Thursday, February 19, 2009

scrumbled ~

I clipped this the other day and left it sitting in Photoshop ready to do something with ~ but now I have totally forgotten who the wonderful fiber artist is. Credit is due and I give you, the fine and wonderful crafter of these works of art, full and undeniable credit ~ I just can include your name and website here. These scrumbled neckpieces are stunning!

Prudence Mapstone is the high priestess, maker and designer of all things scrumbled. Her books on freeform knitting and crocheting are incredible. Her website is inspirational ~ . Currently there's an Aussie online auction (the Pink Project) in progress for the National Breast Cancer Foundation ~ An Australian organization to raise funds for breast cancer research. Prudence has spearheaded the auction and the list of freeform artists is long and international.

Here's a tidbit of what's up for auction ~
I'm lucky enough to have one of Prudence's books, Bullions & Beyond, which is out of print although it can be ordered as a pdf on her website. I haven't tried any bullions yet nor have I gone beyond, but the cover and inside photos made me buy the book.

When I bought the Prudence book I also picked up Jenny Dowde's Freeform Knitting and Crochet. She's another Australian who has published a few scrumble books. She credits The Crochet Workbook by Sylvia Cosh and James Walters as her inspiration ~ I've never seen this book but it seems to be highly coveted going for $60-$200 online.

I'm a bit amazed with the renewed excitement about crocheting. Grandma Mabel was masterful with her crocheted lace. Everyone had to have one of her lace hankies. I did my fair share of lace, but was never interested in hankies back then ~ what's a 13 year old going to do with lace edged hankies?

Other than scrumbling, I haven't seen anything that really gets me too excited about the crochet books and patterns being produced now. Probably the last book on "regular" crocheting that got me jazzed was Louisa Calder's Creative Crochet. I picked up this book at one of the weaving gulid's swap sales for a quarter. I think I bought the book just because she was the wife of Alexander Calder. The other reason was the color photos of her latch hooked rugs.

I grew up with the one latch hook rug kit of a kitten that I received as a birthday gift. It lived in a yellow plastic bag under my bed. I think I pulled it out every so often thinking I'd start "hooking" but never did. Maybe it was the black pre-cut acrylic yarn that turned me off, since when I saw the pictures of Louisa Calder's rugs I was inquisitive. She created these Miro-esqe rugs and is shown in one of the book's photo with balls of yarn and her yarn cutter. She obviously had a little more skill and went beyond using black pre-cut acrylic yarn.

At this point, I know I have a few yarn cutters in the basement and a storage container full of yarn that I saved to make my Miro-esqe latch hook rugs. I'll probably get to that after I finish scrumbling up a sweater or two. In other words, uhmmm, its pretty low on the every growning "to do" list.
Check out that typo ~ I wrote g r o w N i n g instead of growing. Is that what you call your "to do" list when it has exceeded the possible ratio between number of tasks and days left in your life? It is growning....


  1. I just found your blog. My grandmother was also named Mabel, but to me she was "Grandma Maisie." She's in one of my tapestries, and is always in my heart! Here's to the Mabel's in our past!

  2. So glad you stopped by. I've enjoyed your blog and watching your "September" tapestry progress. You are so talented!

  3. I believe those wrapped scrumble necklaces are the work of Janice Rosema. They are indeed scrumptious!

  4. Yes! Thank you! They are Janice Rosema's gorgeous pieces.

  5. hi, so i totaly ran into this un expectedly but i am seraching for replacement blades for the yarn cutter and am having a whole lot of trouble finding some. if you know anything that could be helpful please drop me a line at . thanks and have fun latch hookin