August 3rd, 2013

Ready, Set, Knit! 321: Kathy talks with Andi Smith

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Guest: Kathy talks with first-time guest Andi Smith, designer and author of  Big Foot Knits. Originally from Yorkshire England, Andi has been knitting and crocheting for as long as she can remember. 10 years ago she met Shannon Oakey of Cooperative Press and on a drive back from Rhinebeck they talked about socks,how they didn’t fit, what Andi had been doing to alter sock patterns so they would fit and the book idea was born.

The first section of the book is all about helping you to make socks that really fit you. There is some math involved with figuring out your specific measurements and your gauge but then you are ready to make all kinds of socks that fit you well!

Copies of the book are available through Cooperative Press and Ravelry. Comment on this post and tell us why you need Big Foot Knits to win your own copy! Comments must be posted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, August 5, 2013. 2 Winners will be chosen and will be announced on the show next week. Please make sure to include your e-mail address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re one of our winners!

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Marketing Coordinator at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2006. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and their 2 daughters.

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179 Responses to “Ready, Set, Knit! 321: Kathy talks with Andi Smith”

  1. Danielle K. Says:

    I am new to knitting socks but absolutely love them!! Would love a new source for how to make socks fit my big ol’ feet 🙂

  2. alex dudkin Says:

    I need “Big Foot Knits” because I have big feet (size 11 shoes), and the men in my life wear size 12 shoes, size 15 shoes and size 17 shoes. Impossible to find socks for giant feet and knitting patterns rarely are for socks for my feet, much less my sons’ enormous feet. We are a family of Big Feet!

  3. Gloria Patterson Says:

    I need Big Foot Knits because I have a big foot!! I wear 10WWW and have a high instep and thick ankles and calves! I could use some guidance to making a sock that will actually fit! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Big Foot Knits!

  4. Jo Says:

    My boyfriend wears a men’s US 14 shoe, but he loves the socks I have knitted for him! I am always on the lookout for new patterns that are designed for larger feet, because it seems that often just making them bigger doesn’t work.

  5. Kate Says:

    My mom has size 11 feet, and I mostly knit socks for her. (She loves to wear Birkenstocks year-round, and then she can show off what I make for her!) I’d love to make socks customized to her feet, since making the foot a bit longer doesn’t always cut it.

  6. Betty McCane Says:

    I love to knit socks! Her interview and book sounds like this kind of math would make it easier to knit socks for me and all those other people that think they are hand-knit sock worthy!

  7. Nancy Hannah Says:

    HI, I am addicted to sock knitting. Need I say more? 8)

  8. freres Says:

    I have ‘duck feet;’ 4A heel, 2E toe; if the toes are wide enough, the heel swims and the ankle is generally baggy. So, learning how to properly shape a sock would really help.

  9. Donna Says:

    I don’t have big feet but I DO have very narrow heels @ am tired of socks slipping down into shoes & bunching up.

  10. kobuu Says:

    Size 12 men’s feet. Enough said, lol. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  11. Yvonne Mimms Says:

    Me and my best friends wear 10 1/2 and up.

  12. Lauri Slaybaugh Says:

    Love knitting socks for family and friends! Would love to add this book to my collection!

  13. Medtech55 Says:

    Because I am a beginner sock knitter (already hooked on it) and need good basic instructions for adjusting sizing.

  14. Joy Hanes Says:

    Because I NEVER win anything, so maybe this time I will.

  15. Sally Vourlojianis Says:

    I can knit a generic sock. Knitting a sock that fits is a different story. Thanks for writing this book.

  16. Maggy Says:

    I would love to win this book because I have rather large feet, not to mention larger lower legs and most sock patterns are for folks who have average legs and feet. I have yet to find a pattern that would fit my lower legs, I am stuck knitting ankle socks.

  17. Sandie Russo Says:

    I have a family of people with big feet! Hubby is size 15, Daughter wears 11, I wear 10, grandson wears 12. I need this book!! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

    Sandie at KnitzyBlonde dot com

  18. Ann Says:

    I love knitting socks because I love wearing hand-knit socks! Hubby also loves wearing hand-knit socks. Therefore, I need this book. It’s just logic.

  19. Trina Says:

    Why do I need this book? Because I have so much sock yarn sitting around that I bought from the wonderful WEBS! Thanks for the chance.

  20. Aerie703 Says:

    Would like to learn how to make socks fit better,

  21. Sharry Gregory Says:

    I need this book so I can actually knit sock that fit me!

