In yesterday’s mail I got Judy Becker’s new book Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-on, which is due to be released on September 30.
I actually got to see a pre-release version of this book a few months ago, because Judy asked me to write a blurb for the back cover (and blurb I did — you can read my blurb on the Amazon page I linked to above).
I am so pleased to see this book: so many sock designers (me included) have been using Judy’s cast-on in their designs for years, so it is particularly nice to see Judy get some much-deserved recognition.
The book has a very detailed techniques section, complete with illustrations for (you guessed it) Judy’s Magic Cast-on:
Not just the “plain vanilla” cast-on, but several variations for different situations. Very cool.
And there are 23 patterns from many different designers (including Judy) — and I know you’ll recognize some names when you see the book.
The first section of patterns is for hats:
Next we have neckwear:
And I have to show you a picture of what I think is the cutest, most insane project in the book:
A sock scarf! 😀
Next in the book are mittens:
Then socks. (How could there not be socks?)
Garments and wraps:
Bags and cozies:
And comfy things!
I love the little pigs!
There is of course a reference section in the back as well.
Bottom line, this is a great book with a whole lot of very cute patterns.
Judy actually sent me two signed copies of this book, one for me and one to give away. Who’d like it?
To be entered in the drawing for this book, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time next Tuesday, October 4. I will select the recipient via the Random Number Generator and announce said winner in next Tuesday’s blog post.
“It’s autumn! Kitty bed season!”