The final instalment of the Aurora collection has arrived. The Borealis Socks join the Australis Shawl and the Northern Lights Hat in my small effort help raise money for 3 charities that hold a special place in my heart. So far I have raised money for Alzheimer’s UK, Cancer Research UK and these socks will be helping to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s UK.
Almost 3 years ago my Mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s after many months of back and forth to the doctors as they tried to figure out why she was slowing down and suffering from muscle stiffness. Along with tremors, these are the main symptoms of Parkinson’s, but not all patients display all symptoms. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These brain cells produce the chemical dopamine, and this lack of dopamine is what causes the symptoms. Parkinson’s UK is a charity dedicated to supporting those affected by Parkinson’s as well as undertaking research in to treatments that have the potential to slow, stop or even reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s. The benefits to families like mine could be dramatically changed by this research, which is why I will be donating £2 from the sale of the Borealis Socks to Parkinson’s UK (Registered Charity Number 258197 and SCO37554).
The Aurora collection has been inspired by the northern and southern lights and the sweeping cable design up the front of the Borealis Socks are reminiscent of the lights travelling across the night sky. Knit in Doulton Border Leicester 4ply in the ‘Saltholme’ colourway (I will be doing a separate blog post on this amazing yarn soon), these socks are knit from the cuff-down using a heel flap and gusset and come in sizes for all the family from baby to XL. The beautiful cable design is used on the adult socks, with a more simple version of the cable used for the smaller sizes.
This pattern uses the German Twisted Cast-On. You can find a video tutorial for this method here.
I hope you will help me in raising much needed awareness and funds for this deserving charity and bring forward the day when no-one needs to fear a Parkinson’s diagnosis.