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Topic: 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! Featured in NINTENDO POWER!!!  (Read 82293 times)
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enemyairship
« on: July 22, 2009 12:12:09 PM »

Hello everyone!  This is the first project I've posted on Craftster (he's on my Ravelry page now).  It is a 7x7ft 8-bit Raccoon Mario rug!  This is my bf's birthday present  Smiley

He's made of 386 granny squares, each one representing 1 pixel (3.5" each) that makes up Raccoon Mario.  I learned to crochet in February by watching youtube videos and recently watched another video for granny squares and got started on this project right away.  I had originally thought that it would take me over 1 month to complete if I made about 10 granny squares per day.


Flying through our livingroom!


We're playing Mario Kart Wii upside down here  Cheesy


Bottom left corner complete with remaining granny squares lined up above.


Box stacked with granny squares...

I finished him in 15 days (approx. 120hrs put in)!  It took 13 days to complete all the individual granny squares, then 2 days to sew them all together.  I made an Excel spreadsheet with columns and formulas detailing the number of granny squares needed for each color, then used this to track my daily progress (like a true geek, haha) and motivate me to keep out-doing myself.  

The bf loves it!  I hope you guys do too...I was afraid to post this because I just saw Gege's Super Mario Obsession blanket, and this one's no where close to being as RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING.  Thanks for any feedback and responses you guys may have.  I hope I still did a good job though... Smiley

07/30/09: Changed first picture to show my question mark block ottoman  Cheesy

01/22/10: The rug's been featured in February's issue of Nintendo Power!!!  AHHHH! 
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2009 12:19:44 PM »

This is one of the best crochet projects Ive ever seen on this site.  AND for a beginner AND in 15 days.  i'm wowed.
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If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2009 12:20:35 PM »

this is so awesome! i used to do granny squares as a kid, but couldn't do one if my life depended on it now. this totally has me wanting to relearn the art of the granny square! great job!
p.s. you get an extra "this rocks" because of your avatar...
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009 12:27:36 PM »

You're too modest, this is ridiculously amazing!
Lovee it Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009 12:28:44 PM »

This totally rocks!   Grin My brother would love it.  I might try it out for him if that is okay with you.  Great job!

E.T.A. I forgot to ask, what yarn did you use?
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009 12:36:28 PM »

So cool. You are very talented!
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2009 01:20:28 PM »

I love this SO MUCH.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2009 01:22:07 PM »

rocks! Cheesy
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enemyairship
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009 01:37:46 PM »

Thank you for all the nice comments!  I felt kind of intimidated posting another Mario related project here after Gege's blanket.  Tongue

This totally rocks!   Grin My brother would love it.  I might try it out for him if that is okay with you.  Great job!

E.T.A. I forgot to ask, what yarn did you use?
Yes go right ahead!  I used Vanna's Choice since it was on sale 5 for $10, haha.  I should add that each skein of yarn made exactly 17 granny squares (sometimes 18 if I were lucky!) so I bought a little over 20 total. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2009 01:47:23 PM »

Ok, I am soo freakin jealous of all the great projects posted today!!  This is soo cool!!  Great job on your project!
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