Archive | June 2013

Dylan update


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My little grandson Dylan loves drawing. He sometimes uses his right hand and sometimes his left. I think he uses his left more than his right, but we’ll see, as time goes on, which he prefers.

When he was very little, I bought him a high chair, which converts into a low table and chair. It’s really useful and it wasn’t difficult to assemble either. I wonder why it is that furniture all comes in a flat-pack these days? Not everyone has carpentry skills, do they!

Dylan likes magic painting. We bought him this book and I was expecting the colours to come out just like the cover! Wrong, they were all wishy washy…

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However Dylan didn’t seem to notice. He had a great time painting the dinosaurs,

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and I had a great time watching him.

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He loved washing the brush in the water and making a little bit of a mess.

He has already been to visit his new cousin, baby Sam and gave him a present: a pack of ducks to play with in the bath.

Knitted socks


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I finished knitting these socks last week using a pattern from GlennaC. Click here for her website. You can find another of her patterns here. I made them because I had to because I wanted to know why everybody seems to love knitted socks so much. As we have just started our summer here in England, it may be some time before I wear them in earnest, but when the time comes, I will be ready!

I made these on four double pointed needles and mastered the technique in the end although I can tell you it is tricky and requires practise. Then I saw a video on Tina’s website showing how to knit socks using two sets of circular needles so next time I’m going to try that. Tina at her website was making some stripey socks and I admired the way the stripes seem to match up in each sock. Some clever sock wool designing there!

Here is the link to the video showing how to knit with two sets of circular needles.

So I’m getting into sock knitting. In America sock yarn is everywhere but I don’t see it very much over here in England. Perhaps I just haven’t noticed it. We have different yarns in varied plys and I’m so familiar with the English ones that when in America, I see everything with fresh eyes. You have the space in your shops to see everything displayed my American friends. Never take that for granted please! To me it is like shopping in Aladdin’s cave!

Here are my socks again. I’m pleased with them. Thank you to Glenna and Tina for the tips.

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