Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yet More Neck Warmth and Time I Got Up To Some Mischief



Contrary to how it looks, I have not double crocheted all my scrappy yarn offcuts around and around in loopy loops and then figure eight-ed it around the necks of two of my anklebiters.



Even though it looks like it, here is the irrefutable photographic evidence:



One of them is 220 stitches round and skinnier and loop-de-loops three times,



And the other is 150 stitches round and wider and was accidentally twisted at the very first join. I realised this is precisely what should happen with a cowl, when it loops around a neck twice. Even though it looks a bit strange when it’s off, it sits nice and flat when it’s on.



This tree that I am hanging cowls from willy nilly, is the same tree, that me and my girl yarnbombed way back. It sits out the front of our house and these days it’s looking a little on the scuzzy side.



Recently, our neighbours were auctioning their house and in the weeks leading up to The Big Day, there was frequent polishing and cleaning of fence posts with toothbrushes, (I truly kid you not) and manicuring of lawns with nail scissors, (I kid you only a tiny bit) and I was beginning to think our scuzzy yarnbombed tree was letting the side down.

The day before the auction, I was measuring up the tree...



for a bit of tablecloth/doily, freshening-up action...



...when the neighbour who lives opposite asked me what mischief I was up to this time? This is the same neighbour who is all kinds of wonderful and blinks not an eye when I lie in the middle of the road to photograph snakes. But when I informed him of my grand spruce-up plans, he all but blurted out that he really, really didn’t think my next door neighbour would like that. No. Not one little bit.

While I’m overcoming incredulity that a clad-in-tablecloth-tree is, to some persons, not a vision of sheer delight, I realise I have two options:

1. Come over feisty and doily bomb every tree on the street.
2. Come over all neighbourly and focus my plottings on the (poor) school.

Footnote
I’m not sure how much it had to do with the not-clad-in-tablecloth-tree, or my propensity for lying on our road photographing snakes but there was not one auction offer on the house next door.

36 comments:

Lola Nova said...

Now, a doily bedecked street of trees would make it a very attractive neighborhood to someone like myself. Or perhaps along with lying in the road, it was the crochet conjoined anklebiters that made the auction attenders a bit wary. I would love to live next to you!

bec said...

hehehe, as long as the tree isn't damaged, i'd say go fir it! The tree might be thankful for clothes now it's going bald for winter! And your girls are soooo cute!

ange_moore said...

Go on - doily bomb the street!!

But as a trained professional in traffic engineering I would avoid too much more laying about in the street (although probably very, very effective in slowing down cars, if there is such a problem in your street)!!

Stomper Girl said...

That's pretty hilarious, that the other neighbour knew enough about the situation that he blurtingly intervened. Ah yes but who's sorry now the tree went undoilied, hmm?

Suse said...

Prospective bidders would have been elbowing each other out of the way to bid higher and higher if there had been a doily in the tree.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I think everyone needs a doily bombed tree in their street.
Love the cowls, I really need to make one for the littlest fella, but as am still playing with making your gnomes I still haven't started, (also have no idea what I'm doing.)

Shannon said...

Silly twits they have no idea what they are missing out on not making an offer on that house.

ps..I have seen my neighbour trimming around the water pipes alongside his house with little scissors...bet they are sorry we moved in next door!

Gaby said...

You are such a guerilla knitter! Love it! x

JoeyNomad said...

we are moving to your area in two weeks - feel free to yarnbomb us at any time. We will greatly appreciate it.

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

The highlight of our trip to school each morning is going past the 'scarf tree' - a liquidamber wrapped in what was an amazingly long red scarf (slightly scungy now). I say up there for yarnbombing!!

Andi said...

I love it when you get mischievous!
xx

Naturally Carol said...

Obviously nobody was interested in the upkeep of a manicured lawn or a fence cleaned within an inch of it's life! However if yours was on the market with a georgeous doilied or cowl endowed tree i am sure it would be snapped up in a millisecond. That's life..Mr Across-the-Road..get used to it!

Loopsta said...

I totally vote for doily bombing every tree, particularly near the 'Ogre's' house...... it would make me smile very much!!!!! (hee hee)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

excellent cowl - and girls ;-)

Now the logic as I see it.... the next door neighbour is leaving clearly can't hack being next to such a talented family poor thing. So it's not his attitudes that the new people would care about - but the neighbours.

So doiley the tree and then the people who are shocked and appalled won't buy the house and the people that think "cool! fun neighbourhood, wonder if they have a dinosaur egg?" will buy the house and everyone will get on like they've been friends for life.

The house next door to me is up for sale - currently Under Offer. The offerers haven't been round to say hello. Doesn't bode well.

Cheers,
AJ

Sarah said...

Oh you sounds like my perfect neighbour!!! Move here I would love a dolled up tree next door to me and then we can do mine.

librarygirl said...

Tree doilies would immediately identify the address as desirable, if you ask me or others of our tribe.

Kirsty said...

Get mischief making ... quick smart.

Nikki said...

I reckon that tree needs a doily... and I like that Peppermint Penguin's logic.

teddybearswednesday said...

It's a well known fact that doilied up trees add to the value of the property, no detract from it.
i reackon that neighbour of your was up to some of his own mischief when he intervened.
Who wouldn't want a house next to a nanna tree?
xo
PS Just to continue the point, and to add I love the scraps scarf/cowly things

Tanya said...

at one stage,every house around us was for sale, the house next door was for sale for 5 years (it's the country!) before it sold, and the block behind- still for sale. I assume it's because there's no tree doily love...

shadygrey said...

You must live in a very genteel neighbourhood, if crochet be-decked trees are considered beyond the pale! Positively Jane Austen, my dear. I think I would like to move there and develop some over-refined sensibilities myself.

june at noon said...

Well, no offers on the house, you've done your duty, now doily away!

(Your girls are lovely.)

Posie Patchwork said...

Ha, i reckon the auctioned bombed becuase if they are not the kind of people who like a good crocheted branch, the house was equally as blande, boring & passe. Go you for pretty-ing up the 'hood. Love Posie

Leonie said...

Good onya!! xx

Fer said...

*snigger*

We're sadly lacking in mischief these days, so every little bit counts. ♥

Loving those cowls so much!!

famfa said...

Tree Cosies are definitely the way forward. Loving the scarves

Lauren said...

We're *that* family in our street too. Hooray for mischief making, I say!

Carolyn said...

Pretty hilarious!

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Bonnie said...

Love the cowls! They are adorable...and so are the children! My goodness, you were really going to don the tree with a lacey table cloth...oh my..you just seem like my kind of person!

Angus in Northcote said...

Just so you know, a friend of mine has now made boyfriend hats for two of her children and her husband. Enabler!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Don't feel guilty . Lack of tree embellishment wouldn't have scuppered the sale . It'll have been the odd whiff of Colgate in the garden .
I'd pay extra to live next to smiles like these !

Marcus said...

I say take off and doily bomb the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Mary said...

love the cowls. Sounds like a bit of Karma to me about the house. A doilied tree would be a clincher for me.

Jo James said...

Gorgeous neck warmy thingies!
And you can be my neighbor anytime :) I have a tree that would be very happy to have some doily goodness, and a blowhard of a neighbor that I'd be happy to piss off.

Michelle said...

Toothbrushes?!

Anonymous said...

I love how colorful these are. Do you have a pattern that you used and would recommend?