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Victoria PawlikBy Victoria Pawlik
First created
Victoria PawlikBy Victoria Pawlik
First created
€827
pledged of €3,800pledged of €3,800 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 2 2017 1:06 PM UTC +00:00

About

Handmade Socks from Germany
Handmade Socks from Germany

 

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Warm Welcome to Cold Feet Bad, Warm Socks Good!

Who doesn´t love to have warm feet in cold weather and look at colourful wool socks? Or wear them in shoes and let those cheeky colours peek out over the top? For all people who have feet and love them warm I offer you handmade socks which I have previously only made for friends and family and love making them.

I am moving my studio and need your help paying for the move, redecoration, new furniture, tools and all the others small things you have to take care of when moving. (www.etib.org, more backstory below) In return I offer you handmade socks or carefully crafted personal audio or video of my cats.

You can choose what colour your socks will be and benefit from multipacks!

Victoria in her studio
Victoria in her studio

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Yes, it´s nuts to offer this in august, but think of the delivery being just in time to northern hemisphere winter!

Perks

You may choose between personal videos/audio of my cats as perks or handmade socks which come in short and long. Dont forget to write which size/s you want! (see size chart below)

NEW PERK! If you want to learn how to knit socks on the knitting machine learn here!

Cat perks

My cats
My cats

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Choose between purring/audio+pic (for therapeutic benefit play in loop) and video of preferred cat/s. When choosing video, you may make a wish: meowing, purring, running, cuddling etc (only if the cats complies though...).

Sock Perks

Short socks - colour & pattern samples
Short socks - colour & pattern samples

 

Long Socks - Example of Colour & Patterns
Long Socks - Example of Colour & Patterns

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 Choose between single pair and multipacks and name me one main colour per pair and size. Pattern and other colours will be a suprise! They are made with soft, easy to care for yarn made from 75% wool +25% polyamid blend in 4ply thickness in lots of colourful patterns made in Germany. You can wear them over other socks or barefoot, wear them at home or in your regular cold weather shoes. Caring for them is easy: machinewashing with the wool programme or as I like to do wash them with shampoo and rinse with conditioner for softness.

Sizes: S – EU 36-38 / M – EU 39-41 / L – EU 42-44 /  XL- EU 45- 47 

Choose your size
Choose your size

 

 You are also welcome to donate without perk or anonymously and will keep you updated with the progression of the campaign Please help in spreading the campaign in social media. I am immensely grateful for all your help and will answer your questions gladly about campaign, knitting and cats.

High Quality Sock Yarn
High Quality Sock Yarn

 

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New Perk!! Sock Machineknitting Workshops

Learn how to knit socks on the machine in a 4 hour workshops in Berlin. You will receive 200gr of sockwool of your choosing from my big boxes of sockwool which you can turn into 3 pairs of socks.  Also you will have another 4 hours studio time to practice what you learned in the workshop.  You can choose between a single person workshop or be part of up to 4 people in a workshop.  Your perk will be valid till Nov 2018 in Berlin. Choose this perk and after successful campaign completion we will make out an appointment.

Delivery Time

Delivery for audio, pic and video are planned till end of 2017. Socks can take up to March 2017, depending on the move taking place and the work I do for a living. If you want to gift the socks to someone for Christmas let me know. If you are in the northern hemisphere I will put you first in line but I do have to point out the handmade process of making the socks can take it´s time (see below) and that I am doing this on my own (nope, no interns in the sweatshop). If changes occur, I will let you know asap. I thank you for your understanding.

Breakdown of Spending

I made following estimate towards spendings:

€ 200,- Kickstarter

€ 200,- Payment Transactions

€ 500,- Sock yarn

€ 1000,- Moving firm 

€ 700,- Renovations

€ 700,- Shelves, tables, etc

€ 500,- Tools, Machines

Should the donations exceed the € 3800,- I will split the amount evenly between work stuff like machines, tools etc and the cats who desperately need a new climby, scratchy, sleepy tree (the old one is a few boxes on top of each other and the cardboard has been lovingly „crafted“ over the last years).

