I had hoped to come to you today with photos and discussion of a finished blanket (today being my “half-birthday”, my blanket being a birthday present to myself, there’s the connection), but lately, it’s been entirely too hot in my apartment to work on the blanket, so it’s not done. I did drag it with me to knitting group last night, where I finished joining the squares and started working on the border, but yeah. That sucka requires a/c to receive any attention.
The origin story of these socks is a circuitous one. Back when Wasabi Peas was first published, I had a thought about making a blog post regarding how to resize those particular socks for different sizes (which would be totally easy by the way, and I’m still down for making such a post if there is a demand). But then I thought, “Why limit this discussion to one pair of socks? Why not share pointers about how to make almost ANY pair of socks fit your feet?” And I realize there have probably been many people who have done such a thing, but I couldn’t recall coming across a real discussion about it recently. So I pitched the idea to Lisa Shroyer, editor of Knitscene, and she took it.
In addition to writing the article, I said I would design a pair of simple socks that could be easily customized using the techniques discussed in the article. Because I’m a masochist like that. Deadlines. Those are fun. So anyway, in addition to having this pattern, this issue will also be my debut as a full-length feature article* author.
Funny story, this issue is also my debut as a foot model. Yes, those are my feet wearing my socks. I was tired of knitting socks that I couldn’t wear (since sample sizes for women are a size 8 and I wear a size 11), so I worked out a deal where I could knit the socks to fit my feet, and if a model with longer feet could not be found, I would “model” the socks myself. That was a silly idea. You’ll see why when you get the magazine.
Please, someone overseas, buy this magazine so I can say I’m an “international foot model.” I will get loads and loads of laughter out of that. Edit: Thanks to my friend B over in Ireland, I will be able to add “international foot model” to my resume. BRB, dying of laughter. 😀
If you’re new to sock knitting, or have trouble getting socks to fit your feet, I hope you’ll give this pattern a try! It is a really easy project, and the article includes instructions specifically to alter this pattern to fit your feet, while hopefully giving you a step-by-step look at learning how to customize other sock patterns. The issue hits shelves July 20, or you can pre-order it to receive a copy in your mailbox. And be sure to check out all the other amazing patterns in this issue: Hannah Fettig’s the feature designer, and Melissa Wehrle, Connie Chang Chinchio, Cecily Glowick MacDonald, Elinor Brown, and a slew of other amazing knitwear artists contributed to the issue.
*My favorite part about the article, however, is my bio, in which I mention both knitting math and roller derby. NERD.