Two years. That's how long it took to make this Recycled Pop Top Granny Square Vest. (Click on the photos for enlargement).
It took 960 pop tabs to make. (Four tabs per granny square). I used Omega nylon thread for extra strength, (it's heavy), and a steel thread crochet hook US 5 (1.7 mm).
Here's the whole front laid out so you can see it all at once. I used a denim vest that fit me as a template. I would lay the finished pop top granny squares over it and know where to sew the squares together to create the vest.
After they were all together, I strung lots of beads onto the thread and crocheted a sort of fringe around the bottom and sides.
Once I had the "skeleton" of the vest made, I knew I would have to line it, (although I dreaded it because I really can't sew at all). But it needed the lining because of the roughness of the tabs and occasional snagging onto my shirt.
So, I folded over some black "marbled-looking" material and sewed to the inside of the vest.
This flower pin is made with one of the granny squares. Inside the center I put an old bottle top I had picked up many many years ago. It says "Recycle Smiles" on it. So that's why I have chosen some smiley buttons to put on it too.
I also have a surprise for you-all. I made a tutorial on making the Pop-Top Granny Squares so you can make them too. (Granny squares are so versatile and you can make whatever you want with them. Scarves, hats, purses, and, yes, vests!).
Here's a link to the free tutorial. It's super-image-heavy because I knew that a picture is worth a thousand words and it was the best way to explain how to make them). Hope your computers can handle all of them.
There's a few more pictures of the vest in my blog, (including me wearing it. My son also modeled it too). It's very shiny. The camera just doesn't pick up on the shininess of it all. I'm not sure you could wear it going through an airport security scanner, LOL!!
Earth day this year is Tuesday, April 22nd. I might be brave enough to wear it around that day.
The snow has finally melted off our deck and I was able to bring out my latest afghan and take some pictures.
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.
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!
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!
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.)
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.
'Tis the season of Peace on Earth. And so, I bring you my two latest creations...
First I'll start out with the Peace Sign Duffle/Laundry Bag. (Images are clickable for enlargement). These shots show the "front" of the bag, (although it's round and there really is no "front". LOL!) In the one shot I tried to get the bottom in there too so you could see it in all it's swirliness.
It's tunisian crocheted using all cotton Lily Sugar 'n Cream.
This shows the "back" side with the seam going top-to-bottom. Also a very long strap attached to bottom and then up at the opening just below the drawstring. The drawstring is a soft heavy rope woven in through crocheted spaces, knotted at the ends, with wooden beads attached. (Similar to my Beatnik Cats backpack).
The last shot shows the drawstring pulled together, the front, with the strap pulled over, and the drawstring with beads too.
I used bright rainbow colors of alternating stripes. The hand is all done in orange and purple while the background alternates between red, yellow, blue, and a lime green. The tricky part was using a darker orange and purple for the lines on the hands. I wasn't sure if that would work but it really looks cool!
This bag should come with a warning for those who can barely keep their eyes open in the morning; for it's sure to pop them right out of their sockets if your not careful!!! LOL!!!
Next is the Love Dove bag. It's made with Red Heart Rainbow colored yarn, black - 'I Love The Yarn' from Hobby Lobby, and a really wild "yarn" that reminds me of those lei necklaces you get in Hawaii. - (Only fake ones, not the beautiful-smelling real ones, of course).
It's tunisian crocheted using a graphed U.S. Love stamp design on one side, and a neat peace sign with a white dove in the upper right on the other side.
(I was depressed when my hubby couldn't tell what the dove was and my youngest son thought it was a weirdly distorted IU (Indiana University) logo. Sigh. I thought it was perfectly obvious what it was. Maybe the bag could be used as a test to weed out all the non-creative, non-imaginative, or OVERLY-artsy (as in the case of my son), people from the rest of us. LOL!!!!
Here's two more shots of it standing up. One side has a crocheted strap closure, the other has a big yellow button attached to fasten it shut. The dove has an olive branch in it's beak. Another symbol of peace. I attached two leaf-shaped sequins on the ends of the branch. I trimmed along the top edge and strap sides with the "lei-like" yarn.
Let's hope that in the coming year, the white dove will finally get to sleep in the sand, bringing peace on earth at last!!!!
In honor of Rowling's "outing" of Professor Dumbledore I wanted to make something very nice. I had a very small graph of a wizard laying around waiting for me to use so I decided to make a scarf. (You can click on the photos for an enlargement).
First I made the wizard with the graph, then I continued up along the body of the scarf making diamonds, (reminiscent of the U.S. version of the Potter books which all have a diamond pattern on them in different colors for each book), then I made a rainbow at the other end. I used a size J cabled afghan hook. The multi-colored yarn is Red Heart's Essentials in the Harvest color. (Kind of Gryffindor-ish).
The above photo shows what it looked like after I finished embellishing it with lots and lots of sequins. (I had two left-over kits of sequins from finished seasonal banners I had once made). So I went crazy adding the sequins. You thread a needle, then go up from the back, add a sequin, add a clear bead, then go down the same hole of the sequin you are already in. This holds down and secures the sequin. Then you do it a million more times. I even added some cool flower-shaped sequins on the rainbow. I also added a plastic white bead for the tip of the wizard hat and for glasses I stitched them on with metallic thread. Oh, and latch-hooked some hair overtop the white hair stitches on the scarf.
Here's two front shots.
