Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our Creative Space: A Change of Plan



Two months ago, I threw an armful of coloured yarn onto the living room rug and declared CHOOSE! The day before, there had been a general consensus to have a bash at the making of a family blanket. Everyone could knit as much or as little as they wanted, in any colour combination that they liked. After the next Ice Age had passed, Mum would sew up all the bits to form a snuggle-on-the-couch blanket and then she would bribe and corrupt the nearest unsuspecting child to weave in the ends.



The girls threw me with their uncharacteristic colour schemes, (sadly, evidence suggests this does not mark the end of a four year old’s relationship with Infinite Pink). The boy-kid was always entirely chilled, knowing that bottle green and blue would totally rock. None of them were particularly enthusiastic over posing with knitting in the squinty bright:



Everyone is certainly chuffed with their yarny lengths but lately, I have had the words of The Gambler playing on rewind in my head (AGAIN). I reckon I live my life by that song. You gotta know when to hold ’em/Know when to fold ’em/Know when to walk away/Know when to run...

It wasn’t only because every spare, waking moment, requires the Middle Kid to be drawing dragons, or that the Eldest suddenly has way too much on her plate, or even that the Small and I would do five stitches per session on her knitting...



...before she’d have a hissy fit, because she’d rather knit with chopsticks (the joined together, ‘training’ ones).

Nope. It was the Mr who was the clincher. Meet Mr Tense:



Knitting prompts the tense in every way. Tetchy headache, extreme shoulder pain, the tension of his stitchery, the tone of his questioning: "When did you say this would get fun?”

Change. Of. Plan. The vote has been cast. It’s now an all-in, one-wigged, family yanbombing affair.



(We’re making a small legwarmer for a tree).

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50 comments:

Felicity said...

Oh how I do love to visit your creative space!

Giggles and fun abound and I can not wait to see the lucky trunk-warmed tree.

Happy day Lovely,
xx Felicity

Andi said...

Can't say you didn't try!!
xx

Kirsty said...

He is SUCH a good sport.

Loving the down scaling of the project here...Kate would be proud.

trudi@maudeandme said...

That is hilarious. It was a great idea....
I finally succumbed and taught my boys to knit at 7 years. My daughter( 5 turning 6 tomorrow) begs to be taught. I know its great that they want to learn....but I just know I'm going to spend more time picking up lost stitches...and yes doing 5 stitches at a time.
And magnificent effort just getting your husband to pick up the needles!!That alone is quite an achievement.

clare's craftroom said...

Either way it is such a fun idea !

Cas said...

Awesome :). The pic of yr husband is priceless. Perhaps you could write a book about a family of bewigged yarn-bombers...

Suse said...

Ah your mister is a good sport, posing for you like that all tensed up and cursing you.

Congratulations on replacing a couple of the weatherboards. Yes I noticed.

Tas said...

omg that Mr Tense photo is classic.

You did well to get as far as you did. I would have 3 (males) refusing to participate and 1 overly keen who would have no idea lol.

Good time to change plans though. Smart lady.

m.e (Cathie) said...

a family that knits together and all..
that is so funny, i love this devlish plan. the tree will love it's warmer too.

nice one Mrs!

Rie said...

Such fun! You should frame that pic of Mr knitting. classic!!

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

that is a classic image of your hubby trying to like knitting!! i love it.
mine tried it once and just said 'i can't'.
xx

teddybearswednesday said...

I think a tree warmer is lovely idea and i"m sure the tree thinks so too. And well perhaps a wee bit more doable.
Its good to know when you are beat or a project too far reaching to realistically finish or be happy with, wish I could be so sensible as now on what I think is my 28th attempt of bear that well I can't quit on.
and that MR, what can I say, he's so the Mister.
xo
PS see what you mean about the middle's way with colours.
PPS. Im feeling like a bad supporter right now, as I'm not sure I want to sacrifice my baby alpaca yarn in just the right shade of red for what my last only one week.

Kylie said...

What a great post! I love that fact that the Mr is getting in on the act too! Wonderful to have a family yarn-bomb, for trees or for knees :) Kx

Shannon said...

Ha! the picture of your Mister is the same image of almost every friend I teach to knit ~ they look so stressed, teeth clenched, elbows in, yarn ridiculously tight, eyeballs dry and then they say "when am I gonna be relaxed"
Legwarmers are good; very 80's and the tree won't care about colour combos at all.

Tania Verdez said...

Oh hurrah, that was the most hilarious blog post I've read in ages! I was in hysterics at the tense knitting photo :) My Mr Lovely had a good laugh too ;)
Go the tree warmer!

lamina @ do a bit said...

Oh well at least a tree will be nice and snuggly!!! Hilarious!!! :)

oh and thanks... I now can't get the Gambler song out of my head!!! :s

flowerpress said...

I think a family yarnbomb sounds perfect. I might have to float that idea round here!
Thanks for my prize, you are way too generous... but I love it anyway!

Michelle said...

