Sunday, February 17, 2008

Princess Willow and Sock Love

I tried denying it. Sublimating the thought. But I can't hide it anymore.

My daughter is a princess.

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Gack! I was in Orlando last spring for a business conference and stumbled into the princess beauty salon in one of the shops in Downtown Disney. Little girls - none over the age of eight all tarted up - yes, make up and all - and it sickened me. Andrew and I try to avoid the girly girl stuff with Willow. She has dolls, but we try to emphasize games, books, sports, and crafts. What does she really want? A princess dress. She borrowed this one from her friend Zoey, and I will be the first to admit she looks darling in it. But the first person who comes near her with rouge gets their offending limb chopped off!

Okay - onto less tumultuous stuff. I'm in love with a sock. Don't tell my husband.



I finally succumbed to knitting a sock with a pattern - I started these Jaywalker socks on Thursday and this is how far I had knit by Sunday morning (it is longer and has a heel flap now). It is only a two-row repeat pattern and I am entranced by its simplicity and I find myself going around and around just to see how the chevron pattern comes out next. The kfb is a bit challenging on size 1 needles, but I think I have it under control now. I am definitely doing the second sock on two circulars to save time.

Lucky is particularly drawn in by these socks - perhaps just the yarn itself - he tried chewing through the ziploc bag the yarn was in before I even broke it out to start knitting with it. It's odd - that is the only yarn he has singled out that way.



Mmm... it looks like wet cat food with just a hint of tuna...

8 comments:

cpurl17 said...

She is a lovely princess!

And that Lucky...

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Oh what a sweetie!! A princess indeed. I know exactly what princess store you are talking about...and NO WAY could Willow come close to that (she'd have to have gads of inappropriate makeup that even I don't wear, practically a wig-ful of curls like I maybe had for prom...ugh!).

Love love love the socks!!

Nell said...

I love Jaywalkers. They just never got old to me. As long as they go over my heel, I love them!

Elizabeth said...

Willow looks adorable in her little princess dress. I enjoyed knitting the Jaywalkers too. Yours are beautiful.

Suzanne said...

There are ways around the Disney princess route. I mean, your MIL sews, yes? Ask her to make a generic "princess" dress for Willow, just a bit too big! Then Willow can be the princess from any fairy tale or fable that she wants.

Or buy a few formal dresses in size 2/4/6 from thrift stores and let kiddo dress up in the shiny pretty dresses that cost you $2-$10. Then it's all imaginary play without buying into the stupid Disney hype that you seem to hate so much.

Both are things my mom did for me as a child, and I really never got too big into the formal "princess" thing because I could be "any girl from a Grimm's fairy tale" that I wanted to be. It was a great way to dress up and imagine myself as something other than me.

Holly said...

Willow is just darling in that dress, but I'm with you - say no to the makeup! They grow up fast enough as it is, don't they? Your Jaywalkers look great. What is the yarn? It's scrumptious!

tara said...

I'm with Suzanne, nothing beat a 4$ prom dress from the 80's for dress up.

kemtee said...

Darlin' don't need makeup. She's naturally beautiful and should stay that way.

My brother dropped $250 in that stupid store. He's such a sucker.