I recently finished a pair of Hebe socks from A Knitted Sock Society by Rachel Coopey, published a few months ago by Quail. This beautiful collection of patterns uses Rowan Fine Art in Rachel’s trademark clever and unpredictable ways to produce an amazing armful of handknit socks.

A Knitted Sock Society

Rachel kindly took time out of her crazy schedule for a catch-up and to tell me more about the book and her designs:

RA. Hi Rachel, how’s things? No doubt you are as busy as ever?
RC. Good! Busy! This year has been a whirlwind of books, shows and knitters.

RA. So, tell us how A Knitted Sock Society came about…
RC. Rowan wanted a collection of socks for their new sock yarn and I loved the Fine Art yarn!

Hebe socks

RA. The Rowan Fine Art yarn is an absolute joy to work with and handle, how did it inspire the patterns?
RC. It really did; the colours are beautiful but more variegated than I would normally design with, so I used each shade as the starting point which is a bit different to how I usually work but I enjoyed it.

RA. Do you dream of socks and what would be your dream sock, or indeed who would you love to design and knit a pair of socks for?
RC. I do dream of socks! I have a notebook by the bed for scribbling down ideas that come to me in a dream or more often just when I’m dozing off! I’d love to knit a pair of socks for Jon Snow (the newsreader not Game of Thrones), he wears really bright socks on the news – I’ve asked him his shoe size a couple of times on twitter but no response yet, I’ll keep trying!

Enid socks

RA. I know you are usually working months in advance so what plans do you have up your sleeve for 2014…any chance of a scoop or is it all strictly hush hush?
RC. I’m working on a project with Baa Ram Ewe and their lovely Titus yarn and I’ll be doing the 4th year of my sock club with The Knitting Goddess, apart from that it’s top secret!

RA. And finally, what are you hoping Santa will pop in your knitted stocking?
RC. A large quality of Rowan Big Wool for a humongous cabled jumper – if we are going to have the bad winter everyone says we are I’m going to be ready for it!

All the socks!

Rachel is offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win a copy of A Knitted Sock Society. All you have to do is reply to this post by midnight GMT on the 18th December and cross your fingers that Mr K pulls your name out of his woolly hat! ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

A Knitted Sock Society is available from Rachel’s online shop and all good yarn stores and stockists. Join in with knitalongs and keep up to date with Rachel’s designs over in the Coop Knits Ravelry group.

All images © Quail Publishing and used here with permission.
Disclaimer: I have not recieved any form of payment for this post.



49 Responses to 11th december: a knitted sock society

  1. jackie says:

    oh for bedtime and the joy of socks ;0)

  2. Marion says:

    Socks! Socks, socks, socks… I do make rather a lot of them. And I’ve got the ‘When Granny Weatherwax Knits Socks’ e-book in my Rav library – I’m itching to do a few of those, but need to get current projects out of the way first. But more sock books is always a Good Thing[tm].

  3. Glenda says:

    Oh my goodness what beautiful socks! I think I might write off the rest of today and just knit until school pick up time…

  4. Susan says:

    What a fab offer! I love Rachel’s socks, they are beautiful.

  5. Brenda B says:

    Beautiful socks and a fantastic giveaway. Stumbled on to your blog quite by chance, obviously serendipitous!

  6. Bella says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of the Knitted sock society:)

  7. Fiona says:

    Such gorgeous socks!

  8. Heather says:

    I’m a latecomer to serious knitting, but have fallen completely and totally in love with sock knitting, so to win this book of beautiful patterns would be absolutely fantastic!

  9. Lucy says:

    That’s a lovely basket of socks!

  10. Morag Duller says:

    I love Rachel’s patterns – in fact the only sock patterns I use now are Rachel’s, they are so well written and easy to follow.

  11. Janine says:

    Reading this blog post has made me want to take the afternoon off and knit socks!!

  12. I have a drawer full of socks that my grannies used to knit for me over the years; they used no fancy patterns, so would love to make some of these fabulous designs!

  13. Terry/knittinnow says:

    Oh, I am missing a few of Rachel’s sock patterns and this booklet is some of them! I would truly love a copy. It sounds like Rachel has many wonderful knitting surprises for us in 2014 :) (Thank you for the interview, much enjoyed.)

