Saturday, March 15, 2008

Bob the pet ball of yarn.

I think by now that some of you will have the idea that my sons can be larrikins. Well I found "Bob" amongst my crochet stuff in the lounge room. "Who has been sitting in my chair?" I asked.

So meet Bob, who is screaming apparently,

"OH NO not the hook, anything but the hook!"

My son joked that this was his first design, and that Bob was a good beginner project. He is a like able chap with a personality of his own.

So here are the instructions.

One ball of black bamboo cotton. (This by the way, was purchased with the intention of making a book tote for my daughter. The problem is that black is a killer to work with at night, and while this yarn is lovely to the touch, it splits like crazy. Hence it has been lying on the top of my work basket for a while.)

Two crystal eyes. The brighter the better. These were in my supplies which originated from one of those clearance tables at Spotlight. They were quite pretty, but the backs never did fit properly (which explains why they were being cleared) but gee I can't resist a bargain nor can I bare to throw anything away!


1. Push the eyes into the yarn. In fact push them in so hard that the yarn splits around the shank. This will seriously peeve the person who tries to actually get a hook near Bob.

2. Fray the start yarn to give Bob a tail. Yarn that splits is perfect for this.

3. Enjoy your Bob.

Incidentally the cat wasn't quite sure what to make of Bob, which made me think that maybe my son has something here. After all, the cat isn't worried about tension, and a ball of yarn is just as much fun as a fancy toy, but give a ball eyes, and hey a whole new attitude emerges.

In fact if pet rocks can take over the planet, why cant Bob do the same? Bob really made me smile. Teenage boys who like taking the micky out of Mum are also pretty special.

( I will now take my tongue out of my cheek)

Have a nice day.


Anonymous said...

now that is precious!!!! i love him! so very perfect! i don't know how you manage to keep a straight face in your house of playful boys.

Kiki said...

Hello Bob! You are just too cute for words!

Linda said...


Samsara said...

Bob's cute!

Pyo said...


Do you think this will be featured in What not to crochet... as it is well... not crocheted...


enthusiastic crochetoholic said...

Tell the boys thanks for making me laugh. Bob - you rock!

Tina said...

Bob looks shocked that you were going to put a hook in him. :P He's cool.

Karla said...

What a cute/funny story. Have you added Bob to your projects on Ravelry yet?

BopBop said...

Bob is hysterical. The trick with those kinds of eyes is the backs are supposed to be hard to get on. If you wave a lighter over the post for a few seconds it softens the plastic and you should have a much easier time getting the backs on!
Of course good luck getting them out of bob! ;)

Anita said...

That's awesome! How fun!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you how great your blog is. I love to crochet and do just about any craft with my hands. I just really appreciate you sharing your talent with the world. You are truly inspiring. Thanks!
Krysta , Idaho USA

Anonymous said...

Love Bob! Such a personality. And aren't boys just something else? I have one of my own who loves to torment me to death (all in good fun, of course) and I wouldn't know what to do without him.