If you've been reading my stuff long enough you'll know that I'm a very boring sock knitter. Every now and then I decide that I must knit some fancy socks. My last attempt at that failed (sigh), but that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate a finely crafted sock knitting pattern.
Some people like to knit socks in the way that I enjoy knitting cardigans: they'll knit the more complicated stuff just for the fun of it. For me, socks are too utilitarian and it just kills me when my beautifully knitted socks wear out, as they inevitably do. It just puts me off knitting entirely when I get to a point where many of my handknit socks have to be sent off to the great sock bin in the sky. So you wouldn't think that I would be into Sockupied, Interweave Press's seasonal sock magazine, but I love it. Note, I was given a free review copy, but you could give me a million of them and I would not have few bad words to say.
I do enjoy the guilty pleasure of looking at beautiful knitting patterns. Knitting pattern books relax me. The pictures transport me to a worry free land where all that matters is that my cardigan looks perfectly stylish against the backdrop of slowly falling autumn leaves. You know, kind of like the knitting version of The Sound of Music Lady Meme. And everything smells like pumpkin spice. In this knitting fantasy world, there's no such thing as bills, or child pickup traffic, or our local housing crisis, or yet another city council meeting that I have to speak at, so of course I love the latest Sockupied. It's a knitting fantasy made up entirely of socks.
Oh how I wish my feet lived permenantly in sockland. You can see why:
Drool Drool Drool. Somewhere in another dimension there's an Angela who has the patience to knit these kinds of socks, but here in my current dimension I just don't have the bandwidth. Oh how I wish I did. I'm afraid I'm at the angry portion of my thirties and I hear that they don't make a pill for that yet. You just have to live through it. It's a good thing that pouring over knitting magazines affords me some modicum of escape.
The Fall 2015 issue of Sockupied contains six sock patterns and a few delightful sock knitting features. The first one from sock knitting designer Debbie O'Neill is one of my favorites, with the Tree Trunk Socks, a pattern with a simple lace repeat that goes over the calf. O'Neill shares some of her knitting secrets as well, which are worth the buy. The other feature is Donna Druhunas's story on socks from the Russian Empire, which is a good companion to some of the information that has come out about medieval European socks. It's interesting to see the differences.
One of my favorite things about Sockupied is that it has sock patterns for a variety of experience levels. There's Hominy, a great beginner patterned sock that I might actually try out. Not that I'm a beginner knitter, but that a beginning stitch pattern is about all my brain can handle right now. The aforementioned Tree Stump Socks are fetching, but I'm afraid I do not have two skeins of matching sock yarn in my stash. I'm going to have to save that pattern for another time.
All in all, it's a fantastic issue, but what else would you expect from the folks at Interweave Press? I'm still raving over their 2014 Fall Interweave Knits issue, which I believe to be the only knitting magazine issue you would ever need. If you had to jump ship to mars and could only take one knitting magazine, that would be the one.