One of the things I miss working on with so little knitting time and bandwidth is patterned socks and intricately detailed accessories. Each time Rachel Coopey of Coopknits releases a pattern I spend a not insignificant amount of time ogling the intricate details, pouring over her careful yarn choices and generally thinking about what a clever sausage she is. The thing is, Rachel's patterns are simple to follow, clearly laid out and really, I just need to cast the heck on. I'm long overdue some Coopknits love.
Rachel is one of the teachers AND vendors at Unwind this year and I suggest you go and check her out because she's not only a clever sausage designer but a generally fab person too. So today, it's Rachel's turn as the featured Unwind personality and she's very kindly given permission for me to share an excerpt from one of her books!
I was taught to knit by my grandmother and mother when I was little and I
still have the extremely long garter stitch scarf to prove it!
When I rediscovered knitting in 2007, I wanted to learn everything. I roped
in my mother, and anyone else I could find, to teach me all the techniques
I was drawn to sock knitting when I bought 3 skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn
– they were so beautiful I thought I’d give knitting a pair of socks a try. When
I turned the heel on that first sock, I felt like I’d performed a magic trick! I
pulled it out of my knitting bag and showed it to everyone I met, shouting
‘Look! Look what I made! It’s a SOCK!’ (I got varying degrees of enthusiasm
in return, but I think it’s fair to say no-one was quite as excited as me).
I haven’t stopped knitting socks since then and I designed my first pair in
2010, I love the portability of socks, the intricacy and the usefulness of the
finished object – there really is nothing like hand-knitted socks for warming
your heart and your feet.
(Book excerpt from Coopknits 'Socks: Ten Designs to warm your feet and your heart').
Rachel's love for socks results in beautiful patterns and you can win one! Leave a comment below telling me your favourite single sock pattern, along with your Ravelry ID by midday 12th June 2014 and you can win it! Good Luck!