Breeding Ammonites

Translation: Reading is hazardous to your ignorance.

Recently I told you about that disease known as ‘Crochetitis ammonitosa’. Well, at first it seemed that this was a short-lived thing. Give it a couple of days and the patient is back to normal. But no. I’ve still got it. Even worse. It has already infected other people. Including one of my pen pals to whom I mentioned it. Which once again proves reading is dangerous. Even one of the German book publishers have noticed. Their plastic bags now contain a warning sign, see above.

But I digress.

I had bought these balls of sockwool in a sale with no actual purpose, maybe to use them for my crochet corals.

As the ammonites are quickly made, they’re handy to carry them with you to work on during your lunch break or while travelling. I’ve been making some more already because I’ve got a certain project in mind of which I’ll tell you in some future post. I don’t know yet how many ammonites I will need. Somewhat between 500 and 1,000 is my first rough estimate. This will keep me busy for a little while.

After weaving in all the tails, I’m saving the cut-offs. I’ve got an idea what to do with them. As I said before, ‘Threads are art’.

I’m Not Pinterested

I have been making some more ammonites. This is really fun, because they’re quickly made.

While I was busy arranging them onto the base fabric Dave, my muse, called.
– Hi! It’s me again. Ah, more ammonites. Wasn’t that a brilliant idea of mine? –
This was your idea?
– Of course. –
I see. Then maybe I should tell you that people obviously liked them so much that they re-posted them on other sites. Although they are for private and personal use only and copyrighted.
WHAT? (He said more. Lots more. Things that are unfit for printing.)
Calm down now. I’ve taken care of it.

My faithful readers know this already but those of you who are new to this site please take care. My muse is armed with a baseball bat. With which he sometimes even hits me. Indeliberately, of course. And that’s only when he’s not upset at all.

So you don’t really want to upset him, do you?

So. Pinterest. Concerning copyright issues, this is the worst I’ve seen so far. Oh yes, they’ve even got a copyright violation form. He-he. LOL. ROFL. They’d have to close themselves down if they took it seriously. But as someone is definitely making money from it … (Edit: I’m making use of the form. Every single time. And I do check the second square.)

You can’t even contact most of the users if you want to stop them to use your stuff.

If you’re interested in your work (and I know you are) there’s only one way to express it:


So, if you’re reading this and repinned and re-repinned my stuff: Delete the post. Everyone of you. Thank you.

The Disease Is Spreading

EDIT: This entry (from my old blog From The Boudoir) has been re-posted on Pinterest without my consent. Be aware that copyright exists on the pattern. This is meant for private use only. No exceptions.

So, if you’re reading this and repinned and re-repinned my stuff: Delete the post. Everyone of you. Thank you.

About a month ago I introduced you to my ammonite crochet pattern and the disease of crochetitis ammonitosa. It seems that it lasts a little longer than first expected. I’m still making them.

But I have changed the pattern slightly. Instead of 9 dcs into 6 stitches I’m now making 12 dcs into 6 stitches. I don’t need to stretch the ammonites quite as much as I had to before.

At a sale I had recently bought various balls of multicoloured sock wool. Maybe to make some corals. But now I’ve come up with a better idea. (Or was it Dave who did?) Why not make little ammonites? Lots of them. I’ve already got a cunning plan about them.

And I’m not the only one with a plan. A pen pal whom I recently had sent a picture wrote back that she’s got a plan, too.

What about you, faithful reader?


Crochetitis ammonitosa

Short, but lively disease of the → human brain, the patient developes an addiction towards crocheting → ammonites

Symptoms and progress: After short research patient invents → crochet pattern, then crochets ammonites for several days, sews finished ammonites to base fabric and publishes pictures of results on the → internet, neglects household duties

Treatment: None, just sit the patient in a quiet corner with a supply of knitting yarns, crochet hooks in various sizes, base fabrics, pins, tapestry and sewing needles, sewing thread, small digital camera, internet connection

Notes: Similar, but more serious disease known as → Corallitis exists, where the patient crochets and/or knits corals. Some individuals have been known to crochet entire → coral reefs.


Recently I have rediscovered my crochet skills. Not that they are very sophisticated. I can only do a few different stitches. But I’m learning.

I soak up ideas like a sponge. They get into my brain where each of them has got a little folder or maybe a drawer. Sometimes – mostly when I least expect it – a couple of folders/drawers open at the same time. The ideas come out, say hello to each other, team up in strange pairings and demand their rights. (That’s my explanation – I maybe wrong, of course.)

Last weekend the folders for ‘crochet’ and ‘ammonites’ teamed up. I was busy making some other stuff, so at first I didn’t really notice. I’m not saying that I heard their little voices getting louder and louder (hearing voices is bad). But at one point I could no longer ignore the odd couple.

Eventually, I had to listen to them. This is their story.

Take some yarn of your choice and a matching crochet hook. Chain 4, and make a ring. Work two single crochets in each of the next three stitches, you’ve got 6 now. Work two single crochets into each of the 6 stitches. Continue with one double crochet, then two double crochets into the next two stitches, repeat two times (9 dcs altogether). Work two triple crochets into each of the next five stitches (10 tcs), then two quadruple crochets into each of the next two stitches (4 qcs). Bind off.

If you want the spiral look I got, crochet into the back loop of the stitches only.

I’ve already got an idea how to use them. But imagine how good they would look on cushions, accessories or even clothing. WARNING – Making kitsch with them is strictly forbidden. This pattern is for private use only. No reblogging, no pinning.