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Good thing we didn't have anyone come to call today 'cos I haven't bothered to get dressed...slopping about in dressing gown and furry slippers is not a good look...especially when one bit of hair sticks straight up on end and makes me look as though I've had a horrible fright...

But I've been making crochet leaves...poor excuse, but there you are. I learnt how to make little crochet flowers and then decided the flowers needed leaves, so off to YouTube to find a video...for beginners. Not one of those for the smart people who are crocheting their own evening gowns...

Chain ten, says the demonstrator, so I obediently chain ten and then hear her say...now that we've finished the first side...Excuse me? I've only just finished the chain ten...so I wind it back a bit and it sticks...the video I mean. Just sits there looking at me accusingly...if you'd been quicker in the first place, you wouldn't be sitting there now, it seems to be saying.

Eventually the video gathers its wits and begins again but she's using American terms so I have to watch intently with my nose an inch to the screen to see which stitch it is and away we go...two double crochets...two triple...triple? I can't remember how to do a triple, so stop the video...back track a little bit...ah...now I've grasped it. By the time I've done my triple crochet she's waffling on about sewing in your ends while admiring her beautifully neat and perfectly stitched leaf...running beautifully neat and well-manicured fingers over the stupid thing...

I didn't really want to learn how to make leaves anyway...

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your priceless - I just love your tales :)

Haha good for you, join the club! I've not dressed today either and I don't give a stuff what anyone thinks either - ive not been trying to learn anything exotic like you though so no excuse.

Mind you, you've given me an idea. perhaps I'll start my knitting - again!

Out of the loose change I found in my children's father's bedside drawer after he died I bought some soft wool/cashmere to make a baby garment. The baby grandchild was born 3 weeks later.

That child is four years old next week. I can't tell you the number of times I've had to undo & re-start it in a size larger. I'm on prototype 7 or 8 now having gone back to tiny for Daisy's baby sister Martha (who's now 15 months)!

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Martha is such a lovely name...so is Daisy...but I do like Martha!...Get on with it woman...they'll be teenagers before you know it...lol

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Azure_Sky in reply to peege

You could make a little one so it is ready for your first great grandchild It is surprising how time flies. I have six now.

I was given a couple of onesies for Christmas I love them get up feel like a lazy day pop my onesie on and am quite happy to while away my day in one :)

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Ah...might ask for one or two of those this coming Christmas...lol

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I was given a pair of slipper socks by a friend for Christmas. Nothing special about that you might say but these are fleece lined and they are so warm I never suffer with cold feet now. She said she got them in Southern Ireland and they don't sell them in the UK. Told her I want some more for my birthday :d x

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Lucky you are...my poor feets don't half suffer...lol

Lol lol lol just knew when I started to read your post there was going to be trouble,Lol,so funny, you are not alone in your dressing gown and slippers,very often I just have a shower put clean jimjams on and my dressing gown,why get dressed if I am not venturing out, when I do get dressed because I have to go out,I am not dressed for long,come 6ishI am clambering into my jimjams again, I just feel so much more comfortable,oh and I wear fluffy socks too.lol

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I know...when we have to go out the first thing I do when coming home is take my jeans off and put lovely comfy pyjama bottoms on...bliss!

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Had a day this week when I didn't get dressed and made do with using baby wipes instead of showering, Joycex

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Good thinking Joyce...having a shower wears me out so it does!

I like the comments below after they usually have nothing to do with the video at all and ends with someone dissing someone else?

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The recipe pages are awful...'well, I didn't add so much garlic and put an extra tin of tomatoes in and we don't like pasta so I used potatoes and I didn't have any basil so put some dried thyme in instead'...that'd be a different recipe altogether then?

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Offcut in reply to Hidden

so true

Now that really struck a chord Vashti! I'm ashamed to say that I'm one of those people that have a great enthusiasm for things initially....start off for a few days, then loose interest. The result being, odd amounts of wool in every colour under the rainbow, which then get stashed away for months ....or even years!

I have half finished things in bags which I promise myself "I'll finish that one day" but doubt really that I ever shall? I also seem unable to "undo" the said items, as a lot of my patience has already been given to them, and anyway, when I decide to retake the challenge -" that's a bit already done," so why start from the beginning? Lol. Unpicking work also makes the wool all curly and hard to handle but at todays' prices it's not something to be discarded lightly.

I decided just this week to "Have another go!" Found a great pattern on Ebay for a beautiful crochet jumper. The description said "Very easy pattern!" Yea right! It's very "easy" if you have 4 hands and the patience of Job, but I've decided to have a go anyway. It'll likely end up on the cupboard with all the others until I decide to use the wool for chair blankets for my cats or eventually taking it all to the charity shop!?

I share your frustration, great description. XX

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Hope you didn't buy a pattern... there are hundreds of freebies on-line...ah yes...the 'easy and for complete beginners' I've been had by that description too many times...still fall for it though! Don't you dare give your wool to the charity shop...give it to me!

