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(Mirror.co.uk)   78-year old great grandmother spent 8 hours a day and used 25 miles of wool to make 28 Christmas sweaters for her 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and her dog (with pic of family & dog wearing sweaters)   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 53
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2013-12-25 05:42:53 PM
must be a weasley.
 
2013-12-25 05:53:14 PM
Talented Doreen, 78, spent up to eight hours a day making the red festive-themed sweaters - ouf of 25 MILES of wool.

This gives me almost no information as to how much work it was. 15 minutes one day would qualify, a full time job for a decade would be covered too.
 
2013-12-25 06:33:17 PM
Retired shopworker Doreen took up knitting when her husband Roy died 14 years ago.

"I used patterns at first, because I've only been knitting for 18 months"...


4 children + 9 grandchildren + 10 great grandchildren + 1 dog ≠ 28.

There's something sinister going on here.
 
2013-12-25 06:51:23 PM
Grandma needs to take up weed or something, she really has too much time on her hands.

/for her glaucoma of course
 
2013-12-25 06:55:20 PM

bearded clamorer: Retired shopworker Doreen took up knitting when her husband Roy died 14 years ago.

"I used patterns at first, because I've only been knitting for 18 months"...

4 children + 9 grandchildren + 10 great grandchildren + 1 dog ≠ 28.

There's something sinister going on here.


either that or the dog got to play fashion model... which is sinister enough as it is.
 
2013-12-25 07:18:06 PM
I was told there would be no math.
 
2013-12-25 07:35:34 PM

Piizzadude: Grandma needs to take up weed or something, she really has too much time on her hands.


I know, her husband must have died of trabajo del mano disease.
 
2013-12-25 07:41:04 PM
That dog will eat your soul.
 
2013-12-25 07:42:49 PM
The moral of the story is be grateful if you have a granny who doesn't give a fark.
 
2013-12-25 07:43:02 PM
she took up knitting when her husband died 14 years ago. and since then has only manged to do it for 18 months. 12 of which were last year?

another quality piece of journalism from our friends across the pond. by the by there seemed to be some confusion on who got what, snowman or reindeer too.
 
2013-12-25 07:52:05 PM
Wtf is a jumper?
 
2013-12-25 07:54:31 PM

bearded clamorer: Retired shopworker Doreen took up knitting when her husband Roy died 14 years ago.

"I used patterns at first, because I've only been knitting for 18 months"...

4 children + 9 grandchildren + 10 great grandchildren + 1 dog ≠ 28.

There's something sinister going on here.


Yeah as I was reading I couldn't get past the 18 months and 14 year thing. Did she knit for 6 months after her husband died and then pick it back up 12 months ago?
 
2013-12-25 07:54:56 PM

nickdaisy: Wtf is a jumper?


British for sweater.
 
2013-12-25 07:56:37 PM

cynicalminion: must be a weasley.


You mean a Wesley

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2013-12-25 07:57:09 PM

Piizzadude: Grandma needs to take up weed or something, she really has too much time on her hands.

/for her glaucoma of course


Yes, let's tell a grandma, who is bothering no one and showing love to her family, to drop the sweater making and take up an illegal activity. What could go wrong?
 
2013-12-25 07:58:37 PM
huixingmachine.win.mofcom.gov.cn

About 2 hours work for the chinese...
 
2013-12-25 07:59:10 PM
Vaginal wool?
 
2013-12-25 07:59:49 PM

skinink: Piizzadude: Grandma needs to take up weed or something, she really has too much time on her hands.

/for her glaucoma of course

Yes, let's tell a grandma, who is bothering no one and showing love to her family, to drop the sweater making and take up an illegal activity. What could go wrong?


You live in a state where marijuana is decriminalized and it's legal for medical use. And you still posted what you did.
 
2013-12-25 08:00:06 PM

bearded clamorer: Retired shopworker Doreen took up knitting when her husband Roy died 14 years ago.

