Woah! Who remembers the Blue Peter Totalisers from their annual charity fundraising Bring and Buy sales? If you grew up in the 70s or 80s, these events would have been woven into your childhood TV viewing. (Unless you watched Magpie. Loser.)
I decided I needed some extra motivation for crocheting my 140 Granny squares. Something fun that would let me report back to my readers, thereby forcing me to pull my finger out and actually get some work done. And lo, the Crochaliser was born!
With the help of an old cereal box, some masking tape, cardboard toilet rolls, a giant crochet hook and tester pots of paints, my vision took shape. (Sadly, no double sided sticky tape.) As you’ll see, the quality of work is second to none:
So here’s the deal. At random unscheduled dates and on utter whim I’ll provide a Crochaliser update whereby the hanging crochet hook will change position according to how many crochet squares I’ve made. I currently have 35, which means 105 left to go. I am dithering with including Fascinating Crochet Facts (no, that is not a contradiction in terms) and even a video clip of me adjusting the Crochaliser – though that might be stretching the boundaries of what constitutes an interesting blog post.
All you have to do is make encouraging noises:
‘Well done, Karen, you’ve been working really hard.’
‘Those look really pretty!’
‘Your Crochaliser is a pile of pants and a toddler with crayons could do better.’
Scrap that last one.
I’ll attempt my first Fascinating Crochet Fact:
I have made crochet squares on the tube, at a Book Slam, on my parents’ sofa, during my lunch hour at work, and after throwing a hissy fit at a train guard. (Those crochet squares were quite tight.) Fascinated?
Ian thought it would be funny to take a photo of me in my jim jams making my Crochaliser:
Yes, that is a dinosaur wooden ruler. What’s your problem?
I think every home should have a Crochaliser. It’s not sturdy, but it is awesome. Actually, I think it needs a bit more decoration. Some stickers? Sparkly glitter? More is definitely more when it comes to Crochalisers.
Keep tuning in! There are 105 squares to go…
I leave you with one of the best video clips ever from Blue Peter. Get down, Shep!