My current work in progress:

Rose Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Wollmeise Blend, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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.

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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:

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Very cute artwork!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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  1. I want to learn to knit better socks, and would love to win this!

  2. This sounds like a truly useful, badly needed sock book. Thanks for offering one for give-away!

  3. Wendy, your new scarf looks great. How would it be to use the same yarn for the Twigg infinity scarf?
    BTW, I would not say “no” to a new sock book!

  4. Cindy Sublett (CPAknit on Ravelry) says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book for a friend who just started knitting socks!

  5. I love new sock techniques.

  6. What a fabulous sounding books. All toe up patterns, wow! I’d love a copy of the book to check out the Criminally Mindless heel.

  7. Susan Ipavec says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this book! I love reading your blog–great project inspiration:-)

  8. Annastasia says:

    This looks awesome!

  9. Thank you for the review and giveaway! I would love to own this book.

  10. Martina N says:

    My daughter and I have long feet, narrow heels, different toe caps… This sounds like a great resource to have!

  11. I would love to win this book! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  12. AS an experienced sock knitter it’s always fun to get a new book with different techniques!

  13. Cindy Lynne says:

    I love toe up socks, it’s the only way I like to make them.

  14. Christie Frank says:

    I’d love to be entered in your drawing for a copy of As the Heel Turns: Taking the drama out of knitting socks! After a bit of a hiatus from sock knitting, I’ve recently plunged back into socks and am excited about exploring new combinations of heel and toe designs. Love your blog, too!

  15. So far, I’ve knitted toe up more than top down. But I think top down is easier.

  16. Looks like a great book!

  17. Sock knitter and always interested in sock knitting technique. Thanks for a chance!

  18. Thank you for your generosity. I would love to have this book!

  19. I’d love to win the book. It sounds interesting and I wonder if her information would be convertible to top down socks.

  20. I would love the book – I’m ready to branch out from plain stockinette stitch socks

  21. Daphne Johnston says:

    I need a good book on socks – I get them to the heel, and then they languish until I figure out what to do next. No second sock syndrome for me, I only het the small half of the first one done.

  22. Now that is another sock book I could love…

  23. Darn – missed the deadline by just a couple of minutes. Oh well, thanks for the heads-up and I will try to find it at the bookstore.