Just down the road from where we were staying on St Mary’s, the largest island of the Isles of Scilly, is a collection of artists’ studios. This isn’t unusual in itself, as Scilly is full of artists’ studios. It’s apparently a great place to be an artist. However, what made these particular studios particularly interesting to me was a sign bearing the name Scilly Socks.
With a name like that I couldn’t very well not investigate, and I’m so glad I did! Walking into Susan Seddon’s studio-cum-shop front is like walking into Santa’s workshop.
There are rows and rows of beautiful, carefully hand-crafted slipper socks, with elfin tips and coconut-button clasps.
Each pair is hand-knitted by Susan herself and vibrant lined with multi-coloured hand-dyed merino tops.
Unfortunately, there is no website for Scilly Socks, but Susan does a fine trade via mail order and she’s given me permission to include her email address should anyone out suddenly find their feet are a bit chilly.
Also a painter, Susan shares her space with her sister, a fellow artist who makes incredible, huge felt stones. I really wish I’d taken some pictures of them, too, but I was too taken with the socks to think of that at the time!