Protective Eye-Wear Required

This week I visited Cardiff to see my sister Carol and her lovely hubby Steve. I discovered Carol’s dark secret – a crime against knitting!

Carol’s interest in knitting has been rekindled since I made her a gift of a kit to make some Regia self patterning socks.

Carol completed them with a tiny amount of help from me and our Mum when visiting.

Rather good I think!

Before the socks she had made a very cute little bear…

Carol was really taken with the sock yarn so when we visited Get Knitted in Bristol, where Carol bought some yarn to make a cushion cover.

This too, turned out beautifully 😀

All good so far – what has the poor woman done to offend my knitterly sensibilities?

I found out from a source close to Carol (who’s name will not be mentioned for fear of reprisals) that she had another, unfinished knitting project lurking in a dark corner, shamefully hidden from me!

I made the near fatal mistake of asking about “The Charity Jumper”….

…out came a carrier bag of knitted pieces that needed to be sewn up….

……There was a reason it was kept in a dark corner….

HOW BRIGHT???!!!! 😎

There it was in all it’s toxic, neon glory.
“Where did you manage to buy neon acrylic?”, I gasped – Convinced it has been outlawed for the last 10 years under the Geneva convention…

“Oh, I’m not sure.” said Carol “It’s quite an old pattern for an appeal for African children by Anne Diamond for Good Morning Britain”

That show went off the air in 1992 – I was holding 15 year old, antique neon acrylic!

As I felt my retinas beginning to burn, Carol went for the coup de grace, “All it needs is sewing up then the poor little children can wear it…”

I nearly pointed out that the “poor little children” would now be about 25 and have families of their own. I could feel Carol’s family silently imploring me to finish the glowing creature that had sat in the corner like a fifth member of the family for so many years…

“Shall I sew it up while I’m here?” I heard myself say. 😉

It was perfectly knitted but there were so many ends!

I felt I had become Cinderella – only it was my attractive, real sister and not an ugly step sister, who was working my fingers to the bone! I was sustained only by huge, frequent helpings of tea, coffee, biscuits, cake, chocolate, tea cakes, fruit and other snacks while I worked. It was pure Hell, I tell you 😀

Just when I’d finished sewing, taken off my eye protection and thought my enslavement was complete, we had this…

Carol said, “I’m sure it’ll fit you. It’ll look great with your tan! Lets take a picture…”

Here you are readers – proof of my big sister’s “cruelty” and neon acrylic crimes against knitting…

I could understand that Steve needed protection when inspecting the finished creation…

But it was getting serious when the little bear couldn’t take it!

9 Responses

  1. Uknitty
    Uknitty August 3, 2008 at 5:21 pm | | Reply

    I actually really like that colourway *blush*

  2. susan crowe
    susan crowe August 3, 2008 at 5:56 pm | | Reply


    For God’s sake! Don’t encourage her!! She’s already threatening me with a scarf!!!


  3. Aberdonian
    Aberdonian August 4, 2008 at 11:35 am | | Reply

    The colours do coordinate so it’s a plus. It does go nicely with your trousers. It’s a little short but with your figure you pull it off easily. 😉

  4. carol hutchence
    carol hutchence August 4, 2008 at 11:55 am | | Reply

    Hi Susan
    Great news ! I revisited the tiny post office/shop ( or crime scene as you prefer to call it) and would you believe they have even more vibrant colours in acrylic?
    I suppose I should keep it as a surprise for Christmas but I had to share my excitement with you. What size did you say you were again ?
    Knitting feverishly,

  5. Maureen
    Maureen August 4, 2008 at 1:02 pm | | Reply

    Believe me – neon is far from dead (unfortunately)! At a dance festival earlier this year I saw loads of wee girlies (in the 16-24 bracket) who believed that the epitome of fashion consisted of splitting pairs of neon legwarmers with their friends and wearing different coloured ones just to show that they were indeed part of the same group. These were also the girls who also seemed to be taking it in turns to be “supported” by their friends (always in groups of 3) around the venue – a day of support each…something to do with too much alcohol methinks…shock! horror! I’m sure the neon would go well with my Croc wellies in time for next years festival season…;-)

  6. Helen
    Helen August 5, 2008 at 10:14 pm | | Reply

    I am loving the neon stripes!! I do have rather a thing for all things pink though so that might have something to do with it.

    I’m new to your blog having been directed here from the Simply Knitting site and think it’s great, I’ve been amusing myself reading back over your past posts about Israel and your cats – excellent. I too have two cats and a wool stash (although nowhere near as large as yours – just 1 small box, so that means I can go out and buy more wool for future projects, great! Look forward to tuning in again.

  7. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth August 6, 2008 at 9:01 am | | Reply

    Hello Susan,

    Love the post with the neon jumper! Just to let you know we’ve written a brief review of your site on our blog.

    Best wishes,


  8. Cinders
    Cinders August 6, 2008 at 3:16 pm | | Reply

    Hi Susan, I rather like that jumper!!! I do like your humour and well done getting a mention in SK

  9. Arianwen
    Arianwen August 11, 2008 at 8:23 am | | Reply

    OMG that is loud! Suprised that you put it on. Did it make your legs turn a funny colour? please re read your comment lol!

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