Rose is always willing to help with a knitting project. Here she is encouraging me through the making of my first ever toe-up socks. I took a ball of wool, a pattern and my knitting needles on my recent trip to Colombia, and used the time waiting in airports, flying between destinations and in the evenings to knit a pair of grown-up socks. As I ended up with a small ball of the pretty yarn leftover, I’ve been using it to make toddler socks for the youngest member of the human family. Since the original ball of wool was a gift from her father, it seemed an appropriate thing to do with the extra. I also think it is a good idea to provide socks for toddlers in threes, because at least one is bound to disappear – and I don’t think she’ll mind that each is a slightly different pattern.