It seems a while since I put a pair of hand knit socks up here. I’ve just checked back through the blog and find that it was actually August of last year! Don’t tell Dave. He’s been bemoaning the lack of new socks this year. It seems he has a point!
This pair run true to form for stripes and boldness. And they are probably the only pair he’ll get this year!
For the life of me I cannot capture the correct colour of them. The light here is so grey and flat at the moment. But the top picture is the nearest to reality.
The matching stripe pattern makes me happy. I do so love a good matching stripe!
The yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply from their Winwick Mum range.
The sock is my usual Regia sock pattern, and it was perfect knitting as we watched the world spiral in the run up to the American election, and the impending second Coronavirus lockdown here in the UK.
I am a bear of such very little brain at the moment. Life for all of us has been so incredibly stressful this year. The global pandemic, and the loss it has wrought, has been beyond the comprehension of all of us.
The American election and the ramifications of it are heartbreaking, even this side of the pond. Sickness, injury, unemployment and the loss of our little business have taken their toll on our little family. So simple knitting and sewing have been a lifesaver.
I am aware that I have significant privilege in the face of these challenges. Dave has secured a new job. The consultant is hopeful for my knee not needing surgery. Although we had a many conversations about selling the house and downsizing during the summer, we were never in the position where we might be homeless. I’ve always been able to put a proper meal on the table.
This has not been the same for every family. And I have other friends who have lost their businesses to Covid. We’ve been lucky.
Most importantly we still have each other.
So these little socks, as well as every project that I’ve completed this summer, seem like little emblems of hope. Hope for wellness and security. For creativity and peace. For a little piece of normality in a very abnormal world.
And hope that whatever is happening in your world, you have an equivalent touchstone. Today feels gloomy both in the UK and the USA, but we have come this far, folks. We can make it!