Last week I was forced to remove myself temporarily from Big Blankie's embrace as I'd run out of two crucial colours which stopped us in our tracks for a while. Luckily, I've developed a very good relationship with my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) and they immediately placed an order with the Rowan rep for more yarn in the colours I needed. They recognised my desperation, nodded knowingly and told me they would telephone me the very minute it arrived (which they duly did yesterday, prompting me to drop everything and drive rather speedily down the A56 to screech up outside the shop, rush in and get my hands on the much needed balls).
So anyhow, while waiting for the Lavender and Pier pure wool to arrive last week, I embarked on a small project using up some of my Rowan Cotton DK to tide me over until I could get back together with BB.
I am wondering if you can guess from these pictures what on earth I have been up to?
Is it another roundy-roundy cushion?
A circular mat?
Oh Ok, it has sides....is it the beginnings of another bag perhaps?
Or a container of some sorts?
Ahhhhhhhhh, it's a HAT!!!!
Yes, a beret stylie hat!!! (that was the Little People's guess)
But no, it's not a hat.
ok..let me give you a bit more of a clue....
.....let me show you a bit of tatty old furniture......
......an old painted bit of furniture I bought some time ago from an antiques centre....
....an old stool look......
I just adore old stools, the older and tattier they are, the more I want to rescue them and cherish them. They call to me, beg to be given another chance to be given a useful, appreciated life. I love that they are multi-purpose and can be used either for sitting on, or as little side tables to take care of a pile of books or a mug of coffee or even a plant pot. That they tuck in neatly to small spaces and demand very little.
So this stool has been painted in that rather gorgeous pale duck egg blue that makes me go weak at the knees (exact same colour as the Lloyd Loom chair) and I just had to bring it home with me. As you can see from the above picture, the seat is really quite knackered and worn, yet it didn't feel right to repaint it :: I rather like the distressed look of the paint-chipped little legs, but the seat top just looked down right dirty and didn't clean up very well.
Here it is.....
My latest hooky project to share with you......
It's a Crocheted Stool Cover look....
One of the lovliest things that I am frequently told here in Blogland is that I am "Inspirational". That my crochet projects and use of colour have inspired many of you to create your own little colourful works of hooky goodness. I am hugely flattered by this notion, and just LOVE the idea of so many beautiful ripples of Hooky Creativity spreading out across the world, it really, really, really gives me thrills to think of that!
And I know how fantastic it feels to find Inspiration, to gaze upon something created by someone you've never met and feel an instant zing of appreciation and awe, and feel that hot spark of creativity ignite. Its one of the best feelings in the world I reckon.
So today, I'm happy to share with you not only this latest creation of mine, but the source of the Inspiration behind it too.
Let me introduce you to a lady who I have never met, who's work and the glimpses into her life gives me major heart-flutters and sends hot sparks flying.
Her name is Ingrid, she is a talented Dutch designer/maker and her little company is called "WoodWoolStool". I invite you to take a most delicious stroll through her Photostream on Flickr where she shares the most wondrous glimpses into her daily life, her beautiful home and her fantastic crochet creations.
I just love everything about this lady, she Inspires me so very much.
So this is my own little take on the Wood-wool-stool idea, excepting that mine is wood-cotton-stool.
And I am really rather chuffed with how this roundy-roundy-hooky-hooky thing of mine turned out.
It looks right at home amongst the growing collection of hooky blankets and cushions around and about the place.
Right, I am off to go do some stitchy-stitchy stuff now.
Have a great day, don't forget to make time to stop and sniff some roses at some point, I can highly recommend it.