Pattern for hermit crab Rüdiger

rüdiger - hermit crab

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it is finished, finally Here it is - the cutest hermit crab on the planet
no, honestly, it's cute and it's fun and quick to crochet too
Crochet pattern in pdf format, designed for a E / 3.5mm hook and worsted weight yarn, written out in plain English.
This pattern provides a stitch-by-stitch guide.
This pattern is for the advanced beginner with knowledge of crocheting in the round, increasing, and decreasing. Special stitches are explained particularly.
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I am Wonder Woman

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and that is so cool, cause I choose Wonder Womans "secret identity", her alter ego as my flickr nickname, I've allways loved seeing the shows, I allways wanted a golden rope!

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and hmmmm,


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does this mean I care too much?


tired and exhausted

I just turned the two heels of my waterfall stockings, plus reinforcing yarn added, my eyes hurt, my back aches and my wrists do strange noises, too much knitting, blahh

pictures in the morning

no music in my head, except Lime and Violet screaming and the fourth episode (is it the last one?) of the Tudors on the telly, heck - I'm multitasking ;o)

edited to add the pics:

I feel: woohooo heels turned and today after a good portion of relaxing sleep, all aches and pains are forgotton, but here we go pictures


I am sad

I am sad because I miss Bradley, just finished and already gone. I planed to make a happy Finished-Object-Post on tuesday, with happy pictures of Bradley and his lovely biggy bum - I adore his bum, its yummie ;o) - his cool turtleneck sweater, his huge antlers, the hoofs (see he's an even-toed ungulate), the ... oh there is so much to love about him, don't forget the dinky tail ^_^
well for some reason I didn't post, instead I was giving extra lessons for a friend's daughter (english, lately) and today, last private tutoring and give away of Bradley. This girl ordered him and now she has got him and I didn't even have had enough time to adore him

so I will love from afar **sigh**

ooh, and very strange, without his antlers he looks like a brown sheep, don't you think?

P.S. - before I put out the pattern for Bradley I want to make some little changes to him, very little changes, so it might take a while, not to mention there are still some other patterns that are more or less ready for publication but still need some re-reading

catchy tune of the day: Billy Idol - Rebel Yell


pop heart

the package for my coughing and sneezing manly man finally arrived today, he says he already feels better just for receiving it


and now that he got his presents I can show you what little lovely thingy I crocheted for him - - a pop art heart, so called pop heart

the pictures are of no good quality but give enough detail: it's not an average heart, with its uneven / non-balanced lovecups and its pointy ending, just a real cuty, and you can make one too, very easily because this pattern will be for free, I wrote it ready and can make a downloadable pdf as soon as I made another heart to have better pictures (also for the pattern itself, if you can't wait, convo me and I mail you the pattern pdf without new pictures of the finished pop heart)

have a great weekend, I will be off to a class reunion (ten years) but I'm not in the mood for this, not at all, I was argued into it and now I am hoping for rain (sooo badly)

**dear universe, would you please let it rain? the whole day? but not everywhere of course, only where I live, please, would you?**


on customs, coughs and spinning

I don't really know where to start because there happened so much since the weekend, so I just start at the beginning:
Coming home from work two days ago I found a note in my letter box: please come by and see your local customs, we have something for you; yipeeyeah my spinning wheel, I knew it was my mother marion, it was my only remaining "christmas gift" =) but their business hours already passed so I couldn't really do anything besides listen to poor sweetheart, who has a bad cold. And I decided to pack a little 'get well package' for him and to mail it right after being at the customs yesterday.

Finishing work a little earlier than normal I started my way into nowhere: the customs office is at a very weird end of the world:

what lay behind - hmmmm

what was in front, the little white building is the office - even more hmmm

but the customs officers were really kind people, I had to explain what this kind of spinning wheel is being used for, since it doesn't look like any spinning wheel they knew, and when they decided it was a spinning tool and I had handed them the invoice and my paypal print out, I "only" had to pay customs duties (nineteen percent - wow)
and I went home, luckily with my new toy tucked under my arm and a little worried since I still needed to mail the get well package.
Coming home I found another note in my letter box that reminded me of what date it was, oops the 17th of june, there was something important on this day: which was the appointment I had with the chimneysweepers. Only one hour left before they would be here and I had to go to the post office (get well mail) and clean up my place, when I'm sewing there so much lying on the floor, one could call it a real mess, not something you show off to strangers, so speeding up everything.
Taking a few bad snippets with my camera of one of the things I added to boyfriends package (I can't really tell you anything about it, since he's reading my blog, but it's crochet and I will add as soon as he received the package and I will add it as a free pattern, just a little thing to bring joy to the world ^-^)

coming home again, thirty minutes left before the sweeps were coming, vacuum cleaning everything, washing the dishes, and hiding mountains of yarn (not that it would embarrass me, but it was a huge untidy mountain).

