Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Female of the Species... more deadly than the male, especially with PMT and an automatic assault rifle :)

That is me, before you ask. I only mention it because my own mother didn't recognise me.

I did indeed come across some pretty scary folk in my military days and none moreso than my friend Ned. He is one scary MoFo. He used to be an All Arms Marine Commando and passed selection for the SAS before deciding to transfer to the Air Force (better terms and engagement for those with families). He is not the kind of person you want to meet down a dark alley and yet is the nicest and most genuine person I have ever met. He also coached me back to fitness after an injury. There are few incentives to run out there, but a bit of 'gentle encouragement' from a Royal Marine is sure to get you moving.

Once I heard Ned was having a son I knew I had to make him something military related. I have to admit I was almost tempted by this tiny Rambo suit, but went for a Combat Jacket like the one I'm wearing above. It won't be too long before Sol is running round blowing things up as a Mini-Marine complete with All-Arms Commando badge and sergeant stripes .

Although you can't see them, because, well, that's the point of camouflage, there are 4 pockets on the front. I should have chosen better buttons really, but couldn't find enough in the right colour in time.

It's made in Patons Fab which is 100% acrylic and took just under 200g. The pattern is an alteration of this one found in Phildar Baby No.50 which I assume was published some time in the 80s. It's a 20" chest so it should fit him in the autumn.

Be afraid folks, be very afraid.


At 12:31 pm, Blogger aurora said...

That is so cute! And the baby clothes are cute too ;-)

At 1:40 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

Holy cow! I wouldn't have crossed you looking like that. You look tough!!

The baby sweater is cute.

At 2:45 pm, Blogger Sharon J said...

There you go again being all clever and things! It's a good job I didn't have that gun on Tuesday... Richard's had to go 'walk-about' for a few days. ~Sharon J

At 2:53 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

::: makes a note to be on best behaviour at all times :::

I love the jacket. I have some of that Patons Fab and also two sons, hmm... :)

At 3:00 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Wow. You are just full of surprises, aren't you? Awesome. The little one AND the daddy will love it!

At 3:09 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Hey Aurora, who you callin' cute? ;)

Samantha, I used to be sat knitting in combat gear in the crew room. It wrecked my image.

Oh dear Sharon, that sounds ominous. Hope all is well.

Seahorse, Cargo from Knitty would look great in the Fab but it depends how old your boys are and what you think about knitted pants.

TG, Ned thinks I'm daft with the stuff I make, but I think he secretly likes it. His wife Nikki is a big fan of it, she's ex-RAF too.

At 3:17 pm, Blogger Diane said...

Crikey im keeping a low profile...any chance of a lend of the huh hmm weapon???LOL.....there are times when i'm sure i could find a use for it!.....ditto Sharon J :0) ent funny ...i'm gonna be a man next time around!

At 3:28 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

You look pretty cool I must say. Sitting there knitting in the uniform...I can see it now. You are really sweet to knit this sweater for your bud. He is going to cherish it. Hope you get some photos of the baby in it too.

At 4:55 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

So adorable and precious.

Uzi not included, I hope? :)

At 5:06 pm, Blogger DomesticOverlord said...

Amazing how different a little camo paint makes you look, eh? I think the reason I didn't recognize you was the hair, where'd it go? Hee-hee.

I love the little jacket, it's adorable. It reminds me of this time I was riding the trolly (above ground but not elevated, electric, train-like public transport) to school and there was this little boy, about 3 years old with the Marine Corps hair cut. Those from the states will know what I mean, the "I just got out of boot camp three weeks ago" Marince Corps hair cut. Anyway, I smiled at the kid and he says to me, "I'm a jarhead. Ooh-rah!" His mom rolled her eyes and said, "He does everything his dad does."

At 5:38 pm, Blogger Stefaneener said...

See -- knitters are tough tough folks! Everyone around you who has a baby is very blessed! I love the idea of you knitting in full kit. Don't think of it as wrecking your image, just expanding that of the military.

At 6:19 pm, Blogger Areli said...

Another amazing little outfit. You could write a book of patterns for boys (girls, too) with all your patterns that aren't all cutsy and pastel. So creative, his dad must love his new sweater.

At 7:03 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Great jacket, did you embroider the patches as well (I know the answer is going to be yes :-).

Truly scary photo of your good self - I doubt many folks would cross you looking like that (and carrying a huuuuge gun!).

At 9:48 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks for your kind words folks.

Allisonmariecat, his Dad is going to have him blowing things up before he goes to school.

DO, kids are great like that. I can just see a wee soldier running around, although I can't say the haircut is a fashion statement.

Areli, that's what drives me to make them. I get bored with the same old pastels and patterns.

DC, I bought the sgts stripes, but had to do the dagger myself. If I can buy them I generally don't bother unless they are too big for a baby sized outfit.

At 10:47 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome. You do such a wonderful job!

At 4:51 am, Blogger String Bean said...

I had no idea it was you.

Welcome to the I Can Look Like a Hardass, Too guild. There's four members now. Me, my crowbar, my dog, and you!

At 9:02 am, Blogger Kalendar Girl said...

WOW! I didn't recognize you either!!

(and of course, your knitting, as usual, is wonderful!)

At 10:45 am, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

Great Outfit and picture of you, Rain:)

Replace the gun with a pink babyknitting and you get a seriously funny nice pic *lol*

You really look great!

At 7:48 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Another Rain original. I love it!

At 10:30 am, Blogger Dina said...

OK, Miss Rambo with knitting needles ... cute jacket! Does that yarn come in pink?

At 3:08 pm, Blogger Emma said...

Go Rain! You look super cool!
Did you knit while you were in the army, BTW? ;)

At 6:32 pm, Anonymous kimberly said...

Oh my, there is so much to learn about you! That jacket looks perfect for a little marine. :o)

At 12:10 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks guys. So many people don't recognise me in uniform.

Dina, it does come in pink.

Emma, I did knit all the way through, my youngest niece was born while I was in so I used to knit for her.

At 10:49 am, Anonymous Ejoty said...

Hello Rain!
I gotta say, your knitting is incredible. Cute camo outfit, though if the baby crawls outside hopefully the little one will be spotted before blending into the underbrush!

P.S Please drop a note to The Forest! PLEASE!!!

At 3:10 pm, Blogger nanatoo said...

Hehe, I love your little miniatures. I'll say it again - you could make a packet with this sort of stuff! And looking like that you could 'threaten them up a bit' (as we say in Essex) if they don't want to buy ;)


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