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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fairy Lights, Fairy Fey, and Fairy Fish Afghan on: December 23, 2011 06:49:45 PM

This project all started a while ago when I was looking up Blue Fish Clothing on etsy. (Blue Fish is a line of clothing for larger sized women. They are pricey and etsy sometimes has sellers with used Blue Fish clothes for cheap).

Anyway, I stumbled upon this t-shirt

sold by a shop called spitfaced.
It's not from the Blue Fish Clothing line. It's just a t-shirt with a blue angel holding her pet blue fish. (At least that's the description from the seller).

Well, I just loved this design for some reason. It's just awesome-looking!
(I did buy the shirt but it's only a large and I'll probably have to make it into something else like a t-shirt bag or something.)
The back of the shirt has a url for a now-gone website of some kind.

Anyway, I used the above photo of the t-shirt, uploaded it to Microrevolt, and graphed it there.
I decided to de-wing her as she looked so elegant running I didn't think she needed wings anyway.

I changed her from blue to green. I had more green yarn. That's basically why.

I added circles of colors like floating orbs to fill in the background where I thought there was too much blank space.

And I used a variegated yarn in fall colors. It's interesting using variegated yarn in tunisian crochet. You never know what it's going to look like.

Here's a photo of the back of the afghan.

The afghan measures 28 1/2 inches wide by 46 inches high.
It's tunisian crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook.

I'd be fun to make her in different colors and different colored backgrounds too.
Well, I hope you all enjoy looking at it. It's really a fun design.

22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hemmingway's Cat by Picasso - crocheted afghan on: November 05, 2011 12:49:30 PM

This afghan represents a ceramic sculpture Pablo Picasso made for Earnest Hemmingway in appreciation of a gift of a box of hand grenades Hemmingway gave to him back in the 1940's. No, really.

The sculpture was stolen from the Hemmingway House, (now a museum), in Florida back in 2000. It was broken into pieces by the time the museum got it back and was stored in the basement for a time.

Then an artist named Bob Orlin made a recreation of the sculpture of which now sits on a mantle back in the Hemmingway Home.

I used an design made for a stained glass piece by an artist named Judy. I have provided a link to her website in my blog as well as photos of the original cat sculpture and replica. Also a brief story about the artwork. It's a pretty interesting story.
(My blog link is at the bottom of my post in the signature section.)

The afghan was crocheted using a size J flexible afghan hook.
The yarns are I Love This Yarn and Red Heart.
I wanted to use Mondrian colors in basic blue, red, yellow, black, and white.

It's a small crib sized afghan of 32 inches wide by 47 inches high. I think it would look great hanging on a wall.

This is the back of the afghan.
I think this is one of my favorite afghans.
I love it!

23  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Snape Halloween Pumpkin on: October 30, 2011 07:04:59 PM
I was inspired by the wonderful Cheshire Cat I saw earlier on this board and really took the time to try and create a Snape pumpkin this year.

Here he is. I know he's not perfect or anything but I don't think it's half-bad.  Grin

Here's the pumpkin in the flash light. The left side hair didn't show up, nor did the eye but I can still tell who it is. I like it!

I got the stencil at Pink Ray Gun's site here.

Happy Halloween everyone!

24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / United States of America map afghan on: September 16, 2011 11:24:22 AM
Have I got a great pattern to use up all those yarn balls you have stored up in your stash bins for so long!

The pattern is from Lion Brand yarns and it's called Lion Country Afghan and it's found here...

The title sounds deceiving because a 'country afghan' could mean it's a sort of folk art or country scenery type afghan instead of the country of the United States of America.

Anyway, it says it's a knitting pattern but since it's in a graph form you can just use the graph to crochet it in the tunisian/afghan style pattern instead.

This took me about a month to make. I used up a lot of my left-over yarns from previous afghans I'd made.

I did have to buy more skeins for the background - it takes about six skeins of Red Heart Super Saver for that. Also I ran out of yellow in the middle of Texas and had to get another skein of I Love This Yarn. (You can see there's a slight color variation even though it's the same yarn color.) I thought I Love This Yarn was a no dye lot type of yarn but it's definitely different.

