Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Creative Space



It was either the eight year old trousers which ended up as two year old trousers or the endless toddler snot (non-sleep). Hauling out the sewing machine is too much like hard labourer work when I could be cosying up to a ball of yarn. So the short-lived sewing mojo has taken another hike – and besides, I have serious brownie points to win.

We’ve already missed Mothers Day in the UK and now there’s a mother-in-law birthday looming and there is no doubting the urgency in the reminder (WARNING!) call I just received from the father-in-law.



Thanks to Kate’s excellent gift-giving notion, I am gobsmackingly on the case. There was only understandable, uneasy, gobsmacked silence, filled with uncomfortable disbelief when I declared as much to the father-in-law. Nonetheless, I can confirm that the Anne Scarf is finished, was quickish, (I’m slowish) and excellently portable. It’s amazing how much you can achieve at an extended (red) traffic light.

There is also Mum and Granny craft to achieve for Sunday and given I am unable to predict extended traffic light opportunity, my advance apologies if I quite literally bump into you or your stand at the Stitches & Craft Show on Friday. I’m the one crocheting on the hop, while no doubt very much enjoying the day’s soirée.

I did came over uber efficient knitting the on-the-edge-of-your-seat-because-it’s-supposed-to-fall-apart-at-the-end Destroyed Cowl, for a friend’s birthday. Then I tried it on, to, you know, see if it worked and all that and appear to have neglected to take it off. Which means I have to come over all last minute, as per usual, whipping up version two with some more of that gloriously soft, chunky stuff.





Oh. And I do have a nose. It’s just that self portraiture while displaying Destroyed Cowl in Action can prove somewhat unwieldy. It struck me that I am hardly ever in front of the camera (not just not on this blog) and looking verrrrry tired (partly due to kid snot but mostly admittedly not) and there are wrinkles. Fourteen crinkle wrinkles per eye – no need for you to zoom in – I COUNTED THEM FOR YOU.

Oodles more ‘My Creative Space’ action over with Kirsty...

47 comments:

Becky said...

Lovely Cowl, I will have to follow that link and save it :)

Valerie said...

your greys are beautiful (both)
i've never heard of this pretty "destroyed cowl" (but i'm not much of a knitter !) but i've already crocheted a "Anne scarf", very enjoyable to make...

elk said...

the way you captured the stitches with camera are so creative ... i always relish my visits here!

Amanda said...

Beautiful scarf..I need to hop on that bandwagon, and the cowl is awesome might have to put that on the to-do list as well.

Snot factory going on over here as well. I was up all night keeping the little one upright so her nose wouldn't stuff up. Lovely being a mom :)

dash robin said...

Thats a beautiful photo, 'laugh lines' and all. The cowl is gorgeous, I need to make me one of them! Hope your little ones are better soon and you get some rest...makes you appreaciate mothers all the more when you become one, doesn't it!?

Cindy said...

Stop making me want to learn to knit miss, there aren't enough hours in the day for that!
I love the phone call 'you haven't forgotten have you', reminds me I need to get MIL present sorted!
There is no need to zoom in on lines, I only noticed the smile. Perhaps the green snot can work as concealer, perhaps that is why the small one keeps sneezing on you - only being helpful perhaps?

Umatji said...

beautiful! I must say that dear mother who I love very much (really!) said to me the other day 'that is a bit severe' and I said 'what' and she said (wait for it) 'the lines on your face when you smile'
hoo boy! I think that our lines are just fine between you and me and I am avoiding the lines maths so far!
x

Stomper Girl said...

Our mothers are getting soap for Mother's Day, so well done you on that lovely scarf.

I'm at Stitches & Craft on Friday too, I'll be wearing purple (prob the Miss Caroline Tap Dance shirt) and I will look out for the curly-haired blonde with 14 wrinkles under each okay? (I'm definitely not going to count mine)

june at noon said...

Gorgeous gifts, and forced to be last minute maybe, but some cowls just won't let go of their true owners, perhaps. I think the eye wrinkles are quite beautiful, so there.

teddybearswednesday said...

Love the scarf and the colour of it too. The photos you've taken of the white trim(?) are beautiful xo

Champagne/StitchPoet said...

I love your crinkle wrinkles and doll, knitting at stoplights! A girl after my own heart! I pray for red lights! ovov hugs and stitche! I love your blog religiously follow...

m.e (Cathie) said...

yay!!!! a pic of Mrs T!!! you are gorgeous & "creases" are signs of laughter & happiness and I have a plenty :)

One Flew Over said...

Love your Anne scarf and I reckon your MIL will be pretty damn happy too! See you tomorrow x

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Wrinkles are good. People who smile have wrinkles.

I love, love, want, need that cowl.

Fer said...

All those wrinkles just mean you smile a lot. :)

Gorgeous cowl, can't blame you for keeping it.

Sally said...

You always make me chuckle. Thanks Tania. Love the cowl thing... was probably chuckling more than I needed to be because I was reading that you were knitting a falling apart cow... but hey - I got it in the end :)

Awesome smile lovely... and hey - good idea to crop the photo so that we didn't see the wart on the end of your nose ;)

Sally said...

Oh shit! I hope you don't really have a wart on the end of your nose.

I would still love you if you do!

Michelle said...

