Monday, January 4, 2010

Functional or decorative?


There's a new pot holder in town!

I had thought to make 2010 the year of functional crochet. With all the time I spend crocheting, I could clothe our family. And then I could still make some pot holders, but actually usable ones rather than the t-towels I currently use.

But then when we hung them on the wall the other day I fell in love with them all over again, and its such a big space that could fit so many more, and I have a few patterns I'd still like to try out...

I decided to ask Bren how many little nails he had in the house and limit myself to that many pot holders, but when he showed me the nails I changed my mind.

I've also been hooking along on the bunting for the stall.

Bren's preferred fabric bunting can hang out the front but there's still three more sides to decorate I think.

I hope day four of the 2010 is a happy and sunny one for you.

25 comments:

  1. Oh I just love checking out your potholders!!!! And the nail bit is too funny....I'd say it's time to search out more patterns :P

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  2. They look wonderful all hanging up there Kate. I am sure the buntings will look wonderful too and you never know Bren might change his mind later on and want them all crocheted. I am sure there are lots of designs for you to make too, although it looks like a lot of nails to use! Oh and I sent your parcel off this morning so it shouldnt take too long to arrive.

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  3. Just wanted to say that I love your pot holders and of course they are functional - lets face it the functions are: they look pretty and if you need a pot holder you can just grab one off the wall!

    Love the bunting too..... but my worry is - rain - if it rains on them then they need extra care - making more work for yourself.... But they do look so awesome perhaps it may be worth it!

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  4. Hehe... that IS a lot of nails!

    And you can never have too much bunting...!

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  5. ROFL at the nails Kate! Dual purpose Decorative and functional I say ;) they aren't mutually exclusive.

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  6. You'll be able to stock a whole vintage potholder stall soon. They tell me vintage is anything that wasn't made today and these sure look the part. Maybe a discerning kitchen shop would be willing to help you lighten the load on your walls?!! Cherrie

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  7. Naaahhh, stick to t towels, they wash and soak up well, the holders look fabulous on the wall. I love the new one, great colours.
    Lizzie
    XXX

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  8. Oh....if you run out of small nails.....I could send you up some more...all you need to do is ask!!! ;) x

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  9. Definitley decorative! They'll get all mucky and dirty as potholders, I always seem to spill food on mind. Use the teatowels as they are easily replaced at the oppy!

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  10. I vote for decorative - more on the wall!! I just love the look of the potholders on the wall of a country kitchen. The bunting looks fab, as does your new stall - exciting times!

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  11. Looking good Kate! I say keep going, you"ll know when youve had enough.

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  12. I love your colourful pot holders Kate and that crochet bunting is beautiful too :O)

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  13. He he! That's a lot of pot holders lady! Get cracking! I love the crochet bunting. i've never seen that before - it looks really great!

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  14. I'm inspired to make potholders for my kitchen too after seeing all those on the wall. I like decorative and functional two in one style :)
    Got a chuckle looking at the nails !!hehehe.

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  15. but isn't that the defination of craft? Functional art. x

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  16. There is always more to decorate or things to make that might just be useful and if not then aesthetic in a way that really improves your day - and that is cheap therapy hey?

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  17. definetly decorative, they are too beautiful , you have to show them off
    its not sunny here at all , its snowing , but i kinda like it like that....hope the sun continues shining there for you

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  18. Love the new potholder and the idea about the nails was too funny.

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  19. I bet you could make that many potholders ;) Although that pic did make me snort a bit.

    Love the collection can't wait to see many more!

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  20. I love the crochet bunting, it's beautiful. Isn't art functional? it serves the purpose of making you feel good about your space which is so important!

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  21. Kate I love the newbie!!! My goodness you are clever. And please you must keep making you pot holders or else I will be sad, and you don't want me to be sad. ALso they are totally functional, their function is too fill the space on the wall and use up nails.
    the bunting you made is really my favourite bunting I've ever seen, you are soo clever. xoxo

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  22. HI KAte, this isn't really relevant to your post, but I have just got back from book club and one of the women was talking about your mums book- it's in our library. There you go! Very lovely potholders- have I said that already?

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  23. What a novel idea - using a potholder to hold pots. lol.

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  24. I love the potholders! And the bunting you are making for the stall! Wish I lived near enough to come and buy organic produce and jam from you.

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