Rock on, Dude.

A while ago my charming and ever so polite, soft-spoken and average in every way daughter Meg came up to me while I was knitting.
Meg: Mom, I was thinking about knitting some kind of, like, rocker chick like grunge wrist thingie?
(Holy Crap, I love it when my kids knit, and now Meg is suggesting that she design her own stuff! At 12! This is like discovering that in her spare time your 10 year old has been studying university level literature. There are full grown knitters who don’t do that. I’m just so full of motherly pride that it’s all I can do to not leap up and hug her. It’s good that I can resist, because Meg is way too cool to be hugged. I restrain myself and try to look like I don’t care. Parenting rule #14 says that you can’t let your teenaged daughter see that you like her plan or she will change it. I feign indifference, I remain seated.)
Me: Yeah?
(Like that? Smooth eh? Cool as a freakin’ cucumber that’s what)

Meg: Yeah, like gloves but with no fingerholes, just a thumb hole or something. You know, like, cool.
Me: Sure…I know what you mean. First you are going to need a tape measure. Then you need to knit a little swatch, then measure your gauge and your wrist and see how many stitches you need to cast on for your wrist. Come see mummy if that’s too hard. Once you have that figured out come back and I’ll show you how to work double pointed needles. Don’t be worried, they are very easy. I’ll help you figure out how to make a gusset for your thumb….do you remember how to increase? Maybe I should find you that book, never mind the book…mum will help you. Come sit by me.
(Not bad…not bad. A little too much enthusiasm, I did screw up and say “mummy”, I’ve got to remember to stick to “Mum”, otherwise they think I’m talking to them like a baby. Overall, I think it was ok. Inviting, not overwhelming…instructive but respectful. Yeah…I think I’m good)
Meg: Actually Mum….if you could just give me the wool…
Me: Oh…
The child took the wool, disappeared and came back with… Meg-rock-chic-grunge-wrist-thingies.
We are not worthy.
My child executed the following knitting manoeuvres, with no assistance from anyone, she just figured it out. She cast on, worked in rounds with double pointed needles, (having determined that a circular would not work, and why) worked paired increases to make a gusset, cast off for the thumb hole, picked up stitches around the hole for the palm and cast off. For bonus round points, she backstitched the words “Rock On” on it.
I can barely speak. It turns out that if you immerse a child in wool for 12 years they pick up a thing or two. Who knew?
I on the other hand, have started a tank top. After Megs’ masterpiece, who cares.

25 thoughts on “Rock on, Dude.

  1. You must be so proud! Your daughter needs a tongue ring to make it completely authentic though…

  2. Rock on, indeed!
    A tank top would be cool. I like the seed stitch edging already.
    (wait… groans at self, re-reading the next-to-last sentence, decides to post anyway)

  3. Whoa! I’m totally impressed. Brava, Meg!
    And to the proud mummy (who will always be mummy somewhere in her blossoming teenager’s heart), obviously you’re doing a lot of things right. What an amazing thing to watch your daughter fly solo. And yes, we care about the tank top. I who am currently Queen of Tank tops. I take it from the notebook under it that it is of your own design? Spill, girlfriend!

  4. Totally cool grunge wrist thingie, Meg! Just the right amount of attitude in the “Rock On” too. Way to go!

  5. And now morgen will try to make one. I am not sure if I like this idea. And morgen reads your blog daily. (She DOESN’T read my blog – just yours).
    I didn’t raise my daughter to be into grunge. I raised her to be into Patsy Cline.

  6. That right there? A reason to have children. Or maybe I’m just saying that because I think everyone should knit.

  7. 1 word: Stitch and Bitch book! Ooops that is 4 words! There is a wrist thingy in there that has “GEEK” on it. She’ll love it. Oh and the brainy lady blog like someone mentioned above.
    Your daughter is way cool.

  8. Great job! Great kid! Great grunge wrist thingies!
    Let me see, she’s 12 now? I’m 53. When she’s 32, I’ll be 73. Yeah, I should be alive to vote when she runs for Prime Minister.
    Barb Brown

  9. Rock on, indeed! It’s way cool when you find out your kids inherit your cool factor – and cool factor in my home is following your heart, not the herd. So when my daughter pops up with her sketch book full of kickin’ designs that nobody dares to wear at the school, but she’s diggin’ it, well… let’s just say I’m with you on the proud mommy moment 😀
    Go Meg, go!

  10. Go Meg! Notice, her hand as she’s wearing that is signing “I love you”, except that her hand is turned towards herself. So she’s saying she loves herself. Which, at twelve, with something to be that proud of right there on her hand, is terrific!

  11. Absolutely-right-freakin-ON, GO MEG!
    Any day now, she’ll start designing her own rocker clothes and tattoos, possibly dreaming up new and terrifying ways to do her hair, and maybe if you are lucky, composing her own punk ballads… they grow up so fast, and so cool.

  12. I dont think that i will be starting my own blog but I might keep knitting. I already do really wierd hair styles and 1 more thing ROCK ON!!!
    PS I dont think I’m going to get my tongue pierced but hopefully, I will do my nose.

  13. This is great, Megan. Way to go. You’ll outdo your Mom soon (or maybe not for a couple of years)

  14. Awesome. Meg, want your photo up in the Rock-Along Gallery? If so, send me an e-mail. Either way, rock on.

  15. Stephanie, you totally slay me. I just can’t get enough of your writing, and I think you were PUT on this planet to make me laugh and make ME a better writer!!! And you go, Meg. Decent.

  16. Excellent, Meg! What’s your next project?
    Stephanie, you’ve succeeded. A daughter who *finishes* projects!!! That’s worth, what, 50 points at least, right? My DD has WIPs all over the house, seems to regard knitting as a form of meditation, just rips right before she finishes and starts over…

  17. Um, I know this is a big request but could we trade kids. I’ve got a five year old girl, tall, smart, just can’t purl. Garter stitch is it! Pronise me she will turn out to be as cool as meg.
    Meg, nose rings are great (I love mine) but you need to take a lot of care of them so they don’t get infected. Tongue rings are bad. All mine ever did was crack my teeth and give me cavaties.

  18. Both designs are great! Kudos on the start of the tank top. I’m in the middle of a design-your-own-tank-top adventure too. And the Rock On grunge wrist thing is most excellent. It sounds like that household is bursting with talent.

  19. And what impressed me most of all was that the prodigy knew that she could do this stuff.
    My mother the dressmaker had to send me on a sewing course. Not because I didn’t know how to sew, but because I didn’t know that I knew how to sew! The only thing I learned on that course was how to use Scotch Magic tape to anchor a zipper to be sewn in (no pin lumps, no basting, easy to remove).
    Elizabeth in Norway

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