• Pamper Yourself Kit: Interview with Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter
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    Josh Hutchison

Pamper Yourself Kit: Interview with Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter

This month we're encouraging you to indulge in some selfish knitting. Throughout the year many knitters spend countless hours finding the perfect yarn and pattern to knit thoughtful gifts for their loved ones (and strangers, too!), so we've deemed January as "treat yourself" month. Whether you've just finished a slew of holiday knitting or not, why not indulge with our Pamper Yourself Kit!

The Pamper Yourself Kit includes:

  • The Say What? Socks pattern by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter
  • 2 skeins of SilverSpun to knit the socks
  • A lotion bar from LaviShea

This is the perfect way to make sure your toes stay soft and warm this winter!  To celebrate this lovely new kit we have an interview with the designer of the pattern, Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter. Stefanie has been knitting since 2003; she added design, crochet and handspinning to her repertoire along the way and blogs about her fibery exploits at handmadebystefanie.blogspot.com.

FGYCo: What was your inspiration for the Say What? sock pattern? SGR: It was kind of a happy accident; I was trying to do something else with a cable and then realized that what I had just knit (though not what I had originally envisioned) looked very similar to a knotted cable, without all of the fussy cutting of ends and rejoining.  So I decided to keep it!

FGYCo: In designing the Say What? socks, did you have to frog at all? Is frogging generally a part of your process? 

SGR: Frogging happens, but it isn't usually a huge part of my sock designing/knitting process (with a few exceptions here and there, of course).  Actually, I have a really good idea of what I want the outcome to be and since I've knit and designed so many socks over the years, it's become pretty easy for me to know what will and won't work before I even cast on. That said, there can always be surprises along the way, and one of the other designs for Conversation Socks ended up being frogged a lot because I couldn't seem to follow the pattern as I'd written it (oh, the irony). I ended up having to change that one to something that I truly could follow along, even while conversing  - truth in advertising!

FGYCo: You've designed a fair number of sock patterns, what got you started on designing socks? 

The practicality, for sure.  I moved to Chicago nearly ten years ago.  Before that I'd been living on the west coast for 3 years and had forgotten just how cold these winters can be. Socks came in really handy, and they've become a staple of my winter wardrobe.

FGYCo: Do you have any tips for knitting socks with SilverSpun? 

The yarn is very stretchy, and for socks I would recommend something with a lot of suckage on the leg portion - that is, a ribbed pattern or some cables which will cause the sock to hug the leg.  For a design such as mine, which has a cable panel on the leg but not the foot, I'd recommend knitting for a close fit because the yarn will stretch quite a bit once you put them on.

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    Josh Hutchison