And here’s to you Mrs Robinson

A few weeks ago, as a result of reading the story of how The Snail of Happiness was born, Metan suggested that I might like to create a Germ of an Idea. I produced a prototype soon after, but was not entirely satisfied with the pili (hairs). The answer seemed to be eyelash yarn, but I was reluctant to buy a whole ball without doing a test. And here, the wonders of social networking came to my aid – a quick message on Facebook and I had two offers – some oddments of eyelash yarn and a couple of balls of a yarn called Filigree.

As this is British Wool week, I am trying to produce something with yarn or fibre every day, so yesterday I thought I would try a new bacterium. This one is made with oddments of blue acrylic and the eyelash yarn sent to me by the lovely Mrs Robinson. It is Escherichia coli, inspired by a picture by David Mack. I have taken the liberty of giving it a single flagellum with pili (because I like the yarn so much) rather than three without, but I’m quite pleased with the result:

Amigurumi Escherichia coli

Amigurumi Escherichia coli

Basically it’s a sausage shape with every third or fourth round crocheted with the eyelash yarn. I will have to take a slightly different approach with the Filigree yarn, as that has a much finer core so will need to be worked at the same time as the main yarn I think. So, do you think there’s a market for them?!

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  1. Yes, there IS a market for this stuff! One of my good friends does a good business in germ/microbe cross stitch. I’m not kidding. Here’s the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins?section_id=11480156.

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  2. I can just see a toddler adopting your E. coli as his binkie… (I hear his mother now: “James can’t fall asleep without his intestinal bacterium….”)

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  3. Our previous pediatricians office had a set of plush germ toys – fun and educational. Your E coli is beautiful!

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  4. I can see these appealing to those who have science geeks as friends/relations – ideal to give as gifts 🙂

    Apart from that, they all have their own beauty, so they could appeal to many people 🙂

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  5. Love it! – Happy Wool Week 🙂

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