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« on: May 30, 2012 06:59:53 AM »

so my kid picked up a ball of yarn while we were by the clearance stuff in Hobbycraft and started studying it, rolling it between her fingers and eventually she turned to me (thinking I wasn't watching her) and said "this is sock weight isn't it? it'd make some cool socks. If I buy this with my money, can you make me some socks please?!" I was so taken aback that I agreed. so she spent 1.49 (US$3.10 approx) from her own saved pocket money.

And here they finally are, Sophie's new footbags. she wanted them kinda short for wearing in trainers with shorts. they probably wont fit her for long because she's 6. I made one to start with, but it ended up being too small on the heel and too short because I'd used an online pattern calculator instead of doing my own maths. so that was a couple of days wasted, but at least one of her toy elephants has a new sleeping bag.

she's very pleased!
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012 08:08:37 AM »

You have a wonderful daughter, and now she has some wonderful socks to show off her personality!

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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012 06:12:37 PM »

How could you say no to such a sweet request! I love the colors and shape - perfect for running around the house in.

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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2012 07:29:16 PM »

How neat that she knew what kind of weight yarn it was.  And to ask so kindly.  What a sweet kid.  And what a sweet mom to make the socks.  I love the yarn and they look so comfy.  Are making socks hard?  Ive always wanted to make a pair, but they just intimidate me.

Want to learn to crochet or knit?  I have a ton of extra crochet hooks & circular knitting needles.  Will throw in some pattern books and yarn for anyone interested in a swap.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012 02:10:21 AM »

Yeah, my kid is awesome lol. she's very interested in my knitting and crochet, and when I tell her things and answer her questions, she's absorbing information like a sponge.

they're a bit confusing when you first begin making them, but I prepared by making quite a few of the tutorial socks from Knitty http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/FEATsocks101.html

I then tried making a sock using an online pattern generator and it was so confusing that I unravelled it and went back to the Knitty method!

they're hard to get the hang of, but I don't know if this is just because I get confused incredibly easily (ex-coma patient, minor brain damage) but they're incredibly satisfying!
just keep track of how many rows you've done when doing the ankle if you're not following a pattern so you can match it on the second sock.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2012 07:47:12 PM »

What an adorable request! It makes my ovaries hurt just thinking about it! Your daughter has very good taste and you did a wonderful job knitting these up.

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