Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Creative Space



Did I tell you I gave up? Like really gave up? I threw the doors of the wool shop open, my hands in the air and proclaimed WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE! None of that selection from a few (of Mum’s favoured) options malarkey.



Then the entire, expansive button collection was spilt before the kid: GO FOR IT! Not that the twirly girly was ever likely to stray long or far from matching pink or puce.

So, winter is over and my previously, frequently-nudey, three year old, is warmly, woolly, clad in a cardigan based on the Olearia pattern – just in time for spring and already warmer weather. I say ‘based’ because I frequently forgot the pattern and did not correct my mistakes. The knitting was very much What the Heck and One Last Shot (would it ever even be worn?), which translates to ignoring repeats and sailing past gathered bits and adding increases whenever the fancy took me.



Wouldn’t you know it, she’s been gadding about in fully clothed warmth since the last button was attached.



And with all that, I have finally rediscovered my groove. No doubt buried under the shell shock of previous experience with three year olds, I’m still not entirely sure how I managed to forget it, lose it. While I’ve been entirely relaxed over ghastly clothing combinations for quite some time (any clothing is a small victory for good and not evil), I wouldn’t voluntarily spend treasured, therapeutic knitty time, with squeaky wool or colours of girl toddler choice. Yet who could possibly choose better colour and style for a kid, than the kid herself? The kid who pretty much sailed through so-called Terrible Twos and launched three with DEFIANCE, OPINION, built-in anti-freeze, SPIRIT and CHUTZPAH?



I’ll choose my battles, thanks.


You know where to take that cuppa for cruise-around-the-interwebby inspire time...

43 comments:

Amanda said...

Go Figure!!!! She just knows perfection when she see's it. I agree with those 3's though. Whoever said 2's are terrible never met a 3yr old :P

Michelle said...

Looks great. I am dreading the thought that 3 might possibly be worse than 2 with my smallest - the 2s are bad enough...

Jessi said...

yes 3 was certainly my eldest's worst age.. and master one is almost two and already a devil, so i hate to imagine what he is going to be like when he reaches 3!

Gorgeous purple cardi!!! I love that deep deep purple! It is so under-rated as a color!

Selina said...

Well it looks fabulous Tania! I love the colour too! How cheeky does the little one look in that last photo?!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

So gorgeous and your knitting sounds a lot like my crochet style, adding and taking stitches as I choose.

I agree with the 3 year old - any clothes are good and at the moment I am thrilled that the dress of choice is Kates skipping dress, but it is all about layers... 2 tshirts underneath and leggings with possible shorts over them all underneath the dress.
At least she won't get cold.

thornberry said...

It looks terrific and you've rediscovered your mojo! Lots of the things I make for the girls I wouldn't necessarily choose, but I tend to open the cupboards and let them go for it with fabric and yarn and trim selections. That way they usually love what I make (unless it's a poncho) although I do always have some caveats - after all, I have to enjoy the making process as well as them enjoy the wearing! Your little one is so gorgeous!

Caroline said...

I wouldn't have chosen that wool coulour either, but your little one obviously knows her stuff because that cardi has turned out stunning on her. Cute buttons too.

Kirsty said...

She looks good in squeak!

& hooray for "based" - it looks grand.

froginthepond said...

I think I could now present olearia to my 8yo lass who sounds remarkably like yours, except for the nudey thing. I've got used to knitting with pink but I prefer purple!

Stomper Girl said...

Gosh you work fast! I think it looks gorgeous and lucky I didn't see those buttons or they might have accidentally fallen into my button collection.

Suse said...

That was quick! And it looks gorgeous, well done!

Onto Tea Leaves next, right?

Sue said...

I think your daughter has perfect taste in the colors she chose and the buttons look fab too. Totally agree that 3 year olds are much more stubborn and temperamental than 2 years old!

teddybearswednesday said...

Oh dear sorry 3 isn't looking good.
Your cardigan on the other hand is smashing. Forgetfulness and all xo

Tracey said...

ah, she does looks so cute and cosy! chosing battles - great wisdom, hoping 3 will defy your expectations xx

One Flew Over said...

It looks great Tan...job well done!

Nikki said...

I love her. I really do. She's a spunky little ball of personality.

Love the free-range knitting - in approach and result!

Kylie said...

And isn't the 'win' all the sweeter for it all? :) She looks fabulous (such a fantastic cardi) and who cares about colours etc. Just savour a wicked grin about how appalled she'll be when she's older and all the photos come out at her 21! ;) Kx

p.s. (See, I told you I'm a mean mum!)

Kim W. said...

awww she is adorable!! and the sweater looks gorgeous on her! purple looks great with her brown hair!

flowerpress said...

Love the gritted teeth determination in the last shot!
I remember waiting for the terrible twos to pass, right through three and four. Finally at nine I think they're fading ;-)

librarygirl said...

I love that colour! Great job.

Thea said...

Is it bad that I actually like your toddler's taste? I think she looks fab and you did a great job. xx

Sally said...

Yes - no lesson better worth learning than to carefully choose the battles!
She made some wondeful choices - I can understand why she wouldn't want to take it off. Gorgeous.

