Earth Day is April 22nd this year and I made this afghan to celebrate it.
It is Iron Eyes Cody.
Many Americans here will remember him from the commercial ad campaign released on Earth Day in 1971. Thanks to youtube we can still view it today. Here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3QKvEy0AIk
I had to go back and view it a few times myself to get the colors right for the afghan.
I also found out it is one of the most successful ad campaigns in history, (yes, even beating out Wendy's "Where's the beef?" ads.) The best thing is; it's not even trying to sell you something. Just make you more aware of pollution.
ANYWAY, I'll tell you about the afghan.
I started by getting a picture of Cody, (which was like a stencil), then I graphed it at the knitpro microrevolt site here. http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/
That's where I usually make my graphs.
Then I had to choose the yarn colors. I wanted to make the afghan very "earthy" so I chose earth-toned natural colors.
Here's a list of the yarns...
is Caron's Rainbow Omber called Earth Tones.
is done in TLC Heathers yarn called Oatmeal.
The black is Caron One Pounder in black.
For his feather
, I used Caron Feathers yarn. (It's a Peacock color.)
The whitish area which is around his neck
, (I'm not sure what to call that he is wearing) is Red Heart's Aran Fleck.
(I always laugh at that color title. It sounds like a person's name. I'm sorry, have you met Aran Fleck? LOL!!!)
For his clothes
, I chose a maize sort of yellow. (I had a few old Berella skeins I got at Goodwill.) There's no color name on these, just a color number of 8870. I couldn't find this particular color on-line anywhere. I'm not sure they make it anymore.
The red for his hair ties
is a sort of fuzzy, fluffy yarn called Carmen Wine Red from Patons.
And finally, (there are a lot of colors in this afghan), the most important part of the afghan; the tear
. It is Red Heart Ocean. (Yes, an ocean of tears). It is a variegated yarn and I chose a section where it becomes turquoise - ish. It really stands out and I think, as he is representing Native Americans, the turquoise is very appropriate.
I used a size J cabled afghan hook. (Hobby Lobby sells them). (I love Hobby Lobby).
It is done in tunisian afghan stitch with a basketweave stitch for the border.
The size of the afghan is 32 inches x 32 inches. It doesn't look like a perfect square but it is.
Once again, here's the front and then the icky back...
(If my images are too big, let me know so I can resize them).Happy Earth Day everyone!