Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Little Butterfly

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I may not be able to get to the studio to create beads and jewelry at the moment, but that doesn't mean my hands aren't busy making. Oh yes, I am a making-fool these days. My needles have been flying through projects. I finished my Deco sweater, I made a lovely little baby sweater with the prettiest yarn ever that was stolen for a monkey, and the most recent finished project is a sweet little sweater for Lauren called "Little Butterflies" (ravelry link).

It has become a new summer tradition that Momma knits Laurnadoon a back-to-school sweater. You might remember this little number from last summer. When I knit that one, I picked the pattern and I chose the yarn. This time, my girl picked the yarn, months ago, when I made my Hourglass sweater. She insisted on having the same as me and she is standing her ground that orange is now her favorite color. She also picked the pattern. I showed her several I had in mind and she said "oh, oh, that one!!" She also decided the length of the sleeves too. This practical Momma was thinking that Fall is around the corner and 3/4 sleeves would be a better way to go, but oh no, she knew better. My hot blooded child, the one that sweats when it is 10 degrees out, wanted capped sleeves. And oh no... don't block them so they lay the right way, they look best poofy.

It should also be noted that she styled this outfit herself. And by all means, I completely approve of purple/pink polka dots with orange. So, rock it. One should always wear at least 3 necklaces. The flower necklace she thrifted herself at the flea market and drove a hard bargin, getting if for 50cents. Double headbands will become the rage in no time, I'm sure.

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I can hardly believe this baby of mine is getting ready to start 3rd grade. THIRD GRADE! I tend to balk a bit when people go on and on about how time flies, and how the kids get so big so fast, and where has the time gone... most of the time, I think time crawls. But I am starting to get it... I look at her and I wonder when she went from the teeny thing picking "free-bead winners" years ago, to this beautiful, smart, sassy, opinionated, fashionista. Isn't she awesome?

(ps... I am guessing you are wondering where the heck her curly ringlets are... she begged and plead with me to straighten her hair and I obliged. She likes the option.)

15 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Absolutely beautiful young lady! That apple did not fall far from her lovely mama tree! She sure can rock the sense of individual style. And orange is my soon-to-be 5th grader's (5th grade? My baby is all growing up!) favorite color these days. I think your sweaters are divine. I took a beginning knitting class with Tiny Dancer in June but neither one of us got the hang of it, and I only finished about 1/3 of the washcloth we started. Now I can't remember how to get back to it, and the page with the directions is in Knittish which is foreign. I also tried a bit of crocheting. That is coming a bit easier to me. But Tiny Dancer is frutstrated that she can't get it right on first try. Ah well. I should leave the knitting to the experts (read: you!). Thank you for sharing your little butterfly with us.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Courtney said...

All I can say is Beautiful!

Shirley said...

Beautiful girl, and dontcha just love their little opinionated selves? It's so cool to watch their personalities develop. Mine is starting 6th grade this year, so I know what you mean!

Cindy said...

Sweater is cute, but it is 115 heat index here, with a 76% humidity. Sweaters aren't on my mind right now.

Patti Van said...

She is so stylin'!! And...absolutely gorgeous...

Jane Perala said...

What a great daughter - and a great sweater. I have one question though - "stolen for a monkey"????

Gardanne said...

Lauren is getting so tall and beautiful. Cherish these days as I am sure you are, Natalie will be 17 this summer.
I think I may have to do some volunteer work hugging babies when she goes to college.

Nonie Fajao said...

Precious little pumpkin.

SueBeads said...

Boy she's a cutie! With good taste, too!

sandi m said...

Sweet....

Sally Anderson said...

She is absolutely adorable (as is her sense of style and her mom's knitting). I, too, wonder what "stolen for a monkey" means.

Carol D. said...

She is absolutely right in her design choices. The sweaater is beautiful and she models it so well. Such a gorgeous young lady!

RockerJewlz said...

Your girl is STYLIN', Mama!

Janet said...

What a little beauty she is!! Look at those wildflower freckles running across her face sooo pretty. I think I need to take a knitting class. You inspire! Gads but here we get cold weather for such a short time. *sigh..
That will be super fine when you go see your lady in waiting Studio!

Cindy said...

Kerry, I love this post dedicated to Lauren!! It really made me smile inside. She is so beautiful, and yes she has grown! Love her outifit and all of the accessories.

I never think that time crawls, I have no idea why but I think it flies by way too fast. I remember those days when she was chubby-cheeked and pulling free bead winners - that was a long time ago (but how I remember her).