|Family photo - Christmas Day 2010|
I wish everyone a wonderful 2011 despite the state of the nation and the economy and the dread and dismay we'll all find in out payslips in about a fortnight or so when the first haircuts of the hairiest hairshirt budget in history kicks in.
|Cloche crochet hat with flower - on me.|
I am trying all the positive mantras - lucky to have a job, many worse off than me, and amn't I lucky to be a
|Jany and me with her creation - New Year's Eve 2010|
|Random-dyed pink flower detail on headband - crochet|
|Purple flower detail on headband - crochet|
|Crochet flower headbands|
My thinking is that it can only be uphill from here as we can't get any worse than 2010 from an economic and national morale standpoint - it was a new low for our collective national psyche when the IMF rode into town, and we are still reeling from the shock of losing financial sovereignty with the bailout of €85 billion.
But enough misery - this Christmas and New Year I have been mostly crocheting new projects for myself and teen daughter and her pals - there's a resurgence in Hippie nostalgia and retro headbands and hats have become de rigueur - at least around here.
Jany, d-i-l in-waiting, has been instrumental in reawakening this fashion fad as she has been busy with scarves, hats and headbands for little Sofia and her work colleagues. So when she showed me how to make 3-D flowers with the help of a wonderful YouTube tutorial from the wonderful Art of Crochet by Teresa, I was hooked ( I know, I used that pun in a recent post - guilty as charged!). You can see how wonderful it is in the link above or the video clip below.
I want to share some finished projects with you too, and maybe inspire you in the potential for a new cottage industry in the lean days ahead - a stall at the local Farmers' Market would be a terrific outlet for the crafty among you. You could do worse for in this age of austerity!
Jany never crocheted till a few months ago and now she's teaching me techniques and new skills every week - so it's no excuse not to get down to it if you're motivated enough.If I can do it anyone can.
|self-timer pic - scarf and hairband/headband with flower|
|Headband with flower - self-timed pic.|
|a bit too-close-up! flower cap with brim|
The Art of Crochet by Teresa - amazing tutorials on everything you need to know to crochet.