How I fell in love with handmade socks and how I make them

Handknitted ribbing for socks
Handknitted ribbing for socks

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I remember it well. In college I met my friend and it was a really cold winter in Berlin so I complained that I couldnt find any nice warm socks. So she gifted me a handknit pair made by her grandmother and I was in love. I studied them while also wearing them and tried to find out how they were knitted (no I did not look it up in a book....I just like to find out how things work on my own). I bought sock wool and it took me several tries till I was happy. Until then I only had a choice of wool that I could find in the shops and then TADA! the internet and I found a whole lot more colourful and crazy patterned yarns to knit. I was still hand knitting then, a pair of socks taking me 2 weeks and getting very addicted! But when I got my first Brother knitting machine with double bed I came round to knitting on the machine as with the amount of hand knitting that I was doing, my fingers quickly hurt and had dents (I was studying and working at the time and need my hands to work).

Machineknitting part of the sock
Machineknitting part of the sock

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 So after a time I arrived at the following combination of hand and machine knitting: 1) I handknit the ribbing 2) then tranfer the ribbing to the machine to knit the sock part (tube, heel, tube, toe part) 3) and hand sew the toe so there will be no seem to see or feel. This has for me the best advantage towards fully machine knit socks, as there is no seam in the ribbing (flat knitting machines can only knit ribbing flat) and hand finishing means no visuable/feelable seam. The socks last me about 3 years with good care, have minimal felting at the heel if you wear shoes/boots and can be easily repaired (yes, a „how to“ is coming). I love to repair them with different coloured wool for more glorious colour!

I love knitting socks, they make me feel cosy and warm on the inside and outside. The colours and the pattern are mesmerising and I like how it develops along the „foot“.

 

Voilà! Finished sock ready for shipping
Voilà! Finished sock ready for shipping

 

 

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Backstory

My name is Victoria and I am a knitwear designer working with knitting machines (more in „About Me“). I named my studio the „Electronic and Textile Institute Berlin“ where I offer support for students and artists and run an artist in residence program where people can rent space and the use of the machines to learn knitting and do their projects. I also do my own projects here and offer workshops.

My studio is in Berlin, Gesundbrunnen (it means healthy spring) which is a lovely and lively place to live and work full of quirky history and a small river running through. Many changes have been happening, new people moved in and it has become very popular. Unfortunately the building that my studio is in has been sold and all business contracts have been terminated. This small space has been a home to people who offer dancing lessons, art therapy, furniture making, sculpture, recycling and knitting (ETIB/me). The only constant thing in life is change. It makes me sad as it was my professional home for 6 years and I put a lot of work into it. Now I see it as a opportunity for change and exciting new adventures. I dont know where my search for a new place will lead me but to get there I need your help to move.

If you would to know what I & others have been doing in my studio please check out my blog: www.etib.org

About me 

I live and work in Berlin and grew up here though born in the UK. I studied fashion design at the College of Applied Arts Berlin and the London College of Fashion and did my master thesis on Mongolia. Mainly I work with Brother knitting machines and have several hacked machines that run with the AYAB software and the VVVV knitting app. Hacked means the old hardware is taken out and replaced with an arduino (minicomputer) and a shield into which the machine plugs. Then you can plug it into the computer and run it with above programs. I love colour and texture and yarns and have been buying yarns and fabrics and machines since even befor studying. I taught myself how to use the knittingmachine and knitwear as there was little offered at college. I love to knit art as well as clothes. I also have a passion for teaching and offer workshops but also teach at different schools ranging from secondary education, to job training and higher education at art and design schools. I also love my job at the Technical Museum Berlin where I offer Miniworkshops for childern and grownups and everyone gets to take home a patch of knitwear.

Have I mentioned I have 7 cats? :-D

Risks and challenges

The fulfilment is low risk. I have been making socks for 20 years and am a professional knitwear designer.

Erfüllung der Belohnungen ist mit geringem Risiko verbunden, da ich seit 20 Jahren Socken stricke und auch professionelle Strickdesignerin bin.

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    Thank You Email / Danke Email

    Personal thank you email with a cat pic!
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    2 Pairs of handmade, warm, colourful, short socks in colour of your choice!
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    1 Pair short and 1 pair long of handmade, warm, colourful socks in colour of your choice!
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    Per person € 120,- for Workshop in group up to 4 people.
    4h Workshop, 200gr wool and 4h studiotime for practice. Valid till Nov 2018 in Berlin.
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