The fourth season of the Handmade Sock Society celebrates life lived close to the landscape, whether it’s just a few days’ escape from the city or a family tradition stretching back generations.
As makers, we know that slow living and slow work carry a beautiful paradox: it grounds us, and it frees us. It awakens our sensitivity to small details and the passing of time. It offers us a sense of endless possibility and shows us the pleasures of little rituals and routines repeated day after day.
Out in the middle of nowhere, your senses wake up. A cool breeze on your face for a few moments in the early morning gives way to the scents of lavender and eucalyptus as you brush past on your way up the hill. There’s the crunch of grass and gravel beneath your shoes, and the slow contented croon of chickens waking up. The rising sun makes quick work of a few lingering clouds, and suddenly, you can see for miles. If your heart is yearning for adventure, it’s waiting for you over the next rise. If you’d rather stay and potter in the garden all afternoon, there’s plenty to discover right here under your feet.
The pattern difficulty is between “intrepid beginner” and intermediate. You can expect some interesting stitch patterns, a touch of lace, a simple little cable or two, but care is taken to introduce new techniques with plenty of instruction, and there’s always someone waiting and willing to help you out if you get stuck.
So pack a rucksack and a picnic. Rummage in your stash and polish up your knitting needles. We’re going to the country.