Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Creative Space



It’s always a bit of a struggle finding a creative crafty space. Not only are there underlying housework issues, but I’ve already taken the biggest room in the place for the work gig and recently weirdly realised I can’t mix the two – even in a geographical sense. My creative space tends to waft around the house. Recipe for disaster with a nearly two year old fancying herself as a bit of a natural knittery-type.

I have been faffing about with a cone of Habu Silk Stainless Steel yarn for way over a year without rhyme, reason or scrap of vision. My cover story is I’m making a(nother) grey scarf but really it’s just a long-winded swatch. Thank heaven for bamboo needles – without them it would be more enjoyable knitting with a spider web. After frogging no less than ten starts, I have given up on any practical outcome and now while away many a potentially productive crafting hour because I am OBSESSED with the texture. The stainless steel element and its ‘memory’ is intriguing. I’m throwing in an occasional bit of merino 2ply for extra body and swapping between titchy and giant needles which make nice wavy edge bits. But I’m thinking it could be time to step back for a while, when adding SEWING THREAD to the mix for a dash of blink-and-miss colour, has me jumping around exclaiming ‘Oh my giddy Aunt!’ and reaching for the high-powered magnifying glass for the Mr to share the joy.



Find more creative spaces (complete with rhyme and reason) over at Kirsty’s...

35 comments:

Kylie said...

This is so incredibly gorgeous and exquisite... I'm holding my breath looking at it! Love love love it Tania! :) K

Nicola said...

WOW! I saw this type of thread/wool at the Sydney quilt/craft show. I was completely amazed and in awe but stopped short from buying some because i had no idea what to do with it. I wish i had now seeing how good it looks!

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Wow- that looks magical! I hope they create a vegan version soon so I can play- I can see how hours could be whittled away with it!!

june at noon said...

Wow, what an amazing texture! I can see why it would be a bit consuming.... :)

handmaiden said...

it looks amazing, cant wait to see it finished..love the colour

Finki (jay) said...

what a beautiful texture, that's coming up a treat.

Leonie Guld said...

Wow! I would love to see the finish! Its a spin how it just stays in its shape, Love it!

M* (Melanie) said...

Wow Tania. Stainless steel? I am impressed. I love the fact it has a memory. It must be such a fun play date! I love the photos too. It really makes fine knitting a tempting idea...

Kirsty said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Madeline said...

That sounds like incredible stuff to knit with. The results are beautiful even if they aren't entirely practical.

Gina said...

Yawn. What a boring post. Completely unworthy of comment. The texture of that Habu silk looks quite unremarkable and the grey and yellow combination is making me fall asleep.

Lauren said...

Just gorgeous!

Michelle said...

I love the idea of Habu. I have never used it for crochet, but I hear it's wonderful knitted up. Will have to take the plunge one of these days!

Nikki said...

ooh - I love the thrill of an exciting discovery!! The thread idea would have me squealing with delight, too.

I had a case of the I'm-so-bloody-clever's the other day and tried to get my Mr excited about a lavender bag I made.... I should have just KNOWN, shouldn't I...?

said...

i am so curious about habu... must try:)
i adore your photos:)

Mel said...

I do declare I have never heard of habu. Where on earth do you get it? I love the idea of adding the thread - genius!

Oh and awesome photography. Like, really, REALLY good.

Lucy Bowler said...

This is so beautiful - and interesting - look forward to seeing its evolution.. and enjoyed hearing about the wandering of the creative spaces around the house. I have to hide my knitting from my two and a half year old as well, she has been very 'helpful' in the past...

amity ville boronia said...

Everything else aside, these are beautiful pictures!

kellie said...

It's incredible. I love the colour combo.

Melanie said...

Have always enjoyed the phrase 'faffing about'. I think it might be a key part of my position description, actually :) The scarfy thing looks fun.

Cindy said...

Loving the colour and am always a sucker for texture. Can't wait to see more, you will have to come up with the goods now after all this excitement

GUGAW said...

ooh this looks really interesting, and love the picture with greys and chartreuse! btw, you're very welcome to a 50% off voucher for my shop! just drop your email address across to claire@gugaw.co.uk and i'll send one your way!

beck said...

You seem to have set the crafty bloggy world on fire with your latest craze!!! Ouch, I think I'm getting burnt! xox

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Crumbs ! I didn't even know it existed ..... could you knit tiny beads into the mix ? Tiny lime or garnet would make a fabulous collar . But perhaps it scratches ?

CurlyPops said...

The texture is amazing... I can see why you're obsessed!

Nanette said...

Speechless.
Superlatives surpass me.
x

One Flew Over said...

Ah...no such thing as a creative space with children around...unless you have a lock on the door! Are you on Ravlery? Al over at 6.5stitches works with Habu quite a bit and has done some gorgeous stuff. I'm such a slow knitter...the habu scares the life out of me :)

woollywotnots said...

Your photographs for your creative space are fantastic. I like to use it just to add a little extra here and there. I'll use some mixed into a scard every so often to add a bit of glam for an evening dress. I've made some lovely evening gloves with it and also added an occasional line into long stripy leg warmers.

Tinniegirl said...

It's really quite gorgeous and sounds amazing to work with. I love the way it looks.

Cindy said...

Ohhh dangerous. Just another medium to experiment with - does it ever end? Or in my case, does it ever start?

Alisa said...

That is truely a creative space then! Let the stainless steel yarn take you who knows where... Love love love a squeeze of lime.

Michelle said...

Your photos are amazing (and I empathise with the young children/craft space conflict). Is the yarn soft?

Linda said...

such gorgeous work and stunning photos too

myf said...

just beautiful.
'faffing around'is a great term- use it often, use it with vigour.

Sandrine said...

It so delicate!Beautiful