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1  Re: Old School NES afghan (Updated chart and tutorial!!!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by marimbachick on: February 19, 2008 08:26:05 PM
Okay, I know this is an older post but I've been going on and on about it all year long Smiley  I crochet better than I knit (it's a painful truth).  Could the chart still work for crochet, you think?   Huh  Even if it were knit, do you just count each little grid/box as a stitch?  I still sooo badly wanna make one of these  Grin Grin Grin  I still absolutely LOVE it!

I'm sorry I took so long to reply!  I haven't been keeping up with my craftster lately!

To answer your question...I think it could definitely work for crochet!  Each square is one stitch, so you would just use the appropriate color and carry the other colors along.  I'd love to see it in crochet!

jeez.  how long did this take?

It took me about 3 months, working off and on.  The size 17 needles really made it go quickly...it was just those rows of alternating grey and black that made me want to cry sometimes...  Wink

Did you just duplicate stitch the A and B on or did you do Fair Isle for it?
Could we see a pic of the back of it pretty pretty please?
I might just make this my first color project Smiley

Ask and ye shall receive!  It is all done Fair Isle, and it is AWFUL looking on the back.  My first real colorwork.  Does the job, though.

I just found your picture here
http://www.ripten.com/?p=3256 and so googled it to find the pattern hopefully. That is one awesome blanket!!  Grin

DUDE!  I'm an internet celebrity!  I really should check flickr more often, AND this site.

Gracias AGAIN for all the love you guys have for this project...and hey, the guy I knitted this for MARRIED me, so clearly no afghan curse!  Grin
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2  Le Slouch! in Knitting: Completed Projects by marimbachick on: February 23, 2007 06:49:35 AM
In need of a quick fix after a particularly lame gauge accident, I worked this puppy up in a day and a half.  This is slightly more than one skein of Paton's Rumor in Moonstone Heather.

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3  Re: Pirate Swap- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by marimbachick on: March 15, 2006 12:09:26 PM
Sorry this is so late in coming, but this is what I sent Space Cowgirl Smiley

First, a 'freshly plundered' glass bead necklace (which I seriously wanted to keep for myself!)

This pirate doll is based on the Joey Ramone doll from S n'B Nation.  He was a stashbusting swashbuckler!

Finally, here's Percy the Parrot, loosely based on the Kate the Cat pattern from Knitty.  My boyfriend pouted when we sent this one away.  (He's getting one for his birthday next week, SHHH!)

Hope you enjoyed! Smiley
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4  Joey Ramone takes on the pirate life! in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by marimbachick on: February 21, 2006 07:14:13 AM
For the pirate swap, I decided to make a pirate doll, but having never done a doll before, I decided to use the Joey Ramone pattern from SnB Nation.  Made some adjustments to the colors, and did some stashbusting, and came up with a reasonably cute lil' fellow!

I know his face and hands look weird, but the variegated yarn was the only one I had in any skin-like shade.  I prefer to think of it as dirt on his buccaneer face.  Closeup on the embroidery (my first attempt):

I only found the thread on here about the missing jacket pattern too late, otherwise he'd have had a black and red furry coat to wear over his vest and striped shirt.  Ah well.
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5  Old School NES afghan (Updated chart and tutorial!!!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by marimbachick on: February 20, 2006 04:46:06 PM
So, silly ol' me decides my boyfriend needs a blanket for Christmas.  I thought for a long while about what kind of design to make, then I remembered he loved the Space Invaders blanket I saw on here.  So I went for my own take on the video game idea and came up with this (having JUST finished it last week):

It's pretty much to scale with the controller, as I used it for a template for my chart.  It's done in a doublestrand of worsted weight acrylic on size 17 needles,with a crocheted border.

He LOVES it and it has taken a place of honor at the foot of our bed.  All his friends want one, but he gets the only one! Grin

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The beauty of this pattern is in its simplicity.  Essentially, cast on, follow the chart, then bind off and crochet a border.

Yarn used was Red Heart Super Saver, held double throughout.  I used a Pound and a regular skein of black, two skeins of grey, and one skein of red.  I used a US 17 size 29 inch circular needle, which was plenty long.

The above link is to the chart, which is a RATHER large jpeg image, but necessary so everybody can read it without having a special program.  I read the chart from bottom up, to save the number of stitches on the needle, but I suppose you could do it from top to bottom or even from side to side if you wanted.

Once you've finished the chart, bind off, and use the grey (again, a doublestrand) to do two rows of double crochet around the border.  I bet you could do a knitted border if you don't want to crochet, or maybe just a blanket stitch.

Questions?  Comments?  Please don't hesitate to ask since this is my first distributed pattern! Smiley
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6  Re: Pirate Swap- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by marimbachick on: February 19, 2006 07:13:37 PM
Okay, my life had finally caught up with itself enough to let me post pictures of my loot!

Space Cowgirl sent me a splendid package, and here is the lot of it:

She sent:

A pirate card game that I have yet to open and figure out
A FABULOUS cutlass that makes clanging noises when you swing it (I have had to hide this from the boyfriend so he doesn't steal it!)
A treasure chest full of chocolate coins (I needed a new jewelry box, and incidentally, I may have to go raid that chest right now!)
A button bracelet (with a nautical button in the middle)
A note in a bottle with sharkteeth and a map of the Caribbean
and best of all...

A PIRATE PURSE!  It is the PERFECT size for all my day to day goodies, lightweight so I don't feel like I'm getting dragged about, and it has a skull and crossbones on the front!  Pure pirate perfection, in my opinion!

Here's a closeup on the bracelet:

Thanks again, Space Cowgirl!  What a fun swap!
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7  Re: Pirate Swap (Signups CLOSED- partners posted! Send out Feb 3) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by marimbachick on: January 19, 2006 06:59:40 PM
I finally got my pirate pic up from Davey Jones' Locker!

My pirate name is Bess Bonney, in honor of Anne Bonney. Cheesy
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8  Re: Anyone want to make Knitty's Broadstreet Mittens with me? in Knitalongs by marimbachick on: January 19, 2006 06:57:34 PM
I just finished my second pair of these, this time for the boyfriend.  I left out the mitten top, though, as he didn't want them.  Here's the pics:

He says he's channeling Bruce Campbell in this picture. Smiley

Where they'll probably get some good use.

I used Lion Brand Magic Stripes in Lumberjack, as I liked the colorway and it goes with his scarf and hat (last year's Christmas present!)
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9  Re: What to do with this yarn? Suggestions anyone?? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by marimbachick on: January 02, 2006 12:56:03 PM
Knitty.com's Vegan Fox stole is pretty easy to follow.  If you've got a couple other balls of yarn at home and feel like it, you might like it.  I made one for my sister in turquoise.

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10  Re: Significant Other Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marimbachick on: December 13, 2005 02:30:32 PM
Lv2scrpBk informed me that she got my package, so here's what I sent her boy Bryce:

Knitty's Tychus hat in bumblebee stripes to match his yellow jacket

A shirt with a saying she requested on it...my bf and roommate both want one now!  Cheesy

Because they live far away from each other, these handmade cards are personalized so he can send her some cheer in the mail once in a while!  All she has to do is write her address on the envelopes for him and he's set!

A little badge to hang on his Xmas tree since he hopes to become a cop

And just a few little fun goodies...his favorite candy and playdough ornaments for the tree!
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