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« on: June 15, 2011 07:27:21 AM »

Avid crocheter and long time lurker, I've decided to finally show off my first 100% made by me pattern here! Presenting TeeToo, the Bacteriophage!

Kudos to the science buffs that get his little name joke! And for those of you who are thinking 'what the hell is this weird yet adorable looking robotic like...thing?', let me tell you! This little guy is a bacteriophage. Simply put, he is a virus that infects bacteria. What fascinates me (I hope to one day be a successful microbiologist) is their shape, which seems to me completely futuristic, and their adaptive behaviour with regards to when they're not in contact with a host cell (i.e. a bacteria), and when they are. But look at me going on about science, back to the craft!

He is one of my proudest achievements, being my first '100% done by me' project, pattern and all. I was shocked at the fact that, while amigurumi bacteria have been popping up around the Internet, the only crocheted bacteriophage I've seen that was any good was very...lifeless. While bacteriophages can't live outside a host, I thought I'd give this little guy a life (and personality) of his own! <3 He took around 6 hours to finish (the longest amount of time was due to fiddling about with the wire infrastructure inside), completely freestyled with no pattern, but if anyone's interested, I'm sure I can write one up!

I've never used wire before, I must say it was a challenge, but this means he's fully posable (got a few pics where he looks like a spider, haha). I think you will find he is externally anatomically correct, from the icosahedral 'head', right down to the hexagonal base plate and tail pins. =3

He will be on display in the Science Museum as part of the 'Stitched Science' weekend, so if you're around Central London at that time, please be sure to visit him and say hello! Regardless of viral nature, he's very lovely. =3

Just a picture of him pretending to attack a 'skein bacteria' Tongue
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011 07:32:32 AM »

Aaawww! A bacteriophage! I love these guys and this one is so cute!
By the way, do you know retrovirus? http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=retrovirus#/d1ooyks This picture always kills me Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011 07:34:44 AM »

This is awesome!!  I am a geek and love this phage!! Yes, please share your pattern!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011 07:44:32 AM »

Awesome I love it! well done  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2011 08:37:05 AM »

Thank you guys so much, I worked so hard to make him =3

@Atsuko: The pattern would be simple enough, but my wire meshing inside is really haphazard. Perhaps later on when I've perfected a technique I shall share it with the world. OR I will make a squidgy version without the wire, but then he may be confused with a weird spider/octopus thing. xD

@ Anofeles: That retrovirus is BRILLIANT Grin It's in my favourites now, I can't stop laughing!

@Saski: Thank you for the suggestion, I am now a member! =D

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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2011 01:47:57 PM »

Love it! Also curious about the technique!

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2011 02:01:25 PM »

I love it! We always called it the 'lunar landing model' of a virus... If I had a wist, this would be on it Wink

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011 04:44:18 PM »

Very adorable!  He totally made me squee.  I have a B.S. in Biology and looking for a teaching position; all I could think was how fun it would be to have something like that in a classroom.
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2011 05:54:14 AM »

That's great! =) Phages are awesome.
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2011 02:16:30 PM »

As soon as I saw this I wondered 'Is this for the stitched science thing or is it just a weird coincidence?' so I'm glad it is off to the Science Museum! I sent my stitched creation off today on next day delivery so fingers crossed it'll get there in time. Will you be visiting your 'phage in situ?

He's v cute btw  Cheesy

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