Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fish Gotta Swim



I wish I could blame his shocking new haircut on a rogue sibling who went a bit scissor crazy but sadly it was all my doing. I honestly thought it would be easy to cut hair in a straight line. I guess the sound of the scissors along with pieces of your body falling off in front of your eyes would be rather alarming. Next time I will do it in front of a mirror so he can see all the action without looking around. It'll grow back mate!

Flynn is 18 months now and I'm loving this age so much. He's a very busy boy, running amok and doing what Toddlers do best. Fish Gotta Swim. He's beginning to string some words together and he's also starting to mimic the things we do and say. While I was following him around the yard taking some photographs he went about his business putting sticks on the old fire pit and telling me it was "hot hot hot". He enjoys pointing at everything and this afternoon when I asked him rhetorically where the day had gone, he put his hands up to his face and said "don't know", just like in the 3rd picture above. 

I'm late to the Milo Vest party but what a fantastic little knit it is. One of the things I love about blogging is that it can sometimes give me the push I need to start things that I've been wanting to do but just haven't got around to doing yet. I've been meaning to make this Vest for a year now but it was finally after seeing Kristie's Milos and then the subsequent call out on Instagram to participate in the "Milo in May" Knitalong that I finally got onto doing it. I have also been wanting to try some Fair Isle or Colourwork and it was Leigh's Post on all of her gorgeous Kate Davies knits that finally inspired me to experiment with some Fire Isle on this Vest. So thank you lovely, inspiring blogging friends near and far.

I loved knitting this Vest and I especially love seeing Flynn wearing it. I had an urge to see some Fish swimming across his torso so added them instead of the cable and am quite pleased with my first attempt at stranded knitting. The White Gum Wool, an ethical superfine merino from Tasmania was an absolute dream to work with too. My Ravelry Notes are here.

I'm now pondering what to make with this skein of local handspun Alpaca fleece and thinking perhaps this simple cowl would be nice. 

I've started reading The Tailor's Girl by Fiona McIntosh (thanks for the birthday present Dad & Diane!) and so far really enjoying it. Interestingly, it's the first book I've read in a long time that's written by a female - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris and Lost Voices by Christopher Koch all written by men. It got me thinking whether I had a bias towards male authors over female authors. Do you have a preference?

I'm joining in with Ginny and the other lovely people sharing their latest books and knitting projects.

What are you knitting or reading at the moment?

Apologies too, if the song by the same name as the title of this Post keeps playing in your head for the rest of the day like it has mine :-)

Mel x

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  1. Beautiful vest! Milo is one of the best patterns; I love your little fish. :)

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  2. The fish are just adorable. So eye-catching.

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  3. Beautiful vest and beautiful model.

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  4. Hey Mel,
    I seem to favour female authors. Favourites being Annie Proulx, Helen Dunmore, Joanne Harris and Zoe Heller. AS well as many of the 'classics' - Austen, Bronte etc. Was the Sedaris book any good? I loved Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim, but haven't read any others.
    Your little boy looks adorable, even with the dodgy haircut ;) I love the tank top.
    Leanne xx

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    1. I love Sedaris! I couldn't even tell you what it was about now but it was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read at the time. His books are like that! :-)

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  5. It's awesome! Such a gorgeous vest. The milo has been on my list for way too long now too... okay... I'm taking your post as a sign that it is time I bit the bullet and gave knitting in the round a decent go.

    Thanks!

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  6. Love your version of the Milo.
    I think those fish would look great on my infinity scarf.

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  7. Oh he looks adorable with his wonky fringe and little vest....I've a wonky fringe too, my hairdresser will be in hysterics when she sees me! :) x

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  8. We definitely need to give hairdressers more credit for the job they do! Sarah once ended up with a fringe so short it was barely present as I kept trying to straighten it.
    Beautiful knitting, beautiful baby boy.

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    1. I'm trying very hard not to get the scissors out again to 'tidy' it up as I know I will keep going and going till there is no fringe left! Best I wait a bit and get the professionals to do it x

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  9. Yes, haircutting is something I now leave to the hairdresser... Flynn is adorable all the same. Great knitting! Must make my own Milo for a friends baby (to be born in the next two weeks). x

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  10. I've never been brave enough to cut!!!
    Love the Flynn extravaganza...it's such a gorgeous age
    X

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  11. The vest looks great and it will keep him warm during winter. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  12. I read either, male or female authors. Go more by genre. Not to worry with the haircut, you kept it long enough that you have lot of fixing up room. I've cut the kids and husbands hair for years and some of the early ones I nodded and agreed the kids did it, blush. now with youtube lots easier to improve.
    skimmed the Tailor's Girl. liked it just in a skimming mood at the time. about to embark on some non-fiction, lots of Shannon Lush on housecleaning/homemaking, found her through a mention by maxabella.

