Monday, 19 December 2011

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas

I'm back but with only a few photos and not many finished objects. I cant believe I have finished a term at Imperial already! Time has certainly flown by! But it means that I have an exam on the 6th January so no time to play, just do the torturous revision. I ask myself at every set of exams 'why am I doing this to myslef?!?!? I hate exams and revision' But hopefully I will get a job I want at the end of the day and earn some decent money.

Anyway enough of me moaning about exams.... So first I got a request off a fellow masters student to make a bdelloid rotifer so he could give it as a gift. So I got him to give me a line drawing and the species name so I could get pictures and set about doing it. I completed it in an evening :) and it was fun to make and I only unravelled it once. How do you crochet a teeny tiny transparent marine animal though and show features?!? It was certainly a challenge but I think it came out quite well.

So here is a picture of the real thing Adineta vaga


And here is my version



Anyway the guy liked it and the receiver of the rotifer did too. I guess its not everyday that you get a crocheted rotifer for christmas. (I should point out that the receiver does research with rotifers).

Next is secret santa time, after finding out we were going to do secret santa I knew exactly what I was going to make! The teeny tiny mochimochi snowman which I have had my eye on for some time. So I bought the pattern and got to it!. Its such a cute pattern and I didnt want to give it away at all once I had finished it! I attached some yarn so it could be hung up as a christmas decoration.


I have quite a few works in progress at the moment. I am halfway through ships and seaside by Tiny Owl Knits. I got the yarn off my brothers for my birthday :)


I have started the baskestweave wrap by debbie bliss in Candy colourway rather than Heather (because candy is much brighter than heather). I got the yarn off my mum and dad for my birthday :)


I have two orchids and fairy lights hats to make, one for my mums birthday and one for my housemate, which I look forward to making.

OOO and Tiny owl knits brought out a little FREE pattern on saturday... look!


Its called heartfelt rings and they are so cute (I think I use 'so cute too much, I need another phrase) So I made a quick one out of chunky yarn (I had no 4ply with me) and knitted it with pencils because I had left by bigger DPNs back at uni... but here it is


Sorry for the crap photo, I took it with my webcam.

If only I could spend all my time knitting/crocheting rather than revising GRRRBLE!

But anyway insects are cool. (thats right I study insects). Speaking of insects look at the AWESOME birthday cake my housemates got me...



MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2 comments:

  1. I was googling pictures of rotifers and this website came up! I also do research with rotifers! I was just wondering if you could send me the pattern you used, I'd love to make one!

    my email is CarikerER@hendrix.edu :)

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  2. I was the recipient of this wonderful gift, but I only just found this blog entry (two and a half years late)! Thanks ever so much for crocheting this beautiful rotifer. During the past 2 years I've used it during high school outreach, undergraduate teaching at Imperial, seminars, etc. It's so hard to explain to people what a rotifer looks like when you have to rely on two-dimensional photos, so this model is absolutely priceless. It's even going to feature in a book released later this year (http://bloomsburywildlife.com/jules-howard/). So, a really successful project!

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