Do you love knitting socks?
I've always been a knitted sock fan so when Amy Palmer, editor of Knitccene and Sockupied issued a call out for reviews of Sockupied, I waved my hand enthusiastically. I'd been vaguely aware of the existence of this sock loving publication but hadn't really got to grips with it. Amy sent through the Spring 2015 edition and asked me what I thought. Here's what I found:
A good balance of patterns and articles (5 socks, 2 articles and a couple of other fun things). The images are really supportive so you get plenty of sock pictures where you can see the construction and stitch patterns.
This is a digital only publication. Previously, you downloaded an app on your ipad or straight onto your desktop to keep the file. Now it's gone PDF which means you can have it on whatever device you want. This is much better for knitters on the go and those of us who don't want paper patterns cluttering our already fit to burst houses.
I liked the mix of skills I would need to make any of these socks. Each had a range of sizing and written as well as charted instructions. I was glad to see names I know like Rachel Coopey and Kate Atherley but also be introduced to less familiar to me designers like Mone Drager. This is for the sock enthusiast- plenty of techniques to work through and explore.
I also particularly liked the fact that there was a good mix of commercial versus independent hand dyed yarn. I know I go for crazy variegated for my feet because it's fun but I like to have a mixture to look at and see how something looks in a solid tone versus a self striping for example. It's good to see a bigger company like Interweave champion hand dyers. It can be hard to support with non repeatable colours but I feel like sock knitters are particularly drawn to hand dyers for their wild colours and fun. It was a good fit.
I loved Kate Atherley's in depth look at how to modify knee high socks. I am now sorely tempted as I made one pair that sagged woefully and deemed them too much effort. Her clear explanation and the fact the supporting pattern is in speedier sport weight has me tempted, I won't lie.
I wasn't as sure about the designer feature initially as it began with a very familiar format: introduce the designer (Coopknits), summarise their publications but then...? There was an insight into her favourite cocktails and shoes she likes to wear to showcase her socks; I really liked this! I tend to find I want something really in depth about a designer that goes deeper than a summary of their work or something different. This hit the spot.
Food For Thought:
I wasn't sold on the cut out and keep graphics on the final page. It seemed printer heavy to me even if it was meant as a bit of fun (the idea was a bit like a paper doll where you dressed a pair of feet with the socks from the publication).
If you're a sock fan and want to get your download of Sockupied Spring 2015, you can do so at the Interweave store.
Tune in this weekend for a sock based podcast and an interview from Amy Palmer, the editor of Sockupied!