I recently added this book to my collection: New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One by Cat Bordhi. To say that I LOVE this book is putting it mildly. I don’t own the “Socks Soar” book because many of the reviews at the time said that it sort of assumes you know a thing or two about making socks, which I don’t. So I was a bit scared of making that investment.
I’ve never knit a sock in my life. But I’m about to. As soon as the stripey baby blanket is done. And this book couldn’t be any clearer. It shows step by step, very clearly, how socks are constructed. Not only that, it shows, with clear diagrams, how to set up the stitches on DPNs or circs, so that you can dive right in with your favorite knitting method. This is just the book I’ve been waiting for. It is not prejudiced about what method of knitting you choose and even embraces the Magic Loop. This means, for me, socks are finally do-able. Yay!
The book starts out with some very simple baby socks, so you can get the idea of making them without having to put lots of time or effort into them. And it builds from there. There are a series of sock “architectures” that show you how to build a sock in different ways, and each one contains lots of variations, aiming at showing you that the possibilities are endless. Wow. If you have never knit socks before, this book is like taking a very detailed sock class. If you have knit socks before, this book still has lots to offer. Check it out!
I’ve been doing lots of knitting at the pool this weekend. Our swim club closes for the season after today. I’ll be sad to say goodbye to summer, but I am stocked up with lots of yarn and many new projects to lessen the blow. I just started a 10-row orange stripe, which I think will be my second to last stripe. I’ll end with a pink stripe, just like I started, and then, all those ends! I’ll be busy with a pair of scissors and a darning needle for a while. Then I’ll have to decide whether the blankie needs a border. I am leaning toward a crocheted edge, despite the fact that I avoid crochet as much as possible (aggravates my carpal tunnel), but we shall see. Attached I-cord might also work but I can’t decide! Whatever I choose it will have to be fairly inconspicuous as a border so it doesn’t compete with the bright stripes. Wish me luck with deciding. Got any suggestions? Drop me a note in the comments. Thanks!