In fact, even the background yarn in Red Heart was changed. I used Royal Blue starting on the east coast and ordered the yarn through the mail. When I got it and started it you can see the yarn color difference.

Oh well. It's a sort of patchwork-looking afghan anyway with all the different colors used in the states.

When I reached the Four Corners states part on the graph, I noticed that they didn't meet exactly and so I made sure it was correct for my afghan. (You might want to look out for that if you make one of these and that matters to you too).

My finished afghan, (using a size J cabled afghan hook), is 65 inches high by 81 inches across. For the border I did six rows of the basketweave stitch alternating red and white left-over yarns so the colors vary slightly. I figured since the background was the royal blue that red and white stripes would look nice as the border.

I also made purple borders around Alaska and Hawaii to indicate that those are just insets and the states really don't belong there, (even though that's fairly obvious to folks).

I had a hard time fitting this all into one photo shot and had to get my sons to come and hold it up for me. Sorry it's not laid out nice and flat.

Here's a shot of the back of the afghan too. It's nice and neat.

This project was so much fun and I really enjoyed making it!  Grin
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Statue of Liberty - Twin Towers afghan on: July 29, 2011 11:08:29 AM

This Statue of Liberty afghan is tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled afghan hook.

I used this free online "coloring book" picture of the statue made by Shala Kerrigan.
I graphed that photo at Microrevolt's knitpro website.

For the two towers on either side of the statue I crocheted them by doing the basketweave stitch while switching the colors so that it looks like windows in the buildings. (I know that the statue would really be facing to the right when photographed with the towers but I wanted her facing front of course).

I chose a lot of aqua and turquoise colors because the of statue but I thought they looked nice for the buildings too. Kind of somber.

I'd been to visit the statue and the World Trade Center back around 1979 and I've posted some of my photos of that trip in my blog.
That's why this afghan is special to me.
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Maxed Out! - Peter Max Afghan on: July 12, 2011 06:28:46 AM
I have already done one Peter Max afghan.
But when I saw an American Express gift card with this "falling man" design on it, I HAD to do another Peter Max afghan with this design too.

When I took this photo yesterday, the sun was so blazing hot out and the colors  looked different in the two front shot photos I took so here's the second photo.

Here's a photo of the picture that I graphed at Microrevolt to make the afghan with...

So, I found out there are/were three Peter Max designs for American Express cards. Naturally, this one, (my fave), doesn't seem to be available anymore. Why am I always the last person to find out about cool things?
Anyway, the other two are the Running Man and the Love ones.

I think this falling man image is from an Earth Day; Every Day poster of Peter Max's

I think it's the perfect design for a credit card.
I see it as me - falling into debt. LOL!!!!
(Hence, the title "Maxed Out" for this afghan!)

Anyway, the afghan is tunisian crocheted with a size J cabled afghan hook.
The yarns are either I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby or Red Heart yarn.
For the sun, I used two colors of a sparkly yarn called Bella. I'm not sure you can see the sparkliness in the photos.

In case you missed the first Peter Max afghan I made a couple of years ago, here's the link to that post here at Craftster.

Hope you like it!

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Filet Crochet Carriage or Crib Cover - Baby Animals on: June 30, 2011 05:54:08 AM
I've been working on a filet crocheted crib cover for a while now.
I've never really done a large filet project. Only a few small things. So this was a challenge for me.

It all started because I found this really great-looking pattern on etsy and I had to get it.

It was an old filet graph pattern that looks like a Laura Wheeler / Alice Brooks type. (Although there is no mention of their names on the pattern). The pattern is simply called Design 915. There's no date either. It just says printed in U.S.A. at the bottom. (Even though I purchased this from a Canadian lady on etsy).

I think it was a pattern you ordered through the mail and looks to be around the 1940's or 1950's, (just guessing here by the style of the baby animals).

This is the back, (even though it is the same as the front except you can see the joining seams where I connected the six filet squares).

I used size 10 crochet DMC Cebelia crochet thread. Six colors and I had to order two skeins, (or are they called balls?), of each color in order to finish each square. So that's 12 skeins/balls. Plus two pastel rainbow skeins/balls of South Maid size 10 thread.
Also a steel Boye size 7 1.65mm crochet hook.

