Week 30: The Pixel Painter

Hal LaskoHal Lasko, also known as Grandpa, turned 98 years old on Sunday. Hal served in WWII drafting directional and weather maps for bombing raids.  He worked as a graphic designer in Cleveland, Ohio during some of the most amazing years in advertising. At night, he painted. Hal eventually retired from American Greetings in 1970. They continue to use the font he created, Lasko Script, to this day.

Lasko ArtLong after he retired, Hal’s family showed him Microsoft Paint (MS Paint), a basic painting program that comes free with Microsoft Windows. He was hooked, painting on the computer up to ten hours a day. Grandpa lost some of his vision in 2005 due to wet macular degeneration. He has also lost much of his hearing but continues to soldier on with his art. His work is considered a blend of pointillism and 8-bit pixel art. Hal has not only an amazing creative gift but also an uplifting and inspiring outlook on life.

The computer is just such a wonderful way to design. It’s a wonderful way for people with poor eyesight and poor hearing to spend their time. I feel more creative now than when I was actually painting.


I’ve been remiss in posting photos of the Lego swim bag I made for Mason. It was part of his “school’s over and you did great” gift, along with a new snorkel and mask. The bag is made from blocks that use the bobble stitch to emulate Lego studs. I made the back in a meshy pattern since it doesn’t have to hold anything but a towel, shorts and swim toys.

Lego Swim Bag

Also, the training wheels came off last Friday and surprise, surprise, Mason can ride a bike!


Milestone alert… blanket number SIX is complete! Square one is a colour experiment with the Corner Start Diagonal pattern. I also felt like some stripes this week. Square four is a “J” for the It-Feels-Like-This-Alphabet-Blanket-Is-Never-Going-To-Be-Finished project; despite the name, I’m bound and determined to finish this blanket. Square seven is a Magic Knot special, making use of all the little ends I had hanging around.

Week 30

Flower Pocket SquareI jazzed up a plain square three with a flower and pocket.

Square Count: 210
Blankets: 6!
Hats: 6

Mason Bike

About Andrea Squared

I've been a crocheter since I was wee and I've been knitting since 2013. My life is filled with love and joy from my two boys, Mason and Evan, my dear husband and our dog.
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1 Response to Week 30: The Pixel Painter

  1. Pam Antink says:

    A truly remarkable story Andrea – he is delightful! Pam

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