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an ordinary life

I am approaching the second toe of a long overdue pair of birthday socks.  I have been distracted by freewheeling machine embroidery, encouraging remarks (thank you everyone) and the market economy.

With all of this in mind, last week, when Fred showed me the most recent hole in his Isle of Wight socks (year 6 school trip) I casually suggested that because of time constraints we may have to purchase some socks from a Shop. You know the sort that are readily available in packs of 3, 5 or 7 striped or plain, cotton blend… Ordinary.

We did it, together we chose a pack of 5 stripy, cotton blend socks. Success I thought. But the socks have been rejected, they are too thin, too tight or too something.  The Something cannot be clearly defined but it is not a good something, ‘they are just not normal’

So a deal has been done; in return for a good boxed set, a bottle of Rioja and a clear floor….

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I will get out the hereditary darning mushroom and more sock yarn will be chosen.

 

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waiting room socks

It was during a long spell of waiting room time that I learnt to knit socks.

I hadn’t picked up knitting needles for years but hand knitted socks were being talked about a lot so I decided to give them a whirl. It is an addiction, everything you read is true; they are the most portable form of knitting taking up no space in a bag, they are not difficult, knitting in the round is the most comforting thing and they are true luxury to wear on your feet.

Not to mention the wonderful variety of sock yarn to choose from.

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Today after almost a year we were back in the same waiting room and I completed a few rounds of the current sock. But, hopefully, this was a one off visit.  As well as learning to knit socks we have learnt a lot about wellbeing. Sock production may be slower but health and happiness are returning.

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half term

It has been a busy week with blue skies, coursework deadlines, days out, tea and cake and kittens.

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Two days drawing and photographing with students at SOURCE run by the education dept at The Fitzwilliam Museum.

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This is a superb resource available to all GCSE and A Level students (and enthusiastic younger siblings) who are preparing for exams.

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Museum staff and visiting artists  on hand with a supply of art materials to discuss ideas, offer advice and show how to

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copy work in the style of Gerhard Richter…

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A visit to Textiles In Focus at Cottenham Village College where I found more Crazy Zauberball at the Twist Yarns stand. Socks for birthday nephew in the pipeline.

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And a laptop sleeve with an elephant  for a daughter – maybe even including some gold thread.

Oh yes, and kittens. Otis and Perry, after 24 hours, are very much at home.

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badgers family knitting Noro socks

keeping up

The first socks of 2014 are off the needles.

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I love working with Noro yarn, the colours are wonderful and the finished article a joy to wear.sock

sock2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These are knitted in Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn, colour 8

and there is some discussion regarding ownership…

Keeping up with sock requirements for folk around here isn’t easy for a slow knitter like me but a second pair have been started in colour 369.

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Meanwhile there are now Badgers on cushions and I hope to update my Etsy shop on Sunday.