Four years ago (Wow! Was it really four years ago?) Charlene Schurch came to my LYS - Knitting Central - and taught a two-day marathon sock class. Of course, I signed up for both full day courses and my head nearly exploded. If you've been reading my blog, you know I love to knit socks. I thought I knew socks. I've designed my own simple patterns, I've knit other people's amazing patterns, I've knit 'em big, and I've knit 'em small, I have knit more stockinette socks than I care to remember. I thought I knew socks. Charlene taught me how little I knew.
Ever since, I've been a huge Charlene fan. I was fascinated with the way her mind worked. When I asked her what she did in her former life, she mentioned that she was an engineer. That made perfect sense to me. If you've used any of Charlene's book - Sensational Socks and More Sensational Socks - you know that she engineers socks. She gives you all the tools you need to build your own socks - design your own socks. She does this better than anyone out there. I think that's because she's an engineer at heart who loves to knit.
I have to confess, I have not met Beth Parrott. But together, Charlene and Beth have a fabulous new book out called The Sock Knitter's Handbook.
Of course, you probably know I’m a huge Charlene fan… and I love the way she engineers socks. If you want to design your own socks - this is the book you need. It offers everything you need to know about building a sock - from top-down or toe-up - with so many techniques and choices - that you could create your own socks from now until… well… let’s just say, until your S.A.B.L.E. (stash acquired beyond life expectancy) runs out - and not repeat the same two techniques.
I really love the tips and techniques section for Special Fit Issues - as not everyone has the perfectly shaped foot - and this is especially helpful for altering your sock to fit that special foot.
The color photos throughout the book are fabulous. They’re so clear and show us exactly what the authors mean when they talk about the different aspects of sock construction.
These are teaching sock photos - with each distinct section beautiflly color coded to demonstrate the specific technique.
Each section of the sock (for both toe-up and top-down) has various options for you to choose from. Each technique is photographed in contrasting color to show off the detail.
There are so many options to choose from - you will not make your boring same ol' - same ol' socks again. (That last comment was actually directed at yours truly - the big fan of stockinette socks!) I think I'll definitely be branching out into some new sock territory!
Congratulations on another fabulous book Charlene and Beth. Please keep ‘em coming!
Here I am with Charlene at the very first Sock Summit in Portland, OR August 2009. Sock Knitters of the World - UNITE!
Charlene sent me a copy of her book - The Sock Knitter's Handbook - to review on my blog - one for me and one for one lucky reader. So if you're a sock knitter and a Charlene fan like me, please leave me a comment to this post by midnight EST, Thursday, April 19th and I'll use the random number generator to select one lucky winner!
P.S. Some of you are having a hard time leaving comments. Go ahead and email me - majorknitter at yahoo dot com - or comment (if you're able) for your chance to win!