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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Thoroughly Modern Mona

This project began in January when I received a couple of free art prints in the mail, (promising me if I'd just sign up, they'd continue to deliver these lovely masterpiece art prints until I decide to cancel - at any time, of course, blah, blah, blah...)

Well, anyway, one was Claude Monet's The Water-Lily Pond and the other was Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa.

Thus began a fun-filled month of playing a newly invented game with my youngest son that I like to call, "Where's Mona?"
The game merely consists of hiding the Mona print throughout the house, (although, bringing her out to my car seat would not be considered an infraction of the game either, mind you). Anyway, the object of the game is to find the Mona. That's all. Nothing to it really. Then, once you find Mona, you must hide it and wait until the other person discovers her, (usually in a most unsuspecting place).

I once had her "dressed in my son's bathrobe, seated at his computer with an arm extending to his mouse. (Not to be outdone, I did come home from shopping one day to find Mona at my computer, dressed in my new Harry Potter Snuggie "robe"!) (Who would have guessed Mona was a Gtyffindor?!) LOL!

Anyway, with so much Mona on our minds, I decided to search the web for an easily adaptable picture of her to crochet into an afghan.

Oh. My. Gosh! Have you ever googled Mona Lisa images??!!! It seems everyone has had a crack at altering her photo into some hilarious, some disturbing, and some, well, just plain weird pictures.

I finally found this image on a flicker webpage belonging to "dirtchick" (also known as Nina), which 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.

Soooo, are you still with me folks? That's how I came to the decision to use this picture of Mona for my next project. I changed the colors a little bit and graphed it at microrevolt again.

So, without further ado, here's my finished Mona... (Please click on the photos to enlarge them).


This is the front. I used caron One Pound in Peach, I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in purple, orange and true blue (at the border), and Red Heart blue also. It is tunisian crocheted using a size J cabled afghan hook.


This is the back of the afghan. It came out very neat. I like to do afghans with big blocks of colors. (Not a million and one color changes every few stitches like some of the other harder ones).

I'm ending this with the beautiful song Mona Lisa sung by another master craftsman; the fabulous Nat King Cole.


  • Hi! I am the "dirtchick" whose photo you used. I actually took the photo while at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport. The address you used is correct but no one will recognize the airport. :)


    By Blogger Nina, at 1:36 PM  

  • Oh! Hi Nina!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE YOUR PHOTO!!! I saw a few more photos of this image but no one had nearly as good a photo of it as you did. It's amazing!

    I'll edit my post to include the Charles de Gaulle airport name on it as well as your name Nina too, (if that's ok?)

    I've also posted a link to your flicker photo on my Ravelry page here Ravelry and I plan to post my project (with links to your flicker photo) at Craftster and Crochetville too. Those are the only places I ever show my projects to.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

    By Blogger Becky, at 2:48 PM  

  • thats beautiful.

    By Blogger Baby BLOGzilla, at 8:31 PM  

  • thats beautiful

    By Blogger Baby BLOGzilla, at 8:32 PM  

  • Becky, I am a die hard fan and collector of PETER MAX. Is there any way I could get, or maybe you can commission the Crossing Borders afghan? please check my blog too I am also doing a full historic study of the 1978 to 1980 Border Murals.

    Ed Gugliotta

    By Blogger The Max collector, at 3:40 AM  

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