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TARDIS, Hand Mines and More…


OK, so back to the TARDIS.

Because, you know – ALL IS TARDIS.

Well, OK, maybe not.  That would be BORG, or CYBERMEN or something of the like.

But you know you want to see pics of our Halloween setup with our TARDIS!

As you might recall, last year I turned my front door into a TARDIS.  Our house is stone and blue already.  So putting the life-size TARDIS in front of our front door really fit well with the coloring.

And of course, you know I’m going to include my spiders.

And thus, the Halloween Spider / Doctor Who TARDIS mashup is born.

TARDIS and Giant Spider Web - Halloween 2015 - by Aberrant Crochet

The thing to note is -> THAT is a LIFE-size TARDIS.

My head might barely come to the bottom of one of the windows.

Knowing that, now look at my giant spider.

YES, it really is that big!

The TARDIS is really neat to see all lit up at night in particular.  Wish I could truly capture what the scene looks like at night to the human eye, but I tried to get close.  Here are a few shots to give you an idea.

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It’s a pretty dramatic and cool view!

Oh, but hey! Did you notice something lurking in the first picture up top?  If you’ll look in the lower left hand side, you’ll see a patch of something in the flower bed under the spider web.  Here’s a more angled, closer view.

Doctor Who Hand Mines For Halloween Props Next To My Crochet Spider Web - by Aberrant Crochet

Hand Mines!

If you have not seen any of the episodes from this season of Doctor Who (Season 9), then you really must go see the first 2-part episode, which initially aired Sept. 19th.  It is right during the very first few minutes of the episode that a new weapon is introduced – the Hand Mines.  I won’t spoil the story, but DO go watch the show.

We knew, the instant we saw the hand mines that we HAD to come up with a way to make some. 5 weeks isn’t a lot of time to pull something like that off, but we immediately got to hunting down hand props we thought we could cannibalize and use.  There wasn’t enough time to make as many as we wanted to, but here’s what we came up with.  All the eyeball sculpting on these that you see here was crafted by my daughter Jack. The rest of the hand props are eyeball-less and stuck in the mud with the rest to lend to the effect.

Patch of Doctor Who Hand Mines In The Flower Bed For Halloween

Of course, these hands are not as muddy as we initially made them to be –  thanks to the rain (and floods) we just experienced here in Central Texas during Halloween weekend. But you get the idea!  Just wait.  Next year we’ll fill the yard…!  hook_smiley

Stay tuned for more pics and some insight into our process.  Not to mention some details about the TARDIS you don’t yet know.

In the mean time, I need to go scour Halloween clearance for potential hand props!

 

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NaBloPoMo And Halloween: And So It Begins…


It’s that time of year, when the Halloween Universe collides with the NaBloPoMo World on my blog.

Both hold such special places in my heart.

And this year, a Crack in the Universe allows the Time Lord Reality to bleed through more than ever before.

I’ve been dying to post pics and show off what we’ve been up to, but I didn’t dare spoil the surprise for our friends who were coming over this weekend.  Though agonizing at times, the decision paid off in spades.

One day, it will come.  And I will be ready.

The season started off for us pretty much as usual.  The yard began first with a trickle of spiders and webs.  Hubby and Dear Son got creative with the webs as we got closer to the big weekend.

The giant webs are up - Aberrant Crochet - Halloween 2015

How many spiders do you see?

But we wanted more.

So much more.

Because – you know.

I manifested something Doctor Who - Aberrant Crochet - Halloween 2015

#DoctorWho

And October’s Dear Hubby’s and my birthday month.

So I manifested something….

I’ll resist the urge to explain every backstory here.  Just click the links to get filled in on the years long back saga of what is my Geekdom.

And stay tuned for new back stories.

‘Cuz we gots some catching up to do.

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Tape Ball / Candy Ball – A Hilariously Simple Game For Groups


Looking for fun activities for a party?  Need to kill some time or stall the kids?  Looking for some fun memories to pad your holidays?  Then I might have just the thing for you.

