Meeting a favorite designer in person is always a treat; listening to them talk about their inspirations for the designs that we knit each day gives us a deeper understanding of just how much work and love goes into each and every stitch.
I got to meet Cookie A., author of our new book Sock Innovations, in June of last year, and was immediately charmed by her quiet enthusiasm for All Things Sock. As I listened to her, I realized that much of her design inspiration comes from her love of mathematics. Through her own special brand of magic and alchemy, Cookie turns basic mathematical principles into easy-to-knit stitches that dazzle the eye. Lace, cables, twisted stitches--all are used as building blocks to create geometric masterpieces meant to peek out from the tops of shoes and the bottoms of your jeans. Her patterns are wildly popular; one of her earliest designs, Monkey, has been knitted by thousands and thousands of knitters worldwide.
The next best thing to meeting Cookie in person is--a Cookie video! And so the fine folks behind our Knitting Daily TV show sat down with Cookie for an interview, so we could bring Cookie to you!
In today's video, Cookie stars in a Designer Spotlight segment on Knitting Daily TV Series 200, talking about her famous Monkey socks, giving tips on resizing them for smaller and larger feet. You can download the free pattern for the expanded sizing version of the Monkey Socks from our Knitting Daily TV website. (Did you know that your Knitting Daily password and login also work on the Knitting Daily TV site? They do! Hooray, only one password to remember to download patterns!)
While you're there, be sure to take a look at all the episode listings to see what other wonderful goodies await you in episodes you may not have seen yet! We have the DVDs of both Series 100 and Series 200 available for purchase in our online store so you can have all the episodes right at your fingertips whenever you want.
Enjoy the video! Don't forget to take a look inside Sock Innovations, and order your copy here. Or why not show your local yarn shop some love--purchase the book from them (and pick up some sock drugs, er, I mean, yarn, while you're there).
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? A Cookie Sock, of course.