In our house we each have a bench, Jeff and I, which are posted on either side of the back sliding door where beneath we stash our most used shoes & boots. The shoes & boots are an ever changing collage, with socks often tossed on the floor about the shoes, sometimes strewn half way into the room and not so neatly tucked away as these well-behaved ones are, and as country life tends to be. Underneath ” my ” dusty bench are presently somewhat muddy LLBean Boots and Columbia trail boots, side by side, and it made such a nice homey scene that I just had to grab my camera, because it just so happens I noticed both pairs of boots had my two cherished pairs of Wild Wool Trail Socks stuffed into them. What is so special is that each pair are gifts knitted for me sent from from my dear knitting friends from afar, Petra and Virginia, side by side, it seems to me they are reminding me and cheering me on as I ((( again ))) make strides in hiking daily. The socks are my first choice for hiking, and working outdoors on the homestead, thus they are my most worn, and each time I slip them on my feet I really do feel the encouragement and support from my friends, in so much more than the knitting, their spirits walk with me. I am full of companionship today as I am tired from another Day One of a new hiking regimen (even only a couple of miles) with springtime ahead and feeling therefore also full of gratitude.