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a hattifattener arrives

Originally uploaded by snuffykin
Hattifatteners are freaksome little things that sprout from seeds. They smell like sulphur and burnt rubber. They cause static electricity, and if you are unfortunate to touch one, you’ll get a shock that makes your hair stand up.

They are created by writer/artist Tove Jansson.

This one was crocheted with glow-in-the-dark yarn. A magnet at the base helps it stand up. If I make a few more they can all hang out together on the top of the soup can. :D

-a few yards of Nightlights Glow in the Dark Yarn (available from Woolstock)
-size E crochet hook
-small magnet
-6 mm pair googly eyes
-fabric glue
-little bit of polyfill or white yarn scraps for stuffing

It's just a little tube, about 3 inches high.

Use magic loop, and sc 5. (For puppet, ch 11, sk 1 and sc 10. Go to Round 3.)
Round 1: 2 sc in each st.
Round 2: Sc into back loop only of each st.
Round 3: Sc around.
Repeat 3 till it's the height you like.
Dec round: Sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog, sc 3.
Last round: Sc2tog, finish off. Thread yarn needle with tail, draw through front loops only of remaining sts to close top.
Glue on googly eyes.

Make 3 of these:
Ch 9, finish off.
Thread yarn needle with tail and pull the chains through from one side of the hattifattener to the other.
Double knot the tails to the end chain and snip excess tail.
Cross posted to weloveamigurumi  here.


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Aug. 3rd, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
AHHHHHH! That is aoooo awesomely cute!

Guess what! Drake started reading Finn Family Moonintroll! I'm so proud XD
Aug. 4th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Aww! :) What a coincidence!

Aug. 4th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
AHHHH! I love you icon!!!

I know! it was so cool when he saw my set and said he wanted to read them, then you have this pattern!

I have the 1977 reprint box set with:
Finn Family Moomintroll
Comet in Moominland
Moominsummer Madness
Moominland Midwinter
Tales Form Mominvalley
Moominpappa at Sea

You know, I am going to have to make a bunch of these little guys now XD Raven would love them too lol He has a Snuffkin icon for the message board he is on, the same drawing as yours as a matter of fact, and he has 2 Snuffkin quotes in his siggie.

I have to find that glow-in-the-dark yarn now! *g*


Edited at 2008-08-04 05:10 am (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
I read the books as a kid, but I don't have all of them. I remember feeling a sense of mystery about their world that I still feel when I look at them. The characters had such a range of personalities and emotions that other "kids" books would not cover: depression, anxiety, jealousy, pettiness, narcissism, maternal worry, loneliness, shyness, greed, desire. Moomintroll always seemed conflicted - the desire to stay at home with Snork Maiden and his family, and the desire to roam like his father had and Snufkin.

Oh...I remember some time ago you mentioning Raven's icon, yes! I just remember something about hattifatteners glowing, so I thought it would be fun to try out this yarn. It barely takes any yarn at all to make, and you get 250 yds of it. I imagine they are quick to make - so you'll have a mob of them creeping around in no time. If you put them on a metal plate, and have corresponding magnet on the underside, you could even make it move around!

Started jibber jabbering on my weloveamigurumi post about the uses of glow in the dark yarn : fireflies, night blooming orchids, halo, lightning bolts, "good night", fairy wings, glow worms - many fun things. I sleep now...
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Don't forget to add a glowing Tardis beacon to the uses! :D

Aug. 6th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
Hello, I'm Bek.

It's amazing what drags people out of lurk-dom. The fact that this does it to me makes me feel like all kinds of nerd.

Anyway. gush gush, you are too cool. This will make for happy dreams, I say. Take down the signs, stomp on them. I came to the Moomins in the midst of deep adult depression when a friend gave one to me, and told me it was the answer. It was so true.

(psst... i really journal here - http://adeedwithoutaname.wordpress.com )
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Hi Bex!

That was the best Snufkin story-- how he got at the keeper and became an "unhappy daddy" with those dribble nosed woodies. I still plan to make more of the characters someday, including that hellion Little My. ;)

I took a gander at your journal - I went to that same Game On exhibit when it was at the Tech Museum in San Jose some years ago. :D
Aug. 9th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
I look forward to seeing more characters! i wish I'd been introduced to the Moomins when I was a child, but I'm glad to catch up now. That Snufkin story is my favorite, but I don't think I can ever surpass the sweetness of Moominland Midwinter. So bittersweet.

Anyway. So, advice - I want to learn to crochet. I'm a knitter already... is it advisable spend a long time working up to amigurumi? or can I just make granny squares for a bit, before moving on? I'm a bite-off-more-than-I-can-chew type.
Aug. 10th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Is that the one where the Moomins wake up early from hibernation, and give the tree up as a "tribute"? Heh. Yeah, that was very sweet.

There's a moomin community on LJ where I posted links to knitted Moomins.

You can start right away making amigurumi. Granny squares require more skill than making amis and aren't as much fun. People I've seen on the weloveamigurumi LJ community have never knitted or crocheted before, can't read a pattern, and still make wonderful stuff. I feel that one can do no wrong with amigurumi. Stick huge eyes on anything, give it a silly name, and it is unique and charming. Great way to use your odds and ends from knitting.

If you feel like you want a bit more guidance, take a peek at these links http://del.icio.us/snuffykin/good4beginners. Come by and say hi on WLA, too. :) See you there.
Aug. 31st, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I don't know how to crochet (and am not patient enough to learn) but I'm bookmarking this because my mom does!!!
Aug. 31st, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
It is super easy to make. Your mom could whip it out in a jiff. White yarn would work just as well as glow in the dark, too.
Sep. 8th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Working with Glow in the Dark Yarn
I did a post on my blog the other day speculating about using Glow in the Dark yarn in amigurumi and someone posted the link to this Hattifattener you made with the Nightlights brand I mentioned in my piece. I was wondering if you'd be willing to chime in and tell us a little bit about what Nightlights is like to work with? Does is crochet up easily, what does it feel like (soft/coarse, etc), how brightly does it glow? Don't feel limited to just those questions, I'd be happy to hear any thoughts you had about working with this stuff.

If you feel like commenting, just follow this link: http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/2008/09/glow-in-dark-yarn.html

I've never read these books, but now I'm going to have to check if the local library has them.

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