What is this? you ask.  An uninspired foray into freeform crochet?  A fanciful volcano with roots coming out?  A kitschy artistic rendition of a burst pimple?  Some kinda weird psychedelic flower thingy?

Close, but no cigar.  This was my version of Item 139 on this year’s Scav list:

"Make a quirky new sweater for an octopus. Don’t forget to leave an extra hole for its dreams and ideas!" 

I made this way back in May, and seeing as I’m going back to school tomorrow, I figured I should finally post this before I forget.  223 days until Scav 2014!

Yesterday, it snowed for the first time this season!  I thought it’d be appropriate to make another snowflake, instead of addressing my heaping piles of homework.  Thankfully, the snowflake I made this time is nowhere near as large or as terrifyingly raw as the monstrosity I made on New Year’s.  I used butcher’s twine because I’m too cheap to buy yarn, but hey, I think it lends the snowflake a pleasantly rustic texture.  Again, the pattern comes from this website, and the flake is the one entitled “Cold Storage II.”

A New Year’s Snowflake Adventure

This New Year’s Eve we had a shindig at our house, which never happens. All the adults were singing karaoke, which meant I couldn’t read quietly or bop away to “Like a Virgin” or whatever the heck else I normally do during winter break, so I thought, hey, I haven’t crocheted in a while—let’s make a snowflake! 

First, some background.  My crochet training has been rather unorthodox.  Mostly I picked up the basics from the internet, and then set myself loose: deciding what I wanted to make and then tying yarn into knots with my hook until it looked kind of like what I had in mind.  I’ve never even made a granny square, which is apparently like not knowing how to ride a bike. (No comment on whether I can do that, either.)

Usually my normal tactic is to crochet something round, slap some plastic eyes on it, and stuff it ‘til it looks cute.  But not so here!  This time I didn’t have any stuffing or adorable beady eyes to hide behind—it would just be me, my trusty hook, and my amazing crochet prowess.

Unlike this pattern. (not by me: source)

Snowflake amigurumi crochet decoration

I searched through some snowflake patterns on the internet and stumbled on a website with some amazingly intricate snowflake patterns. I was inspired.  I was going to make something that wasn’t my normal quasi-cute wannabe-geeky amigurumi. Instead, I’d make something beautiful and delicate, despite the fact that all I had to crochet with was some puffy white yarn.

The pattern I eventually settled on was the Douglas snowflake.  Seven rounds, I thought. This shouldn’t be too bad.  But I was bewildered when the pattern directed me to “1 dc in next ch 3 sp,” and asked me to create a mythical triple crochet stitch.  And what the heck was a picot?  By round 4, I was angry and confused.  By round 6, I was jaded.  Several times I contemplated giving up in despair, but each time I was filled with a steely resolve.  I was not going to be bested by a snowflake. 

And so my snowflake grew, and grew, and grew, until finally:

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My snowflake is HUGE.  It’s bigger than a pancake—over a foot wide at its widest point—and if it ever fell out of the sky, it would elicit screams of horror.  It serves no practical function and doesn’t have much in the aesthetic department, either.  But I feel a certain kinship with my large, monstrous pan-flake.  I, too, serve no practical function.  I, too, don’t have much in the aesthetic department.  And I, too, am over a foot wide at my widest point. 

Master Chief would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!  This little beefcake was a commission from someone at school.  I don’t know anything about Halo, so my knowledge of Master Chief is culled purely from Wikipedia and pictures on the Internet.  This was my attempt to chibi-fy a muscular, seven-foot armored fighting machine.  Look at those bulky little arms.

(You may have noticed a striking similarity between this picture and the David Tennant picture.  This is apparently the only spot in my house with any good lighting.)

Master Chief would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!  This little beefcake was a commission from someone at school.  I don’t know anything about Halo, so my knowledge of Master Chief is culled purely from Wikipedia and pictures on the Internet.  This was my attempt to chibi-fy a muscular, seven-foot armored fighting machine.  Look at those bulky little arms.

(You may have noticed a striking similarity between this picture and the David Tennant picture.  This is apparently the only spot in my house with any good lighting.)

A work in progress!  Hooray for winter break!  I can spend entire days just crocheting and only feel slightly guilty.

A work in progress!  Hooray for winter break!  I can spend entire days just crocheting and only feel slightly guilty.

No ACen. :(

Hey, does anyone still follow this tumblr?  For those who do, you may have noticed that we don’t update like, at all.  Our crochet capers have kind of been on hiatus since the summer because the school year started, but we’re on winter break now, and we’ll probably be crocheting some stuff in the near future, so stay tuned! 

Anyway, to those it may concern, the main point of this post: we’re almost certainly not going to ACen next year (2013).  Why?  Because we are lame and we missed the opening of registration for Artists’ Alley.  The thing with Artists’ Alley is that right when registration opens, artists frantically try to register in order to make sure they get a spot.  All the tables fill up within minutes.  Seeing as Artists’ Alley registration opened during our finals week, it completely slipped our minds.  (Instead, we were thinking about fossil invertebrates and social stratification.)  By now, all the tables are gone—we could sign up for the wait list, but chances are slim that we’d get in.  So we apologize if anyone was looking forward to seeing us at ACen next year.  D:

Will you be at the 2013 ACen?
Anonymous

We’re not sure yet!  Registration is in December, so we’ll definitely decide by then.  But we’re on the fence right now.

torontojack:

“so i herd u liek crochet?” I LOVE CROCHET!

Someone took a picture of us at Acen!

torontojack:

“so i herd u liek crochet?” I LOVE CROCHET!

Someone took a picture of us at Acen!

I realize this is kind of late, but we crocheted a little Bobak Ferdowsi, better known as the mohawk guy at NASA!   You know, for science. 

Inspired by Mr. Tennant’s long hair, I made this video.  Because this is what unemployed college students do over the summer.