Sunday, March 21, 2010

No Natural Guerilla



I, with the help of the eldest, have been up to yarn mischief again. Plotting, conniving, giggling. Then came the belated realisation, as we set to tagging the school with yarny tree warmth, that I may not have what it takes to be a guerilla.

Mrs School Principal is a lovely woman who inspires impeccable behaviour. Kids think she’s excellent, but quake in their boots at the merest notion of inspiring her wrath. I quake in my boots at the merest notion my kids inspire her wrath. Never one to be much trouble at school, here I am, a great big thirty nine year old chicken wimp, plotting stealth school drop offs and pick ups to avoid potential Mrs School Principal confrontation: How could you, a parent, exhibit such irresponsible example-setting behaviour? I am beyond disappointed! She knows where I live. And it’s not like those tree cosies in my street are putting her off any track in any hurry.

On the up side, I am over the moon, throw the arms in the air, shout out loud chuffed! Did you notice the cable? CABLES ARE EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY! Hear me, oh, cable-fearing peoples? If I can do ’em (with nary a swear word) so can your average ten year old. Knit away your demons, quick sticks! (Thank you for the swift kick to the rear, Ms Leonie).

While I’m confessing to the birch tree jumper, there’s also the school olive tree leg warmer...



The collaborative eucalypt cosy (which is why I hold hope that the eldest won’t dob me in because if she does, I fully intend to drag her down with me)...



And a new resident crocheted caterpillar...



As well as dollops more courage, my inner guerilla requires further refinement. For starters, it would help considerably, if I grew. It would help if prior to tagging, I did not go to the gym and row a seemingly very long way (without going anywhere), so that I am able to raise my arms. It would help if I remembered my scissors. Even so, I’d still love to do an entire tree. Especially when the weather briefly turned cold and blustery and I was half convinced the birch really was glad of a bit of warm.

61 comments:

Jodie said...

I have two crab-apples in my garden just crying out for some knitty goodness...come guerilla my place !!

By the way guerilla is freaky word to spell...It just doesn't look right !

Jo James said...

You are so cool!

Mama Mogantosh said...

Lady, you are my kind of guerilla.

Jolie said...

I love your guerilla-ness! (that sounds weird, ha!) and your caterpillar just about sent me over the edge....now I *really* need to learn how to crochet!

Andi said...

CLever cable maker girl!!!
And that caterpillar is THE BEST THING EVER!!!
If the principal gets cross about these, tell her I sent you. I'll sort her out.
But how could she be anything other than delighted at your secret additions to the school greenery?
Andi x

PS Got my treats in the mail. You shouldn't have .... (she said with a little squeal of delight)

Becky said...

Love the caterpillar!! Also love the giant cable, I am trying the horse shoe cable on my next Milo Vest for the kids.

Sue said...

I'm lusting after that caterpillar. It's exquisite but now I need to learn how to crochet. Is 57 to old to master this skill?

One Flew Over said...

EEEEKKKK!!! The Caterpillar!!! LOVE LOVE him x

yardage girl said...

AWESOME! The caterpillar is inspired work - you must be the coolest mum in school!

Little Ted Canvas said...

You're too funny, I'm inspired by your inner guerilla! LOVE the caterpiller...and happy to hear about the cable, very encouraging, thanks!

flowerpress said...

Yay, I might just have to do a bit of that. Very impressed by the cable and how it goes up the little arm as well. And I love the caterpiller too! Tell us how :-)
But my favourite bit is laughing at you not being able to lift your arms up cos of the rowing, hee hee.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh caterpillar super sweet & just love the cable knit, well done!! Love Posie

Helen said...

The caterpillar is the coolest~

Christie said...

i would like to go on record & say 'i told you so!'

glad you took the plunge with the cables

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Oh yes ! Caterpillar wins hands down !!!!

But why on earth are you rowing ? Where are you planning on going ?

Kate said...

Love it all sooooooooo much!

Kylie said...

Oh Tania - I love them!! Especially the caterpillar - how gorgeous is that?! I think your principal could very well surprise you. I cannot imagine anyone that kids love not having enough heart to respond favourably to these tree lovies :)) Kx

CurlyPops said...

OMG I want that olive tree leg warmer for myself!

Nikki Cardigan said...

Love love it all... the cables, the principal fear, the 'your're in it with me' threats to daughter, that way too cute caterpillar and of course, all the gorgeous knitting. You are great!

PottyMouthMama said...

Dian Fossey would be SO PROUD OF YOU! (and I am too).

ecoMILF said...

Those are magical and if I were the principal I would be thrilled that someone inspired such creativity, imagination and care into my schoolyard. Good luck with future drops. xo m.

sean the prawn said...

the caterpillar is the sweetest little critter I have ever seen...the kids will love all this.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your caterpillar is so sweet! How wonderful that you are bent on warming all the tress in the playground before winter! Very community spirited of you - I am sure the principal will agree.

nikkishell said...

You are freakin cool! I LOVE you guerilla art :) I feel inspired to do some too.

peppermintpatcher said...

It should be compulsory to have those caterpillars in every tree! Very clever!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Love it, love it! What a totally cool mum you are! And that caterpillar! A.Dor.A.Ble!!

