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Cosy Sock Exhibition


Wed 28 Aug 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Thu 29 Aug 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Fri 30 Aug 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sat 31 Aug 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm
Sun 1 Sep 2013, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Toi Gallery, 145 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa Village, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: TOI Gallery

This exhibition shows socks mainly knitted by members of the Spinners and Weavers aka Knitters and Natterers who are one of the founding groups of the Catherine Mitchell Society and features works by Hilary Kerrod, Cheryl Lyall, Jane Burn, Marion Knight, Rainelia, Raewyn Robinson, Mika Iwashita, Shona Brooke, Mitsuko Ishida, Dawn Perkins, Marion Turner, Petra Molitor, Dawn Perkins and Warwick Broadhead.

You may well wonder what this sock thing is all about. Once upon a time the knitting of socks was a brutal necessity- as soon as World War I was declared the women of New Zealand were urged to knit socks. Socks lasted barely a couple of weeks in the trenches and the goal was to send every man off with several pairs. They must have knitted like the clappers, because it takes a skilled knitter a week of spare time to knit a sock. Most weeks, a sock. And then another. Obsessive.

As longtime local knitter Hilary Kerrod says “it's contagious, sock knitting. It's catching. Hang about with us and like vampires we'll get you. One morning your partner will ask 'Who's this Blendy person you talk about in your sleep?' Or 'What are Addi Turbos and why do you want them so much?"

“Where to begin- toe-up or top-down? Or possibly sideways?, Traditional double-pointed needles, magic loop or two circs? Addis or Hiyahiya or Chiaogoo? Bamboo or metal or graphite?”

Such are the discussions held within our Waiheke knitting community. And in the end, the comfort and delight of socks tailored to your foot, exactly. Patterns abound in books and on websites, obscure and fascinating techniques are available on the net and your Granny's methods are also totally relevant today.

Another part of the exhibition is a standard Ashford spinning wheel which has been deconstructed, the parts painted by various Waiheke artists including Sally Smith, Jan Robertson, Jo Smith, Ingrid Berzins and Katrina Stamp, and the whole re-assembled into working order. "

The exhibition runs from the 16th August till the 1st September.

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