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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Alan Rickman portrait drawing afghan and RedTango cats afghan on: January 04, 2011 04:06:11 PM
Yes, it's another Alan Rickman afghan.  Grin

This is an afghan I've made from a portrait drawing of Alan done by artist Cynthia Petrovic.

I found the drawing on her "artwork lab" page at her website http://www.tangoland.com/
(She has a few others of Alan in different roles such as Mesmer and Slope for any of you die-hard Rickman fans out there.)

Cynthia is also the one responsible for the hilarious You Tube video "A Day With Alan Rickman" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xLMqqs-ZKc from a few years ago.  Grin

Anyway, the afghan is tunisian crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook.
I used Red Heart yarn in black, white, and lavender. (I added the lavender triangle in the background to give it some color. I wanted it to look like a swanky boomerang but it looks more like the triangle on a "record" button of a tape player). LOL!

I also made an afghan, which I sent to her, of two of her RedTango cats.

These were from two Livejournal icons she has available on her free downloads page at the same website above.

I used the size J cabled hook again and Red Heart yarn too. The pink is called Pretty n Pink. It's really a hot pink!

She really liked the afghan!

22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Fezzes Are Cool" on: November 07, 2010 08:40:00 AM

This fez was originally supposed to be a wide belt and a bit of needlepoint applique for a t-shirt. Warning: major photo overload as I post these pics from all around the hat. Click to enlarge them.

I found this awesome needlepoint kit from the 70's on etsy. The belt was four inches wide and way too small so I made it into a fez hat with the needlepoint appliqued part as the top of the hat.

It's full of fall colors. The kit came with oranges and reds and yellows and I added a lot more of those colors I had on hand as well.

For the tassel, I attached a pony bead with a strawberry-shaped bead at the end. I thought that was perfect since strawberries were very popular in the 70's. You can see it really well in that last shot.

The front of the fez, where a shriner would have a curved sword, I sewed on a piece of jewelry which looks like a stalk of wheat at the top and a faceted cherry on the bottom. (I love old trashy costume jewelry. It's always unique and fun!) You can see it in the very first photo at the top of the post.

Some of you Doctor Who fans out there might have recognized my quote in the title of my post. For those not familiar, the good Doctor once briefly wore a fez until his companions had a rather nasty reaction to it as seen in this you tube clip...
"It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool." LOL!!!!!!  Grin
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mr. Pickles Costume on: October 19, 2010 11:54:53 AM
Last month my niece called me and told me my sister, (her Mom), had just gotten a new dog from a co-worker. A chihuahua named Mr. Pickles.

Well, between her giggling and bouts of laughter, I managed to understand the true reason for her call.
She wanted me to crochet a pickle costume for Mr. Pickles.
(She'd been looking everywhere for a dog pickle costume but couldn't find one anywhere.) She also wanted his name on the costume.

So, without a clue as to the size of this dog, I jumped into this project whole-heartedly.
(A dog named Mr. Pickles MUST have a pickle costume!)

I finished it and sent it off last week.
I got some photos of the dog from my sister the other day.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

Here he is in all his glory. (He looks like the Green Giant's Little Green Sprout. LOL!)

Here's another shot from the back.

I used Simply Soft yarn in dark green.
I graphed the words "Mr.Pickles" at http://www.celticxstitch.ie/cgi-bin/stitches.cgi (A Celtic Cross Stitch site with a free graph generator).

Then I tunisian crocheted the Mr Pickles graph with a J-size cabled hook.

Here's the back and the underside. See the seem on the underside? That's where I joined the costume by whip-stitching it there.

I then had to make two leg holes by single crocheting with a regulare J hook. I had to guess as to the size and just hoped it would fit.

I also made a spiffy vine hat using a green pipecleaner/chenille stem.
Oh, I forgot to mention, I cut green felt circles out and sewed them all over the costume too.

I hope my sis gets to bring in Mr. Pickles to her work for Halloween or at least answers her door with the dog in her arms so the kids can enjoy it. (My sister says she loves the Mr Pickles sweater so much that he will definitely be wearing it throughout the winter as she lives in Wisconsin and this dog doesn't have a very furry coat.)

