Jane is hosting The Third Annual Show Your Socks Contest. I'm not much of a sock knitter, so I thought I'd have nothing to show. However, I took a look in my sock drawer, and lo and behold, I found that, over time, I have accumulated a little wardrobe of handknit socks. It's nothing compared to some people. A certain person we all know (she needs no introduction) has about 1,233 pairs of Jaywalkers alone. I don't even aspire to that level of greatness.
Anyway, here are my socks in an uninspired photo. The camera battery died immediately upon taking the first photo. I cajoled it into taking one more photo (below) before it would do no more. After taking the photos, I read the rules of the contest this year: Show a photo of your first and last pair of handknit socks. Well, now it's all complicated!
I had to do some research in the blog, because I could not remember which were my first pair. Thank goodness for the blog and for the photo galleries. To my surprise, I reallyandtruly could not remember.
This was my first pair of socks, and to date they remain my best work, but I don't have them anymore, and they were not in my memory banks -- only in my photo gallery. I repeat, thank goodness for the blog!
They were given to Selma, my former boss at the BBC. The yarn was Koigu, a gift to me from Julia FC when we first met. She was encouraging me to become a sock knitter. (Thanks, Julia!) Totally forgot about all of it. The last time I talked to Selma, she said, "I'm looking down at my feet right now at the beautiful lavender socks you made me. It was the nicest gift anyone has ever given me." This was a good two years after I had sent her the socks and she just happened to be wearing them that day. *heart swells*
The first pair I kept for myself are the heavyweight Vermont wool-and-mohair socks on the far left of the photo above, and here is another photo of them, with their story, again lifted from my gallery:
Pattern: Ann Norling Adult Socks II, knitted for worsted weight on size 7 US needles.
Yarn: Local (from Montgomery, Vermont) heavy worsted weight sock yarn 55% yearling mohair/45% lambswool, natural-dyed (the plum with cochineal/the green with cosmos, heliopsis, marigold)
These were knitted for the Socktoberfest knitalong. I originally called them the Vermont Vineyard Socks for their colors; I renamed them the Socked-Intober socks because they were finished during the Nor'Easter of October 24-25, 2005.
They are the first socks I've knitted for myself, the 2nd pair I've ever knitted. And this is the first two-color strand work I've done.
The last pair I knitted are the Trek-Along socks shown in the photo above and in this photo and completed in early 2007.
And because I'm a lucky blogger, I have a nice collection of beautiful socks knit for me by others.
From top to bottom: Koigus from Cassie (the very first pair of handknit socks I ever put on my feet. Still gorgeous and lovely); Trekkings from Cari; Lorna's Laces from Stephanie; and Mountain Colors Bearfoot from Debi. Because other knitters are better knitters than I, these four pair are my favorites of all. They are all gorgeous and comfy.
Thanks for the exercise, Jane. That was a fun walk down Sock Memory Lane.