Dimitar Apostolov’s new project Bloc Socks introduces an adorable collection of hand-knit booties and socks with a cause. After going back home to Patalenitsa, Bulgaria last summer, Apostolov realized that his beloved grandmother’s knitting tradition could warm people’s feet and hearts far beyond his family and the farm he grew up in. He decided to put together an initiative to help her and her friends open a knitting center.
Beyond bringing these fuzzy goods to America, the project hopes to establish a community knitting center in Patalenitsa where women can meet-up, share patterns and knit together out of the cold, as well as after-school programs at the center so children can learn how to knit. You get to meet the people of Patalenitsa in this video:
Bloc Socks are a hybrid between a wool sock and a house slipper. Every hand-knit pair is made from local wool and family patterns that have been passed down for generations. Apostolov accepts pledges ranging from $10 to $2,500, each different pledge level qualifying the donor to receive different gifts (check out the site for more details)