I had major cramping and numbness in my right hand from using such a small hook and I could only do a little at a time.

I know you're supposed to "block" this type of crochet but I haven't done that.
I probably should have done that to each square prior to attaching them all and putting on the border. Ah well.

I love the vintage look of these critters. They sure don't make designs like this anymore.
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wedding Afghan on: April 30, 2011 08:17:09 AM

No, it's not William and Kate. LOL! It's my son and his soon-to-be bride.

I've been working on this a while now.
The wedding countdown has reached three weeks and I'm finally done!

I can't even post this in my blog until after the wedding so no one sees it. But I'm positive it will be safe to post it here.

I tried to fit most of it into the photo.
It's sort of a 'fairy tale / child's coloring version of a wedding' ; theme.

For the stick figures I used a free template offered here. http://crafteeguiri.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-digi-stamp-wedding-couple.html It was designed to be used for cards or stamping but I just uploaded the picture to microrevolt and graphed it.

For the names and date I graphed them at a celtic cross stitch site here. http://www.celticxstitch.ie/cgi-bin/stitches.cgi

I used Bernat Baby Coordinates baby yarns which have a sparkly silvery thread running through the yarn in each skein. It's nice, soft, lightweight and also kept up the fairy tale theme. The border was done with a basketweave stitch to look like a rainbow. I took a couple more shots to try and get the border in too...


I just free-handed the "Once upon a time... happily ever after." part with a variegated yarn.

I'm so happy I finished in time.
This is my oldest son and my first child to get married so I'm pretty nervous yet  excited and happy for them!
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mona Lisa afghan on: March 02, 2011 07:37:13 AM

I had wanted to do a Mona Lisa afghan for a while but I knew it would be too difficult to try and make it exactly as the painting.

So I googled around for a good Mona picture and I found a really nice one on a flicker page belonging to someone named "dirtchick". (Her name is Nina). http://www.flickr.com/photos/dirtchick/108311723

This was a picture she'd taken of a billboard sign in Charles de Gaulle airport on February 3, 2006 .

On further investigation, I found that this image is also displayed in many different tourist locations throughout France, (such as airports etc.), to remind folks to go check out the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum whilst visiting here.

It was perfect to crochet because of its nice big spaces of color. There's not a million lines to have to continually change your yarns in and out.

After changing the colors a bit on my computer, I graphed her original photo at microrevolt's knitpro web site.

The afghan is tunisian crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook.
The yarns I used were Caron One Pound in peach; I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in purple, orange, and true blue; and Red Heart yarn in blue.

For her lips, I wanted them to stand out a bit because everybody is always commenting on Mona's smile. I used a rust color and hot red which were left-over scraps from my stash without labels. The bright red is near the edges of parts of her lips.

This is the back. It's nice and neat.

I bordered the whole thing with the basketweave stitch. It really stops the curl great and I thought it made the afghan look like it was in a picture frame too.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Alan Rickman portrait drawing afghan and RedTango cats afghan on: January 04, 2011 04:06:11 PM
Yes, it's another Alan Rickman afghan.  Grin

This is an afghan I've made from a portrait drawing of Alan done by artist Cynthia Petrovic.

I found the drawing on her "artwork lab" page at her website http://www.tangoland.com/
(She has a few others of Alan in different roles such as Mesmer and Slope for any of you die-hard Rickman fans out there.)

Cynthia is also the one responsible for the hilarious You Tube video "A Day With Alan Rickman" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xLMqqs-ZKc from a few years ago.  Grin

Anyway, the afghan is tunisian crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook.
I used Red Heart yarn in black, white, and lavender. (I added the lavender triangle in the background to give it some color. I wanted it to look like a swanky boomerang but it looks more like the triangle on a "record" button of a tape player). LOL!

I also made an afghan, which I sent to her, of two of her RedTango cats.

These were from two Livejournal icons she has available on her free downloads page at the same website above.

I used the size J cabled hook again and Red Heart yarn too. The pink is called Pretty n Pink. It's really a hot pink!

She really liked the afghan!

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