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Terrific for the sockerati
on October 19, 2005
Socknitters should put this on their Must Have Christmas list--if they can wait that long! Nancy Bush has done several books on sock knitting--folk socks, and Knitting on the Road--in which readers get to explore different sock knitting traditions. Here, she takes us on a journey through time, into the Weldon's Needlework series. It's an amazing experience to contemplate knitting a sock pattern that your grandmother or great grandmother very well might have knitted herself out of the original Weldon's.
She has adjusted the sock needle sizes to something slightly more in tune with the materials and patience level of the modern-day socknitter. All of the patterns can be done in easily available yarn weights, and most are doable on your trusty old size ones. Men's socks, women's socks, and even a few baby socks are featured. She gives clear discussions of a wide variety of sock heels and toes (not *all* as someone else mentioned--for example, there is no discussion of the Balbriggan heel in this book but I'm a total sock pedant so forgive me for that minor correction) which should encourage knitters to break out of their same old same old heel and toe (though I love my dutch heel!) It's another great sock knitting release from Ms. Bush, and certainly offers great challenging patterns (and some quite beginner friendly ones as well) for the hungry sock knitting public. It hits the spot!