You’ve probably noticed I’m a bit of a CoopKnits fangirl, and more often than not have one of Rachel’s sock patterns on the needles, so it’s always a pleasure to have her pop by and appear on the blog. Indeed, over the next week I have not one, but two CoopKnits post for you!
Rachel’s new book, CoopKnits Socks Volume 2, is the equivalent of a sock knitters box of treasure. There’s not a single pattern I don’t want to knit, indeed the hardest decision is choosing which to cast on first. I worked on the book right at the very end of the publication process, doing the final pattern checks once Jen AC had waved her magic wand over the technical editing and Nic Blackmore had finished the beautifully clean and bright layout. I found myself swapping favourites out over and over again, whilst mentally going through my stash to choose which yarn to knit them in. My first sock on the needles was Dave, followed by a second Dave, with plans for an Otis, but if I had 12 pairs of hands I would actually cast them all on at the same time!
RA: Hello! How are you – it’s been a busy few months hasn’t it?
RC: Yes! I had some time off over Christmas but then we were right back on it!
RA: Each design has a wonderful name and we get to know the story behind a few of them, such as Laverne from the sweet shop, but can you tell us a little bit more about where the names came from and is Otis named after Otis Reading?
RC: It can be if you want it to be! They are really just names I like – some are well overdue a comeback and I think there should be little Phyllis’ and Wilberts running around everywhere! I really started with the colours of the beautiful sock yarns for this book, that’s one of my most favourite things about knitting socks – the abundance of amazing colours available.
RA: Which is your favourite Otis song? I grew up on soul music and was introduced to Otis Reading through Pretty in Pink, in the record store scene as when Try a Little Tenderness blasts over the speakers. Needless to say I was hooked!
RC: The Dock of the Bay! Maybe it is named after him subconsciously….
RA: I hear there is a knit-along for the book starting over in your Ravelry group? I think this might be the best way to make up my mind as to which sock I should cast on next!
RC: Yes! We will knit our way through all the patterns but are starting with Otis and Phyllis for March and April – you can knit either pattern or both to be entered for prizes. Click the link to join the KAL!
RA: After much thinking, I’m going to pick Wilbert as my favourite and have plans for a his and hers pair – thank you for providing the patterns in mens sizes too! Are you able to pick a favourite out of the 12 patterns?
RC: Ummm maybe Eula? The yarn for that one matches my hair, I love Socks That Rock yarn and it’s a fun pattern to knit.
RA: Have you started work on Socks Volume 3 or any other projects up your sleeve, or down your sock, that you can tell us about?
RC: I am working on a few sock patterns but they’re unanchored at the moment – still undecided if they will be for a book or something else yet. I’m also working hard on a few non-sock collections, something with Fyberspates yarn and Toasty Volume 2 with Baa Ram Ewe.
RA: Shall we give everyone a teaser about our Great British Pudding Club plans?
RC: This year the sock club I designed for The Knitting Goddess sock club has a Great British Pudding theme. Members receive a skein of beautifully dyed yarn in semi-solid shades by The Knitting Goddess to accompany a pattern designed by myself. There is a delivery every other month with the next parcel going out in May. You can grab a club slots for May throughout March, with the yarn being dyed in April and parcels delivered at the start of the following month. So far we have been inspired by apricots and plums with more treats on the way. The only downside to this club is that I’m constantly hungry while working on the patterns!
RA: And this leads neatly into our collaboration which will feature during the later release of the Great British Pudding Club patterns once the period of exclusivity is up. I can’t say too much more at the moment but it’s safe to assume it has something to do with puddings and hunger!
To kick off the knit-along Rachel has offered a set of The Knitting Goddess gradient mini-skeins and a skein of the main colour used in the Otis socks as a prize for one of my very lucky readers! All you need to do is leave a comment telling us your favourite Great British Pudding – it could be a classic treacle sponge with custard, or maybe it’s a more unusual family recipe handed down over generations – anything and everything is welcome! Entries will close at midnight GMT
this Sunday 8th March 2015 extended to midnight Monday 9th March after which Mr K will draw a winner at random from his hat.
CoopKnits Socks Volume 2 is available to purchase now directly from Rachel Coopey or your local yarn store, priced at £18.00 and every copy of the printed book includes a download code for the eBook. Alternatively you can download the eBook only for £17.00 over on Ravelry.
All photographs © Rachel Coopey and used here with permission.
Disclaimer: I worked with Rachel on CoopKnits Socks 2 but have not received any form of payment for this blog post.