Monday, May 30, 2011

Pink, More Pink and An Ordinary Start to the Week

It was a fabulous weekend of bloggy meet ups and kid soccer and dinner with friends involving a memorable slice of lemon meringue pie baked by the Mr, while wearing his heavy duty, seriously-working-now overalls (affectionately known around here as his tutu). I have since read the recipe and understand why one pie slice was enough. There is a limit to ‘delectable’ when you’re eating FOURTEEN eggs and SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY GRAMS of butter. Apologies to the arteries of our friends who scored the leftovers.

In between all that business, there was the completion of an In Threes pink baby cardi for this sweet kiddo.



I scored a gorgeously long cuddle yesterday but it took three seconds to remember that weird rocking from side-to-side thing that you do, when standing holding a wee one and seven minutes to recall that hot water bottle effect of a small babe and twenty eight minutes to recollect that dull ache in the arm/back/neck. Waaaay out of training, I am.



I searched high and low – like, even beyond the button jar – for the perfect buttony accessories and it was all a case of ‘meh’. But there’s never anything ‘meh’ about Liberty fabric, so I set about making my own.



At one point the Mr spotted me making all fairy-like with stitchery and bits of wadding and fabric scraplets and pondered aloud whether there could be an easier way?



Of course there’s a million, but I used what I had to hand and I am entirely confident that these buttons will not come adrift, partly because they have been attached to the cardi with three hundred and sixty-seven stitches. Besides, I am more than happy to fairy-stitch Liberty fabric to the moon and back, for anyone who I think will appreciate it.



Speaking of appreciation, I cobbled together another pink thing this weekend. I’m confidently (sort of, with fingers crossed) declaring a mini-win. This is because the child is not slightly blue around the edges from cold. That scraplet of a scarf thing was worn almost all of Sunday and when it was taken off and then misplaced the kid actually came looking for it. Knock me over with a feather. Just goes to show what own-wool-choosing and button selecting and frilly bits do for kid co-operation and nearly-there seasonal dressing (one battle at a time, let’s overlook the t-shirt for now).



This morning, before kinder, the kid thanked me for the ‘hearty kiss’ (stitches attaching the button)...



...and then without pause wanted to know whether ‘sexing’ really was when a man lay under the bed and a lady lay on top?

Let the week begin.

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PS. In Threes Baby Cardi ravelled here.

PPS. Pink Scraplet Thing = DK weight yarn, 26 stitch cast on, two stitch rib, (ss, yo, k) buttonhole and a crocheted picot edge thing. Clear as mud?

PPPS. The covered button tute I used has gone AWOL. It is a cyber mystery. This one is a little like it (although I think you get a cleaner finish with a lighter weight fabric and I also added a fabric backing). And if you’re after a speedier button covering method there are always those little addictive gizmos used to make these...

46 comments:

Tanya said...

and is that what sexing is?
lovely, all that knitting is, by the way, sorry to jump straight to the sexing...!

dixiebelle said...

Oh, that is stunning!

Vic said...

Bloody Tanya, ALWAYS jumping straight to the sexing...! (Although I am curious too as to how you answered that one...)

I love the wee scarf/neck warmer with the "hearty kiss"... *melts of cute*

Sue said...

Very cute scarflette, and I adore the in threes cardigan too, even with beautiful buttons. I was wondering over the weekend as to whether I could make some of those myself. Yes - I wondered too how you answered that question, lol!

teddybearswednesday said...

this is what I love about popping by your place Tania,
in one post we cover sport , food, craft and the all importing sexing, what more could we want.
loving the little scarf/hearty kiss and like Vic I'm curious how the question was answered)
xo

Jana @ The Summer House said...

Oh such sweetness in our little ones....what a treasure.
xo jana

Tania said...

Had to have a little chuckle about the "sexing"! Whatever extra time those buttons took it was worth it - they and the cardi look amazing. You will be reassured tp know that layers, or lack of, are a major battle in our house too.

