Sock of the Month – From Outer Space and Back to Earth

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NASA’s Scott Kelly

When NASA’s Scott Kelly left the planet Earth for his year in the International Space Station, we launched our Launch Pad Socks, the first in our Sock of the Month Space Series.

Scott Kelly was truly inspired by his year in space.  He said “The space station is such a complicated facility and was so difficult to build and such an achievement.  If we put our minds to it, we can achieve anything we want, whether that’s curing cancer or going to Mars, we can do it, we just have to put the resources behind it.”

I like to think the same thing is true about knitting socks.  Totally achievable.

Now that Scott Kelly is back from his Strange Orbit in Zero Gravity, and back on Terra Firma, it seems like a good time to end our year of space exploration.  But that doesn’t mean we are done with the Sock of the Month Club.  Not hardly.

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Railroad Travel Brochure, 1921

We are ending our exploration of space and will be exploring our own planet then through the natural wonders of our National Parks—our next theme in our Sock of the Month Club.

When our country began, the wide open spaces were endless.  Thomas Jefferson predicted it would take 100 generations to completely settle and populate the new country.  With such a vast, wild country to explore there seemed to be no need to preserve areas for natural habitat.  The thinking was that the western territory would continue to be a great, untamed area.  If not forever then at least for a very, very long time.  But just three generations after Lewis and Clark set out to explore the great unexplored west, there wasn’t a whole lot of unsettled areas left, and Americans started thinking about preserving unsettled areas as public parks.  In 1872, President U.S. Grant signed the law that created Yellowstone National Park as the first national park in the U.S.  In 1881 the U.S. Army established a fort in Yellowstone to protect and maintain the park.  Later, the Department of the Interior maintained parks, and finally in 1916 the National Park Service was created to maintain a growing list of national parks and monuments.

SOTM-NationalParkSeries-LogoWe’ll have more history and fun facts on our national parks with the release of each new sock in the upcoming Sock of the Month Club: National Parks Series.  Get out your camping gear, pack your knitting needles, and stay tuned . . . .

Happy Knitting . . . . Scout

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