Monday, August 2, 2010

Four Rocks and an Eye Roll



Over the weekend, the eldest shot her first (detected) eye roll directly at her mother from point blank range. No matter that the eye roll accompanied a modifying bemused grin, no matter that others in the household exhibited a similar reaction. It is a slippery slope. It was precision-executed. A perfect ‘10’ eye roll and even though the first alarm bell clanged when she was two and wouldn’t eat yoghurt “It’s MY life!”, from now on, the merest sign of pre-teen has me shoe quaking.



The eight year old’s eye roll, the 43 year old’s just audible sigh of resignation (with possible rotational ocular involvement) and the hatching of the seven year old’s grand plan for Mum to crochet a cosy for the school’s roundish pizza oven by Monday, were all prompted by my sudden blinkered fixation for crafting rock jumpers.



I lay the blame squarely at the feet of Margaret Oomen, who’s tute, found via Whip Up, first buzzed the bee in the bonnet. In bonneted bee buzzing style, the usual ad hoc-ness and the pressure of a looming televisual Friday Night Crime date with the Mr, I never quite got around to studying the tute...



...which is why the cobbling together of four specimens randomly break every crochet/rock fashion rule (even those I don’t yet know about). I was hooked for one very loooong evening. So hooked, when I finally looked up at the world around me, Friday Night Crime was long dead and buried and we were in to ungodly hours, 70s rock and roll TV. Not that I could SEE. Suzi Quatro’s mulleted hairdo was but a fuzzy outline and anything more than twenty centimetres from my nose, was entirely unfocus-able. What was that the optometrist mentioned about specs?



A gaggle of teens could have exuberantly eye rolled and it would have been but a blurry bad dream.

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nb. The river pebbles shown are between five and eight-ish centimetres and I used Perle 8 thread with a 1.5mm hook.

41 comments:

Sarah said...

I love these! Can sympathise with getting totally immersed in a project too, but you are on your own with the eye rolling I am afraid, but good luck :-)

Little Ted Canvas said...

Oh God, the eye roll! I don't think I've quite experienced that yet but I have a master of the death stare on my hands...Your rock jumpers look fantastic!

Christie said...

I'm sure I've got lots of eye-rolling ahead of me, i'm also sure my mum will call it karma...

LOVE the rocks, may just have to learn to hook... maybe

Bellgirl said...

If you pushed one of these pebbles in its cosy whitle jumper, it would look rather like an eye-roll, methinks ;)

Sandrine said...

This is just gorgeous Tania, must have been really tricky doing it on such a thin hook!Well done ...I reckon 10 years old is the new "Full on"teen age, I think I am the one doing the eye rolling exercise now!

Kirsty said...

Your hookie rocks look great.

As for the eye rolling. All three at ours are pros.

The eldest said to me the other day "You know mum, you're a very strange individual". I've chosen to take it as a compliment but am quite sure that wasn't the intention. x

Chicken Willow said...

Oh, I remember the first eye roll...terrifying!

Love the rocks and the photos are stunning.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Oh I just love these rock jumpers!

Ahhhh... every now and then, I realise that before we know it, we're going to have a pre-teen then teenager of our own... remembering the horror that I was at that age, I'm really not looking forward to it...

Stomper Girl said...

I don't think I would have received an eyeroll for crocheting rock jumpers. I think my children would have asked if they could keep the be-jumpered rocks for their very own. Because they look excellent.

flowerpress said...

That tute will be the thing that gets me crocheting, I've tried before but I'm no good!! I've loved her stones for ever though so this could be the incentive.
Yours look very beautiful!

reanaclaire said...

great work and patience here.. i used to crochet when i was in my teens..now i just cannot.. maybe eyesight not so good these years..

reanaclaire.com

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Love your work ... eye roll! Just wait for the "whatever" or worse still the grunt.

Nikki said...

You crazy rock-clothing chick, you.....

I too, was hooking away until I couldn't see. (Methinks the acceptance of middle-age and multi-focals is on the cards for this particular happy-hooker...!!)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I have been on the same wavelength this weekend with rock decorating but ina slightly different , yes, quite similar way...

Anonymous said...

T
Ok, you're going to get another virtual eye roll - this time for making us remember Suzi Quatro... lordie...
and even worse, I went to the link you so thoughtfully provided. P!nk's choreography and dance moves have nothing on that. Thanks for continuing to broaden our creative education.
W

OohLookBel said...

Those adorable crocheted covers are just like ones my mum made for me to wear around my hair bun when I did ballet. Fortunately, I was too young to roll my eyes back then.

