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  1. This afghan is designed after a ceramic sculpture by Pablo Picasso of a cat. The cat sculpture was made and given to Earnest Hemmingway as a sort of "thank you" for a box of grenades that Hemmingway left for Picasso as a gift. No really. That's how the story goes anyway. And there's more. The cat sculpture was actually stolen from the Hemmingway House, (which is now a museum), back in 2000. When the museum got back the Picasso, it was broken in pieces and stored in their basement. Another sculpture artist named Bob Orlin then made a replica of the sculpture and that replica is still on display in the Hemmingway House in Florida. Phew! Having explained all that there is still more. After googling around to get a good photo of it to make into a graph I stumbled upon a stained glass artist who had actually designed a Picasso's Hemmingway cat to make into a stained glass piece. Her name is Judy and her planned design is on her "in the works" section of her website. (I have a link to her site in my blog.) Anyway, I took Judy's photo of her stained glass design, graphed it at Knit Pro, and then crocheted it into the afghan. I wanted to use typical "Mondrian colors" since the black outlined sections of the piece reminded me of a Piet Mondrian painting. I used a size J cabled, (flexible), afghan hook. The yarn is I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby and Red Heart yarns It's not a very big afghan or anything. Kind of baby crib sized measuring 32 inches wide by 47 inches high. It took about a week to make. The border is a basketweave stitch using a regular size J crochet hook and alternating black rows with colors from the afghan thrown in randomly on each side. I'm including a photo of the front and then the back of the afghan here. My blog has links to photos of the original sculpture and also the replica. I really enjoyed making this afghan!
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