I hadn’t heard of Tape Ball (or Candy Ball or even Saran Wrap Ball) before a few months ago, but I wanted a simple, fun and cheap activity to add to our Teen Halloween Party last month.  And it turned out to be the perfect party experience!  None of the kids had ever played the game and they weren’t sure what to think of it at first.  But as soon as the action started, they were hooked!  By the end, they were yelling and cheering and having a blast.  It was a big hit and a lot of fun!

Apparently some people play this game as part of a Christmas tradition, but I think being mostly made of candy, it’s perfect for Halloween too.

Supplies you will need

Candy
Plastic Wrap
Clear Packing Tape
Bits of wrapping paper or other scraps paper
Torn up grocery bags work too
Other fun prizes
A pair of dice
A pan to roll the dice into

Playing The Game

Have your group sit in a circle on the floor. There’s no minimum or maximum number of people, but I think more than a classroom sized group might be too big.

Figure out who in your group is going first.  Hand them the ball.

Decide if you’re going to go clockwise or counter clockwise, and then hand a pair of dice to the appropriate person sitting next to the person who has the ball.

At “Ready Set Go,” the person with the ball begins trying to find an end of tape so they can begin unwrapping as many layers of the ball as they can, as quickly as they can. (This is not as easy as it sounds.)  Anything that they manage to unwrap, they get to keep!

At the same time, the person with the dice rolls them again and again until they get doubles. Once the second person rolls doubles, the ball immediately passes to them to unwrap, and the dice pass on to the next person in the circle to roll.

The cycle repeats all around the circle, over and over, until the entire ball is unwrapped.

The Ball

Of course, first you have to make your ball.  (This does take time.)

The basic idea is that you use plastic wrap, packing tape, wrapping paper scraps, etc. and you literally wrap and tape candy and other prizes – layer by layer  – into a ball.

Start out with something in the center, like a jingle bell or a rattle or something else noisy.  The noise helps with the game.  Or, do like one family did, and wrap a set of chattering teeth into the middle.  The teeth were all wound up ready to go and scared the bejeezers out of the person who did the last unwrap.

Once you have your nucleus wrapped, add to it layer by layer with candy, socks and underwear, toys, money, weird stuff – whatever suits your fancy and that you think will be fun and appropriate for your players.  Make sure every layer has something wrapped into it.  You want each layer of tape or plastic wrap to b around 18 inches or so long.  You also want your ball to be a pretty good size, and to tape it pretty well (without being completely evil) or the game will be over too quickly.   Unless you plan to use this with little kids, then you’re going to want to ease up on the taping or it might be too hard and frustrating.

I would have liked to have made ours the size of a basket ball, which I read many others have done, but I ran out of tape and plastic wrap.  So instead it was about the size of a small kick ball.  But it was a lot of fun and with 16 or so kids, it took 15-20 minutes to play.

What to put inside?

I used Halloween candy, yo-yos, playing cards, pennies, Christmas socks, dollar store tie, a Christmas music box button from a greeting card (it kept going off inside the ball, so awesome!), jingle bells, bottle caps, milk rings and more in our tape ball.  And when I ran out of plastic wrap, I grabbed grocery bags and whatever else I could find.  It should be pretty hefty when you’re done.

Other tips?  You could also add underwear, creepy things like a toy spider, “chance” cards that make a player perform a task when they unwrap them, extra dice for extra possible twists to the game, money, gift cards, fruit cake, white elephant gifts – you name it! Get creative, because this is a game that let’s you do just that!

Tape Ball Candy Ball Saran Wrap Ball - Fun Game Instructions - by Aberrant Crochet

This is just the beginning!

I wish that I could show you what our Halloween ball looked like, but I didn’t have time before the kids started the game and none of my photos from the game turned out either!

However, here’s a quick shot I took of the making another ball while it was still small. It should give you a good idea of how the ball looks and how to start with making it.

