If one of something is good, then in my mind two is likely to be better and a glorious abundance, even more so. There's magic to be found in repetition. Was it Malcoim Gladwell who proposed that you could become expert in your field, by doing something for 10,000 hours?
The idea of this, was the thinking behind my exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks. Socks were the motivation behind me wanting to learn to knit properly, back in 2007. And perhaps it is because I feel a sense of gratitude towards them, that I have continued to intersperse all my other knitting projects with pairs of socks.
The rainbow washing line represents the time invested in mastering a new skill and the joy to be found in the simplest of things repeated over and over. There are roughly 34,000 stitches in a hand knit sock. Most of them pleasureable (with the possible exception the ones you drop while knitting as a passenger in a car going round the M25 in the gloom of the winter dusk). Many of those socks grew out of journeys, being the ultimate in portable projects, and in my mind, they stand for the miles travelled in my journey from novice to knitter.
I'm exhibiting here with the rest of my Needles and Natter group, if there's anyone local reading. And I promise to straighten those socks before I hang the real display!