Happy Halloween everyone!

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Joker - Heath Ledger afghan on: October 05, 2010 02:42:01 PM
Every year for Halloween I've been crocheting monsters from an old classic black-and-white movies. This year, I decided to do a more newer "monster" instead.

I chose The Joker as portrayed by Heath Ledger in the 2008 movie The Dark Night. (Yes, a Batman movie).
Please click on the photos to enlarge them.

Here's the front.

This is the back.

For the pattern I used a great stencil I googled. Just search "Heath Ledger" and "Joker" and you'll find it.
I took the stencil and uploaded it to Knitpro to graph it.

It didn't take long to crochet from the graph because it's pretty simple with few color changes and big blocks of color too.

I tunisian crocheted it with a size J cabled afghan hook.
I used Red Heart yarn in black, white, and burgundy.

Now the border; that's another story! It took me almost as long just to single crochet the border than it took to make the whole afghan!

I wanted to do it in green, (reminiscent of his hair color). So I got out three colors of green I had and decided to single crochet it in the tapestry stitch. (That is; carrying the other two colors within the stitches as I went along. Exchanging them every third color. Well, after a first round of this I thought. oh my God! This is going to take forever!!!! Which it did. LOL!
It nearly drove me as crazy as The Joker himself!!!!

Happy Halloween and be careful out there!
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Zodiac Afghan finished!! on: September 08, 2010 09:55:41 AM

Finally! A year in the making and I've managed to get them all together.
(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

I had really tough time fitting the whole afghan into one shot. It's 81 inches by 81 inches squared. So I had to take photos in sections.
These first two are top and bottom shots.

These are side to side shots. I'm standing on a bench but I still couldn't get high enough to get the whole thing in. It's HUGE!

To remind you all, this is tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled afghan hook. Done in 12 squares and then joined together.
I used the Zodiac Knits pattern book from Patons yarn. (Designed by B. Klunder. Printed in Canada from 1992.) (See below).

The book is for knitting sweaters, but it has graphs for each zodiac sign and you can just crochet them instead. I had to adjust sometimes by adding a row or subtracting a row to make sure each square was the same size.

I used all sorts of yarns but mostly I Love This Yarn and Red Heart Yarn.

What a big project this was. This covers the entire top of a king sized bed exactly.
Hope you like it!
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rumbleroar Sock lion and Snape, Dumbledore, Draco Sock monkeys on: August 27, 2010 09:57:40 AM

A couple of years ago I made Sock monkeys of Snape and Dumbledore.


Well recently, after watching the Very Potter Musical and Very Potter Musical Sequels on You Tube, I have been working on making a sock lion Rumbleroar and a small sock monkey Draco. (To fully appreciate all this, you may want to watch those musicals on You Tube yourselves. They are fantastic!)

Anyway, so here they are, Rumbleroar and Draco...

Rumbleroar is made with the original red heel socks so he has nice red lips and, um, butt.
Draco is made with a small pair of socks that don't have the red heel so he's got white lips and bottom. (He's wearing a tiny diaper I made from the upper part of Rumbleroar's sock). (Again, you'd have to see the musical to explain that one). LOL!!!

Rumby, as Dumbledore calls him, is made in the usual sock monkey way. I only added the front face part to make him look like a lion. I shortened his arms and legs so he's not all gangly like the monkeys, and I crocheted this huge mane around his head.

I used the upper part of his sock to make the shirt/riding saddle blanket he's wearing which I stitched on "Pigfarts" (Pigfarts, according to the musical, is another magical school of which Rumbleroar is Headmaster. It is located on Mars, by the way). LOL!

You must all think I'm totally insane! LOL!! Well, maybe I am!

Links to all things from my old sock monkey tales to a Very Potter Musical are all in my latest post of my blog. The link to that is in my siggy below. Thanks for checking out my dolls!

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Starkid afghan on: August 17, 2010 10:34:42 AM
Have you all seen the Very Potter Musical and it's sequel on You Tube yet?

I was blown away at how funny they are! (Dare I say,...."Totally Awesome!")? LOL!
So this inspired me to make a Starkid afghan. (Click to enlarge).

