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« on: August 13, 2013 09:00:43 AM »

This afghan is made from a free pattern published in Crochet! Magazine as a Web Bonus from April 2012.
It was designed by Susan Lowman, (who many of you may know from her fabulous Wiggly Crochet patterns - that's where I 'discovered' her anyway.) Here's her Ravelry page with the pattern info.

It's tunisian crocheted with a Susan Bates Size J Silvalume extended crochet hook.
It's made mostly with I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.
There's also Red Heart Frost Green for the leaves.
Coats and Clark Wiggles yarn in purple on the butterfly and pink on the flower. (This gives some really nice textures to the afghan).
Finally, for the border there's Decadence Yarn Bee yarn in the color Peridot Twist, (also from Hobby Lobby.) I wanted the border to look like grass with bit's of flowers speckled into it and looking like you were high above it like the butterfly and huge flowers in the design.

When I started this, I wanted a project to take my mind off things going on in my family. My Mom had just been brought to the hospital and diagnosed with a faulty heart valve. She is now in a nursing home and in the process of "actively dying". It's so painful to see her this way and I know I can't do anything to help her now but visit her and give her comfort and support; and so I crochet.

Last week, my Mother-in-law has been put in a nursing home. Her mind is failing and she can no longer take care of herself. My husband came home over the weekend after seeing her and it kills me to see his pain and anguish. I can't do anything about it but give him comfort and support; and so I crochet.

And now, as if this was not enough, our dog of 12 years died yesterday in a vet hospital we drove to that was open, (thank God!), at three in the morning!!!!!! My children grew up with this dog. She'd been a part of our family for so long. We're just now going through the "she's not there" moments as this day unfolds and it's so hard.

I know you all have a million things going on in your lives as well. This is all part of life. When these things start to happen all at once it can be very overwhelming. This is what's happening to us. But i know we aren't alone. I'm sorry to be such a bummer. (I think I need a new project to crochet.)

Thank goodness there is the internet - and Craftster - and places to talk about our projects and our lives. I know crocheting can be a very lonely introverted hobby. I know I myself shut people out to concentrate on projects - especially difficult ones. But at least there is this community out there - and others like it - that, when we do feel like sharing and communicating, getting inspiration and advice, and just some simple praise from others who share the same passion and interests and can appreciate what we've made, it makes it all worth it.

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013 09:10:16 AM »

Wow! That is gorgeous.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013 09:28:33 AM »

Good grief, that's fantastic! Holy moly and WowZers!

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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013 09:38:42 AM »

Yikes! You are going through so much in your life all at once.  Crochet has always been an outlet for me too and this blanket will also be a lasting reminder of everything you have gone through and how strong human spirit can really be.  Smiley  

Now; your Magnificent Butterfly Afghan is exactly that!  Magnificent!  The colors you chose are very complementary and it is very warm and calming.  I absolutely adore it!
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013 11:09:43 AM »

Beautiful lively colors on your afghan.
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2013 11:15:01 AM »

This piece is absolutely stunning, pesky pixie!  And it's a testament to your strength and fortitude as your family goes through such difficult times.  I'm sorry for your anguish and hope that you and your family find a bit of peace and comfort in each day.

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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2013 11:42:22 AM »

As a crocheter myself-amen.

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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2013 12:12:15 PM »

This is beautiful!
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2013 07:34:43 PM »

Oh, I'm so sorry about the grief in your life right now.  I hope you and your loved ones can lean on each other and derive comfort as best you can

The afghan is stunning - you have so much skill!  I'm quite envious.
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2013 01:33:34 AM »

What a beautiful butterfly!


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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2013 09:15:55 AM »

That is just beautiful. I may have to break my "no afghans" rule. Smiley (which exists only because I don't do well with large projects)

Thank you for sharing the pictures but thank you also for sharing your stories. Crochet may be lonely but you are not alone in using it to get through times like this (I speak from experience here Smiley ) and both the crochet and the sharing can ease some of the pain of loss that you're going through. I hope things get better for you soon.


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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2013 02:09:07 PM »

What an amazing project!  Definitely had to hit "this rocks!"

Crocheting can be such a calming, peaceful hobby.  I put it right up there with my gardening & writing in having miracle powers to bleed off anxiety and depression.
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2013 02:58:31 PM »

That is amazing! Well done for following it so well. I can't do tunisian, yet.
Thank-you, also for putting the image of the back - I always wonder what backs look like in cross-stitch, and other projects.
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2013 04:26:25 PM »

This truly is magnificent!!
Absolutely beautiful!

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2013 06:46:04 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a featured project!

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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2013 05:49:43 PM »

Holy moly, this is gorgeous!
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« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2013 07:50:55 AM »

I am so sorry for all the grief you have gone through in such a short amount of time. My parents both passed within 2 months of each other last year and I am still grieving. I hope you are faring well. Hang in there and crochet! Hugs and more hugs. and BTW the afghan is gorgeous.

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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2013 11:24:22 AM »

I'm late in commenting on this, but it just so fantastic that I had to say so.  I hope things get better for you and your family, so often things seem to come in groups like your story.

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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2013 09:19:22 AM »

So pretty!  Amazing talent!

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« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2013 08:45:19 PM »

.______. wow that is amazing!

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« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2013 07:24:11 AM »

That is gorgeous!  It would be pretty nifty as a wall tapestry too.  Was it hard to work on with the color changes?

You're an incredibly strong person.  :e-hugs:  I hope life gets less stressful for you soon.

« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2013 12:58:17 PM »

Sorry you are having a rough go of it lately, but this is just beautiful!  Here's hoping things settle down for a bit...

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« Reply #22 on: September 04, 2013 05:55:39 PM »

My thoughts are with your family. Your afghan is beautiful and amazing detail. One of the most beautiful crocheted blankets I have ever seen.

I just recently started learning how to crochet so I can make blankets for a charity I run a chapter of called The Binky Patrol and envy your skill.
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