Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bad Girl



I’m heartily sick of being a good girl. So I’ve moved (further) toward the Dark Side. Last night, instead of catching up on ‘stuff’ with pressing timelines, I tuned in to ABC television for the Friday night crime, enjoyed a glass of wine and (if I knew how to do that thing with the smaller text, I’d be doing it now), started a new project.

I need a new project like a hole in the head. There are so many crafty works in progress that I’m forced to admit that I’m just not the monogamous being I thought I was. As far as the knit/sew/embroider/crochet thing goes, I’m a big hair floozy in a push-up bra and hot pants. An excellent visual image when you consider that last night I was all about the granny squares.

Which is also why I feel bad, bad to the bone. As I understand it, the whole notion of a granny square came about with the embracing of the frugal – using up all those scrappy yarn odds and ends. Problem is, a little while back, I saw the Circle-in-a-Square granny pattern at a 1/4 of an Inch and then this over at Flower Garden and had a Veruca Salt moment. I WANT ONE NOW. I WANT IT IN COTTON. If I am spending the next year of incidental, portable crafting (you wouldn’t believe how much I can fit into a week), then I WANT IT IN NICE COLOURS.



So it was, that after a tough day at work, I escaped to the Wool Baa for pure, unmitigated retail therapy. Even though I intend for this blanket to be around for a long time, for it to be woven into our family history – a permanent fixture on our living room sofa for random snuggling, evening story reading, and sneaky nana naps, I’m still feeling the guilt. Luckily it’s mainly at the start of a project that I come over all ‘just right’, uptight and colour co-ordinated. Getting toward the end, I’m really good at hit and miss and no doubt by then, there’ll still be some granny square stash-busting to be doing.

32 comments:

Cath from chunkychooky said...

you have chosen some very very nice colours. I too am in a permanent state of starting starting starting...even opening the fabric stash cupboard results in a perios of 0hh I will just put that there to make that with... and oooh that would make really good.. and while i am here i will just cut that out now so i remember... I was up at 530am this morning sewing Busy a camera.... i think I ma delerious...

elly bee said...

joris started with crafty work at school. they just do 'finger crochet' work. but at home he now is looking for the last bits of wool (which are not here). so grandma had some left overs from early days of knitting. and as I saw him sitting so relaxed just focussing on the threat I think it is addictive and I probably might find myself on the couch with some just found knitting needles of my mum. is this how it al starts???
scary xx

Leonie Guld said...

Wow....I must pick up a crochet hook this year and give it a go.

M* (Melanie) said...

I think you've made all the right bad choices. It's like buying that french cheese or swiss chocolate when you know you've eaten enough of it. At least your granny square indulgence won't clog up arteries or clock up dentistry bills.

Any way Jedi's are over-rated. They think they are so above it all. I'm with you - Sith all the way.

Sue said...

I had my Astrology charts done and I'm a triple fire...
All beginnings and no endings.... See some of us just can't help it!

Kate said...

I am a firm believer that every new project begins with new supplies. I have tried not to but it's so much more fun that way.

Cindy said...

I think when you have such beautiful inspiration you can't go wrong. The colours are just divine too! Occasionally you need a little bad as a yard stick for good.

Kylie said...

But that's what's so appealing and fabulous about crochet... you can pick it up and put it down again whenever you want! It's actually perfectly sane and wonderfully good :) Love the finished square there and your choice of colours are just gorgeous. See, even when you think you're being bad you're good... some people just have that charm, my dear :) K

beck said...

Any post with the title 'Bad Girl' has me from the get go. After reading of your Friday night escapades I had a scary sense that I may be a Bad Girl seven days of the week. But as I read on I came to my senses. Phew. Perhaps I am semi bad, or is that semi good? Anyway...I am not a one for too much guilt so I say GO FOR IT. Actually, I think I just screamed that... xo

Mel said...

oh dear ... I have resisted the lure of the crochet hook this far but that yarn looks too good! Oh you are a bad girl! My excuse would be that I do not currently have a portable form of craftiness ... thought provoking.

