When we were at the NPG on Saturday I bought a card featuring this this 1919 photo by Bassano which appealed because of the fantastic sweaters the two women are wearing and with such style! My goodness, I wished we'd all looked like that when we took to the playing fields of Manchester; warm hand-knits would definitely have reduced the pain of having to pretend to play hockey in the freezing cold or feigning interest in netball in the pouring rain.
I think I would also have liked some interesting sports socks, because I was never going to win any proper sports 'colours' by being good at games, and they would have brightened many a long P.E. lesson spent staring into space and trying to guess the time. This is why I like the socks I am knitting at the moment so much. It's a Regia yarn from the fantastic Modern Knitting site which could revolutionise the whole world of school socks with its huge range of yarns with brilliant stripes and colour combinations. Just think of the fun you could have devising your own personal school socks and how vivid and cheerful the school playing fields and courts would be if everyone could wear their colours. Although I would have been tempted to lean against the goal-posts and knit while everyone else ran around bashing each other's ankles with sticks...and then I could have knitted during the detention that followed. A win-win situation for me - just not in the sporting way.