10 August 2007
journey of a sock
I took along James' honeymoon socks as my trip knitting. I had plans to do his socks AND some christmas socks but I grossly underestimated how long it takes to knit socks. Since I was knitting James' socks the entire trip they had some wonderful adventures. Besides doing most of the things we did there were some special highlights for the sock.
It got to sit on a termite mound (to give a sense of scale).
It did such a good job at this that its hard to find--look on the left just above and to the side of the little arch.
Some sock knitting got sadly interrupted because of the bad condition of the roads, so it just got to gaze out the window for a little while:
Maybe the roads don't look so bad to you but imagine a really really bumpy roller coaster and it was sort of like that.
By the time the first sock was finished it was famous. Women (who were trying to sell us things off of platters balanced on their heads while we were stopped in traffic) stared in through the windows and had extensive conversations about what I was doing and how I was doing it. It got to meet a crocheted purse made by the Nigerian women sitting in front of us at a Durbar (ceremony thing where chiefs and important people meet).
It was officially finished at lunch after we me met the chief of the Gunja (he was not introduced to the sock, some things don't translate well). James was appropriately pleased....
My mother thought perhaps it felt like expressing its inner thoughts as a hand puppet.....
And Emmaunel (our driver who thought it was really hilarious that I spent all my time knitting socks) thought perhaps it might make a good necktie...............
The second sock felt a little jealous as it had little of the glory of the first sock. It was all business and work work work with that one. But the night after we returned from Ghana it was finished and James officially has honeymoon socks (two years too late)