Those are wonderful! They look so comfy and soft.
(sneakily she says) "Want to learn to knit some for yourself?"
And more politely, she says, "Thank you!"
Full spectrum light bulbs helped with some of my embroidery eye problems. The incandescent ones tend to put out quite a lot of heat though.
This coming week a friend whose mother died is going to pass along her mother's needlework lamp to me. That should help.
I don't know if I can, I lose focus so easily. But you do make it look like fun. Maybe someday I'll ask you how and give it a try.
According to the Yarn Harlot (famous knitter, teacher of knitting, writer of books about knitting), in the days when small children were taught to knit very young, knitting was considered to lengthen attention span, improve the ability to focus on a task, calm down the restless and agitated, etc. (She learned to knit very young, taught by her grandmother. She's taught classes of kids as well as adults, and of course her own children.) She's claimed to be scatterbrained in the extreme when not knitting.)
So you might find that along with the fun, and getting really comfortable socks out of it, it helped your focus. It's helped mine, though more by its calming down effect. Admittedly, depending on your manual dexterity, it may be frustrating for the first few rows of the first project, but that usually lets up as your fingers learn the moves.
Then again you might hate it. Comes the day you want to try, choose a bright or light color (I have lots in the stash) that makes your heart sing, medium size needles so you can see the stitches, and allow yourself to make mistakes without guilt. I think you'd do that anyway, but just in case.
Choose a colour that makes your heart sing. That made me smile, and I will carry that advice into my next craft project. (Beautiful socks btw, we seem to have a similar taste in colours, so your socks always delight me.)
When I started knitting again, after forty years, I bought yarn experimentally, including some that came in a different color than it had looked on the computer. I thought "Oh, well, I can mix it with another color and it will be fine." Then my husband got sick (very) and I was sitting there in the hospital knitting to keep from going berserk, and the yarn I was using depressed me even more. I realized it in time, though, and few months later gave it to a friend who loved that color. And then realized...I'm going this knitting for myself, for relaxation and pleasure, so I need to use yarn that makes me glad to pick it up and work with it. For the first pair of socks I picked a red that I *did* like (and they've quit making! Drat...it's such a good standard RED red that I thought they'd keep on with it, but no. The replacement isn't bad--it's still a good red--but one just *got* me in the heart exactly right and the new one is "quite a nice red." Small differences can matter. If you don't have to, don't compromise on the color of yarn you work with (or the color of anything you're making.)
Gotcha, I'm definitely going to keep this in mind. And I know what you mean about a red that is just right (to you). In my grandma's yarn stash which was passed on to me, I have two of the brightest, softest, most pleasing reds. I've never seen a colour (or texture) quite like them in modern yarn. They are a delight to touch and behold. And now that I've mentioned this, I really need to find a use for them while I'm still kicking.
Edit -- I also love the red of your first socks, and they do, in fact, make my heart sing.
Edited at 2016-11-19 11:06 pm (UTC)
They're in the colors of my alma mater, and if I had been a skilled knitter would've knitted an owl in gray on white on at least one of them. But need to get three more shorty pair knit by end of year while doing all the other stuff.
So I'm calling them "Rice Socks." Another time, when I won't be annoyed by having so many loose yarn ends, and have learned more about colorwork, I'll do another pair with the owl. Or owls.
Those are very nice. You've come quite a ways in your knitting experience.
They don't look much like First Pair, do they? But I don't aspire to being an expert knitter...just a competent knitter of comfortable socks that fit right (right being defined by my feet, not my intellect.) I don't know if I'll ever knit a sweater (down here, along with global warming, not really needed.) Maybe some fingerless mitts. Or mittens. I have the scarves I made that first year that I didn't give away...all the scarves I need (and that rarely). So it's socks, socks, socks, because they do wear out and I'm never going to be good at darning.
I've become a noticer-of-socks because my husband moved to California from England. He's used to wearing boots in winter and sandals in the summer, but California rarely provides the weather for boots. It still can get somewhat chilly, so he's taken to wearing interesting socks in the winter. I'll never be a knitter, but I like seeing what people can do.
And thanks for the compliment. I dug out one of the pictures of First Socks and added it to this post.
Something happened to the formatting of the text you added when you added the second picture. It's two very long lines with no breaks.
Interesting. It wasn't like that yesterday evening, because I looked. I'll see what I can do.
Nothing works. In editing, it looks perfectly normal and is formatted correctly in the editing panel, so there's nothing to change. I thought perhaps the copy/pasted identity icon was the problem, so deleted that--didn't work. Text still just 2 lines. I'm going to try a completely new post and see if the problem is "new all over". Whatever it is, it's an LJ glitch, because I change nothing in how I post between original post and adding the photo. And the photo went in centered, just as I'd requested.
Nothing seems to work. The text looked normal in the editing panel, and I didn't change anything when I added it. I took out and added things within the editing panel, and at all times the text was correctly formatted there, and when checked in the actual viewing panel, it was NOT correctly formatted.
I ran the test (a post that is now newer than this one) and it had a minor glitch (the "read more" button hung up for a few minutes) but all the added text (the second test) had formatted correctly in the reading panel.
So I have no idea what happened, what is wrong, or what to do to fix it. I will delete all the badly formatted text and leave the picture alone with a brief identification.
Edited at 2016-11-13 11:23 pm (UTC)
I can sometimes diagnose a problem by using the HTML view of my post. Anything outside of formatting marks generally doesn't have any issues. So when I have a problem, I switch to the HTML view and look for formatting marks like "" and "
" and I move my text outside of them. That usually fixes the problem.
I've already deleted the text with bad formatting, so I wouldn't be able to tell if anything was inside formatting marks.
Oh well. I remember when you knitted those red socks. I was very impressed. I'm glad it's stayed fun for you.
Fun can wear thin, but happy feet walk on forever . Mine have always been happy in wool (or mostly wool) socks, but once they discovered hand-knits...it's been a serious love affair.