Friday, December 17, 2010


This is a rather funny story.  I have a DF Anne Marie who has completed/assisted/knitted about 6 of these very colorful funky Crayon Box jackets.  We all took a class together at the LNS about 5 or more years ago.  She completed hers - mine lingered - she did one for her mom - mine sunk farther down in the UFO pile - she completed another one for a friend - mine hadn't been seen in several years - she offered to complete mine.   YIPPEE!  what an offer - the hunt was on - however in the midst of all this -  I moved from my lifelong home 20 miles away to another county - it tooks months to get my stash moved mainly because I was sorting as I went along - anyway - I did finally find the CB jacket stash I had kitted up. 

Anne Marie tweaked my colors - pared down my too vast selection of color and textures and came up with a great color plan.  Somewhere in the midst of all this planning - my mom was present and wanted to get her name in the pot for a CB jacket of her own.  At that point - unbeknownst to my mom - I pulled yarn from stash and purchased more yarn and Anne Marie and I developed a color plan for my mom's jacket.  This whole process has been over the course of a couple of years - you know how life gets in the way of frivoulous projects - anyway - every time we get together with Anne Marie - she is always working on my jacket and my mom ALWAYS chastisizes me "saying - are we ever going to get my yarn?"  Then another friend got in line for a jacket and brought a huge tote bag full of yarn - my poor mom was dreadfully upset - "see now someone else is getting ahead of me on this jacket thing"  AHHHHHH- this was sorta fun concealing this big secret from her and all my good friends were in on the secret.  Once in a while my mom will accompany me in a yarn shop and she is always saying - "can we look at yarn for my jacket?"   My answer would always be " Oh I don't like their yarn in here"    HUMPFFFF - when did I EVER MEET A YARN SHOP that didn't have yarn I wanted to buy???????????  too funny.

So - our rug guild holiday luncheon was this past Sunday - I knew AM was going to present Mom's jacket to her.  What I didn't know was that she had somehow screwed up the cuff bind off and wanted me to unbind it so she could fix it - all this while my mom was in the room - EGADS - this was going to be tricky - well I picked an oppportune time and moved over to AM's table and proceeded to unknit that bind off - once that was completed - AM took her knitting bag and moved to the handicap stall in the bathroom and finished that cuff LOL - TOOO FUNNY.

Here are a few shot of Mom and AM - bear in mind that the jacket has not been blocked and will fit much better once that has occured. For those knitters out there - the base yarn is Noro kureyon - all the trim is Debblie Bliss Soho and there are probably between 5 and 10 other yarns in this design. AM has gotten very good at putting together the color scheme and textures.

These are not the greatest pictures in the world but it will give you an idea of the color and the amount of work that went into knitting this jacket.  It is mosiac knitting - you create the square and then pick up and add on another square.  Quilters would probably accel at this process but for some reason I did not like knitting this because I fussed around too much with what colors went where and then maybe that texture should not go there - AACCCKKK - it was too much fussy work for me but AM seems to love it and does an awesome job.
The Azalea Sampler Guild meets tomorrow for our holiday party - there will be sweets and snacks shared by all the members.  I hope to take some photos of the WIP's tomorrow.

One week till Christmas - can that be possible !!!!!!  I am still shopping on line but I think I've done the last of that today.  Whatever else is left to purchase will have to be done in person.  I love to shop but with limited funds to spend for gifts - that is the *NOT* fun part.  Thankfully my family is small and I don't exchange with many friends any more since the economic crunch has strangled everyone to some degree.

I hope you all have time to put in a few happy stitches throughout this sometimes stressful week before Christmas.  I hope to get back to blogland before the holiday but just in case I don't or you don't - I wish all of you the merriest of Christmases and may all your dreams come true.


Margaret said...

Oh my! What an adventure right before the big surprise! lol! Glad it was successful -- and how beautiful is that jacket! Wow! So generous of your friend to knit it for your mom, and to finish yours! Wow! I hope you get the rest of your shopping done without too much fuss. Have a wonderful Christmas!

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Mel, that is a funny story, but the sweater looks wonderful. I know NOTHING about knitting, but I can still aprreciate the work involved.
Have a very merry Christmas!

Cari said...

Oh Mel the sweater for your Mom is beautiful ... your friend did a fantastic job. Have a wonderful weekend11 Hugs and Merry Christmas...

Laurie in Iowa said...

Thanks for sharing a great story with us. The jacket is fabulous.

beeinstitches said...

Bet your Mom was thrilled to get the jacket. ANOTHER great job by AM. I can picture her scurring away to the ladies' room. Too funny. Hope to see it in person in January!!!

Ellen said...

Hi Mel

Your mother's sweater looks wonderful, and I know that both of you must be thrilled.

It was so nice seeing you on Tuesday.

Merry Christmas.

Susan said...

I love this story! And the jacket looks lovely on your mom!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Bravo...hand-made, friend-made, a treasure indeed! Peaceful stitching with your lovely silk.
Wishing you and yours a blessed, joyful Christmas!


Siobhan said...

Wow, what a fantastic jacket!! Wishing you a very merry Christmas, Mel.

Karoline said...

What a gorgeous jacket, glad you managed to pull off the big surprise.

I hope you have a lovely Christmas