Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Creative Space



This here scrappy scarf, on the hook for a wee while, has turned out pretty much the way I intended.

Help.

Was I channelling some long ago, almost forgotten, childhood bathroom? Is this morning’s dawning realisation correct? IS THIS SCARF IMPERSONATING A BATH MAT?



Cripes.

If this is the case, STOP. ME. NOW. Before I finish it off like this one, weave in a ribbon or two, strips of Liberty...



Stop me now, because I would much prefer knife-to-the-chest, glaring honesty, rather than endure the gifting, the unwrapping, the sharp intake of collective breath as a circle of determinedly non-crafty types bemusedly observe floundering, attempted appreciation. Appreciation for a bath mat befitting a snake.

In hopefully less unfortunate news, there’s stuff happening at the kitchen table, involving stencils and screenprintery and embroidery: basically anything not involving a crochet hook. There is wonderful potential for disaster but I reckon I’ll show it to you at the end, bathed and swathed in disastrous-ness, rather than now, as it teeters on the edge of a possibly-silly-but-let’s-give-it-a-whirl-anyhoo-idea...



For up-to your-eyeballs creative spacery, start right here.

PS. Scrappy scarf notion first spotted here.

37 comments:

Cindy said...

I am happy to keep telling you - my birthday in Feb and I am very appreciative - that is all I'm saying.
I think it looks gorgeous.
Are you coming tonight- would love to see the perle 8 WIP

Stomper Girl said...

LOL. I know what you mean but it's not too bathmatty. It's far more arty and lovely than a bathmat could be.

Linda said...

it is gorgeous NO WAY is it impersonating a bath mat!!! it's beautiful

Michelle said...

No, it's lovely and not bathmatty at all. Weave away!

littlebetty said...

I don't think it's bath-matty at all - keep going!

Little Ted Canvas said...

I LOVE your scrappy scarf, and not the least bit bath matty...I think I might give one a try, I'm not liking my stripey rug at all, maybe it's time for change...

Andi said...

Love it just the way it is!!
Save the liberty for something else ... a quilt maybe?
Andi x

PS How's that life wonk going?

Posie Patchwork said...

Hang in there, keep the handmade giving to the non crafties, others will appreciate your work & hit them over the head for not gushing more over their lucky handmade present. Stay strong & crafty!!
Only good things can come from all that red thread, love Posie

Angie said...

Had you not mentioned it I would not have labeled it bathmatty....but then you went & mentioned it!

Leah said...

Loving the look of whats happing at the kitchen table. The red printing looks very interesting. Looking forward to seeing it what ever it is? !

Vic said...

Oh puh-lease!!! It's not even remotely bath-matty, it is ADORABLE, as is that cheeky smile in the first photo... <3

ecoMILF said...

love it. but don't like it's name. it looks anything but scrappy- gorgeous! xo m.

Amanda said...

Bath mat???? Hardly my dear, that is a thing of beauty even if you don't want to hear it :P....Good luck with the non hooky endeavor..:)

Mel said...

I would NEVER dream of putting such lovliness on a bathroom floor (especially MY bathroom floor *shudder*) let alone put my FEET on such a thing! It's a stunner and my guess is it's recipient will be well chuffed and have no such bath matty childhood memories.

p.s love that cheesy grin :D (that's for her, not you)

Leonie Guld said...

Well if your not liking it lady you can send it to MEEEEEE!!!

74 Lime Lane said...

i love the first pic too ~ that grin is contagious! and while I can see your point, only until you pointed out, it is not bath mat! it's fabulous

Anna Bartlett said...

I love it too - I think you've got your answer!

Chicken Willow said...

I see what you're saying about the bathmat, but I only think I can see it because you mentioned it. Looks wonderful.

Knicky Knacks said...

Wow, with self reflection like that, who needs crafty enemies. You are being WAY to hard on yourself. Now, I'm no crocheter but I think my opinion can still count. Afterall, I have taste, and eyes and I like to look at nice stuff and what you've got going on there with your...how did you put it?....scarf impersonating bathmat impersonating snake...yes, what you've got going on there is sheer joy my friend...sheer winter joy! I love it, it looks toasty, it doesn't look like its strangling gorgeous boy child with any stray wooly bits...so embrace the beautiful creation you've made with your own hands and make another and another...because who cares what the circle of determinedly non-crafy types say..surely they're cold too...shut them up with a good, highly fashionable neck strangler I say.

Fer said...

I can see what you mean but no, it doesn't look like a bath mat. But what is interesting me is youngest child wearing long sleeves, do I see that correctly? ;)

Adriana said...

Love that smile in the first photo!

And NO...
That beautiful scarf does NOT resemble a bathmat at all.
I'd be proud to wear it!

june at noon said...

I can see what you mean about the bathmat, but I don't think you should worry. It looks more like a front door mat to me. :)

(Joking aside, I don't think it's too bathmatty. I quite like it.)

kellyi said...

The way my kids treat their clothes and end up to their necks in water any time we are near the stuff, I would be honoured to have a dual purpose item of clothing such as this for my offspring.....

Lola Nova said...

Bath matty and scarfy in the best possible way! Really.

Mary said...

ok, feel free to shoot me down next time I see you, but I've gotta agree that there is some bathmat channeling going on. I think it is the pale blue. Hope the life wonk is sorting itself out.

Sandrine said...

Love those scarves of yours Tania, really nice!I have been collecting some perle 8 lately too and some linen :)Have fun! xx

Sammia Atoui said...

Maybe there is an air of grunge style (which I believe is making a come back) but I did not get bath mat. And it looks like it feels soft too.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I can't get past the cheeky grin on the scarf model! so cuuuuute!!!

teddybearswednesday said...

You must have some pretty snazzy bath matts at your place, because I can't see any bath mattness in regards to your super gorgeous scarf.
I think that red dress may have been far more of a shock to the system than the you thought.
It's gorgeous you nong,
xo

Catherine said...

I also would not have thought 'bathmat' until you put the thought in my head, and only then in a wishful "if only our bathmats looked like that" kind of way... I reckon it will be loved, though I get your fear of giving to "determinedly non-crafty types" (just got through one of those experiences yesterday...)

Kylie said...

Oh the bath mat! You made me laugh, yes, as always :)) I must be partial to bath mats as I do in fact actually really love it. Gorgeous photos. Kx

Suse said...

I love bathmats.

flowerpress said...

Joining the chorus - love it, perfect!
The colours are wonderful too, love the detail of the fringe and the the glimpse of the model, what a sweetie!

Loz and Dinny said...

Proceed at will with your liberty stash ... I think you have successfully dodged bathmat comparisons ... it is sure to be a winner... very intrigued by your screen printing goodness on kitchen table ...

lilredsquirrel said...

We so had a bathmat like that in our black and aqua bathroom (yes!!) growing up. Very 70's but I really love the colours and textures in your scarves. I am sure that the recipient will love it and the thought and effort you have put in. Looking forward to seeing what you are printing....

Sally said...

My grandmother did have a bathmat that resembled your scarf... but it was one of my all time favourite bathmats so it should go without saying that I absolutely adore your scarf. Makes me smile beautiful.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

No , doesn't say bathmat to me . I just see a very desirable scarf . You could give that to anyone with confidence , as 38 fellow commenters seem to have said before me .