Then, when exiting the Picasso exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum in December, I saw visual artist Nick Cave's (NOT Nick Cave of The Bad Seeds, I looked it up) "Soundsuits" and I about fell over. I stopped in my tracks. I stopped breathing, my heart stopped.
There before me were giant, human-sized suits, suits designed to cover a person's entire head and body, made of cut up recycled knitting and crochet. They were so stunning, so brilliant, so beautiful. I couldn't believe it. Passionate knitter and aspiring artist that I am, I said to myself, "This is why I'm here today, to see THIS."
I kept thinking about those wonderful Soundsuits and then one day thought of my stash of defunct hand-knit socks, and it hit me: I'll cut off the leg portion of the socks, cut them open and sew them together into a quilt! Or a poncho! Or a shawl!
Now, I've only got 4 pairs' worth so far, so this will be a few years' long project if I do it using solely (hee hee... no pun intended) my own hand-knit socks. But it will be fun, it will be beautiful, and it's great to know that my hand-knit socks will have a life beyond their original incarnation as socks.
And guess what? the Soundsuits I saw in December were just a preview. A whole Nick Cave exhibit starts in March!! I am so, so, so, SO THERE!!