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Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Knitter's Book of Socks - Clara Parkes

Much like the cookbook I just read, I don’t normally read knitting books all the way through. This is also one of the few authors that I will automatically get her next book, even if I haven’t previewed it first.

The first part of this book breaks down exactly why socks are different than many other knitted pieces (because they’re made for feet, which have a unique set of requirements for comfortable wear), and exactly what kinds of yarn will best suit those requirements. There’s a lot of interesting reading in that section – there was a lot of information I would never have thought of to take account of when making socks, and it also helped explain to me why I like some of the sock yarns that I do.

There are also patterns – running a fascinating gamete of styles and techniques. A number of these are going into my Ravelry favorites, and a few might even make it into my queue. I’ve been on a sock hiatus, but this book may be just the thing I needed to get me out of that.

If you knit socks, you should definitely read this book – you’re sure to find it fascinating.

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