"I used patterns at first, because I've only been knitting for 18 months"...

4 children + 9 grandchildren + 10 great grandchildren + 1 dog ≠ 28.

There's something sinister going on here.


I'm guess that she made more than one for her favorites (ie the dog is the only one who got more)
 
2013-12-25 08:02:21 PM

skinink: Piizzadude: Grandma needs to take up weed or something, she really has too much time on her hands.

/for her glaucoma of course

Yes, let's tell a grandma, who is bothering no one and showing love to her family, to drop the sweater making and take up an illegal activity. What could go wrong?


It is for her glaucoma, why do you hate old people?
 
2013-12-25 08:02:40 PM
That is amazing. I hope that everyone enjoys the work and effort that went into making the sweaters. How many of you have the dedication to spend that much energy creating presents to give away?
 
2013-12-25 08:02:44 PM
Day Old Dutchie, FangQ for TNG cast in clown sweaters.  Weasley as in Ron Weasley & fam, natch, from 'Arry Potter books. Am resisting  saving that pic ---
 
2013-12-25 08:05:35 PM

blanchae: That is amazing. I hope that everyone enjoys the work and effort that went into making the sweaters. How many of you have the dedication to spend that much energy creating presents to give away?


THEY DAMN WELL BETTER ENJOY THEM. Or they're out of the will.
 
2013-12-25 08:06:27 PM
She should knit some sweaters for the ladies rugby team in the sidebar.
 
2013-12-25 08:06:37 PM
Itchy sweaters for everyone!
 
2013-12-25 08:09:47 PM

RoyBatty: Vaginal wool?


First thing I thought.
 
2013-12-25 08:15:25 PM
img.fark.net
 
2013-12-25 08:16:27 PM

wildcardjack: [huixingmachine.win.mofcom.gov.cn image 850x859]

About 2 hours minutes work for the Chinese  kids...


FTFY
 
2013-12-25 08:21:28 PM
Do not care what anyone else says. This is cool. Much better than the granny square poncho..
 
2013-12-25 08:25:16 PM
I am familiar with this type of gifting. As her eyesight worsens, she will start using more and more bizarre colors and combinations.
 
2013-12-25 08:27:54 PM
i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-25 08:28:42 PM

laulaja: Day Old Dutchie, FangQ for TNG cast in clown sweaters.  Weasley as in Ron Weasley & fam, natch, from 'Arry Potter books. Am resisting  saving that pic ---


yep yep... was always entertained by the "mum sweaters"
 
2013-12-25 08:43:10 PM

bearded clamorer: Retired shopworker Doreen took up knitting when her husband Roy died 14 years ago.

"I used patterns at first, because I've only been knitting for 18 months"...

4 children + 9 grandchildren + 10 great grandchildren + 1 dog ≠ 28.

There's something sinister going on here.


My guess is the other 4 are for the spouses still married
 
2013-12-25 08:59:47 PM
If granny is so spry and crafty, why doesn't she knit some bootstraps and get a job instead of mooching off the government?
 
2013-12-25 09:01:36 PM
My grandma used to knit us sweaters, before she got too old and arthritic to knit. Thankfully, she didn't make any of those ugly holiday sweaters, so we could wear them any time of year. And in the back collar of every one she'd sew one of these:

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I still have one of them, a very beautiful, intricately-knit white sweater that doesn't fit me anymore. But I keep it for semimental reasons. Er ... I mean sentimental reasons.
 
2013-12-25 09:04:42 PM
One of kids is a black pinhead.
 
2013-12-25 09:04:47 PM

bearded clamorer: Retired shopworker Doreen took up knitting when her husband Roy died 14 years ago.

"I used patterns at first, because I've only been knitting for 18 months"...

4 children + 9 grandchildren + 10 great grandchildren + 1 dog ≠ 28.

There's something sinister going on here.


She's four short. I'd imagine they forgot to mention her children's spouses.
 
