Sunday, May 16, 2010

May Flowers

In my last post I mentioned that I was inspired. What was I inspired to do? I was inspired to make tons and tons of flowers made from yarn! Why? Because early last month the Spring Knit Picks catalog arrived in my mail box:

Which compelled me to dig up my vintage flower looms, grab my stash of left over yarn, and start making flowers galore! I have no idea why I had flower looms amongst my crafting tools (obviously to make flowers with, but why did I need to make flowers??), but I did. I think I bought them a few years ago, probably made a few flowers out of raffia and that weird plastic twine stuff that you can get anywhere in Chinatown, and from there they just sat in a box of full of miscellaneous crafting items. Until now.

The past week I've been a woman obsessed. All I wanted to do was make flowers. And all other crafting endeavors were put on hold. Several times Brett laughed at me and commented quite often how every time he looked over I would be surrounded by little balls of yarn with bright, little flowers every where. I think he's getting a bit sick with this current weird obsession of mine. Especially the part where I shove a freshly off the loom flower in his face and demand that he look at it and coo about how cute and pretty it is. Actually, I know he's sick of that part cause the last few times I showed him a new flower he would barely shift his eyes to even pretend that he looked at it before muttering "mmm hmmm".

Anyways, one of my looms is an old school square Bucilla loom from the 70s. I've rarely, if ever, used it and now I know why. I think it produces a pretty ugmo flower that looks like a mistake. Like it was suppose to be circular but the crafter was being sloppy in how they were winding the yarn.

Sorry for the crappy photo! My camera couldn't pick up the correct color without washing it out

I'm getting pretty fast at making these bad boys. I haven't officially timed myself, but I think it's taking me about 10 minutes to churn one of these out. After producing my 30th (I think?) flower and forcing Brett to look at it, he laughed and asked me what I was going to do with all these flowers.

Oh. I haven't gotten that far yet. I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. Any one have any ideas?

PS: You can check out more of my yarn-y flower goodness here.

6 comments:

  1. Oh. my. word. you ARE obsessed!! They look uber cute though! I love the colours :)

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  2. They're so cute! I love your new header picture; it looks so springy!

    What did people used to do with the flowers in the 70s? Daisy chain headbands or afghans, maybe. ;)

    (just)Jennifer

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  3. Natalie:
    I know!! I totally am! And it's taking away from my knitting time! Grrr...

    Jennifer:
    I have a little booklet that came with one of the looms, and they did some pretty weird/ugly things with the flowers...like handbags, scarves, DRESSES, and definitely afghans! There was an idea where they put the flowers on wire to put in vases. I don't know if I'm crazy about that idea.

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  4. Not that you need to get obsessed with making anything else in bulk, but check out these cute crochet butterflies!

    http://www.oeufnyc.com/handcrochetalpacabutterflies.aspx

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  5. Oh Steph!

    You're right, I don't need another obsession that requires me to craft in bulk!!! It's a good thing that my crochet skills are crap, or else I'd be in trouble. But wow...soooo pretty!!

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  6. sew them together and make a scarf.

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