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Thing 40

I was rummaging through the crochet hooks my friend, Sophie, inherited from her grandmother. I didn’t know they came in such tiny sizes! I assume they’re for the lost art of lacemaking, which sounds like way too much work. I don’t have that kind of commitment level in me. Yet something in me wanted to try using the hook. 0.6mm! A crochet hook for ants.

 

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28 years ago I took my first sewing night school course. I was 13 and the youngest in the class by at least a decade. Armed with my supplies list, I went with my mom to Woodward’s, the local department store. My mom, who does not sew and is baffled by my obsession with all things crafty, wasn’t much help. (Sorry, Mom.) With that total lack of guidance I ended up buying thick topstitching thread by mistake. When I showed up at the next class, my teacher shook her head and lent me some proper sewing thread to get started on my bright pink blouse. (It was the 80s. A time of neon.)

All this is a long way to say that I had some thick pink thread sitting in my sewing basket unused for nearly three decades. What better way to use it up than a crocheted micro-duck, I ask you? There is no better way.

I used the same “Tufty” pattern as Thing 11.

Oh, my bleeding eyes. Micro-ducks are not for the faint of of heart. It’s appropriate that this is Thing 40, because since my I turned 40 my eyes have developed this weird thing where I can’t see anything close up with my glasses on. In order to crochet this I had to take my glasses off to stitch and put them back on again to read directions. I popped a lot of Tylenol for this duck.

 

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But he turned out so cute. So so cute. He measures about 2cm high.

 

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Here he is, hanging out by the Cath Kidston caravan needle case…

 

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But I hope Tufty Jr. likes the only child life because the odds of him getting a brother or sister are slim.

 

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Cost of this Thing: 0
Cost of all Things to date: €21.79