A few years ago I saw an image of Erin Weckerle's crocheted chandelier
in a magazine and ever since I have wanted a version for the shop. We had the perfect chandelier for cozying in the front room and when we decided to move I knew that we would have to take that down which would be the perfect chance to cozy it. Fast forward to last year when I was doing a Google search for an octopus image an in the suggested search drop down the term "octopus chandelier" appear. I immediately abandoned my search in favor of looking though pages of images of octopus chandeliers
(seriously go look, they are amazing.) I decided that the new shop was going to need an octopus chandelier and not only an octopus chandelier, but a knitted octopus chandelier. Since the chandelier in the shop only had six arms I started watching the Habitat ReStore
(oh ReStore, how I love thee) for an eight armed chandelier and after about 6 weeks of watching I found one with the right shape at a good price so I snatched it up.
|Original shape of chandelier after priming and painting.|
After that I did lots of sketching and swatching to come up with my design. Originally the octopus was supposed to hang upside down, but when I started working on the suckers I decided he should go right side up which required me to remove the bottom part of the chandelier and several other bits and pieces.
|Finished octopus, hanging out at the shop.|
Now for the specs- I used five skeins of Cascade 220, 3 teal and 2 purple, 1 skein of 220 sport in red, about 200 o-rings in various sizes to shape the suckers, the eyes are needle felted and he is stuffed with roving (polyfil felt like a bad idea in conjunction with electrical wiring.) If you want to see him in person, he is hanging in the front room of the shop
|Octopus lit up at night.|
Absolute awesomeness! Can't wait to see it in person.
Fantastic! Now if only those suckers could hold Christmas ornaments :)
Fantastic. Adorable too.
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