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6. December 2009 09:00
by Jobo
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Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas 2009 DAY 6

6. December 2009 09:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Today’s favorite things:  more books… but this time ones I would like to find in my Christmas Stocking! 

(in case you’re wondering how I might fit larger books in my humble stocking… just know this:  My mom knit us each a stocking when we were little, and they were big enough to stand up in with both legs inside and pull up almost to our waists when we were 5 or 6 years old.  Over the years, they seem to have just stretched from use/overuse :)

Being as enthusiastic as I am about homemade socks… as you can imagine, I would love to have more sock books – all different shapes and sizes too!

 

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Sock Innovation – Cookie A

Wandering around Ravelry, knitters are able to find all kinds of unique sock patterns and become introduced to many different breeds of designers.  Early on, I knew I liked Cookie A. designs because of the unique way she twists and turns geometrics.  Cookie’s socks aren’t just the same construction over and over again, each pattern has it’s own creative edge – these aren’t your basic socks with a basic stitch pattern on the back of the foot and around the leg, they are complete works of art!  In the beginning, I wasn’t sure I would be up to the challenge of knitting socks like these… but I think my skills have finally matured enough to give it a try :)  I think I would like to try every pattern in this book… and considering there are 15 in there, it might take me a while to work my way through.  I think this particular collection would stretch my current sock-knitting boundaries and help me step out of my comfort zone and challenge me in many new ways.

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Toe-Up – Chrissy Gardiner

Another popular sock designer, Chrissy Gardiner has so many beautiful patterns available… this book Toe-Up!  being just full of unique ideas.  Personally, I have always been a traditional style sock knitter, and only recently have I ventured away from the standard cuff-down, gusset style heel, ordinary style sock.  Now that I’ve stepped outside that box, I’m not sure there is any way to rein myself back in!  I particularly love the clarity of Chrissy’s patterns… after making my first pair of socks guided by her straightforward and complete instructions I vowed that they wouldn’t be my last.  This book includes some toe-up formulas and tips for constructing different styles of heels and toes – and also 15 new patterns to help you hone your new skills.  I like the idea of learning some more general sock formulas so I can learn to ad-lib more.  I am still relatively new to the toe-up camp, so there is still lots that I can learn about this along the way.

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New Pathways for Sock Knitters – Cat Bordhi

One cannot discuss sock designers without mentionning Cat Bordhi…  another master of the craft.  How do you knit a sock that fits your foot perfectly?  Cat knows.  Without a doubt.  ‘New Pathways for Sock Knitters’  is a master class in sock architecture and design.  Apparently each new architecture opens doors to more unique and creative ways to knit socks… as if I need an excuse to get more hopelessly addicted to this craft?!  I haven't gotten to try knitting socks on 2 circular needles yet, but am anxious to jump onto that bandwagon and see what the view is like :)  All authorities on sock knitting say that Cat’s techniques are a must – I won’t argue with that.

All in all… I am amazed by the selection of fantastic sock knitting collections there are out there!  You might have noticed, a lot of my picks for books are the types of publications that include reference material and tutorial sections.  I really enjoy knitting patterns as is, but the idea of being able to do more customization and tweaking of existing patterns is a very exciting one.  I find it enjoyable to be able to really understand the process and be able to personalize the projects I am working on to my own needs and tastes.  At this point I think this is why I have such difficulty with sweaters and more complicated wearables.  I have yet to make enough of them to know what modifications are needed to make a proper fitting garment for my own non-standard shaped body.  Socks, however, are becoming more and more comfortable a project for me, and I think I am ready to challenge myself and learn more complex architecture strategies.  I’m not sure why socks excite me as much as they do, but they sure do :)  Happy sock knitting to all, and to all a good night.

1. December 2009 05:00
by Jobo
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Jobo's Favorite Things: Christmas 2009 DAY 1

1. December 2009 05:00 by Jobo | 10 Comments

additurbo

Addi Turbos

Who would have thought there could be so much hype over such a simple thing as Knitting Needles.  Seriously it's just a bunch of sticks right?  Totally Wrong!  If you have ever tried knitting with cheap circular needles, you are already painfully aware that quality really makes a huge difference.  Addi-Turbos have gained such a positive reputation for having smooth seamless joins, flexible cables that don't kink up and cause a mess, and fine metal points that glide like a dream - perfect for whatever project you have in mind.  Many sock knitters are enjoying new techniques using circular needles, often working both socks at the same time on two really long circular needles. I have been just dying to try this but unfortunately there are no Addi Retaillers in my area.  So when I started doing a little research and realized that there are suppliers who ship needles FREE to consumers worldwide.  Yes, that's free shipping folks.  That means if Santa wants to send me some for my stocking, all he has to do is order them online, and voila.

Addi Turbo Knitting Needles - size 2.0 mm or 2.25 mm with 47 inch cable

Price: approximately $ 14.00 US per Set

Available at www.addineedleshop.com

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