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Sock It To ME: a community public art project to raise awareness and funds.

Discussion in 'Advocacy Projects' started by creekfeet, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    YAY for no buttonholes, Jace! I can't make a buttonhole but I can sew on a button. And that part is done at Sock Central or by Garland Assemblers in various locales, right, and not by each and every sock donor?

    Yes, DB, we will iron the socks and make a nice new fresh-scented thread. Very good thought.

    And the organ donor thought: that might be something we could use in an appeal for PWCs to send us their socks. It's not a kidney, it's just a sock. Donate today. Catchy? XP
  2. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Blogging Your Socks Off

    My main effort right now is to try to drum us up some healthy volunteers, but with no success thus far. So I tried to write a punchier appeal for help, and I put it in my blogspot blog which nearly ten people read!

    Need some help on this. Get the word out in a small way. We're not ready for a big public announcement yet, but please post it in some trusted places. A friend is posting it to a good small community e-bulletin board that I trust, and I've mentioned it to Facebook friends, for example.

    Here's what I blogged.

    Facebook status appeals have included...

    ... knows her friends are the sort of people who are already committed to many good works, but invites any with a scrap of time to spare to help launch what's sure to become a historic health advocacy project.

    and...

    Call for volunteers: Artists, Crafters, Activists, Event Organizers, Spare Hands with No Particular Skill but a Will to Help Out: Please pm me if you'd like to give a little time to an advocacy project to be launched this spring. It's to promote a vital health cause.

    Please feel free to copy and use any of the stuff in this post or improve upon and personalize it. I know it could use some improving upon because so far I've gotten no volunteers. And I know this project ought to rock their socks!
  3. talkingfox

    talkingfox Senior Member

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    heya knitters!!!

    My hubby has just finished patterns for both regular socks and thigh highs incorporating a chunk of the XMRV genome (one of the chunks that makes it unique and virulent, thanks Gerwyn!) and I can send either or both patterns off to you if you're interested :D

    Drop me a PM and I'll make sure you get the patterns
  4. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    I would love to see some pictures of these socks! Have any been made yet?
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    talkingfox Senior Member

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    nope not yet...just pattern
    We'll post when some get made
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    starryeyes Senior Member

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    Oooh.. I love it! Thank you creek :hug:
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    BEG Senior Member

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    Will the socks be knitted? Darn. I can't knit. What can I do from this recliner?
  8. talkingfox

    talkingfox Senior Member

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    you could make your display socks out of anything your hear desires Brown-eyed Girl.

    We're just all over the knitting thing at my house because we're (hubby and I) both fiber geeks.

    And there is LOTS that can be done from a recliner. We need tons of organizational, logistics, contact and stuff to be manned (or womanned as the case may be )

    Contact e-mail is : sockit2MEcfs@gmail.com
  9. jace

    jace Off the fence

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    talkingfox, excelllent work. I'd like a pattern but would it be possible to post it as a file on here? PDF or word file or whatever, downloadable? Then it would be available to all of us, so long as it was a ubiquitous application. (Ubiquitous = something that is everywhere)

    Don't we have some talented people here! :victory: :D:hug::D:victory:

    Note to self. Must make good readable drawing to post.
  10. BEG

    BEG Senior Member

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    Jace, I would like to see a standard pattern, too, whether it's one size, 2 sizes or more. I can sew; I have a sewing machine, a glue gun and all sorts of things to attach. I used to love walking on the beach and collecting seashells. I have many tiny shells which could be sewn on. I used to play around at tennis; bike ride; swim and on and on. We're only limited by our imaginations. I'm sure appliques can be found online somewhere. Jo Ann Fabrics has an online store for fabric and notions. Let's go and sew. C'mon, sockers, knitters, and others.
  11. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    I can't knit, either. I plan to use a nice new commercially made sock and embroider it, and sew things on it and who knows what else. Somebody else is going to cut a heart out of a running sock because of the hole not running has left in her life and the way it ripped her heart out. You don't have to knit. Think of the sock as your canvas.

    I don't know if we're doing one sock or a pair of socks. If we're doing one sock (my 1st choice for a number of reasons) perhaps those of us using commercial socks can mail the other sock to another member so as not to waste them.

    anyway, no need to knit!

    Oh, as I type I see that Talkingfox has already answered this!

    And, an email address I should use to sign up!

    well now!
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    BEG Senior Member

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    starryeyes Senior Member

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    Appliques are a great idea! Thanks Browneyes.
  14. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    I think I am going to find some kind of fabric (cut out in sock form) to paint on--with acrylics.

    If anyone has an idea what fabric would be best for this purpose, let me know.

    Also I need to know what SIZE it should be...
  15. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

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    Hey BEG,

    I haven't yet spoken to them but I will. I have sent an email to command central and think we should have something on paper to show them and an idea of how we would want them to participate before they are approached. They would have to see how it fits into their corporate agenda and what's in it for them re how McGregor Socks would be portrayed. They are an international co., they could be a big friend with more than just socks. Big would probably suit them better than small. Anyway, we want to know what we're doing before pitching them.

    I'm afraid I cannot take part in anything connected to Wal-Mart as I have boycotted them for many years. That doesn't mean anything for anyone else, of course. I'm quite deliberately not looking at the corporate practices of McGregor because if I find out they have sweatshops... well, let's not go there.

    Unless we make a pitch to McGregor, I'll get my socks from a local shop to support a small retailer but they will probably come from a sweatshop somewhere.

    Could I be more off topic?! :worried:

    don't think so! :innocent1:
  16. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Jace, Tfox, anyone with a textile brain, what size SHOULD they be? One size for childhood-onset, one for adult-onset, but what are those sizes, ideally? Big enough to give a large enough surface to decorate but small enough not to weigh down the whole garland too much. We should probably specify not only the ideal sizes but a maximum weight so we don't get 3-square-meter pewter socks.

    We're starting to get some volunteers offering their services. So far it looks like 2 sock-decorators who will be glad to do the decorating for some people who can't, plus 3 who have yet to choose their volunteer jobs.

    What we need people to do is...
    Pass it on!
  17. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    Size?

    I guess the size range should accommodate those who want to decorate a purchased sock. So maybe the kid size should range from baby-bootie size to about the size of a ladies' ankle sock. And the adult ones could be from about the size of a large men's sport or hiking sock, to a fairly large sized Christmas stocking.
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    sounds about right creek. I was thinking 12-18 inches for an adult sock (that's to the heel) and 4-10 for kids.

    btw as per Jace's request I'd be happy to post the xmrv sock pattern as a word document...but I can't figure out how. *doh*

    I could just cut and paste but it's fairly long and I don't want to clog up the forum...unless y'all are cool with that
  19. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    Can you turn it into a PDF and then post a link to that? On the Mac, you go to print and it gives you a PDF option. I don't know how it works on a PC, but someone on here does.
  20. creekfeet

    creekfeet Sockfeet

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    I'm adding to the list of volunteer functions we need people to fill: Volunteer Coordinator!

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