Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP Wednesday

The summer holidays are a tough time for knitting - and for writing the blog.

This week I'm having the boys at home, which has been nice, but which has also meant that there has been precious little time to myself, resulting in a lack of progress on my knitting projects and a lack of blog posts. It's OK, I don't really mind. Instead, we've been to the cinema and we've  been to the playground, we've tidied their rooms, only to make them untidy again almost straight after. D has taken a bit of time off here and there, and today we had a whole day together.

We took the chance to go to Whitby on the North Yorkshire Moors railway from Pickering. What a fabulous day it was. We started off really early because not all the steam trains go to Whitby. A lot of them seem to stop at Goathland  (Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films) or Grosmont but there isn't a lot else to see for kids apart from the steam train, so we thought it might be much more fun to go all the way to Whitby.





We had a great day. The boys loved the train, and despite the crowds, Whitby is lovely. I'd never really seen the town itself (I'd been before but mainly to the beach and to walk by the sea). It's so pretty, and the view from the old abbey is beautiful.



Walking back to the station we watched all the crab fishers by the harbour. Boy #1 was very taken with this so we may have to come back at some point and do some of that...

On the way back on the train I realised that it is Wednesday today, so I took a quick picture of the Lombard Street sock as it is right now. I'm almost at the right point to start the heel.



Despite the slowness of this project it's so much fun knitting this. Just complex enough not to be boring but not so complex that it becomes annoying.

This doesn't mean that it's flawless (my knitting, that is, not the pattern). Really early on I managed to twist a whole row of cables, and while I was knitting in the cinema the other day I must have managed get a bit muddled up with my rows but can't really detect what it was that I've done. All I know was that I was half a row out with the pattern.

Will I rip to fix these issues? Nope, I don't think so. The past few weeks of summer holidays with all their chaos and imperfection and fun have emphasised my natural pragmatism. Live and let live, right? If this was for anyone else I might have ripped straight away when I realised that the cables were twisted (I noticed that pretty quickly), but you know? It's all good. These socks are for me, and I don't mind the twisted cables, never mind the other mistake that I can't even quite see.


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17 comments:

  1. It's been lovely to look through the photo's of your day out... and it's even nicer to know that I'm not alone when it comes to boys and summer holidays, untidy bedrooms despite best efforts, little hooking time and settling for perfect imperfection x

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    1. I did some tidying yesterday and today, but generally the house is a bombsite during the holidays. With all three boys at home full time there is little point in trying to keep things neat. It's such a lovely, full time, the summer. I do sometimes wish I had a bit more time to myself, but then I think about how quickly September and the start of school are approaching and I don't mind the lack of me time anymore. :)

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  2. That picture of the steam train is awesome!

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    1. Thank you - it was a lovely day out and with the puffs of smoke drifting past the train window it was all quite nostalgic!

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  3. Looks like you had an awesome day out, love the picture of the train and what an adventure it must have been for the boys.

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    1. They loved it, and so did we! :)

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  4. I love train knitting, it always makes me feel a little bit Miss Marple-ish. How wonderful for your boys to go on a steam train adventure.

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    1. haha, that's so true. I also love knitting on the train, in particular as for some reason I always find it quite difficult to read. The noise and motion makes me fall asleep over a book or magazine.

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  5. Your photos are lovely - my boys love steam trains! Love the way the sock is looking, I don't think anyone will notice a little mistake!! Hurrah for cinema knitting.

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    1. Thank you, and yes, the boys really enjoyed it. As for cinema knitting, it started out great during the trailers, but then they suddenly turned all the lights off completely and I couldn't at all see what I was doing. I think that's when I got muddled up! ;)

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  6. Whitby looks lovely.

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    1. It's beautiful if a bit choked with tourists this time of year.

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  7. the sock is looking great (and that's one of my favorite colors!!!).....the rainbow sock you commented on on my blog is from a new-to-me company called Must Stash. They had all kinds of great stripey combinations.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks also for the info about the stripey yarn - I'll definitely have a look on the website!

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  8. How exciting to ride such a train.

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    1. It was lovely, and very atmospheric. It's the trains (and station - Goathland) that they used for the Harry Potter films, so that was an added bonus for the kids!

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  9. I am a big train lover so I really enjoyed the trip you shared! The village looked lovely..almost like Port Wen in Doc Martin BBC series (which I love). I bet your children were thrilled. I love the sock and I love cables...I think they are fun too and as long as you're happy with them that is all that matters.

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