Bookish Thursday: The Sock Knitter’s Workshop!

So, I the not-a-sock-knitter am planning to start a pair of socks just for knitting while in lines at Disney.  I love knitting socks in line, it just looks so cool and people are always intrigued. Also they are a nice small project that is portable.

When today’s book was offered to me I thought ok, I’ll take a look.. well.. I did and I am in LOVE!!!!   The Sock Knitter’s Workshop by Ewa Jostes and Stephanie van der Linden is terrific! It’s like a buffet of techniques that you can mix and match to make socks!!!

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Anyone who knows me as a knitter, knows I love interesting construction in knitting. So this book is right up my ally! There are like 13 different heels, 7 different toes, 5 cast on methods, toe up cuff down if it is a sock knitting technique that has been invented… it’s in here!

Of course there are also some really nice patterns..

Like this…

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and this..

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So many sock options so little time. hehe or well in my case I might have time in those lines!!

 

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher

Bookish Thursday! NEW SOCK BOOKS!

Boy was I excited when I got home Monday after a LONG day.. to find three packages with 4 books in them on my doorstep! So with this and all the other new books I have picked up lately look forward to plenty of great Bookish Thursdays to come!

Let’s get started! Like the title says there are new sock books on the ranch! First up is a new volume by Wendy Johnson of the delightful Wendy Knits  blog.

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If you have knit through every sock pattern in Wendy’s first book Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits, and are ready for more then  Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits  is for you! Yeah.. you know who you are.. don’t make me point you out.. and no, I don’t mean Wendy.. though knitting for work is a great excuse.. (no dear I can’t cook tonight I have to get these socks done for the book!) Anyway.. I digress..

 Toe-Up Socks for Every Body is chock full of sock patterns.. 21 to be exact, and as the title indicates they are socks for all people.. little to big, young to old, funky to traditional. While heavy on patterns, this book is light on instruction.  Wendy leaves that up to her first book which is chock full of sock knitting instruction, tips and wisdom.  This makes the book a great companion volume to the first.

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The two books together make a perfect set, and would make a great gift for a sock knitter or a knitter looking for some great portable projects!!

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For my loom knitting friends.. with all the amazing and versatile sock looms that Decor Accents has out now I don’t see how you could go wrong with this book! If you have knit through all the patterns in the Loom Knitting Socks book you might want to give this book a look!

Disclaimer: A review copy of the book was provided by the publisher

Fun Friday! Since Nothing is Finished!

I got a package today from Australia!!!

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My bling ring arrived! A little giftie from Denise Litchfield for  my participation in the Stitching Up the NGA project!

There are more photos being added daily on the National Gallery of Australia’s flickr account! You should check them out!

Also.. in case you have been sitting around wondering just why I needed a drill or a knitting project, here is the work in progress:

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Don’t try this at home kids! It’s tough, slow tedious knitting! But I hope in the end it will be worth it. (and usable for that matter!)