Ever since I had spotted these on a random blog (sorry, I was link happy at the time and completely forgot to take note which blog I was reading!!) sometime over the summer, I've been obsessed. Seriously. Obsessed. I can't stop thinking about them and how I want one! Actually, I would love to have a whole room filled with them.
What are they? They're Urchin Poufs by Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. She hand knits these eco-friendly chunky poufs that takes around 6 weeks to complete. And that's per pouf! They are sooo simply gorgeous and comfy looking, don't you think?
Here's the designer herself knitting up a pouf. Look at the size of her knitting needles! Look at that huge pile of yarn! Look at how happy she looks knitting up one of these bad boys. When I first started knitting I was all about the chunky knits. The chunkier the better, was my motto. Obviously I have deviated away from that, judging from the current pullover that I have on the needles that is being knit up in tiny sock yarn on equally tiny needles. I'm still all about the chunky knits, but have realized that I can't wear them myself lest I look like a teapot wearing a cozy. I still gravitate towards ultra bulky yarn (I seriously drool over Cascade Magnum!). So check out how Christien winds up her handmade yarn:
Pure craziness, huh? And just to show you how big these Poufs really are, here's the designer sitting on one of her creations:
I can go on and on and on posting photos of her amazing work and process. But I won't. As much as I would love to own an original, I really can't afford to dish out €1600 for one (or €480 for the smallest version!). So I have been searching the Internets (and Ravelry!) for patterns in hopes of making one myself. It won't be the same, but maybe it'll help me get over this obsession. I've found a few promising patterns and have a few yarns in mind that I can try out. I'm dying to cast on for one pronto, but I'm promised myself that I wouldn't start any new projects until I complete a current WIP. But the wheels are turning I tell ya. Turning!!
So stay tuned. There may be posts about poufs on this blog sometime in the (near) future!