Friday, 18 September 2009

Hurry to get this!

A free pattern for this lovely throw landed in my inbox this morning from Crochet Me. I think it's only available to those registered, so maybe you'll receive this too if you hurry and join today!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Flickr Galleries

Wow... Flickr now have a great new tool (well, I only just found it) called Galleries! Now you can collate your own collection of other peoples images within your stream. One way to keep your favourites organised! Sadly, you can only put up to 18 images in one gallery... so I made two for my first subject! Below are a small selection from 'For The Love of Cotton Reels'. Get curating!

1. Spools, 2. Four spool clover, 3. pile of spools, 4. Untitled, 5. spun, 6. notions IV, 7. Pinks, 8. ., 9. YIP Day 251 - Cotton Reels

Monday, 14 September 2009

spotlight on... Emma Lamb

One of my most favourite of blog friends and goddess of granny chic is the one and only Emma Lamb. I'm sure many of you are getting to know her name as she is deservedly appearing everywhere lately and slowly taking the yarn world by storm with her cushions and potholders. Which all have fantastic granny names like Audrey and Doris by the way!

Her sense of colour is outstanding and her work is so exquisitely executed... just get a load of those granny squares!!

And I just love all the beautiful little details too...

Emma runs some amazingly inspirational groups on Flickr too including .knit.solid.yarn., granny chic... and all colours in... which are definately worth a look over a cuppa. All this along with a day job as a textile designer - I really don't know how she fits it all in! But I'm glad she does. Here's to you Emma!

Friday, 11 September 2009

nearly smiling

Phew... it's still stress-city here, but I am feeling a tiny bit more encouraged. A HUGE thank you to all you lovely blog-friends who spent the time conversing with me over the past few days. Your comments and advice have been so helpful and I feel much more motivated now. So, watch this space...
Just wanted to post a couple of inspirational bits today. I am so in love with modernist art - who isn't these days. I particularly love the work of Charley Harper.

And I found two lovely websites who have turned modernist giant Alexander Girard's work into gorgeous design items and homewares. The first is Maximo who say they are the 'official agent to the Estate of Alexander Girard and is responsible for re-introducing Girard designs to the contemporary marketplace.'

And then there is House Industries who appear to be a design team inspired by Girard. Not only do they produce great objet d'art, they have also produced a range of fantastic fonts.

I think they're all gorgeous and wonderfully uplifting! Enjoy and have a wonderful Friday one and all!

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

trying to cope

I just have way too much on my plate right now to blog properly, so sorry for the sporadic posts. I am desperately trying to motivate myself and not let myself slide into depression, and job-hunting like crazy. I have one or two issues in my life which make this a slightly more complicated task for me than for others, but I won't bore you with that right now.
One thing I am trying to figure out is what to do with my crochet skills, money-making wise, but I just keep staring at my hooks. I hope the lightbulb in my head will come on soon... in the meantime, a few shots from my workspace. And all inspirational, motivational comments/stories are most welcome!

And a BIG thank you to all of you who replied to my previous post... you really did make me smile :)