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Sockupied & A Giveaway!

UPDATE 8/4: Congratulations to reader Lorinda! Check your email for further instructions!
It’s always fun to cheer on fellow knitters when they release a new book! It’s especially fun when the author is someone you’ve worked with and consider a friend. Anne Merrow and I have worked together in the past on the Knitting Daily TV set and she’s just released a new book, Sockupied.
Now available for the first time in book form, Sockupied brings you a collection of 20 sock patterns specially chosen from its first 10 issues of the magazine! This unique book features 6 toe-up patterns as well as standard top-down construction, and projects that include basic socks for beginners. Inside you’ll find patterns featuring cableslacecolorwork, and textured patterns. Enjoy projects from your favorite sock designers Cookie A, Star Athena, Ann Budd, Cat Bordhi, Deborah Newton, and others!
Sockupied - jacket art

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

Anne was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview about this wonderful sock book she edited…
Tanis Gray (TG): Some knitters think of projects as socks and everything else. Why do you think sock knitting is so beloved?
Anne Merrow (AM): What’s not to love? 🙂 For me, it was the yarn. I love sock yarn, and I love buying 1 skein and knowing that’s plenty for a project. But they’re also accessible for any skill level. You could put together a whole knitting curriculum just based on socks.
Sockupied - Ann's Go-To Socks beauty shot
 TG: How many socks do you think you’ve knit in your lifetime and any favorite patterns stand out?
AM: Not enough, based on my yarn stash! Really, just a few dozen. Our readers put me to shame. One favorite is Deb Barnhill’s Speed Bump Socks, which were simple but addictive.
TG: Can you tell us about your process of deciding which socks would make the cut for the book?
AM: It was difficult! We looked for a good variety of easy and challenging, toe-up and top-down, and major techniques (cables, lace, colorwork). Some we couldn’t use because they were simply too long, which isn’t a concern in digital publishing.
Sockupied - Cataphyll beauty shot
 TG: What advice do you have for someone looking to knit their first pair of socks?
AM: We’ve had a couple of great posts with knitting advice on the blog, but here’s my basic info:
TG: Are you a fan of knitting 2 socks at once or do you knit them one at a time?
AM: I really only knit 2 at a time. I tend to put things down for a long time and then forget what I was doing, at least if they’re two at a time they match!
Sockupied - Muscadine Socks beauty shot
 TG: How long have you been knitting socks?
AM: Since about 2001-2002. I’ve told this story before, but… My Dad asked for a pair of socks for Christmas, and I learned to knit socks to make them. He promptly felted them. It took a few years before I learned about superwash.
TG: There are so many types of sock heels! Can you talk a little about this?
AM: Sock heels are pretty ingenious. One thing I say at every photo shoot is, “Feet are weird!” They turn a corner and have this bulbous thing at one end. So whether it’s with short rows or picking up stitches along an edge or both, there has to be some way of making this flat fabric curve in several ways at once. I think the fact that there are so many ways means that there isn’t a single perfect way, and knitters invent their own. It’s also something you really need to experiment with to see what fits you best.
Sockupied - Our Paths Cross beauty shot
 TG: Could someone looking to tackle their first pair of socks find something their speed your book?
AM: Absolutely. Ann’s Go-To Socks (the first in the book) is both really basic and really addictive. Ann Budd is a sock knitter beyond compare, yet when she starts a pair of socks for herself, this is the recipe she builds on. Speed Bump Socks are a close second—they add a really easy to memorize stitch pattern to the basic sock structure.
TG: What’s your favorite pattern in the book?
AM: Favorite I’ve knitted so far? Speed Bump Socks by Deb Barnhill. On the needles now? Muscadine Socks by Star Athena.
Socks I’m most eager to make when I can really focus on my knitting? Tied: Cataphyll by Hunter Hammersen and Our Paths Cross by Lorilee Beltman.
Sockupied - Speed Bump Socks beauty shot
Thanks, Anne!
I’ll be giving away a copy of this book to one lucky blog reader. Answer the trivia question below in the comments section (US residents only, please) to be entered for a chance to win. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday:
Where was the oldest pair of socks found?

Sockupied is available here. Until then, happy sock knitting!

24 Comments Post a comment
  1. Elke P. #

    The earliest known surviving pair of socks, created by naalbinding. Dating from 300-500AD these were excavated from Oxyrhynchus on the Nile in Egypt. The split toes were designed for use with sandals.

    I like to always learn something new during your give a ways – THANKS

    August 1, 2014
  2. Reneé #

    Egypt, would love to win this book. Just took a sock class last month and loved it. Knitting socks for Christmas gifts and would love to learn two at a time!

    August 1, 2014
  3. Joan #

    Egypt! Thanks for the giveaway!

    August 1, 2014
  4. Barbara Cerri #

    Wiki says the oldest sock was found in Egypt. Thanks

    August 1, 2014
  5. I believe that would be Egypt. Would love a chance at the sock book!

    August 1, 2014
  6. Egypt

    August 1, 2014
  7. Julie T #

    I was going to say Estonia, but goggled the question and it was Egypt! Thanks!

    August 1, 2014
  8. linda gaylord #

    Egypt.I knew it and didn’t have to look it up.Thanks for The giveaway!

    August 1, 2014
  9. Joanne #

    Egypt! Thanks for knitting, blogging & giveaways!

    August 1, 2014
  10. That would be Egypt!

    August 1, 2014
  11. Karen Lauterwasser #

    This look like a wonderful book. The oldest known socks were found in Egypt (and I knew that before I double checked). Knit on!

    August 1, 2014
  12. Kate M #

    Holy cow! This looks like an amazing book. The oldest socks were found in Egypt. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    August 1, 2014
  13. Samantha #

    The all knowing Google says that the first pair of socks were found in Egypt. In the last year or so I’ve fallen in love with sock knitting, I have hundreds of skeins just waiting to be knit. I would love to win this book!

    August 1, 2014
  14. Lori #

    The oldest pair of socks were found in Egypt. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

    August 1, 2014
  15. Driscoll Rose #

    I believe the oldest pair was found in Egypt. Looks like a great book!

    August 2, 2014
  16. Research says Egypt. Love sock knitting, would love to win this book.

    August 2, 2014
  17. Beverly #

    The oldest socks were found near the Nile in Egypt.

    August 2, 2014
  18. jahknot #

    I think they were sandal socks, found in Egypt …love the book!!!

    August 2, 2014
  19. Melissa #

    I’m late to the party! The oldest pair of socks was found in Egypt. Fingers crossed! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. 🙂

    August 2, 2014
  20. Egypt – thank you.

    August 2, 2014
  21. Lorinda #

    The oldest pair was found in Egypt from the 12th century! Neat question, cool book!

    August 2, 2014
  22. Anya #

    I’d always heard that it was Egypt. I remember seeing a photo of them– interesting! 🙂

    August 3, 2014
  23. I read it on the Internet so it must be correct, right?? Egypt.

    August 4, 2014
  24. Marianne #

    Egypt! Unless it’s a trick question – lol!

    August 5, 2014

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