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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


A Book Review

(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 Your choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.


  1. Theresa in Italy says:

    That musta been some internet outage if I am the first one to comment! Thanks for the book review, Wendy. I also pre-ordered it (my copy hasn’t arrived yet, no surprises there) and am glad to hear it’s as nice as I hoped it would be. Love the Ivy League sock (but then I’ve never met a sock pattern of yours that I didn’t like)!

  2. Mary Pat says:

    Thank you for the book review; just noticed it is sold out at Amazon.

    When will your new book be available for pre-order?

  3. ChristyH says:

    I love the Ivy League socks. I especially like it when you combine two different elements in your socks. Electic Sole looks good but I have eyes only for your upcoming book!!!! Is there any special reason why you don’t knit already published patterns or other peoples designs? It’s probably more fun to design your own anyway.

  4. I’ll have to check out that book next time I see it. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews.

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..Troublemaker

  5. I can’t wait to see some finished projects from that book. I have so many sock books and socks to knit. I certainly don’t need another! But….

  6. Wendy- those aren’t delusions.

  7. HeatherB says:

    I was glad to see your blog this morning – by 7pm last night I was starting to get worried. Thanks for the book review – I’ve seen it advertised on Ravelry and was wondering about it.

  8. I’m loving the sock and the colorway. Unfortunately I can’t touch the yarn but liked the colorway so much that I ordered a similar one in Perfect Day yarns from TLE. I don’t normally buy greens but this color looks so soft.

    Tell Lucy that she needs to “wear” your Lismore sweater more often–the colors look good on her.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..Getting ready for Summer of Socks 2008

  9. Barbara-Kay says:

    Thanks for the book review. It’s good to know the top down/toe up/sideways count, too.

    Yes, Lucy, I voted for you. You’ll always be #1, right after my own 3 Meezers, of course.

  10. I read the first line as “due to internet outrage.”

    Must get my glasses fixed.

    Susans last blog post..The Case for Second Sock Syndrome

  11. Wendy, Wendy, Wendy… Lucy does not have “delusions of grandeur”, she *is* perfectly grand. Honest to pete, I’m really surprised you haven’t recognized this basic truth ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. I got Janel’s book, preordered from her (and signed, so cool!) the same time you did; and it coincided with a shipment of Twisted Fiber Art sock club yarn that was simply irresistible. So, uncharacteristically, I cast on immediately for Hypnosis! Unfortunately, I had to frog because I decided to twist the traveling stitches and that made it too tight on my usual size 1s for the yarn I’m using, which is a little beefier than some, so I had to go up to 2s — so bizarre for me, I’m a loose knitter. But it’s working, the twisted stitches still pop, but it actually has some resiliency now, which it didn’t on 1s.

    Like you, I think there are a high percentage of winners in this book; everything that should have charts, does, and there are at least five patterns I really want to knit, which as someone who does not consider herself primarily a sock knitter, is astonishing! Just in time for Summer of Socks. I’m modifying the tops of the sock I’m doing a little, and I wish the key to the charts was easier to find, but that’s minor. I am liking this book.

    Lucy is not delusional, just very aware of her worth, eh?

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Rock Nostalgia

  13. I have to ditto your thumbs up on the book “Eclectic Sole”. I preordered it because I saw one of the socks knit on a blog and just had to have it. There are many socks I am anxiously waiting to knit…but first I have to be killed in Sock Wars III

  14. Thanks for the heads-up about the book. I’ll have to add it to my review queue.

  15. Knitter’s Review gave the book a thumbs up yesterday, so it’s good to see another (expert) review!
    Maybe you want to finish the second sock so your feet will feel “cool” ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I love the book too. I have started a pair of socks from the book. I am another one who wants to know when your book will be out and if you will be offering autographed copies for sale.

    Lucy very cute….I can’t say cutest…Motorboat will hiss at me:-)

  17. Thanks for the great review on the book. I’ve been curious about it yet unsure about whether or not to invest that much money into it without seeing it. Of course, it’s not like I -need- another sock pattern book. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I can see why you’re having such fun with the Ivy League sock. It’s a beautiful combination of yarn and pattern.

    Opals last blog post..A fine welcome home.

  18. I received this book about two weeks ago, preordered from author as well. I used to belong to Janel’s sock club so several of the styles are familiar. It is a wonderfully presented book indeed.

    Cheryls last blog post..Inspiration

  19. Exciting to know that the advance copies of TES are arriving – I’ll have to start stalking the mailman! I’m excited to see this book. Sideways construction?