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  13. Oh Geesh, and here I was, thinking that I was being clever putting stripes into my Milo!

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  14. Oh I love everything about this post! That hair! that face! That vest!

    I am indeed reading (in fact I just wrote the world's longest post about it, I'm drowning in books!) and not knitting because I'm a crochet freak. I'm making the girls a little bobble/beanie combo thingy which I am sorely neglecting :(

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  15. Ha ha ha - I was looking at the photos thinking, something has happened to his hair, but maybe it's just the photo. You might need to try the old sticky tape trick that my dad did - sticky tape across the forehead and snip under (or above and it keeps all the hair together too).

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  16. That slippery fine hair is tricky business to cut! I used to wet my son's hair pull it straight up between two fingers and cut across my fingers. Then there's no definite straight edge. But, hey, Flynn is so adorable no matter what ;) Great shots of a day in the life of Flynn. I've not seen this vest, so I'm obviously further behind than you. What an adorable little vest though, and I love the fishy detail. Wendy x

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    1. This is what I do, too! It works wonderfully. I've also given haircuts while nursing, hahaha! He's so cute, anyway, what a sweetie! Love the fish!

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  17. Flynn is adorable, those eyes! I love to read and I definitely favour female authors.

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  18. I read so many diferent kinds of authors, male and female. Right now I'm reading Anna Quindlen's latest novel. I gave my daughter her first haircut, just a trim of her bangs, right before she turned two. It looked awful, but at least she could see where she was going. :)

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  19. Fine straight hair is very unforgiving on the mama haircut front! (As I know too well from first hand experience).

    The book list looks good. I think I need more books and less screens in my life.

    Look at Flynn! He's so upright and check out all of those teeth. Amazing. Gorgeous.

    rachel xoxo

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    1. PS I appreciate that you don't have word verification. Makes commenting so much easier. I'm forever turning mine on and off. Undecided. Are you drowning in spam?

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    2. I ended up turning my word verification thingy off a while back and after about two weeks of relentless spam, which was easy enough to just delete, it pretty much stopped... and as for the less screens/more books scenario, I have just come out of about three weeks of being pretty much screen free... no blogging, IG etc. My nights were spent curled up with a good book and I loved it so... I'd forgotten how much I loved getting lost in a good book.

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    3. I don't get a single bit of spam on the blog Rachel. The spam was getting ridiculous so I did 2 things - I stopped anonymous comments (no one ever commented anonymously anyway and there really is no need for anyone to comment anonymously as it only takes 2 seconds to sign up to a google account) and I also "moderate" comments after 14 days, which means any comments 2 weeks after a post is published goes to my inbox and I can decide to publish it or not. There's only very occasionally a spam comment but it doesn't make it onto the blog. So there is no need for word verification for me x

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  20. What a little cutie, wonky mama haircut and all :) I love his cheeky mischievous grin. And I am still in awe of your vest and the fact that you changed it up with the fish pattern which looks amazing xx

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  21. Flynn's vest looks great - well done! And I love the photos of him just wandering around and playing - as you say, it is a lovely stage - enjoy!
    Caz xx

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  22. Flynn looks so lovely in his fishy Milo!!! It really is so lovely, the fish are really cute. xx

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  23. I love your version of the Milo, Mel! In fact, now that I have seen it with the Fair Isle it has me wanting to make another one. Flynn is a wonderful little model, and the fit is perfect. Well done! Eighteen months is truly a delightful age. Don't you sometimes wish you could just slow time down a bit so all these precious stages would last just a little longer?

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  24. There's so much to love in this post...the sweet expressive face, the awesome blond (haircut), and the wonderful new vest! You did a lovely job.
    I agree, eighteen months is a great age. So many new discoveries to be uncovered and experienced! It's exciting, though perhaps a little exhausting for mom to be chasing this new adventure bound person around. Have a lovely day:)

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  25. Flynn has changed so much, a proper little man now.
    I've got The Rosie Project on my must-read list but I'm currently reading The Book Thief - tricky to get in to I'm finding and I've just finished The Kitchen House which I thoroughly enjoyed and which was similar to The Help.
    Love the little tank-top you've knitted - how do you find the time?!

