Thursday, March 5, 2009

Vices

My cousin, Raymond, is a job recruiter who recently wrote an article titled "How To Land and Protect a Job in a Down Market". From his article:
"Apply for jobs in 'recession-proof' sectors like vice. People tend to gamble, drink and smoke more when they’re stressed."
With that helpful advice, here are my handmade vices:


The beer bottle is decorated with an oval pattern from Edie Eckman's book, Beyond-the-Square Crochet Motifs. The dice were stitched together from six square pieces each, stuffed, then embroidered with white dots. The cigarette pack has a firm cardboard box inside, and its outside is decorated with red yarn stitched around a plastic bone ring. Each cigarette contains a wooden dowel for support.

I rarely—if ever—indulge in these vices, but my alter ego, Woomi, has been known to overindulge:


He'll never land a job in that condition!

22 comments:

  1. Love these! Looks like they were fun to make. And of course, there's nothing like capitalizing on someone's weakness during tough economic times. Especially if that weakness is awesome crafts.

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  2. Thanks Wren :) Yes, the cigarettes were especially fun to make and pretend-inhale, but after the photoshoot in the grimy alley, the cigs are now off-limits!

    Our shared weakness for awesome crafts is one of the sweet side-effects of tough economic times ;)

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  3. Ohhhh!!
    They're fantastic!
    I really really love your work...
    :)

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  4. Thank you for the encouragement, DannyFlo!

    Your amigurumi on your blog are very adorable!

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  5. Teehee!! Woomi is wasted. I love that you even thought to put the beer bottle in a brown paper bag for the photo shoot. Tell Woomi to lay off the sauce:D

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  6. Brilliant! Love these cute, loveable vices!!

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  7. Thanks for writing, Mequet & Miss Julep!

    Mequet: Yes, Woomi likes to be discreet when he's drinking in public, but it's time to for me to call his sponsors, I agree!

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  8. just stumbled on ur page
    it's so awesome to find a fellow BC crocheter!!!
    keep up the great work :D

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  9. Thanks for writing, Lisa! You're one of the few BC crocheters I know online, so we both need to represent the province well with our yarn critters :)

    Your creations on your blog are very cute, especially the erlenmeyer flask!

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  10. I am so honored that your following my blog!!!
    I absolutely love your creations, they're amazing!
    and hello to meet a male crocheter, must respect!!

    do keep in touch!

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  11. Thank you, Kimberly! I found your blog through Lisa's amazing esapesa blog. Her and I are the self-appointed amigurumi twins in British Columbia :)

    Your crochet critters are full of joy! I'll continue to follow your adorable work :)

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  12. You do some of the coolest work with yarn and a hook!

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  13. Thanks, Ally! I have much more to learn, but making amigurumi is all super fun... especially with encouragement like yours!

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  14. THIS IS SO BADASS!!!! LOVE IT!!!

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  15. Thanks Miss Louie! That's a super compliment coming from someone with so many artistic talents on display in your Lock & Louie blog!

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  16. I think you'll live a long and happy life if all your vices are crocheted :-). If only I could stick to crocheted chocolate!

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  17. Thanks Amy! :) Crochet chocolate would be cute and tempting, especially if they were put in those little paper wrappers. My real vices are coffee and potato chips, which I likely couldn't resist even if I crocheted them every day!

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  18. You are my new hero Howie!!!! I love, and am inspired by, your crochet work. And your grandmother's knots are just amazing. I wish I would have had her to teach me! I'll add a link to your blog on my site so that I can keep track of your great work. Take care Howie. Kara

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  19. Thanks so much, Kara! It's super to hear from such a talented amigurumi artist as yourself!

    The knots on your stand-out Hopping Ghost character were made so expertly, and I also wish my grandma could teach me how to make them in person.

    I'll also be following your excellent work on your blog, thanks!

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  20. wheredidmysaucego: I'll tell Woomi that he has a fan! That news is going to inflate his already big ego though. He can be intolerable! ;D

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  21. Merhaba
    Süper olduğunu biliyorsun sanırım. Yaptığın şeyler harika....

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