Fascinated with this crocheting technique. It's really quite simple. What makes it difficult is creating your own graph. This is where the creativity comes in from the start. At your computer. Not only do you need to scan in what you want to do, but I feel there is some finesse to the photo. Correcting margins, defining the background don't even get me started on combining of 2 photos. I've seen it.
I signed up to learn the technique from Todd at Crochet by Numbers. Busy dude I think as I found it difficult to get emails back in a timely fashion. Ok should say in a Lynne "I'm learning a new craft" fashion. Last summer I decided to spend 3 months doing it. In that thought bubble above my head here's how I envisioned Todd's life (Family guy, full time job, kids, wife and takes commissions for CBN art pieces really a 2nd job.) Here's me (why can't you put your life on hold for some old lady across the country who wants to learn CBN pronto.) He does get back to you don't get me wrong, but I had a crochet hook and it needed work after I did the beginning work projects.
So, I cruised through the CBN posts and groups on Ravelry. This lead me to another person doing phenomenal CBN work too. She makes her own patterns. I love that she's very protective of Todd and his Crochet by Numbers technique. This I think encourages his business and encourages one to get creative and do their own work.
I saw few practice projects on Lee Mac's website and one was a British Flag. She being Australian I can totally understand this fine project. Me, being lazy and from the United States decided that if I was going to put all this crochet work into a project I wanted it to be something that would be personal for me. Ever since 9/11 I've had a fascination with having United States flag represented some where in my life. I decided to give making my own chart of my flag a try. I could go all traditional the straight lines of the flag would lend themselves well to crocheting. I thought if I'm truly going to get some practice with this technique I needed to mix it up. I found a graphic of a waving flag that I liked.
Thinking it wouldn't be much more than 3 colors red, white and blue it should be pretty easy. After fiddling with the program I got it down to 11 colors! Oh yeah forgot about shading. Forgot if I want this piece to look good it will need shading.
As I sat working on this project I realized I'm having a major yarn problem. My yarn choices are not the same color name as the project sheet. I made up a chart of the names. Still having trouble. Yarn skeins rolling all over I decide to put them in a box. Now it's hard to read their names. I put down the crochet hook and got out a sheet of blank paper, scissors, a sharpie, tape and a hole punch. Voila! I now have the yarn organized in a manner that me and my short term memory problems can handle.
When I chose my colors the red and white were easy. Then I needed a blue that would fit into the family of the red and the white. My next problem with color choices was the grays. I needed 4 colors of gray for the shading. I had to tear myself away from the idea that the label needs to say gray in order to get the colors I wanted. 2 of my grays are called silver heather and linen. I squinted my eyes to just get the hue of the color in my brain and see them blending together. I needed a shading pink. Again don't read the label it says orange, but the color is perfect for light coral.
I just love how the piece turned out. I got a lot of practice in pulling the knots through as I went. Lee again had a video on where to pull the knots through. Most helpful. I'll be turning this into a pillow for my couch.
Todd Paschall's Crochet By Numbers website. You can also get a lot of great tips from Lee Mac's Totalee.net blog.
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