Ask Not What Your Socks Can Do For You…

Happy Birthday #35!  On May 29, 1917, President John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, MA.

President Kennedy’s legacy includes a Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage.  Though, maybe Jack should have also written children’s books.  In a 2011 interview, his daughter, Caroline, recounts his story-telling skills.

My father was spectacular at making up stories. And he used to tell me about a purple shark…. He said there was a purple shark that used to follow the Honey Fitz[the small presidential yacht]. It liked to eat socks. My father would make people throw their socks overboard, and they’d disappear. He’d say, “See? See? Did you see the purple shark? He ate the socks!” And I’d go [gasps like a child], “I don’t really see him. Oh, oh, I think I see him! Look, the socks are gone, so it must have been the shark that ate the socks!” Those stories were fantastic.

Here’s to President Kennedy and to purple sharks.

     

Happy Birthday Pac-Man!

Released on May 22, 1980, the classic yellow man turns 35 today.

There are two legends of how Pac-Man received his moniker.  The original Japanese title for the game was Pakkuman, which was based on the onomatopoeic term paku paku (supposedly, the sound of the mouth opening and closing while eating).  The second story is that the name was initially Puck-Man due to the main character resembling a hockey puck.  The name was then changed to Pac-Man when released in the United States to avoid vandals altering the name to something less than family friendly.

American Red Socks

Today, in 1881, the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in Washington, D.C.  Barton was inspired by the work of the International Red Cross in Switzerland during the Franco-Prussian War.

The organization is known today for its blood drives and disaster relief efforts.  But, during the first and second World Wars, the American Red Cross enlisted volunteers from across the country to hand-knit heavy-duty wool socks for soldiers.

Not only was this a kind gesture and reminder of home, but it was instrumental in keeping the troops from getting trench foot.

WWII veteran Dr. Giulio D’Angio donated his socks back to the Red Cross chapter 70 years after he received them.  You can read his story here.

Sock Saturday- anatomy of a sock

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*Clears throat* Hello class, and this week we will be discussing the anatomy of a sock. Examine this picture(from off t’internet, as I can’t figure out how to add writing to my own pictures):

Anatomy-of-a-knitted-sockThis sock is actually knit cuff-down, rather than toe-up, as is my general method, but that doesn’t make any difference.

The toe section

The pink bit of this sock is the toe. You start my casting on some stitches(there are various special cast ons for this, and I will discuss my favorite one next week), and increase until you have enough stitches to go around your foot.

The instep

The dark grey stripy part of the sock is the instep. This is just quite a lot of stocking stitch mostly. If you’re using a pattern, only work it on the top of the sock- you want to have nice squishy stocking stitch layer of sock between…

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