I am feeling very crafty this week. I can’t stop thinking about actually making something. And I am super keen to find a great decorative foot stool (not too big) to begin my fur foot stool project.
So I spent the day Monday putting up posters inviting artists to submit works to Art4All and snuck in a bit of op shopping along the way. I didn’t find my stool, but I did find something else I have been thinking of – a rug of coloured knitted squares.
When I think of knitted squares I think of Lu. She’s been knitting squares for years. She is making a blanket for a bed – it must be triple king size by now … or maybe she just knits when she’s relaxing on holidays, which is when I mainly see her … I just don’t know how she has the patience for it. I admire her tenacity. But I just don’t have the commitment I am afraid. And that’s why I bought this rug …
When I got home I headed out to the studio to see which piece of furniture would work well with squares this size (yes, I bought the rug to upholster with the squares).
And when I tried them over these stools (I’ve got 2 of them) that I have had for ages sitting around, with no specific project in mind … they were perfect!
Given that I want to do both stools, and the rug has graduated colours (from greens and blues, through yellow to grays) I needed to pull the whole thing apart and reorganise the squares to make 2 interesting stools. This took a while. I made 2 collections of 20 squares each (and I’ve still got some good ones left over for another project …)
Then I couldn’t decide how to attach them together. I was up til 1am crocheting (in purple). But in the morning I didn’t really like the result. So I abandoned stool number one and started on the second stool.
At 9am I said to Clive, ‘I am just going to sew these together’. It took me til 12.30pm to finish sewing … and I didn’t stop all that time. But then it only took me 30 minutes to upholster. So my stool project was completely finished by 1pm.
Given all the things I needed to do yesterday, I recognise that this was a bit of a waste of time. EXCEPT – look how super fantastic it looks. I love, love, love, love it!
I made myself wait til after dinner to start the next one. And I got on with real life in the meantime.