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Nikkers in reply to Hidden

I actually seem to be conquering this pattern at the moment, so quite pleased with that. One of these days, I may decide to take a trip over your way ( never been there), and if I do, I shall certainly pop in for a cuppa - and I'll bring the wool with me! Lol. XX

I had just finished knitting myself yet another cardigan that I didn't really need - this one is at least a better fit than the other two - and I was desperate for something else to knit. Decided on a baby cardigan, although no babies to knit for, maybe I'll give it to the charity shop if it's passable. BUT having read the pattern, bought on line, I find I need to pick up 213 stitches around the front border for a first size cardigan! May need a circular needle, I've never used one and more expense! bit of a challenge, I'll keep you posted!

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Circular needles are not as scary as they look...honestly they aren't...you could knit hats for homeless people? Blankets for cats and dogs homes? Little bootees for Koala bears who have burned their feet in bush fires...honestly...I read about that on Facebook...I have a friend who works for the PDSA...they always need blankets for the dogs they care for...have a think about it.

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I think knitting has helped me retain a little sanity this past 18 months, I have knitted dozens of jumpers, blankets, hats, mittens etc for Syrian refugee children in Turkey. I have enjoyed it and they are desperate for clothing and warmth.

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that's interesting, what charity did you send to? I have looked on line but never reached a decision.

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'Lily' love in the language of yarn. An expat in Turkey started the charity in memory of her granddaughter Lily. Are you on FB? Dianne acknowledges every parcel received and posts a picture of the contents on her FB page. This inspires more donations but is also reassuring that our parcels have arrived. Some photos are also posted of the camps and children receiving the knitted items. Dianne is a lady with huge energy, she started by knitting a few blankets! She has now sent thousands and started a bakery and gives food parcels!

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Lyd12 in reply to Hidden

I have tried to share Lily on my FBI page with no luck. Maybe doesn't work with an IPad? Looks interesting and will definitely do something when I've finished present project. Lovely interesting link and I hope I can share it. thanks Xris, Iris

Lyd12
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PS I'm not really connected to the FBI !

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Iris,if you Google Lily you will find Dianne's web site. I spotted your post about knitting for prem babies and there is sadly a need for tiny garments also. So many babies are being born early in Syria

and with poor nutrition mothers are struggling to feed them. Dianne is also sending baby milk to the camps.

Lyd12
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Yes, thanks, I did find her page but wanted to share it. I noticed the mention of prem. clothes and will definitely do something there. Can't imagine the heartbreak in that country.

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Don't want to swamp you with ideas but the elderly are often forgotten because children are perhaps 'more appealing'...refugees coming out of the mountains of Tibet...escaping the Chinese...often have their elderly relatives with them who frequently lose fingers and toes to frostbite on the long journey...I know mittens and simple socks are much needed in the refugee camps...it's just another idea

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Vashti so sad that there are so many deserving causes. We are so lucky. Do you have a contact for sending socks? I went through a phase of knitting socks after I had supplied myself, most of our children and 10 grandchildren I ran out of feet needing them! :) Xris

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I've just tried to find a link to the charity I'd heard about in Nepal and can't...the conditions in the camps sound appalling but I suppose the same is true of any refugee camp...but the Syrians would need socks...especially in the winter. I wonder how many of the men are 'left out' because no-one thinks of them...

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Ah...shame!

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thanks Vashti, I have thought about it. what appealed was garments for premature babies, having lost one myself many years ago. then I. Tell myself they are probably inundated with stuff. Liked the photo of your lane, just as I imagined it. wish we had some blackberries nearby, we used to have loads in our old garden.

Hahaha, Vashti, I call these pyjama days. I have a morning like this every week when I change my clothes, wash the dirty ones, press the new ones and ... the postman comes at the door and laughs at me with my gown on and only socks on. I decided that I would put the trousers I should press before the postman comes to the door! But I do have to press them trousers at one point... quick look to see if postman comes, quick press of the trousers. Dash, he rang the bell. Oh it's a lady who comes to deliver a parcel. I wrap myself tightly up and go to the door to sign my name in front of the smiling lady. I bet when I close the door that she has a roar! Saturdays! :-)

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Oooo...you want to be careful so you do, answering the door to ladies while dressed in your gown...you'll be gaining a reputation...lol

helingmic
helingmic in reply to Hidden

:-) <=====< < Me in my dreswsing gown and 2 feet sticking out!

Giggling :-D

Oh yes you did

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I once started knitting a jumper - well I got the back done and then read the pattern. I couldn't make head nor tail of it so gave up. It all looked very complicated, a bit like a foreign language! I very rarely iron anything either :d x

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Years a ago I made the front of a large jumper in mock cable and had reached the top. Unfortunately one of my small children decided to unravel it. My mother-in-law made a cardigan for my son with it.

I have been sitting around in my cotton nightie all day. I am going out at some point so decided to get dressed then. Guess what there was a knock at the door. Luckily it was someone to see my husband.

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