Yuki is a talented sock designer who also created the popular Thomasson and Karesansui (枯山水) patterns. For amirisu Issue 20, she created a Mieko, a pair of fun, airy socks perfect for spring and summer.
amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design?
Yuki: I didn’t have any particular inspiration, but I wanted to design a pattern for a pair of short fitted socks since this is a spring/summer issue.
amirisu: If you were to knit this design in another color, what would it be?
Yuki: If I were to use the suggested yarn, Parade, I would make another pair using Helsinki (blue) or Dublin (green). Since the sample for the pattern was worked in a warm color, I’d like to make a pair in a cool tone as well.
amirisu: How did you start your knitting journey?
Yuki: I think I first tried knitting when I was in elementary school, but I can’t remember the details at all.
I started to knit regularly after seeing Mariko Mikuni’s content on the Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun website. I was so impressed with how cute her designs were that I decided to buy some books, yarn, and needles to start knitting more myself.
amirisu: Could you tell us about any shops or places you recommend in your area? We are dreaming of places to go and things to do in the future.
Yuki: It’s not close to where I live, but I love Suzume-ya in Ikebukuro (Tokyo). Their dorayaki are delicious.
(Dorayaki is a classic sweet treat in Japan made by sandwiching red bean paste between two pancakes.)
Thank you for your time, Yuki!