Why more publishers, even businesses, don’t adopt more pictorial ways to communicate (other than PowerPoint) is a mystery. After all, visual learning, step-by-step, accompanied by clear, up-close photographs and directions, is one of the best methods to retain information, which is precisely the point and success of the Teach Yourself Visually series. This series volume focuses on sock knitting. Chau immediately dismisses any reader misgivings by deconstructing every step, beginning with selecting the right yarn and ending with the care and repair of handmade socks. Content varies from simple to complex; the author details three different methods of sock construction—top down, flat, toe-up—then expands readers’ experiences with additional patterns, whether angora baby booties or cabled cuff socks. There is a follow-up chapter on troubleshooting to fix such mistakes as dropped or twisted stitches. Boxed tips throughout the text provide “professional” hints to turn a perceived difficult task into a relaxing hobby. --Barbara Jacobs
About the Author
Laura Chau is a self-taught knitter, designer, spinner, and dyer. She works as a custom dyer and teaches numerous classes at Toronto's popular yarn store Lettuce Knit. Laura has had multiple designs featured on Knitty.com and sells her patterns on her Web site and blog, cosmicpluto knits! (www.cosmicpluto.com).