"Danger Will Robinson Danger"
A Déjà vu Afghan project
My youngest daughter TeaMaven turned 21 this month. I had a Friendship Afghan
made for Canadiangirl my oldest daughter in November 2009. I decided I would like to make TeaMaven an afghan as well. In New Zealand the 21st birthday is a big deal - or at least when I was
growing up. This time I wanted to make the whole afghan myself -- rather ambitious but browsing through the Ravelry patterns I came across the Cat Afghan
. This was the inspiration for the final product. My thoughts were I could make 25 squares quite easily myself as opposed to Canadiangirl's 49 squares that were collected. Next thought was how many picture squares would I make. I was going to make 8 like in the original pattern but when charting out silhouette graphs, it has to be a simple, easily identifiable object. After much searching on the internet for silhouette pictures I came up with 4 and decided that was enough. I ended up graphing a kiwi, teapot, maple leaf & cat. Canadiangirl loves to knit so it was perfect for her to have a knitted afghan. Now TeaMaven is learning to crochet & while I do not crochet that well I do enjoy Tunisian crochet. I did have to Youtube how to change colours in Tunisian crochet but the video I came across was absolutely wonderful.
I crocheted the coloured 12 inch squares even when TeaMaven was home. She did ask me at one time what I was making. I said an afghan but she never asked who I was making it for. I do use up stash & make afghans and other projects for charity so this was not unusual. The graphed picture squares were crocheted while she was at school. I loved Wednesdays, she was on the bus at 7 am & did not get home til around 6:30 pm. It was a long day for her but I got the squares graphed onto graph paper & then crocheted on those Wednesdays.
Putting the squares together was another feat, especially when they are spread out on the living room floor & then have to be packed away before she got home. I arranged the squares and took many photos so I would remember which layout I liked best. I finally got it completed, crocheted together, gift wrapped & hidden in my bedroom closet. The completed afghan looks absolutely wonderful!!