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3K Facebook Fan Celebration

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For reaching the 3,000 Facebook Fans milestone on my Facebook page, I decided to do something a little different.  Some pages do giveaways, but most of my patterns are already free so that is a difficult thing to do.  Plus, I like to be different so decided to play a game.  I made a Mad Lib out of the text in my previous post, and substituted nouns, plural nouns, adjectives and verbs with ones provided by readers (indicated in green).  Here is what we came up with.  I hope you enjoy it and I thank my readers for their enthusiasm, participation and support.  Cheers, everyone!

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It has come to my attention that something is shiny in some Esmes.  It appears they are missing what I’m now calling the Frothy Freya.  Yes, it’s sexy.  These poor people don’t know how to have fun or dance or hop at a goodnatured banana.  I really breathe for them so I’ve decided to put my mad crochet science to work for their pupil.

I’ve recruited some stagnant kitchens, er worms, to help me locate this Fun Gene.  If we are rough in this beep, it’s possible that we can skip those who are missing the Fun Gene.  We have already begun the experiment, and I’m happy to say that we are seeing some yarn of success but I really can’t undulate more on that just yet.  We expect to have full rocket of our stitchmarkers by the end of the minion, though, and will crochet you then.

Until then, if you would like to reverberate more about spiders at the Mad Crochet Lab, please bounce to the Menu item at the top of this hiccup.  You will also be able to access mausoleums there from previous experiments that have been run at the Lab.

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Something is Missing

It has come to my attention that something is missing in some people.  It appears they are missing what I’m now calling the Fun Gene.  Yes, it’s sad.  These poor people don’t know how to have fun or laugh or smile at a goodnatured joke.  I really feel for them so I’ve decided to put my mad crochet science to work for their benefit.

I’ve recruited some test subjects, er colleagues, to help me locate this Fun Gene.  If we are successful in this experiment, it’s possible that we can cure those who are missing the Fun Gene.  We have already begun the experiment, and I’m happy to say that we are seeing some measure of success but I really can’t comment more on that just yet.  We expect to have full disclosure of our results by the end of the month, though, and will update you then.

Until then, if you would like to learn more about experiments at the Mad Crochet Lab, please refer to the Menu item at the top of this website.  You will also be able to access results there from previous experiments that have been run at the Lab.  😉

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The Story of the Phoney Drip

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One day, I was home alone on a cloudy, rainy day and every so often I would hear a loud single drip. Now, I panicked because we live in New England and had already had an issue with ice dams in the 1st floor bedroom (which is now my craft room). It would only happen every so often and so I’d keep listening to hear it and try and find where it was coming from.

Finally, I was pretty sure I had narrowed it down to the living room.

So I stayed in the living room, keeping still and quiet, and listening to try to narrow it down more and more. I checked every discolored spot on the ceiling, standing on a stool to touch it to make sure it wasn’t wet. I needed to find it to put a bucket under it to catch the drips.

Well, I couldn’t locate it for sure – so I finally felt defeated and called hubby at work. I felt terrible telling him that we had another leak somewhere and that i couldn’t find it because of all the work he had already done in the craft room.

And I knew it was the last thing he needed to hear while at work and thinking of other problems to solve. Poor Igor.

After hanging up with him, I still listened and tried to figure it out. Finally – a lightbulb went off in my head.

I had just gotten a new phone and had made the default tone a little drip sound so it wouldn’t be annoying or distracting if we were out. And it was sitting on the coffee table in the living room! It had been my darn phone the whole time, making the drip noise whenever i got a Facebook notification!!!!!!

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Was I ever happy to call Igor back at work and tell him I’d solved the mystery and that he had nothing to worry about. Hahaha!

P.S. Boy that drip sure sounded a lot louder when in the house alone though.

If you have a funny story due to a strange sound on your phone, please feel free to share in comments.

If you would like to make your own little drip, follow the instructions below.

Phoney Drip

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This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted. It should remain free and finished objects made from it may be sold. Credit should be given to me as the designer.  Links to the original pattern location are appreciated.

