BWAHHAHAHAHAH...love it...gee, and not even a teenager yet, LOL...
*taking notes on how to torture future offspring with the horror of hat-knitting*....
That sounds exactly like my 13 year old. *sigh* Does your daughter need a pen pal?? LOL
Oh my Gosh - almost identical scenario to my house! Only said 9 year old refused to accept the # of stitches needed to be cast on for the hat, yet insists quite loudly to anyone who looks like they might listen that mommy WON'T teach her how to knit on circular needles! sigh.
hey it is memegan the hat gurl i would like to say that yes all the fights did happen and that i did say that i would never knit again but i did not mean it and that the hat will soon read rock on and mabey dudes what do you think should it say dudes or not???????
Egad... what do I have to look forward to... I have a 10 yr. old knitter...
Step 11. Publicly yell and scream over the fact that your mother has made you some sort of laughing stock of knitters world-wide, but secretly relish the fact that you have made "blog worthy" news.
I'm loving those socks....
That hat is going to work out beautifully, Megan, and all your friends are going to wish they could do that, too. Cool.
My mom once started knitting my sister a sweater in the round that turned into a mobius strip, too--and it was pure angora yarn she'd bought in Paris, which turned into felt just from her fingers knitting the stuff. It did NOT want to be frogged. And she was a pretty experienced knitter when she made that mistake! So you're not the only one. (Mom did finally manage to frog it and start over, but then my sister turned out to be deathly allergic to the stuff anyway, and guess which lucky little sister got to keep that frog-green sweater! I'm the lucky one!)
Hi Megan - this is Elizabeth - isn't it a pain to have a blogging mother? I am 14 and live in NY. I think that your hat should say Rock On Dudes
Stephanie, your daughter may torture you, but at least she continues to knit. My daughters only bring out their knitting when visitors are here to show off what clever girls they are. My seven-year-old has been working on the same scarf for nine months, and my 11-year-old has a severe case of startitis.
See, there's more proof to my theory: They're just put on the planet to make our lives MISERABLE. ;-)
It gets better. I find that 19 is a very good year so far--except for the crying jags (from a girl who has previously never shed a tear in her LIFE -- not even in the movies, when her mother has been known to become a blathering idiot just to see somebody kiss one's puppy) -- over the MISSED BOYFRIEND.
OMG. Is this really "being a normal 12 year old"?
(Note to self: maybe *I* was a "normal 12 year old.")
(Note to Steph: You are probably saving your readers--parents, children, former children--thousands of dollars in therapy bills as we realize that We are Not the Only Ones; maybe we should ALL start sending you fibery tributes!)
You know, you can just wear those socks as they are, with the dpns sticking out. Makes you safe. Sort of like a bodyguard, that the muggers don't see coming until you've kicked them...
Voila! On to the next project!
Beauty sock and BEAUTY Megan. (sorry, Steph)
Megan: I am WAY older than you and not very cool, but let me say that if you put "Rock on, Dude" on your hat you will very soon think "what was with that? How could anyone who loves me let me do that, or yet wear it out of the house?"
It will be rather like getting a tattoo (well, at all) of Bob the Builder or Hello Kitty or some other embarrassing thing.
For me it was the sort of David Bowie blond spiky hair around the time of Diamond Dogs.
Yikes! Did I have no friends to tell how dopey I looked?
Hey, Megan, what if you duplicate stitched the "rock on" symbol (the hand with the two fingers extended) instead? There are some charts out in blog-land which would help you (or your mom, if you ask reallly realllllly nicely) to stitch it on. Then, of course, you could always take the duplicate stitching *off* if you decided you didn't like it any more.
What do your friends think about the words?
As I recall your fingerless glove thingies said "rock on," therefore I suggest "DUDE!" for the hat. It would make a perfect ensemble. In reference to Kathy's comment about looking dopey, well, she has a great point...so just don't let your friends take pictures of you wearing your stylish (?) knitted things that might end up in the yearbook or something.
Page One in your autobiography. Okay, now tell us, which one was you?
Thank you for the link. That's an excellent resource.
This describes many of the not-twelve-year-olds that I am continually teaching to knit. I may have to print this up and carry it in my yarn bag. You should give her a chance at a rebuttal on the blog though - it's only fair and the humor value would be priceless. (I'm guessing that she has her mother's wit. I'm also guessing that she wouldn't attribute that wit to you-know-who!).
It is a rule of the universe that girls treat their mothers like that. AND, it gets worse when they are 15, 16, 17... But, I am proof of survival and my 22 y.o. college graduate wrote a poem for me the other day. Hallelujah !!!
Don't be ridiculous. That beautiful girl is at least fifteen. Who knows what else her mother lies about?
