I came up with this idea almost 4 years ago before ever really coming around craftster or anywhere else crafty.
But last summer I decided to make my niece a blanket thinking it wouldn't take long.. ha ha ha ha... God I was a tool thinking that.
Well it took me a while to find a tinkerbell that was 8 bit.. but than it didn't look right so I had to clean it up, adjust the colour, run around the house trying to find close enough shades in my yarn and actually crochet the squares..
Well I started around September 2011.. had to stop several times but I kept pushing myself [though from this I learned I'm like my mother and have an extra piece of bone in my right wrist..and apparently doing repetative motions like crocheting, irritates it.. so it gets very very painful but I kept going so.. lol].
I finished around the first week of November 2011. I did more than the needed squares 'just in case' because halfway thru the purple background squares I ran out of the yarn! So I had to find other purple yarns and hope for the best..
Well I put the project away until the second week of jan 2012 and my nieces birthday was coming up in march so I wanted it done for than.. So I pulled everything out again and counted all my colours...
Than I popped onto my trusty stitching program and spent about 6 hours straight trying to come up with an idea...
Than it dawned on me that since I had extra white.. I could maybe make it look like Tink is whipping by with pixie dust trailing behind her.
Than the corner pieces fell into place [I had just enough squares! the extra squares i had were all off shaped and basically unusable].
I sewed each row than all the rows together.. everything took until 9 days after my nieces 5th birthday [which was march 15] to get done. Than I put it away until about a week ago after I finished testing a pattern for a craftster and making my dad's father's day gift.. I got in 'that mood' and decided to drop the backing idea and just make a border.. it probably would have taken maybe 8 hours in 1 day but I went to my sisters house a few times thru the week and didn't get home til late so i couldn't do it.. but I finished last night after our yard sale! lmao.
So The pixelness is 26w by 29h [754 squares].. each square was done with a 4mm hook, worsted weight yarn, and 2 rounds of the granny square. And are all roughly 2 1/2 inches big.
Tink's been washed gently and tumble dried delicately
My original plan was to sew on a purple fleece backing but the blanket turned out to be larger than expected so I crocheted a border; 4 rounds, just of 2 inches wide on all sides.
The blanket now measures just over 59 inches wide by just over 61 inches high.
It'll most likely be a christmas gift this year since I STILL have to start and finish my nephews blanket which will have almost 1000 squares [took a screenshot from super mario bros 3 so..lol].
Here's the blanket [finally, right?
[I apologize for the giant sock pile in the corner of the photo my parents can never find matching socks in their room, lol.
Had to take the photo on their king size bed as my bed is a twin and we have evil dogs that will jump and frolick if I put the blanket on the living room floor to take a picture].
I do NOT like the 2 dark blue squares for her eyes.. it drives me crazy I hate them.. but everyone tells me it's fine.. but.. still.. if I try to remove them something bad will happen so I'm stuck.. oh well.
I learned many valuable lessons from this project...
1. I'm f****** awesome
2. Always leave at least 6 inches of yarn on every square for sewing [I had 1-3 inches gah!]
3. Always check your square sizes once in awhile incase you started going too loose or too tight
4. Don't group your squares by 5 and wrap the yarn tails around them.. it just alters the shapes and ruins the squares... [I'm thinking getting boxes next time, lol]
5. If something goes wrong, take a breather, step back and do something else for awhile; you'll think of a fixer for it when you're not freaking out.
6. Patience, Patience, Patience, Patience! Things take time to get done right.. but the end result is worth it. No point rushing things and run the risk of them fall apart.
Thanks for looking! *I got a few requests for a pattern/template so I remade my pattern via my stitching program. Hopefully it's okay. Have fun!* [Click for a bigger image ---->] http://i45.tinypic.com/qnryhd.png