First Cross done in awhile

silver cross crocheted Friday

this one is going to a fella whose dad passed on last Spring, but I never did get around to sending a card
the first Father’s Day is the hardest

it has been more than a year since I tried to work a cross, and this task reminded why I had to let it go before
my hands were feeling a bit cramped by the end, even though I took frequent rest time

the center square was pulled out to begin again 4 times
I had 3 arms done, but they did not look quite proper
so I looked again at the instructions and found the *blah-blah* repeat x 3 which I had missed first reading

this finale does have one error in it on the 4th aka long point because I cut and fastened off
when I should have turned and worked the first stitch of the picot edging
otherwise, the cross is fine, worthy of sentiments

then today after breakfast:
the classified ad said there would be a BIG SALE at the church up the street

so with a few coins in my pocket and $dollars in my wallet, I decided to go see what bargains I could find

I arrived just as a man in his mid-20s, same age as my sons, was painting a sign saying


which is great because I like doing some looking more than the paying

I found a neat little lap table with a cushion behind it, which I have been thinking about buying one for the time when the Concerts on the Quad happen.
It will be easy to carry along with my Yarn bag and folding chair, and I will use it with my peg loom.

onto my pile I added a couple children’s books which I will read myself then pass along to a kid, a pre-school wooden puzzle for the church nursery, a little carrying case where I will store small yarn balls
and a child’s t-shirt, with the idea that I will re-cycle it and sew a t-shirt tote bag as I read about in a tutorial at Frugal Living

I walk over to the table to pay.  It seems that the teenage members of the Youth Group and the Youth Minister (that fella who painted the sign) are in charge of the proceedings.

In the back of my mind is the tally for my goodies will be about $3.00, so paying half price will be easy with just the coins in my pocket.

However, each item price had to be carefully noted in a spiral notebook on different pages, 50% deducted by calculator, that price written beside the first, and also written on a bit of paper, then all the prices from that paper entered into the calculator before I was told that my final total was $1.77.  Which means that one of the 50¢ items did not remember the half price.

I opened my wallet after all, handed over 2 singles and mentioned she could keep the change.  Which seemed to cause a bit of confusion because the Youth Sponsor had to tell her to write the extra 33¢ on the very first page of the notebook under General Fund Donations.

I asked why it had taken so long to make a sale? (while in my head I’m thinking these poor youngsters have no idea how to do arithmetic problems)

He pulled me aside from the check-out table and explained that the kids are working for a trip out of state and each needs to earn a certain amount of money to be able to go, so they brought in the stuff for the sale and get credit for each item.
I nodded, and said I’m a parent, so I understand.

As I was leaving, I was thinking that puts way too much pressure on the kids who have stuff of little value to carry in and sell.
Where was the teamwork? the sense of everybody in the group gets to go?  What about the kid who only brought in a couple t-shirts he had outgrown, yet worked hard and carried all the trash out to the dumpster?

Well, it’s not the church I attend, and I did give a few cents over the requested amount which went into the General Fund.
I just hope the Youth Group has a time to live in memory.

~~love and Huggs, Diane

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5 Responses to First Cross done in awhile

  1. Pam says:

    Another very beautiful creation; if you hadn’t mentioned the picot edge at the bottom, I never would have given it a thought (looks just fine ‘as is’!). I’ve been to garage sales much like the one you attended; it’s a bit frustrating if you’re the buyer and sad for the participants who are struggling to try to figure out what we learned as a child…how to figure sales. Hopefully they all learned (and earned) something for their efforts. Remember to post the finished t-shirt carrier when you do it? Please? Thanks!

  2. Too Much To Say says:

    Your cross is beautiful. I wish that I had you talent and patience.
    The scenario that you described at the church sale reminds me that they don’t teach kids the basics that they used to in school. And it sounds as if that church could’ve used a lesson in sharing as well.
    Glad to read that both of you are up and doing things – though the mister is a tad slower still – he will improve over time.

  3. caroline says:

    love the cross!!! it just looks hard to do, but so worth while.

    I love sales!!! I really actually find anything really special…but i do like looking!

  4. momma says:

    The cross is lovely and so shows off this amazing talent you have. The sale seems to have been of great value also. Hope you and George are getting better every day.

  5. Darla says:

    I think the cross is beautiful and you should be proud that you can make something sooo beautiful.

    I also have one of the lap desks. I’ve had it for years and it does come in handy.