Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New Socks Book!

I just got a small order from KnitPicks, and I am jazzed! My online friend Cindy Guggemos, whom I've 'known' for about 3 years via the About.com Knitting Forum and lately via her blog BaxterKnits has written a book. It's called "I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Socks" and is published by Leisure Arts. So I expect it will be showing up at Michaels and JoAnn's soon, joining their "I Can't Believe I'm Knitting" book. The first link is to the KnitPicks site, and you can also get it at Amazon.

The 'how-to' information in the book is very good, with clear photographs and large print, good for those of us who are 50-mumble. She explains how to adapt a pattern written for dpns to the Magic Loop or 2-circs method. And there is information about the simplest alternatives for heels and toes. The one surprise I have is that the main toe shaping is done as a gathered toe. I haven't seen that method before, but then I haven't made all that many socks. There is information about how to make the slanted-decrease toes that I'm most familiar with. The pictures of grafting/Kitchenering are absolutely wonderful, taking up 2 entire pages.

There are 8 patterns in total, showing a plain sock and 7 variations on a leg pattern, and they are written for 3 different sizes, with information about how to measure for a sock. All of the socks are knitted in yarns that are generally available in craft stores - Moda Dea 'Sassy Stripes', Lion Brand 'Magic Stripes', Patons 'Kroy' and 'Astra'. The colors and layout are cheerful and help to make sock knitting seem very achievable by fairly inexperienced knitters.

If you haven't yet tried knitting socks, at $13 this will be a terrific purchase. It isn't Sensational Knitted Socks or Knitting on the Road, but it's a great way to start on the 'footpath' to those more-complicated patterns. (pun intended, lol!)

BTW, this is my 100th post, and I'm happy to have such a nice reason for a post as Cindy's book. Whee!!


sarah-Hope said...

Thanks for the recommendation--I'll have to tuck this book in the next time I place a KnitPicks order. I like the fact that it features "common" yarns. I can't always afford the primo stuff.


Sandra said...

Congrats on the 100th post! I hit 150 yesterday, so I guess I'm a ;ittle more talkative. Not sue if that's a good or bad thing...

Madge said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. And congrats to your friend Cindy on being a published author.

Congrats also go to you on reaching your 100th post. Here's to hundreds more!

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

I was wondering about that book! I really need it. Thanks for the tip.