Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Creative Space: The Honeymoon Period



Hand on my heart, I pledge not to shower this blog or anyone who happens past with weekly granny square updates. I promise not to inflict a stitch by stitch, end-weaving-in account so that by the time this blanket thing is finished, remaining stalwart visitors will be thinking they should have a baby to show for it.*



Just cut me this bit of slack. It’s the honeymoon period. I’m but ten squares in and that Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton has some fab colours. Whenever I can, I’m slotting in the portable craft. It killed me to leave it in the car for last night’s exhibition opening. I thought I could have looked quite arty, (albeit a bit two dimensional arty), with all those sculptor-types gesticulating about.



In the meantime, the Myrtleandeunice clan are bewildered. I have silently declared that I’m on packing-away-craft-stuff strike – it’s eating into the ‘doing’ time. Instead, I’m treating yarn stashes, cotton reels, piles of fabric etcetera, as potential home decorating notions. Little crafty vignettes keep cropping up around the house, cleverly disguised and grouped with other stuff in a vain attempt to look convincing. Here we have a little yarn vignette. That’s a spot of cheerleading typography in the background. By George! (Who is George? Anyone know who George is? And why is he always so emphatic?), This is not another non-finisher. I AM in for the long haul. I AM going to finish this thing!



* Yes, even you three male followers

PS. Pop over to Kirsty’s. I’m thinking she could probably point you in the direction of another Creative Space or two...

44 comments:

kellyi said...

Your creative space still looks pretty. I cleared out the whole of my yarn and fabric stash today.

I thought it would take a couple of hours. Try six.

jeanamarie said...

what tenacity! it will be a beautiful blanket :)

midge said...

it's looking lovely already. and who needs to eat and sleep anyway-BY GEORGE

Cindy said...

I hope the honeymoon lasts. 10 in - how many does that leave? It is looking so beautiful, I think that you will have a long and happy life together

One Flew Over said...

They look amazing - I will learn one of these days!...

Grace said...

promises are made to be broken....

Debra said...

ha ha...love it...on strike here too...i actually love the little stacks of craft all around...:) loving t hose squares..:)

Amanda said...

Beautiful post as usual..You have a way with words, and yarn :)...Gotta love that honeymoon period, I hope it lasts throughout, I am tackling a much smaller ripple at the moment..Keeping the goal to finish as well!!!! ;)

Kate said...

Loving that last photo. I think a crafty yarn vignette adds to any home decor.

Christy said...

I love the last photo too! So very cozy looking.

yardage girl said...

The last photo is superb - love the letters and the colours. Really nice! Good luck with the squares!

M* (Melanie) said...

Oh Tania!! I want to follow your granny progress! I want to know where you are up to every week. I know I sound like a crochet train spotter but I really enjoy those things. You can however, leave out the tying in the ends bit. Even I find that process boring.

Lauren said...

I think I need to take a leaf out of your book and work on using my craft piles as home decorations and avoid the threatened cleaning that way... Loving your grannies so far. Beautiful colours!

Drewzel said...

Go you! I blame you for me starting one too!
And I think "By George!" is a Clayton's curse expression, saying George instead of Jeebus. King George I guess?

PS. word verification = "ingulter", which if isn't already a word, should be.

Kylie said...

But Tania...please! I want to see every single shot and moment of those divine squares! They are so yummy! Your colour selection is so spot-on - they truly look edible :)
I like what George! has put together there. He's got a good eye that one ;)
K x

Tammy James said...

Very convincing home decorating notions! beautifully colour co-ordinated grouping!

Vic @ Punky and Me said...

It's look lovely so far... and YES! You WILL get it done...! (You have a whole lot of cheerleaders around here, I'm sure!)

Gina said...

I LOVE your vignette. You can come over to my house and leave balls of yarn lying wherever you please (as long as those awesome red letters come too, oh how I love them, could I marry them?)
By George, I can feel my own Veruca Salt moment coming on with all this yarn and granny porn in your space. Good thing you're promising not to wave it in my face daily...

