Earworms

For those of you who don’t know what an earworm is: that’s a song that your head keeps repeating to you over and over and over again. Lately I had several of those songs tossing and turning over each other. I like to share these with you 🙂

The first is a song that I heard on a tv-show and was performed by Triggerfinger. They are a Belgium band and make music like Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin. Here is a video with their impression of my earworm I Follow Rivers. Once you’ve heard it, you’ll know why 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ekPZjvpBaI&sns=em

The second earworm is by the boyband One Direction and is called One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks). It has been a hit and has raised lots of money for the Comic Relief of 2013.
The next (and last) earworm was put to my intention by my dear crochet bfbf (best facebook buddy forever) Kim from Woolly Toons. It was a hit in Australia weeks before I heard it on the radio in Holland! It’s a bit of a strange movie, but the song is intruiging. I like this one best, it’s the Wankelmut Remix of the song One Day / Reckoning Song by Asaf Avidan.
On the crochet front I’m making a skull shawl. It’s a Swedish pattern, but thanks to Google translate and my own head, I’ve managed to make a start with it and it seems alright! Here is the original:

http://camillaslivsstil.blogspot.nl/2013/04/doskallesjalturtorial.html

I’m making it with a black wool blend, with coloured bits in it. It’s 74% acrylic, 20% wool and 6% viscose. Nice and soft and warm! When it’s finished, you’ll be the first to know!

Have a nice day 😀

Globally hooked!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and I have a couple of new followers since then. A warm welcome to you all! And to my “old” ones I’d like to say: thank you to bear with me!

Here goes:

One of my friends at http://treblemakinghookers.blogspot.nl/ had the fun idea to have a Global-Yarn-Bomb-A-Long weekend at the end of April. During that weekend I was participating at an event in Antwerp. It had to do with another of my hobbies: RC robots. For the third year a Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Convention was held in a huge hall of the Antwerp Expo.
That was a nice opportunity to make my yarn-bombing truly international! It started at Saturdaymorning, I was very nervous to put up one of the skulls I had especially made.  I used a pattern by Lionbrand (no. 70464A, the Felted Skull), but added a nasal bone to fill the gap. About 12 were made, in several colours, of scraps of yarn. Because of the different colours I’ve called them my Rainbow Skullz.

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The first one was tied to a drain at a neighbouring company of my boyfriend’s, to get used to the idea…

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The second one, a yellow/darkblue I tied to the arena where our robots would fight, when it was put up.

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And the third, a red one, found a nice spot at a fire-extinguisher.

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Sunday afternoon I put up three others: two outside at the parking lot, in a tree and at a container which could use some colour. The third and last was placed at a public lavatory (which made some giggle when they saw the picture).

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I stretched the weekend until Monday, because I also had made three “rubber” ducks, or bath-ducks. The pattern can be found at www.PixieKitten.com. To keep it in style, I made these in different colours too and called them Rainbow Duckz.
The one with the green tufts is called Meducka. The friend who took the initiative for the GYBAL, Kim of KreepyKim’s Freak Boutique had made a Medusa zombie and when I put the tuft on the duckie’s head, I thought it looked like her. Kim has blogged about our weekend: http://kreepykimsofia.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/our-weekend-of-sharing-the-yarny-love-or-yarn-bombing-with-friends/. Please pay her a visit, if you haven’t done already. It’s worth it!

Meducka and friendB&WA ducky trio

The ducks all had a bolt tied to the bottom of their body, to keep them from toppling over. I tested them in some tapwater, but on Monday, when the sun was out, they went for a real swim.

Testing

I hoped I would at least see one of them on the telly on Tuesday, our Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag). That day our queen, Beatrix, would abdicate and at the same moment her son, Willem-Alexander, would become king, with his wife, Máxima as queen. In an interview Willem-Alexander had stated he wouldn’t like to become Willem IV (which would make him the fourth king to be called Willem, in The Netherlands), because he wasn’t like cows that were called Bertha 38 for example. Of course I had to make such a cow 😉 And the new king and queen with her.

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  WAM1 WAMB

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They would make a boattrip on the river IJ and the water I let the ducks swim free is connected to the IJ. But no ducks were to be seen, alas! Sometimes I look out my window in the hope to see one of them, but no result until now. Just the photographs to share!

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Something else I’d like to share is a pdf with crochet stitches and abbreviations and other terms in several foreign languages translated to Dutch. I’ve put it together from different sources on the interweb and used translation machines:

Crochet-Haken

There is another table with several languages, but not Dutch, to be found here: http://thecrochetnetwork1.tripod.com/crochetuniversity/foreigncrochet.html. They have also overviews of hooksizes and fiberinfo. Can be handy! The Treble Making Hookers also have started a knowledge base. My pdf will be linked there, if all goes according to plan.

In the meantime, I hope you have a nice day!!!

Two gifts

Gecko bookmark Skull pot-holder

They’re not really amigurumis, but I liked making them, so they surely have the fifth taste!

I have a friend who still reads real books, and he loves geckos. So I made him one to use as bookmark in his real books.

They also painted their kitchen grey and yellow and because he not only likes geckos, but skulls and skeletons too, I made them two pot-holders for the newly painted kitchen.