Yay for that.
Anyways, in 10 days, it’ll be Mer’s birthday! Whee! Plan your celebrations, guys, because when Mer birthdays, she birthdays HARD. With that, I must introduce another crafter extraordinaire, who is near and dear to my heart. Her name is Ruth. She makes crocheted Cthulhus, at her site, Cthulhu Chick.
What is a Cthulhu, you may ask? According to HP Lovecraft, its creator, in the 1928 horror story The Call of Cthulhu, Cthulhu is “represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.”
Ick. Often drawn something like this.
But! When Ruth makes them?
I know what you’re thinking. Yes. They are the cutest thing that you will ever see. And not only are they this cute, but they are snuggly and awesome, too! I should know – I have one.
So now that you’ve seen what she does, this presents a prime opportunity for her to introduce herself to you. This is what Ruth has to say for herself.
Hi, I’m Ruth! I’m 25, studying for a Master’s in Library and Information Science with an undergraduate degree in English Literature. I’ve been working in libraries since I was 16 and I read an awful lot.
I’ve been crafting in some form or another since I was 6 or 7 and my mom introduced me to crocheting. I wasn’t very good at it until I got older. In fact, I rarely crocheted until the last year or so.
Then in 2009 I went on a Neil Gaiman kick.
I realized that to understand some of what Neil had written, I should really get around to reading Lovecraft. I knew a little bit about Lovecraft & Cthulhu before, but hadn’t really studied it. Fortunately, a few months before I decided to do this, Chris Lackey & Chad Fife had started the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast.
I read most of the stories on my own, but I then discovered and listened to the podcast. It’s helped me read the less appetizing stories (Lovecraft wasn’t exactly the best writer ever and also wrote some disturbingly racist stuff) and formed a general sense of camaraderie.
What got me started on the Cthulhus was wanting a plush Cthulhu. Some people in my family, including me, have a mental issue where we can’t touch velvet/plush/corduroy/etc without our brains freaking out (think fingernails on a chalkboard). So I had to find an alternative and ran across the crocheting pattern. I bought a few eyes, made a couple for me, started giving them to friends… then I got hooked, and eventually started selling them.
I make several varieties of Cthulhu, but in my mind I divide them into 2 categories – commission & regular. They normally get done the same way, but I always preempt regular Cthulhus (to be listed when they’re done) with commissions.
I normally work on Cthulhus:
1) In the morning on my commute when I get a seat on the train
2) At lunch after I’ve eaten
3) On my commute home
4) While watching tv or reading or listening to audiobooks in the evening
5) In the car when I’m not driving.
I have various versions of my Cthulhu-kit I’ll pack… the bag with eyes, a bag with stuffing if I think I’ll get to that point, & my scissors, of course.
I thought Who was on second….
How many licks does it take to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop?
British spelling, eh? As for how many licks, I’m like Cthulhu… when the stars are right I just gobble the whole thing down.
Why is a duck when it’s spinning?
What do I look like, a typewriter?
Well, since Cthulhu & Shub-Niggurath are actually more like aliens than dinosaurs, so I’m going to go with apatosaurus. I thought it’d be cool to ride one.
As a librarian-in-training I’d rather like to know everything, be my own Adbul Al-Hazred (“all has read”) — Lovecraft’s fictitious writer of the fabled Necronomicon — but now I’ve learned that all one has to know is how to find everything. So I’d go with the ability to… ugh, either to be invisible or to step outside time, I’m not sure which is more useful. I just think it’d be nice to be able to have a break now & then.
What is your opinion on Nathan Fillion?
Mal Reynolds is my captain. And Edward James Olmos is my admiral.
Everyone loves Nathan Fillion. It’s a fact.
In case you missed the links earlier, here they are
Ruth is amazing; buy her Cthulhus.
Until next time.