Everybody loves getting a pair of socks for Christmas. And everyone knows the best socks are the ones hand-knitted by grandmothers. And now, thanks to a project run by the charitable Elpida organization, you can have your very own socks knitted by a Czech grandmother, just in time for Christmas. The Ponožky od babičky (Socks from Granny) program utilizes more than 200 Czech grandmothers to hand-knit socks from donated wool remnants from Christmas sweaters and other materials of year’s past. Every pair of socks is a unique design hand-made by grandmothers around the country and volunteers at the Elpida Center in Prague 4, a senior citizen’s activity center that offers, among many other programs, computer and language classes that have taught more than 20,000 local seniors. Elpida also runs a free senior citizen helpline (800 200 007) that assists more than 30,000 seniors every year, and a free magazine for senior citizens distributed at local libraries, cultural centers, and homes for the elderly. During the Ponožky od babičky program, 10,000 pairs of socks were knitted by more than 200 grandmothers, and over 4,000 have already been sold. Get yours just in time for Christmas and support this charitable organization that supports local senior citizens. You can purchase socks in various sizes from the Ponožky od babičky e-store. Because all socks are unique, the color and design will be a surprise upon receipt. Each sock package bears the name of the Czech grandmother who knitted it. Look her up online at the Ponožky od babičky website and read more about the granny who knitted your socks! A standard pair of Ponožky od babičky runs for 249 crowns, but you can also splurge for special Christmas editions at 349 crowns each. And a limited-edition vest, hand-knitted by the same grandmothers that produce the socks, can be yours (or your loved one’s) for 1399 crowns. The Ponožky od babičky e-store also retails gift vouchers, magazines, and original “Old is Cool” t-shirts (which are not hand-knitted). You can read more about Ponožky od babičky (in Czech) at the Elpida website, and more about the activities of the Elpida Senior Center here.
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The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.