My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. Yes please! I have been trying unsuccessfully for a few years to make socks that fit my loved one with cankles.

  2. I would love to try her criminally easy heel. Socks are one of my favorite knits. I love l Love Loki’s little house, would he know what to do if he met a real rat instead of a practice one?

  3. Wow, I’m almost embarrassed to admit I really need this book! Between my extra long big toes and my bunion, I’m desperate for a sock knitting answer!

  4. Becky hill says:

    This book sounds great for those of us with less than perfect dainty feet! Becky Hill

  5. Love socks! I even like knitting them. Would love a copy of this book. How do you find time to knit with Loki? He is so adorbs.

  6. Wendy,

    Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful book. I’d love to win a copy, but just in case I don’t it’s on my to get list.

  7. I love to make different heels. I would love to see the heels in this book. Thanks.

  8. I’ve always wanted to try socks but have been too chicken!

    Love me some Loki and I was a true Lucy fan:)

  9. Cool looking heels!

  10. Would love this. Thanks for giving us an opportunity!

  11. Cathy Chesnut says:

    Nothing better than toe up socks. This book seems to have it all.

  12. My feet are a mess, and so this book might be just the thing. Tho I generally hate all heel except the one from a pattern you wrote that required no picking up of stitches, just knitting round and round with increases. I substitute it every chance I get.

    Thanks for sharing!

  13. I’m working with your book “Socks From the Toe Up” right now! I could definitely put the new one to good use.

  14. Susan Smith says:

    Sounds like a must-have book! Hubby has unions and I have pointy toes so this sounds perfect!

  15. So great to think of all the shapes of our feet! I have heel pain, maybe needing more cushion or thicker yarn there. Thank you for the chance to win it! Loki is a very loved kitty – so pretty!

  16. Lynn murray says:

    I love knitting socks. Any book that offers innovations and, most of all, good fit, is a great gift.

  17. A “criminally mindless heel”? That sounds great to me! Unlike some heel variants, that one looks comfortable and durable, as well as (possibly) easy. I have Cinderella feet with an almost bunion on my right foot and narrow heels, so I’d love a sock guide book.

  18. I LOVE toe up socks. Praying that I am lucky enough to get the book.

  19. Never done toe ups so count me in.

  20. I love sox – especially toe-up sox … new heel sounds interesting …

  21. I love socks, this would be great!

  22. The book looks fabulous, thanks for the chance.

  23. looks like a good addition to the sock book library. I have many books, though I always come back to your toe up gusset heel.

  24. Susan Picciano says:

    Would love to check out this book! Thanks for all the pic’s of Loki!

  25. Louise Perry says:

    I would love to try knitting socks!

  26. Cecilia David says:

    I am in need of some heel help. Cecilia
    I am always entertained by Loki.

  27. Susan Steele says:

    Love toe-up socks & I’m always looking for new ideas.

  28. This book sounds intriguing!

  29. Kelly Norman says:

    Love, Love, LOVE Socks – and lace – and who can resist that artwork (chuckle!!)

  30. Thanks as always for the contest!

  31. Sounds perfect for me! I’ve tried socks before, but for toe-up ran into problems turning the heel the way instructed – I ended up with not nearly enough back-height by the time I’d gotten back to the correct width once it was on my foot. After ripping back a couple of times and re-knitting carefully, carefully following the instructions, I’ve concluded the problem must be with my foot rather than my knitting……maybe this could help me sort out what I need to change.

  32. I love sock books and new heels. Really! This book has my name on it!

  33. Teri Chambliss says:

    A new toe up heel! How fun is that)

  34. Holly Dambaugh says:

    Love, Love, Love to knit sock!

  35. Joan, the knitter says:

    What a great book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. Recovering from total hip replacement and knitting socks is the perfect project. Your Loki seems like a fur ball, all personality. Love all the relaxation poses!
    Joan, from Wisconsin

  36. This looks like a really fun book…it has pique my interest in getting back to socks! Thanks for the chance!

  37. As I am just learning to knit socks, I would love to have a copy of this book.

  38. Marti Keefe says:

    Thanks for spotlighting this new book. I love your contests, and this is one I’d really like to win.

  39. Anything coming from Criminal Knits is bound to be fun, and full of ideas. I would love to add this to my library. Thanks for a chance to win.

  40. Thanks for reviewing and letting us know about the new book, and thank you for opportunity to win one!

  41. Yes, please! That new heel is intriguing!
    Nan´s last blog post ..Hello world!

  42. The book looks great. I love Loki’s rats.

  43. Looks great! Pick me! Please pick me!!!

  44. This looks very interesting, I do mostly toe up w/ afterthought heel! thanks for the chance to win this book!

  45. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Your sock book is the one that got me knitting again, after a many year hiatus.
    Now socks are my favorite thing to make.
    I would love the book and thank you for the give away.

  46. Nancy Thone says:

    Wow- this looks like a great book. I have some of those foot issues and could use the help she provides to make socks fit better. Thanks for the review.

  47. Ready to try toe up. Book looks like it would right at home with me!

  48. Looks like a good book for us sock knitters. I would lover to try the heel you are talking about. Loki is looking so fluffy and content.

