Monday, August 22, 2011

(Best Keep This Under Yer Hat)



I’ve begun work on disguises for our next family yarnbombing outing.* Everyone knows, the best guerilla-knitter types require covert under-coverness. Sadly, discreet camouflagery is not my natural forté. Last time I crafty bombed, 140 spectators watched a ladder fall on my head.

First off the needles, is the New Blue ‘Do’ for the eldest. The eyebrow-raised, eye-rolling you see above, is purely a defensive reaction. This is because she and her siblings have been led to believe that I am crafting them costumes for Crazy Hair Day. This has prompted a great sense of unease and general bewilderment.

Crazy Hair Day is (something like) ten months away. The accepted expectation in the Myrtleandeunice household, is that Crazy Hair Day preparation is limited to thirty minutes prior to the school bell. This allocated thirty minutes involves exploding hair dryers, plonking of bird’s nests on heads and frenzied stabbing-in of hair pins at traffic lights.



While I had envisaged the five of us clad in co-ordinated, bobbed hair-do, yarnbombing disguise, there has been something of an uprising. The Middle has flatly refused to wear girl’s hair even if this is a wild and Crazy Hair Day thing to do. He wants crazy BOY hair. Since he requests the same punk, mohican get-up every Crazy Hair Day, (which is why hair dryers explode), it is unsurprising that he has insisted on this.



The Small is also unimpressed by the New Blue Do because it is not mermaidy enough. However, she agreed to try it on ‘to see’ – or presumably, so that I could more accurately envisage how impressive long locks, down to her knees, in vibrant purple, would be.



The Mr has been sneaking sideways Glances of Suspicion, wondering what I’m up to, because I had asked him what he would like to wear for Crazy Hair Day. This would make him the only participating Crazy Hair Day parent. I explained my need for a yarny project to prevent a spontaneous loss of sanity and the consequent need for extended recuperative ALONE time, AWAY from home. He promptly picked out a crazy facial hair style.

As for me, well, I’m not so sure anymore. I’m not sure I want to look that weird. I’m thinking I should consider the practicalities. A motorcycle hemet could be a perfectly dignified disguise(?) - with bonus, built-in protection against falling ladders...



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* Family Yarnbombing Outings usually consist of a three minute holding of the ladder for Mum, before sneaking off and playing on the swings, eating all the snacks, losing the dog and then the finale chorus, (conducted by the Mr), of ‘AREN’T YOU FINISHED YET?’.

New Blue Do, on Ravelry, here.

59 comments:

june at noon said...

I wish I could come stay at your house for a family yarn bombing event. I'd wear the blue hair for you, too.

lamina @ do a bit said...

That is really fantastic yarn hair... love it!! Hope your yarn bombing goes off without a hitch.. hilarious :)

pirate said...

I whole-heartedly vote for the Mohawk hat .. it's awesome!

For the mermaid hat ... can you make those corkscrew curls cascading down the hat? Maybe multiple layers of corkscrew curls?

Crazy Hair Day is fantastic!

**Anne** said...

Loving the blue yarn hair. :)
Anne xx

Jessi said...

can't wait to see the new yarn bombing exercise!

I love that blue hat hair! :) best color

Sue said...

I love the eye rolling...whatever will it be like when she's 16.
I could knit you some dreadlocks for the Middle, as long as he wants and so messy too. In fact thats what all my knitting looks like.

Vic said...

OMG Tania the possibilities are endless! A nice 60s bouffant? A pouffey quiff? Yarn dreads... *is overwhelmed by the very thought*

But the blue do is genius too, of course. Perhaps you could knit a motorcycle helmet cover....?

Tammi said...

Can I be included in your yarnbombing? I'll happily wear the blue hair or maybe even the mohawk :)
You guys have such fun!!

x

Trace said...

perhaps the Mr would look rather fetching in one of these...

http://www.beardhead.com/index.html

personally, I love the blue hair, you should definitely go there too

quarterofaninch said...

you.crack.me.up.

xxt

Naturally Carol said...

I think you could solve everbody's 'bad hair days' with these blue retro do's...fantastical! Actually..I wonder whether anyones male bosses would even notice in the office..or husbands for that matter?? Can't wait to see more yarn bombing!

Tas said...

Just don't mistakenly go into the bank to do a transaction on your way to or from yarn bombing or your whole family will be arrested on the spot...loitering with intent to do something dodgy for sure...

That mohawke hat. Fabulous. Make it. Go on!

Mary said...

loving the blue, very stage worthy. I have the book the mohawk is from if you want a loaner just shout ;)

Amanda said...

I love this, I have full intentions of knitting a wig with cheap acrylic at some point!! Love it!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Seriously, I want to be one of your kids! I love the blue hair!

I recently re-discovered the bright red curly hair clown wig my mum crochet for me for some dance concert I was in. I'll have to take a photo in it (my head hasn't grown much - my 2 year old and I can share hats!) for you :)

Sandrine said...

haha you never fail to amaze me Tania!:)The kids must think it is so much fun!!Have a happy week xx

Madeline said...

Someday your kids will realize how lucky they are! The eldest's expressions are priceless.
My sister is particularly fond of electrifying hair colors, but she's been banned from dying her hair anything 'unnatural' while in veterinary school. I think I need to start on a wig for her.

yardage girl said...

Ummmm ... genius!

Magdalena, The Craft Revival said...

I adore this new blue 'do. I want one. Not sure where I'd wear it, but it looks cool. You can yarn-bomb me anytime my dear.

Michelle said...

You are a gem!

Michelle said...

