A Sockupied Appeal

1 Mar

Sockupied Spring 2012

It has recently come to my attention that a resource I value highly is not so admired across the knitting world. I speak of the sock knitting eMagazine from Interweave Knits called Sockupied.

What is an e-Mag, you say? Basically, an e-Mag is a fancy PDF that operates like a program on your computer. It contains some interactive animation, videos, downloadable documents within links, etc. It’s a truly interactive magazine. You don’t have to remember to go to a website later to check out a recommended video or tutorial, it’s simply embedded right in your e-Mag.

Sockupied is the first and only e-Mag I have ever used, and it came as a real surprise when I noticed that the patterns published in Sockupied – designed by the likes of Ann Budd, Spillyjane and Cat Bordhi – have only a handful of projects on Ravelry. This tells me that not many people read Sockupied.

The message really hit home when I went to download the newest issue (Spring 2012) and I saw that the price for Sockupied has dropped by $10. I thought $15 dollars was steep when I purchased my first issue last fall, but now I’m concerned that the drop in price to only $5 is a sign of the end.

I see this as a test by Interweave Knits. If more people still won’t download Sockupied now that its issues cost only $5, I imagine they will cancel it and call it a failed experiment.

I don’t want this to happen, and here are a few reasons why:

  1. Sockupied is a green alternative to printed magazines. Because the e-Mag is stored on my computer no trees were destroyed in printing a physical magazine. I can also download PDFs of the sock patterns to store on my eReader, saving even more paper.
  2. The ability to immediately view videos and get a sense of the personality and flair of my favorite designers has been fun and interesting.
  3. The illustrated and video tutorials included in Sockupied have taught me more about sock knitting, repair and history than I have learned from the multitude of printed sock books I own.
  4. The articles, patterns and production are top-notch. There is real quality and care behind the production of this e-Mag, and I’m so impressed by the designers that have submitted patterns for each issue.
  5. Now more than ever Sockupied is a steal. The most recent issue of Sockupied includes six patterns. Most single patterns cost about $6. That’s a $36 value in patterns for a $5 download!
  6. Reviews and recommendations included in Sockupied come with links, so I can immediately check out yarn, books and products I am interested in.
  7. The digital platform of Sockupied ties in perfectly with my techno-age, multi-tasking habits. This is the future. You can download Sockupied on a PC, Mac or iPad and take it with you wherever without having to take up extra space toting around magazines and printed patterns.

The sock patterns included in Sockupied often correspond with tutorials and feature articles.

I’m currently knitting the Gansey Clock Sock pattern designed by Ann Budd that was published in the Fall 2011 issue of Sockupied. I love that the pattern is paired with a fun article about Ms. Budd, a short video of her talking about knitting her first sock and what she loves about socks, as well as links to some of her recommended materials.

Sockupied is my favorite knitting magazine. The physical Interweave Knits publication is a close second, and I usually purchase other magazines based on my interest in a certain pattern. I’m afraid that the lack of interest from knitters will lead to the demise of this innovative publication, and there will be no more Sockupied issues for me to experience. Yes, I said experience, because with all of the interactive elements of this e-Mag (like the heel calculators in the Spring 2011 issue!) this isn’t a magazine that you just read and set aside in your pattern library. This is a magazine that engages you, encourages you to pick up your needles and try something new, and expands your understanding of the mechanics, community and history of sock knitting.

Please, help me keep Sockupied alive and consider downloading an issue to test it out. It’s only $5.

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4 Responses to “A Sockupied Appeal”

  1. Kate 03/02/2012 at 1:13 AM #

    I didn’t realise that the price had dropped so dramatically. I know that the cost of the first issue completely put me off and Sockupied hasn’t really been on my radar since. I’ve just had a look at previous issues because of your post, and think the Fall 2011 issue might end up being mine. 😀

    • bpallares 03/02/2012 at 11:46 AM #

      That’s a really good issue! There’s a great article about hand-crank sock knitting machines, on top of awesome patterns.

  2. Sue Averay 03/20/2012 at 1:12 AM #

    I’ve just discovered you and lo and behold I’ve now discovered Sockupied as well! I’m based in Australia and love the fact that so much is now available electronically. No more waiting for months for magazines and books to arrive. Thanks for the tip and for all the other wonderful content on sockilism: I’m hooked!

  3. Sharon Jones 03/19/2013 at 4:58 AM #

    I knitted my first pair of socks, probably six or so years ago. …. alsways searching for new patterns etc. … found sockupied today on the train on the way home from a medical apt, well am about to buy it. .. looks like so much fun, getting very excited.

    Sharon

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