So there you go.  A fun, wholesome activity everyone in the family can enjoy.  Even Grandpa.

So what about you?  Have you ever played Tape Ball or Candy Ball?  How did you play it?  Any tips?  Because I totally want to take this to another level the next time we do this.  Share your stories and tips below!

UPDATE 2015: Aside from comments below, people have reached out on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere to share with me their tape ball game stories!  It’s been a heck of a lot of fun to be able to be a vicarious part of their fun. Families have added money, small tech items, lottery tickets, mementos, video games and more to make their cling wrap balls even more unique.  Crazy love it! Here’s a video from LC about her hit ball made from wrapping paper and foil. Check it out!


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We Rocked Halloween This Year – Photos Or It Didn’t Happen


So I figured you might want to see photos of what we did for Halloween this year.

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, then you already know my Halloween obsession with spiders and crochet spider webs.  Ah, but I did much more this year. Much. More. Mwahahaha.

See, I’m not just mad about crochet.  I also happen to be mad about Doctor Who.  (I grew up with Tom Baker for a hero.)  And well, I have a new house, with a TARDIS blue door now.  So you know it was meant to be.

If you don’t know who The Doctor is, I’m sorry.  You must go on your own pilgrimage and find out.  It is not a journey someone else can take for you.  But for those of you Who know, and are awaiting the blue box rapture, I present testaments.

First, the homage to Grandmother Spider and her crochet webs of glory. 

I finally found and unpacked the rest of my webs this year.  And giant spiders.  It’s hard to see everything from the street, but here’s my yard.  There are many much smaller spiders everywhere too.  Oh and the largest spider, to the right side of this photo, is at least 6 feet in diameter.  To give you an idea.

Aberrant Crochet - Spider Web Invasion 2014Here’s a closeup of one of my crochet webs near the sidewalk.

Aberrant Crochet - Crochet Spider Web Invasion 2014I ♥♥ my spider webs!

Next I glued rare earth magnets to a bunch of plastic spiders and put them on my front door.  Inside and out.  And added more spiders on every other metal door in the house.

And then I did this.

Aberrant Crochet - TARDIS door with spiders

Sorry, taken at night, but that’s glow in the dark chalk. And that’s cool.

And this.

Aberrant Crochet - Halloween Doctor Who Smash Up 2014 - Don't BlinkI had trouble finding an angel in my budget. At all. Not even cheesy ones.  But then I found this cute little pair at a local thrift store.  Ripped off the plastic plant and fake pearl bow glued to it and voilà, I give you terror.  Someone added a MineCraft pig nearby.  Not sure which kid from last night’s party, but it’s all cool. And delightfully geeky.

Yesterday was the teens’ party.  Tonight we’re hosting the family/adult party.  Everyone’s downstairs playing Cards Against Humanity and I’m the designated driver so a few could stay longer than their better halves could.  Which is probably a good thing.  Because it’s 20-some minutes to midnight and I might have missed out on…..

… MY FIRST NABLOPOMO POST FOR THE NOVEMBER 2014 CHALLENGE!!!!

Yes, my friends… it is here.  And just in time to kick my ass.

Two years ago when we were moving, I had delusions of finishing the challenge.  As soon as moving from one house to the other began, I was a goner.  Last year, I was determined not to let a broken ankle keep me out of the race.  And of course, I won my challenge.  Aside from the year we moved, I’ve accomplished my challenge every year.

This year is different.  I’m actually not too confident.  A lot has happened to keep me from writing.  Not because I didn’t want to write.  In fact I crave it.  But because it wasn’t possible.  Such an odd year.  And my routine is so different now.

And not to mention… one of my babies is getting ready for college.  And there’s a lot going on with that this month.

sigh…

Not fair.  Too soon.

sniff…

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Life Enriched: My Fascination With Spiders And Webs


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9 foot Halloween spider web!

I’ve owed you guys a post and explanation about the whole spider web fest going on in my yard and in my designs.  I also owe you some more photos, since after all, last night was Halloween!  (You gotta see what I did!) So I guess it’s about time I give.

