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Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns Paperback – July 1, 2001

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Cat Bordi has been creating and designing in the textile field for over forty years. Her work first began to show up in international collections in the 80's, and has been featured in museums, calendars, cards, books, and magazines. Her second collection of designs for socks on two circular needles, due out in October, 2002, will include even more innovative sock architecture and extensive sections on everything from fitting unusual feet to generating and applying brand new designs.

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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Passing Paws Press (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970886950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970886958
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a minority, a man who knits. More and more men are taking up this age-old art, though. In my office (I am an architect) two other men knit also. Centuries ago it was men, not women, who did the knitting. Anyway, I have been knitting socks for my size 14 feet for several years, laboriously following the traditional methods and using the same tools as those men did centuries ago: sets of double-pointed needles. They have certain small advantages, but nothing compared to the amazing speed and opportunities the two circular needles offer. I will never use double-pointed needles again.
It takes literally moments to learn Cat's method. So why do you need her book? It contains handsome patterns for both men and women, and explains clearly how to translate the old kind of pattern to her method. That way you can still use your favorite sock patterns (one of mine is a Nancy Bush design). It's so simple (Cat even says so) that you scarcely need the book. But you do--because of the vaariety of patterns she offers, as well as pages and pages of tips and tricks that you'll use later for socks and collars and sleeves and all kinds of other knitting.
One more thing--she is funny and gentle, and she understands that you need good explanations. The photographs are so beautiful you could frame them. Get this book, and your feet will have more socks!
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I keep a list of "must-have" knitting books and Cat Bordi's "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles" has SOARED to the top of my list. Here's why:
1. The technique of using two circulars to knit a sock in the round is easy to do, but rather hard to explain. Author Bordi does this with clear pictures and great step-by-step explanations. I was totally flummoxed by this technique until I read her book.
2. Knitting on two circulars rather than 4 double-points results in a smoother gauge. This is especially important for colorwork knitting.
3. The pictures are clear and show some beautiful technique. The cover is in color, and the photos inside are a very good gray tone that shows detail. The patterns are endlessly adaptable, using them as a template with your own colorwork or textured knitting designs.
4. There isn't just technique in this book. Bordi has a number of really lovely patterns including some textured work, color work and picture knitting. Charts are large and easy to read. Only the leaf-and-tendril is not charted (it's row by row.)
5. Here's a list of the sock patterns:
a. Simple Sock in three Sizes (easy)
b. Indoor Felted Boot (easy)
c. Gardener sock (easy)
d. Columbine Peak (intermediate, textured)
e. Two Alert Cats (intermediate, cat chart really useful!)
f. Cable Top (intermediate)
g. Alpine Meadow (intermediate, nice colorwork)
h. Bavarian Twisted Stitch (intermediate, lovely textured)
i. Leaf and Tendril (textured, advanced.)
j. Not mentioned in the contents, but there is a "fleet foot" sock with a design like Mercury's wings on the cuff.
There are only 44 pages in this book, which makes it seem a bit pricey, but every page is loaded with content.
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By A Customer on November 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
I would hesitate to recommend this book to an absolute beginner because Bordi assumes you already know how to knit socks. I was astonished at her lack of clarity in certain steps, such as picking up the gussets and closing the toe with kitchener. It takes just one paragraph to explain Kitchener clearly so even a child can follow it, why did she waste all that space telling us how to do an awkward grafting trick when Kitchener is so easy and superior? She tells us to look Kitchener up in another book! (Look it up using google, there are very clear directions for Kitchener, with photos, on the "Socknitters" -- one k -- website.)
There are also errors in the Basic Sock pattern, which I find almost unforgiveable. I know errors in knitting magazines and books are inevitable, but if I were writing a sock knitting book I'd go to extraordinary efforts to make sure the beginner's sock is error-free. Luckily you can find the corrections on the net, just go to google and search for "Corrections for Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordi." (Use the quotes and type in exactly that, only one page will show up and that's the page you want.)
Another complaint I have is the lack of uniformity among the patterns. She sometimes uses different words to describe the same step from pattern to pattern, which could be confusing to beginners, and sometimes her directions slip into silliness, such as the "bloops" in the felted slipper pattern. However I do enjoy her overall conversational tone and it doesn't grate on my nerves (though I can easily understand why it would bug some people).
The two circular method is GREAT and very simple and I now knit all my socks/sleeves/hat tops/etc using it, but I learned it from the Summer 2000 Knitter's magazine, I didn't need to buy this book to figure it out.
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Socks Soar is one knitting book you simply must have! It will end up beside the Elizabeth Zimmerman and Barbara Walker classics on your bookshelf, because it is just about that revolutionary and wonderful. It has Elizabeth Zimmerman's humor, too. The book is about socks, but the techniques Cat teaches so well (she is a schoolteacher, by the way, and you can tell because she explains things in more than one way to be sure everyone gets it) can be used for any knitting you have ever used double-pointed needles for, like round necks, cuffs, even glove fingers! She seems to have thought of everything. If you want to change a favorite sock pattern to this method, she teaches you how. The appendix is chock full of tips and tricks no one else has thought of. Many of them can be used for things other than socks. There are beautiful sock designs in the book too, and one is the only really life-like cat sock design I have ever seen. I'm working on it right now, using some yarn I spun from my Bernese Mountain Dog's brushings (!!!) to knit the cat design on a cinnamon background. I'm probably going to use this cat graph for a sweater, too. People were fighting over the last copies of this book at my local yarn store. I had to laugh because the owner was complaining that she didn't even get a chance to read it before they were all gone.
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