when they left I fell back onto the couch, saw my customs package again and unwrapped it once more. I started a try on it and it works great (as far as my little experience can tell), but I figured I would stop and try again later, my first yarn looks more like a felted string than yarn

and besides that I didn't do much, I knitted a few more rows on my waterfall stockings, but that's really all and not worth a new picture, I don't think it looks any different that last time I showed you.


world knitting weekend . . .

. . . and I didn't knit, not even crocheted, I rested, I slept long, I rested my shoulder, seemed like I was sitting in a very draughty place, but the important thing is I rested; last week (especially thursday and friday) was tough, lots of meeting talks, I learned alot, met alot of interessting people, but it was tough and of course there wasn't only resting there also was creativity, namely: sewing!

sewing **woohoo**, I sewed knitting bags :o) new ones, I have only one to take on the road with me, a really cool one, bought on etsy a couple of month ago and it's always filled with crocheting yarn and one or the other amigurumi project. But I started on knitting again and decided I need MORE, to carry my different knitting projects, that meant also bags in different sizes, but what sizes and what shapes, I googled a bit for inspiratin and came across cosmetic bags, these round ones, I liked the shape and doodled a bit and what I ended up with looks pretty mousy, pictures will follow tomorrow (they will need a last finish)

and to not leave you without a cool picture:

I took part in the Flick Mosaic Meme that is going around…

it's pretty easy to make your own, you need to answer a couple of questions and type these answers into Flickr Search. Next use only the first page of your search results and pick an image. Now copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.


and at this very moment I listen to boyfriend, who is snoring at the other end of the telephone line


scorpion christmas

more scorpion, you guessed right, my poisonous pal is a scorpion (of course, the sting was unmistakable)
now scorpi has got claws as well, it only needs a couple of legs and eyes and a NAME. people are making suggestions on my flickr and ravlery pages, but so far it didn't really struck me, a name that said, 'Hy my name is (place apropriate name here) and I am a poisonous but huggable scorpion', do you know what I mean?
normally I look at my new creature and it automatically says it's name to me, but with scorpi it's somewhat different. maybe due to the fact I posted on it before it's finished, and it couldn't tell me it's name because (of course) it's got no face yet


**still thinking on names**

and some more christmas presents arrived :o)

new yummi batts

lovely orange with dark greens

and delicious blackberry with fine pink shades


and also more to read:


a new pal - a little bit poisonous

just a sneak peek (kind of artistic and shadowy) on the new amigurumi I work on, this was on my mind for over a year and now I finally had ideas on how to start on it. It's a juvenile version (it could be adult though, nevetheless I feel I could make a bigger / more adult one someday)

oh and it also will need a name, I have no idea yet

a little more christmas


santa was here again, and what I found under the tree was YARN, tons of delicious yarn, wool/silk, single, 500g each color




and "yarn" for a secret project, it's a weird color, kind of pale brown, but it will suit the project perfectly (I hope, I have never crocheted with something like this before)

and my new yarn meter or better line counter. I am going to build me a wooden board to fix the line counter to and also add extra posts to give tension to the yarn. Of course I'll show you when I do so.


FO - - flower pot

it's done, it's finished, finally! Never thought it would take this long, but it's the assembling, always this oh so enoying assembling. But I did it ^_^

isn't it lovely?

and so beautiful?

and so unique?

I truely love it!

the pattern will be available as .pdf download soon, of course for free, but until now you will need to see the single blog posts on flower potti, sorry for the long way round

uh, something very important, when having sewn the lawn to the ground, you will need to push the florists wire through the buds and stems to give the flowers its stand. The important thing: you might need more than one string of wire per flower, depending on the weight of the flowers head. For example I needed only one (I added two nevertheless) for the white bud without petals, but the pink flower needed four wires to stay up, so I guess either you use thicker wire or you use more than one.


a little bit like christmas

today three packages were waiting for me when I came home from work, yeah packages, gifts, presents, christmas for me, me, me ^_^
and opening I found this

