Anais Nin Quote

"Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live." Anais Nin

"A life undocumented is a life unlived."

Sunday, March 24, 2013

That Thing Has Legs!

I haven't been playing Dragon Age 2 here lately. I had some problems with my Internet connection, but I've gotten a good enough connection to get back on Xbox Live now. I could play Dragon Age 2 offline, but Xbox Live has spoiled me. I want the achievements. Especially after battling this insanely ugly thing:

To top it off, we had to battle the absolute worst thing Dragon Age could put in their world: spiders. I mean, spiders bigger than your body! I can't look when they come in. I just close my eyes and hit A. Repeatedly. Until I hear the battle ending. I get full body shivers every time I come across those stupid things. I had an hour between work so while I was eating, I hopped on to see if I could at least get one quest in. I had no idea I was going to run into this gargantuan thing. All my characters died once. The second time two of us died, but we got it. AND I got my achievement. That Thing Has Legs: Found and killed a varterral. My work here is done.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Coveting Mad Crochet Skills

Ok, so I'm jealous. I love to crochet and I ordered an amigurumi Master Chief (Halo) as a birthday present. The girl made it in record time and almost before you could sing Happy Birthday I was holding a unique, detailed and meticulously-made crocheted Master Chief, complete with weapon. This girl has some mad crochet skills and I so need to figure out how to make those one of these days. For now, I'm shamelessly marketing her website. You can check her out at Deadcraft and see all the neat stuff she creates. If there is a movie/TV Show/comic/video game character, chances are she can make the amigurumi equivalent for it.

Mile-A-Minute Afghan

Today, I'm re-posting my mile-a-minute afghan because it has gotten so much attention and received so many comments.

A while back my friend went through a bit of a nasty divorce and in the process, a few of the crocheted afghans his granny had lovingly made for him were lost. While those afghans could never really be replaced, I attempted to duplicate them. Thanks to the help of a few of his family members, I was able to put together one of the afghans. If you have any questions about details, comment below and I'll get back with you. I know my explanations probably aren't always clear.

In a nutshell, I made nine strips and crocheted them together.I used Red Heart Super Saver in a dark blue and Red Heart Super Saver multi-color in a shaded dusk. I used an I hook because that works best with this worsted acrylic yarn.The first part of the strips pattern I got from the Marvelous Mile-a-Minute pattern out of Our Best Afghans A to Z. That covered the triple crochet shell-looking stitch and the first double crochet round that you see here:

They crocheted up really quick. Okay, now see that double crochet round followed by the single crochet round in the photo above? That's the adjustment I had to make in order to duplicate Granny's afghan. All I did was a double crochet in both loops around each of the nine strips using the dark blue yarn. On the corners, I did two double crochets. You may have to do more depending on the yarn you use. The idea is that it needs to be able to lay flat and not curl up around the corners.

Then it was time to attach these puppies. I used a single crochet stitch with the multi-colored yarn. I laid the strips facing each other and single crocheted each one, going in the two loops of the strips closest to each other, one from one strip and one from the other. See that multi-color going up the middle there? You're seeing the top of the single crochet on the back of the afghan. Just single crochet all the way down until you get to the end. Don't worry - you'll be able to tell. You'll be single-crocheting around the whole thing anyway.

Look at the photo below. It looks nice and flat. Doesn't that look neat?

THEN, I did a single crochet around the whole thing. See how it kind of dips in and then back out? Nothing special was done there - I just single crocheted straight across and it did that naturally. The photo below is the almost-finished project. I hadn't tucked in the ends yet. Sorry about the sideways photo. It's right-side up on my computer. You'll just have to turn your laptop around to see it. :D

Here's the finished product! I can't remember what it measured at. He laid it on his bed which I think is a full-sized bed so I'll post the photo below. He took the photo with his handy-dandy Nokia Lumia which he never fails to remind me is better quality than my stinkin' iPhone. In my defense, I do have the 3. Okay, I have to admit the photo quality of his is much better.

You can check out my Ravelry post here:Mile-A-Minute Afghan

Here are a couple of photos of some of Granny's afghans she made for other family members and the ones I got my inspiration from.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Knit the Brooks

To celebrate the opening of the newest exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Knit Mafia put a call-out to all knitters and crocheters to put together an eclectic stash of crocheted and knitted pieces to yarn-bomb the Brooks Museum. 

The exhibition is called Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th-Century American Art and will go until May 12th. 

People started meeting up at 11:00 this morning to either drop off their pieces or help put everything together. 


Our fearless leader demonstrating how to zip-tie the pieces to wherever it needed to go. 


And here we go!

Is that a neat piece?? I wish I had thought to take a picture of it when it was still laid out. It had daisies all over it and that little ladybug is too stinkin' cute!

Love the rainbow!

Knitted with love!

I had to leave after about an hour and a half so I'm not sure what it looks like now except I just know it's a beautiful and colorful-looking display. I don't know how long it's going to stay up so if you're in that neck of the woods, go by and take a peek! And go inside to see the Brooks Museum exhibit!

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