Socktopus is the product of Alice Yu’s knitting addiction. She started out importing fabulous yarns into the UK, then found that she just couldn’t get enough and so had Socktopus Sokkusu-Original sock yarn milled to her specifications (which took nearly a year to get right!). Her dream sock yarn – a 3 ply, tight twist, fingering weight yarn that is durable and also soft soft soft! She created the signature colours for which Socktopus is known – gorgeous saturated colourways with life and verve. Paired with Sokkusu yarns are her designs, showcased in the Socktopus sock club, the Knit Love Club and in her book “Socktopus: 17 Pairs of Socks Worth Showing Off” published by GMC in October 2011. You can buy her patterns here. Along with Cookie A, she co-hosted Knit Nation 2010 and 2011, a premier knitting event in London, England.
Ai-Ling Lee joined Socktopus in June of 2011 and is the Master Production Dyer based in London. She is a maestro of logistics – coordinating a family of 5 (3 kids and hubby) and a busy dyeing schedule certainly keeps her on her toes. With a background in accounting and abiding love for crafting (designing and knitting garments for herself and her kids, not to mention beadwork and lampwork), she brings style and grace to Socktopus HQ. Alice is super lucky to have her onboard – not least for her methodical modus operandi and her artistic flair, but also for her lovely personality and wicked sense of humour.