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Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters (New Pathways for Sock Knitters) Paperback – October 1, 2009
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About the Author
Cat Bordhi's mission, according to Yarn Harlot Stephanie Pearl McPhee, is to make you a more creative, freethinking knitter who problem-solves and experiments with vigor and fearlessness. The best part? She can. Cat teaches and inspires more than a 1,000 knitters a year in her classes and retreats all over North America. Her Youtube knitting tutorials reach many 1,000 s more, and her innovative books, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, A Treasury of Magical Knitting, A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, and New Pathways For Sock Knitters have reached well over 100,000 knitters. She is also the author of an award-winning novel, Treasure Forest.
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Cat provides a couple of really helpful videos via YouTube to assist the knitter in some of the more difficult aspects of the design (like the cast on and bind off she recommends in the book). I was incredibly appreciative of this feature, as I have referred to the videos on several occasions to refresh my memory.
There are several beautiful sock patterns in the book itself, but it isn't just a sock pattern book, it's a brand new approach to constructing a sock. Those looking for mindless knitting may be disappointed, as Cat wants you to pay attention to what you are doing. How you will achieve your perfect fit requires more attention than you would expect, but it is a worthwhile investment of your time. But if you're looking for a challenge, or are simply dissatisfied with your previous attempts at socks, give Personal Footprints a try!
P.S. My discovery sock looks incredibly awkward but it fits fantastically! Don't be put off by the aesthetics because it will be the best-fitting pair of socks you will ever own.
Personal Footprints did not disappoint; it gives the tools for EVERYONE to customize socks to their own preferences and size, with countless different ways to put the pieces together. I have seen other "piece" books where you pick a toe, pick a heel, etc, but this truly takes it into the realm of pure customization.
Yes, a little math is required. This is not the book for someone who just wants to follow instructions- this book is for someone who wants to be able to create a uniquely custom pair of socks for anyone and get creative in the process. There are also tips and tricks included for how to take notes so that you'll be able to reproduce the socks you've made again and again.
Minus half a star for a little ambiguity in the extraordinarily simple written heel instructions (do you need a third circular? No), which gets straightened out in a walk through video.
Before I bought this wonderful book I thought sock construction would remain ever out of reach.