  49. Jennifer B says:

    Very punny titles! Looks interesting – thanks for the opportunity to win!

  50. What a great title and graphic! I would love to win this!
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  51. Hooray for a new sock book.

  52. Catherine S. says:

    Nothin’ wrong with more toe-up sock patterns. xo

  53. I’ve knit more than 70 pair of sox
    And always, I mean ALWAYS looking for a new heel
    To use

    This book sounds like I’d have a few heels to add to my catalog of heels
    Thanks, Wendy, for a chance to add this to my sock-knitting bag.
    GerryART´s last blog post ..Cauliflower 🙂

  54. Loki is so cute.

  55. I would. be delighted to win this great new sock book, but while scrolling through the list of comments I.realized that you probably have many hundreds of requests for each of your offers. It’s still fun to try though.

  56. This sounds like the perfect book for me. I would love to win it!

  57. Wow! This looks like a great book. I would love to win this book.

  58. What a great book. I love when I can adjust a sock pattern to fit everyone!

  59. Hi Wendy…it’s all about the heel!

  60. I would love a copy of this book, that new heel looks great, I love to knit toe up.

  61. I would love to be able to knit socks for every foot!

  62. Jen Cranston says:

    Would love to win this…my best friend of the high instep would concur 🙂

  63. This book sounds interesting. Would love to have it in my library.

  64. Janice Woodruff says:

    This sounds like the perfect solution to make socks for diabetic feet that need a more custom fit!

  65. Hello!
    Muy first socks are finished. Will I choose the next one model from this book?Thank you form the oportunity!

  66. Ohhh sounds like a great book! Thanks!

  67. Suzi smith says:

    I’m just learning to knit socks. This sounds like a great book for making the socks fit!

  68. I only knit toe-up because they are so easy to fit and would love the book!

  69. My feet are different shapes and, yes, I am a cankled American. I need this book!

  70. I love knitting socks!
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  71. Looks quite interesting! Thanks!

  72. margie kovacic says:

    I can always use another knitting book. Especially one about sock knitting.

  73. I have knit 2 pair of socks (cuff down), and really would like to do toe-up, but haven’t had the “nerve” to try them. This book surely would help me out with this technique!!!
    Darlene´s last blog post ..DISHCLOTH/WASHCLOTH NUMBER 2

  74. I knit my first socks this past August and am currently knitting a fourth pair…I think that knitting socks can become addictive!

  75. Me, Me, ME!!! Wendy, you got me hooked on toe-up socks.

  76. I had rejected toe-up socks because the heel didn’t fit as well as the top down sock. Maybe there are answers in this book? I’d like to win it!
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  77. Sue Horlander says:

    I would love this book. I need to work on mastering the knitting of socks. This would help.

  78. Dorothy Bunch says:

    Oh I would love this book! Loki you such asweet heart!i

  79. My Sis and I are both diabetic and the only socks we can wear comfortably are my hand knit socks. The only problem is that I don’t knit fast…so by the time I’m done with one pair, I almost need to start another pair right away.
    I would so love to win this book so that I could use new tips and help to make them faster.
    I’m adding to my stash to keep myself busy this winter.
    Have a wonderful week!!

  80. i love learning new ways to knit socks!

  81. Elisa Olvera says:

    If her socks are as clever as the title & the art work, I know I will love them. Even better they’re toe up!! Yay!

  82. LaVelle Nott says:

    That sounds like a good book and it reminds me that I have your toe up sock book. I am having trouble finding the perfect sock pattern for myself. I think I will get out your book and see what kind of suggestions I can find in there.

  83. I soo need help with socks! Thank you for this awesome opportunity. {Knitting in Love©}

  84. Looks like a fun book! And…Loki is looking his furry best!

  85. Anything for a sock or two. Love to knit more.

  86. What an interesting framework for a book. And that new heel is just beautiful.
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  87. What a coincidence—I just started working on a pair of socks today! Since I was having some trouble getting started (it has been awhile since I knit my last pair) I was watching a video on YouTube to refresh my memory. A new book would do that trick as well. This one sounds like it would be very helpful. Thank you and the author!!!

  88. Marya D'Abate says:

    I would love this book. My cankles need covering!

  89. Midnite Baker says:

    Maybe, with this book, I’ll finally find the answer to my high, high instep problem. And, I’m very fond of knitting toe up socks. I get to try them on as I knit. I’m with JAM, “I would love this book, thanks!” M

  90. Christine says:

    Toe-up all the way for me! I shall have to find out if/when this book is available in the UK.

  91. Oh yeh!

  92. Ooh, so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.

  93. Would love to have this book. I said I would never knit socks but was addicted after knitting my first pair.

  94. SuthernGirl says:

    Great artwork! Looks like fun….

  95. Oh my gosh! I love knitting socks!

  96. I have no problem knitting lace shawls, however, socks? Maybe this book will make it happen for me !

  97. Book looks fab, I’d love to win!

  98. Cindy Ferver says:

    I love socks. Half my knitting books are about socks!

  99. Always looking for a new tips. Thanks!

  100. I am a sock knitting nut!!!! We go to baseball games here in Texas and knit socks all summer!!!! I would so appreciate winning this book!!!!!!!!