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It is one year and three months since I first learnt to knit a sock and since then I have knitted 9 pairs –  6 as gifts, 3 for me.

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I thought I’d quickly show you my Christmas knits – Auntie’s purple socks above, HB’s (self-chosen yarn – cute) below and underneath that my SIL’s pair.

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I think it’s safe to say that I’ve pretty much mastered the plain sock and I declare 2015 the year to try a sock with a knitted pattern to it (as opposed to a self striping patterned yarn) or maybe both!

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It’s nice to make a record here of the 9 achieved so far and make myself accountable for stepping up a gear (excuse the pun!)

 

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Digging through my holiday photos, I found this one of the socks I knitted whilst in Italy. I couldn’t do the last row and cast off without the internet to watch The Knit Witch demonstrate Kitchener Stitch, so that had to wait till we got home.

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I thought it time to get a model and photograph them in their finished state and someone else decided she wanted to be in on it too.

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Lottie usually hates the camera – this is the longest she’s stayed in a shot – typical when that’s not the intention!

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So back to the socks –  the yarn is Gloria Cannan and was nice to knit up although I’m not a fan of a 100% acrylic finish.

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So back to Lottie because she’s far cuter than the socks anyway 🙂

Is it too late to show up and say ‘Happy New Year’? Hope not.

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Hope you have all enjoyed whatever holidays came your way. I have benefitted from unplugging for a few weeks. I had really good family times over Christmas and the rest and perspective that brings was beneficial. I have some new Anthropologie china and clothes, a guinea-pig onesie (oh yes!) a wonderful pile of new books to read, have watched series 3 of Borgen from start to finish, nursed not one, but two separate colds so I figure that’s my lot till at least May and I am officially obsessed with knitting socks.

This pair Lucy asked for a few weeks before Santa was due but luckily he likes a challenge.

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This pair was a gift of yarn to me knitted up over the Christmas holidays. I love them – this is the nicest yarn I’ve knitted socks with so far – Opal Sockenwolle – I love that word – it’s a German brand.

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I left 2013 down in the dumps and on a very low economic ebb but I am choosing to bounce into 2014 and have coined it my YOLO year – I’m going to shake a stick at you 2014.

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A Rifle Paper Co calendar – to remind me everyday what’s possible by starting with a paint brush.

Thank you to those who support me in life and here in blogland – please don’t ever under estimate the power of your leaving a comment here – I am always heartened when you say something because it’s lonely otherwise! And hi to the new readers who found me over the holidays.

I have lots of home made gifts to share with you this week now that the recipients have them and secrets no longer need to be kept.

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And I wish you health and happiness and leave you with this from Sarah Ban Breathnach:

“…time is New Year’s bountiful blessing: 365 bright mornings and starlit evenings; 52 promising weeks; 12 transformative months full of beautiful possibilities; 4 splendid seasons. A simply abundant year to be savoured.”

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