I’ve been bum busting busy but I wanted to put up a book review for y’all. I’ve been meaning to review some of my favorites so here is the first! (yes, the book links to an Amazon page).
Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits by Wendy Johnson
sturdy paperback, 127 pages with lovely color photos – $22.95
As a dye-hard (pun intended) Toe-Up sock knitter and teacher, I am always excited to see a new sock book come out that purports my favorite sock knitting direction. I’m usually a little disappointed; the toe cast-on is not one I would use or they picked an absurd heel… you get the idea. This book is so perfect. If I were to write a sock knitting book, this would be it.
To start with, Wendy gives you six (count them 1-2-3-4-5-6) different toe cast-ons to choose from. You can do the traditional, excruciatingly fiddly figure eight toe, or choose from five other, less intimidating cast-ons that are all wonderful. The diagrams are clear and easy to understand as well.This is followed by three different heels, one is totally new to me and I can’t wait to try it. She talks about tools, techniques, measuring and gauge. Then she wedges into this marvelous book, twenty-three patterns for really lovely socks; from basic, to lace, Gansey, cabled, and even some for sport weight yarns. Ideal for the sock knitter of any level. Easy to understand for the beginner and the experienced sock knitter will learn something too. I love it!