The Christmas Jumper – a rogue one

23/12/2016 · 0 comments

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christmas-jumper-four-yearsThe Annual Jumper

I have no idea, no idea I tell you why I take exception to shop bought Christmas Jumpers. A couple of years ago the quality of the knit/yarn was so bad that I could not face parting with pennies to buy one. It was four years ago that we started making our own make-do jumpers. You can follow the story of our designs here 2013, 2014, and finally 2015. You can see that penguins loom large in our lives. Last year was a particular triumph as it had a front and a back. We were very tickled with that idea.

Little B has tended to be very much involved in the commissioning process. This year the sketch did not appear but the request was that we put a Christmas Pudding on the front of a sweatshirt to match his crochet beanie hat.

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I had no idea how I was going to get this little project completed before the school Christmas Jumper Day. This year, more than ever I feel like I have run out of time. But a good friend of mine, Gemma, came to the rescue. She was selling beautiful felt potholders at our local Christmas Market. ‘Ah-ha!’, I thought ‘Time to cheat!’.

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So after a quick fifteen minutes on the sewing machine, this beautiful Christmas pudding adorned a festive pullover. It has survived many more outings over the weekend and might even last in a very delicate wash. But really next year I think I should either go the full hog and knit a bespoke design, or give into the commercial offering. The choice is so much more adorable and humourous then it was four years ago. I really don’t see this fun tradition going away any time soon.

Commissioning Kids

Both Gemma and I suffer from ‘commissioning-kids’, but as we both acknowledge we created that particular delight/monster. I think of my own mother who made me the most wonderful dresses and crepe paper bonnets for fancy dress competitions. To have that magic of imagining an idea then making it real is a priceless creative gift. If I can give the idea of the possible to my son and encourage him to pass it onto his children then there will always be delighted, amused giggles in our family.

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