Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Night before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all around me
There was unfinished knitting not under the tree,
The stockings weren't hung by the chimney with care'
Cause the heels and the toes had not a stitch there.

The children were all nestled all snug in their beds,
But I had not finished the caps for their heads.
Dad was asleep....he was no help at all.
And the sweater for him was 6" too small.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I put down my needles to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash.
Tripped over my yarn and fell down in my stash.

The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
Reminded me how far I still had to go.
When out on the lawn I heard such a noise,
I was sure it would wake up both Dad and the boys.

And although I was brain a bit thick,
I knew in a moment that it must be St Nick.
Yet what I heard left me very perplex-ed
For nothing I heard was what I expect-ed.

"Move Rowan! Move Patons! Move Koigu and Clover!
Move Shelridge! Move Starmore! Move Spinrite! Move over!
Lopi, don't circle around, just stand there in line.
Pay attention you sheep and you'll work out just fine!
I know this is hard as it's just your first year
But I'd hate to go back to 8 tiny reindeer."

I peered over the sill. What I saw was amazing:
Eight wooly sheep on my lawn all a-grazing!
And then in a twinkle, I heard at the door
Santa's big boots stomping on the porch floor.

I rose from my knees and got back on my feet.
As I turned around, St Nick I did meet.
He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe
And his clothes were hand knitted from above and below.

A bright Fair Isle sweater he wore on his back.
And his toys were all stuffed in an Aran knitted sack.
His hat was a wonder of bobbles and lace
A beautiful frame for his rosy red face.

The scarf on his neck could have stretched for a mile,
And the socks peeking over his boots were in Argyle.
On the back of his mitts was an intricate cable.
And suddenly on one I spotted a small lable:

"S.C." in duplicate it said on the cuff. So I asked,
"Hey, Nick, did YOU knit all this stuff?"
He proudly replied, "Ho, ho, ho, yes I did.
I learned how to knit when I was just a kid."

He was chubby and plump, a well dressed old man,
And I laughed to myself, for I'd thought up a plan.
I flashed him a grin and jumped up in the air,
And the next thing he knew, he was tied to a chair.

He spoke not a word, but looked down in his lap
Where I laid my knitting needles and yarn for a cap.
He began to knit, the first cap and then 2...
For the first time I thought I might really get through.

He put heels in the stockings and toes in the socks,
While I sat drinking a scotch on the rocks.
Quickly like magic as his needles they flew,
Good Grief! He had it all finished by two!

He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
And over his shoulder he looked back at me.
I heard him exclaim as he sailed past the moon,
"Next year, start your knitting sometime around JUNE!.

(The UFO trainer socks were being knitted for me in Opal self patterning yarn, now a FO!)

Tuesday 13 December 2005

Well its been a while since I updated my blog, so I thought I'd better do it. Still haven't downloaded any photos yet, but will one day, when I suss out what to do!!!!! A bit of a technophobe!!!! I have been busy with my knitting and crocheting over the last few weeks. I have managed to finish 2 pairs of socks and am nearly finished the third pair which is a pair of trainer socks for Ronan's christmas.

I have knitted and crocheted several scarves, but forgot to take photos of them and most have been unexpectedly sold, but thats an other story which I will come to. I crocheted a curly wurly scarf for my nieces xmas in torquoise and white sparkly yarn. She is 13 so I hope she likes it! I have also knitted a hat for Robert to wear to the rugby training/games on cold sunday afternoons and crocheted a scarf for me to wear while watching the rugby (when not coaching it). I have also knitted a black baby marino and cashmere scarf in the "branching out" pattern for my mums xmas, but this still has to be blocked, so better get my skates on if she's to get it on time!!! I posted 3 "New Fizz" scarves to my husbands nieces in Canada and US today so I hope they get them for xmas.
Getting back to the sale of my scarves. A few weeks ago a few of us at City Knitty (my local SnB group) were invited to do a knitting workshop at our local IKEA. We thought it would be a good idea to take along some examples of our work. Not expecting them to sell we had no prices thought up, so when people asked to buy them we had to think quickly on our feet, so alot of people got bargins that day!!. I was also commissioned by several staff at IKEA to knit for them. One was a scarf for an employees fathers xmas. I knitted a basket weave pattern, in navy blue for it.
I have also been busy making stitch markers since I was getting fed up using pieces of yarn, this is the first timeI have done anything like that and I was pleased with them.

I have also made a set to send to a friend in the US.
Oh well I think that is all for now as it is getting late and I need to get to bed!