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If you ask me what my very favourite thing is I would not hesitate to say my family. I came into motherhood quite late on, and was immediately overwhelmed with how amazing it is. Now I would like nothing more than to be a Domestic Goddess, and surround my family in love, good food, beautiful things and lots of happy memories. And like the majority of families these days, we need to do it on a budget!

I firmly believe we all have a little bit of the Domestic Goddess inside us, just waiting to break out. Whether that is knowing how to make a roast chicken feed a family of 4 for a week, being able to make, repair or recycle clothes, hunting down a bargain, or simply turning everyday, simple things into pretty or useful items, with a little bit of imagination we can all dip in to the Goddess inside and make our lives that little bit more interesting.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Proof that toddlers and knitting don't mix.

Unusually I don't have any projects on the needles at the moment. This is the first time in several months that this is the case. You may recall that there was a cabled cardigan on the go a few weeks ago. Sadly, this is now in knitting heaven, plans have been shelved, yarn unravelled.

It seems that my yarn bag (or that should really read 'bags' since there are many more than just one hovering around the house!) has an electro-magnetic pull for inquisitive, toddler hands. We frequently play 15 hook pick-up, when she has emptied my crochet hook case on the floor (she likes the colours and also the noise the hooks make as she rattles them against her teeth!) and my needles apparently make good drumsticks.

It would also appear that knitting on needles makes a good train driver's flag. Unfortunately it has been discovered that knitting comes off needles when waved boistrously around encouraging the passengers to hurry on to the train. And anyone who has tried to put cabled knitting back onto a needle will know how hard it can be. Pulling it back a row, too, complicates matters, and before long I was very confused about where I was up to in the pattern and instead frogged the lot.
The pattern and wool has been stashed and will be made into a bigger version instead.

I should really have known better than to let Caoimhe within a mile of my knitting. Not that I allowed her to use it as a flag intentionally, those of you with small monsters children will know they can wreak havoc in less than 10 secomds flat. But she does have previous for the same crime. A lovely fan and feather patterned shawl, many hours of work, destroyed within seconds when she decided she wanted to play with the needles. Not even my mum could help me out there. Many tears and pulling back row after row to try and get it back on the needles were in complete vain.

Still, I look forward to the day she comes to me with the same problem. I will nod sagely and say, karma sucks doesn't it!


Charters said...

Oh no! Knitting, beads all the same - when they go bad they GO BAD ... What a shame you couldn't rescue it. I know how tricky cable can be. Looks like you'll have to get a children's set for her to play with.

Don't give up though ...

Helen said...

Yes i am going to put her a kit together with her own bag etc, but she is not yet 3 so I will have a while to go before she can copy mummy i think!
As for the cardie, well i am going to make it 6-12 months now i think. I have promised to make caoimhe a cardie too so shall do that first. Maybe she will leave it on the needles if she knows it's for her!

fatmonica said...

I know that feeling!I'm sure she'll love her own little bag and be outknitting you in no time!

Carolee Crafts said...

Wool does not mix with dogs or cats either, that and beads. A funny story though