Random Bits of Projects

September 30, 2008

Knitting: Blue Crayfish

Filed under: Knitting — virtuallyamy @ 7:23 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

I adapted a (free!) pattern for a knit lobster by Molly Lincoln at        http://dirigo.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/free-pattern-toy-lobster/ to look   a little more like my blue crayfish.

This is one of the best lobster patterns I have come across and have had it in  my queue of projects for awhile. When I recently acquired a (real) blue crayfish, I just had to knit this immediately. I decided to modify it a little bit to make it more like my crayfish, not because I thought the pattern needed any changing on its own.

(more…)

Advertisements

September 4, 2008

Crayfish as Pets! My Electric Blue Boy

Last Update: January, 2010. Several months ago I added ghost shrimp. The crayfish leaves them alone but will eat any that die. A few weeks ago I added snails (from a trusted source to try to avoid disease). They are happily cleaning the algae and one even cleaned the crayfish. Previous crayfish I have had liked to eat these. Either this one is well fed or not that bright. Lazy?

If you are in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area, Animal Kingdom sells these crayfish. There was a HUGE one in there when I was in last. Over twice the size of my guy. Probably a very mature female. 4 years old? more? Wish I knew. Petland sells them too but I have had Ick infestations from them too many times to recommend. At least this one. I do not know if all are this way, to be fair.

If you are looking for the knitted crayfish please click here otherwise read on for live crayfish keeping.

For many reasons I have a love for crustaceans. I find their behavior fascinating. Unfortunately if you are not set up for salt-water, you are limited on what are available. (Hmm…that reminds me, I will have to add a blog on crabs later.) Crayfish (crawfish, crawdads, mudbugs, freshwater lobsters, blue lobsters….) are usually thought of something you would eat (at least around here) but they are actually quite fun to watch. They have attitude.

(more…)