It's so exciting to see knitters finish their socks, whether
it's their first socks or their fiftieth. There are some really lovely
interpretations of the Simply Sockupied
patterns in the Knit-along forums—check them out to see the finished objects
(and the wonderful tips that knitters have been sharing).
Our in-house knit-along is also proceeding; we have knitters
at just about every stage of their socks, from cast-on to completion. I'll have
an update on our progress next week.
I won't keep you in suspense about our yarn give-away any more. User cindymoss will be receiving the Patons Kroy self-striping yarn (perfect to make the Speed Bump Socks), and robineggs70 will be receiving the Malabrigo sock yarn (which was used in the Simply Elegant Cable Socks). I'm trying to message you two, but please feel free to write me directly at sockupied[at]interweave[dot]com so I can get these goodies out to you as soon as possible.
When I asked who wanted to learn about authentic Victorian
stockings, I thought I was just pulling an arbitrary example out of thin
air, but several of you expressed interest in learning that very thing.
Whether it was subliminal messaging or just a sign of the
times, it turns out one of our sister publications, PieceWork, is in the midst of a Victorian Knitting Challenge. In
the January/February 2012 issue, a pattern for A Knitted Stocking was reprinted
verbatim from an 1845 book, and intrepid readers followed the directions as
best they could. (The original directions appeared without a picture, leaving it all to your imagination!)The knitters have been sending in photos of their completed
socks, and the July/August issue will include a selection of the completed socks as well as a pattern updated for contemporary
knitters. So hold onto your braces and ready your needles—authentic Victorian
stockings will be coming your way in a few short months!
Thank you from the bottom of our feet
In the meantime, I want to pause here and thank the yarn
companies who have supported our knit-along with their lovely yarns. We're very lucky knitters!
With the company formerly known as Sanguine Gryphon (now two
companies, Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns) in transition when we got
started, Dream in Color provided their delectable Smooshy with Cashmere for
Ann's Go-to Socks.
Louet supplied Gems Fingering for knitters of the
Custom Cuff Socks, and we haven't seen a color combo yet that isn't gorgeous.
The ragg stripe of Patons Kroy shown for the Speed Bump
Socks was so popular that half of our knitters-along decided to use the same
Knitters of the Simply Elegant Cable Socks are loving the colors
and softness of their Malabrigo Sock yarn.
Last but certainly not least, the Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn for the
Up + Down Socks is splendid, with colorways wild and mild knitting up like
butter. (True confessions: Since I assigned this design to myself, I chose the most sumptuous yarn I could find.)