September 3, 2017: End of Week Favs

This has been a fun week for finding crochet patterns. I never realized how many things I pinned, even when it seemed like there was nothing new coming across my Pintrest feed. I really should have started using Pintrest sooner than what I did. It’s a great resource for finding patterns and recipes and just everything you could possibly want.

When I was subjected to the preview for Stephan King’s It (I don’t want to call it a remake since it’s a movie and the last time It was done was as a mini series) I cringed. That movie is a big NOPE. When Stephan King came up with Pennywise the Clown, he was solely responsible for more than one case of¬†coulrophobia. I imagine this is something that makes Mr. King laugh about in some evil hysterical way because he’s done his job as a horror writer and scared the crap out of us. A friend and myself exchanged thoughts on It and clowns in general. I made the comment that under no circumstance are clowns okay.

Today I am eating those words. I have fallen in love with the adorable Miss Clown from Havva Designs. She is at the top of my list of patterns to get this coming week. The pattern comes in English, Dutch, French, Spanish, and Turkish. This is the first time I have seen one pattern translated into so many languages. It just means more people can enjoy Miss Clown.

 

I will be getting this pattern and making this scarf. I will also be wearing this dragon scarf everywhere this winter. I might even wear it year round. My inner geek, which is more of an outer geek, demands it. Seolta Hooker brings us this work of wonder straight from Ravelry. It’s patterns like this dragon scarf that reinforce that crochet is art. When you think of crochet items, you think of granny square afghans, pot holders, doilies, and stuffed animals. You don’t really look at these things as art, but many of them are. When you see a project like this, you are reminded of that. Crocodile stitches make dragon scales. A lot of care went into designing the head (maybe the head can be used for crochet taxidermy – I may have to look into that), it even has a dragon beard. The colours of the¬†James C. Brett Lakeland Chunky yarn (acrylic/wool/polyamide blend) that was used are just incredible.

 

This blanket makes me mad because I didn’t think of it. It’s logical that one could use hexagon squares (only in crochet does that phrase make sense) to make a bee hive blanket. This blanket is baby blanket sized and was designed by Sara Leighton on Ralvery along with a matching baby hat. It would be easy enough to make this into a full sized blanket, which I think I may do because bees. It makes me both sad and fearful for the human race that our honey bees are being killed off by pesticides. This isn’t just my inner tree hugging hippy environmentalist talking here. Science has estimated that the human race would only survive about two years without bees. We need pollinators for food to grow.

 

Now that I have subjected everyone to a brief environmental PSA, let’s talk about this hand turkey from Deb Richey, also on Ravelry. This hand turkey is one of the most awesome things I have ever seen and it was total genius to come up with a hand turkey crochet pattern. Honestly, I probably like this a little too much. Yea, the dragon scarf is a dragon and pure art but this is a hand turkey. Let me repeat that. Hand. Turkey. Other than my Aussie friend who told me “Turkeys aren’t an Australian thing,” what kid hasn’t traced their hand and made a hand turkey or two or twenty? Everyone needs a crocheted hand turkey. This is like child art preserved as a stuffed toy. The pattern includes directions for a large 11 inch turkey, a medium 9 inch turkey, and a small 6 inch turkey. You can make an entire turkey family! You can also use up all your yarn scraps on the feathers while you do it! Did I mention hand turkey?

Okay, I’ll shut up now about the hand turkey. Everyone is going to make one, right?

Stay tuned for the crochet pattern treasures I find this week…

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