This week’s theme is Loved, and Karen’s suggestions for topics include proudest accomplishment / most loved item / most frequently worn item / thing you saved up for / investment pieces / thing you worked a long time on / oldest thing that’s still in rotation. The second I read that those first two topic suggestion, back at the unveiling of Slow Fashion October’s themes and discussion points, I knew what I wanted to talk about.
I think the garment I’m most proud of, probably in my life, is these socks. They came into my life as a thrifted pair of snuggly slipper socks -no doubt handmade- that I found at Portland’s Bins about five years ago. I have no idea what kind of wool they’re made from, who made them, or how long ago… I washed them thoroughly before wearing them, I promise. I wore them so much that holes sprouted in the heels and toes, but I couldn’t bear to part with them. So they sat in the “do something with these eventually” pile for a good couple of years, moving with me from Portland to Eugene, through three temporary living situations. I learned how to knit socks, and I made Wes’ dad a pair of gray socks for Christmas last year. Then, going through that “do something with these eventually” pile, I came across these and realized just how perfect a match the gray yarn was. The weight and color were perfect, and the material matched at least well enough. Plus, the new yarn was a bit sturdier and more appropriate for hard-wearing socks. So I pulled out the feet up to the stranded design, and made new feet! The removed yarn was mostly too mangled to be recycled, so it made its way into a stuffed octopus, and these toasty boot socks made their way back into my wardrobe. Living in South Carolina, as you’ve heard me complain before, means that wearing socks is a rare and exciting event, so they’ve only just emerged for this season, but last year they were a staple over tights and under cowboy boots.
What makes them so special is not just that I made the feet and did a great job (although I am extremely proud of that), but that they’re a thrifted item and a repaired item and a handmade item (twice!). Add in their neutral color palette and gorgeous geometric patterns, and I’m forever smitten.