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A Knitter's (and crocheter's) Christmas Eve

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Each year the holiday season seems to rush by and it is so easy to miss out on the joy of the season.  Laura shared this poem.  We don't now the author, but I know we all share some of the sentiment and I thought it might put a little smile on your face.  After all misery does love company !!

A Knitter's XMAS Eve...

          'Twas the night before XMAS 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 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 in my stash.

The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow

Reminded me how much I still had to go.

Out on my lawn I hear such a noise,

I thought it would wake both Dad and the boys.

And though I was tired, my brain a bit thick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

But what I heard then, left me perplex-ed

For not a name I heard was what I expected.

"Move, Ashford, Move Lopi, Move Addi and Clover

Move Reynolds, Move Starmore, Move Froilich, move over!

don't circle 'round, stand in the line

Come now, you sheep will work out just fine!

I know this is hard- 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 wooly 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 St. Nick I did meet.

He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe,

And his clothes were hand knit 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 espied a small label,

"S.C." 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 might really get through.

He put heels in the stocking 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!"