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61  Re: Bride of Frankenstein Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie on: October 14, 2008 01:02:30 PM
I used this stencil I got from a stenciling site...

and uploaded that photo to the knitpro graph making page at microrevolt here...


For the grid size I checked off the third box, (XL (120w x 160h)
and kept the stitch size as it is,  (Needlepoint, Cross Stitch, Crochet (1:1)

Then I printed out the new graph. I changed it somewhat, (like I didn't want her white streaks to go completely around her whole hair; just the sides).

You can use a cabled afghan hook or, if you know how to single crochet and change colors, you can do it that way too. (But that single crochet way will be much more difficult as you will have to keep flipping over your afghan after each row and read the graph left-to-right then right-to-left etc. Plus, with color changes, it becomes really tricky to single crochet and have yarn ends hanging on both sides of the afghan as you stitch.

I much prefer the tunisian (afghan) stitch as the front side of the blanket faces you at all times and you always read the graph the same direction for every row.

Thanks everyone for saying such nice things!  Grin
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62  Bride of Frankenstein Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie 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!!!!

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63  Re: Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Poncho**NEW**Puzzle Scarf added!!** in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie on: July 26, 2008 06:03:05 AM
 I made a scarf with the same pattern and wanted to add some photos of it here too.
I used sugar n cream all cotton yarn so it's bulky and toasty.

My son is modeling it for me. It's made the same tunisian stitch way following the graph only this time I only made it 4 puzzle pieces wide and 16 puzzle pieces long. This way you join the sides and they match up in back where the joining seam is.

This is a front and back shot. (Sorry the back shot is over-exposed). I wanted to show the seam. Just make sure you use the correct matching colors while working on it so when you join the sides, the end puzzle pieces will match in color.
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64  Re: Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Poncho in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie on: May 30, 2008 03:53:54 PM
I took a photo of my graph for those who wanted to make something using the pattern.
(Click on the photo to embigger.)  Wink

Each puzzle piece is 13 squares across, (minus the "heads". If you keep that number in mind you won't mess up.

The outlined area is what I used for the poncho. (But the third row is really a repeat of the first row).
All you really need to remember is two squares across and two squares up.
(But it does help to draw out more of it to visualize it in your mind better).

I'd love to see the things you all make with it!

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65  Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Poncho**NEW**Puzzle Scarf added!!** in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie 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
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66  The Times They Are A-changin'/ Bob Dylan Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie 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

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67  Recycled Pop-Top Granny Square Vest, (for Earth Day) in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie 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!
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68  Re: Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie on: April 05, 2008 09:45:25 AM
prettynpink, your post was just so cute and sweet it makes me want to copy it and stick it somewhere to look at whenever I get depressed.

to everyone for all your kind words. You-all make me so happy.
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69  Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie 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!

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70  Partridge Family; Mondrian Afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by pesky pixie 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!

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