- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Feet on the Ground Pr; Book & Poster Set edition (May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966915356
- ISBN-13: 978-0966915358
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,217,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Socks for Sandals & Clogs Book & Poster Set Edition
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My first alarm was when it says on page 4, " To those who find my directions murky, I an only apologize. There are no drawings to help. I cannot draw well and bad drawings are worse than none. For any complicated manoeuvre, where you really wish you could see it, a drawing not done by master is apt to be more confusing than helpful. If you need help, I urge you to ask another knitter. It's the best way to learn and the most traditional way to teach this craft". That is a quote from the book!
So, I paid $19.00 for a 48 page book that shows you socks you want to make so badly... but you will be sitting for hours ripping and redoing until you make up your directions.
I love Anne's designs, her colors, her hats, mittens, etc. But what I don't understand is why I am expected to pay for a book, then be expected to ask another knitter to help when the book should be "the help", and I am one of the most experienced knitters I know and I can't figure some of it out!
I think having someone help with illustrations would have been helpful and expected. I love the socks, but only hope that I can some day have the hours it will take to figure out how to make them.
And there is no contact email or way to get in touch with her. I will stick to Mary Ann Beattie's, "Crazy Toes & Heels" socks, and perhaps be able to develop the charts from "Socks for Sandals and Clogs", by those methods. The charts are good by the way!
There are top-down and toe-up socks in the book. Zilboorg's directions for toe-up socks are a little strange: you make the heel separate, like a toe, and then graft it on! The "normal" way is to knit a contrasting thread in where you intend the heel to go, and then remove it, pick up those stitches and knit the heel like the toe. That's how I did it when I made Aldebaran.But I suppose you could do it the AZ way.
Also, all the designs are for sport weight yarn, which can be hard to find in a wool/nylon blend for socks. Knitpicks makes a good yarn that works for these socks, however. It would have been helpful if the author or editors had specified how much yarn you need for each sock. I have found that about 100 grams makes a medium sock with about a three inch leg.
The most challenging sock, Mizar, has a very complicated chart that may be hard for many knitters to figure out. The pattern involves twisted traveling stitches, and the charting for such designs is always a challenge. I was able to figure it out because I had a "key": Interweave Knits Fall 2010, which has an article by Meg Swansen explaining how to read such charts. It's good to learn, because then you can use that great new book, Twisted-Stitch Knitting, by Maria Erlbacher.
If you aren't au fait with the toe up knitting method, you'd be better off getting the Magnificent Mittens book along with this book; the explanation of toe up knitting is the same as tip-down-mitten knitting. The illustration and explanation is better in Anna's mitten book. Plus you can adapt the mitten patterns to the sock methods. All in all, this is a fun book that can expand your sock knitting horizons. Anyway, get it as these books evaporate into out-of-print land all too fast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the designs & expect to make a pair or three. My disappointment was not realizing all of the designs are made with DK weight yarn - a. Read morePublished 21 months ago by L Mock