Margie Oomen said...

i refuse to be your scape stone :)
although I really do love your pictures

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Me eye rolling too. Crocheted rocks. Yes.

Althought actually, yours do look very elegant. But still, crocheted rocks. Indeed.

I loved Suzi Quatro - she was the only girl who played guitar, so with our plastic air guitars in front of the telly, my brother had so many boys to be like, but I wanted to be Suzi Quatro - I was about 7. She has a radio show on the BBC, you know. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00cps75

Cheers,
AJ

PS have you finished the pizza oven cosy?

One Flew Over said...

I saw these babies on display at Purl Soho...yours look fantastic and I can't wait to have a crack myself x

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Such a naturally rewarding project!! The eye roll is something i am yet to encounter... Fingers crossed!!

Xo Steph

Andi said...

Those rocks look so comfy and content.
If only our children would appreciate our efforts as much!

Tamara said...

Yes I did spy these on the purlbee...and considered tackling them myself...just a tad scared of what the 6 men in my life would think of me, not sure I'm up for all the strange stares just yet...

Yours look ace though...

xt

Tanya said...

I too have recently become no stranger to the eye roll...most often when I sing Taylor Swift (yes, I did just say that!) and sing the wrong lyrics. How very uncool- ha, which part you may well ask!!!

jodi said...

ooohhhh the eye roll. not good.
but the rocks in cute crochet cardigans - good. very good.

Pixiewear said...

I love those! I need to learn how to crochet just so I can make some. And I love that you did your own thing with them. Gorgeous!

Di said...

Never mind the eye roll, my eyes feel sore just imagining crocheting with thread and wire into the wee hours... Perhaps it's because it's past my bed time...

Susan Being Snippy said...

Your rocks are great -- I got the eyeroll, and I only mentioned the crochet rocks when I found the tutorial. A day or two later, I went to Value Village to look for some crochet cotton but couldn't remember what I wanted it for (is 57 old?) Thanks for reminding me, now I have an excuse to wander through V V again and this afternoon the weather should co-operate so I will sit in my backyard and crochet a couple of rocks... May I mention you in my next blog post?

Smallest Friend said...

Oh man. One of the children I nanny is a 9-year-old boy. There are days he barely talks, just eye rolls! It makes me feel like I'm going bonkers.
Lovely stones, by the way.

june at noon said...

Very pretty. And interesting timing, as I just posted about a couple more covered stones myself. It's addicting, isn't it?

june at noon said...

P.S. I don't get eye-rolling, but I do get, "Wha...?" when I tell people what I'm making. ;)

And my 3 year old has been known to roll her eyes. Does that mean bad things for when she's 16?

Lola Nova said...

Way to rock!

katiecrackernuts said...

Can I admit to being a bit of an eye-roller when it comes to crocheted covers for rocks. That and perhaps cup-cake holders. I am sure there are plenty who'd eye-roll and what they'd find in my cupboards too - so I am not one top judge. I do think you're incredibly clever and patient. Now, watch those pre-teen girls. No advice, just hold on to ya hats.
And, don't you think the Friday Night Crime Date's never been as good since Silent Witness was moved to an 11pm Saturday time slot? Even Miss Marple's been bumped.

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

Magnifico!

Fer said...

Gorgeous! Makes me wish even more that I was a decent crochet-er person thingie...

I think the eye roll is still more tolerable than "whatever". :)

Jo James said...

Until recently I thought eye-rolling was the worst of it, but then my boy kid apologized to his friend yesterday cuz I was singing in the car. "Sorry 'bout that, Dude." Now I'M rolling my eyes.

Madeline said...

Oh, love, love, love....the rocks....not the eye rolls. I'm already afraid of the dreaded eye rolls to come, and I've still got a few years.

Angie said...

That's it I'm digging out the hooks!

No comment on eye-rolling smalls (I'm in complete denial as to where they may have picked that up from)

sassita said...

Well I REALLY loved the crochet rocks that rock...and I GOT ONE..Yay!!! thanks so much Tania it is indeed one of the most gorgeous gifts I have in my handmade collection. I have positioned it far out of reach of curious kitten with sharp claws. My husband and children are yet to notice..will let you know if it recieves any eye rolls.
Sass xox

ELK said...

...and then they leave...my last eyeroller leaves for university in two weeks..i will miss it

LOVE the rocks

Jasmine said...

Those rock jumpers are just gorgeous! It reminds me of some "tree jumpers" ... I think I saw them on the Design Files, similar concept but on trees outside a shop front! Beautiful!

Sally said...

Loving your rock jumpers muchly. So sweet... and don't mind the eye rolling.