It’s not what you think.
Ok, yes, I am drawn to the dark side of the Craft, but this is crafts, lower-case ‘c’. Did you know about these? In all my searching for books on crochet and amigurumi patterns I never ran across these, until today.
If, like me, you’ve had enough of crochet dishcloths and ugly scarves (seriously, who comes up with some of those patterns?) it’s time to look to the dark side for some new inspiration.
First up: AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister! Oh boy, this looks fun! If you have any young people in your life, a budding anarchist perhaps (or just a strange friend), there could be something gift-worthy here. The table of contents lists such intriguingly titled projects as “Gothic Glam Yule Hat,” and “Belladonna Sleeves” in the knitting section, and “Brier Rose” and “Carrion” for the crocheters, along with “Dungeon Decor.” I don’t actually have a dungeon, but my cube at work is always fair game for some freaky decor. It’s good for my co-workers: think how grateful they’ll be that they don’t have to live with me. The last section has chainmail, and beading, among other things.
Then there’s little morsel:
Vampires, and Grim Reapers, and Cthulhu’s! There’s a ghostly bride and groom, robots, Vikings, ninjas, zombies, aliens. Not sure what’s up with the little monkey on the front cover, though. How cute are these? If I start now I could have a whole graveyard full of little ghosties and Deaths on my desk by Halloween. Interspersed with a few skulls and ravens, it’d be a nice antidote to the overabundance of coma-inducing sugary decor so favored by some of my co-workers. How many cutesy “Kittens” calendars are allowed in one building? Anybody know?
And some day I will have to come up with a pattern for an amigurumi raven. If anyone has one, please send it along.
And EEEEEK!!! This one’s not even out yet, which is a shame, considering how long it takes me to make stuff. I’m pre-ordering this one, it’s due to be published September 7.