Friday, April 24, 2009

Dynamite Danger

Dynamite! Danger! Do not enter!


An explosives expert is mandatory on this demolition site. If an expert can't be found, a beginner crocheter will have to do.


The remote detonator was low on batteries this day, so the dynamite had to be lit manually.


Tragically, the dynamite sticks were rigged with ultra-rapid fuses.


We hope to rebuild Howie soon. Until then, beware of the dangers of dynamite!


UPDATE: Howie here, freshly cloned from my nasal remains.

My explosives expertise was trivialized. After all, I did reinforce each dynamite stick with cardboard tubes and polyfill, then made each wire from slinky coils. The fuses were twinned with twine and sparklers.

No amigurumi were harmed in the making of the following video. The same can't be said of my left shoe.

25 comments:

  1. I swear, this cracked me UP!!! You are hilarious!!! Not only are your creations wonderfully brilliant but your creativity knows no bounds. Thanks for the laugh!

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  2. How hilarious! Looks like a fun afternoon was had by all! Except the shoe, of course!

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  3. another brilliant design! :) So creative!

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  4. Ahh if I had a dollar for every time I burnt my shoes during work..

    Another wonderful piece of art!!

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  5. Miss Julep: Thanks for the super-nice words! I'll keep digging into my noggin to come up with new yarny ways to bring you more laughs :D

    Shorty: Thanks! Yes, we had a fun afternoon at the gravel yard, despite the fear that security guards would shut down our pyrotechnic display. The left shoe is disfigured now, and I've been wearing my formal shoes instead. But my new shoes are slippery, and I almost fell down last week... so the danger continues! ;)

    Rebekah: Thanks a bunch :) My gf deserves the credit for taking the photos of wacky-faced me. I'm grateful that we avoided any fiery accidents that afternoon!

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  6. Glad to see you got cloned back okay! I've heard it can be a bumpy ride. ;)

    Very funny amigurumi, and even funnier photo shoot! This totally made my Friday.

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  7. Sharona R: Wow, I wish I had your ability to cope with burning-shoes-at-work accidents. I watched an episode of Mythbusters where sneakers were accidentally burnt, and I had trauma flashbacks! :D My shared condolences for your shoes ;)

    Sherezada: Yes, the cloning process went smoothly, except for the loss of all my previous memories. Ah well! I'm glad I helped make your Friday :)

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  8. Wo....this was dynamite and outta sight ;)

    You and Wile E. seem to have the same affinity for explosives--- and the same powers of re-consitution! Loved it!

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  9. That was AWESOME! =D

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  10. Kathy: Thanks! I'm glad you liked the far out explosions ;)

    Wile E and I also share a love for ACME products, though I'll try to keep my re-constitutions at a minimum, just to be safe :D

    Anonymous: I always appreciate anonymous awesomeness ;) Thank you!

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  11. cool, brilliant idea! I love how you always take so much care of the picture story surrounding your amigurumi!

    hugs, Diana

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  12. Thanks so much, Diana :) I was just admiring your latest giraffe, and it is always a treat to hear from you!

    Yes, I'm lucky that my gf will spend her free days helping me out on these wacky photo shoots. Your photos are all so perfectly lit too, which is an art in itself!

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  13. love your creativity!!! and so much time you giving to your creations wow!! I wish each of my amigurumis has a story goes along with it too! heehee :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog!!

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  14. Haruki: Thanks so much! Your :: Harugurumi :: blog is one of the first amigurumi blogs I visited when I was deciding whether to learn how to crochet :) Your critters are so cute!

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  15. You have the best facial expressions ever. And photo shoots.

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  16. mochaxlight: My rubbery face thanks you! I was just glad to take my pylon collection outside for these photo shoots :D

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  17. You are my new favorite blogger.

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  18. Thanks Marcy! I hope I can keep earning the Favorite Blogger title from you :D

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  19. Love all the videos; thanks for the laughs.

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  20. Dear Crocheting Friend: While I appreciate your
    crocheted artwork, I must tell you that here in Israel, a person holding "dynamite" isn't a
    laughing matter. Maybe you could design some
    friendlier amigurumis. SJ Schiffman, Israel

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  21. Anonymous: Thanks so much! I'm happy to hear that I can encourage some laughs :)

    SJ Schiffman: Thanks for writing, I'm glad you appreciate some of my crocheted artwork! And I respect your point of view. If I was living in Israel, I would surely have a different view of dynamite, crocheted or otherwise.

    However, wouldn't it be a shame if cowardly acts of terrorism resulted in artists around the world feeling limited to creating "friendlier" artwork?

    Your message was thought-provoking, and I'm grateful that you shared your point of view. I gladly invite more individual views on your comment.

    While the pyrotechnics will surely continue on this blog, I am sure that friendlier amigurumis will make appearances as well. Thanks again, SJ Schiffman!

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  22. Howie: You do a magnificient job on your creations... DO you sell or share patterns?

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  23. Thanks so much, Debbie :) I have yet to write a pattern in the proper pattern lingo, but I'm learning!

    For the dynamite sticks, I single crocheted up a tube of cardboard, then used a tapestry needle to stitch two separate circles onto each end. I added a row of single crochet stitches to create the ridge on each end. Gah, I need pattern-writing lessons! :D

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  24. hilarious!! This is soo funny!! ;p

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  25. LOVE this! My boys would too! I've meant to write up fun crochet patterns for boys but I've never gotten around to it. Maybe I'll find that inspiration by following this blog ;)

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