I am what you might call a crafting spectator. I am so inspired by those who make things with their own two hands, yet I very rarely pick up my own projects. Allow me to admit Exhibit A, my first knitting project:
This was photographed last summer…and it looks exactly the same today. But no more! I declare 2012 the year of craft. This year I will cramp my hands knitting so many hats, scarves and coasters, I will sew cushions for my couch and embellish things with pom pom trim and apply vintage wallpaper scraps to the interior of my bookshelves. I may have declared this before, but this year I really mean it. Ha!
To inspire and motivate myself, I have been obsessively devouring the Electric Sheep Podcast from Hoxton Handmade. I mentioned this the other day, but if you haven’t checked it out yet you must. She has one of those devilishly charming British accents, and each podcast is an absolute treasure trove of tips, advice, and a large dose of humor. Through a recent podcast, I discovered Brooklyn Tweed, a small, independent knitwear design company who also spin up luscious yarns made here in the States.
The names of their yarn colors alone are enough to make you want to pick up your needles: homemade jam, long johns, embers, hayloft, button jar, faded quilt, and soot are a few of my favorites. And the images in their gorgeous look books remind me of the Kinfolk aesthetic – rustic/organic but with a modern twist.
Now, I fully admit that none of these patterns are meant for me – at least, not this year! I need to start much smaller. But I love the imagining/pining/drooling phase when all is possible and perfect in your mind, don’t you?
Okay, now fess up: Are you a craft voyeur like me? If so, would you like to join me in my goal of creating more with my own two hands this year? Or are you one of those amazing people who actually makes things on a regular basis? If so, do you have any tips or inspiration to share? I can use all the help I can get!
Happy weekend my dears, xo Laura
(all images: Brooklyn Tweed)