Sockupied: Back to the Streets
A few weeks ago I took my current handknitted sock project (the Skip to My Lou Socks by Rae Jean, from the Summer 2013 issue of Sockupied) on my family’s annual bike trip across Iowa. With socks on the road in mind, I thought it was time to share another installment in our semi-regular Feet on the Street feature!
With These Socks
“I like to make socks as a wedding gift for my nieces and nephews. It's an intimate gift, but not too intimate. Hand-knit socks have that lovely combination of everyday utility and specialness and therefore symbolize what early marriages should have. I also like to knit them with my great-great-grandmother Adeline's knitting needles, which my great-grandmother (her daughter) gave to me. They are about 11 inches long, steel, and of slightly varying diameters (roughly a size 2–2.5). These are very experienced needles: over 100 years old and owned by women with large, northern Maine farming families.
“I like to think of Adeline while I work, and to think about the children, her great-great-great grandchildren, who will be wearing the socks. It's a way of linking up the generations going backward and forward in time and, at least in my own mind, introducing them to each other. And it is also a way of knitting the new marriage partner, in this case my nephew Scott's winsome bride Elizabeth, into the family. The pattern for these particular socks can be found on Ravelry."
Martha received a skein of Ella Rae Lace Merino in sand stone, enough to make a pair of Donna Druchunas’s Kilmeni Socks from the Spring 2012 Sockupied.
Socks like crazy
“I have been knitting socks for a long time, and I had amassed a box of small balls of leftover sock yarn. I’m not sure now of the brands and some was vintage from stash.
A friend asked me to make her grandson some socks, and she didn't care what color they were.
“I made a magic ball of all my leftovers and created what I call 'crazy socks.' After that first pair, I made more and took them to a craft fair, where I sold them with three socks to a 'pair.' I sold all I had at the fair, and I got so many orders for crazy socks that I ran out of leftovers and had to break into my stash of yarns!”
Betty received a skein of yarn with generous yardage that will give her enough yarn for a new pair of socks and probably some leftovers, too!
More Sock Stories
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