(Blog post delayed a few hours due to internet outage!)
A couple of days ago I got in the mail my (autographed!) copy of The Eclectic Sole by Janel Laidman. It’s newly published — I had pre-ordered it from the author’s website (she self-published) but the link on the title there is to Amazon.com. Your choice.
This is a book of sock patterns, in case you hadn’t guessed. It is one of the nicer self-published books I have seen — clearly written and nicely organized. There are 14 sock patterns in the book. Each pattern is accompanied by lovely clear photos of the sock that let you see all the details you wanna see.
The socks range from easy to challenging and from traditional to very funky. The construction is mostly top-down, with three toe-up patterns and two knit with a sideways construction. There are several different heel and toe constructions. There is lace, texture, and colorwork. The patterns are all very pretty, and there is a nice techniques section at the back of the book. The charts are large and clear and look easy to follow. I’d say this book is well worth its cover price of $23.95 and deserves a spot in any dedicated sock knitter’s library.
That’s my two cents worth.
I am coming down the home stretch on the first Ivy League sock. I’ve really enjoyed knitting this first sock. So much so, that I’m actually looking forward to knitting the second sock. Yeah, get me. I think the reason for that is a combination of loving the yarn and being entertained by the pattern. Gotta love that, right?
Lucy thanks all of you who voted for her LOLCat photo. She has delusions of grandeur.