Monday, December 29, 2008

And then there is William!

What can I say about William!!

I wonder did you know that William was the start of it all!! If it hadn't been for him non of this would have happened.

Let me explain...
There I was in November 2007 taking part in a Secret Santa exchange (Gina's tatting Goddess) wondering what I could send that was typical of tacky plastic souvenirs which are around in plenty....leprechauns galore there are....... when suddenly I remembered......way way back in 1985....Cork was celebrating the 800th Anniversary of its charter in 1185.

One of the events for Cork800 was an International Girl Guide Camp held in the grounds of Blarney Castle famous for the kissing of the Blarney stone. I went as a leader.

It was a fabulous camp, girls came from all over the world and we all swopped badges, I still have mine and particular remember one from Mobile, Alabama...and now we have Oisin living in Alabama!

Ok I will get to the point of all this....there were lots of Irish crafts to do.. I remember we made a wall hanging of Blarney Castle ....and, and a felt leprechaun.

Now where was he, Oh I remember ...and yes, there he was looking not the most attractive leprechaun I have ever seen...but he had potential and I had the pattern.

Well I couldn't just make one leprechaun...I had to have one for a start!! and soon..well not all that soon there were 6 I think.....and off they went...they didn't even have names....the Secret Santa one one went to Carol L in Pennsylvania and she christened him William, one went to New York to Sherry T. she asked for a name and he became Fergus Og, two went on their way to Mississippi and England and have been VERY quiet and not checked in. Fergal stayed with me and the last little fella went to New Mexico to Bev D in a company of angels....aided and abetted by Sue H. By this time they were demanding names before they left and his was Donnacha..which has been now shortened to Dom.

William checked in as soon as he landed...well he did have to wait until Christmas day to be opened...and he was quite for a bit untill he settled into his surroundings and after that there has been no stopping him....
you know how in most big families there is always one who takes on the task of keeping in touch with all the others ....well that's William.

His mum carol can narrate how William settled in...

I am one of the lucky ones to have received a Leprechaun from Pamela in Ireland. She sent him to me when we had our Secret Santa Exchange. Well, I was reading Pamela's Tats A Kool Challenge Blog, and she wanted all her Leprechaun's to check in. I am happy to report that William is having a grand time in Apollo, Pennsylvania. Let me tell you a little bit about William.

I have named my Leprechaun ,William , and he is my lucky charm. He sits by my computer and watches me while I visit tatting sites. Sometimes he sits and watches me tat too! He is a funny little fellow whom I feel so privileged to have.

I was tatting the other day and had to get up to answer the phone and when I came back, William had started tatting on my motif. He reminded me of the Fairy Tale by the Grimm Brothers "The Elves and the Shoemaker". Maybe William will have the motif done tonight.

Then two days ago, I couldn't find William. I wondered where he had gone off to. I searched high and low for him. Then I heard squeals of delight and you'll never guess where I found him. Did you ever see a ball pit at an amusement park? Well, I found William have a grand time with my thread. He dived right in just like a ball pit, only this was a pit full of thread. I had a heck of a time untangling him from the thread.

Yesterday I found him studying a pattern out of Mark Myers Book "Tatted Gathering of Angels". Maybe that is what he is going to tat for me tonight while I'm in bed.

It wasn't untill the following May that he realised that he wasn't alone in the world...when he suddenly saw a lot of leprechauns who looked exactly (well almost) like him right there in front of him on his mum's computer screen.

William was gobsmacked!! and wanted to know who they were and where they lived. Well you would have done too!!

Watch this blog for further adventures of William when he found out that a new lot of leprechauns had gone off this Christmas to further colonise the world.

This was the reaction of my little fella who had picked the name Fionn for himself (bad choice he was later to find out when baby Fionn arrived!!).

When he saw William on my screen he nearly went ballistic!!

He sure did want to know what was in that cuz Mark! and why didn't we have it, we are getting it, we are!

Hi! from Fergal to all his siblings who are going to have lots of adventures and write lots and lots.


  1. This a great post Tatskool! Oisin says hello to Fergal. Pictures to follow.

  2. I do love reading about all the adventures of the Leprechauns. I know Carol L. from Pennsylvania and she lives right down the road. Her blog is so much fun to read.