WOLLMEISE, oooooh, **drool**
Frosch and Rhabarber
the lovely Claudia offered to get me some, when going to see (she saw!!!) the Wollmeise on a yarn market near her and look what she brought me

oooh, drooling little bit more

and also the spinning can begin now, well almost, since I don't have roving yet, BUT, today I also received my first book on spinning, it's full of pictures (which should have been quite obvious, since it's called teach yourself VISUALLY spinning) and I think very useful

and my new niddy noddies and a nostepinde, so I can wind my new yarn in whatever I like, yeah

Also I finished flower potty, FINALLY
can't believe this took so long, well the actual crocheting was finished some time ago (think about the beginning of may) but assembling is really something that stops me from finishing, I just don't like it and get distracted too easily with new projects, but it's finished now, pictures will follow tomorrow, when it's better light. And also a very useful tip: don't forget to stuff the full lenght of your stems before you sew them to the earth ball, otherwise (I learned just now) you a) can un-sew it from the earth or b) like I did, push stuffing through the little holes between the crochet stitches very carefully


liquids everywhere

well the title today is not very inventive but it does the job, today there's more waterfalls and bubbles.

I made real good progress on my waterfall stockings, can't believe how quickly this knits, I am close to the ankle now, so all that's left is a little sock and believing all you sock knitters, socks knit even faster! woohoo! nearly something to wear! Plus I am really astonished on how cool it is to magic loop. Both Stockings at once, no second sock syndrome, on the other hand if I had done these on DPNs I could model at least one finished stocking right now, one stocking and a calf.

Why am I reminded of cows?

whatever, the bubbles

just something cool I made a picture of yesterday at work, some of my cell growing medium was all bubbly (never shake things that don't like shaking) and I put it under the microscope

this is what I saw (plus some photoshop to add color)


two posts a day

first I had a fabulous brunch, lots of laughing, lots of food, aaaaand a friend called me, asking which Wollmeise sock yarn I'd prefer, yeah finally wollmeise in my stash - yippideedoodaa yippideedaa

second the mother marion kick spindle I've been ogling with is sold, which one of you did it ? ^-^, no, who? either way I'm gonna get my own, just emailed the guy with the spindles

but aaarrrgh, it's sold

third there was this guy wearing a danger mouse t-shirt, do you remember danger mouse, loved this show when I was little

and fourth someone brought the book 'Monster des Alltags' by Christian Moser, it's so cute and so funny and true (scary as it is), if you can try to get one of these
these monsters just scream to be made into amigurumi, ever wanted envy or laziness or zest for action or lovesickness to hug or punch *make-evil-smile-here*

it wasn't me . . .

. . . who ordered yarn and books and roving and niddy noddy and nostepinne and god knows what else.
No it must have been someone else because I feel incredible innocent about it. Last night before I went to bed I thought maybe that was a little bit too much, but I feel innocent. It all started on friday when I finally ordered 1.5 kg of the finest wool/silk in three different colorways. One will definitly be for a cardigan that's buzzing through my head for a couple of weeks now. And the other two, mmmh, another cardi or maybe a pullover, we'll see. And then the insanity continued, saturday morning I was wandering around the internet and can't really remember how it started but I found spindles and then I found roving and batts and then I thought maybe I should read a little bit more before ordering stuff. So I went over to ravelry and cruised the boards over there, there are a lot if spinning groups and spindlers and all sorts of information and before I could say stop to myself I ordered two niddy noddys and a nostepinne (I have no idea how to pronounce this one) from a lovely little shop from germany.
Oh stop, I think it all started with a mother marion kick spindle I found on etsy (ford4him), allthough I don't remember how I got there in the first place, maybe due to my search on wpi tools. Nevertheless it didnt stop there, so I started searching etsy on rovings and spindles, I have a drop spindle already but didn't like the way I needed to stop all the time plus it hurt my back immediatly, maybe I'm doing something wrong. So I found rovings, a whole lotta rovings . . .
I went back to ravelry, I needed more info on how to work with roving, I mean I never spinned before so how would I know and I searched for books and I found some and I ordered two: first The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning and second Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning from Judith MacKenzie McCuin, this should be here tomorrow afternoon. Also this week there should arrive my new niddy noddy (I kinda like this word, niddy noooddy), the roving (isn't it sooo cute and cuter?) should be here next week as well, coming from the USA and my yarn (the wool/silk one that started this chain reaction) also should arrive soon
anything else? oh god I've forgotten if there is something else, well there is this kick spindle I don't know if I want to spend the money for, since the shipping itself will be 36USD

and because I don't know if I could stop myself I'll be off brunching in a few minutes and celebrate world childrens day ^_^