OK, well I knew it was going to be a tough challenge trying to micro crochet whatever Kylie was wearing last night within the 2 hours I had before The Voice finished, not least because I was enjoying the immense amount of talent so much. It was fun though and I'm glad I set myself the goal...which I managed to acheive...finishing my microscopic version of her dress just as the programme ended :D
It may seem surprising that something so tiny could take so long to make but it is painstaking work...have you ever used a 0.5mm crochet hook?
I never thought I would since my usual weapon of choice is an 8mm Bamboo hook, which works so well with my favourite sari yarns I love how quickly your work grows on a hook that size; perfect for impatient people like me. The
biggest hook I currently have is 25mm but I plan to whittle myself some even
bigger ones from branches when i break up from uni for the summer.
BUT...there's just something so rewarding about micro-crochet; watching something so tiny come to life right in your fingertips, and the looks on people's faces when they see the pictures.
Then the looks on people's faces when they see it in real life and say "Wow! I didn't realise it was THAT tiny!!!"
(because even though you've seen her next to a penny your brain just can't quite seem to compute the extreme tininess)
Anyway, here's a visual reference on hook size for all you non-crocheters out there
That's the 25mm on the right in the top left photo, with the 0.5mm on the left and the 8mm in between.
Wow, I hadn't actually thought about how insanely small the half-millimetre hook IS til I looked at it against my FINGERPRINT!!!!!
To be honest I was kind of wishing I had a smaller one as there was just no way I could recreate the details of Kylie's gorgeous Stella McCartney dress but on reflection I doubt it's feasible.
So here's my best effort at recreating that dress for a 1 inch tall doll in 2 hours:
I admit I could have made life easier for myself by modifying the dress I originally made for her but that would be cheating, and as anyone who knows me will tell you I have a very low opinion of cheating, but that's another story...
I may have another crack at it when I have a bit more time on my hands because I really believe I could do better, but for now I need to get back to the essays I have open in another tab awaiting my attention ;)