Bree said...

tee hee and I thought my 3yo would be the one at kindy explaining to all the others about the different bits that boys and girls have.

we haven't gotten to sexing yet, although he doesn't have any older bros or sis to enlighten him about that.

Anonymous said...

T
Good heavens - I'm glad you got that question on sexing. I'm not sure I would be qualified to answer. As far as I recall I have never had a man under the bed.
Unless you count the electrician last week; but that is another story...
W

Michelle said...

The buttons were worth every bit of effort! Doesn't your hubby know that "buttons maketh the outfit"??? Love the little comment too! It has always horrified me to know what the prep teachers must hear! have a great week, Michelle xx

Michelle said...

Very nice knitting there Mrs.

My 3 year old made her father some chicken and porn soup the other day. When he suggested maybe she meant corn there was muh foot stomping and shouting of 'No, poooorrrrnnn'

Got to love 3 year olds.

One Flew Over said...

The pefect little cardi for the sweetest of babes.

xx

Trace said...

so envious you got to cuddle! Lovely cardie, you might be pleased to know I am currently whipping up one for my little miss

Melissa G said...

Love the mini-scarf, and the Liberty fabric buttons.
Another dessert treat which can be so filling just from having one slice is pecan pie. The good thing about those sort of cakes is that they'll actually last the week.

inner pickle said...

gorgeous wee girl, and BAHAHAHAHA!!!

ecoMILF said...

Of course there was no other button choice- these were just meant to be. Someone told me when I was a similar age that sexing is when the boy lies on top of the girl and squishes her, then breathes in her face and then gets off. Naturally, I really wanted to try it.

xo m.

bec said...

ooh, can I order one of those card's for me? You have a big cuddle from me for it, too. I'll let you sit down and don't need rocking!
I've gone into action against the summer tops this winter- I've hidden them, and she can't leave the house unless 'appropriately dressed'. Lucky mine is just testing me, she quickly changes, phew!
Mine thinks sex is when a boy and girl go out and have fun (like a date, I think). But not having siblings means she'll beleive that a lot longer, aspecially with an old spinster mum!

yardage girl said...

Phew, glad that the whole "sexing" thing is sorted!
Loving the liberty buttons - timeless.

jodi said...

oh the pink goodness, i like the shades you've used - sophisticated, and girly without ever venturing to the hideous shade of barbie (can you tell I'm wary of pink?)

Leonie said...

oh...me dear...how did you answer THAT!! Loved it all, the pink, the buttons and the woollies.

And to be honest Tania...your not too bad in real life.

But darling, you know you shouldn't worry about that nervous twitch with your top lip, the turned eye and the eleven toes....truly it's not a problem!!

xx

Fer said...

More priceless moments in the M & E household. Your blog moments really help keep me sane..... in a loopy sort of way... ♥

Kirsty said...

at my sister's wedding the little guy asked me...
"why didn't they lie down?"
...he was expecting a live show at the church!

PS: lovely-knit-&-fairy-stitchery

Mama of 2 boys said...

You made those buttons! OH WOW! Before I read that, I was eyeing the buttons off in that first pic. They are gorgeous and YOU are so clever.
Beautiful little cardi too.
What a delightful little lady modelling the scarf... I love the scarf also by the way xo

Stomper Girl said...

And what did you say? I loved it when my kids talked about sexing. As in 'he's sexing her'.

You do get so out of practice with baby wrangling. I recently put a one-year-old on my hip and lasted 20 minutes, plus I'd almost forgotten how to do everything one-handed with child on hip. Still, my back is probably grateful for that.

oh, and gorgeous cardi and buttons and scarflette.

fiveandtwo said...

The Liberty fabric buttons are perfect for the cardi. The scarflet is perfect for the girl. As for the sexing thing, I'd like to sleep/ly on top of the bed with the man underneath (maybe the mattress would muffle the snoring). Unfortunately I have fabric stash in suitcases under the bed so it ain't gunna happen.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Life in the pink, clearly.

