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The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

Welcome to the first month of our new Book Club! If this is the first you've heard about it, check out all the details here.

Since it is June and Father's Day is just around the corner, we thought we'd choose for our inaugural book one that The Animator would enjoy. He is a big fan of science fiction, having read all (yes all) of the Dune novels by both Frank and Brian Herbert. So keeping in that vein, we decided to go for some of the more classic science fiction: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft.

If you can't find that exact edition, don't worry. We're seeking more to expose ourselves to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, so most any compilation of his stories will do. Just make sure it includes "The Call of Cthulhu," because that is the story that inspired our crochet pattern for this month!

H.P. Lovecraft is one of the great original science fiction and horror writers, having inspired many modern writers such as Stephen King. He himself was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe and Jonathon Swift, giving his stories an air of creepiness and adventure.

The most famous of Lovecraft's stories today is "The Call of Cthulhu," having become an internet meme that has spawned Cthulhu masks and all manner of things with tentacles attached. Well we couldn't let everyone else have all the fun, now could we? So we created our own Cthulhu scarflette as a fashionable tribute to the great Lovecraft. Scroll down for the free pattern.

Cthulhu Scarflette

Please post your thoughts on the book in the comments below.

The Animator's Wife's Review: "I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the world of H.P. Lovecraft. While each story stands well on its own, when read in succession, you begin to notice common elements in his world. He often visits the same imaginary towns, mentions the same imaginary gods, and his characters are familiar with the same imaginary books. It reminded me of a television or comic book series, where the world is fictitious, yet believable, and the same elements are carried throughout.

Since these stories were mostly written in the 1920s, it was also fun to see what technologies were already around in how Lovecraft's world. They already had portable telephones, air conditioning machines, and thoughts of using embryonic stem cells.

I'm known for being rather chicken about horror stories, but the first several stories I read didn't scare me that much. However, reading so many all at once, the creepiness did start to get to me. I think it'll be a while before I can go down to the basement or walk around the bedroom in the dark without looking twice over my shoulder.

The particular anthology I chose for this book club does not encompass all of Lovecraft's works, but after reading what I have, I would love to follow up with the rest of his stories. Lovecraft has a way of making you think of things in ways never thought of before, and has a wonderful way with description. I felt truly immersed in his world and was reluctant to leave at the end."

Brownie Points: Check out The Animator's Wife's recipe for Death by Cthulhu Brownies.

Cthulhu Scarflette

Materials:
Green Lion Brand Homespun or bulky weight yarn
Gold Vanna's Glamour or sport weight yarn
Size N (9.0mm) crochet hook
1 1.5-inch button
Yarn needle

Directions
With green and gold yarns held together, ch 36.

Row 1. Sc in 7th ch from hook (first 7 ch form buttonhole), dc in next ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch; rep from * across. 30 st.

Row 2. Ch 1; turn. Sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * across. 30 st.

Rows 3 & 4. Rep Row 2.

Row 5. Ch 13; turn. 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch, skip next sc in Row 4, sc in next sc; tentacle made. *Ch 13, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea rem ch, skip next sc in Row 4, sc in next sc; rep from * across. 15 tentacles.

Finish off. Sew button to Row 1 on opposite end of button hole. Weave in all ends.

Abbreviations
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
ea          each
mm          millimeter
rep          repeat
rem          remaining
sc          single crochet
st          stitch

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