(Don't even ask me about my daughters and knitting -- though the college sophomore has suddenly decided to knit a gift scarf and is over halfway, hallelujah, hallelu.)
My favorite chilrearing line is from Lanford Wilson's play Fifth of July. The thirteen year old daughter has just stormed out. Her mother starts after her, stops, turns and says flatly "Men and women aren't strong enough to have children. Trees should have children."
I think I'm going to shuffle off into the corner and just start crying right now. I get a healthy dose of this from my 8 year old. I can't even imagine what Kaelyn, The Teen Years will be like.
I am 13, and I feel like I know what Megan's talking about, really who wants to say "Ya Mum, sounds like a great idea"? The only big problem when knitting is when you're knitting from a pattern!!:D
p.s. I love the sock
Ouch! What is that? Oh, it's my Fallopian Tubes tieing themselves. Thanks for Reminder #105 of why I am not cut out to be a mother.
It helps when the parent of any girls under the age of 25 or so to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and repeat: "I know nothing, and today I won't learn anything, except that I know nothing. I will be reminded often and at regular intervals, by angry screaming teens or tweens that I know nothing." Then it isn't such a surprise. It helps, it really does!
Yet again, you have me rolling with laughter....
My 15yo recently compared herself to Cinderella (seriously, no less)..complete with teen-style eyerolling, body language and much bitterness.
That also made me laugh....ahem, not her however. :) Lisa in OR
Hey Megan!! Cool hat!
Nice socks Stephanie!
Hilarious! Well, to read, not so much to live through, I'm sure. I was just explaining to my beginner's class this evening about being careful not to twist the stitches and the whole moebius issue - and here's the lesson in full color. I'll send them here if they don't believe me!
(Gorgeous yarn in your last post, by the way. Wow!)
Thank you for reminding me why I'm glad to have only boys.
God truly does only hand out what one can handle and I obviously wasn't meant for girls.
Note to Megan:
You're doing a great job on the hat and you get extra points for having to learn from your mother.
Oh. My. God. I could not stop cackling as I read this. This story made me so grateful to have survived the emotional teen rollercoaster. Now the Communal Child is a Mom herself, while we get to sit back and say, "Well, we *could* tell you what you're in for...but why spoil it?"
See, this is why I have pets. Pets do not require therapy. Pets will not, at some point, turn on you and claim you were an awful parent. When they are being especially fractious, one can say 'I wanna make you into a *rug*' and as long as you say it in the upbeat happy voice, they're none the wiser and think you are, in fact, giving them praise.
Of course, they also never mature into neat and interesting adults, which most kids (blessed with great parents like you) *will* do.
The socks look completely beautiful by the way.
Harlot, you captured it so well - LMAO!
Thank gods, the child of mine would rather blind herself than pick up knitting and concentrates her artistic endeavors on fashion design, thereby wrecking havoc with her art instructor and not me. Because there would ensure the same scenario you just wrote about :)
Heavens...I have three girls, almost 7 and a pair of 5 year olds and was wondering how it could possibly get worse! Yikes!!
The road to indepence is so hard for both parents and kids. She has a beautiful smile and I'm sure you'll all survive the summer intact. ;)
Teenagers can knit. I think I started morgen on slippers (which were never finished). She was very proud of understanding how to work with dps (people would stop her and ask how the hell she did that).
She then finished a boring afghan and sold her first shawl. She has made a couple of tank tops which I cannot improve upon. She just dyed some cotton chenille that was in my stash and is making a jacket to die for.
She is probably doing a lot more knitting then I am at this rate. I have been either working, reading or killing off civilizations.
They do grow up. I still want to kill her occasionally - and then she does something real nice like make me chicken piccata.
I am a bit late on this one, but anyone who has seen a pattern for intarsia socks (for example from Grace Ennis) knows that you can start knitting the foot in the round after knitting the top back and forth. In fact, a standard "cheat" to avoid the twisty problem ever arising is to knit the first "round" or two back and forth, then you can see clearly that your knitting is not twisted. At the end you sew up the gap with the tail.
In knitting these things happen - and you will probably invent your own great rescue methods in time, if only in order not to have to learn them from your mother! If you ever need a word to use when these occasions arise that will not call down the wrath of the "elders", I know a very satisfying one in Finnish.
I vote for "dude" for the same reason as Amanda, and I look forward to seeing a picture of the hat when complete.
I recently found an old diary of mine when I was going through my school papers at home. You should have heard me ranting about how I hated my family because they made me go see the Mutant Ninja Turtles, and then did not respect my well reasoned opinion afterwards that it sucked.
I'm not sure how old I was then, but probably under 16. :)
(And dammit, they didn't respect my opinion. So there. :))
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