The story follows college students at an agricultural university, one of which has the ability to see and communicate with microbes. It’s really mostly about the human characters, which include a professor & grad student at the university … but the storylines tend to revolve around microbe relate events (especially fermentation for food/drink and illness-causing microorganisms). For whatever reason, I find that sort of thing interesting, and it’s always nice to learn a thing or two while being entertained.
One day I was looking at the microbe characters, I thought I’d try crocheting a few of them. They turned out to be fun to make … they’re small & fairly fast to do, and I like the challenge of trying to make them look like the original designs. There are a *lot* more that I could make, and I’m really tempted to keep going since there are all so different and look like fun to make. I think I might have to give dysentery, nattou, candida, parahaemolyticus and alternata a try.
Aspergillus oryzae (koji)
A mold/fungus used in the production of sake, miso, soy sauce and other tasty things … he’s a superstar! Also, he’s more or less the “leader” of the microbes in the series, and spends a lot of time hanging around the main character. かもすぞ～
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A common blue-green mold used to produce antibiotics including penicillin. I love this one ^-^ His head is all crocheted as one piece, though it was a bit tricky to get the bar thingies (conidia?) arranged right …
Cladosporium trichoides (aka Cladophialophora bantiana)
This pigmented/dark fungi is linked to brain abscesses and skin lesions). I like how his bobble dealies turned out … it’s all crocheted as one piece (made pretty much the same way as P. chrysogenum, but with shorter bars & a twist in between).
A lactic acid bacteria used to make Japanese yogurt. I love this little guy … he has the cutest expression and it makes me happy just looking at him. I love how the character talks too … so very formal ^-^
Hiochi 火落菌 (Lactobacillus fructivorans/homohiochi) … a type of lactic acid bacteria that spoils sake (T_T) I had a really hard time getting the face to look right :\ The tiny little ball thingies are attached to tatted thread, so they stick out without flopping around too much.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae S・セレビシエ , also known as brewers or bakers yeast. This budding yeast has been used in baking and fermenting alcoholic beverages for thousands of years. Neat. I need to make a few more of these, each with the bump in a different spot. かもす～
Escherichia coli serotype O-157:H7 E・コリO157(the strain of E. coli responsible for food poisoning). This guy is kinda ugly, but maybe that’s appropriate. For the flagella I tatted #10 black thread … which makes them somewhat poseable.