Monday, August 31, 2015

The Spider

The Halloween knitting crocheting continues. 

I went online in search of something seasonal to work on, and I stumbled across this pattern for an amigurumi spider in a web. I kind of like how it turned out...  


It still needs eyes. Or does it? 

The body worked up easily enough. And the legs, done in I-cords (although, I actually crocheted them, too), went easily enough. My troubles came later. 

The instructions have you insert wires into the legs and then attach those legs to the body. But my legs were flopping around like crazy. 

Turns out, the wires need to be attached to the legs somehow. If I hadn't wound in my ends before inserting the wire, I could have saved myself a world of grief by using those ends to tie down the wires. 

Then, the legs need to be really attached to the body. Not just tacked down. Once I went back and sewed those legs all the way across the bottom, the legs bent and molded just the way I'd hoped they would. 

So, mistakes made, but that means those mistakes won't be made on a second critter. Wish me luck.

21 comments:

  1. He turned out rather cool. Make a bunch of them and you are set for Halloween.

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  2. That turned out really well. I'd give it eyeballs.

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    1. I'm thinking about painting on eyes. Not sure yet.

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  3. Eek! Even knitted spiders kind of scare me. It really looks nice, though. Eyes aren't even needed. It would be a great Halloween themed gift.

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  4. Very realistic. Especially with the photographic placement.

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    1. Thanks. That's just in my "backyard". (The photo was taken in the complex I live in.)

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  5. He's cute; I don't think I would put on eyes. I like him just the way he is. Are you offering him eventually in your eTSY store?

    betty

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    1. If there's enough interest, I might. Right now I'm just taking finished ones to the local farmers market.

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  6. This is a great Halloween spider that I would try some with eyes and others without because each person will like it differently. Great way to scare the kids

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  7. Very cool! I am thinking eyes would be a good addition. Good luck with the next one. Sounds like it will go smoother.

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  8. As I always say, knit and learn! (Or in this case, crochet and learn). That being said, it still looks great to me. :-) As far as eyes go, are you thinking anthropomorphic (just 2) or accurate (8)?

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    1. That's the other holdup as to putting eyes on it. Should I go for the cute, human-like eyes, or do I try to make it true to nature? I'm not sure.

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    2. Personally, I'd either make it true to nature or eyeless. Perhaps one of each if you care to do the pattern again?

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    3. It's just a matter of finding a good picture of an actual spider's eyes. Not that I can replicate them, I'm sure. I think that's why I'm leaning towards eyeless.

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  9. Spiders freak me out but he's kinda cute! I like him eyeless.

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  10. I crocheted a spider, so long ago that I can't even remember how I did it. Love your photograph and, like some of your other reviewers I like him/her/it eyeless. You know what? I can't even remember what happened to mine. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Maybe it'll turn up now that you're thinking about it.

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  11. That is so cool! I'm in the "eye-less" camp. I'm always making mistakes with my craft projects. No matter how hard I try to follow instructions, seems as though I always miss something. Oh, well.

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    1. As I make all my mistakes, I think of all the ways I can do better the next time. With something as small as this, I can have several next times.

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