Friday, May 12, 2006

sock it to me...

I am starting to itch for the summer time. It's my (practically) unemployed season, the time when I can sit on my balcony with a pitcher (of sangria, long island iced tea, margaritas, as the mood strikes...) and knit, with no one to bother me for hours at a stretch. I've already dubbed summer 2006 "summer of socks". I've been wanting to knit socks for a while, have created a nice socky stash, and am going to do it this year.
I like the idea that I can follow a simple formula (the Harlot's basic recipe, for example, but I also like following interesting patterns, browsing through pics of awesome socks. SO... the question is, as inspiration for this plan, what are your favorite sock books???
I already have a SWAK basic sock planner (every gauge, every size, just find the numbers on a chart), and a Spin Off Socks booklet with a few interesting designs (like the twisted rib!), but could use some more ideas. I've been toying with ordering a few different ones:
Socks Socks Socks, is a collection of about 70 winning designs from the Knitters magazine contest. Mainly I'm intrigued by a very cool pair of sideways stitched socks (knit in long rows from toe to ankle and back), and there are some great looking socks, but lots I don't think I would actually make... crazy little barnyard things, and colorwork, which I'm not big on.
Cool Socks Warm Feet, has the very cool Mermaid sock pattern, and a Latvian cuff thing that looks neat, but there are only 6 patterns, and they seem kind of, similar???
Then there's Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road, which looks awesome, and of which I am truly covetous. But I haven't actually seen most of the patterns, just some of the one's people have blogged about. (I am also waiting my turn for the Vintage Sock one from the library, which I've heard is good, but I'm not usually a Vintage kind of girl.)
There's also this whole circular needle sock thing (Cat Bordhi), but I'm not sure I can imagine getting into that... too fiddly for me???
So, long story short (too late)... does anyone know these books? Are they good? Clear? Inspiring? Or, are there others you like better? Suggestions welcome. (I never did meet a knitter without an opinion!)


At 4:12 p.m., Blogger Zarzuela said...

Hi there. Saw your comment on the Harlot blog and just wanted to let you know that I'm starting a summer sock along. Thought you might be interested. :)


At 11:46 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...that gives me some ideas...


At 1:20 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

Socks, Socks, Socks - Totally worthwhile. I've done two patterns from it and there's another 6 or so I want to start.

Knitting on the Road - Of everything you listed, I would get this one first. It has a good variety of stuff in it.

Cool Socks, Warm Feet- I almost bought it because of the mermaid socks. But than I took a look through it and they're the only interesting pattern.

Another good choice - Knitting Vintage Socks. But I'd rank Knitting on the Road above it. Knitting Sensational Socks is supposed to be good too.


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