My current work in progress:

Beadwork, by Jade Starmore, knit from Wendy Guernsey, using 2.75mm needles.

As the Heel Turns

I have here in front of me a new sock book: As the Heel Turns: Taking the drama out of knitting socks by Hilary Latimer.


The blurb:

The creator of Criminal Knits is back again, this time with a book for those who have tried and failed to knit the perfect sock. “As the Heel Turns” tackles such thorny issues as corns, bunions, high and low arches, cankles, and a host of other problems that waylay the unsuspecting sock knitter! Twelve easy-to-adjust patterns ranging from simple garter to more complex lace ones allow the reader to test things out.

That sounds promising, doesn’t it? I turned past the title page:


Very cute artwork!

As the blurb promised, there are twelve pretty patterns, shown in a thumbnail index here:



Apart from the patterns, the book has lots of great advice on resizing socks for real feet. You know, feet that are not model perfect and in the exact proportions that are considered the norm. Have pointier than usual toes? Bunions? Cankles? All of these are covered.

A new-to-me heel is used on these socks: the Criminally Mindless Heel.


I have not tried knitting it yet, but reading how to do it, it does look pretty darn easy!

The patterns are all toe up, and you can of course sub a different heel in them. One of the things I really like about this book is that every pattern includes its own tips for altering to fit your feet.

Hilary has generously offered a second copy of the book for my giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of As the Heel Turns: Taking the drama out of knitting socks by Hilary Latimer, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, October 29, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . .

Loki is hanging out in his play house.


Sometimes, after a big kill (check out the fuzzy rats!) he’ll lie outside his house!



  1. Kim in Willow Spring says:

    I would love to have this to add to my collection! Pick me!!!!!

  2. This book sounds excellent!

  3. Yes please!

  4. Kim Deceder says:

    Would love the book – love to make socks and new techniques really interest me! Thank you for sharing and giving us the opportunity to win!!

  5. I’d love to receive this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. I need all the help I can get!!

  7. Always looking for the perfect sock. Book looks helpful. Thanks

  8. Thanks for the chance to win this witty new sock book. And my kitty looks the same way Loki does after he “kills” his white rat 🙂

  9. Amy Schulze says:

    Love toe up socks!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway; some of us are hoarders of sock books, while we try to gather the courage to knit actual socks…!
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  11. I love to knit socks and hope to win this interesting book.

  12. Looks interesting

  13. You got me with the first four words of the title!! Love it!

  14. Teri Grimm says:

    I love to knit socks and have not attempted a toe up sock yet, this book would get me going.mwould love to win the book, thanks formate chance.

  15. I would love this book, The heel I want to try. Oh and Loki is as always the highlight.

  16. I’m always up for a sock book. I have a husband with 1 cankle.

  17. As the heel turns – awesome name!

  18. Wow, just in time — I’m trying to get really serious about sock knitting, and an easier heel would sure help! Loki has to come out of the lair & display his hunting prowess. Just be thankful he’s not carrying live mice into your bathtub…our Miss Hinky’s favorite play place!
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  19. linda gaylord says:

    I just learned how to do toe-up socks after having knit them all cuff-down since i learned how 10yrs ago.i have small feet,and my daughter and my best knitting buddy both have tiny feet,so custom fitting socks has always been an,a book that combines toe-up techniques with custom fitting socks would certainly be right up my alley! thank you so much for the generous giveaway! grannysticks on ravelry…

  20. Eleanor Swogger says:

    Would love to have this book.

  21. Bobbi Brankman says:

    I am always on the lookout for a new ultimate fitting sock book. I have so many friends and family I make socks for that have weird shaped feet!

  22. Barbara B says:

    I have been researching and trying out as many different heels as I can find. Would love to have a new resource! Thanks to you and Hilary for the chance!

  23. I have oddly-shaped feet, so instructions on modding to fit would be awesome!

  24. Please add me to the book drawing list. Thanks

  25. Rebecca kugele says:

    What a great sounding book! It will definately be on my christmas list!

  26. I’m still pretty new to knitting, and could definitely benefit from learning a criminally easy method for heels!

  27. Stardancer says:

    Socks have thus far eluded me (darn you, four-times-knitted-still-ill-fitting socks!). I’d love any resources that might help me achieve this knitting rite of passage.

  28. Really looks like fun! This would be perfect for my type of knitting.

  29. What a cute book! And as the proud owner of two very prominent bunions, I would love to learn some tricks for those. Socks are such a great knit.

  30. Lori Beard says:

    I would love the book, so I can see that heel before I hand the tome to my mom to share with her friends.

    Scritch Loki for me!

  31. I’m not a very experienced sock knitter, but I do do enjoy knitting them. I would love to expand upon my rather limited repertoire of sock techniques, especially in the area of fit. I recently had surgery on my right foot and ankle which are now very different in shape to what they used to be. This book would be just what the doctor ordered! Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    P.S. A sad sock story: I had knit a pair of your waterfall socks, which I loved, out of Mini Mochi. Unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy them for very long–Mini Mochi isn’t really superwash! Enough said.

  32. That does look like an interesting heel! I would love this book.
    Thank you!

  33. Always a big fan of learning a new sock knitting technique.

    Awesome job on those rats Loki!

  34. As someone who has cankles, I could really use a book like this! Thank you for the chance to win it.
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  35. Did someone say sock book? 🙂

  36. Helen Chase says:

    I love to knit socks. I am always looking for new was to knit them.

  37. I love a book with a sense of humor. Love the cat house. I wonder if my cat would like one?

  38. Hubs has such wide flat feet but he loves those wool socks,and learning a new easy heel would be helpful for sure

  39. Phyllis G Lederman says:

    I would love a new sock book!