  22. Mother Mare Says:

    I love to knit socks but need some new ideas

  23. Regina Cariello Says:

    I haven’t knit socks because I’ve been afraid that they wouldn’t fit properly. This book sounds like the solution.

  24. BlooSoxx Says:

    I want the book because one can never have Too Many Hand-knit Socks – or patterns for them!

  25. Sarah W. Says:

    Sock knitting is the next knitting frontier for me!

  26. Woolheaded Says:

    Because I have trouble making socks that fit well and I have made several pairs

  27. Maria Williams Says:

    I’m getting this book because it will be really great to be able to make a sock with a cuff that fits and not just anklets. Or a sock cuff that fits and the foot is so loose I have to fold it under. And since it has lessons for toe up and top down well that is just fantastic. I can’t tell you how excited I am about the possibility of winning the book. So, I hope you pick me.

  28. Nancy S Says:

    Everyone’s comment is great! I have been desperate to find a pattern book for my feet. No problem making them for everyone else. I envy anyone who can wear handmade socks. I am excited to make my first pair soon.

  29. Linda Rumsey Says:

    Any book that helps me knit socks that fit perfectly is a must! I wear hand knit socks most of the year and am always looking for fun new designs!

  30. Rachelle Crosbie Says:

    Because I’m getting annoyed with making socks for Dh and finding they don’t fit him! The last pair were supposed to be large sized and fit me perfectly.

  31. joyce Says:

    I would love to have this book because I am just starting to learn about sock knitting and I would love to do it right. I have many people to knit socks for all with different size feet.

  32. Molly Says:

    I would love a copy because my brother wears a 16EEEEE and everyone in my husband’s family is over 6″ tall with feet to match.

  33. Laurie Kulig Says:

    I can follow a sock pattern but I would love to understand what I’m doing!

  34. Nancy Says:

    I would love to own it because I am addicted to collecting knitting books.

  35. Martha Beyersdorf Says:

    I absolutely LOVE knitting socks. Something about pointy sticks and colored string that go from just that into wearable works of art. I must have a few dozen pair in my drawer, not including bunches i have given away, and they either feel too tight on the leg or become saggy baggy. I could really benefit from this book!

  36. KnitWitSister Says:

    I would love to have this book because I have a family with a wide range of foot sizes, I love knitting socks, and personally my feet are two different sizes so I’d like to learn how to make socks that fit both my feet!

  37. MtnMona Says:

    I would love this book because I too have large calves and I need to learn how to cover them .

  38. Dianna Says:

    I would love to learn how to custom fit my own socks.

  39. Donna Gerber Says:

    I need this book so I can more easily knit for my size 10W feet! They need something to make them look prettier.

  40. Penny Tschantz Says:

    I need the book because I knit socks for several family members and am never quite confident that they’ll fit properly.

  41. Mary Ellen Carter Gilson Says:

    I need this because I have gigantic feet! Size 11 womens, and wide.

  42. AriesKnitWit Says:

    Some of the socks are soooooooooo cute. I’d love to knit them all and know that they’ll all fit perfectly!

  43. Sage Says:

    I’d love to win this book because I really don’t seem to be able to make socks that truly fit … and I haven’t been able to figure out WHY????

  44. Tonya Cockrell Says:

    I need this book because standard sock patterns don’t seem to fit me very well, even though I have “normal” sized feet – size 8. Thanks!!!

  45. Karen O Connor Says:

    I have never knitted socks and have bee eager to
    Earn. I need a goo book to show me how.

  46. Michele Costigan Says:

    I need Big Foot Knits to figure out how to customize socks to fit my wide calves and normal ankles. I also have wideish feet and even regular socks make marks on my legs. If I were shorter I would think that I am a hobbit and go barefoot!

  47. SooziLovestoKnit Says:

    I could become a Sock Expert and be able to manage all the different size feet and styles they like using this resource!

  48. Ruth Says:

    I’ve knitted socks that are too big for me, too skinny for me, and too slouchy for me. I’ve given away my knitted socks to people who they’d fit better. I really do need help! For some mysterious reason, I do still love to knit socks, though!

  49. sara lawson Says:

    With my size 11 womens feet, This book would be perfect for me:)

  50. Deborah VonBrutt Says:

    My son-in-law stands 6′ 11” and wears a size 16-17 shoe. I need help knitting him socks as no patterns go this large.

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