An Unexpected Craft-Urge

You see this hat?
I love it.  I want it.  I gotta have it.
The only obstacle in my way is that it is crocheted, and my skills are… um… rusty at best.
But something about the looping lines of roses circling the model’s flaxen locks gripped me the moment I saw this in Issue 50 of “Inside Crochet“.
I had never picked up this magazine before.  Because I don’t “get” crochet… or so I thought.
But as I turned the pages, my eyebrows climbed higher and higher.  If I had been wearing a hat, they would have disappeared under the brim.
Crikey – that is a pretty stunning over-top-thing!
It is kinda 70’s, but in a good way.  I can absolutely see myself wearing that with my tiered Betsey Johnson maxi skirt!
And that tea-pot-mat has something of a Clarice Cliff vibe going on.  I could totally justify making one of those to save the kitchen table from further scorching.
And this bag is so very much like the ones I have seen in Japanese pattern books and dismissed as an unattainable dream.  In English?  Much more achievable!
 And this shawl uses that variegated yarn to such good effect – ooh yeah!
 I even found myself amused by this affectation of spring flowers to wrap around a tea-cup:

Just what I needed:  a new craft obsession!
I’ll start with the hat…