First with the writing.
Later with the Halloween photos.

Truthfully, I’ve had an enigmatic fascination with spiders since childhood. One of my favorite childhood stories was about a pet wolf spider named Wolfie.  (Come to think of it, oddly enough, I later had a cat I also named Wolfie after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I only made the pet spider – pet cat connection just now though. Interesting.)  I was also the first one my girlfriends called when the creepy-crawlies showed up in their space. Julia the spider-wrangler to the rescue.

I love spiders. Fiercely like most people don’t.

Energetically, I think spiders – especially cobweb spiders – often naturally show us where the stagnant places are in our homes – those neglected areas that need attention. They create action where there is none. Metaphorically, I try to imagine Grandmother Spider pointing out things that need attention in my life and I try to picture where that would be. “Oh look here honey. You forgot this area. Here, let me help freshen it up.”

Garden spiders – I see them a little differently. Grandmother Spider’s protective nature seems to come out in them, in a delicate and breathtakingly beautiful way.   Then there are the little black jumping spiders I generally nickname simply “Harry.”  They show Grandmother Spider’s nature to dance in the sunlight and play.

I also often talk about how spiders are Mother Nature’s first fiber artists and I adore their individual and distinctive webs. Water_drops_spider_web_800px.jpgOrb spiders are particularly fascinating in their design! They have such interesting and distinct designs, each one using a special technique and signature marking of its silk fibers.  I’m fascinated by the focus, patience and skill each spider displays, not to mention their grace and dance. Each web is like a fingerprint and I’ve toyed more than once with the idea of making a collection of different crochet spider webs, recreated to the design specifics of each unique species. It would be a neat undertaking.

I watch spiders, play with them, catch them, study them, and hold them in a place of reverence.

And that’s the truth.

But the truth is far more complex than just that alone.  There’s another side to it.  While I adore spiders, I also deeply distrust and fear them.  Almost inexplicably.

It’s a paradox.

You’d think with all my spider experience and fascination, that I’d be the first to own a tarantula or at least to pet them at a zoo.

But not me. Not by a long shot. Just watching someone else hold one gives me the creeps.

You see, another part of the truth is, there’s a constant attraction/revulsion magnetic thing going on inside of me when it comes to spiders. And I’ll never let them touch me. I just can’t. No matter how fascinating spiders are to me.

I can’t. do. that.

And I won’t allow the poisonous ones to live. Those are two lines I can’t budge on.

Needless to say, I have trust issues. As long as I can see them, I’m just fine away from it unless I have a jar – thank you.  Come near me, surprise me, crawl on me?  Forget it.  I’m your worst enemy.

How’d it all come to be?  I’m not sure I know.

But philosophically, I deal with it the same way I deal with every other challenge in my life. Education and observation.  If I’m going to be afraid of something, I want to understand it very, very well.  I’m just not into this fear of the unknown crud. Far easier to deal with fear of what I do know.  So show me that face.

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Common Cobweb Spider

My earliest memory of a spider is actually from a dream I had when I was about 4-5 years old. A honey colored little cobweb spider suddenly grew from a tiny little creeplie in the kitchen corner into a giant creature before my eyes. And then it told me (still dreaming here) that it was going to devour me. Yup. It said plainly, “Julia, I’m going to eat you.”

Right. Well at least it’s honest. Awesome.

And in my dream, fearlessly like a dutiful little daughter, I stood there staring up at the enormous creature and said frankly, “Don’t eat me; eat my dad. He’s bigger!”

I have no idea why I still remember that young dream, other than out of some sort of sense of guilt. But my adventures with spiders had only begun.

The next spider introduced to my childhood was the docile wood spider. Silly little bumbling creatures that are visibly more scared of humans than any other spider I know. They practically fall all over themselves just trying to run away from you. I tried to find a photo of one for you, but have been unable to locate one.  And I’m guessing the name “wood spider” is probably one of those “folk names” that families hand down and is not likely an “official” name.

