Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Creative Space: Wrapped/Rapt



Friday night I learnt how to crochet in straight lines. Such is a life filled with glamour and veritable intrigue. The rest of the evening was spent exploring the joy of the double crochet, the associated chaining and turning malarkey, plus a basic kid wrap plan of attack. All of this happened in front of a cosy fire – rather than brave three minutes of frigid studio research at the computer. Talk about embracing the Drama Queen.



Sunday, the eldest kid enthusiastically (that’s actually cool, Mum!) climbed aboard the yarny wrap bandwagon while her mother looked on wistfully wishing chunky crochetwear complimented the curves. With enough Moda Vera Gracious wool purchased at a bargain $2 from Spotlight I could yet give it a whirl, subscribing to mother/daughter matchiness shock tactic distraction.

A more dignified (for one of us) excess yarn solution, is to continue along that doggy button theme and conjure up a new winter wrap affair for the pooch of the house. Last weekend she scored a homemade fur cut. All I’ll diplomatically say about that, is to note the sudden penchant for paper bags (on head) and a seeming reluctance to be seen in public. Truly a dog’s life.



The kid-wrap was inspired by Leonie’s and then by Michelle’s and of course you can get all snazzy-like and have a whirl at Kirst’s granny shrug version (with sleeves!), or her Smokey Sleeves Shrug (bigger sleeves!) or just be inspired by all the general vesty shrugness. While you’re over at the House of Shrug, why don’t you check in on those nice Creative Spacer types?

38 comments:

Michelle said...

Looks lovely, and the model looks pretty pleased with it too.

Tracey said...

house of shrug, love it. So much shruggy/vesty loveliness going on these days. How fab does your gal look in her vest. Oh, please tell me that my chunky me version will not look bad on the curves...

Amanda said...

Oooh I love it...Need to make one for my 12yr old now..What a happy customer you have there :)

Little Ted Canvas said...

It's gorgeous! I really have to try one of those, is it hard? I'm almost finished my rug (I'm a one-project-at-a-time kinda girl) so I will have to attempt this next, I've seen the most beautiful wool to use...

Kirsty said...

It's gorgeous!

You CAN totally pull one of those off!

Tammy James said...

Lovely!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I just leanrt straight lines too as all i could make was a beanies round and round like a spiral. I am making a stripey blanket which started off being a double bed blanket but I am thinking now it will make a lovely little knee blanket - bigger than a cot quilt ( no need for one of those in these parts) and smaller than a single bed, for me... when it is finished ...mid summer......

june at noon said...

The shrug is adorable and I wish I could wear one myself, but even more adorable are those photos! Crochet away, lady!

Caroline said...

Cute vest, cute doggy button, cute girl. I see your tree is keeping warm, and not a big head in sight, no wonder everybody is smiling so big!

Needled Mom said...

Sounds like loads of fun and looks lovely as well.

m.e (Cathie) said...

looks amazing and your little model looks like she absolutely loves it!
well done Mrs T!

74 Lime Lane said...

gorgeous! gorgeous wool and gorgeous photos! gorgeous girl! love this

sue said...

Perfect color combination and pattern. I was just admiring Kate's teal colored one she is wearing today and now your daughter is snuggled up in one too. Now if only I could crochet I could stash bust too .... hmmm maybe some online tuturials will help me out! Hope the doggie doesnt mind crocheted garments, lol!

Andi said...

I struggled to follow the words but the photos are ace.
Gorgeous kid with a gorgeous outfit!!

Sandrine said...

OH you're super quick Tania!Do you do hook speed trainings??:)
Great wool bargain it looks wonderful,you also have a great model too! xx

Yana said...

beautiful wrap on a beautiful model!

Posie Patchwork said...

Gorgeous, the knit & child, beautiful shot. Read your comment on Owlet - have the 4th child, you'll be so glad you did!! I just closed my eyes & did 4 children in 4 years, loved it, always wanted 4 & just love it!! They're all now at school & i miss those days of them all being here at home with me, ahhhh, love Posie

Leonie Guld said...

