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Old Socks

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Recently I had the chance to see some of the old socks that Annemor Sundbø rescued from the ragpile at her factory Torridal Tweed. The socks and other old and worn knitted garments were going to be recycled and turned into shoddy.

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However, when Annemor took over the factory and went through the pile of rags, she noticed the beautiful patterns on the knitted garments, and they became more unusual as she neared the oldest layers at the bottom of the pile.

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She decided to save many of these old rags in order to document older knitting patterns and traditions. Her work resulted in several books and a collection of garments for exhibitions. What I got to see, is the sock collection.

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All the socks have different patterns, and it was also interesting to see how they had been worn and mended. If one part of the sock became totally useless, usually the foot part, it had sometimes been cut away, and a new heel, foot and toe had been knitted onto the old rib and leg.

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Sometimes it also looked like and old sweater arm had been used for the rib and leg part with a new foot knitted onto it.

These rags are a legacy of harder times, when people had to turn every shilling, turn bed sheets sides-to-middle, and turn one garment into a new one to make do. It is not all that long ago.

 

You can read more about the salvaged rags at Annemor Sundbø’s website.

 

🙂

Eldrid

 

Edited: In my next post, you can see what shoddy looks like.

More knitting

Knitting socks with self striping yarn is quick and easy, and can be done without problems in front of the TV.  My latest knitting project however, is not recommended for TV-knitting as you have to concentrate on the pattern.  I tried that on the second pair when I thought I “knew” the pattern, but had to unstitch several times.  Still, it is such a fun pattern that I have already started on my third pair of socks.

Here are a couple of photos of the second pair, – I forgot to take photos of the first pair before I gave them away, – they were knitted with yarns in offwhite and black.

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The pattern is from Jorids Strikkemønster. The text is in Norwegian only, but the diagrams are very good. The pattern at the top of the page there is a free download.

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Variation

When planning and packing for my rehab stay, I aimed for a variation of “toys”.  Even though sewing is a great hobby, you can get pretty fed up if you have nothing else to do.

I have enjoyed doing the English paper piecing so far, but also enjoy knitting.  Even though the patchwork pieces are small and handy, nothing beats a simple, straightforward knitting project as a pick-me-up-during-a-three-minute-break project.  It sits ready in its bag, needles, thread and project in one bundle, just grab it and do some stitches, then put it back into the bag.  No extra glasses to put on to thread the needle, no extra equipment to bring out and organize, like scissors, spool of thread, thimble, paper and fabric….  I feel I need a bigger time slot to sit down with the pathcwork than with the knitting.

And then there is the benefit of variation, of course.

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The most straighforward, no-brainer knitting projects in my opinion are socks made from just one bundle of yarn.  When made with painted yarn such as in the photo above, you can just knit and knit, and the stripey pattern emerges all by itself. 

Whose feet are going to be kept warm?  The grandkids’ of course.  Knitting socks is a granny thing.