It won’t surprise those who know me that I was a girl guide – a Queen’s Guide at that. I was heavily into sewing hard-earned badges on my sleeve – now, badges weren’t easy to get in those days (in the late 70s/early 80s). I still have my uniform (still fits too) – and although this makes me sound like a skinny overachiever – and the type of person you wouldn’t like – it’s not true!
Anyway, I digress, I wanted to reward the “graduates” from my sock knitting class – I’m so proud of them and happy that I can pass on new lifelong skills to others, which they in turn can pass on – I’m soppy and sentimental like that. We have a badge machine so I thought a badge would be good. I will credit my husband with the idea to make it like a guide badge. This necessitated a trip down memory lane and me getting out my old guide uniform and my compass set, my felt tips and my coloured pencils – joy, joy, joy. I attach a photo of my hard-earned and very neatly sewed guide badges, for those of you who fancy a nostalgia trip – women of a certain age and disposition – I can remember what most of them are. How many can you remember? The first two I got were craft and artist – no surprise there then.
So, I made some sock badges and low and behold, there’s a wee space on my sleeve that’s clearly been waiting to be filled. I didn’t get a knitting badge at Guides as I didn’t learn to knit until I was 15 when my granny died and I inherited her needles and a desire to keep myself in cool stripy sweaters.
If you’d like one of my individually hand drawn sock badges, I may go into production and sell them, but meanwhile, comment on my post and if I can get at least 20 comments – so pass this post around – I’ll send a free badge to a random commentator. Even if you don’t knit socks yourself you could win the badge and give it to someone who does.
Finally, here’s to 6th Headington Guides and 48th Oxford Scouts – we shared a hut and a few snogs behind the hut – well more than a few in my case – but always with the same “scout” – well, those WERE the days – they didn’t have a Guide “snogging” badge or I would’ve got that too – see, I wasn’t all goody two-shoes – girls just wanna have fun! – and didn’t we just.