Copyright 2014 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved

This pattern uses U.S. crochet terms and is worked in the round.  Place a stitch marker at the end of each round and move it with the completion of each round to hold your place.

Skills Needed to Make this Experiment:

Working in Round, Chain (CH), Single Crochet (SC), Increase (INC), Invisible Decrease (INV DEC), Work in Back Loop Only (BLO)

Materials:

F Size Hook (3.75mm), Pair of Safety Eyes in Desired Size, Blue Worsted Weight Yarn, Polyester Fiberfill, Stitch Marker, Tapestry Needle

Directions

Starting at top,

1. CH 2, 3 SC in 2nd CH from hook = 3

2. INC, SC in each of last 2 SC = 4

3. INC, SC in each of last 3 SC = 5

4. INC, SC in each of last 4 SC = 6

5. *SC in next, INC in next, repeat from * around = 9

6. SC in next 3, INC in next 3, SC in last 3 = 12

7. SC in next 4, INC in next 4, SC in last 4 = 16

8. INC in next 4, SC in last 12 = 20

9-10. Work even = 20

11. *SC 4, INC, repeat from * around = 24

12. *SC 2, INV DEC, repeat from * around = 18, place safety eyes now

13. *SC 1, INV DEC, repeat from * around = 12, stuff firmly

14. SC around in BLO = 12 – skip this round if you want a round bottom such as for hanging from a mobile.  Otherwise this round gives you a flatter bottom so the drip can stand up without rolling away.

15. INV DEC all the way around = 6.  Finish off.  Thread yarn tail into tapestry needle and weave through the outer loops of each stitch around, pulling tight to gather.  Knot and hide tail inside body.

 

 

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Steampunk Names

Sometimes I make things that are small or very detailed and need to take breaks from them to keep from losing what’s left of my sanity.  For one break about a year ago, I got audience participation from my Facebook page and decided we all could have some letters after our names and have honorary degrees.  Everyone seemed please with the degrees I invented for them and it was a lot of fun.  So most recently, I thought it would be fun to assign Steampunk names for anyone who commented on my Facebook page.

This is what i posted:

Sometimes I need little breaks – that’s just how I work,
You can join in the fun and have yourself a smirk.
I have a head full of steampunk names – 
I’d love to give you one
Comment here and I’ll post on my blog 
when the naming’s done.

Rather than have them get lost in the timeline of my Facebook page, I’m posting the resulting steampunk names below.  If you like your new name, feel free to share this post or the facebook post and start using your new title!  🙂

 

Dyan Williams Holland – Viscountess Windy Millgear

Amanda Elizabeth Critchley – Dame Rusty Springbottom

Trace Reynolds – Lady Watts Amatterhorn

Jane Zajec – Baroness Letta Featherscript

Lori Cole – Lady Tilly Scope

Linda Kaffer – Lady Perra Scope

Desiree’ Truesdale Kaffer – Duchess Ruby Heartsilk

Rebekah Clayton – Baroness Lacey Cogstooth

Cindy Vanisi – Dame Sandy Hourglass

Elizabeth Vander Woude Brown – Lady Wanda Hickorywatch

Kathleen Anne James – Duchess Woolamina Fiberfluff

Angela McKean  – Doctor Calliope Featherduster

Denise Farka – Baroness Lacey Gardenchime

Charle Mead – Lady Brighton Bushytail

Cheyenne Shupe – Viscountess Armanne Hammersmith

Melanie David – Lady Cardstock Prettywhiskers

Jackie Meyers – Duchess Calla Lilyweather

Nettie Santos – Doctor Thistle St. Scrollbottom

Ellen Hartmeijer – Lady Victrola Spyglass

Susie T Homemaker – Lady Zane Steelsprocket

Fiona Scally – Countess Flora Buncrumpet

Araceliz Alvira – Dame Sateen Steamhooker

Rhae Anne Blumer – Countess Soleil Springbloom

 

 

 

 

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