Love it! and your crazy hair day sounds just like ours! Love the blue do too!

teddybearswednesday said...

How could they not be excited by this?
seriously just when i thought when you couldn't get any better, there you go again, like you always do, topping yourself ( that sounds wrong now i say)
inspired ms T inspired!xo

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Very swish hair do. I LOVE the beard and the mohawk! The closest that I ever got to a woolly wig was here...
http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com/2010/04/under-sea-party.html Although no knitting actually involved, just lots of wool and lots of knotting. Have you chosen a do for yourself yet??!

P.S. sounds just like us on crazy hair day! Last minute.... maybe i should look up those patterns myself so I'm all prepared for next year...

Posie Patchwork said...

You are nutso, such cool crazy hair ideas & yarn bombing disguises, multipurpose for your multitasking. I do crazy hair for my 4, the boy does get a raw deal but the girls, wow, i have 8 different hair spray colours - then the panic on the way to school . . . is it really crazy hair day today, or tomorrow, or not at all. I had to walk into high school earlier this year to check as my year 7 daughter was panic striken in the car, new girl at a new school (year 7 is the first year, but anyway) & an over enthusiastic mother sending her off with rainbow hair. All is well that ends well right - well until you have to wash it out & they have remnants of blue & orange on their scalps for days, love Posie

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I think the raising of one eyebrow is genetic? I have this much loved of mine gene yet Chef does not. We are yet to see if I have passed on this genetic prize to the small. I love the do's. and the family that yarn bombs together.... well - you know the rest...

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

brilliant!! makes me wish we had crazy hair day at our school!

Creative Mom said...

I love them all!! I wish we had crazy hair day we have crazy hat day hmmmm

Yarn, needles and a cup of coffee... said...

Ohhh, what a fab post! I want a blue hair do like that and I might just have to introduce family yarn bombing in our household. Thank you for the inspiration!

Have a lovely day, Tania!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Cool Norman helmet ! (Norman as in 1066 , not Cool Norman the superhero in some kid's book ?)
But what I want to know is , what diguise are you knitting for the dog ?

Andi said...

Total and utter crack up ... that's what you are!!
Love the blue 'do'!
And can't wait to see what you whip up for the boys!!
xx

Loz and Dinny said...

First I loved the mohawk ... but then I saw the beard ... now that is COOL and oh so covert ... when your next yarn bombing outing is in Taliban ruled Afghanistan .. and me likey. Kandihar ha ha

Philip Smith said...

you are a yarnbombing genius!

Eliisa said...

I love your blue hat, it´s so great!!

riotyarn said...

Cool!

mrs smith said...

Ooops, that was me not the luthier. Although he too does think you are a yarnbombing genius.

I love the facial hair. The kids and I hatched a plan to all dress up as the luthier as a surprise for Father's day. That knitted facial hair is just the ticket.

CurlyPops said...

OMG that's the crazy hair day winner hands down. Blue ribbon!

Gaby said...

too cute! she looks like a jetson! x

Cass said...

I love that crazy hair, I would definitely wear it for crazy hair day

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Eldest looks very cool in that Blue Do! I'm with the Little'un, doesn't suit her somehow.

The beard looks very uncomfortable, but I suppose if it was soft enough yarn...

Go Mohawk Boy. (as long as he does the fringing!)

Knitted crash helmet. Yes.

Kirsty said...

I freaking LOVE this. I might need to have a chat to you about a set of them. x

Lexi:: PottyMouthMama said...

I love you. You make me laugh, without fail, every single post. This is tres fabu. x

Adriana said...

Fantastic!
I can't wait to see that beard...

And a photo of you all together, in disguise.

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

ha, crazy hair day is going to be a cinch at your house!

librarygirl said...

That eyebrow! did she inherit it from you darl?

Kylie said...

OMG I love it!!! I've always wanted blue hair and this is just pure magic :) Love the mohawk hat and bearded beanie too, but that blue do is the bees knees :) Kx

Margit said...

This is just perfect! I wish I could find a crochet way to do it - and great Blog you have!

x

Margit

Creative Tail

jane said...

ok, i love your blog! i.can´t.stop.reading.it! and i thank you for that. :)

Angie said...

The boys of the house have made excellent choices me thinks.

Loving the blue do as well!

mel @ loved said...

This is fantastic! My middle guy would love it too, he's our kooky accessoriser, it'd feature regularly around here...x

Linda said...

I love the yarn bombing hair, so very blue, perfect for yarn hair.

grrl + dog said...

my hat off to you, oh extreme knitter.

That pattern did my head in when doing it at first..
could not for the life of me work it out for ages...
yahoo.

nikkishell said...

Oh man! I wish you were my mum. ;)

silverpebble said...

Woolly knitty barnets. I don't really need one, mine already looks knitted but there is a Mexican wave of one going on here.

I await the results of the next craftbombing with eager anticipation.

I appear to have an attack of the Jane Austens. Verily.

Michelle @ rockMYroll said...

Reminds me of the little girl off lazy town.
Mxo

Fer said...

Perfect.... especially the mohawk. ♥

Chris said...

Ha! Hilarious! It looks like you're channeling Dr. Suess.
p.s Gone mad on Nick Cave covers and just found Johnny Cash's version of the Mercy Seat, and his version of NIN Hurt. Far out, so good.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Now why can't I knit like that! To be able to do blue hair, mohawk and the cream of the crop the BEARD. My life would then complete...I'm sure of it.

Cassy said...

I like it very much!
Good job.

Cass from Advanced Guitar Lessons

Sally said...

Oh I do like the blue do very much... and the purple mermaid locks sound fantastic.