Monday, 8 October 2007

Have you checked your breasts socks

I was very moved by this entry on Natalie's blog. Over the following few days I thought a lot about what I might do to support the campaign to encourage women (and men) to be breast aware and to make it part of life, something we talk about and aren't embarrassed by.

I thought that I would respond in the way that I knew best - a sock pattern! I wanted to do something that was symbolic rather than figurative so here are a couple of pictures of my thoughts so far.

The idea of the pattern is that you can choose any solid or semi solid yarn for the body of the sock and have some fun with pink ribbons which curl around the sock in a slip stitch pattern. I wanted to make a pattern that was interesting in its own right and didn't look like the stereotypical awareness sock.


I was particularly keen to put a design on the heel flap as this is a part of the sock that isn't often seen, usually hidden inside shoes and symbolises the fact that checking our breasts is easy to hide away from and forget about but needs to be something we are open about. This pretty pattern is meant to be seen so use it as a house sock or a clog sock but most importantly, every time you put them on or fold them into the sock drawer let the flower on the heel remind your to check your breasts and better still remind someone you love to check theirs too - go on - don't be shy, it could be the most important gift you ever give them.

Once I have done a little bit more adjustment I will be offering this pattern as a free download link from the website but I will also be putting up a Just Giving page with a request that you make a small donation to Breast Cancer Care who provide information and support to both those affected by breast cancer and promote awareness in the wider community. I did think about selling the pattern and donating the proceeds myself but I believe that knitters are honest and supportive and will value the pattern and what it represents.

When I was running this idea past Natalie (and checking that the heel pattern did NOT look like a nipple) she made a very generous offer. Anybody that buys the yarn from her at the Yarn Yard for these socks will receive a mini skein of pink yarn free of charge to make their ribbons.

I hope to have this pattern available before the end of October. This is another new departure for me so I would be grateful, as ever for any advice you might have on making this a success.

7 comments:

kathryn said...

What a lovely idea for a breast awareness sock! I've always had a fondness for the Greek Key pattern - it goes very well around the sock top and I like your adaptation for the heel. I know lots of yarns will go well with the pink but your oatmealy one looks as if it was made for it!

picperfic said...

Ooh Jane, they are lovely and the idea behind them is wonderfully thoughtful You lovely lady! I will keep my eye out for the pattern when it is written...thank you!

Adrienne said...

This is a great idea!!! Your sock looks wonderful!

littlelixie said...

That is a really good idea...

daisie said...

making something joyful out of something worrying ... what a wonderful thing you have done! really making a difference. I am looking forward to the pattern, and the yarn, and to remembering your message to us all.
Thank you!

Queen Dorothea said...

Soo pretty AND meaningful! My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, I'd love to make her a pair! Where did you get the very cute sock blockers?

susan said...

I've come via Natalie. I ran Race for Life last year for Cancer Research UK, and plan to do it next year.

These will be the perfect socks.