The 12th December is the day before my brotherâ€™s birthday but, as relevant as that is to the general public, Iâ€™d like to talk about something else that you can look forward to on the 12th; Save the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Jumper Day.
If you arenâ€™t wise to it yet, think â€˜Jeans for Genesâ€™ day that you used to have in primary school, only with Christmas Jumpers. If you donâ€™t know what Jeans for Genes is, you really ought to check yourself, because thereâ€™s a large chance that you will wreck yourself if you arenâ€™t careful.
Save the Children aim to get everyone in the country to wear a Christmas jumper on the 12th, raising money to save the lives of children (with the secondary encouragement of being creative).
The creativity of making a Christmas jumper is something Iâ€™d like to butt into briefly. Most people might think that the height of creativity in this field would be to knit oneâ€™s own jumper. I think theyâ€™re wrong. Knitting a jumper is a good use of time, but itâ€™s about as creative as my left foot (a bit of imagery that wouldnâ€™t work if I were Christy Brown). I propose that people get excited for the 12th of December by printing some Christmas jumpers; itâ€™s really a very simple system.
In order to screen print a jumper you will need:
- A plain jumper. (Buy one from â€˜Fruit of the Loomâ€™ on the Internet for Â£7. Sorted.)
- A silk screen. (Take four frame-like bits of wood and drill them together, funnily enough to make a frame. Then staple some silk mesh across one side. Silk mesh costs around Â£2 and the bits of wood around Â£5)
- A stencil. (Quite simply cut a Christmas-themed pun or message into a piece of paper or acetate.)
- Some water-based ink. (Does what it says on the tupperware container).
After that, do the obvious. Line everything up. Spread the ink over (use an old book if you havenâ€™t got a squeegee). Leave to dry and â€˜Homemade Christmas Jumperâ€™. If youâ€™re a student in need of a job, go ahead and turn it into a t-shirt business; thatâ€™s what I did.
Make sure to sign up to Save the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Jumper Day and donate!