Playing with Wool

Last Sunday we had a pyjama day.  All day.  
Sadly, all day pyjama days are an extremely rare occurrence in our house and we relish them.  Goose was wanting to ‘craft’ so I showed her the pinterest board where I’d been collecting ideas for the next ‘rainy/pyjama day’.

It’s nice having a nine year old as she can get on and do things all by herself without me having to supervise.
To make these yarn wrapped vases, you use a paint brush to cover a jar or bottle with pva glue and, starting at the bottom, slowly wrap the wool around jar.  As you can probably tell from the photos, by the time she did the white one she had started to lose her patience a little….

 She originally wanted to make a pen-pot but they ended up as vases.

This shot makes me smile.  Styling the shot.  She didn’t like the way that I did it apparently and, as it was her art, she wanted to make sure that it was displayed correctly.  ;)  All shots in this post are styled by her.  She popped the flowers in and sprinkled rose petals and placed everything just so.  xo

Love that girl.  I love how she inspires me to be creative.

Granny taught her to knit a few years ago and she loves it.  
She is currently knitting a bright pink scarf.

Ojo De Dios (also known as God’s eyes).  One of Goose’s school friends taught her and they were quite the craze at school for a while, and she made many!  
You can find a tutorial here.

For more wool crafts that are simple enough for kids to make, you might enjoy:

- finger knitted scarf (& finger knitting tutorial)

MY {daughter’s) CREATIVE SPACE

Goose spends a few days every school holidays with Granny for some pampering and one on one time.
(that unfortunately rarely happens at home with two demanding younger siblings).

They do lots and lots of fun things together, but one of their favourite things to do each time is a bit of crafting. A bit of cross generational handing down of the lost arts.

Last school holidays, you may remember, Goose made this lovely headband (above), all by herself on the sewing machine “with just a tiny bit of help from Granny”.

In other holiday adventures they have also made
- “with just a tiny bit of help from Granny” –
this gorgeous red cherry skirt
(note the specially made buttonsbyloulou headband to match).

and these fun rice bags –
just like the ones Granny made us when we were kids.
(You’ll like those Brenda)

And these holidays…
they knitted!

She really loves it.
She keeps the knitting bag at Granny’s to save it from younger siblings stealing and destroying
(and quite frankly Mum just doesn’t seem to find the time to help her).
“in, round, under, off… in, round, under, off…”
(she sang repetitively while I showed her the photos Granny took of her)

So, I may not be doing a lot of crafting myself at this particular juncture in my life, but I am very glad that my clever Goose is not missing out. Thanks Granny!

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