Earlier this year Vanna White, Lion Brand and Michael's hosted a knitting and crochet contest. Entries had to be made out of Vanna's Choice yarn. The winner was to receive a trip for two to meet Vanna White and be part of the Wheel Of Fortune audience.
I made my Winter Viking amigurumi out of Vanna's Choice yarn and entered him in the contest. Then I sat back and waited for my tickets to L.A. to arrive in the mail. They never came. In fact, I didn't even make the first cut. I felt like a loser, but instead of sulking in defeat I got busy and crocheted this vengeful, nasty piece: (in order to solve the puzzle you'll need an F, and to buy two vowels - an O and an A).
By the time I finished this project I wasn't sad or angry anymore. In fact it was ridiculously fun to crochet a little "Vanna" with her Wheel Of Fortune board. Vanna is basically a typical Karabouts girl doll but with some added curves, a big smile, and a sparkly dress.
The Wheel Of Fortune board was crocheted using a technique called "tapestry crochet." With tapestry crochet, you carry one or more colors of yarn, switching out the color depending on which color is needed. You also work every other row in the back of the stitches so that you have only the front of the stitches on the front side of your work. It's a really neat technique that produces a woven look. If you'd like to learn this technique, here's a great site with lots of tips.
By the way, I have nothing against Vanna White. She's done a ton to promote crochet and I use her Vanna's Choice yarn all of the time in my work. She was just an easy target for my vengeful crochet. Sorry Vanna!
And in case you're wondering who did win the Vanna's Choice contest, you can find the winning entries here.