A Compostable Wardrobe, Socks
I have had this idea of creating a compostable wardrobe twirling around in my head for awhile. I remember the day I was hanging my clothes out to dry when I realized that all my clothing was future trash. I walked in and around the clothes flapping in the wind, reading the care tags and being shocked that I did not own even one item that did not have at least a little bit of a petroleum based fiber in it. Then the dyes…who knows what they are made from. A few of the names on the care tags I even had to look up. Ugh…
I was wearing oil.
I was wearing plastic.
Thus sparked the Compostable Wardrobe Project.
I walked down to a locally owned yarn shop, Ply Fiber, and told them I needed to learn how to make socks. Of course I knew how to knit. I could knit back and forth and I made a few scarves in college. So of course I am now ready to make socks.
…it seemed logical at the time.
I know, first I am crazy lucky to have a locally owned yarn shop in town. Secondly, the fact that I can walk there is amazing. Of course thirdly, the fact that they didn’t openly laugh at me when I said, “Now is the time to learn how to make socks!” was sweet of them.
Lastly, when I told them my socks needed to be made of wool, preferably local and without being dyed, they actually walked me to a section of the store and where I had choices to make.
A month later, I was finally wearing the most comfortable pair of socks I have ever own on my feet. …and as often as possible. I can’t say that tears were not shed, or that my anxiety did not go up when they handed me 5 needles instead of just two or that I didn’t have to take out and redo more times then I cared to keep track of. But I can say I had one extremely patient teacher who has now become my friend.
I hope you enjoy.
***photos taken by Debra Eby***
She is crazy talented and I greatly appreciate all her help.