Monday, 4 July 2016

Every Inchie Monday: Computer

Hello Fellow Inchers,

I don't often do this but I can't resist showing off my latest creation.  It is a queen sized afghan crocheted in my favourite colours.  It has 18 different yarns, 320 squares, 1280 colour changes and 1352 ends woven in.  It took a little over four months to finish.  It sits on my bed and I confess that I love it and am quite proud of it.

On to inchies:

It's relevant to remember that there was no such things as personal laptops when The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was written.  How far we have come and how marvelous the future is going to be!

There are many references to computers in HHGG, but the best is to Eddie, the obnoxiously happy computer.  He both talks -- not a common feature of computers in 1979 -- and has ticker tape. 

I've pared down my references to just one (this post was very long to begin with!)  The gang have just discovered the legendary planet Magrathea and call on the computer for help.  It replies, 

''Hi there!  This is Eddie your shipboard computer, and I'm feeling just great guys, and I know I'm just going to get a bundle of kicks out of any programme you care to run through me." [chapter 16]   (Later they find an alternate, equally annoying, personality for the computer but I haven't found that in the book yet.)

Like the cybernetic doors, it is infinitely annoying.

Now for the inchies.  I wanted to draw one of those old fashioned computers such as I imagine Eddie looks like, including ticker tape which says the same thing his voice does.

And again I couldn't think of how to quill a computer so I made a tiny laptop from paper.  It has the world's shortest alphabet but those pieces of paper are so tiny I could hardly hold them even with tweezers, never mind fit any more in.  It also explains why they aren't exactly square either.  It's hard to see but the 'screen' has stickles on it so it shines.

Hope you have a happy, happy week!


  1. Amazing blanket and you should be very proud to have made it for sure.

    The computer inchies are fantastic, especially the folded paper one--would never have thought of that. Thank you for telling me where the word came from in the book. I always look forward to that.

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. I think you should be very proud of that afgan! It is amazing! I love the computers they are cool

  3. Lovely colourful Afghan, well done to make such a big one. Your inchies are great, and thank you for the reference to it in the book.

  4. Congratulations on the amazing crochet cover! Oh and probably a medal for trying to make such tiny keypads!


  5. Great computer work, but your afghan is absolutely marvelous! You should be quite proud of that for years to come. My bed size one only took me 12 years or so! CHeryl

  6. I love your crocheted cover Kia - it's wonderful and must have taken you ages - I started one and after a few of those circles gave up - they're still sitting somewhere in my stash!! Well done for finishing such a project - I bet it makes you smile everytime you look at it! As for your inchies I think they're great - love the reference to the HHGTTG and you have portrayed Eddie beautifully and I know just what you mean about those tiny bits of paper for the keyboard - try doing things like that in material!!! Well done all round a great bit of work you can be very proud of. Love Jenny

  7. Wonderful inchies, Kia, but that afghan...WOW! I made one several years ago that took me most of a year, so I know how much work and love you have put into it. Gorgeous!