  40. This book sounds good to me. Also Hiya Loki you cutie kitty

  41. A mindless heel would be just the thing for me…

  42. I would love to have this book!

  43. Socks still scare me…I”d love a book on toe-up socks with fit help! 🙂

  44. Cricket54 says:

    Oooooh, that looks like a yummy book…..and considering that my short, wide feet are nearly square I’m sure it contains helpful hints!

  45. Pretty heel and criminally mindless sounds perfect!
    Can’t wait to read this book.

  46. Maybe this would turn me into a ‘sock knitter’ as I haven’t yet been successful in knitting socks that fit me.

  47. I’m a no-arch gal married to an extreme-ach guy. Our kids fall somewhere inbetween, so this sounds like a good book to add to the ol’ knitting bag.

  48. Love knitting socks but do have trouble sizing. This books sounds great.

  49. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Always interested in new sock techniques.

  50. Funny title sounds like a great study of socks.

  51. D. Meredith says:

    That Criminally Minded heel looks interesting. I’d look to win the book so I can try it out. Love toe up socks.

  52. The book looks great! Thanks for having the drawing and I would love to be drawn for the extra copy!

  53. Wendy – I would love that book. Sounds great. Also, Loki’s pictures are so entertaining. Thank you.

  54. Melanie (MizMelly) says:

    That Loki is quite a character! And I sure could use more motivation on knitting socks. I have a high instep, so correcting for that in handknit socks would be fabulous!!

  55. I love knitting socks and a new heel would be a fun change.

  56. Who wouldn’t want to learn a new heel?
    Cindy in Un-Happy Valley´s last blog post ..I remember knitting ….

  57. I need to win this book. In the past 9mos I have…learned to work on circular needles, learned continental stich, learned the fleegle heel , the kitchener stitch, judy’s magic cast -on, the short row heel,toe-up socks ,two at a time socks and patience. I have not learned how to fit socks. Sp please, let me win this book

  58. Sock knitting is on my agenda for this winter.

  59. I would love the book! Not so fond of rats…fuzzy ones are much better than live ones, though… 🙂

  60. Bertha Mallard says:

    Please count me in. I’m anxious to knit toe-up socks. Love the heel on these.

  61. Stazi Lesnansky says:

    Maybe if I win this book I won’t be so scared to knit my first socks!!

  62. I’m knitting my second-ever pair of top-down socks. Next up, a pair of toe-up socks, and I can use all the tips and techniques I can get!

  63. Alex da 'burgh says:

    Oh, that’s a book I could use. That’s for writing about it.

  64. A book of toe up socks and a new heel? YES, PLEASE!

  65. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. grace yaskovic says:

    so many comments already but this book would come in handy for this novice sock knitter!

  67. A new heel method, I would like to try it. The book looks like fun. Thank you for the chance.

  68. I would love a new sock book.

  69. Looks like a great reference book, also very clever! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  70. I love sock books and this looks like a good one.

  71. Oh this book sounds fun! Would love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway. Give Loki a squeeze for me. 😉

  72. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love to knit toe up socks, sounds like a great book.

  73. Socks are my favorite!

  74. that is the first I’ve heard of this book, thanks for keeping us “serial knitters” up to date!
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  75. That looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Would love the win this book.
    Thanks for another wonderful give-a-way.

  77. What a cute book! I would love to have another toe-up book. Looks like it would be very helpful.

  78. What a great idea!! How clever to write a book to deal with us with less than perfect feet!

  79. Not saying I don’t have “lovely” feet – but I could definitely use this book! Really, I’m excited about the tips for toe-up socks. I feel that is the best way to use up every bit of a beautiful sock yarn, but I definitely need more practice with the technique!

  80. This sounds like a great book to add to my library. I would love to win it. 🙂

  81. This sounds like a FABULOUS book!!!

  82. I would love to win the copy of the sock book. Ti is sweet of you to give your second copy away.

  83. Savannagal says:

    I’ve never seen that heel before either. I’ve only made 2 types of heels so far. Short row and heel flap. I really dislike the short row heel. I always end up with holes that look awful. Thankfully heel flap heels seem to fit me just fine. I would like to try some others though. Great idea for a book. I’ve got skinny ankles and muscular calves.

  84. Looks like a fun (and helpful) book!

  85. I do need another sock book.

  86. I keep trying to hit on the right recipe for my feet, maybe in this book?

  87. I might just have some sock yarn around here–my motto when in doubt buy a skein.
    I have knit a lot of socks but never finished a toe up.
    Thanks for the contest!

  88. Looks like a book after my own heart (and feet!) Think I could alter socks with this that would fit ME!!

  89. Stephanie H. says:

    Yes please! This book looks like it belong on my shelf.

  90. Leslie in MA says:

    Criminally Mindless Heel? Oh my goodness – must have been made for me 🙂 I’d love it, thank you!

    It’s good to see Loki knows the benefit of resting after that huge outpouring of hunting stealth and activity.

  91. A new heel design? Count me in. Loki? Adorable as ever.

  92. Lynne in Florida says:

    Me, me, me, meeeeee!!! Oh, pleeeze! I wants this book. I needs this book. I might even have to BUY this book (but I’d much rather win it).

    Loki is a mighty hunter indeed. Those are some dead looking rats! Give him a tummy rub as a reward.

  93. I love getting my Loki update a few times a week! The book sounds fabulous too and would enhance my library.

  94. Wow that book looks helpful!

  95. Toe up all the way! I could give this book a very good home. Thanks!

  96. Thank you, Wendy and Hilary, for the opportunity to win this book. Yay.

  97. socks are my go-to for proctoring algebra tests. new ideas would be fun.

  98. I’m just beginning my sock knitting adventure.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  99. Katherine says:

    please, please, please write another sock book!! This one looks nice, too! I love your sock books though.
    Happy knitting!

  100. Love socks.