January 24, 2012

Let's go down to the mermaid cafe

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"Let's stay here forever," she said.

We had made a tent out of a quilt on top of my bed, and hid inside, light from the window made all my favorite colors. And her words meant the world. And that she said them right then, there was no doubt she was just like me.

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One day Ivy came up to me so sad, with bottom lip out and she said, "Mom, I really wish I were a mermaid."

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So I knit her a tail and she wore it to bed, and she even wore it to grandma's. And earlier when she brushed her teeth the fin peeked out from around the bathroom door.

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She learned to walk up and down the stairs, holding the tail beside her. If you want anything bad enough, you figure out a way.

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Did you know how many things you can make and spell with party beads?

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Knitting pattern- "splash" from New Knits on the Block

57 comments:

  1. What a great mom you are to make that "wish" come true for her---the mermaid tail is adorable! xoxo

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  2. i'm seriously astonished with your talent. and your relationship with your kids. love it all.

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  3. Holy crap, that's awesome. I kind of want one.

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  4. I love it! That is an amazing mermaid outfit! Sometimes, I wish I could be a mermaid too.

    Your girl is adorable!

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  5. Me thinks i need to make a couple of those for the mermaids in my house!!!

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  6. Steph that is the coolest thing ever!

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  7. "...the youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish's tail." Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

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  8. My four year old has been asking us for a mermaid tail for like 10 years. I have never wished that I could knit as badly as I do right now! That is amazing, Steph!

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  9. Oh my goodness! I've been trying to figure out how to make a mermaid tail for my 5 year old's birthday in a couple of weeks time. She has wanted to be a mermaid for such a long time :)
    What a fab Mama you are!!!

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  10. what a beautiful tail! did you use a pattern, or did you figure it out all by yourself? gorgeous!

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  11. That turned out amazing. You could sell them for sure. But I know it's a lot of work.

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  12. I saw something similar, but for a baby,on pinterest. How long did that take you? I love the pattern - so beautiful. Have you thought of opening up an etsy store with your knits? I want to do something similar for Abby, but I'm a crocheter, not a knitter.

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  13. ...the sound of one fin flapping - I mean, one hand clapping... for such a fantastic mama as you! That is some gorgeous knitting skills, and another beautiful moment with your sweet Ivy. love it.
    Mel ;o)
    needle and nest

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  14. Absolutely precious. You, Ivy and the tail!

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  15. Wow Steph, you really have an amazing talent and gift when it comes to knitting. Your yarn skills are providing Ivy with so many amazing childhood memories. So awesome.

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  16. Girl you rock!!! Ivy is the cutest mermaid I've ever seen!!!

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  17. ummmm... do those tails come in MY size? lol, brilliant!

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  18. The memories you help create with your children are just the best.

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  19. i'm not allowed to show this to my daughter. because i can't knit like that.
    you.
    are a gem.
    a long finned gem.

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  20. You are so talented. That is one gorgeous mermaid fin! And, more than that, you are so inspiring as a mother!

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  21. You are just so lovely. In so many ways. xo

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  22. Oh my gosh you are the greatest mom ever. So much better than any over-priced Disney mermaid costume!

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  23. so you just made her a tail?
    Wow!
    That is beyond cool!
    Are you going to make her wedding dress for her when she gets married?

    Because you are reminding me of how my mom did things like that for me and then she made my perfect wedding dress for me!

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  24. this is one of the best things i've seen in a long time. i love it so much. wonderful.

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  25. I love the mermaid skirt. Now my granddaughter needs one-so she thinks. Did you make your own pattern? If so any way to buy it from you. I knit but I do need a pattern to knit from. If you aren't selling it you should. Just beauiful!!!! Grandma Cynthia

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  26. That mermaid tail is spectacular.

    So are you as a mom for making it.

    *love*

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  27. That is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!

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  28. seriously? i wish i were in shape because i'd knit myself a mermaid tail and wear it all around town. *love* !!!

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  29. Oh my gosh! That is awesome! I really wish that I could knit but I just don't have it in me. I can't seem to learn. That fin is so cool!

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  30. I managed to find a used copy of the knitting book over here in Europe and ordered it right away! I'm itching to get this on my needles. Thank you so much for sharing, Steph!

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  31. Beautiful moment, perfectly captured.

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  32. Awww. That is really quite beyond.

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  33. How awesome! I wish I could crochet or knit! I probably could if I put my mind to it, but I haven't taken the time.

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  34. Steph, that is THE COOLEST dress up mermaid skirt thing ever :) You are such an amazing knitter; I wish I lived next door so you could show me how to do that! I am lucky if my "scarves" don't curve too much...hahaha!

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  35. This is awesome! What a wonderful way to pretend!

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  36. What an amazing story and you are seriously talented. And i am seriously envious.

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  37. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic!! You are one awesome momma to give your beautiful little girl a mermaid tail. It makes my heart melt.

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  38. This is so, so beautiful. I kind of want a mermaid tail of my own.

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  39. Oh, it turned out so cute, Steph. You are such a fun mommy. So thankful for our time together- it was too short. I could have knitted all night with you, my friend! xoxo

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  40. That is gorgeous. I love the way it turned out and this post. So sweet.

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  41. That is amazing, Steph. You are SO VERY talented.

    And around here we call those Mardi Gras beads. I can totally send you more... ;-P

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  42. Oh so sweet! Love the accoutrements that go along with her imagination. Kids are just swell like that!

    ps...new to you blog and loving it. :)

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