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41  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Gifts to have on hand? on: July 25, 2012 11:02:16 PM
Great idea for a thread!  Wine charms and potholders/kitchen cloths (crochet, knit, or quilted) are easy ideas.  I like the coaster idea as well. 
42  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Single Crochet Blankets on: July 25, 2012 10:42:36 PM
I like using different stitches as well, for both the speed and the appearance of the final product.  In fact, I prefer assembling blankets from smaller squares.  It makes the project portable, adds more variety, and I can keep the tension even in a way that I can't if I'm making rows of 100+ stitches.
43  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: July 23, 2012 03:24:14 PM
Not fiction, but fashion.  Marc Jacobs' Fall 2012 ready-to-wear line features several chunky crochet garments and accessories.  They fall in two camps: 1) 2-D thick crochet with main rows of what looks like 3-4 dc or trc followed by a sc to create a check pattern, with alternating rows in a contrasting color, and 2) thick base fabric with horizontal rows of coordinating, iridescent "fun fur."  I think I've captured most of the looks below.

Black shawl

Olive shawl

Purple shawl, olive sweater

Grey shawl, purple sweater

Grey and green scarf

Grey and purple jacket

Silver and grey tank

Silver and grey scarf

Purple and grey scarf

Another silver and grey scarf

Black and grey scarf

Grey shawl
44  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Shawl on: July 04, 2012 04:04:32 PM
This is so lovely!
45  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Brothers 3 Angry Sun Blanket! on: June 19, 2012 07:39:25 PM
46  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Brothers 3 Angry Sun Blanket! on: June 18, 2012 05:17:32 PM
Thanks for your response.  What I meant was, do you go through both loops, back loops only, or front loops only?  Do you use a tapestry needle and yarn, or do you crochet the squares together?  And if the latter, using a single crochet, slip stitch, or other stitch?
47  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hermione Granger crochet square - link included on: June 17, 2012 06:17:40 PM
Great work!  Is this Tunisian crochet?
48  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Super Mario Brothers 3 Angry Sun Blanket! on: June 17, 2012 06:16:22 PM
It looks great.  How do you join the granny squares in that kind of work?

I love pixelated video game afghans.  I'm afraid of doing them (and the afghans that use granny squares to simulate quilts) myself, because merely thinking about weaving in all those ends makes me want to lie down in a dark room.

Thank you for showing!
49  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first granny square blanket. And it turned out so colorful and pretty! on: June 12, 2012 04:16:11 AM
Very nice.  I love using white borders in borders--really makes the blanket look modern and brings out the colors.
50  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet in Fiction (Movies, TV, Books) on: June 08, 2012 08:15:21 PM
This isn't fiction; it's even better!   Crochet is recognized as an art form!  British crochet artist Shauna Richardson has created giant, three-dimensional crocheted lions.  There are three such works touring the UK together in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Appropriately enough, the exhibit is called The Lionheart Project and is funded by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, and the Arts Council of Wales.

Excerpt from Arts Council England's site:

The lion structures are sculpted out of polystyrene and set around steel skeletons. Over the course of two years, Shauna is using a 'one colour one stitch' freestyle technique to crochet the three lion skins tracing muscular contours as she goes.

Here's Richardson's Web site with more examples of her work.
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