I haven’t only got crochetitis, I’ve also got severe corallitis. When I was leafing through the internet recently I came across a picture of a crochet coral made from an old audio tape. I’ve still got my tapes, but some of them don’t run anymore. You just don’t throw them away for sentimental reasons.
This was the only C-120 tape I had still left, these things were very delicate and most times didn’t run properly or got tangled. Also, it was already dumb. The perfect victim for a quick round of recycling.
Well, ‘quick’ doesn’t quite describe it. You have to be patient. Very patient. A little while after starting I was about to throw it against the wall. I didn’t dare, though. Have you noticed the label’s green colour? Maybe an enchanted frog. Or an enchanted prince. I haven’t got any use for neither. So my motto was:
KEEP CALM AND CROCHET ON
And now it’s finally finished.
Vinylia ferromagnetica – Brown magnet coral
A rare specimen. The Brown magnet coral is filtering small iron particles from the water and builds them into its surface. That’s where the brown colour comes from and it’s also the cause of its slightly magnetic property. The Brown magnet coral is a delicate species and grows very slowly. This example is 22 cms wide.
I can see the glint in your eyes, dear readers. You want one for yourselves. Enjoy doing it, but better take a C-60 for your first try because the tape is thicker and shorter. (No, the tape reel from your daddy’s tape machine in the corner of the basement is no good choice.) Caution – This is only for those with nerves of steel and definitely not for beginners.
Chain about 25 stitches. Rows 1 – 3: alternate 1 dc, 2 dc. From row 4: work 2 dc into each stitch. I used a 2.5 mm (US: B or C) metal crochet hook (I suspect a plastic one will stick to the tape). Work directly from the cassette and let it keep the tension. Put something heavy onto the case so it doesn’t move, or stick it between your knees. Or borrow your better half’s vice (vise), sit it onto the coffee table* and fix the tape. You’ll find a solution, I’m sure.
Health & Safety: The tape will leave stains on your hands. Wash hands before touching food.
I love the lace-like structure.
*bonus idea: This is very decorative, so you might even leave it there after finishing your project. Adorn with seasonal flowers.