Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Buy Socks, Do Good

This Saturday, you have the chance to acquire for yourself (or someone else) a fabulous pair of unique and colorful hand-knitted socks and in doing so help someone in need. The Hudson Neighborhood Knitters, who gather weekly at Verdigris to knit and crochet, have created dozens of pairs of socks--socks for men, women, and children--which will be auctioned on Saturday, February 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the very spot where they were produced (at least in part): Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar, 135 Warren Street. The goal is to raise enough money to purchase 500 pairs of high quality thermal socks, which will be distributed by the Salvation Army to local people in need.

Not surprisingly, socks are the item most requested by homeless people. That fact is what inspired Claudia Krisniski, owner of Countrywool and founder of Hudson Neighborhood Knitters, to conceive of the Charity Knitting Sock Auction. Professional auctioneer Rupert Fennell is volunteering his time on Saturday to auction off the socks, and many local businesses have donated "stocking stuffer" prizes that will be hidden in each pair.

To learn more about the auction, read Jamie Larson's piece in Rural Intelligence: "Hudson Sock Auction Brings Warmth at a Cold Time." To preview the socks, go to Verdigris, where some of the socks are now on display.

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