Oh and don't forget the FMB's to go with your hot pants!

gini said...

Bonjour thank you for your comment! that's beautiful choice of colours you have here! you're lucky you can knit im useless!
im off to make an apple pie!!!!miam!!!
gini

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Definitely a future heirloom . Love the cream .
Luckily I'm immune to the lure of the crochet hook ....crochet just makes me all crochetty .But tempt me with anything else and I'm yours . Even found myself idly admiring sequins the other day . What the hell for ?

sue said...

I think your being very creative, and new yarns in such gorgeous colors, who could resist that. I also love to do my knitting whilst watching my fave shows on tv, cant sit idle and waste any time. I am sure your heirloom blanket will be loved for many years.

staci said...

Bad girls have more fun, LOL! Your yarn looks yummy!!!

Clair said...

Unfinished works in progress start to suck at your soul after a while, don't they?

I'm loving Blogtoberfest, by the way, just for the new blog love - like yours :)

CurlyPops said...

I completely understand why you couldn't resist those colours.... I'm trying really really hard to resist clicking on that Wool Baa link

Hayley Egan said...

It's ok to indulge in craft, some people have worse habits.

Kaylovesvintage said...

sounds like my kind of friday night,
I tell you the bad girl got some great colors there

Christie said...

i cleaned up my sewing room yesterday & kept finding 1/2 finished projects, very depressing..

you are very bad for starting something new, but who can resist the lure of the wool baa, that place is very dangerous

LOVE your colours & the round grannies, can't wait to see it finished... you WILL finish it, right!?

Madeline said...

Sounds like some awesome retail therapy...and, yeah, I might (ahem) be guilty of the lack of crafting monogamy and buying new supplies when I might not really need them. That yarn is yummy looking!

Christina Lowry said...

Ooooh, very, very bad! Only joking. How could you resist?

Such lovely colours and such an awesome design. It is on my to do list, when I buy some cotton! There is nothing like these around here.

mrs smith said...

Craft monogamy is overrated.
I can't believe that you posted about this. Synchronicity. I have been dreaming of just such a cotton crocheted rug with white border all weekend. i have been trying to solicit the work of someone else's nanna to execute it for me though.
Such is my craft commitment.

My secret dream is for a nanna sweat shop full of lovely ladies drinking cups of tea and making up all the gorgeous stuff in next to no time that I can't be fagged making myself ...

Christy said...

beautiful yarn, gorgeous colors!

kellyi said...

I have so cheated in this department. I wanted a blanket like the granny pattern you depicted, but knew I didn't have the time or the skill to create one.

So I had a brainwave, and got MY granny to crochet the Granny Blanket. The women works like lightening. It wil be finished by Friday (as long as I keep the Red Bulls coming.....)

Fer said...

Don't worry, you're not alone! And really, that yarn looks divine - who could resist?

One Flew Over said...

Lovely colour combos Mrs x

Corrie said...

ohhhh lovely, what yarn is that! it looks gorgeous!!! I loved wool baa when I lived in melbourne but sadly there isn't much around me here so I send my hubby off to the city when I need needles or something essential!

yay for crochet!
corrie;)

Nycole said...

I'm drooling - gorgeous colours (I particularly like the mustardy one). Does that photo show the extent of the sin - how many balls are hiding out-of-picture? ;-)

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

T
It's only now that I feel safe to say I disregarded all references to wool and crocheting and went straight to the 'big hair floozy in a push-up bra and hot pants'. I'm trying to think just how one would carry off that look with complete aplomb...
W

Tracey said...

Hi, I am new to your blog - was drawn in by your tea towel apron! I love the colors you have chosen. What yarn are you using?

The Crafty Librarian said...

Sounds a lot like my Friday night! Very nice :o)

Cherry said...

Oh I am totally with you on the 'I want' theme - I want to make a granny rug but... I want it made out of Baby Cashmerino it pretty colours. I need to save my pennies!