Thursday, September 2, 2010

My Creative Space



I’m off on Craft Camp this weekend and have instigated a No New Projects Policy. Which simply translates to a need to start as many projects as possible before I leave.

Kate, Queen of the Crocheted Trim, is letting me babysit that treasure, above, for a few weeks. But I haven’t started on any trim things yet, because my permanently-scantily-clad-in-the-middle-of-freezing-winter kid, said she’d like to wear a cardigan. A pink and purple cardigan. Then I spotted Kate’s knitted ‘Olearia’ and then I was in Wondoflex buying pink AND purple all-at-the-same-time yarn. Lately I’m grateful for any sort of planetary alignment, so I’m not even complaining about the small but audible ‘squeak’ the acrylic bit of the yarn makes as I knit. Though I suspect it’s making me... tense.

This is a sultry shot of squeaky yarn in action and one of my snazzy stitch markers.



The ladies at Wondoflex think I am a nutter. First I was in their shop negotiating all-at-the-same-time pink and purple wool/acrylic stuff, then making strange, excited yelps, when I spotted the rug making stuff. There were only raised eyebrows and an ‘Have you heard of latch hook?’ response to my french knotted rug notion. The following day, I’m back again to buy a different shade of red, except they don’t have it, so I buy the same red, remarking to the raised eyebrow that “I’ll just sort of swish it around in some dye stuff for a little minute”.

So I did half swish my first dye job in half a package of dark brown stuff for a little minute. Or twenty little minutes. Twice. And except for the bit about the wool doing it’s felty, fuzzy thing in the scaldingly hot water, it almost, mostly, worked.



Oh, and if you’re worried about the destiny of Dead Fly, I’m on the case. I’ve been collecting Dead Mozzie reference images. You’ll note that I spared you the pics that come with squished blood splatter.



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26 comments:

Stomper Girl said...

I don't even know what I'll bring to craft camp, I'm still sewing up the 17 cavemen costumes for the Grade 3/4 concert. Or rather I'm still sometimes sewing them up when I'm not procrastinating by reading blogs or other internet related distractions. But I'll see you on Saturday!

Sarah said...

Wow, I am exhausted just thinking about all the things you have on the go! Exhausted but impressed.

Amanda said...

Oooh how exciting and I love the colors, it is sure to be so fantastic she will want to wear it for days and days. My naked child is still running around bare butt with no hope for anything more on my part. Thankfully it's insanely hot out here still. Have fun with craft camp, wish I could go!

Corrie said...

huge fan of the safety pin as a stitch marker! I do have pretty stitch markers but the little ones think they are cute toys and they go missing - or maybe my craft room is just too messy to find them! one or the other!

Corrie:)

74 Lime Lane said...

so much great creative thinking, i love your re-purposing.
i take the mozzie has plans to join the fly {reminds me of a song ...}

Little Ted Canvas said...

So many very creative projects on the go..have fun at craft camp, how great!

Sue said...

Wow your doing so much and so many different things too. The yarn looks very colorful and beautiful. If it squeaks too much you could always use a bamboo needle instead which might help! You will have a whole wall filled with french knot bugs soon!

Melbourne Vintage said...

I think the leftover red wool could be used to recreate some blood splatter on the mozzie? Maybe not. Looking forward to seeing the end result!

Suse said...

Can you do a dead huntsman?

Dead skink?

Cricket?

ilsa-fay said...

OMG you make me laugh! I love the colours of the wool/acrylic you are working with! Gorgeous! Have fun at craft camp -what a fab idea. I wish there was one near me!:-)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Latch hook: Fond memories and one of my first craft obsessions.

Becky said...

I love the colours of that cardigan, even if it is part acrylic :)

Anonymous said...

T
Bet I'm the only one of your legion of fans who has no idea what on earth a french knot is (non?), or what the devil you would do with one...

Craft camp? Must be that time as year. I head off to ski camp. I bet you will be warmer though, french knots and all.
W

Jessi said...

i've totally got that booklet too!! It was my Nana's! :)

Enjoy your time :)

Kylie said...

Wow... I'm still recovering from the little one wanting to wear a cardigan... at the END of winter! ;) Fabulous knitting going on and I'm totally jealous of borrowed crochet book. Dead mozzie photo amazing and many thanks for sparing the blood! Kx

p.s. Congratulations on one gorgeous completed project! I really thought your fabulous blood red french knottery was going top be a pool of blood to go with Mr Moz ;)

Sandrine said...

You are so funny LOL!!!But I will be very jealous about the camp thing and for a long time :)!x

Mira Narnie said...

love the yarn colours even if they squeak a little! and good on you for having a go and dying it!!

Tracey said...

craft camp? sounds like fun, you Melbourne girls have all the fun!

Gina said...

Enjoy tying yourself in French knots at craft camp T!! May your catering be... adequate.

(verification word is 'myteases'. Yes, my does indeed).

Copper Patch said...

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...SPLAT!

Chicken Willow said...

I remember doing latch hook.

Have fun at camp.

The Clip Cafe said...

I enjoyed your post!!

Fer said...

Have fun at craft camp (will there be more knit graffiti this time?) :D

Bonnie said...

I always love reading your posts, there's just something about the way you express yourself. It's so raw and nothing like Americans talk. I think I am lost about the "mozzie" word. Is that Aussie for "fly". Anyway, I must have missed something. P.S. I am impressed with you dyeing the yarn with a bit of brown to make a darker red. You go girl!

Tam @ 1/4 of an inch said...

Please tell...is this knittery of the conty variety? xxt

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Purple/pink w/ a touch of acrylic is SO Retro , so chic . As usual , you ARE the Trend .
The raised eyebrow must know by now that where you go , we all follow ?