Today is turning out to be a very long day indeed, being that it started at three o'clock in the morning for me and Bump24. Yes, you read that right :: Three-Ay-Em. That's pretty much the time we wake up together most nights/mornings, with me fidgeting and trying to get comfy with my elaborate pillow arrangement, and Bump24 partaking in some corresponding vigorous fidgeting/wriggling of his/her own.
Sometimes I manage to eventually get back to sleep, sometimes I am simply too wide awake for sleep to happen. So on the too-wide-awake occasions I quietly get myself up, tiptoe downstairs in the darkness and set about occupying myself for a while. I've come to enjoy these quiet moments of the night/morning when everyone else is tucked up in bed sleeping. I enjoy sitting in the quiet of the lamplight with a steaming hot mug of tea and a plate of toast to hand, alternating my time between my laptop and my crochet bag.
I'm finding the delights of Flickr are extra-especially delightful at 3am. So many inspiring images to be enjoyed, so many things to make one oooooh and aaaaah and lose oneself in a flurry of excited creative thoughts, dreams and ideas. Yes, Flickr has become a real friend to me during my early morning too-wide-awake occasions.So let me tell you where I ended up this morning.....
I found my way into an amazing Flickr group called Granny Chic. There's a strong vintage vibe over at Granny Chic which I am still getting used to, but beginning to warm to the more I see of it. The overall look and feel of this style is more subtle than my own, the colours more earthy, yet I find myself irresistibly drawn to it.
You just HAVE to go and take a look at this group to see what I mean, it's absolutely fabulous. It's overseen by the enormously talented Emma Lamb who's crochet work and blog are new to me :: I like her style very much.
But what really caught my eye this morning and sent my heart a-fluttering were the above images. Oh-my-goodness, didn't I just fall head over heels in L:O:V:E with these granny-stars??!! Bowled over I was. Smitten.
This is the work of Michelle who I've now discovered writes a lovely blog called "The Royal Sisters" . And further more, this lovely lady has written a tutorial for the making of these stars :: oh Happy Days!!! She's called them Grandma Twinkle Stars (awwww love-love-love that!), and you can find the tutorial here, as well as via a link in the sidebar of her blog.
So...............guess what I was doing at four-ay-em this morning? And onwards through five-ay-em and six-ay-em??
What else could I do?
Out came my bag of Rowan Handknit cotton and I began star-making.
The pattern is very simple, yet sooooo fabulously effective. Michelle made her stars in single colours, but me being Me decided to put a typical Attic24 spin on my stars and used three different colours for the three rounds. Why only have one when you can play with three??
Then back home this afternoon with a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit, and I had a little time to play.....
I stacked them.
I spread them.
I lined them up and admired them.
I danced from foot to foot with a jiggety-jig and got quite over excited about them. Really, seriously Over Excited I tell you.
I've made nine so far today, but I need to make more. Many more.
Yes I see many, many more Granny Twinkle Stars in my immediate future.
I see them strung into pretty garlands and draped hither and thither, bringing a little bit of Granny Chic Fabulousness into the house.
Some colourful, starry, frivolous, Fabulousness.
Bring it on.