The Story of the Phoney Drip


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!!!!!!


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


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)


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


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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8 thoughts on “The Story of the Phoney Drip

    • Oh, I’m sure he was relieved! And I was too because I hate to keep taking two steps back for every step forward we make with getting the house done. LOL. And funny thing, I did NOT change the sound after that. After I realized what it was, now I recognized it all the time and don’t mistake it for a real leak. And to be honest, it IS really still a LOT less annoying than some of the other notification sounds. 😉

  1. The tick of a new clock once tricked me into thinking my tap was dripping *doh* 😉 I’m very happy your drip turned out to be a “phoney” one! Lol, sweet pattern, Mad. xx

    • Thank you, Kim! I’m relieved too! Igor did not really need any more projects added to his list. LOL. And I’m so glad your’s turned out to be a clock and not a real leak! It’s funny that I never thought of how hard it is to adjust to new sounds in our surroundings. 🙂

  2. My phone plays “Buffalo Soldier” when somebody calls me. One day my daughter took me to lunch and an outdoor movie. They were just setting up the movie screen when suddenly I heard “Buffalo Soldier” coming from the stage area, rather loudly. I jumped up, looked around. I am not sure what exactly went through my head, except that two thoughts were fighting with each other. The first one was “where did I drop my phone? The second one was “that can’t be my phone, it is way too loud.”
    My daughter looked at me with a big question mark. I had to explain. And we laughed, she still with a question mark, I with a bit of an “I must be getting old” frown.

    • Oh, that’s a great story Gisela! Now I don’t feel quite so bad! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂 I’ll probably giggle while remembering your story the next time I hear “Buffalo Soldier!”

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