a use for them.  It's driving me crazy!
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