The wood spiders I grew up with are simply brown and tan striped and look similar to wolf spiders, though not nearly as husky or hairy, nor nearly as brave.  They are the first spiders to run at the site of you or when the light is flipped on.  They liked to live in my dad’s wood shop and warehouse at work and some were so big, I wondered if maybe they were really hairless tarantulas instead, only more leggy and less body. And except for the fact that they seemed to trip over their own legs a lot.  In fact, I’ve never seen another kind of spider that seemed as likely to simply lose a leg as this one.  It was around this time that I first read Wolfie and other books on spiders.

It wasn’t too long later when I got to see tarantulas.  Like, a lot of them.  Somewhere around that time, there was a bumper crop of brown tarantulas out in the Wichita Mountains outside my home town. I remember we were on our way to and from a drive up Mount Scott, and the road was covered in brown tarantulas. So many of them were being smashed by cars going by. There was no way for the vehicles to avoid them and the tarantulas were coming out of the bushes into the road in droves. It was like some sort of giant tarantula migration. I stared at the numbers of mangled bodies on the road and felt both sad for their misfortune, yet thankful that they couldn’t jump into our car (I hoped). And still, they kept coming.  I could see they’d never have a chance against a motorized vehicle. Silently I wished they could hear me think at them, “Please don’t cross the road! There’s nothing there but danger!” Part of me really, really wanted to see one up close and to save all the spiders. And part of me just wanted to be the hell out of there.

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

As mentioned above, I was also introduced to a species of jumping spider that I simply call “Harry.”  I remember them playing/hunting on my Grandma Leona’s sliding glass doors and crawling the ceilings at home. I used to tap on the glass near them to make them jump.  They always struck me as a weird combination of cats and dogs in personality.  Cat-like reflexes with dog-like enthusiasm and play.  They are amazingly gifted at catching flies! And unlike brown recluses, I have never been attacked or stalked by one of these, even though they are hunting spiders. When they are scared, they like to warn you by jumping a bit like a dog does when barking at a stranger. But I find usually they lose their initial fear pretty quickly and like to play.

Dangerous Brown Recluse (Fiddleback) Spider

Dangerous Brown Recluse (Fiddleback) Spider

Fun, more docile spiders were not to be the sum total of my experience though.  Brown recluses soon crossed my young path and set a precedence for everyday survival, as you might remember from my stories past. It’s a story born of necessity. A clan of spiders surrounded my work space, and for years no one would believe me they were there. So out of sheer survival, I learned more about “fiddle-backs” than any normal child. Probably just desserts for offering my father up as a replacement snack long ago. Even if it was only in a dream.

Let’s fast forward…

Over time, as I watched spiders and noted their individual web designs, I became more and more fascinated. And I tried to share this fascination with my children, so they would learn the differences between the spiders they saw and come to appreciate their gifts and lessons too.  Some of the best entertainment we had together with spiders actually came from blowing bubbles into the webs garden spiders would weave on porches between roof and banister.  The glycerine bubbles and the tiny bubble blower you can get from Gymboree are the best.  Watching a spider attack a bubble only to have it pop is a sight to see.  They don’t have facial expressions and yet, somehow you know what’s going through their minds by watching their body language.  One spider was really upset that she could not find that fly she knew she just caught.  We never laughed so hard!

But in all of this, I can’t say I’ve lost my revulsion either.  I still can’t hold a spider.  I still don’t like being surprised by them.  I hate it when they drop on me from my ceiling and oh yes, I will scream and dance and throw things and hunt until I find it, because I can’t stand the idea that it might be inside my clothes somewhere.

And that moment you walk through a web you didn’t see?  Umm, yeah –  I still go ballistic-ninja. If you ever see me dancing around a yard, fencing with a stick, now you know what’s probably up.  I know it was a comedy, but I totally related to the scene in the movie “Arachnophobia” when that spider crawled up the main character’s body.  Only I’m not paralyzed by it.  I’m transformed into a something my kids don’t recognize as me.