  14. Kate says:

    Rachel’s designs are all so beautiful! I wish I could just knit socks from dawn to dusk everyday!

  15. Merry says:

    I love her patterns and will be doing my first in January when my fave Ravelry group starts a Coop KAL. Yay!
    wahoomerryf on Rav

  16. Jean/MissFrances says:

    I am a Coop addict! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  17. Beverly Davis says:

    Socks! My latest knitting obsession…would love this beautiful book.

  18. Katherine Grant says:

    Great designs!

  19. Nina Pitkaranta says:

    I am so in love with this book, but I haven’t got it yet since I haven’t finished knitting all the socks from the earlier one!

  20. Jenny Goddard says:

    This book is solidly on my wish list!

  21. Sheila says:

    Lovely collection of socks!

  22. Angie C says:

    Yes, please! Those socks look amazing!

  23. Julie Goss says:

    What a great prize draw. I’ve knitted Rachel’s patterns before, they have lots of interest without being too complicated.

  24. Lisa says:

    my fingers and toes are crossed! What a lovely prize–I’ll actually be happy for whoever wins the book; Rachael’s patterns are that wonderful.

  25. Roo says:

    Gorgeous socks.

  26. Becky says:

    A wonderful prize! Thank you for sharing, and thank you, Rachel, for another batch of beautiful patterns.

  27. Frauke says:

    The last weeks I knit one pair of socks per week :-) I could not continue in this frequency but this book could get me to do it again, I bet.

  28. Christine says:

    I love Rachel’s patterns. I don’t know how she manages to come up with so many unique & wonderful sock designs, I just wish I had the time to knit them all!

  29. Andrea B says:

    Would love to win this for a Christmas gift. A friend has been talking about knitting Rachel’s patterns.

  30. Diana says:

    Lovely chat, thank you! Would love a copy of the book, Rachel’s designs are fun and modern.

  31. Charissa says:

    I love Rachel’s socks, they’re so beautiful and complicated looking. Would love a chance to get the book.

  32. Jennifer says:

    Must finish Xmas knitting before casting on new socks! Rachel’s designs are oh so tempting though!!

  33. ikkinlala says:

    I love her patterns so much!

  34. virginia says:

    Such beautiful socks! And the yarn, I would love to try it! Thanks for the chance at winning a copy of the book, my toes are crossed!

  35. Amy says:

    Clever sock patterns for varigated yarns are always so hard to do justice to, but this book looks like an utter winner.
    Merry Christmas Rachel

  36. christi says:

    Love Rachel’s designs. Enjoyed the interview. Here’s hoping Santa brings me this book!

  37. Jeanne Nelson says:

    Love the patterns for socks. Need to get the book to try some.

  38. Linda says:

    I am a bit of a sock nut, gotta admit it – please help me feed my addiction!!

  39. Clare Devine says:

    Such gorgeous socks! I love this collection. Thanks for the interview.

  40. lynne rowe says:

    I love Rachel’s socks and Rowan’s Fine Art Yarns. I’m determined to make myself socks during 2014 and this book would really inspire me, Lynne xx

  41. Gillian B says:

    I love Rachel’s sock patterns – I’m actually half-way through a pair right now. Would love to have this book!

  42. sandra says:

    Hi, I do hope you achieve your ambition to knit socks for Jon Snow, he is a very dapper gentleman.

  43. Louise says:

    I love her sock designs! So lovely and different from your average sock.

  44. Rebecca Ward says:

    The basket of socks look divine, would love to have a set like that! Thanks for the opportunity to win :) Rebecca

  45. Jennifer says:

    I love Rachel’s socks! And I would love to own this book. And what is this sock club she speaks of?

  46. Karen Way says:

    Oh such lovely patterns – Rachel you are so talented. Would lovs to own a copy of this so fingers are crossed it would be fab to knit something for myself after all my Christmas knitting :o)

  47. Cassandra Caffery says:

    I would love to win the book my Husband has been waiting years for a pair of knitted socks.

  48. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much everyone for all your comments, the winner will be revealed on the blog on the blog when Mr K is around with his woolly prize draw hat.

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