Starkid is the name the production crew responsible for putting on the shows, (as well as other plays). This is their logo.

The afghan is small. 18 inches by 37 inches. I used Sinfonia yarn by Omega. It's a cotton yarn that is more like a very thick thread. Yet it feels silky to the touch.

It's done in tunisian afghan stitch using a size H cabled afghan hook.

I had a few ideas of what to put on the afghan. From "Pigfarts" to "Rumbleroar", to "Red Vines", but I just decided on Starkid because this way it covers all their work and not just catch phrases from the Potter musicals.

If you're a Potter fan, I hope you do check out the musicals on You Tube.
It's just so much fun to watch and I guarantee you'll be singing the songs for weeks afterwards like me!  Grin
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Moondance - Van Morrison afghan on: August 09, 2010 11:04:58 AM
Well it's a marvelous night for a Moondance,
with the stars up above in your eyes.
A fantabulous night to make romance,
'neath the cover of October skies.

(Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

The song Moondance is my inspiration for this portrait afghan of Van, (The Man) Morrison.
Moondance is one of my all-time favorite albums, and Van Morrison is one of the greatest singers of all-time as well.

I crocheted this with a size J cabled afghan hook in the tunisian, (afghan) stitch. The edge is bordered with a basketweave stitch.

I used mostly Vanna White's yarn brand. She has a lot of really beautiful fall colors and this afghan had to reflect October all the way.

I took a picture from the cover of Moondance

and graphed it at microrevolt after adjusting the contrast and sharpness etc. in order to simplify it for crocheting.

For the word "Moondance" I graphed that at a Celtic cross stitch site which I have a link for in my blog. (Link below). I thought there would be no better font to use than Celtic for this most awesome 'Celtic Soul' singer. His style is like no other and I wish I could see him perform in concert one day. Have any of you been lucky enough to see him perform?

Here's the back which I'm pretty proud of because of it's neatness. (The backs don't usually look so nice).

I really wanted to make this afghan special because he is just that fantabulous.!

29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / That 70's Shift - Zig Zag, bell sleeved, dress on: August 05, 2010 08:28:44 AM
If you're like me, you've bought several different balls of cotton yarn as you see them on sale or clearance through the years. Now what do I do with all these different yarn colors??!

Well, here's your answer... (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).....

A 70's style dress that Daphne from Scooby Doo would totally wear if they'd just let her change out of that same purple outfit she's been wearing all these years! Grin

Here's the "back", (although the back and the front are really crocheted the same. I just had to use a different color around the pink stripe). So it can be worn either way.

I made two identical panels for the front and back, two skinny side panels with only one zigzag each that is slightly shorter than the front and back to accommodate the sleeves.
Crocheted the pieces together. Then went to town on the bell sleeves.

I used Lily 100% cotton Sugar 'n Cream yarn. So it's very heavy and bulky. (It went to just above my knees originally, but I washed it because I knew it would shrink up a lot and it sure did. I think I lost about three inches!) So, I wouldn't wear this as a dress.

I'm thinking of wearing it for Halloween as a big sweater with some bell bottom pants.
I hope it's a cool Halloween because this baby is HOT!

30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simon and Garfunkel afghan on: May 01, 2010 12:55:09 PM
I've always wanted to do a Paul Simon / Art Garfunkel afghan.
They are two of my favorite artists of all-time.
So I finally finished this yesterday.

This is tunisian crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook.
The background is Essentials yarn. It feels like terry cloth.
I also used I Love This Yarn in teal, brown, and antique white.
The yarn for the green shirt had no label. I got that at Goodwill. It had a nice retro-looking color to it.

I began by uploading this photo to micro revolt's knit pro graph generator.

It's a black and white photo but I wanted to add some color to it so I chose some brown for Art's turtleneck and the green for Paul Simon's shirt.
The rest I just decided to use teal for the hair and all the outlines and face features.

After the graphed part was done I went around and around and around the whole thing in the background yarn color doing a basketweave stitch. It keeps the afghan from curling and frames it nicely.

These two will be 70 years old next year.

I guess it's not so terribly strange to be 70 after all.

I love their music so much!
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