Remember the Friendsocks?
Remember how originally we were going to make two Mrs Miniver style double ended socks: one each to keep once they’re done and Katie returns to America? If you’ve been following the story, you will know that in the event, a pair of ordinary socks seemed to fit the bill. We knitted them up concurrently, swapping them over at our knitting group, taking over where the other left off. We didn’t follow the same design or use the same yarn, but knit in a way that is typically ‘us’ and independently showed the way we individually like to knit. We helped each other when we needed it and didn’t worry if we didn’t knit them for a couple of weeks either. That’s the nature of our friendship, thus it was reflected in the socks.
They even were exhibited at Prick Your Finger in London, where Katie and I did a small performance to just finish them at the Private View.
In knitting this fraternal pair of socks we are decided to mark, in the knitting, significant (or not so significant) events which take place in our lives as we made them. Katie came up with this idea from a lady who she knew that marked events that happened whilst she knitted a shawl. This lady wrote a note on a piece of paper and attached it in the appropriate place with a safety pin. This idea very much appeals to my geeky museum-collections-management side, so we did indeed catalogue events in our lives during the sock-making with labels.
It certainly was a journey!
All photographs copyright Giles Babbidge photography.