Yarndale Sock Line 2017 roundup
Can it really be that time of year again when I’m able to say to you “look where all the Yarndale socks have gone?”
It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that I was asking you if you’d like to get involved in the Yarndale Sock Line this year but here we are in December and it really is that time of year where I can tell you that all the socks have gone to new homes.
I collected the first parcels of socks in August …
and using the system that I set up last year to log all of the sock details, soon had them all up on my spreadsheet and waiting for Yarndale.
The socks came in thick and fast after that first parcel collection … it didn’t take long before last year’s total of 161 pairs had been passed …
Wow! This was going to be the best ever Yarndale Sock Line! Here’s a quick reminder of what they looked like on the Sock Line at Yarndale this year …
They were just fabulous! All 340 pairs of them, swinging gently in the Auction Mart and showing off the talent and generosity of so many knitters. Over 100 more pairs came in during the Yarndale weekend to make up the total, and everybody who came in to the Knit n Natter lounge to see them was very impressed. I was very impressed that the washing line holding them up didn’t break!
Back home, it took me a week or so to recover from the excitement of Yarndale and then it was time to start thinking about rehoming the socks. I like to send the socks to different places every year and am always looking for suggestions for places or organisations that might like them. Surprisingly, they tend not to be the big charities who don’t have time to distribute pairs of socks, and it’s not possible for me to hand all the pairs of socks out individually to homeless people and not just because I can’t be everywhere – people are homeless for all kinds of reasons and some don’t like to be approached; rough sleepers don’t want to attract attention with brightly coloured socks and I’d have no way of knowing what size would be appropriate and I couldn’t carry them all – so the practicalities of doing that mean that it’s always better to give them to an organisation that is specifically geared up to knowing how best to distribute them.
I had more suggestions than ever this year, which was great as I had more socks than ever to give away. Some of the places I phoned didn’t want them, which might sound odd given that those of us who love our hand knit socks couldn’t ever imagine anyone turning them down, but they had their reasons and it was good to have more places on the list to call instead.
I’ve listed all of them on a separate page, along with the names of the knitters whose socks have gone to those organisations. You can find that page here.
The last of the socks were sorted and boxed up a week or so ago …
and they’ve all been received at their new homes now. They’ve gone to more organisations than ever this year which has been really lovely; you should know that all those hours that you spent knitting and the words that you wrote on the tags have made a difference to someone and you should feel very proud.
Thank you so much to everyone who got involved with this year’s Yarndale Sock Line. It’s been a huge success once again and – I think – embodies Yarndale’s mission to bring creativity and community together in a really wonderful way.