I love handknit socks. I have cherished handknit socks made by world-class sock-knitting pals, and I currently am wearing the heck out of socks that were “hand knit” on old-fashioned machines that crank out one sock at a time. But when it comes to knitting socks myself, I demur. Someday, I’ll get the urge. Until then, I have plenty of other uses for fingering weight yarn.
Despite my socknosticism, I was intrigued when Ann Budd‘s latest book, New Directions in Sock Knitting: 18 Innovative Designs Knitted From Every Which Way landed on my doorstep.
The socks are SO CRAZY. Each one is a brain teaser.
How did she do that?
Well, because she’s Ann Budd, all mysteries are cheerfully revealed, with clear directions and illustrations.
Have you been longing to knit mitered triangles in reverse? Well, yearn no more. Intarsia (“Annetarsia”) in the round? It’s a a snap, when you know how. Somebody, surely, will knit their way through all 18 designs, à la Julie and Julia, thus earning their PhD in sock studies.
Spending time with Ann’s latest book sent me to my small shelf of most essential knitting books, looking for her 2002 gem, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges.
I picked it up. (It sparked joy.) What a brilliant tome this is. With its plainspoken title, spiral binding and snappy elastic, you know it means business. If you could only have one knitting book, ever, this would be the book. Any garment or accessory, any size, any gauge, all charted out for you. All you need is yarn, needles and a tape measure and you can knit for the rest of your life.
Which is kind of a nice thought.