7 February 2007

fifteen

fifteen

You’ve probably read elsewhere in blogland about the big Melbourne craft bloggy get-together that’s looming. Yes? That’s right, that one in which each person makes fifteen clever crafty beautiful identical things to distribute at the gathering, and thus gets to go home (after suitable refreshments, stimulating conversation, much oohing and aahing and the odd smoosh of a new baby) with fifteen clever crafty beautiful different things to keep for their very own. All handmade by their new local (and interstate VIPs) bloggy friends.

I’m not quite sure how I ended up being included in this (ok yes I am, it was all Sooz’s doing) as I don’t really consider myself a bona fide ‘craft blogger’,* but invited I was, attending I intend to, and nervous I appear to be. Not only is there that whole thing of coming face to face with many of the people whose blogs I stalk visit and admire, but there is the decision of What To Make. Not too fancy or convoluted (I have to make fifteen, let’s remember), keep it simple, but not too mean. Will it measure up? Will people like it? Will I be equal to the task? Have I got performance anxiety? Hell yes.

In the end I did what I do best. I picked up my knitting needles. Time consuming, but hey, I had weeks to prepare and I can knock one of these, my signature item, off in two evenings in front of the telly. So, that’s, oh god, a whole month of knitting. Every evening. Er, and then the weaving in of ends and the blocking. And the matter of packaging. Sheesh.

You see how fraught it all is. I feel a swoon coming on. Shoot.me.now.





* I don’t identify as a ‘craft blogger’ as such. But nor do I feel I qualify as anything else in particular; not literary, not philosophical, not godforbid a ‘mummy blogger’. It’s a soup of many ingredients over here. A Heinz 57 varieties as my mum would say.

27 comments:

daysgoby said...

They're really lovely. I like the colors.
Are they trivets? Can you say?

Katy said...

I don't mean to be dense, but what are they? Your stitches look lovely, and the yarn soft, but I have no idea what I'm looking at.

meggie said...

I dont care what I'm looking at- it just looks lovely!

I like you just the 'soupy' way you are. Not that I am any judge. My blog is scraps & odds & sods.

I'm sure everyone will love your items! Good luck with it all!

Joke said...

I say you knit something that is easy, pretty and useless and then invent a word for it; then throw that word around casually. That way people will be too self-conscious to ask what the Hell it is.

They are also jittery and don't want to be the one who had to ask what a "mumbleton" or "conescope" is.

Although, if I could knit--and modern science proves conclusively I cannot--I'd make thumb warmers.

-J.

P.S. Twenty years ago, when I was a far bigger bastid than I am now, I would have knit, er, "Punisher cozies." (Punisher not included.)

P.P.S. OK, all kidding aside, what ARE we looking at?

String Bean said...

Make a pair of your wonderful mittens! And washcloths! I love the washcloth you made me. It stands out among all our sugar and cream oldies.

Good luck! They'll love whatever you knit.

(C'mon, people, it's a washcloth!)

Violet & Rose said...

I luuurrv your washcloths. It is a bit like first day at school, or worse still, your high school reunion. Is there going to be alcohol? I may need it. Not that I use alcohol as a crutch or anything ....

shula said...

tell me you haven't made 15 pairs of mittens...

Ash said...

Heinz 57 is the way to be :)

herhimnbryn said...

I think they are your world famous wash clothes!

Heinz 57 = multi-talented.

blackbird said...

...a virtual pea soup, if you will, with many added and wonderful ingredients.

Mary said...

I think the best blogs are a mix of many things, as are the best people.

Isabelle said...

Ah, there's no way I could make one of those wim-wams in two evenings.

Love your flower photos. Come to Scotland and get some rain, if you like.

Really enjoyed the "Not happy Jan" advert. I shall adopt this sentence from now on.

My float said...

What a lovely event. I wish I was creative with my hands. You make beautiful things, Suse. I'm sure everyone will love what you've knitted. My favourite things are the blanket my grandmother knitted for me and the little infants outfit she knitted a long time ago, which he wore when he was very little. They're now family treasures.

Good luck with it, and have a great time.

jorth said...

So so so so so glad I'm not the only nervous one!

telfair said...

Oh my GOSH. How did I miss this?!? I wish I still lived in Melbourne -- I feel so mournful that I won't be there to meet the Melbourne blogging community (which is so fabulous, creative, crafty, and supportive.)

PLEASE tell them (any of them that ever knew my blog) that I wish I was there.

Trust me -- if I were there -- I would value even a swatch that came from the so-elegant hands of Lady Soup.

BabelBabe said...

It's gorgeous, and it's your facecloth/washcloth, isn't it? (Could you possibly knit your wristies in two evenings? I don't think so, but I could be wrong. You ARE amazing.)

also, i like the Yoda imitation you have going here. It made me smile.

Oh, how I wish I could be there!

Pixie said...

Ohh swapping angst! We all identify. Relax, they look delicious...whatever they are! I made a link to your post about water over at www.pixiepost.blogspot.com

Stjernesol said...

it sound like you'll have a wonderful event and your contributes, will surely be beatiful :)

Elizabeth said...

I once took a raku workshop and we had to make 10 small things for everyone in our group. It was great fun and I still have most of the mementos. No worries. Meeting everyone will be great fun (once you're there and have a g&t in you) Wear your red shoes!

Joke said...

No, seriously, what ARE we looking at?

-J.

sooz said...

All 16 are nervous as hell and I think at last count well over 50% had blogged about their anxiety. You gotta look on the funny side of that.

Does anyone classify themselves as just one kind of blogger?

Susan said...

Can't believe I've stumbled upon your lovely blog (via various links). I really enjoy your turn of phrase. Heinz 57 - I say keep it up! I've been reading so many blogs these last few days, all because of a chance link from a sewing site. I'm SOOO glad. I don't feel so weird anymore (hey, that is a compliment!). Don't stop Suse. From another mid-sixties Susan.

nutmeg said...

I just like looking at your knitting creations - let alone actually touching one. Lucky 14 other ladies (unless you are making one for yourself?)

I've been AWOL for a little while; can I just add one of the TV quotes used a bit a round here when someone wants to justify a fairly dubious choice. "Ohhhh, but Sipowicz does" (wear a short sleeved shirt with a tie on NYPD Blue! - as said by Homer on the Simpsons)

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

I think they're the wristy things because the yarn doesn't look quite right for the wash cloths and I think the lovely Wonder-Suse could turn out a wash cloth in about an hour, not two evenings...

But that aside: I'm with Joke. Not on the tasteless Punisher gag (although, thanks for that Joke, every time someone googles Punisher's guns they end up on my blog), but on the fact that every other amazingly talented person is also going to be thinking "Oh no, I can't possibly show my mediocre creations to these incredible people - I shall have to start again!"

h&b said...

Speaking of stalking, I know the place and the date ( but not the time ).

AND I live so close, I could possibly live on the premises. It's true.

I'm thinking of skulking out the front and checking youse all out ;)

kirsty said...

I am seriously considering moving to Melbourne next week.

Lazy cow said...

Nyah, nyah, I already HAVE one of those - and they are so beautifully silky on my face! Makes me feel a little better for not being included in the craft meetup, sniff. (Only kidding, sadly there'd be nothing I'd be able to contribute craft-wise. Though I could bring a book and read aloud to you all, ha ha).