The Spring issue of Sockupied is out! I have been waiting for this one for what seems like AGES because in it, I am the featured designer! Woot!! I was interviewed way back in September last year (seems like FOREVER ago). I also have a sock pattern in it using the same stranding technique as De Stijl, this one is called Deuce after my darling pug. I’m mightly excited and pleased about it but as there have been some major changes around Socktopus HQ in the last couple months some of the information is out of date.
First – there is no Knit Love Club for 2013. More on this below.
Second – Sokkusu will no longer be available from Socktopus. Don’t worry – you will still be able to get your Sokkusu fix later this year (probably summer ish). The yarn business has been hived off and is being taken under my partner (not employee, as indicated in the article!) Ai-Ling Lee’s capable wings – though now she will be flying solo with Sokkusu as we have decided to part ways. I had been planning to move the dye studio to Hong Kong but, when taking a long hard look at things, it just didn’t make sense. Particularly not the shipping of Sokkusu-O undyed from Europe to Hong Kong so I could dye it, only to have it shipped back to Europe. Ling has been doing a stellar job so it made sense for Ling to spread her wings and see what she could do with Sokkusu, under her own brand. The yarn will still be called Sokkusu, just under a new mama brand helmed by Ling. Ling hasn’t yet settled on a name for her new venture, but as soon as she has I will let you all know. I wish her every success – and for those of you who have been privileged to fondle her colourways over the last year and half, you know she is going to rock! :D
Third – there will be no more Knit Nations for the foreseeable future…. unless there is a move back to London. It is simply too difficult to organise from this end of the world. However… if there are those of you out there who want to take on the mantle of Knit Nation, do get in touch.
I am still designing, though at a much slower pace so that I can enjoy my little one who is turning one in just 12 days time (?!? how on earth that happened so fast I will never know). For the first time in years, I am not at the computer every single day for hours at a time. And for the first time in 5 years, I no longer bring my laptop with me when I travel. I always had to bring my laptop because I always had deadlines, designs, etc and had to work even when on holiday. So I am looking forward to no longer having to lug it around, though it has now been replaced by the ipad (better than drugs when trying to induce a calm stupor in child on plane!).
As for future Knit Love Club’s – I have decided to take a break from designing for the Knit Love Club for now and enjoy my daughter while she is still wee and not yet at school. There are possibilities – maybe Ling might be game to do a club with me next year, maybe she might want to go another direction. I just don’t know at this stage. However, what I do know is that it will be a colourful adventure, whatever path Ling chooses to go down.
For now, I have a couple designs in the works for 2013, both mystery designs. The first is a mystery sock coming up in June for the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous group on Ravelry. The second is a long overdue Socktopus Mystery Shawl Knitalong (SMSKAL) for later this summer (also available on Ravelry). It goes without saying I will be using Ling’s Sokkusu for both! I cannot wait to see what colourways she will dream up for me. Cloud 9 all the way. I hope you will join me on these mystery design adventures!
Next up, my annual retrospective for 2012.