(BTW - just in case I haven't told you before - I think you're a marvelous mother.)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

So did she choose the buttons, the wool, the pattern or all 3?

Wouldn't be my pick of colours, but it looks really fab on her. I have some of those polka dot stars in yellow, blue and green. Don't think I saw them in purple!

I don't often knit things exactly as the pattern says either. However I don't do winging it, so I write myself a new pattern in a spreadsheet. Yes, I know.

Here's to mojo and knitting.

Buy more wool.

Cheers,
AJ

Fer said...

Sometimes it really pays to not think about these things too much, something I need to remember if my baby brain would let me....

I also second the "buy more wool" comment before me. :)

Cotton Kiwi said...

Ha ha. I can hear myself in every line of your post. Miss 6 is a bloomin nightmare clothing wise and lets just say Miss 4's taste is questionable. Love how your cardigan turned out. I'm knitting one at the moment and was panicking about forgetting to swap the needles over at the correct point but I shall stop worrying now! Thanks!

Sue said...

2...3 What does it matter?
14's the worst and it's not just about clothes then.
This girl has amazing coloursense, Inherited talent from her Mum I'll bet.

Megan said...

fabulous! glad you finally got her clothed, it was a long battle but entirely worth it, especially if its resulted the emporesses groove not getting thrown off (have you seen the emporer's new groove? best kids movie ever!)

june at noon said...

Well, that's a three-year-old for you. Our threes are proving *much* worse than the twos. I am in fear of 16.

I do love that cardigan, even if you say there are flaws. She'll probably wear through it just in time for winter so she can go nakey again!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

And did SHE squeak when she first saw it ? It's the perfect little girl's girly cardigan !!

RedRedCompletelyRed said...

Oh, those are the PERFECT buttons! And what a treat to be allowed free-reign of the yarn shop! I'm sure that makes the cardy extra special!

Brighton Breezy said...

My ma used to say that I was at my most frustrating at 3 - I kind of remember being pretty horrid actually! Your little darlin certainly made a lovely colour choice -

I also remember wanting red patent shoes and pink tights ... mmmm ... come to think of it ...

Lola Nova said...

Ooh, it's gorgeous, just the right colors it appears!

My girl turned 5 in the most pleasant of fashions and the first few months were heavenly. However, it seems the last half of 5 is turning into something of a mess of whine and defiance. She shall make a rather brilliant actress I should think but, in the mean time I've turned into a ball of nerves. Ah well, such it is.

Ninotchka said...

Your daughter has a good sense of colour - the buttons are sweet. Personally, I don't like purple, however my wee girl (2 - and definately has an opinion on these things) and grandmama (knitter-in-chief) love it, so I'm learning to let it go. Looks like a great pattern, I'll have to search in out and make it up in green, just to be difficult!

Karin van D. said...

I love it. The colour, the shape, very cute. She has great taste, that little one of yours. And I can't help but wonder: Who did she get that strong opinion and stubbornness from? ;-)

Genevieve said...

The bad news is that 4 isn't much better. *sigh* She looks absolutely gorgeous though! Love the colour!

Maxabella said...

And mighty fine taste she has too!!

I always let my girls dress themselves. They come up with some bizarre combinations, but I'm not one to worry about what others think. I know in my heart that they could look fantastic if I chose the selections, but I'm just as pleased that they take great pride in matching orange with red and pink. Er, nice!
x

Sandrine said...

I think she knows what suit her and she lets her clever mummy knows:)That cardi looks really great, well done!and what a cute little grin ;)xx

gretchenmist said...

it really suits her! funny how when it's their idea it all works so much better!
i had the 3s {rather than the 2s} with my first and my am hanging on the 3rd birthday coming up for my 2nd who's had the 2s pretty bad!!! fingers crossed.
i noticed we have the same campers too ~ from your earlier post.

Jolie said...

It looks gorgeous! (must. make. soon!) I confess to having quite the adjustment period when I realised that not only are determination, pigheadedness and independence hereditary (we're screwed!), but they kick in with your offspring prior to said offspring growing up and flying the nest (we're screwed NOW!)...it is fun to observe though, and in your case, terribly stylish fun!

Bonnie said...

I love that little sweater! So sweet! I am impressed with your knitting skills. I love the photo with your daughter standing at the white picket gate...so cute! Happy Spring to you...I'm sure you are ready!

Victoria said...

I bought the Tea Leaves pattern I saw on Amanda Soule's site a while ago. I did intend to knit for myself this year, but that will have to hold off for next year now. I mentioned all this, by the way, because your little one's cardigan is very similar to that, but for grown ups.

Kylie said...

Looks great and at least she is wering it - being the short sleeved version she will be able to wear it into spring with a little dress:) Love the button choice, she has great taste.

Kate said...

I love that you made it up as you went along. Me on the other hand, I ripped it apart and started again so many times because the row count was wrong.
And I love it with three rows of gather rather than the four.
And I love it in the changey colour yarn. You are right, it is such fun to knit with.
And I have been so tempted soooooooo many times to stick a sign to my kids saying '..... dressed herself this morning.'