Theresa (Miss Charlotte) said...

That is the sweetest cardigan I ever did see! Love the buttons, I think you may have inspired me to craft some of my own...a new hobby as it were. (Methinks the de-stashing may have been a little error...)
Cheers!

clare's craftroom said...

They do say sexing don't they !Ooops lovely cardigan and buttons .

t.kpearse said...

Oh sexing questions - gasp - I had the where is heaven and how does one get there this morning - I think I would be on the floor if I was asked about sexing (time will come though I am certain)
Lovely cardigan and yay on the scarflet win:)

Kylie said...

Opps commented as DH - sorry about that:)
Oh sexing questions - gasp - I had the where is heaven and how does one get there this morning - I think I would be on the floor if I was asked about sexing (time will come though I am certain)
Lovely cardigan and yay on the scarflet win:)

SewHappyGeek said...

Did you tell her that she was close, but that sometimes they both lay under the bed? Ha ha ha! Ah, toddlers.
I love the buttons. I am so rubbish at doing them myself so I always think they look like magic when others make them!

Gina said...

Honestly, those buttons. I had a closer look when I got home and almost fainted. That was waaaaaaaayyyyy over the top. Exactly what I love about you the most. I absolutely cannot wait for S to be wearing it, and am half-tempted to put Charlie in it meanwhile! But then, I don't want any other toddlers getting too interested in him or the sexing might begin.

Tammi said...

Oh yes, we have had numerous questions about the birds and the bees over the years :)

Loving the pink knits...just gorgeous and those buttons are seriously cute!

sophie said...

I actually think that my right hip juts out a little more than the left one from having not just my babies sitting on it but plenty of other babies sitting on it too - nothing sweeter than a fresh babe.

Beautiful knits (as usual) what a satisfying craft.

suzanne said...

Love the way you write~

Little sweetpea is too cute!

Warm regards
Suzanne

Madeline said...

The cuteness in this post might kill me! Thoughts of sweet baby cuddles, lovely, tiny buttons and that adorable (albeit very mischievous) smile peaking over such a sweet scarflet...Oh. my.

Mel said...

Yep. That's sexing alright. I'm pretty sure that's how I got to be THIRTY NINE WEEKS pregnant and completely over it. But but BUT that little cardi is DIVINE! And the buttons are the perfect compliment. I'm sure it'll be worn and cherished over at chez punk.

p.s sorry bout crap commenting of late. I'm not doing to well on the 'ol reading of blogs at the mo. Of course I'm always glad i did stop by your digs.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Puts a whole new slant on bunk beds .....

famfa said...

Beautiful knitting. The buttons were worth it. They look fab

Wendy said...

Come on then, don't leave us in suspense, we all want to know how you answered the sexing question...

Love the scarflet...

lily said...

Beautiful knit, the gorgeous buttons make it all the more special.

It's so funny what kids come out with, although I don't envy you having to answer that one!

lily x

Tas said...

Exquisite cardi! Love it.

I might have spent the weekend at a sewing retreat and I might have sewn up something with your gorgeous hand sewing and I might just post about it tomorrow so sit tight ;)

silverpebble said...

That is some exquisite and lovingly handmade buttonage and cardi making. Lucky lucky tiny person.

Both mine would covet that scarf thingy. They would have attacks of the green eye.

On that last topic, a friend's little one recently asked 'but how does the seed get through the pyjamas?'

My littlest has just been to the garden centre with Gran. 'We saw water peaches!' she said excitedly. Turns out she means water features.

Nikki said...

I want to touch that yarn.... the little cardie looks as huggable as the sweet bundle it was made for.

And that kid of yours is a scream. I love her.

june at noon said...

Oh, dear, I am not ready to talk about the sexing. Eek!

I'm glad your girl's neck is at least warm. ;)

Madeleine said...

Now that is just gorgeous :D
Many things seems to be so scary until you actually try it out. :) I guess one just have to throw oneself out there!