(Please note: if you are not a knitter or have put down your needles for the Northern summer, you probably won't be interested in this post. Its purpose is to share my experiments and failures and to give me access to my notes in the future when I've forgotten what I've done and how I felt about the various steps. It's also likely to be picture heavy, although pictures will probably be poor quality because it's hard to photograph your feet in socks, especially at this time of the year when legs are not usually on display and therefore not at their [ahem] best.)
With two different socks on the go, and wanting a simple heel that fits my foot, I've been looking at short row heels. Amongst sock aficionados I'm not sure that short row heels rank very highly which shouldn't bother me, but it does. I started with short row heels and love their simplicity but have ventured into other types when the pattern calls for it or when I've wanted to be seen to be d…
Five: Do not choose a time where children are tired and/or hungry.
Six: Do not try to be funny in order to make children smile.
Seven: Do not expect a perfect family shot.
Eight: Do not rely on technology.
Nine: Do not let the dog off.
Ten: Don't focus on what went wrong, the difficulties of getting everyone together and facing the camera, or the [tiny] imperfections. Rather enjoy the memory of a family together, loving each other and having fun together!
(2) everyone has an opinion (even the tradespeople - I knew I should have gone with my original paint choice and not listened to the painter!); and
(3) New Zealand is still fairly conservative when it comes to home design and decoration (if you don't believe me, consider this: when we moved here over twenty years ago we were used to tiled bathrooms where everything but the ceiling was tiled whereas the first house that I looked at that had a so-called "tiled bathroom" had only one row of tiles around the shower base! We're a little slow here in keeping up with trends).
Anyway, all this to say that we have a little dilemma when it comes to our flooring. We both love the look of timber floors but they are sooooooooo cold in our climate, especially given we do not have underfloor heating, central heating, or sufficient heating. And we won't mention the lack of double-glazing or …