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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review + Giveaway: Sockupied

Congratulations to our winner of the drawing - via the random number generator - KnitsWithSnicks!! 
Thanks, everyone, for entering, and stay tuned for the next giveaway :-)

Sockupied!
Copyright F+W Media




Edited by Anne Merrow
Interweave/F+W; $24.99


I enjoy knitting socks; they are a great portable project; they provide a versatile canvas for all types of stitch patterns such as colorwork, cables, lace, or just plain “vanilla” socks that let a great yarn be the star. They make great gifts because everyone has feet, right?
I’ve tried both toe-up and top-down, and have tried several types of heels. So why would I want another sock book? Because it’s fun, that’s why!
I recently read the new book Sockupied, and enjoyed it very much. 

Sockupied is a groundbreaking eMag that began in 2010. Now available in book form, Sockupied includes a collection of 20 sock patterns selected from its first 10 issues.

First, it has great photography and an attractive layout that’s easy on the eyes.
Second it has a nice range of patterns, from plain to fancy.
Some of the features that I loved the most were:
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      The section on various cast-ons and bind-offs, and when to use them.

-        The discussion on darning (repairing) socks when they develop holes – called "Save our Socks" (very valuable).

Some of the contributors include design stars such as: Kate Atherley, Eunny Jang, Cookie A, Ann Budd, and Cat Bordhi.These are some of my favorite sock patterns from the book:  





Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publishers.
















Would you like to win your very own copy of this fabulous book? Just leave a comment on the blog, telling me why YOU like to knit socks. Also, sign up for my monthly newsletter, if you haven't already done so.

I'll pick a name at random in two weeks, on Oct. 7. Please, please leave a Ravelry name or an email so I can contact you if you win! The winner's name will also be posted right here.

Good luck!

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New Design

Here's my latest design, the High Society Capelet or Poncho.
It's an easy knit, nearly all done in garter stitch.

It features a lush cable edging around the top edge to frame the face and an attached i-cord to neatly finish off the lower edge. A small button placket provides an opening for easy on-and-off. The piece can be worn with the buttons centered, or off to one side.
Garter stitch for the body gives it a cushy warm texture, and shows off a pretty yarn.
The capelet is worked flat with the 2 edges grafted together at the end. There is short-row shaping to widen the piece from the top to the bottom.

It has been tech edited and test knit.


40 comments:

  1. There's just something about it. So much love and effort put into something so unique. Rav amchart

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  2. To tell the truth, I have never knitted socks. It is on my knitting to do list, but I have my trepidations. Signed, shaking in my non-existent socks aka woolanthrope (rav).

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  3. I've only made one pair. I didn't pick an easy pattern, it had lace, mini cables (never done before) and of course short rows (never done before). I finished the first one quickly but then succumbed to the second-sock syndrome. I finally finished the 2nd a year later. They were fun to make though and I have on my wish-list to make socks for my whole family. (asimplehomestd)

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  4. I really enjoy the feel of the socks on my feet! The fact that there are so many color options is another reason to keep making them!
    Mamagiff on ravelry

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  5. I've just started knitting socks. I like that you can make something that is so common, but the pair you make is one-of-a-kind!

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  6. I struggle to anything but socks. They're portable, fun and everyone needs them. Perfect!
    Wahoomerryf on ravelry

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  7. I love knitting socks, so many colors and patterns, it is never boring. However, the main reason is my achy fingers can keep going on my teeny dpns, when I can't knit another stitch on a heavier project.

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  9. I love to knit socks because they are fun and quick to knit and I love wearing them! thanks
    gussek on Ravelry

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I love Sockupied and have learned some useful skills from its articles and embedded videos. Socks are great knitting projects because they're so portable, especially with a 9" circular needle. It's so simple to go 'round and 'round and 'round once you're past the tricky parts (toe, heel) and know the stitch pattern.
    knittingwithwords on Ravelry

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  11. I love knitting socks for so many reasons, the beautiful yarns and patterns, but mostly because I suffer with very cold feet and shop bought socks just aren't as warm!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

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  12. I love to knit socks because they're portable and don't take up much space. Plus, who doesn't love collecting all the beautiful sock yarn they can get their hands on?

    I'm vernalequinox on Ravelry.

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  13. Socks always fit somebody in my family and are usually claimed before they are off my needles. Thanks for the opportunity to win this magazine!

    Ravelry name: woolyeyes

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  14. I like knitting socks because of their portability as a project. I especially love the fact that socks are "consumable." Eventually, socks wear out, so I always need more, which means there is no guilt associated with buying sock yarn. :-)

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  15. The usual portability is a nice factor, but the reason I most love knitting socks is that my husband and I wear hand-knit socks every day (except the summer) and I love looking at my feet, remembering the feel of the knitting in my hand and knowing that my DH is wearing my heart on his feet.

    Rav: dianelaces

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  16. I like to knit socks because they are so portable. I wear them everyday and my husband wears his quite often too. He doesn't have as many pairs so can't wear them everyday.
    kathyg on Rav

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  17. There is nothing better then handknit socks on your feet. The memories of were you knit on them, the yarn and the fit! They are so comfy and warm :)

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  19. Sorry for this post... The first one was blank :)

    I like to knit socks because I like to wear handknit socks!
    EileenD on Rav

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  20. I love knitting socks as gifts and have knit well over a hundred pairs. I do knit many pairs for certain recipients such as my elderly Dad who love them and wear them daily. A new book would be wonderful inspiration.
    Karen Wrenknits on Rav

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  21. I used to knit all of my dad' socks until he went forever fishin.... This book may just inspire me to get back with my dpns and knit socks again. Thanks for the wonderful give away.

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  22. Because there fun to knit. This looks like a great book.
    SallyFromIdaho on ravelry

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  23. I love knitting socks, especially for my daughter-in-law. She loves home knitted socks. I haven't made tons of them but have knit enough to know how much I enjoy it. They are quick and you get that almost instant gratification feeling.
    sherryglover1 on RAV

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  24. I love to knit socks! I knit them both for myself and for others. I love that you can learn new techniques in small doses. I love how portable a project they are. Most of all I love how they feel when you wear them!

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  25. Socks are great! A very portable project, they can be colorful, easy, hard. I am a newbie in the sock-knitting world, so this book would be wonderful to use. KnitsWithSnicks on RAV.

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  26. I love knitting socks because they are portable and so rewarding. They make great gifts!
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

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  28. I enjoy knitting socks because they are a portable project that can be taken almost anywhere. They are also "art for your feet"!
    jlblapeer on Ravely

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  29. Hey thanks for the chance to win this great sock book! I love to knit socks. Everyone know they are a wonderful travel project, but I also think they are a way to express individuality.

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  30. Wearing hand knit socks makes your feet feel special all day!
    sunnydayknits on Ravelry

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  31. I like the portability of hand knit sock projects, and I love wearing the finished socks, too.

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  32. I knit socks because they make other people so happy. My dad especially likes the socks I knit for my mother to wear in bed. (MLH860 on Ravelry or stringstuffearthlinknet)

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  33. The only socks that fit my small feet are the ones I knit. And they are never boring with all the pattern variety out there!
    kgcrafter on Ravelry

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  34. I fell in love with knitted socks by seeing all of the beautiful ones my sister has knit. I have not started my first socks yet but I have all the stuff to make some that my granddaughter is begging for.

    schwipknits@gmail.com
    schwip on rav

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  35. I really want to try knitting socks and plan on dipping my toe in in 2015.

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  36. I love knitting socks as I have a long commute by train and they are the perfect size to slip into my work bag. I am FluffyFibers on ravelry :-)

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