I love my family. They know me all too well. This Mothers’ Day I got some nifty pressies: a book on Victorian World of Science, octopus-fingers and a teacup wind chime, with spare spoons for those days I am flat. It’s now hanging in my writing nook. (I may hide some emergency chockies inside.) We watched Eurovision, had pancakes, bacon and maple syrup for lunch (yum!) and finished the day with a new episode of Doctor Who. Perfect.
While on the subject of tea (okay, well sort of), I have a new teaball to add to my collection:
I’ve also been busy creating new crafty surprises to purchase at upcoming events. Now the weather is cooler, I can get back to crocheting some fun new steampunky stuff. I’ve finished another green octoscarf and something new – top hats!
These are the first two completed. It took a few practice runs to work out the best combination of stitches to give the shape. It’s green too – a hatter’s chapeau, trimmed with purple.
I’ve also made some octopuses. (Are you surprised? I thought not.) This one will end up on either a dark purple or black mini top hat. This is what it will look like.
These (or similar) will be available at my next talk (Aus Sci Fi: Talking Steampunk) in June and Adelaide Supanova in November. I’m hoping to finish a few more in different colours before then. Prices start at $15- $25 (depending on decorations). I can take a limited number of orders for collection at the events.
And finally – this arrived in the post yesterday. I need to start reading faster! Sigh.
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Many (many) years ago, I tried to crochet. I had plans. They crashed and burned. As a student, I could afford only basic equipment. This meant plastic crochet hooks. I broke two before I gave up on the whole thing. Apparently I had very tight tension.
Recently I got very excited. I wanted a tentacle scarf. Not surprising, as I have an affinity for cephalopods. I scoured the internet to find one. There were rumours of some for sale online. Nada. Then hints on various forums there was a pattern lurking on the internet. Apparently there was one. Once. It had been removed from the blog in question. I left a message. I’m not holding my breath, as there are unanswered messages dating back a couple of years.
So, once more, I decided to try my hand at crochet. This time I bought metal hooks. This turned out to be a wise move. All the hooks are still intact!
My first attempt. It took about thirty centimetres to get the hang of the tension before I started the actual scarf base. (1) Then I tackled the suckers – all forty-two of them (I thought that was an appropriately fannish number). (2)
The finished pieces ready to unite (3). Positioning the suckers (4).
The suckers in place. (5) And the final scarf (6)
I’m a very happy cephalophile!
(And now working on my next one – with a proper crochet stitch this time. Planning on having a few for sale on the Sunday 1st November, 2015 at Adelaide Mini Comic Convention – Flinders Street Markets, Adelaide.)