Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Nose Now Knows

For most of my life, I had a reduced sense of smell (a condition known as hyposmia). I could recognize strong odors like orange peels and gasoline, but most scents were lost on me. But for the past few months--and for unknown reasons--my ability to smell has fully returned. To mark this olfactory upgrade, I crocheted this nose:


Smelling everything has been a mixed blessing. On one hand, breathing in a bakery's fresh bread is divine:


On the other hand, my dumpster diving career is now sadly on hold:


At the very least, I no longer feel as self-conscious when reading crochet books in public:


It will take awhile to adjust to having all five senses again. I should pass the time by following my under-appreciated recipe for Beef & Mashed-Apples Shepherd's Pie. I hope it still tastes delicious!

UPDATE: I need a new shepherd's pie recipe.

15 comments:

  1. hey I found you from craftster. i love your blog, great projects! wondering if you share your patterns? thanks. - avian flight

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  2. Hi Eula, thanks for visiting from the Craftster boards! I recently started scribbling down the crochet steps as I go. As soon as I start to transcribe some of those scribbles into proper pattern lingo, you'll be the first to know! :) Thanks again!

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  3. Such a wonderful way to start my day, laughing in front of the computer :o)

    Your writing and photos are divine, I think you should write a book about your crochet adventures!

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  4. Sharona, I'm glad my nose helped your day start with a chuckle! If I ever write a crochet book, I'll send you the first copy! :D

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  5. I'm agree with Sharona!
    It will be quite an experience to read your adventures in a book.
    Your work is fantastic, I love it!
    It was really a good surprise to found a man that crochets so well.
    :)

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  6. Thank you librarylolita and DannyFlo! When I was debating whether to learn amigurumi, I wished there were more crochet role models of both genders. I hope more guys&gals contribute to the yarn artform :)

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  7. wonderful job! or should i say wonderful nose-job! :)
    now I'm officially fans of this site :D

    dessy

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  8. Thanks, dessy :) I'm glad that you like the surgery-free rhinoplasty!

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  9. Hi-
    I hope some day you won't be ashamed to read The Crochet Answer Book in public. Meanwhile, thanks for the laugh!

    Edie Eckman

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  10. If anyone can inspire me to proudly read The Crochet Answer Book (and Beyond-the-Square Crochet Motifs book) in public, it would be the brilliant author herself! ;)

    Your books have been the source of invaluable information and ideas, Ms.Eckman. Thank you!

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  11. Have you seen the Woody Allen movie Sleeper? It's insane and bizarre, but I think your nose makes a cameo. :)

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  12. Haha yes, that nose hostage scene from Sleeper must have made an impression! Craftster member, eye.heart.art, also suggested potential inspiration from the nose-flying minigame in WarioWare for the Wii.

    Thanks for writing, Kim! My girlfriend and I were oohing and ahhing over your Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crocheting book last week, so it was a happy surprise to see you on Twitter!

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  13. You are SERIOUSLY FUNNY. I just spit my coffee on my computer!

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  14. crookedcrocheter: Thanks! It would have been perfect if the coffee came out of our nose ;) hehe

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