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191  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan on: March 18, 2008 06:02:11 AM
Firstly, you're South Park afghan is sooooooo neat!! Love it!

Ok, I used a size J cabled afghan hook. (Hobby Lobby sells them. Or order one from Jo Ann Fabrics).  J is my favorite size hook to use. Not too small so the stitches are tight, and not too large so your afghan looks "holy" (or full of holes). It makes a nice solid picture.

Ok, I did the afghan in three panels. The top three Marilyns are one panel, then the middle three Marilyns were another, then the bottom three Mds.

Then, I single crocheted around each panel twice. Once in the yellow, and once in the black.

Then I joined the top to the middle and the middle to the bottom panels. (Single crocheting front loops only from front to back. All the way around. I wanted to make sure these babies don't seperate. You can see a line going across but it's in black and not very noticeable.

Then, single crocheted around the entire thing twice. I would have done more, but it's sooo heavy already and I wanted it to look like picture frames. If I made the outside border too wide, each picture "frame" wouldn't look properly square.

Anyway, it still wants to curl a bit. One photo in my blog shows it curling a bit one one side because it was so windy when I was taking the pics. I'm hoping with time it will "settle down" now that it's been crocheted into something and the yarn will relax.
192  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan on: March 17, 2008 07:38:30 PM
Oh, you'll get faster as you do it just from repetiton.

Try to pick a pattern that's not so detailed at first.

The graph for the Marilyn I got from a cross stitch pattern site in their free section. (Stitch Alley)...http://stitchalley.com/index.php?main_page=product_reviews&products_id=227&number_of_uploads=0

She's 100 stitches tall and, oh, I wanna say 60 stitches wide. That's why I decided to do her going across (widthwise), because the afghan stitch is taller than it is wide so I was afraid her face would be kind of "stretched out" or elongated if I did it from the bottom to the top. I hope that makes sense. You have to be careful with faces.
193  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan on: March 17, 2008 04:15:20 PM
The snow has finally melted off our deck and I was able to bring out my latest afghan and take some pictures.  Smiley

I couldn't seem to get the whole thing in one photo. Sorry about that.

This is crocheted in tunisian (afghan style) stitch with a size J cabled crochet hook.

I crocheted it in three different panels of three graphed Marilyns.
Starting with the top right one, on the right side, and crocheted it throughout to the left side, (going across). That way I only had to work with one Marilyn color scheme at a time. Then I crocheted the three panels together in the middle. Once it was all together,  I crocheted around the whole afghan. I wanted it to look like nine portraits like Warhol's pictures. (See below).

I used all the left-over yarns I had from previous afghans I have made. But I had to keep going back to Hobby Lobby to buy more black yarn. (You can never have enough black! LOL!!)

Here's the ugly back. You can see where I wove in some of the yarn into another colored area because there wasn't enough of that color to just weave it in and blend it with the matching color.  Tongue

The picture of Marilyn is, of course, based on the great artist Andy Warhol and his 1967 artwork of Marilyn. The photo below is his work...

I decided to do this multi-colored Marilyn theme with the colors I had available to me. My Marilyn's are meant to represent her as a sort of "Everywoman". That is, no matter what colors are splashed on her, her beauty still shows throughout. She is a timeless sex symbol. I hope you all enjoy it. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun too!

194  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Partridge Family; Mondrian Afghan on: February 13, 2008 09:49:22 AM
Please click on the photos to enlarge the pictures).

Hey! I Think I Love You!

This started out as a Mondrian-style afghan using a pattern found at the Lion Brand yarn site. Half-way through I decided to make it a Partridge Family bus theme.

My blog has all the info on the making of this afghan. (I tend to babble on so much I think I would bore you to death posting it all here.) So please, if you're interested in all the details including the back shots of the afghan, just go to the blog, (link is at the bottom of this post), and you can see all the other shots.

It is done in tunisain afghan stitch using a size J cabled afghan hook.
The yarn is "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby.