These two show the back seam where I joined the side edges. First I went around the whole scarf in single crochet stitch, then I threaded a yarn needle and wove in and out to join the two sides. This way it's nice and even, no puckering, no ugly back side because that is hidden inside, and it's double-thick for warmth. It's like a long tube. I tied his shaggy hair in back with a purple ribbon. Then, finally, I added tassled fringe to the bottoms.
I looked for a phoenix bird pin or button to add just above the rainbow in that black area, but I couldn't find one.
Hope you guys like it! Oh, and Happy Halloween to everyone!
This is an afghan I crocheted after buying a pair of vintage designer Jean Paul Gaultier jeans from etsy. I saw the pair of jeans on etsy and I simply HAD to get them so I could photograph his face really good and make a graph from it to crochet. (Images are clickable for enlargement).
Here they are alongside each other. I photographed the jeans, uploaded it to the knitpro at microrevolt, and graphed it. Then I tunisian crocheted it using a size J cabled afghan hook.
Here's the back. There were SOOOO MANY loose ends to weave in that I decided to crochet a few rows, then weave those ends in, then crochet a few more rows, then weave in etc. It didn't seem so bad since I just did it as I went along.
The border of the afghan is made with five rows of 3 front post double crochet 3 back post double crochet; and then five rows doing the opposite. I used two different Bernat camouflage yarns. Renegade and Outback. Alternating between them after every third stitch. I tried to make it look like brick. It was actually the hardest part of this project, (believe-it-or-not), and I'm not sure if it was really worth it. LOL!! It would have probably been fine just making a black border. LOL!!
I started making these squares last year. (In between other projects). And last month I decided, (with only about twelve finished), that I would dedicate myself to just working on the rest and getting this thing finished!
So, here it is in all it's glory...(images are clickable for enlargement)....
It's very very big. 86" X 46". And it's very HEAVY too. (I used all cotton yarns from Lily Sugar 'n Cream, to Peaches 'n Cream, to Bernat Handicrafter cotton).
It was hard to fit the entire thing into a photo so I took some closer shots in sections.
I used 50 state graphs and also made five more graphs with "The United States Of America" on them to add to the ghan as well.
I did it in tunisian crochet using a long size H hook for the squares. A regular H hook to do the black edging around the squares, and the regular H hook to do the border edging too. I joined the squares from the back using the back loops only.
Here's the back. It doesn't look too bad. It's so heavy I'm not going to add a material back or anything to it.
This was a fun project to do. I'm so glad to be finished with it though. I felt it was always waiting for me to complete so it's nice to follow through. There's a few more shots of it in my blog if you're interested. I hope you are able to spot your own state in thw photos here!
Hope you enjoy it! It was a labor of love so happy Labor Day weekend to you-all!
I finished this last weekend and, although Halloween is far away, I thought I'd post it while it's fresh in my head. (Images are clickable for enlargement).
It's done in tunisian afghan stitch using a size J cabled afghan hook I got at Hobby Lobby.
I was going to show a day by day pictoral on the making of the afghan but after day three I just got lazy and didn't want to bother risking tangled up messes just for the sake of a picture so I just gave up on that. Here's what I did get in pictures...
He began as a pile of yarn. See the cabled hook in the middle?
This was after the first couple of rows just so you can see how it looks on the hook. (I never used that blue yarn. It was going to be the color for his shirt but I wound up using an avocado green from Bernat instead.)
This was after the first day. The hardest part was the hair so I was glad to get through most of that right off the bat. I began at the top of the head because the starting chain was all one color, (the Spring Green background color). It's much easier that way. If I started at the bottom, the beginning chain would have had many color changes in it and that's always tricky to do.
The end of day two and I was still being very good and took this photo. But then I had to add a lot more colors for all the lines in his face and I decided then to just drop the photo taking.
So, here he is then at the end. I trimmed it with the basketweave stitch, (my favorite to use). There's a bit more blathering on the color choices and whatnot in my blog, (link is below).
And for all you, "What does the back look like?" people; here it is...
I used a graphed stencil. I was thinking of crocheting the Bride of Frankenstein too, (maybe a bit closer to Halloween).
This is Mrs. Norris, Filch's cat from the Harry Potter books. (Or at least an image I thought personified her, anyway.)
I found the image at a stencil site so if anyone knows who created the image in the first place, (or even who the cat really is), just speak up and I'll make a note of it!
It's crocheted in tunisian afghan stitch using a circular doubled-ended hook in size H. (I put an elastic hair band on the end of one hook so the stitches don't come off.)
Here's two close-up shots.
The yarns I used were light fuscia in Red Heart, light raspberry in Red Heart, and Dark Purple in Caron one Pounder.
In the books, Mrs Norris is described as having "lamp-like yellow eyes." So,the eyes are a combination of a baby fingering yarn called Red Heart BABY Econo, in Pale yellow which has a "silverish" thread running through it too PLUS I used that glow-in-the-dark yarn Nightlights, (which I had to buy on e-bay).
I tried to take a photo of it in the dark for you to see the eyes glow, but my flash goes off. And when I keep my hand over the flash to stop it from popping up, the camera is confused without anything to focus upon so it doesn't work.
Here's another view from the side and a Zombie Cat back-of-the-afghan shot.
There's a few more new afghans I've finished which are now in my blog including a Yellow Submarine and a Frank Sinatra mini-afghan so stop in and have a peek if you like. (Link to blog is at the bottom of this post).
ANYWAY, I hope you like Mrs. Norris and think she looks like what you imagined her to be.