Famous Last Words

I’m going to get all my knitting done for Christmas

Errr … yeah! Famous last words.  I know I have not finished and will not so I wish I had the option below!!!  *giggles*  Got this from a Rav pal and wanted to share some laughter today.   After my last post, everything still seems so frivilous but I needed the lightheartedness the below brings.

So for those of us … errr … you … under the gun with Christmas knitting and crocheting … enjoy!!!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all around me
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 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 six inches 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 with a crash.

The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
Reminded me how much I still had to go.
Out on my lawn, I heard such a noise,
I thought it would wake both dad and the boys.

And though I was tired, my brain was a bit thick,
I knew in a moment, it must be Saint Nick.
But what I heard then left me perplexed-ed,
For not a name I heard was what I had expected
“move, Ashford; move, Lopi; move, Addie and Clover
Move, Reynolds; move, Starmore; move, Fraylic–move
over”
“Paton, don’t circle round; stand in line.

Come now, you sheep wool work just fine!
I know this is hard semi, it’s just your first year,
I’d hate to go back to eight tiny reindeer.”
I peered over the sill; what I saw was amazing,
Eight woolly sheep on my lawn all a’grazing.

And then,in a twinkle, I heard at the door
Santa’s feet coming across the porch floor.
I rose from my knees and got back on my feet,
And as I turned round, Saint Nick, I did meet.

He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe
And his clothes were handknit from above to below.
A bright Fairisle sweater he wore on his back,
and his toys were all stuffed in an Aran knit sack.
His cap was a wonder of bobbles and lace,
A beautiful frame for his rosy red face.

The scarf round his neck could have stretched for a
mile,
And the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle.
The back of his mittens bore an intricate cable,
And suddenly on one I spied a small label.
SC was duplicate stitched on the cuff,
and 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 a kid.”
He was chubby and plump, a quite 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 in his lap
Where I’d laid my needles and yarn for a cap.

He quickly began knitting, first one cap then two;
For the first time I thought I’d really get through.
He put heels on the stockings and toes in some socks
While I sat back drinking Scotch on the rocks!!

So quickly like magic, his needles they flew,
That he was all finished by quarter to two.
He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
And over his shoulder he looked back at me.
And I heard him exclaim as he sailed past the moon
“Next year start your knitting sometime around June.”

-Author Unknown

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Mommie Dearest Approved!

I think just about everyone and their mothers recognize this line  —  “no wire hangers everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!” from the movie “Mommie Dearest”.  While Mommie D (as I like to call her) might have hated wire hangers for clothes, she would certainly approve of this project.   I got my decorations at a discount store in my neighborhood last year — 50 balls for $2.99 …. errrr … hello!!!!!   You’ll need about 80; I combined that purchase with other shades of purple decorative balls I had previously.   I got the hated wire hanger from the cleaners and I was ready to go!!!   After dinner today, I got cracking.  

I’d read the tutorial a couple of years ago on Eddie Ross’ website and really loved the results.  It’s so easy a project, even non-DIYers can do it!  I loosely followed the instructions.  I didnt glue my tops like he did; they were firm enough to stay on without having to go through that step.  I also did not wrap the top of my hanger the way he did.  When stringing the decorations, I didn’t plan, I just started stringing them on in random order, using the smaller ones to fill in any spaces.  Then in a matter of about 30 mins … I got my tadahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

I was so excited by the results, I couldn’t even wait for better light to photograph it!!!  😀

I’d love to see if you make one too!  Let me know if you try it!!!   I’m ready for Christmas — a Christmas that has space even for wire hangers!!!! 😛