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Knit. Sock. Love. Paperback – November 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: One Leg Press; 1St Edition edition (November 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984572600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984572601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sock book as they were meant to be written impeccably conceived, stunningly photographed, and thoroughly inspiring. The only hard part is choosing which sock to cast on first." Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review and author of The Knitter's Book of Wool

"If you're knitting socks today, Cookie is the reason. Cookie A is the definition of modern sock knitting." Amy Singer of Knitty.com and author of Big Girl Knits

"In this outstanding collection of socks, Cookie's exploration of columns, tessellations, and diagonals proves that there's no end to her fresh and ingenious designs." Ann Budd, author of Getting Started Knitting Socks and editor of Favorite Socks

"Cookie is a designer who deserves watching." --Knit 'N Style

If you're knitting socks today, Cookie is the reason. Cookie A is the definition of modern sock knitting. --Amy Singer of Knitty.com and author of Big Girl Knits

In this outstanding collection of socks, Cookie's exploration of columns, tessellations, and diagonals proves that there's no end to her fresh and ingenious designs. --Ann Budd, author of Getting Started Knitting Socks and editor of Favorite Socks

About the Author

Cookie A is an avid sock knitter, teacher, and designer. Her patterns have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit.1 and Knitty magazines. She teaches intensive sock design workshops throughout North America and is the author of the bestselling book, Sock Innovation.

Laura Kicey is a Philadelphia-based photographer and artist whose work has been showcased in regional galleries and museums. She has been published in magazines and the book Beyond Architecture: Imaginative Buildings and Fictional Cities.


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Customer Reviews

Just looking through this book my fingers started to itch.
Heather Johnson
All you have to do is to look through the book to see how well each pattern is laid out with lots of graphs, detailed instructions, and beautiful color photos.
S. Psota
The patterns are primarily for advanced intermediate to advanced knitters BUT it is a book that should be in every knitter's library.
Bonnie Brody

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Cookie A. (the "A" is for us folks who can't pronounce "Apichairuk" is a beloved sock designer who has many notable designs on Knitty dott com, an ezine offering free knitting patterns. Her "Monkey" sock and her "Potamus" both took the knitting world by storm. Now she has given us a book, the title cleverly playing on "Eat, Pray, Love" and I'll bet this book will prove just as popular with knitters as that bestseller.

So, learn more about the "Monkey" sock and the famous mannekin leg that displays her designs, as well as drool over beautifully photographed models of 18 other socks. 12 of these have been published before, 7 of these are newly published.

The socks are organized by design feature (columnar, tesselated, diagonals, and so you get a peek into the mind of the designer. Cookie likes textural socks with architectural features. You get schematics of the sock leg, foot and instep and heel. So if you like textural knitting (I certainly do) then you will be delighted to learn how this designer goes about creating her socks and it will give you insight into doing, perhaps, designs of your own.

If you are looking primarily for 2 color work or simple socks, that's not what "Knit.Sock.Love is about. Also, some avid collectors of sock patterns are going to be miffed by the fact that there are only seven new designs in this book and you could conceivably grab the others here and there on the internet or magazines. Nor are there toe-up methods here, though you can probably adapt any of these socks to starting at the foot rather than at the leg cuff.

The photography merits a mention: Laura Kicey does a fabulous job staging and photographing the models.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Kellersberger on December 9, 2010
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I am a huge Cookie A. fan, and absolutely fell in love with her designs in Knitty.com. When the first book, "Sock Innovation" was released, I was absolutely smitten. I was so excited when I heard she was releasing another book; however, unlike the previous reviewers, I am quite disappointed that more than half of the patterns here have been previously published, and that I already have most of them. While I agree that the photography is beautiful, and instructions are impeccable, I find myself quite let down at the dearth of new patterns here, especially given the price.

Overall, while there are some very nice patterns here, I was just not blown away the way I was with Cookie's first book. The patterns here are just not nearly as, well, innovative as those in "Sock Innovation". Maybe I am disappointed because I have knit my way through the first book and was hungry for some new material and there is just not as much new here as I had anticipated. I really wish this had been disclosed either by author or publisher before I bought the book, especially since I had already paid for most of these patterns previously (at the steep $6 and $7 price tag from Twist Collective and the Cookie A. website). I felt a little like I had been duped.

Beautifully photographed and written, and if you are new to Cookie A's designs, you will probably be very happy with the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Gerhard on January 26, 2011
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Wonderful socks to knit -- clear charts and written instructions. Beautiful photography including good closeups of all the socks. I'll be knitting a lot of these patterns. I've heard people complain that this book contains too many previously published patterns (some of them free) -- and it is true that a few are re-published. But for someone like me who hadn't purchased any of the patterns prior to this book, this publication is just fine. Highly recommended for those with "sock love".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2010
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It is rare that I find such a beautiful knitting book as Knit. Sock. Love.. It is bounty for the eyes, breathtaking for the knitter, and YES, the patterns are beautiful, easy to read, and viable to knit. It is nurturance, eye candy, wool gathering, and our wildest sock imagination all in one.

The author writes about her journey to this book. It was 2005 and she set out to design a sock pattern of her own, fueled by two mismatched but handknit socks she was wearing at the time. Her first creation was called Pomatomus, named after a genus of fish and in the blue and green colorway. It was published in 'Knitty' magazine. She followed with another sock pattern in 'Knitty', and then more patterns, all published in the same magazine. Luckily for us, these patterns are in this book. She was hooked on sock design much in the same way we might get hooked on sock knitting.

The author discusses the easy and portable nature of socks and the round and round knitting that can be addictive. I call it relaxing. Round and round we go, to a sock we'll know. Because of the small nature of a sock (as opposed to a sweater), it's safer to try out a more challenging pattern. There is also less fear about size problems. It is now five years since the author, Cookie A, designed her first sock and she is still going strong. The knitter can be thankful for that!

The book is divided into three sections: Columns, Tessellations, and Diagonals. Altogether there are twelve previously published patterns in this book. There are diagrams, charts, and schematics to help the knitter with the patterns. The "resulting patterns have a more organic feel with curves, florals, twists and turns. I love balancing soft with rigid". The patterns are arranged in each chapter in order of complexity.
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