My Design Is In A Knit-Along

Mark your calendars folks. On June 4th, one of my designs will be in its first every Knit-Along!

The wonderful people at AllFreeKnitting.com are hosting their first ever knit-along and they selected my Cobblestone Road Womens Sock design as their first project!

I’m so excited and extremely honored for one of my designs to be part of a knit-along. I strongly encourage you to head over to AllFreeKnitting.com on June 4th and join in the fun of knitting these socks. I can’t wait to see the varied colors and ways that knitters knit up these cute socks.

Below is a copy of the button that will be on the site for the knit-along. It’s not active yet, but do be on the lookout for the button as it should be up soon.

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, http://sockknitter1215.wordpress.com (I try to keep it more up-to-date). Ravelry is CLPetty

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

Sock Knitter Interview: Mary the Hobbit

If there is one thing I love more then sock knitting, it’s talking to other knitters about sock knitting. I sent a call out for knitters who would like to be interviewed and a few brave souls responded. So, please enjoy the following interview with Mary the Hobbit-

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

My nom de chaussette is Mary the Hobbit. I live in Reno now after working in Silicon Valley for 25 years as a computer programmer. I have an affinity for languages – studied Russian in college, and Japanese was an obsession for several years. I wrote a blog called Language Geek for awhile until the knitting bug bit. Also I have a serious book collection of translations of The Hobbit, hence the name.

How long have you been knitting? Who taught you how to knit?

My mother taught me to knit when I was little. In northern Wisconsin where I grew up, knitting was a fun thing to do in winter. After college I was working and living in California. When we moved to Reno 5 years ago I decided to knit a throw for the new living room, started visiting yarn shops, and discovered all the wonderful yarns that have appeared since I last checked 30 years ago.

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

I was looking for interesting projects to feed my new knitting obsession. As a girl I knit mittens on 3 needles but I’d never tried socks. So I got a book of sock patterns, I think it was Vogue’s Socks Two, and gave it a try with some purple and blue Red Heart yarn. They turned out clunky and enormous. Another early attempt was ribbed socks for The Spouse made with cotton/bamboo yarn because he thought wool was scratchy. Ha – little did he know that 2 years later he’d be begging for more wool socks!

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

I don’t wear the Red Heart horrors, but sometimes I show them to students as an example of a first attempt at sock-knitting. Kind of a before and after thing – it’s clumsy at first but with practice you too can make fine socks that fit.

What made you decide to become a designer?

It’s been an evolving thing. First I knit a few socks, then I knit some more socks, bought more sock yarn, knit more interesting and complicated sock patterns, bought lots of colorful sock yarn, bought and read sock books, started tweaking sock patterns, went to Sock Summit, learned new sock knitting techniques, and eventually it turned into designing socks for fun. The first pattern I ever published was my Seriously Southwestern Socks and they were/are free. I didn’t start selling patterns for awhile because I didn’t think they were worthy.

What was the first design you ever sold?

I don’t consider myself a Real Designer yet, because I’ve only sold patterns on Ravelry. Also I have no blog (sigh), which is de rigueur for Real Designers IMO.

What advice would you give to other aspiring designers?

Learn as much as you can about different techniques and architectures and yarns and experiment with them, so you have lots of possibilities for expressing your idea. When you have a design, make a good-looking sample and use it to market your pattern.

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

I have some Lantern Moon bamboo dpns, size 1, that I used for my first dozen or more pairs of socks. They’re bent and battered but I still love them, even though I mostly use Addi Turbo circs these days.

Where is the furthest your knitting has ever traveled?

Birmingham, Alabama – The Spouse and I participated in the Mustangs Across America event, and I knit a pair of socks in the car.

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

I would be a multicolor blue/purple Malabrigo Sock yarn, soft and fine.

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

I would knit some thick warm socks for Strider (Aragorn) of Lord of the Rings, because he spent all those years as a Ranger in the wilderness of Middle-Earth, protecting Hobbits from evil creatures.

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

I’m working on Yet Another sock design, of course! I keep swatching with different yarns, trying to get the right effect. For some reason, each swatch looks like a sock toe!

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?

Anybody who asks that question misses the point, which is not to obtain cheap thow-away socks. Knitting socks is a hobby that fulfills many needs: for relaxing activity, for a feeling of accomplishment (look what I made!), for self-expression, for creative impulses (what would this pattern look like with that yarn?), and of course, for comfy socks!

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

This is embarrassing, but I have no blog. I keep meaning to start one but am easily distracted by new shiny yarn and pattern ideas. My Ravelry designer page is http://www.ravelry.com/designers/mary-the-hobbit.

Thank you Mary for giving your time and giving your talent to the world of knitting!