Christmas Crochet

Sunday again


I can either claim that work has been really busy or that I was claimed by the dark side. I’m going with the Dark side.

at the moment H is trying to play grandmother[s footsteps up the stairs. O a tuyping wotjpit l;pplomg at tje leu npard tp see jpw ;pmg je cam strau frpze sp tjos ,au ,ale mp semse at a;;! E’S STILL TERE!

I think we have all proved I cannot type without being able to look at the keyboard once in a while – that should read “I am typing without looking at the key board to see how long he can stay frozen so this may make no sense at all! He’s still there!” – as I said – point proved.

H is forgiven for trying to creep up on me on the basis that he was bringing me a medicinal port for my sore throat – yum!

Anyway… this week has, as expected, been a tad on the manic side. We also joined a gym last Saturday so we have been making sure we get out there often. I went 4 times this week and I’m pleased with that for starters – I wanted to go yesterday but the sore throat saw me tucked up under a duvet for most of the afternoon.

In between all of this I have managed to finish the sleeve on Foxglove which I started last week and I have ventured into the crochet and completed all the big and small flowers (11 in total). So just a sleeve and 52 leaves to go then!!
This has resulted in a profusion of late blooms in my garden as you see:

[NB – this is my Cosmos which was supposed to grow to 2 feet tall. It is now taller than me and I’m 6′]
Actually, Calmer is a wonderful drapey yarn which makes it nigh on impossible to photograph except as a finished item so here are some folded parts of the garment:
If I showed you them spread out you would think the top is far more revealing than it will be!

It seems that the more you know about knitting and the more you know you can do, the more you end up fiddling with patterns. When I started knitting again I would have followed the pattern religiously and hope that I had chosen something that suited me when finished. Now I can work out how much extra length to add and how to adjust the front shaping and take depth out of the armhole and all these sorts of things so I do, to make sure that the finished item ends up as a smiley face and not an ugh. In all of this I find I’m giving the pattern for foxglove lip service rather than really following it. It’s a great pattern but if I knit it as written on me it would have huge armholes and be far too short – isn’t it great that we can change things!

I’ve also made pretty good progress on a pair of Christmas socks for a non-reader and a little Christmas magic for someone who does read this and all is well with the world!

Finally, a little plea for inspiration: H and I run our embryo church youth group. We had four teenagers today, two from very traditional church backgrounds and two who we met in the churchyard one week and invited in. They are all rather wary of each other at the moment and it’s been a little while since I was a teenager so any ideas on how we can break the ice between them would be gratefully received.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Mary 14/10/2007 at 10:18 pm

    those flowers look amazing on the Triffid like that. 🙂

    I *can* type without looking at the keyboard, but only if I’m not thinking about it. Or better yet, if I’m not thinking at all – there have been times when I have been unable to form words with my mouth properly but have sat down and typed at full speed, much to my mother’s horror.

    As for the teenagers, can you take them anywhere? And how long do you have them for at a time? If you’ve got an afternoon and can go places then just find some sort of activity to go to as a group, do as a group, and grab a McDoodles afterwards as a group. Tenpin bowling. Ice skating. Go-karting. Or, if budgets don’t allow for that, find somewhere to go play pool or air hockey at 50p a time.

    Or, if you can’t go out and about, go to a video rental place and see about hiring a games console of some kind. As long as you don’t want the latest xBox with the latest new-release game then it’s not too expensive at all, and there’s any amount of turn-based games for most platforms – new Pong, Worms, or of course there’s racing games.

    Any help?

  • mandycharlie 14/10/2007 at 11:35 pm

    I love your flowers, I think they are wonderful, very pretty, you should leave them on the plants. They also have the added advantage of at least the slugs won’t get ’em!

    How about making sweets with your teenagers, most children/teenagers do like sugar and it sends them so giddy that they start chatting away.

  • Susan Pandorf 15/10/2007 at 8:20 pm

    I suppose spin the bottle is out, it being a church group and all…

    (just kidding!!!!)

    Good luck with the group. It’s hard to get kids that ageto open up. Will probably only happen with time and grace…


  • Rachel 19/10/2007 at 7:47 pm

    I love the pink – bright and cheery. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

    As for the teenagers, they’re a hard group to figure out. In my church group, we got some kids to mix together by having them plan a service project. I know that it sounds dumb, but it really worked. The kids came up with all the ideas. The adults just steered them from danger. Good luck!

  • Knitting Bandit 22/10/2007 at 5:02 pm

    Pretty pink flowers. ALmost makes me wish I could crochet. I’d never seen the Foxglove sweater until I clicked your link. I like it. Looking forward to seeing your finished sweater.