Kirsty said...

Your 10 are magnificent. I'll swap your 10 for the 70+ brown ones in my linen press!

Mel said...

Actually I'd be quite happy to read about your crochet blanket each day ... and by the end of it I may not have a baby but you may well have just enticed me to the 'other' dark side!

Oh and I loooove the vignette's! How come your crafty stuff looks great whilst mine just looks like someone ran amok in Spotlight?

sue said...

Your granny squares look beautiful and I love all those colors you are using. Yes I have to agree your craftiness looks very artlike modelling on the shelf. Mine always looks as though it was tipped onto the spot in a mad rush, which it probably was.

beck said...

I love the last photo too. I may set up a similar scene amongst the chaos and pretend my whole life is so orderly and pleasing on the eye. Your blanket colours are lovely, keep hooking mama! xo

caramela said...

Lovely post! I have a brother called George, he is really very nice and very cute too!
Have a sweet day increasing the number of your squares!
Annamaria

Leonie Guld said...

sorry....what did you say...I was to busy looking at the yummy pictures!!

Nikki Cardigan said...

I am veyr happy to be showered with weekly granny square updates. Hell, I'll even listen to daily ones if need be! Like everything you make, these delicious squares are beautiful.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your craft arrangements in no way resemble mine ....there's no dentist's reminders , clipped out recipes or "I'll take it upstairs next time I go"s tucked in there that I can see .

Selina said...

your photos are like craft porn, those granny square shots are gorgeous!

tea with lucy said...

I'm yet to find a Jo Sharp colour that doesn't make me drool. . . yours are tres yummy!

sophie said...

oh man, it's going to look so good when it's done. I hear you on the home dec...my stuff is everyhwere, little bits and pieces I can pick up and put down as pleased!

Suse said...

George is the younger, more enthusiastic brother of the well known stroppy chap Gordon Bennett.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

If only I had the designer 'eye' to group my 'stuff' together and it wouldst look like 'art'. Right now I have the travelling mega plastic ugly tub full of felted jumpers, a thread box and various things in stages of completion (note none "completed") all piled up in one corner - awaiting my departure (next week). Peta

Michelle said...

Hey, I've been showing my hexagons for almost five years. I don't mind seeing your gorgeous granny aquares every post if you need to show them!!!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

No, no - keep up the granny posts. That way I can forget the hard yards I was putting towards my crochet ... and instead granny-on vicariously.

I love, love, love that DK. Your squares look beautiful. Now for an excuse to drop by Albert Park ...

Malini Mohan Kumar said...

Awesome creative work. its way beyond what my thoughts are rolling over in my mind. I am really speechless to see your creative space! Amazing work and great effort! All the best

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Loving your granny squares - no wonder you a have been admiring them! The wool basket is a sweet and homely decorating touch - those yarn colours are divine.

dillpickle said...

You temptress, you! Like I need another excuse to buy more yarn....

Karin said...

I think craft supplies make a wonderful still life :-)

Jo James said...

I'm all for incorporating creative spaces into wherever it is that we spend our time. Your little vignette proves that supplies can be pretty too :)

Madeline said...

At least your crafty vignettes look convincingly like decorating. Mine generally look like I just left my craft stuff out.

Cute as Buttons said...

A very stylish vignette...was there ever a doubt that your craft mess would be someone's craft Home Beautiful. I do like your tenacity. Lisa.

Jo said...

tania i stepped on over here at the recommendation of Christie (pigeon-pair) ~ so pleased that I did! your space is beautiful, love your granny squares (so very inspiring) and that vignette is just beautiful. anyway, just wanted to say hi! jo

Kylie said...

Good to see you're going to make something out of those pretty squares. I haven't done anything with mine yet... love your colours.

Romantic bed and breakfasts said...

Thinking about a honeymoon usually brings to mind beautiful beaches, mango daiquiris and candlelit dinners.

tammie said...

AAAACK.. stop it right now. you are pulling me in...