I do love that you have a photo of everyone wearing head coverings made by you except the small girl.

The photo of your Mr is a keeper too.

Happy yarn bombing
(and I bet the tree won't care if the ends aren't woven in)

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Tania - you delight me! I think we would be wonderful quirky friends in 'real life' xxxxxx (I'm smiling!)

Jo said...

LOVE that pic of your Mr knitting - you can see the concentration and intensity!! It's tempting me to try to persuade my Mr to give knitting a go. Hmm... pigs, flying, you get the message :-)

Sarah said...

The idea is always good - but the plan often for me does not work out.

But hey makes life very interesting!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

Thats a great family idea. My boys love yarnbombing....hubby is no way interested in wool though!! :-)

librarygirl said...

i think I still tense up like that when i knit!

Lucie said...

Your post makes me laugh a good deal! Thank you!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I always think your pictures just can't get any better.

Then Mr Tense comes along. Putting the tense back into Tension Square.

I love that picture. You need to stick that on cards and sell it.

Hope the tree is suitable appreciative. I made a leg warmer - for my leg. I have three. Leg warmers. Not three legs, cos that would be just silly.

Kylie said...

Love it - they ALL tried:) Maybe Mr tense needs a trip to the chiro after that pose:)

Magic Bean said...

Who wants such a big blanket anyway...? You know they'd all argue about snuggling under the bit they knitted. Ax

Angel.Pearls said...

Such a great idea -all family knitting/crocheting together! Me like!
Eva

Joolz said...

Love that pick of your hubby!

Sally said...

I just love that you can all knit. That is super dooper fantastic.

...and hey - SNAP "The Gambler" is the song that I've choosen to be O's special song. The big boy has the Carpenter's "Close to You" and the girl has Dolly Partnon's "Coat of Many Colours".
Like you say "The Gambler" is full of wisdom :)

Sam Findlay said...

It was a great effort and I love that you can all knit! Your photo's are great too!

Alisa said...

What a good man, love the knitting stance! : )

george said...

a brave move but well worth it it seems. love the shots. that top picture of the yarn on the tree is divine i can't stop looking at it!

Greer said...

I want to believe the Mr pic wasn't posed. It's too good!

june at noon said...

Love the Mr. pic! I think, for a change of plans, it's a very appropriate one. What a great family activity!

Tammi said...

This is hilarious! I love that everytime I visit your space you either make me snort with laughter or leave with a smile :)

Love the shot of your hubby and that deep concentration he has
x

Thrifty Household said...

I love the idea of a family made blanket! The photo of Mr made me laugh as did the tree leg warmers- can't wait to see the pictures...

quirky granola girl said...

that photo of your Mr. tensely knitting is my favorite picture of the day (by far). when my mister and i were first dating we went to a gallery showing and they had a community origami project. i calmly followed the directions and made 3 units. he chewed on his tongue, needed assistance and completed a half of one. we've rarely done team crafting since and any time we try it is stressful for him. so now he lets me buy my materials and craft to my heart's content while he cheers from the sidelines :)

have fun with your yarn bombing hijinx!

quirky granola girl said...

also, this is the second time the Gambler has come up in a blog post in the last 2 weeks. i think that song has a lot of wisdom for crafters :)

mel @ loved said...

Fun!! and great colours too, I can't wait to see the tree when you're all done. Just look at your Mr. I love that!

katiecrackernuts said...

I think you're so brave for trying to get the family knitting. Mine would have all lost an eye by now - knitting needle injuries of course.

NorraSud by ROROISM said...

hahah, lovely pics!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It's extremely disappointing that your ability to speedknit at traffic lights while singing the Marsellais backwards hasn't transmitted itself to your husband . But your joint delight in life and sense of mischief has definitely produced three wonderkinderen .
I'd love to see you all yarnbombing !

Catherine said...

a family tree warmer sounds just perfect! I'm finding myself imagining the family conversations that have resulted in family blanket / tree leg warmers, and belly button moulds, and, well... so many other inspired creations!

Evi said...

Oh wow, Mr Tense is a classic!!! I love it!! The comparison between his 'manly' clothes and boots and the knitting pose is just too hilarious!!

Fer said...

Priceless!! ♥

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I am so impressed you got then all to do some knitting in the first place! Such a cute photo of Mr Who knitting, I think that needs to be on a knitters calendar somewhere :)

Thea said...

Thanks for making me laugh. The photo of your mister is too much. At least he gave it a go. I doubt that mine would.

Loz and Dinny said...

I cannot say how well you have captured 'the male in deep concentration' pose. It smacks of Rodin, sista. Get him to stay still and plaster cast him up pronto. Brilliant. (and I love the tree's new leg warmer look too)

heather said...

that is so priceless and so inspiring to me, the photo of your husband. oh what can i think of to have my husband do that would look as sweet and funny as that? i must think of something. as i must also think of something to send you. i am still waiting for just the right thing to talk to me and say i am for tania, your friend in australia. love. love. love you!