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Mar 26, 2011

The Story of Appreciation

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made
the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic
achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" the
youth answered "none".

The director asked, " Was it your father who paid for your school fees?" The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, " Where did your mother work?" The youth answered, "My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, " Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes
before?" The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, "I have a request. When you go back today, go and
clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His
mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as he did
that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother
shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his
graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked: " Can you tell me
what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, " I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished
cleaning all the remaining clothes'

The Director asked, " please tell me your feelings."

The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping
my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, " This is what I am looking for to be my manager.
I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of
others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?*

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

You would have forwarded many mails to many and many of them would have black mailed you too...but try and forward this story to as many as possible...this may change somebody's fate... :)

Shell Hat

This is a wool eater pattern. Hat is made using shell stitch done continuously which gives a rich look. This pattern was shared by Sandhya (Sandvicrochet). Thank you Sandhya.

Useful Crochet Links

'V' Stitch

This stitch is named for the way the stitches appear in a 'V'. It is most effective worked in "Half Double Crochet (hdc)" and "Double Crochet (dc)" or even longer stitch.

Start by working a chain in multiples of 3 stitches, plus an extra 2. So - if you want a row of 12 stitches total - you need to work 14 chains. 

  1. Turn, chain 1, half double crochet in 3rd chain from hook (not counting the loop already on the hook), chain 1, half double crochet into same chain as first hdc, *skip 2 chains, (hdc, ch1, hdc) into next chain*. Repeat from * to * ending with (hdc, ch1, hdc) into last stitch.
  2. Turn, chain 1, *(hdc, ch1, hdc) into chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * to end of row.
  3. Repeat row 2.

If you'd prefer to work the v stitch crochet pattern in double crochet stitch, just substitute each hdc for dc.

Then the pattern would look like this...

  1. Turn, chain 1, double crochet in 3rd chain from hook (not counting the loop already on the hook), chain 1, double crochet into same chain as first dc, *skip 2 chains, (dc, ch1, dc) into next chain*. Repeat from * to * ending with (dc, ch1, dc) into last stitch.
  2. Turn, chain 1, *(dc, ch1, dc) into chain 1 space*. Repeat from * to * to end of row.
  3. Repeat row 2.

Courtesy http://www.woolcrafting.com/v-stitch-crochet-pattern.html

Diagnol Box Stitch

Diagnol Box Stitch is also called 'Brick' or 'Crazy' Stitch. You can use two colours but only in alternate rows otherwise the pattern will end up in opposite colour.

This is a gorgeous, close-knit stitch. By working it on the diagonal you can measure the sides and determine when you've gotten it to the width you want, without having to bother with figuring out a multiple etc.The best place to start is at the beginning. We begin with a slip knot.

Row 1: Chain 6. Then double crochet in the 4th chain from hook, then dc in chains 5 and 6 (in future I will just say dc in 4, 5, and 6th chains and you will remember that it is the 4th chain from hook, right?). That's your first row. It's true. This IS your first row. :-) (Don't forget to click on the thumbnails to see a larger pic.)

Row 2: Now you're going to do your first INCREASE row (Well, you could say Row 1 was also an increase row since you had nothing to begin with). Chain 6, dc in chains 4, 5 and 6, flip row 1 up (Pull it towards the front in a flipping motion),

Insert hook under the chain-3 of the row 1 "box" (shell or whatever you want to call that grouping), slip stitch to join,


Chain 3, 3 dc under same chain-3 grouping. At this point you have TWO rows of your pattern completed

Row 3: Drop Color A (the one you're using) and join Color B (new color), Chain 6 using new color. If you were making a larger item using color changes every two rows, you would not have to cut Color A here although you certainly can cut if you want to. You would carry it up along the side. You can do that now for this sample. In future if you do cut, be sure you leave at least 4-6" for sewing in later. If you are changing colors less often than every two rows (like every four rows, for example), then you should not carry, but cut.

your completed two colour pattern will look like follows:-



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