Object of the Month
Each month we feature a different object from the museum's collections or exhibitions. This month we feature an item from our current exhibition - The Impact of WW1 on Rosemarkie, Fortrose and Avoch
Ladies’ War Work Parties were formed in Fortrose and Avoch. They collected wool and knitted hundreds of pairs of socks to Red Cross patterns. However, the knitters were told to avoid using red yarn because if the foot became rubbed, the red dye might poison the foot!
When finished the instruction was to wash the socks in pure soap flakes in lukewarm water and rinse in the same temperature; lay socks on a smooth surface, shape and stretch to original size and leave to dry. Tie loosely in pairs with a piece of wool.
Socks shown below knitted by Su Wompra.
The World War 1 Sock Pattern may be found at http://www.fibergypsy.com/patterns/wwiisock.shtml