This afghan is a salute to all the single working Mom's out there. I don't know how you all manage it. You're amazing!
Happy Valentine's Day!

195  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Space Invaders invade the kitchen on: January 25, 2008 01:01:39 PM
Those are so adorable! Nice job!  Grin
196  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dobby Afghan on: January 07, 2008 08:13:21 PM
Actually, I have a couple Snape afghans.  Grin
Click the "My Gallery" link.
It should be at the bottom of my posts.
197  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dobby Afghan on: January 07, 2008 03:57:38 PM
Oh my gosh!  Grin I can't believe this is on the front page again after so long!
Thank you so much guys for saying such nice things!!

You know. Now that the series is through, if I were going to do this afghan again, (or at least make another one), I think I would have it say at the bottom:

"Here lies Dobby; a free elf."

because that really got to me in the book.

I mean, I was bawlin' like a baby.
It was one of the most emotional moments of the book for me.

She, (J.K.R.), wrote that part really well.

Now if only poor Snape were given even half of the sentiments poured out for Dobby. Then it would have been a fair ending for all.
Instead, I felt cheated for Snape. Undecided

Oh well. It's all over now. It can't be rewritten. Sigh.

198  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Jesus Afghan on: December 22, 2007 05:50:58 PM
It's a flexable cabled afghan hook. Here's some from Jo Ann fabrics
but I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
The cable is only 22 inches long. And there's a "plug" or "stopper" on the end of the cable to keep your stitches on the cable.

But, if you get a circular cabled hook, (with a hook on each end), those cables are much longer. Like 40 inches long.


so you can really make a big afghan with one of those. (Just put a rubber band or elastic hair band on the end tip of one of the hooks of which you don't use so your stitches all stay on the cable and don't slip off).
199  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jesus Afghan on: December 22, 2007 04:01:40 PM
I made this in April but I never posted about it here at Craftster.
I thought with Christmas coming up, it would be a good time to show it.
I know some of you may have already seen it.
(Images are clickable for enlargement).

This is my interpretation of a portrait made by someone who used the Shroud of Turin as their basis for a painting of Jesus.
I took a photo of the picture, made it black and white, cleaned up a lot of the extra unnessary lines and bits,
(kind of like people do who make their own stencils),
and then graphed it at knitpro.
Then I crocheted it in the tunisian stitch using a size J cabled afghan hook.

Here's the original photo.

I don't know the name of the artist who did the drawing/painting. The site I found this at didn't say.

The yarn I used was the same kind as I used in my Purple Squishy Potter afghan, that is; TLC's Amore yarn in Celery and Dark Sage and Red Heart's version of the same type of yarn in black.
(My hubby freaked out at first because I chose green colors. "A green Jesus?!", he asked. But I think now that he can see my results it all worked out fine.)  Grin

The yarn is very crinkly and has the feel of terry cloth.
The whites of the eyes are not the same type of yarn, however. For that I used the same Fashion Knit off-white yarn I used in Dobby's afghan.

This afghan was very hard for me. There were so many color changes and the yarn was difficult to work with for the tunisian stitch. It kind of puckers around the edges in spots. I think it should be mounted on a board, stretched just right, so that all of the afghan lays out perfectly.

This photo was taken from the side.
It's eerie in that, no matter where you stand, his eyes are right on you.

So, as a comparison, here's the front and the back.

200  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Love Dove Bag and Peace Sign Laundry Duffle Bag on: November 28, 2007 11:31:43 AM
Here's the graphs I used. Click on them to make them larger.

The hand peace sign I graphed at knitpro's graph generating site using this picture,

I changed it up a little, added lines here and there.

Even if you can't crochet in the afghan/tunisian style stitch; you could still single crochet it using the graphs. (Just remember to read left-to-right, then right-to-left, etc. like you would do for filet crochet when following the graphs as you will have to flip your work over with each new row).
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