Monday, May 18, 2020

On the Right Foot

I've always got various stitching projects on the go--I like to have something to work on while I listen to audiobooks and podcasts and I like to listen to stuff while I work on stuff. Listening and making go together. Socks have been among the projects I've been working on since we went into lockdown and the other day, I finished the third pair I've made recently.

I like to use double-pointed needles and make them one at a time. I've tried two at a time on two circulars and didn't care for it. Magic loop looks extremely annoying. So I stick with what makes me happy. When I used to teach in a yarn shop, I used to show students how I do things, how stitches are formed, and how they look. Then I told them that as they get more comfortable, they will inevitably find different ways to do things that are more comfortable for them and they should go with that. The important thing is to be pleased with the results, not how we get there. It made me so sad to hear stories about how these women, all of whom were older than me, had been driven away from stitching because the older women who taught them would be pretty tyrannical about everything. They got yelled at and told that there is one way to do things and that way was whatever way grandma, auntie, or mom said. They were told to rip out their work and do it over and over and over until it was acceptable to the seasoned stitcher. How horrible! No wonder they left stitching alone as soon as they could. I think I would, too, if I had that sort of experience. I am completely self-taught and I have come to be really grateful for that. I was free to do what worked for me and just love the process and that's what I tried to impart to my students. When I saw their joy and pride in the things they made, I was thrilled.

We've entered phase 1 of the re-opening process today. Not much has changed overall and nothing has changed for us. A few more sorts of shops are open (garden centres and hardware stores) and golf courses can open, but these are not places we go to anyway. We're still supposed to stay within 5 km of home, except for what is on the list of essential journeys. Now we wait to see how things unfold. If things don't get worse, we will enter phase 2 in three weeks.

I hope you're safe and well.


Lowcarb team member said...

The socks look great.

My dear Mum was an avid knitter and although she tried to teach me, I just didn't enjoy it. My Aunt loved to crochet and again she tried to teach me, but my heart just wasn't in it. I didn't enjoy sewing either and still to this day if a shirt needs a button sewn on it can wait a few days while I get up the enthusiasm …
Cooking was another matter! My mum and my Gran were great bakers, there was nearly always something being baked … this I didn't mind :)

I read that Ireland has entered phase 1 of the re-opening process, I hope it goes well.
These are still worrying times.

Have a good week.

All the best Jan

Vicki said...

I love the colors and that from the food up is a solid color! Makes me wish I'd have had my mom teach me all the crafty stuff she did!

Shari Burke said...

Thanks, Jan. I always joke that I got my 'love of yarn' gene from my paternal grandmother and my 'make it up as I go along' gene from my maternal grandmother (Nana). The latter applies to cooking, making, and life in general. Nana was a fabulous and very practical seamstress. I never did get along with sewing machines, although I tried. :-)

Shari Burke said...

Thanks, Vicki. I had a couple of reasons for the yarn choice on the cuffs. The cables wouldn't show up with the striped yarn and the self-striping sock yarn I used for the foot has nylon in it for strength. That's important so they don't wear out right away, but it doesn't matter for the cuffs, so by using scraps of superwash wool for the cuffs, I can make my sock yarn go farther. I have enough left in the skein for another pair of socks. Yay! :-) Maybe I'll make a matching pair for Bill ;-)

JFM/Jan said...

Shari, you are so talented!
These socks are so wonderful!
I believe in being "self taught"!
I taught myself to paint and like you "I did it my way!"

Stay Safe and Be Careful of others ☕

Shari Burke said...

Thanks, Jan. Yes, being self-taught is great and your wonderful paintings are a fine example of that. I love your art, so doing it your way is a very successful path to follow! :-)

We do keep our distance :-)