Our little guy is an outsider. Literally. The more he can be outside, the better. Staying inside drives him crazy. Running outside, that what he wants to do. Most of the time just that little bit faster than his little legs can cary him. Favourite place to run: the woods.
For some kind of reason that my mummy mind doesn’t quite get, running goes better when you have a stick. Not to lean on, to hold onto. The thicker the stick, the better. So sticks are switched for larger ones in between. Now and then a dog walking past can grab hold of it as well, but that’s another story. Sometimes – yet rarely – the perfect stick is found. In that case, that stick has to come home with us. Of course.
So yes, we are the proud owners of a couple of sticks. And sometimes, they do come in handy. To make a hobby horse, for example.
Making a hobby horse doesn’t take that much time. This one is made of a lonely, lost sock, a stick that was just as lonely, some yarn, some rope, and some felt. And some stuffing, of course.
Its ears and hair are made as described in this pin. Its eyes are felt circles that I sewed on top. The very small nostrils exist of embroidery yarn that’s knotted at the end (and that have already disappeared into the horse. Larger knots next time!).
The stick is from the park near our place.
Our little guy loves it. He’d love to have a whole riding school. So I think our collection of sticks may grow soon. Fortunately, this house does contain quite a number of lonely socks waiting for a new destination.
Hi-Yo Silver! Away!
What do you do, with those lonely socks?
A couple of weeks ago, Ikea announced that the sofa season was back. Did you see the campaign? I’m so jealous of the stash that girl has…
I guess the sofa is always greener on the other side.
It’s been pretty quiet here, on the knitting and crochet front. I didn’t have to take the train that often anymore, and when I was at home, I was sewing more. So quite some UFO’s were kept lying around, waiting for the knitting frenzy to start again. And so it did. Current status of that all? See below.
- Owl socksIf you look carefully, you can really see owls in that pattern.REALLY. (Just settling a domestic dispute here) If you look even closer, you can even see an owl with a lopsided ear.The pattern also says to add beads for eyes. But beads on socks, and then those socks into shoes? No thank you.
- Kiddie cadet. Pretty sturdy.To show everyone who’s boss.
Still on the needles
- Sheepy time cardigan. Nearly finished.
But just not yet. It’s still a bit large anyway.
- Slippers. In my head, they looked way cooler, though.But they do have an antiskid layer.
I still need to add some elastics, though, since now they fall off.
- Glittens. For myself.Priority number 1, since it’s getting pretty cold when riding a bike.
- Saucy convertible. Nearly finished, but the yoke is too large,the shirt is too short, and I’m not ready yet to flog it all and make it work.
It’s been hibernating for quite some time, and it probably will for a while longer.
A complete set of bamboo dpns.
My hubby thinks that by now, I must have all existing material at hand.
To the needles!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this thing with socks. Bright and beautiful with fun cartoon characters on them, you name them and chances are I’ve had them. I particularly remember a pair of yellow Bert and Ernie socks I had as a teenager. They were a present from my best friends’, and I regarded them as my lucky socks. I must have been the only teenager around who was happy getting socks for no matter what occassion. Come to think of it, I must have been the only teenager who was so fervently darning socks!
Unfortunately, the Bert and Ernie socks have long since worn out beyond repair. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still be spotted wearing pink Powerpuff girls socks.
Last May, during our honeymoon, my husband and I were casually strolling along Pier 39 when we stumbled upon the coolest shop ever: the Shop Market. I know, a pretty lame name, but it had the coolest socks I ever have seen. I just had to stash up! One of the pairs I got there had the muppet Animal on them.
Unfortunately, I managed to get a hole in one of them. Not too big though, so I could easily repair it. And while I was at it, I could just as well darn another pair of warm winter socks (although they’re not cool at all, but in winter time, everything’s allowed to keep those feet warm). But what better reason than this to write a post on darning socks?
What you need:
It’s not that hard to be honest. All you need to do is weave tight.
- Turn the sock inside out.
- Place the egg-shaped stone – or anything else that’s rounded – in the sock, underneath the hole.
- Get your thread through your needle. There’s no need to tie a knot, just leave a tiny bit of string dangling when you start weaving.
- Start at the top of the hole. If there are still some threads in the hole, weave through these, like this:
In fact it’s even better to start a bit higher still, in a part that is still good.
- Weave down, left to right, right to left, like this:
Now if the cat OK’d it, you’re sure you’re safe 😉
- When you have reached the bottom of the hole, or even a bit lower, make a quarter turn.
- Sstart weaving in between the treads you’ve just added.
Make sure that you weave tight.
- When you’ve reached the end, cut the remaining thread off.
- Turn the sock right-side out.
Tada! Good as new!