2013-12-25 09:06:56 PM

gopher321: [i42.tinypic.com image 850x637]


When "a buddy of mine" was in England, he saw some packages left in the front of a store front.  The store was something called "OXFAM".  He called 999, to report it as a bomb (this was during the troubles).

/everyone had an LOL
 
2013-12-25 10:19:30 PM
Is PETA gonna protest granny for exploiting sheep to make those sweaters?
 
2013-12-25 10:35:58 PM

blanchae: That is amazing. I hope that everyone enjoys the work and effort that went into making the sweaters. How many of you have the dedication to spend that much energy creating presents to give away?


Sew what.
 
2013-12-25 10:55:01 PM
What does the dog say?

KILL ME!
 
2013-12-25 10:59:15 PM

uncleacid: That dog will eat your soul.


He told grandma to knit the sweaters. He's running the show.
 
2013-12-25 11:00:55 PM
I think this is wonderful and I hope her family appreciate the hard work. I just finished (2 days ago) crocheting about 20 hats and 10 scarves for Christmas gifts, so I'm getting a kick and whatnot.
 
2013-12-25 11:06:51 PM
My wife's grandmother had a long tradition of crocheting items as gifts for members of the family, as recipients of this largess, we have to show for it one baby knitted onesie (that is actually the best thing she ever gave my wife or us) that never fit our son, one kleenex box cover, and one toilet paper roll cover.
Keep in mind this is only what I know of, and her crocheted gifts pre-date me, but she apparently played favorites with the grandkids, and my wife wasn't on the favorite list. I have no idea how many kleenex box covers my wife received prior to our meeting, only that I now own one that must never be thrown away because granny made it and now she has passed on.
According to my wife, she was spiteful in her selection of favored grandkids and let them know who was the top of the pecking order as a routine matter; I can only assume that the favorites now have closets full of sweaters that can never be worn nor thrown away, so maybe we're the real winners with our loathsome tissue box cover and baby outfit too small for a real baby.
 
2013-12-25 11:18:09 PM
Or you could do like Becky Stern and hack an old Brother KH-930E knitting machine with a modified FTDI cable and a floppy-drive emulator written in Python to do the job a bit faster.
img.fark.net
 
2013-12-25 11:21:03 PM
So they're a close-knit family, right?
 
2013-12-25 11:25:16 PM
so, my great-grandmother was amazing, and taught my dad really well too, and he still puts out really well done stuff (as a kid, i got a 2.5' long hat complete with tassel after falling in love with the animated hobbit movie, and two years ago he somehow combined two patterns he found to create a scarf with a hood attached to it.  both are still in my closet.) mostly afghans and prayer-shawls, in actually pleasant colors. :)

anyhoo... funny part of this is that one year when i was younger, she also started teaching me.  we never got past how to make the initial "chain" (which i've since forgotten how to do), but nonetheless somehow i came up with the BRILLIANT idea to practice that night before i went to bed.  so, on tv that i was watching until i got tired, was dr. zhivago.  so i happily chained away until the movie was over and i went to bed.  needless to say, my folks have a yarn garland they put on the tree occasionally...

/not so csb, but it's the holidays and memories happen.
 
2013-12-26 02:55:08 AM
My grandmother knitted sweaters. Sweaters for relatives, sweaters for friends, for friends of relatives, relatives of friends, etc. She had 8 kids, all of whom had kids of their own eventually, and we calculated she'd made more than a hundred of them when she died at th age of 89.
She used this pattern that was full of holes and extremely stretchy, so my sweater that I got as when I was ten has grown with me and still fits now at 32. The pattern makes it not windproof at all, but if you wear anything on top of it it traps lots of air and becomes amazingly warm.
 
2013-12-26 05:39:25 AM

nickdaisy: Wtf is a jumper?


British word for sweater...one of those fun british words, like lorry,trolly, lift, that word they use for cigarettes etc
 
2013-12-26 07:21:53 AM
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