I have never ever ever knitted a pair of socks.
It is true.
Amy Palmer, editor of Knitscene and Sockupied issued a call out for reviews of Sockupied Fall 2015, and I made a huge decision and volunteered. Now this is a huge decision for me, not because it is a review but because I have never ever dwelt in the hazy and for me, complex and scary world of the sock knitter.
So as a non sock knitter what have I discovered:
Well there are 6 interesting and challenging sock designs, with wonderful photography all by Sockupied/Harper Point Photography. There is an article on Knit Designer, Teacher and Yarn Gatherer Debbie O’Neill which includes her top 3 reasons for knitting socks and they resonate well with me and my stash. It is a great way to use up all those single skeins of wonderful yarns, play with fun colours and socks are very portable. It is always interesting to know how designers work and to know of their work.
There is also a great article “Socks From the Russian Empire” by Donna Druchunas which delves into sock history in Russia.
Excerpt : Examining the stitches in a sock is like traveling around the world, using a transporter machine to instantly be in the place where women and men knit familiar-looking stitches. Whether the socks were begun at the tip of the toe or the top of the cuff tells a story, as does the choice of colorwork motifs and the patterning used on the soles of the feet. With each row, the list of questions gets longer:
• Where did people use wool for making socks?
• Where did knitters use silk or cotton or linen?
• Where did knitters make socks with lace stitches?
• Where were colorwork patterns used?
• Where did people wear snug socks and fancy shoes?
• Where did people wear loose socks under sandals or wooden shoes?
• Where did knitters start their socks at the toe and work up?
• Where did knitters start at the cuff and work down?
Every stitch answers a question. In this article, the answer to all of these questions is Russia.
If you have any interest in the historical aspect of knitting this is a great article to read.
I like the mix of stitches and knit styles in only 6 patterns – from colourwork, textured stitches, lace work, and cables to simple plain and purl. I also like that most of the patterns have a range of sizes. The charts and instructions all look very clear. Top down and Toe up were new terms for me although top down works in other knitted pieces toe up is only used in the adventure of knitting socks. The glossary adds good basic technical information with great easy to understand diagrams. I particularly like the stretchy bind off and the magic cast on.
Hominy Socks by Marie Godsey – Marie says that if you’re new to sock knitting, these are a great introductory pattern. Knit from the top down in a easy knit and purl pattern, and as it happens I do have sock yarns waiting in my stash.
So these Hominy Socks got me just a bit excited, I love the colour and I like that they should be easy and that the foot length is adjustable.
These socks are going to be my first pair of socks ever.
So over the next few weeks or so I shall post my sock adventures here
Electrostatic Lines Socks by Jennifer Raymond are socks to put a spark in your step! Knee high socks knitted from the toe up in a simple repeating colourwork pattern.
Gladys Thompson Socks by Kate Atherley This design was inspired by classic Gansey stitch patterns, and are a unisex design which is not fussy and look great.
The Checkers Socks by Mone Dräger are knitted in a combination of stranded colourwork and textured stitches. These great looking socks are suitable for a man or a women.
Riband Socks by Heidi Nick with lovely wee cables twirling around the legs like ribbons – These could be a challenge for a new sock knitter but they are so stunning they should be attempted.
So if you are interested in delving further into socks there are new and interesting designs here in Sockupied – Fall 2015 but if you are like me and haven’t taken the plunge yet – I think like me you could also have a go at the easy Hominy socks and there is plenty more to discover once the basics have been learnt.
I am going to be successful in my Hominy Socks and my next pair should be Gladys Thompson Socks – with gentle stitching but I think I just might be rash and have a go at the Riband Socks – they look quite a challenge and ever so interesting.
So for US$11.99 Six brand-new sock knitting patterns in this all new issue of Sockupied – Fall 2015 A single issue Digital Magazine
I would love to sit, and knit, and speak with you Lee Gant.
What a challenging life you have led Lee, and what challenges you have overcome, and then paid forward to help others meet challenges of their own. In all of our lives there are challenges to be lived, overcome and shared. We all have amazing journeys, on many different levels but you have the skill and commitment and honesty to share your emotional and addictive journey with us all. I mean addictive in its many meanings from substance abuse to being addicted to knitting and stitching.
It was well understood in our grandparents generation that busy fingers made for a good life. But it was not consciously understood that creative busy fingers quietens the mind, calms the spirit and is healing in the very depths of ones soul.
These stories of addicted, ill, or simply sad people that you have knitted with and in doing so have affected a healing process are very humbling and also very exciting to know.
This book will help all those who read these stories to be confident in encouraging or assisting others to stitch to health whether the stitches are knitted, crocheted, embroidered or sewn. Stitching with “Love in Every Stitch” should become our mantra in this modern busy, busy world.
Thank you Lee.
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Publisher: Viva Editions (April 14, 2015)
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