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Book Review: Socks From The Toe Up

I know it’s not Tuesday, and so it’s not quite a Tue Review like I used to do, but a girl’s got to climb back on the wagon somewhere, right? So here we are!

51GGWaZAL9L. SL500 AA240 Some months ago, I received a preview copy of Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson of Wendy Knits. I’ve been sitting on it while life was crazy, but I decided that today was the day, mainly because I need to gift it to someone next week. And, folks, it’s a good thing I made that decision before I cracked the cover, because otherwise….I’d be keeping it.

I’ve used Wendy’s site to make socks before, as I am sure many of us have. The patterns and techniques she covers in the book are as well thought out and illustrated as her blog always is. One thing that was new to me was the heel-gussetted sock from the toe up. I’ve never knit that one before, and I think I will have to give it a try before I part with the book. It doesn’t seem overly difficult and it’s very visually appealing.

The sock patterns themselves are pretty cool, with several I’d like to make. The “ribbed ribbon” and the “serpentine” appeal the most, and since the serpentine is done in sportweight, I might just have time to whip out a pair before I part with the book. If I actually had time to knit in the next few days, which I probably won’t. Sigh. Soon people, very soon. Really.

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