Monday, October 4, 2010

Today's Word of The Day is..... Crochet!

Yes, in a knitting blog. =)

You see, before I started to knit, I crocheted. A lot. For a long while. But as seems to happen, and I don't know why, once  I started to knit, I never really went back to crocheting. With one exception. Graph afghans. I love them. And nobody I know, especially my family, complains when I make them one. One of my major pride and joys would be 'Marvin'. This afghan took SO long to make that my family would call or text and say, what are you doing? And I would simply say 'Marvin'. There's a good story here....

My ex, being born and raised here, is a huge North Carolina Tar Heels fan. So when we first got together, I thought it would be neat to make him a Tar Heels afghan. I had come across a free graph online. I made the mistake of telling him. (I didn't know yet, that complicating EVERYTHING was simply a Marcus trait, or I'm sure I would have kept my mouth shut!). 'Well,' he says, 'Can you put Marvin the Martian on it? I always loved him.' Me, 'You want a Marvin the Martian afghan? At 29 years old?'. 'No, can you put Marvin the Martian AND the Tar Heels?'. Oy. Make a long story short, I ended up paying a woman $3 to graph Marvin for me. I then had to print him out and with a razor blade, square by square, cut him out and physically paste him onto the North Carolina afghan. (This is where the obsessiveness of MY personality comes out!). It is done in 'Tunisian Crochet' with each square of the graph being one stitch. This is the ultimate example that anything that can be graphed, can be knit or crocheted. It is big. Probably would fit a queen size bed easy. It took me 2 years to make this afghan. No, not straight, I would get IMMENSELY sick of it and put it aside at times. My ex brought it to work when it was done, to show off and told them it took me 3 months. WHAT? Well, he reasoned, if I didn't eat, sleep or do anything else but work on it, it probably would have only taken me 3 months. The man can rationalize anything! So without further introduction......... meet Marvin =)


  1. Now that is love right there! You know that you will always have a big place in his heart! Great job!

  2. Where did you find the graph online - I would love to make the afghan for my son minus the martian. Please let me know how to find the graph. Thanks - great job by the way.

  3. I just did a quick search and couldn't find the graph again...but then I did a quick search of my email (I am really bad about cleaning out my sent folder and such), and found it in there. So if you would like it, drop me an email at and I will send it to you. This goes for anyone.