Sock Knitter Interview: Cindy Petty

Prize Winning Purple Dot Socks


Please tell us your name, where you live and any special talent(s) you have, (other then knitting)?

My name is Cindy Petty. I live in Princeton, IN, which is near the “toe” of Southern Indiana. I am a former writer for LifeWay Sunday School materials, specifically for preschool teachers (which is why my Twitter name is preschoolwriter!)

How long have you been knitting?

I have been knitting steadily since 1978 but I really started knitting in middle school (which would have been around 1967). Wow! I just figured that out — it’s 44 years! I just did not continue after 6th grade until I got married. When I first learned to knit, I ran home and promptly taught my mother to knit, even though she was left-handed and I am right-handed.

Who taught you how to knit?

We had a lunch-time “club” in middle school (6th grade) and a teacher taught us to knit. All the “cool girls” were in this club and I was a “cool-girl-wannabe!” LOL!

When did you start knitting socks?

For a long, long time. Maybe 20 years? Not really sure.

Tell us about the first pair of socks you ever knitted? (What pattern did you use? Who did you make them for?)

I believe it was when I discovered the sock-knitting group on yahoo-groups and I started looking through the internet for knitting patterns and discovered one (I believe it was from Judy Gibson) that used Wool-Ease and size 4 or 5 DPs. Using that pattern, I pretty much picked up knitting socks, although I did have to have help when I got to the part about turning the heel as I had never done short-rows before. The socks were made for me.

Where are those socks now? (i.e., in your drawer, frogged, in sock heaven…) 

I think I still have them, although they do have holes in the heels. I keep them in my PJ drawer and sometimes wear them on cold nights.

What are your most treasured pair (or set) of knitting needles that you own? Tell us why?

Well, I really treasure ALL of my needles! My most favorite brand (my “go to” needles) are Knit Picks Harmony interchangeable needles.

Where is the furthest your knitting has ever traveled?

I guess it would be Florida, as I sent socks, etc. to my mom and dad.

If you were a yarn, what type and color would you be?

I would be wool-nylon blend of sock yarn, probably a blue and yellow blend and if I were really honest, I would be a THICK yarn!!

Fantasy knitting- If you could knit something for anybody (dead, alive or fictional), who would it be and what would you knit for them?

Hmmm…I think it would be a complicated Fair-Isle sweater with cables for me because I just can’t seem to knit sweaters. I start them but never finish them. Just once, I would like to be able to finish a sweater!

What’s on your knitting needle(s) right now?

I have a pair of socks for me; I have a large Lucy Bag for me; and I have the Rambling Rows middle-size afghan that will probably go to my sister. I just finished two pairs of socks and the Felted Clogs from FiberTrends for my Aunt Jean! I also knitted socks, hats, and washcloths for Christmas presents (just so you know that I am normally not a “me, me, me” knitter!)

Some people just can’t seem to understand why in this day anyone would ever think of knitting socks. So, I’ll ask you the question sock knitters get all too often- Why would anyone waste their time knitting socks when you can get a 12-pack for five bucks at Wal-Mart?

Since I have very, very cold feet, my answer is that I knit socks to keep my feet warm!!! You can’t find the 100% wool or even washable wool socks at the local big box stores (I know, I have tried to buy this type of sock for my DH when we was delivering newspapers at 4 a.m.!).

Could you please provide a link to your website, blog, Flickr, Facebook, Ravelry or Twitter, or all of the above.

Facebook is  Cindy Lou Petty; Twitter is Preschoolwriter Home; my blog, (I try to keep it more up-to-date). Ravelry is CLPetty

Thank you so much Cindy for your time and wonderful talent!