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  26. He looks so cute in the Milo. Well done with the fishes I think. Love that pointing pointing stage - everything is an adventure at 18 mths. Enjoy. cheers Wendy

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  27. Adorable little boy in an adorable vest. I love the fish!

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  28. I've lost count of the number of milos I have knitted, but I have never tried fair isle and I am feeling a sudden itch to do so. I love those fish! Flynn's hair suits him I think, that cheeky little fringe. Trust me, the siblings tend to take it a whole lot shorter!

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  29. 18 months old must be THE most delightful age. I always feel clucky after spending a short amount of time around an 18 month old - especially when they're just beginning to chat. Flynn looks and sounds adorable xx

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  30. Love the new do ... reminds me of cutting my eldest boys hair ... he was terrified of going to the hairdresser so I had to cut his hair until he was about three ... it looked like I used a bowl ... memories! Love the fish ... so perfect ... Bee xx

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  31. Oh I was going to ask about the haircut, haha! Nothing like a haircut to make them seem like a completely different child. I try cutting my kids hair too (sometimes) - the trick though is not to try and cut straight across, but to kind of snip up into the hair. Is that confusing? I'm sure there'd be tutorials in youtube...

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  32. That first picture of Flynn made me smile so much! He is so cute. Haircut and all. I found a lollipop useful for haircuts for toddlers. (Or maybe just heard about it later and wished I'd thought of it?) LOVE your vest, you are very clever. When you mentioned about the cowl I wondered ... and yes, it is the same cowl I'm in the middle of knitting. Oh so easy, my first circular knitting project and I wanted to keep knitting and knitting but have had to give it up for now due to sore neck/shoulders. No fun. I'm just using a cheap acrylic because wool makes me itch, but it's a lovely cherry red - yours would be amazing in that yarn. If my muscles improve I want to make that cowl again and again, it's the most relaxing knitting I've ever done.

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  33. Too cute little Flynn, I knew there was something different about him as I scrolled your adorable photographs, then read about the hair cut! I have cut Ruby's hair but boys looks so much harder!
    Such a cute vest- you clever thing! The last book I read was when Evie was a newborn. I downloaded it on my phone and would read it during night breastfeeds. I can't even remember what it was called. I really do love a good book...must get my hands on something! :)

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  34. I cut the kids hair too. Sometimes I think, yep, that looks pretty damn awesome...other times oops. Sitting still is a big determining factor though.
    Flynn could have hair like Rapunzel though and he would still look cute as a bugs ear.

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  35. Oh just look at that face! My word, he does look like a busy little man! xx

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  36. Flynn is just such a cutie, more so with that crooked fringe. I do miss having little ones about the place.

    Love the fishy colour work and I followed the Rav link on to find out more about the yarn ... nothing beats locally sourced in my book.

    Now you've said it, I do tend to read more male than female authors. I've not really thought about it before.

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  37. I didn't even notice Flynn's wonky fringe, I was just thinking 1. he is damn cute and 2. that vest is amazing! The fringe just adds to the general cuteness - that boy has got a beautiful smile. I love the vest (and enjoyed following your links and looking at the others, thanks for those) and think your blue and white fishes are just brilliant. xx

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  38. The jagged hairline, my 20 month old is rocking the same. My first attempt at haircutting, which I thought I had done really well at. My husband was furious at me for cutting her hair and not taking her to the hairdresser!!! Love this little vest, wish I could say I was knitting something, but I'm not xx

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  39. Oh bless his little cotton sock :-) He is adorable! And that pullover is just awesome! x

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  40. So so cute, mama made haircuts are a rite of passage aren't they?

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  41. Wowzers! 18 months old now! And then some, as I'm reading this a couple of months on. Just look at your beautiful boy, Mel. How time flies. Hope all is well with you and the fam. I'm endeavouring to ease my way back into blogging after a long hiatus. Been a busy gal I have :)
    Intend to read back over your posts for a wee 'catch up'. So happy to see you seem to update semi-regularly still.
    Gorgeous photos and a delightful little vest, you clever chicky xoxo

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