Albanian Socks: Colored Cross Socks

Happy Sock Monday! Enjoy this excerpt from Mimi Seyferth’s eBook PieceWork Presents 5 Traditional Albanian Socks to Knit: A Travel Memoir in Stitches. As Mimi travels the globe, she keeps an eye out for knitted objects and the fascinating stories behind them. The original socks (shown below) that inspired the project socks were the most […]

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Knitting As a Livelihood for Afghan Women

The Afghan refugee women who gave the original slipper socks to Jeanne Devereaux Best also sold their handknitted socks in Pakistan. Like many Afghan women, Jeanne’s students relied on their knitting skills as a source of income. Although knitters in Afghanistan historically learned their craft from other family members, during the Taliban era (1996–2001), when […]

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You Need to Knit the Trousseau Silk Stockings

The handknitted silk stockings that inspired this project are part of the collection of the Historical and Folk Art Museum in Rethymno, Crete. Alexandra Giannouli (née Athanasiadi; 1924–2014), a Rethymno resident, knitted the stockings for her wedding when she was twenty years old. Alexandra’s granddaughter Hara Giannouli donated the stockings to the museum. Located in […]

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