My entire knitting life is being taken up right now by making scrappy socks.
These socks are just socks I’m making out of bits and pieces of sock yarn left over from other projects. And I cannot stop making them.
This was the first pair. And they have leftovers from a hat I made for my wife, socks I also made for her, a bit from a giant lace scarf, some from a hat also knit for my wife, and several socks I made for me. Three of those are ones that I dyed myself too. It makes me SO happy to look back at them and recall all the projects that I made with the rest of those yarns.
Right now I’m working on an obnoxiously bright pair.
I worked on these neon rainbow socks during UNH’s 25th Annual LGBTQ+ Pancake Breakfast. It’s this fantastic annual even that we hold to commemorate the first gay student organization at UNH which was started in 1973.
Back in 1973 the UNH students weren’t allowed to have any kind of gay student organization, the school didn’t allow it. And those brave queer students fought that ruling all the way up the state supreme court where they eventually won the right to have that organization.
Part of their organizing efforts was trying to secure a meeting with the governor of NH. He absolutely refused to meet with those students and so they found a very clever way to try to get that meeting. New Hampshire Public Radio was hosting one of their annual fund drives and one of the prizes that you could win was a pancake breakfast with the Governor. So the UNH students raised a ton of money so they could win that meeting. The Governor still refused to meet with them, instead having a wealthy friend donate to win the pancake breakfast at the last minute.
Now UNH has a vibrant queer community, while we’re not without our problems, and we celebrate those brave queers by hosting our own pancake breakfasts and honoring those community members who have made a difference to our communities.
And one of the coolest things? In 2013, 40 years later, we finally got the Governor to come and have pancakes with us 🙂