More than 300 of you wrote in to say why you
thought the Comfy Socks were a bit lonely. The two factors mentioned
most often were the bulky yarn/large gauge used in the pattern, and—surprisingly—the photograph.
The bulky yarn part made sense—most of you felt that these knitted socks
wouldn't fit inside your shoes, and even if they did, they would be
thick and thus decidedly Un-Comfy. I agree that these are really more
around-the-house-socks than they are wear-inside-your-sneakers socks.
What surprised me was the overwhelming feedback about the photo—and
how much detail you gave in your critiques. I cannot tell you how
valuable those comments were to all of us here--so thanks to each and
every one of you who wrote in.
Here's what we learned—and I say "we," because I am going to share
your comments with the magazine and book editors here so we all can
keep your feedback in mind at the next photoshoot!
What everyone pointed out was how "bunched up" the heel looked on
the sock worn by our gentleman model. This made it look as though the
sock did not fit well, particularly through the heel. And who wants to
knit a sock that doesn't fit well?
You also noted that the photo was taken so far back that you
couldn't really see any of the details of the sock; the colorful yarn,
although pretty, also obscured what the sock looked like.
So: Better photos are a must, and a wider variety of yarns, gauges,
and difficulty levels in sock patterns would be nice too. Thanks so
much for the feedback!