There are great moments every issue of Sockupied—the excitement of projects and articles landing on my
desk, of receiving the yarns and products for review, and of seeing the app take
shape for the first time. But one of my favorite moments of the Fall 2013 Sockupied wasn’t part of the issue at all. It was back in
December 2012, when Anna Zilboorg came to town and I asked her to be our featured designer.
I’ve loved Anna’s work since I first saw her Turkish Socks in
an early issue of PieceWork magazine. It’s
fitting that Turkish socks were my first introduction to Anna’s work because
they were Anna’s first sock love, too. When she came across a book on Anatolian
sock patterns, Anna discovered the joys of knitting socks toe-up, a technique
that she uses in her free-sole sock knitting technique.
Anna was here in Colorado to film her video workshop, Knit
Free-Sole Socks, which
demonstrates her method of knitting fully repairable and resoleable handknitted
socks. By working the sole and instep separately, you create a sock that can be
invisibly and perfectly fixed wherever it wears out. The technique was so cool
that I asked her to design a pair of free-sole socks for Sockupied, which became the Ovis Socks in this issue.
Zilboorg’s Ovis Socks combine a colorwork pattern with her free-sole sock technique. Photo by Harper Point Photography.
||The free-sole sock
technique combines toe-up sock construction with a replaceable sole for socks
that are delightful to knit and wear.
Anna taught a class with Blue Moon Fiber Arts proprietor Tina Newton on working with color
at the 2009 Sock Summit. Instead of following academic theories, Anna
encouraged her students to follow their instincts and “color desires.” The Ovis
Socks blend two richly colored skeins—one that looks black but contains green,
magenta, and browns the other skein richly colored with red, white, orange, and
purple—in a playful design that reverses the color patterning within the pair.
It can be daunting to meet a long-admired teacher, but Anna
is easy-going and delightful. Read Julia Farwell-Clay’s insightful profile in
this issue of Sockupied and meet Anna