Sarah said...

The caterpillar is ACE, ACE, ACE!! Love your woolly tags! How about a woolly nest for the birdies???

Real Life Reslers said...

I love it! How can I make a caterpillar?

Grace said...

Did you get sent to the principals office? Ha! It doesn't hurt the trees does it? Tell her its an "art installation" like Cristo for example - that is a learning experience for the kiddos.

The caterpillar is tops! Cute! Your cables are lovely my dear.

Guerilla on!

Madeline said...

That's incredible! I love it. You can come to my yard anytime.

Amanda said...

These are just perfect :). I love the caterpillar and have to agree. I was scared of cables but they are pretty darn simple...

crzylady said...

gracious that caterpillar is lovely! and I think you could make that one grow? Maybe, if you left the wrap around yarn very loose? (not that I have any clue since I don't knit)

Drewzel said...

Hehehehhehehehehehehe.
that's all I wanted to say.

Leah said...

OMG Im in love with the catapillar! I think its ace and the kids would get such a kick out of it. Love it...I have a massive Elm out the front of my place and winter is on its way mmmmm. wonder what my man would say lol.

Mel said...

Oh what was my life before you Tania!? This just warms my cockles it does! And I'm with you, I reckon the tree is mighty pleased with it's bit of knitty goodness. Now, cables ... I'll just got back to working my way up to casting off the world's longest, never-ending scarf and then go rock in the corner at the mere THOUGHT!

p.s the caterpillar is my favourite and my best!
p.p.s I almost bought you a book overseas called "chicks with sticks" just for the title ;)

Fer said...

Oh wow, I LOVE the caterpillar crochet!!

Leonie Guld said...

WAHOOOOOO!!!! CHECK OUT those swanky cables!!!!! YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!! xxx Oh...I got your evil gift....who needs a kick up the bum NOW!!!!

Maggie said...

I love it! they are all gorgeous x

june at noon said...

Oh, haven't you been wonderfully naughty? I love it! The caterpillar is genius.

beck said...

How about some little teapots hanging from a gum? Or some jamrollss strung on a peppercorn? Loving your renegade behaviour xo

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Will you come to my house and guerrilla my apple trees? Please, pretty please. Your guerrilla knitting is making me so happy. And yes, definitely most impressed by the cables. And love the fact that you're willing to take down the eldest with you, if it comes to that.

Julie said...

Fabulous! Love the caterpillar. How about some knitted bird nests to keep our feathered friends warm for upcoming Winter?

Little Eve said...

This is a first, completely new thing to me (and i'm thinking most people)! I do love your caterpillar.
Cathy

Carolyn said...

So... glad I popped back to your Blog. ~ Your antics, a playful trick or prank; caper, ~ Puts a smile on my face. Thanks!

quirkygranolagirl said...

that looks like fun!

Sally said...

Fab fab fab!
Looking forward to watching more of your winter antics as the months get colder :)

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

Love the caterpillar! This may sound like a silly question but ... don't you have to stand there and sew it on ... aren't you scared that principal-lady might catch you?

Mary said...

Beautiful fearless cabling Tania. Caterpillar is my fave, I can see him breeding and the offspring infiltrating my lime tree.

heather said...

how do you get the green cozy on the tree?? i can't wrap my head around it! unless that little branch is pretty short....

caramela said...

Love them all but the caterpillar is fab,fab!!Great post!
Annamaria :)

craftynzgirl said...

I am like many others before me in love love love with the caterpillar, simple and beautiful crochet...imagine 20 of these running around a tree with a couple of crochet butterflies and birds, so alice in wonderland pretty! xx Nadia

Tas said...

Gorgeous post. And boy, are you headed for detention!

brownhairblueribbon said...

love it all - the post - your guerilla work - the crochet caterpillar. Who is having more fun you or the kids?! All I know is I am glad I get to share the games to.

PS Booo principals*

(*having said that I love teachers & don't really boo them at all. Just that figure of authority thing..)

Georgia said...

OMG these are so freakin' cool!!!! I've been feeling a little under inspired with knitting lately, but THIS could get me going again. And aren't cables EASY??? I've been knitting for 25+ years and only this year tried cables. I was so scared of them- but oh wow- so easy. Keep up the wicked work!!

Cindy said...

MUST ... HAVE .... A .... CATERPILLAR!!!!!!
Crap - now I have to figure out how to crochet, that is too cute.
I am still standig out the front hoping I can get M+E bombed

prashant said...

You are so cool!
data entry work from home

elly bee said...

I knew you would discover cables are EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY. even I can do them.
and we would love something for our tree in the midst of winter. and why not do a whole tree... if one can do it, it must be you.

and the catterpiller.... how can I do that overhere (I need a hint).
eb xx

Carmen Rigby said...

I LOVE that caterpillar!!

M* (Melanie) said...

Oh they are so lovely. The caterpillar is to die for and the red against the gum tree bark looks amazing

Di said...

Ahhh such fun. The caterpillar is truly inspired!!

lia said...

I love this kind of art ... maybe humour too?
Ecologic and cute.