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Monday, February 22, 2010

Card Guards Afghan

Alice doesn't live here anymore.
Did she ever live on the other side of the looking-glass, really?
It was more of a visit, wasn't it?
At any rate, she's gone.

But the Queen of Hearts still has her guards helping her cheat at croquet.


(Please click on the photo to enlarge it).
I tried to get this done for Valentine's Day but it wasn't, um, in the cards. LOL!
So, at least it's in time for the latest Alice in Wonderland movie to be released March 5th.

It's a small afghan and I used three, no four, different crochet stitches.
First I did the tunisian crochet, (afghan stitch), for the center guards. (Size J cabled afghan hook.)

Then, I single crocheted all the border hearts using the tapestry stitch. You actually carry over the yarn you aren't using in the design and it's sort of "trapped" within the stitch but still visible making it look sort of like confetti all around the hearts.

Then I did the front post double crochet/back post double crochet alternating between hot pink and white. (Ah! My eyeballs!)

Finally, in red, I did some clustered double crochets in bunches of five right down every other front post crochet.

I found the awesome card guard graph pattern at Jessica Tromp's knitting and stitching site. The graph is completely symmetrical so if you like that sort of pattern you'll find it there.

"You're nothing but a pack of cards!" - Alice

Monday, February 15, 2010

When the moon is in the Seventh House.....

And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

I finished the Aquarius square. Yay! (Click on the picture to make it larger).


Here's the song. A blast from the past. Enjoy!
The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In

Seven more squares to go!