Some years ago, at our old house, we had two mimosa trees in front of our house.  I decided to crochet a spider web and hang it up, doing my best to make and pose it as realistically as possible.  Noting little bits I’d observed in just watching how garden spiders will craft and hang their webs.  There has to be proper tension and support.

And it grew from there, every Halloween, into what you see today.

sideviewofspiderwebinaction_watermarkedMaybe someday I will overcome the fear part of my revulsive fascination with spiders. And maybe not. (I’m thinking after all this time, the later is most likely.)  But unlike others, I do face my fear dead on, day after day.  It’s called working with your fear, not judging it, not pushing it, not making it into anything that it isn’t.

By accepting my fear and distrust of spiders, and by embracing it, I also allow myself to still see the wonder in amazing creatures and their personalities and talents that I might otherwise miss.

And perhaps that’s what overcoming really is.  Perhaps that alone sets me free.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Spider Invasion Has Begun!


Part 1:  Or…  “My Supplication To The Gods Of Seasons,”  As It Were….  Is that a change in the air…?

We had our first actual taste of fall weather here in Austin the day before the fall equinox.  And I do mean taste.

Not just that metaphorical brief fleeting experience of an amazing flavor. But that thing you experience: when the air you breathe outside has more than just essence, but a distinctively fresh flavor to it. And it’s a breathful taste that I find invigorating.

Yep, the web is that big.

Yep, the web is that big. And he’s 5’10”.
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For here in Central Texas, we don’t often finally get to taste fall until later in the year. You know… closer to winter.

We’re always behind the rest of the world in our spring and fall seasons.  And when the seasons do arrive here, they are generally more like speed bumps in the switch between two main seasons of hot and cold.  A veritable two-week tribute to spring or fall, but so rarely a full court press of the real thing.

Never the case with summer though.  Never with summer at all. Do you miss summer where you are?  Come visit us in July and get your fill.  You’ll never miss it (or us) ever again.

So to have that first taste of fall arrive here on the actual equinox is like some sort of amazing blessing. Nay.  It’s more than that. It’s a sign.  A bright sparkly one.  The seasonal gods have smiled upon us this year.

Miniature snowman scraped together off the truck.

Miniature snowman scraped
together off the truck long ago.

Dear seasonal gods:  While we have your attention, could we maybe have a snow day this winter?? With real snow to play with and not just wet ice?  I mean, if you don’t mind and all. After all, it’s been years.  The kids are teens now. And well, we want to make snowmen together again, even if only miniature ones. Oh! And snow ice cream too.  …oh please, please, please…

But please also make sure no one has to get out and drive in it though. No one here knows how.

At the first hint of “the taste,” I immediately threw open all the windows. Fresh air in the house, it’s so wonderful. And it whispers to me. Not only were we blessed with an actual spring this year (lasting more than two weeks), we’ll be blessed with an actual fall too. 🙂

With October finally here, the most wickedly fun of all holiday months (and dear hubby’s and my birthday month), I’m feeling more alive. Even if more in spirit than in body.

And that’s saying a lot. Because I haven’t felt myself since breaking my right ankle at the end of the summer road-trip adventure that I took with my teens. It’s been two months + 11 days of blurred trauma, surgery, and complications. :/ As of today, I’ve only just been walking about 3 weeks.. ish.

There’s definitely an interesting story to tell there, and one I want to share with you, as I’ve learned quite a bit too.  But it’s a story that will have to wait for now.

spiderwebinafternoonsunWhy?  Because the spider invasion has begun at our house, and it demands adoration. Its story refuses to be put off.

Well, at least not after tomorrow.

Stay tuned for part 2….


