That’s what I was thinking when I first laid eyes on Cat Bordhi’s new book New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One.
The other day someone asked in the comments if I buy a lot of sock knitting books, or if I ignore them. I actually do both — I buy them and I ignore them. I am such a knitting book ho that I can’t resist buying sock knitting books, but after one flip-through I cast ‘em aside. I am pretty sure I have never knit a sock from a book of sock patterns, nor have I used any sock patterns in any book as an inspiration for my own socks.
So I’m not exactly sure why I ordered Cat Bordhi’s new sock book. I had looked through one of her “magical knitting” books in the past and to be honest, it pissed me off. The stuff in there fell under the category of “just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” in my opinion.
So, for reasons unknown, I went ahead and ordered her new sock book. Whoa baby! This is SOME sock book (in the same way that Wilbur is SOME pig)!
Cat has documented a number of different sock “architectures” that are different than any socks I’ve ever made. And they look like socks I am going to want to try. Cat has documented a number of new ways to construct socks. Each of her “architectures” is accompanied by detailed instructions and schematics, for both knitting on dpns and on two circulars. There are a couple tiny socks you can knit up quickly to learn the technique before you move on the adult-sized socks. And there is plenty of fodder to start your creative juices flowing. She shows 8 different sock “architectures” with information for sizing them ads large or small as you want.
Now I am an old dog who does not take to new tricks, but I think this book is just too cool for words. I’ll definitely be dabbling in some new pathways of sock architecture in the near future. I’m not saying I’ll be a total convert, but it sure looks like it’s gonna be fun to play with!
My Old Pathway
Here is my Healthy Spine Sock in its current state.
I did not have a lot of knitting time last night, so I’m not as far along as I’d like to be.
Another question from the comments — how long do I usually make the leg of my toe-up socks? The answer is — it depends.
As a rule of thumb (or should that be rule of toe?), I like to make the leg as tall as the foot is long, when you fold the sock in two at the point of the heel. That’s a good ratio to start with. Some people like ‘em longer, some like ‘em shorter.
Me? I like ‘em just about as long as the foot.
No, I am not writing a sock book.
But what I am doing is making some of my sock patterns available for sale. Not this week, but soon, like in next week’s shop update or shortly thereafter, you will be able to buy the following WendyKnits sock patterns at The Loopy Ewe:
I mailed the big box o’ patterns to Sheri today.
“I don’t ‘get’ socks. Why would you want to cover something as cute as my paws?”