Oh..my....this is good. I have just seen kates and this is a double treat. I am so glad I posted up that pattern. What you have done is brilliant!!!

Lara said...

Love love love this Tania! Great photos and gorgeous vest and I reckon that you could definitely wear one too! My fingers are itching to get started on one for me.

dillpickle said...

How nice is it when the person you've made something for REALLY likes it!? It looks fabulous!

I'm already dreaming of a lighter-weight version in something like bamboo for summer, though I probably should finish this one first to double check if I like it!

teddybearswednesday said...

It's just beautiful Tania! ANd woohoo for learning to crochet in straight lines! I can't wait to see your crochet! xo

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

I was just contemplating whether I had time to whip up one of these for myself (I've overcommitted to various swaps and quilting bees, but this looks like a welcome distraction!).


BTW love the doggy button - where'd you find it? I have a dog-crazy boy-child who would yap himself silly if he saw it!

Tamara said...

Ummmmm....just yum really, what else can say...embrace the hook I reckon for quick very snazzy results:)...not to mention something the mini-chick likes...
xt

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The way this summer's shaping up , I'd like one too !Then I could look as elegant as Eldest when I'm jumping up and down to keep warm .

Oh yes , and I did read this right , didn't I ? You learned to crochet in straight lines on Friday and had finished this by Sunday ?

Kate said...

Looks gorgeous on the eldest! Gorgeous!
My eldest came home from school today and saw mine and pulled some wool out of my stash for hers. Any chance of some child sized measurements? I've had the youngest screaming and crying at me all day and it would sure save me a head hurt with working it all out. X

Tania said...

Kate, I can relate to hurty head due to shouting wee one. Hope some measurements for a skinny, shortish eight year old help...

Length = 43cm
Back width panel = 33cm, but it would have fit better at 30cm
'Wide' front panel width = 21cm
'Narrow' front panel = 10cm
Armholes started 9cm from the top, armhole is 18cm, but I'd go for 15cm next time!

T x

Fer said...

Aw Tania, what a winner!

I also love how the tree with sleeve gets a guernsey in the background of the first photo!

melissa said...

Love it! Clever you!

Mel said...

Hey if it gets the eldest's seal of approval it's a winner! Perhaps you should make one for that poor smallest freezing child of yours? ;)

Cass said...

Tania it looks fantastic and obviously she loves it.

Sherrin said...

Wow, it's gorgeous! I love tops like that!

Anonymous said...

Tarn,
Just love your vest and the model is very pretty also!
Must get onto this crochet thing..and get back to knitting.
Hey do you take orders? I have a hubby who would love a boyfriend hat!
My knitting isn't quite up to your standard!
Love Jen xo

Madeline said...

That is very cool. Love the little doggie button.

Megan said...

i love it! wow, when you say you explored the straight crocheting you certainly didn't just explore, you well and truly created!

i did have a smile at the matching mother daughter outfit idea. i have many photos of my younger years where just that is happening... hrm. (and let us say no more on that matter)

after the doggie outfit you could make yourself a scarf - then you'd be extra cosy for couch (or computer) crafting, warm, not accentuating curves in any bad ways and of course, very importantly, while not outfit matching, wool matching with not just your daughter but also your dog! bring on a family walking of the dog!!

michelle said...

it is really cool mum. well done , i love it. the photos are beautiful as is the model

jorth said...

Can't beat a good shrug.

Of any kind, now I think about it.

Gina said...

Geez Louise, you take the most gorgeous photos. I'm sure I've said it before (just without the Louise bit) but it's worth repeating.

I'm voting for the mother-daughter team look. I'm sure it'll make you look six foot tall and coat-hanger-esque.

Di said...

Fantastic! I love it. Great button. I'd ask if you're going to make yourself one too, but knowing that you're a one hit crafter....