The Knitter’s Book of Socks [Book Review]

The Knitter's Book of Socks Cover Do you knit socks? Then you really need to read the Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes, who is also the author of the Knitter’s Review, which is another awesome reference for knitters.
Back to the book. I got the Kindle edition from Amazon and boy oh boy do I love the instant download option. I want a book, I pay for a book and I get to read the book right at once all from the comfort of my couch. INSTANT GRATIFICATION. This book explains the science of sock yarn, and how it can make or break your sock. Unfortunately my local yarn stores carry no sock yarn, although I did manage to find a random skein a couple of days ago, so I don’t get to see the yarn before I buy it. Now if only there was a way to be able to touch the yarn when I shop online. Everything made sense, why fingering yarn is not always necessarily suitable for socks.
The book is divided into two parts; the explanation and the patterns. The explanation delves into fibers, yarn and the way it is spun or plied and how all of that affects your socks.
The patterns are all gorgeous too. I finally understand crimp, twist and plies. I also get why these things are important for my socks.
Now I just need to find a sock knitting book that explains all the different constructions. 🙂

Crochet Adorned {a book review}

Crochet Adorned Book Cover

I love this book.  It is by Linda Permann who blogs at Lindamade.  The idea behind the book is adding crochet pieces to clothing and other items with crochet to make them even prettier and some other projects that are awesome on their own like earings and the Lace bowl.  I have used the trims in the dictionary section for trimming scarfs and the motifs for various other projects.  That’s the beauty of this book, it doesn’t tie you down to the projects in it but opens a whole new world of crochet.  I also love the introduction which includes techniques and stitches.  It is a good addition to your library if you are a newbie or a crochet guru not just for its content but for its pretty photography too.  No afghans or sweaters from this designer (at least none that I know of) but lots of funky interesting projects that are smart additions to your wardrobe, accessories or things to make your home prettier.  That’s what I love about crochet, it is a medium that gives you alot of freedom.  My grandmother has a friend who crochets stuff and I grew up seeing lots of baby afghans (the standard baby shower gift from my grandma), tissue box covers and potholders.  Once I started learning I found out that there is a whole world of designs that are modern and cool, Crochet Adorned is right at home in that world.