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.


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

  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!

  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!

  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

  5. I love the nose hairs. Congrats!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :)

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


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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

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

  13. Haha yes, that nose hostage scene from Sleeper must have made an impression! Craftster member,, 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!

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

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


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