Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Crochet Therapy

Why am I hooking away with my feet up at 10.30 am when there are a 1000 and one things I should be doing?
I am crocheting for my sanity! Being a newby hooker I wondered how such a seemingly fiddly process should calm the senses. I had read that it was so from those whose work I admire. And I had sensed a whiff of cheerfulness and serenity from those that hook regularly. But I had not experienced it for myself until now.

Our boys have started their summer in some style.
With one doing this....

and another doing this... is perhaps no suprise that we might have already incurred an injury.

Always armed with dressings and my trusty antiseptic cream I am no stranger to scrapes and cuts. Sadly Big J's accident on Friday whilst dirt jumping was more serious. He has fractured his wrist in two places and needs an operation next week to "bolt" the break together. Oh my goodness .......typing the words makes me feel more than queezy. There is NOTHING worse than having your child suffer.

A difficult few days in and out of hospital waiting rooms has passed and J must now cope with the dissapointment and frustration of cancelling all those holiday activities with his mates he had been so looking foward too. We know we are in good hands for the operation to come nonetheless I am feeling somewhat anxious but at the same time VERY thankful that his injuries are not worse.

So that I'm afraid is my reasoning for why for a few moments the washing, cleaning and the business can wait a while and the hooking takes over. To have found the donkey brown Rowan cotton in a charity shop for only 50p helps lessen the guilty pleasure even more! And dear Anne (aka Cloonty) if you're reading this thank you so much for teaching me how to wield a crochet hook. I'd still be staring at written pattern instructions in total confusion without you!
For those of you who might be interested....yes I was sitting here first. As usual the Furry One is by my side and saw a photo opportunity plus a ready warm spot to steal.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Porcelain Lace and the case of the missing Mojo

I think I lost my blogging mojo. Lack of time to oneself is of course also a possibility. However I must be honest and admit to several occasions when I have been oggling the work of truly talented artists and crafters. Inspirational yes.....but viewed during a busy end of term stretch filled with seemingly endless demands for lifts and laundry and the work of the truly talented has left me feeling a bit inadequate.

Delighted as I was to find a way to incorporate crochet lace doilies into lampshades (without creating a fire risk) it is nothing compared to what Kristen Wicklund can do.

The Porcelain Lace in the exhibition photo above is made by dipping the doilies in porcelain clay and then firing them. The crochet itself is burnt away leaving behind the moulded procelain. Beautiful. And look at this.....

called Reincarnation, a work-in-progress crocheted entirely from used plastic shopping bags gathered in New York.

Until my mojo returns x


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