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  • knitting1105 5:08 pm on January 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    The great sock giveaway 


    In January of 2007, coincidentally enough the same time that Barack Obama was planning a run for the White House, I made the decision to make socks for the entire year and give all of them away.  I was just starting the Socks that Rock sock club (which I did for 2 years).  I wanted to see how many socks I could make, have them all be different patterns, and then give them away all at the same time.  So, I started knitting.  And as I finished each new pair of socks, I put them in a drawer.  I knew most of the socks that were there, but forgot exactly how many I had made.  The one exception was when a friend asked me to make socks for someone who was very ill, and we were not sure how he would do (he is great now by the way, and wears my socks whenever he knows that he will see me).  January 2008 came, and I seemed to be too busy with life to get it together to pull all of the socks out and mail them off. So, I kept knitting through 2008.  Sock knitting was interrupted by sweaters and shawls, mittens and life.  But still the drawer kept getting fuller.  

    At the beginning of this month, I pulled all of the socks out and laid them out on a table


    I made little pieces of paper with names of those that I wanted to send socks to, and started matching the sock up with the recipient.  Much to my surprise, I initially did not have enough people for all of the socks.  I told my husband that I did not have as many friends as I thought.  So, I kept them out on the table, rearranged the tags, and kept adding. Then, I suddenly found that I had more names than socks, and I had the difficult task of pulling names out.  Never fear though, those people are on the list of the next recipients.  I pinned the name tags to the socks and took them out a couple of times to look at the matches.  My family was quite impressed with all of my sock knitting.

    So today, I put together the letter and placed it with a pair of socks, addressed all of the packages, and took them to the post office.  The lady at the post office commented that many of the packages were to people in the neighborhood.  I said that sometimes it was nicer to get a package in the mail.  I also did not want to deliver these personally.  Now I have given the US Post Office a huge leap of faith that all of the packages will be delivered.  On my route, that would be a dubious task indeed, but I do not think that anyone is on my delivery route.









    Here is the note that I sent along, with the fan photo of the socks shown above:

    To my wonderful friends and family:

    I started making socks in the early winter of 2007 and I promised myself to give all of the socks that I made during that year away.  I had planned on mailing them out last January, but the winter got away from me.  That allowed me to add to my giveaway pile during 2008.  I started this project when Obama was a little known senator seeking the presidency, and I cannot think of a more fitting time to send these off than when we now can say “President Obama”!

    You all have been in my thoughts, and consequently in my knitting, over the past 2 years.  My well wishes and prayers are in every stitch of these socks.  

    •     To those whom I have cheered alongside during the good times
    •     To those whom I worried with during the difficult times
    •     To my sisters (including marilyn and anita with spirit socks)
    •     To friends new and old
    •     To everyone who is there with an email, note, visit, coffee or wine (especially wine)

    May these socks keep you warm and bring you comfort.   

    • the Lady 11:09 pm on January 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, what a great post! Funnily enough, today I just did a post on all of my socks that I’ve knit over the past two years.

      The socks look lovely and fabulous, and what a wonderful sentiment behind them. I’m not sure I could give away so many! 🙂


    • Jill 6:39 pm on January 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      WOW! I love my socks! I love the circular photo of all the socks — it reminds me of the Wheel of Life. (No mom, not Wheel of Fortune). And I love the letter. Most of all, I love the spirit socks.

      Thank you for all of your kindness and generosity. I will cherish each stitch that was made with your good wishes.

      Jill (sister)


  • knitting1105 7:47 pm on January 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Potpourri hat and mittens 

    I just sent off the Potpourri mittens and a matching hat using the same motifs, to my mother.  She normally spends her winters in Florida, but is stuck in cold Michigan right now.  I hope that these keep her warm.  My daughter is the model, she is much more photogenic than I.  I used the Koigu KKPM which is one of my favorite sock yarns, and it naturally transfers nicely to mittens and hats.  I think that I might try some of the Selvobutter mittens with the Koigu solid.  That would give a nice twist to the pattern.  

    I would not knit up this pattern again.  It has some inherent problems, and there are way too many really cool patterns out there to waste time and yarn unless it is stunning.  The mittens are warm though, and the yarn is so soft.  Now on to new mittens, started the Green Autumn and the Yellow Harvest both from Vogue Knitting Fall 2008.  I was a bit upset by the chart for the Yellow Harvest not actually being in the magazine itself,  you have to go online to get it.  This became apparent as I was trying to work the mitten in the car on the way to take my son to college.  I have it on my computer now, so hopefully I can work it up a bit during this trip.





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