They are not wrinkles, they are happy lines! The scarf and cowl are both beautiful - you may have solved a few present dilemnas for me. Off to see if my dodgy crochet skills are up to the challenge.

crzylady said...

and each crinkle more lovely than the last :)

Kellie Christie said...

Your knitting and crochet is beautiful! I hope that you win back some brownie points with the mother in law. Good luck getting everything finished. Oh and they arent wrinkles, they are character lines :-)

Mel said...

Oh my god. We've done it again. I so wish I could post mine first for a change. You better go have a look ;)

Little Myrtle and Eunice Things is looking more and more like a really good idea.

Little Ted Canvas said...

It looks great! I just might give it a try myself...

Sandrine said...

Love all those pictures! and particularly the beautiful smiling lady there wearing this as beautiful cowl!I am glad I am not the only one that count these liny things that comes up in photos...but now I can see the beauty in them!x

Farm Girl said...

Love your knitting/crochet and your photography. Haven't knitted in a long time, but I think I'm gonna have to cave in to the temptation soon........ thanks for the link.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Grey, I do like grey.

Nice to see your lovely smiling face! And thanks for cleaning off the snot for the picture.

I just love that you counted your crinkles. I count stuff. "What for?", I get asked (mostly, in despairing tone, by Mum). "How else would you know how many there were, says I."

Cheers,
AJ

handmadehappiness said...

as usual your work and your ability to photograph it take my breath away :))) such beautiful crochet :) i am still doing my dish cloth!!!! x

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I love that beautiful grey.. always reminds me winter is on its way. Gorgeous cowl!
Sophie x

Miss Sew & So said...

loved that tale ...& looove that scarf/cowl....i now have a smile with my coffee....

melissa x

Kylie said...

Why do I not stop laughing from the moment I open this page till... well, looooong after?? So fabulous so funny and you so need to kick Susan Maushart out of the Weekend Australian mag and deposit yourself in that spot! (Actually, just add yourself, I don't really want to see her gone... that's my Saturday morning before Hockey laugh!)...
Okay, super crafter... firstly, repeat comment... love your photos, as always :) Secondly, love your crochet, as always :) and Thirdly, you have no idea how gorgeous you look Mrs...!
Good luck with all your crafty plans for Sunday!
Kx

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Thanks for the entertaining post and a glimpse at you, wrinkles and all. Now I will be able to look out for your on Friday - see you there.

Ritax
ps love the cowl - my fingers are itching to knit, again ...

Sarah said...

Oh, such wool love over at yours! I'm really loving that cowl. My sister knitted something similar for me years ago and I've been wanting to have a go myself.
We also have kid snot here, oh why is it small children absolutely hate having their wee noses wiped??? x

brownhairblueribbon said...

Personally, I think the crinkle wrinkles are the best thing on this page you created..
I am also behind the Mum people present crafting deadline this week & I ALWAYS miss UK mothers day.. (Bad Grand-daughter)

PS I love the cowl.

Megan said...

they are not crinkle wrinkles, they are beautiful smile lines. i can just tell. so no arguing.
well done on getting some (very lovely looking) projects finished ahead of the date!!

flowerpress said...

Love the cowl, love the scarf. Aren't you clever, and moonlighting as a beautiful knit model to boot! (thought I'm just a little bit sad about those poor lonely single spinster socks ;-)

Elizabeth said...

wrinkles, schminkles - what a gorgeous smile! Love the cowl too.

Smallest Friend said...

That cowl really is lovely. And I feel the same way about sewing; it often just feels like work while knitting feels like an indulgence...

Neen said...

I really like your photographs and your cowl and your laugh lines, I really like it all, really I do.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'd love to be as wrinkly as you .... as opposed to as wrinkly as me .
Sonata .

kellyi said...

Weird. Today must be post-a-picture-of-yourself day. I also have a nose, as you will notice and mine is big, big, BIG!

I like to pretend it is aqualine....

Anonymous said...

Tarn,
Love the scarves, Love the photos..and BTW you are beautiful 'life lines' and all.
Our life/laughter lines are a little reminder of not how old we are but what a wonderful enriched life we have had!
Love Jen

Happydacks said...

Beautiful scarf, beautiful! And I love all your photos...wrinkles and all!

Chicken Willow said...

Love the cowl, the colour is wonderful! I love your wrinkles!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Hope you had a great day at the Stitches and Craft Show! Your latest knitted items are beautiful - I can see why your sewing has been ditched in favour of all that woollen loveliness.

heather said...

i see you!!!! shoot, that you are so far away, and we cannot play together beyond the computers. i am going to go count my wrinkles now. a friend just sent me photo he took of me and i totally could not stop looking at the wrinkles around my eyes. but i didn't think to count them!!

Cute as Buttons said...

Is there no end to your talent...tradie, traffic light crotchet, nurse etc. So, good came out of bad with the lurgies etc. By the way, I've heard that the camera adds 10 wrinkles/eye so I think you've nothing to worry about, my love! Lisa x

lyptis said...

Love the cowl, looks so warm and soft. Ur pictures are great too.

Fun post, loved that bit about the call from ur father in law, so funny. And u are really cute.:)

quirkygranolagirl said...

i love your eye crinkles in the photo. beautiful.