Women of Pindos Soldiers’ Socks

In the article “The Women of Pindos,” which was featured in the January/February 2016 issue of PieceWork, Mimi Seyferth tells the story of the role the women of Pindos played in the Greek war effort during World War II (1939–1945). She designed her functional soldiers’ socks after ones from a Greek flyer and added an […]

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Have you ever thought of using double-pointed needles from a pair of knitted socks as a murder weapon in a mystery novel? Author Patricia Moyes did just that in Night Ferry to Death. The book served as inspiration for Mimi Seyferth’s “Windmill Socks to Knit” featured in the September/October 2016 issue of PieceWork. Here’s Mimi […]

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House of the Seven Gables Knitted Socks

Designers find inspiration for knitted socks in all sorts of places. Read the story behind PieceWork contributor Mimi Seyferth’s “House of the Seven Gables Socks to Knit” project, which was featured in the September/October 2015 issue. She based her design not only on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s (1804–1864) novel but also on the original House of the […]

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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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