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Haunted House Spider Web PDF Pattern – Aberrant Crochet Exclusive


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Spider web can be used as a costume accessory

Many people have asked about a pattern for my spider webs. Though the spider webs you see in my shop are all OOAK and each unique, I have written a more simplified pattern for purchase.  It is a 9 radial spider web that can be easily customized to the size you need, up to approximately 6 feet in diameter.  This is not the same pattern as my giant 15 foot Metamorphosis Spider Web which I’m still working on the technical writing for.  But I think for many the smaller size will do.

You can purchase this pattern right here!

Halloween Spider Web – A Variable Pattern from Aberrant Crochet

$4.25 (includes license to sell finished product)

It is now also listed on http://AberrantCrochet.etsy.com and on Ravelry HERE if you would prefer to use another payment source than PayPal.

This detailed 5-page pattern offers a variable sized crochet spider web for display or costume wear. It includes glossary of terms, color photos, display guidelines and instructions for sizing up to an estimated 6 feet in diameter. Gauge is not particularly important to the construction of this pattern, but it will affect the end size.

Stitches are over-all fairly straight forward.

Nine Radial Spider Web with Support Wedges

However, this pattern requires a lot of counting, basic lace concepts and prior knowledge of extended crochet stitches beyond double crochet.

As such, this pattern ranks as intermediate crochet according to pattern standards guidelines and is written in American English terms. You will find a glossary of abbreviated terms used in this pattern on the last page.

Hook size: 10 (J) or 6 mm
Yardage: 300 – 600 yards
Sizes available: variable up to about 6 feet depending on your tension

Designer’s Notes: Though this patten officially ranks at an intermediate level according to yarn standards, I do believe that it is straight forward and repetitive enough for an adventurous beginner to make. If you are still learning stitch and tension control, then this pattern may be difficult for you. I recommend very even and loose stitches for this pattern and a highly structured worsted weight acrylic yarn. However this pattern does work with sparkly and novelty yarns for an eclectic look under a black light or “in the shadows.’

PLEASE NOTE: These spider webs are designed for decor and when worn, with teens and adults in mind. Spider webs are NOT toys. And a spider web should never be hung or left where a small child might get tangled in it or where it could pose risk or present a hanging hazard.

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All Content Copyright © 2008-2012 by Julia Meek Chambers, Aberrant Crochet and Pixie Worx, all rights reserved.

You may sell finished products created from my pattern as long as they are not mass produced and are hand-made by you individually. Any items for sale must state in the item description that they are based on my pattern and include a link to my website.  Any items you sell based on my patterns must also feature your own photographs.  You may not use my images to help sell your finished items.  If you have a charity project in mind which would require multiple volunteers, please contact me. 

Purchase of this pattern grants you permission to make and sell items created from it, but not to republish, share or resell the pattern itself. A lot of time, cost and technical expertise go into my designs, as well as over 35 years of intensive study and application. Tech editors, etc..  So my patterns may NOT be reproduced or distributed — mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including photocopying, without written permission. Please do not hurt my ability to feed my family and pay for medical bills. Thanks!

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Spider web can be used as a costume accessory

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Steam Punk, Corsets, and Such: Thinking on Halloween…


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Every year I try to do something outside of the box and adventurous during the month of my birthday, striving to add something truly memorable to my stock of life adventures. My birthday is also in October – only the coolest month of the year! So my memorable pursuits naturally tend to extend into holiday festivities.

Halloween, the climax of the month, is the one day that I can totally play dress-up and have fun, no matter my age or status as “mom.”
I think it just might be my favorite holiday.

Brass Hour Glass Necklace by GwenDelicious

As I’ve been working on my crochet spider webs and spider web patterns this year, I’ve also been preparing for my costume theme this year: Steam Punk.

I have always loved Tesla and gadgets, not to mention corsets, bustiers and cinchers. I don’t have a specific character in mind, but certainly a look that speaks to me. In my hunting around for costume ideas, these Etsy items really caught my eye.

I’m thinking that clockwork bra would be a great birthday present…..

Glass Eye Ring by kimsjewels

Vioin Themed Waist Cincher by ContrivedtoCharm

Industrial Steam Punk Utility Belt by ahniradvanyi

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