Concentration

We are all concentrating very hard here on this first day of the Easter hols.


 Katie is threading and wrapping. She's making beads and bracelets.


George is painting a model. It's some kind of armoured beast.


And I am knitting a sock. This is the second attempt. The first was going so well but then I got to the toe and the pattern said 'knit to first marker' and I swore because I had taken the first marker out rows back thinking I wouldn't need it again.


Never mind though because although the heel on this second attempt is lumpier than my first attempt the rest of my knitting is better. This is the first thing I have ever knitted after all and despite a very sore left index finger I am thoroughly enjoying my sock.


I am even planning the next pair.


Tom, by the way, is concentrating on sleeping. He went to a sleepover yesterday.

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  1. I also aspire to be able to knit socks one day. For now I am thrilled to have knitted a couple of beanie hats in a stretchy rib pattern. A step up from scarves, I feel, and a step in the right direction!

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  2. Am still breathless with admiration at your sock-creating skill! And drooling over the gorgeous yarn. And immensely cheered to see children engaged in 'old-fashioned' activities such as bead making and model painting. And feeling my age for having written that sentence! Lx

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  3. That is pretty impressive for a first knitting project.It was all potholders and scarves when I first cast on. What gorgeous wool in that last pic. It reminds me of rainbow sugar.

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  4. Kudos to all sock knitters ... socks take a certain kind of determination :)

    I remember intricately painted models like those, the place used to be littered with them! They're sharper than Lego underfoot if memory serves ;)

    P.S. A tip: never remove a stitch marker unless you are specifically told to in the pattern, they can also help if you need to frog back for some other reason and you never know when you might need them again.

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    1. I learnt the hard way Annie! Also I hadn't realised that the marker was supposed to be on the needle so that it could be moved up the knitting and not anchored around a stitch. I'm getting there!

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    2. I didn't realise that either! That will be a big help thank you.

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  5. That's fantastic! I like socks; the skills needed for those are so varied, that by the time you're done, you're quite an accomplished knitter. Job well done!

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  6. Once you get the sock knitting bug there is no going back. I invested in some Eucalan washing liquid to wash all my handknitted socks as it doesn't need to be rinsed out, I would recommend it if you're going to knit loads of pairs.We have a houseful of Warhammer and tiny soldiers as both my son and hubby "play" with them. Hubby is getting a purpose built war gaming room very soon so I might have more room for all my wool.

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  7. I don't think I've ever used stitch markers when knitting socks. Now I'm worried maybe I should be...! K x

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    1. Experts don't need stitch markers Kristina.

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  8. Wow, your house looks like mine used to: daughter making paper beads, son painting Warhammer models. Only in my house it's also husband painting Thirty Years War figures. He finds it relaxing. It would make me run screaming out of the house. And I still can't believe your courage in knitting socks for your first ever project. I've been knitting since the fall and I'm still on scarves.

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  9. Such an industrious family, it is lovely to see all the activity. Katie's beads look very good.

    Your sock is coming on a treat isn't it? Well done Sue.

    Happy Easter to you all.

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  10. Wow - your sock is so impressive. I'm still scared to have a go but I really really really want to try!

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  11. Wonderful! I am impressed with the way your family is buzzing away quietly. This makes me very nostalgic for when my kids were young and on holiday. and well done on the sock!!

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  12. I used to make beads like Katie's when I was a kid. In fact, I learned it from a book which came from the UK, and I've always wanted to find that book again because it was full of interesting crafts. Maybe this was a famous crafter, I don't know, but the book was probably from the early 1980's and the woman who wrote it was tall with dark hair in sort of a wedge-cut style. I wish I could remember what her name was.

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    1. It's not ringing any bells Jennifer but I remember making beads like that as a child.

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  13. It must be so cool watching a sock take shape on your needles like that..

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  14. Well done with the sock. I used to make them years ago but don't think I could cope with more than 2 needles these days. Yes, and I fondly remember the 'Warhammer' - I never thought my son would bother with anything so intricate as painting them, but he did. Also remember making beads with long thin triangles of wall paper lightly glued round a pencil (from the point of the triangle) - they were very satisfying.

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  15. Love the colours of the wool you are using for your socks and they look great too

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  16. Yes, I love the wool colour too - those socks are going to be lovely. I've had a really busy week, so I'm hoping - like Tom - to concentrate on sleeping quite a bit this weekend! (unlikely to happen!) Happy Easter x

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  17. Keep on concentrating Sue! The sock looks great, love the colours and stripes. You will soon have them on your feet! Happy Easter x

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  18. All the concentration round your home (including the sleeping) is a fine way to begin a holiday time. I loved making things as a child, and it's grand to see that your children do not spend all their time with electronic devices.

    Your socks are splendid, and both of your yarn choices are perfect for keeping the sock knitting interesting. When I am knitting "sock 1" I keep a little chart of how many rows are involved in each straightaway part or decreasing or increasing part. That way I can make pretty sure that "sock 2" better resembles its mate. As someone else comments, keeping this little chart also helps me fix things if unraveling is needed.

    Bravo! xo

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  19. Wow! Socks as the first thing you have ever knitted, I am so impressed! I have a few balls of yarn to knit socks with but I've been afraid to start and I am not a first time knitter. You have inspired me to try, I will have a go at socks over this holiday.

    Well done the sock look fab!

    Katie

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  20. Lovely! It's coming along beautifully.

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    1. It's done! I have one complete sock now.

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  21. I really enjoy knitting socks, the rows are so nice and short. I don't use stitch markers, though, because I find I can keep track of where I am by using the cast on tail as the mark for the start of a round

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  22. Such a creative day. We are all sitting around staring at electronic screens...

    I love knitting socks, they are so satisfying. You are doing a brilliant job.

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  23. I am hugely impressed with your sock. I've tried once or twice but no luck yet. There's a huge amount of making and doing in this house too. Unfortunately not fluffy bunnies or chickies, more in the way of model skateparks which involve vast amounts of cardboard and sellotape and take up half the living room...

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  24. I think that sock looks pretty impressive, and the ball of rainbow yarn is glorious. What joyful socks you will make with that yarn, socks to make you smile every time your wear them.

    Gillian x

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  25. I am very impressed at the sock-like appearance of your sock. I have used markers this year for the first time (in crochet) to make stuff, and bugger me I lost my temper A Lot then. They slip out as you are wrestling your work around tight bends and I could NOT for the life of me work out where one row started and the previous one was supposed to end.

    I have switched to saftety pins. For safety. And a reduction in expletives.

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  26. Has no-one hit one another on the head yet? Or had a tantrum on the stairs? It's not crafting, if so.

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  27. Your sock looks just like a sock! I am thoroughly impressed. My one-time attempt at sock knitting was much more... disastrous. Epically so, I'm afraid.
    Happy Easter!

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  28. I love easter, I especially love breaking my lenteb fast, simnel cake usually does the trick.

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  29. I'm glad you're having a nice, family-oriented Easter. And I hope you enjoy wearing those socks.
    Interesting how just like the birds nesting, we all feel industrious come this time of year. There seem to be plenty of craft projects on the go.
    Sarah.

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