Sockupied: Our Revolutionary New eMag Is Here!

I love new technology, especially when it enhances my knitting!

So I'm really excited about our new eMag, Sockupied. I mean REALLY EXCITED. It's so cool—I've been playing with it for a couple of weeks now. It's a multimedia magazine that uses live links and video to illustrate all kinds of sock info. There are pattern downloads, video interviews, animated how-to illustrations! Here's a quick, 2-minute video to show you how Sockupied works.

Isn't that fantastic? I know.

Sockupied editor Anne Merrow has been working on this eMag for months, sourcing material from all over the place—literally from coast to coast—to put the eMag together, and she's done a fantastic job!

When I first met Anne she had a sock on the needles. (We were at the Sock Summit, so I had one in my bag too!) Anne introduced me around to the knitterati at the Summit—she knows everyone—and now I'd like to introduce her to you! Anne is extremely excited about introducing the first edition of SocKupied. You'll get the inside scoop directly below.


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There's something special about knitting socks: the perfect fit, the great yarns, the infinite construction methods. Socks are a great way to practice and enjoy almost every conceivable knitting skill. So isn't it time for a publication as exciting and versatile as socks themselves?

When I first started knitting socks, I didn't know anyone else who would do such a thing. With Christmas approaching, my Dad asked for a pair of thick handknitted socks. I'd never knitted in the round, never worked on double-pointed needles, never heard of Kitchener stitch or a gusset. But like every sock knitter, I worked one stitch at a time, and I proudly gave my Dad the socks for Christmas.

He promptly—and unrepentantly—felted them.

Twisted Diamonds—Ann Budd's new design
The Sock Roundup—this time focusing on cashmere!      
Crystalline Socks: great for solids or handpaints!
Cookie A discusses her process for designing the new Passerine Socks.

I have since discovered superwash yarn and knitted other pairs that he does wear, but even better, I started making socks for myself. It was the yarn that got me-I loved the colors and making a project out of a single gorgeous skein. And then I came to Interweave and found lots of other sock knitters.

So creating Sockupied was a natural extension of work and fun. Interweave had an idea for a new project about sock knitting, a multimedia publication called an eMag that would have video and links as well as photos and patterns. The editorial director of Interweave Knits asked me who could edit it, and who could blame me for nominating myself? What we came up with is the first eMag devoted to knitting socks.

Sockupied is easy to download, fun to navigate, and combines everything you love about magazines with the benefits of digital technology. Once it's installed onto your computer, you have new exclusive sock patterns by top designers, in-depth video demonstrations, plus lots of inspiration and techniques whenever you like.

Because Sockupied is all-digital, we could make it completely interactive, with videos and slide shows and pop-ups-it's designed to be fun and instructive, putting information right at your fingertips. Sock knitters love finding patterns, watching video tutorials, and (of course) shopping online, so an eMag that combines all those things with photos, links, pop-ups, and a substantial dose of play was a natural fit.

* Legendary sock knitter, writer, and editor Ann Budd designed a pair of socks that shows off the Channel Island cast-on in a beautiful picot-like cuff.

* If you're not fluent in the Channel Island cast-on—or the Old Norwegian, alternating, or double-start cast-ons—then watch Eunny Jang's video demonstration of each one as many times as you need. You can pause each video, read the step-by-step directions in the article, and consult the animated illustrations at the same time until you can do each one in your sleep.

* You may find a new favorite yarn in our sock yarn roundup, which gives you an up-close look at six different on sock yarns with cashmere. Yarn can look completely different knitted up than it does in the skein, so when you mouse over a swatch on the Great Yarns page, the skein pops up for comparison. And if you see one you like, you can click on the name to go to the company's website. Like a lot of knitters, I subscribe to the "sock yarn isn't stash" philosophy-though when you have enough lurking under your bed to knit a different pair for every day from October through March, as I do, it might be time to slow down. But I can make room for a couple skeins of cashmere sock yarn, my new must-have affordable luxury.

* Debbie O'Neill took our challenge and designed a "One Sock Two Ways"pattern for socks that are as great for handpainted yarns as for solids. Crystalline Socks are exquisite, making handpainted yarns as breathtaking knitted up as in the skein.

* Sock star Cookie A. came to our video studio to tell us about how she started knitting socks. Hear about what she's working on now, follow her process for creating the exclusive Passerine Socks design, and watch her demonstrate three techniques for executing the socks perfectly. The article includes what we imagined her design wall might look like, with photos of her previous designs and works in progress, covers of her two books (which you can click to purchase), and a link to a free pattern.

* The last page of a magazine is the one I read first, so having a great last page was really important. Author, blogger, and illustrator Franklin Habit rose to the challenge, as always, with a true fairy-tale ending.

But no matter how much fun this was for my colleagues and me to put this together, Sockupied is really about you. There's a forum set up on Knitting Daily to talk about the issue—to share what you like (I hope), what you'd like to see in future issues, or just your experiences as a sock knitter. I can't wait to see lots of new socks up in the Knitting Daily reader galleries!

Now go get Sockupied!

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