Sock Knitting

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I love the idea of knitting socks. The beautiful fine yarns in gorgeous painted shades. The idea of cosy feet inside squishy warm socks. The reality however is so different for me. For some reason no matter how hard I try I have never finished a pair or socks. I usually get 90% of the way through one and then give up. I think it’s the idea of sewing up the toe I don’t like.

This cute little green/blue example has been sat in my knitting box for weeks. I am going to finish it today and start on a second to make a pair. They will be perfect for autumn weather.

E x


Playing the Cello – A Sort of Making.

I have recently taken up playing the cello. I feel like this comes under a type of ‘making’ – not as permanent as knitting or sewing or drawing but just as valid. It is something I find very calming and meditative, it is also something I am doing purely for myself and so I feel no pressure or rush to become ‘good’. It is simply something I can enjoy in the moment.

My cello itself is a cheap, pretty low quality instrument – I bought it on Ebay for about £200 – but this takes any pressure learning I feel, as I haven’t invested so much if I change my mind or decide I want to learn something else instead. I haven’t taken music lessons since I was about 15 and even then I struggled to stick with an instrument for more than a year or two. Hopefully cello will be a long term endeavour for me, but if not that is not a problem either. If I decide I love it then in a year or two I can get myself a decent instrument.

One of the ways in which I am probably going about my cello playing ‘wrong’ (although I don’t think there is a truly wrong way to do something you enjoy) is that I haven’t as of yet found myself a teacher. I had one or two lessons a year or two ago before deciding it wasn’t the right time for me to start learning. These meant I learnt the absolute basics like how to hold the cello and bow, but I have had no more personal tuition since.

I am aware that without a teacher I will never be ‘good’ and quite honestly a large part of this decision is financially motivated – I just can’t afford a teacher right now. Maybe when I am no longer on a student budget I will reconsider. I also feel though that by learning through the wealth of resources available in books and on the internet I am able to learn at my own pace and in a stress free way. If I am busy and can’t practice one week I don’t have to worry about disappointing my teacher or not having made enough progress.

I have been playing for about two months now and while my progress has been slow I have had some proud moments – for example learning how to play Hedwig’s Theme (the music from Harry Potter) or replacing a string for the first time, or the first time I played for someone else.

Some of the most useful resources can be found in the book Cello for Music Lovers: A Self Taught Method