Wednesday, July 14, 2010

And so, the obsession continues...

I've been trying to teach myself to read and follow patterns... Well, follow in as much as the pattern was for a cardigan and I made a scarf.
Meanwhile, the wee girl is becoming increasingly gadget-struck (is it genetic?). Did someone mention you could get a Clover gadget for pom-pom-making? I bought all four sizes.

Between the two of us and our gadget-love, is it any wonder that the pom-pom making began before the dinner dishes were cleared? The gadgets were given the big thumbs-up.


A cheap and nasty (large-enough-for-small-and-impatient-hands) French-Knitting gadget from Spotlight has also been providing some entertainment. The "inspirational" photos on the packaging (photos of creatures made from pom-poms and pipecleaners?!!!) inspired the wee one to make her own soft-sculpture frog.

Super-Frog, no less.


She worked out how to do the subtle head shaping all by herself (wrapping yarn around a ball of hobby-fill - wrapping tighter in the middle) and instructed me to do the tricky bits (legs and embroidered face). The cape has a backwards "S" on it.
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Before last week, the last thing I remember knitting was for my then newborn nephew... who is now 28 and about to become a father himself. I think that in the last week, I've pretty-much caught up on 28 years worth of yarny crafts (or at least yarny stash-building!) and indoctinated the next generation with the obsession.

16 comments:

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Oh Super Frog is amazing! So cute!
I've been wondering at what age the french knitting might be appropriate. Thanks to the wee-girl for testing this out for us. We might start soon! xx

Sew4Fun said...

Oh my goodness! The wee ones frog is adorable!

trash said...

I can't remember is slave labour still illegal in Australia or can we look forward to seeing SuperFrogs in teh shop soon?

beccasauras said...

Hmm, a tad obsessed? Only with your usual style!

m.e (Cathie) said...

hehee, love the Super frog! well done little miss Mallalieu!

Buy Design said...

Oh I love a good gadget. I've got a super funky french knitting a bit like yours and make ropey necklaces.
Nice to see you have passed on the creative gene.
Fiona x

Claire Gale said...

i was only parusing the clover thingamebobs in my local spotty the other day too - amazed at how many wotzamecallits there were.....my have to go back for the pom-pom maker:)

Kate said...

Ooh pompom maker - great idea - would be easier then teaching the 5 year olds to knit.

Jo said...

I love the sound of the pom pom maker - I am falling behind in my school holidays kiddie craft projects (pom poms were meant to be a definite - hmm), maybe this will help me out next holidays :-) Thanks for showing us.

Fiona said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!!

sooz said...

Oh yeah, right on. Try the knitting 'machine' - handle crank and pumps out an impressive knitted tube, makes good scarves and small string bags...

Handmade said...

That is definitely SUPER FROG!!!

Amanda said...

Must admit I relented bought two balls of wool, because someone had to learn how to crochet. That lasted 5 minutes, so then we tried, and tried knitting, I am sure I wasn't that useless when I learnt lol after reducing the stitches to 4 on the needle my son has picked it up, my daughter has given up she is 7 and still has concentration of a nat, she can stick to the sewing machine for a while I think but I didn't buy any for myself.....I was strong.

Katherine said...

Super frog is adorable! Glad to hear you're doing your part to keep the yarny crafts love ongoing. ;o)

Lara said...

I love Super Frog and I'm so thrilled with your new crochet/yarn addiction!

Fer said...

Well I don't think you need worry about the wee girl not following in your footsteps. She's certainly developing her own skill. Love it!