Wednesday, November 28, 2007

If I Only Had A Brain...

...A second brain that is.



Crocheted from cotton thread. About 3000 yards of bedspread weight cotton thread to be exact.



And teensy weensy little hook. A size 6 steel hook cradled in a hand carved wooden handle courtesy of the hook carver extraordinaire, Jimbo!

Jimbo, your hook enabled me to crochet for many, many hours virtually free of pain. Thank you so much!



And it took numerous hours to work through the filet mesh of this brainy beast of a shawl. A month and a half of evenings dedicated to the mesh, open and closed.

A lot of mesh...



Yeah, it's that big.

And it is done!

My brainical thready opus is finis!

Copyright 2007 Regina Rioux Gonzalez. All rights reserved.

44 comments:

mamagenerica said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love your brain, in both senses of the word :-) Thanks for perking up my morning.

Miz K said...

I'm completely in awe. Amazing!

Gina said...

AWESOME!!!!!

Deneen said...

You are amazing woman-

SisterDG said...

Good lord, that blows my mind. You are so freakin' talented - I aspire to be even half the crocheter you are when I grow up.

naomi said...

Holy Cow ! I never knew a brain could be so pretty !

Sachi said...

Do you know how much I love you?

In all seriousness, I can never show this to my husband or he will demand that I make one. Of course, I'm already considering this for myself.

Bunny said...

That is totally amazing! I think my arm would have fell off halfway through that project.

Caroline B said...

That is insane! I know how fiddly that must have been - I take my hat off to you!

miss kendra said...

you're so awesome.

Dawna said...

That is phenomenal! In the first picture, I didn't realize the size of the brain - seeing someone holding it up... wow... that's a heck of a lot of work and time!

I applaud you. :)

Robert & Anjanette said...

wow! can I post a photo of this on my site?? (craftrenaissance.com)

Uccellina said...

That. Is incredible. Wow.

X said...

Holy cow! Awesome!

sydney said...

Your brain is fabulous... & the pie was delicious...and now its one of our favorites ! much easier to make then your brain (shawl)...we thank you ! Sydneys household

sallyanne said...

Aha. Women's brains are bigger....!
:=) Lovely work!

Lynne E. said...

Amazing!

turtlegirl76 said...

The whole thing is crocheted? You didn't do the triangle portion on your loomy thing? wow. That makes it even more amazing.

Megalion said...

That is too awesome for words!

And wow the time investment!! I wish I could be as productive as you. As it is, I'm lucky to get 20 rows a night in a simple garter stitch (35 stitches) on a scarf I'm working on.

Never mind the Jolly Roger appliques I started a while back! I want to finish those.

Green Kitchen said...

I knew your were crazy, now I know you are insane! All I can say is WOW!

Jimbo said...

Just incredible, Regina! and to think it was made with a hook I made!!

Thanks for showing it!!

Jessica said...

This is very cool.

Kim said...

That is just pure insanity! WOW!

Whatever inspired this??

Sally said...

Good God, that is remarkable. Well done as usual Regina!

Ellen Bloom said...

The incredible crocheted brain of West LA! Amazing, as usual.

Sara said...

Wow. I have no words. Other than wow.

Madge said...

Whoa, that's some brain you've got there. In size 10 crochet cotton?! Madness, woman, sheer and utter madness. But in a good way!

Is this the first in a series of fileted organs? Is the spleen next? Maybe the heart?

Whoa.

Ann Marie said...

"If I Only Had A Brain..." OH, but you did!! So brilliant and amazing! KUDOS!

Cathy said...

THAT seriously makes me want to try crocheting with thread. I never thought I'd be interested in filet, but that's way cool.

PS- I'm working on your 'grill' placemats from the kooky crochet book, and my husband thinks they're hilarious!

I'm starting to come up with some pattern ideas of my own now, and am excited to start experimenting after I've made all my christmas presents. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

Robin said...

WOW!!! Amazing work and patience!

LauraJ said...

You are completely insane, and I mean that in the most admiring way possible. Also very clever and apparently a great designer.

I think you should make a smalller on for a headscarf.

kay said...

You never cease to completely amaze me!!

Batty said...

Goodness, that is awesome! It's beautiful, geeky, somehow creepy, in other words, perfect.

Octopus Knits said...

That is truly amazing!

Crochet Leah said...

Wow! You're creativity just amazes me!! And you're work is gorgeous!!
Gotta love that thread!!! :)) Okay, get this - brain in a rectangle for a beautiful tablecloth!!!!! What ya think????? :))

Brooke said...

just stopped by for a closer look and want to add my congratulations. An amazing accomplishment! Way to use your noodle!

FinnyKnits said...

I have to say it, Check out the big brain on Brad!

Thanks for posting photos with a human for comparison so that we can all ogle how enormous that project really was. WOWZA.

That is one big brain (on Brad - see I can not stop myself.)

Congrats - impressive.

gracia said...

This is brilliant!

Mini said...

Most excellent! And I have the perfect person in mind ot crochet this for ~ you ARE going to sell the pattern, right?!!

nstssj said...

That is just goddamn beautiful. You are a genius!

Anonymous said...

Lady Linoleum strikes again! Will you be offering a pattern for this on your site? I've banged out your jellyfish, the saw that dripped blood, the spider web shawl-I NEED to make this! I love it. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas with the rest of us.
Judy

shula said...

Pure genius.

Keri - http://kinnicchick.com said...

Is there a WHY out here somewhere that I've missed???

This is AWESOME. My husband would totally dig it if I crocheted this for him... I'm thinking - tablecloth... bedspread... something really hugely overwhelming and useful. :) He had a brain tumor back in 2001 and now when we look at the MRI every year to re-scan, you see a big hole where they removed it... We have a laugh each year about that big chunk of his brain missing.

If I could give him a huge brain like this? He'd really love it. Honestly. His online name is HalfBrainBoy. :)

Is there a backstory to why you made it? And can I get a pattern?

Nandi said...

Simply amazing! Do you have a pattern for it?