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51  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Thestral Tessellation Afghan on: March 13, 2009 08:08:57 AM
I finally finished this colorful beast of a project!

I'm calling it Thestral Tessellation.
It's an homage to J.K.Rowling and her awesome creation of the Thestral, (which, for non-Potter-a-hol-ics, is a winged horse-like creature that is invisible to most people). Most children anyway.

I've also crocheted the words "Read with me!" in there as well. I was going to put "Read to me!" but I thought "with" was more interactive.
It's the theme of the whole afghan as I believe reading with your children is so very important.

It's crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook and many colored yarns.
(Mostly I Love This Yarn and Red Heart yarns. Also some TLC yarn as well.)

Here's the back and the front before I wove in all the loose ends and added the manes to the thestrals. They look like a bunch of bald-headed sea monsters with wings.  Cheesy

This is the back after weaving in the loose ends.
The manes were sort of surface-crocheted onto the front using the vertical stitches that are present when doing the afghan stitch. That is why they don't show up here on the back of the afghan. You don't go all the way through the afghan.

For the border I single crocheted around and around with a regular size J hook. I wanted it to look like a rainbow. There's a dark row and light row of each color, (except purple because I ran out of purple), and a black row between each color.

I used a graph for the thestrals that I got at Jessica Tromp's site.
I used a cross stitch alphabet for the words.
And I made up the castle part on my own.

My kids are now 21, 20, and 17. I miss reading with them. We always couldn't wait for the next Potter book to come out. I really miss that.
Hope you enjoy the afghan!

52  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A Time For Peace on: January 28, 2009 09:59:44 AM
I found a needlepoint canvas for sale a few months ago.
It had barely been started, had a small square cut from the border to repair a hole in the middle of the canvas, and had some gunk of which I can only imagine was food or drink spilled on it clogging up some of the holes by the child's left hand.

Yet still, it was such an awesome needlepoint that I HAD to get it and work it up.

Here it is completed, as well as the hideous back side for those who always want to see the gross underbelly of my work. LOL!! (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).
It came with no thread, only the canvas. It was started with six-strand floss instead of what I expected to be wool tapestry thread. So, luckily I had tons of left-over threads from finished cross stitch projects past with which to do this.

There was no photo of how it should look when done, but I recognized this painting from a print on the wall at my kid's pediatrician's office.

Here it is again next to my bag of used floss. I still have lots and lots left.

Here's the original painting...

It's called Mother and Child by
Artist - Irene Awret

I did some digging to find out about Irene Awret.
She wrote a biography about her life during WW2 called They'll Have To Catch Me First.http://www.wisc.edu/wisconsinpress/books/2373.htm

Her artistic talent was "discovered" in this way according to that book.
Arrested by the Gestapo, she sat in a cellar prison cell destined for transport to Auschwitz. To calm her fears, she made a small detailed drawing of her hand which was to save her life. Incarcerated in the concentration camp in Mechlen, she was assigned to paint signs, posters and numbers for her co-prisoners to wear around their necks.

Yesterday they just celebrated  the 64th anniversary of the day Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz. So I wanted to post this in rememberance of that.

To everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.

53  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bride of Frankenstein Afghan on: October 12, 2008 02:41:51 PM
Just in time for Halloween, I've finished the Bride of Frankenstein afghan.
(Please click on pics to embigger).<---(Too many Simpson shows). LOL!

This is Elsa Lancaster as Frankenstein's Bride.
It is tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled hook.
I made her as a companion afghan to my Frankenstein afghan from last year.

Here's the happy couple together. Aren't they a pair to die for? LOL!

Oh, and here's the yuchy back. There's always someone who wants to see the back.

Anyway, Happy Halloween everybody!!!!

54  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Poncho**NEW**Puzzle Scarf added!!** on: May 28, 2008 07:50:51 PM
Yay! Another project to use your left-over yarn on!
(Please click on the photos to enlarge the images).

(Yes, that's me in the poncho).  Tongue

This was crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook and left-over yarns consisting mostly of Red Heart and I Love This Yarns.

Here I've put my hands on my hips to spread out the poncho so you can see it all clearly.
(I wish I had a photo taken with my arms at my sides from the back too but I didn't think of it at the time.

The poncho is done Tunisian crochet style by repeating a small puzzle piece graph I made up myself using a pencil and graph paper.
The popular "symbol" for autism is a puzzle piece or puzzle pieces. Especially made with different colored pieces. I thought this would make a nifty pattern.

It is two seperate panels which I joined together after finishing them. The end of one panel is joined to the side of the other. And that panel's end is joined to the side of the first panel. (I hope all that makes sense).

Finally, I trimmed the edges in single crochet stitch with a combo of Moda Dea's Chichi, (mmm, soooo soft), and Fun Fur. This stopped any curling that there was and also filled in the part around the neck to make it nice and toasty.

Now, all I need is a nice cool day to wear it.
(Too bad it's becoming hotter every day).  Undecided

edit: I've added a puzzle piece scarf to the end of this post. I think it's page three. Grin
55  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The Times They Are A-changin'/ Bob Dylan Afghan on: May 05, 2008 02:37:55 PM
This is my tribute to Bob Dylan. (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).

It is a crocheted afghan using a size J cabled hook.
The white and red yarn is "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby. The black and blue yarn is Red Heart yarn. (I ran out of the blue and went to every yarn store around and couldn't come up with the match so it gets up to a darker blue near the top.) Oh well.

There are two images of Dylan. One from the album cover The Times They Are A-changin'

 and one from "The Essential Bob Dylan" album.
This way there are two Bobs One for his early accoustic guitar years, and one for his later electric guitar years.

I decided to crochet them seperately and then join them in the center. It was easier this way. All the letters and color changes at the top, and the size of the afghan made this the most logical way.
I graphed the images at microrevolt. The words, (font and all),  are all from the first album cover.

I absolutely love this song. (The Times They Are A-changin').
I heard it for the first time on a Simon and Garfunkel album and I was blown away - it  was so awesome. I have provided links in my blog to some versions I found on Youtube.
This one was a nice version with a montage of photos of Bob.


Also there are a few more photos of the afghan in my blog including the back.

Tomorrow is the Democratic Primary elections here in Indiana. And, of course, the Presidential elections are in November. So I wanted to get this posted tonight for you-all.

Dylan really is awesome! Grin

56  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Recycled Pop-Top Granny Square Vest, (for Earth Day) on: April 19, 2008 07:59:55 AM
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.

Have a great one!
57  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!

58  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!

59  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.

60  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Love Dove Bag and Peace Sign Laundry Duffle Bag on: November 27, 2007 10:35:53 AM
'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.  Undecided
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!!!!

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