July 27, 2007

Getting Started Knitting Socks

I have been looking for a good sock knitting book for a quite ahile. I think I found it in Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks. This is one of the best sock knitting books to come out in a long time. If you are new to knitting socks or want to learn how to knit socks or having been knitting socks for some time, you'll find this book to answer most, if not all, your sock knitting questions from getting gauge to casting on to solving common sock knitting problems.

Ann covers the basics of socks including five different ways to knit socks in the rounds which are with four double-pointed needles, with five double-pointed needles, with one very short circular needle, two circular needles, and one long circular needle.

She also covers a couple of flexible cast-ons , the long-tail cast-on and old Norwegian cast-on. And she shows three ways to join rounds. These are a simple join, a crossover, join, and a two-end join.

The best part of the socks basics chapter, however, is the photographs and sections on knitting each part of a sock. Ann breaks it down into knitting the cuff, knitting the leg, knitting the heel turn, knitting the gussets, knitting the foot, and knitting the toe.

Throughout she offers tips to handle sock knitting problems such as preventing ladder stitches, matching leg and foot lengths, preventing holes at gussets, preventing ill-fitting socks, and preventing holes in the heel and toe.

This socks basic information is then followed by a chapter on basic sock instructions. In it, Ann has patterns based on gauge and yarn weight. They include socks knitted with 8 stitches per inch, 7 stitches per inch, 6 stitches per inch, 5 stitches per inch, and 4 stitches per inch. Each pattern has directions for five different foot circumferences and foot lengths.

The rest of the book is broken up into three chapters focusing on different kinds of socks starting with knitting socks with color and texture the easy way with self-striping and variegated yarn. The next chapter shows how to add color and texture on your own with stripe patterns, rib patterns, cable patterns, and lace patterns.

The final pattern chapter has sock with different cuff and leg variations that include picot anklets, ruffle cuff anklets, and knee socks.

I highly recommend Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd. It is probably the only sock knitting book you will ever need. It covers all the basics of knitting socks and shows you how to make your own variations so that you can be confident in knitting great socks every time!

July 10, 2007


Shop online for 50–80 percent off your favorite craft books

Loveland, Colo., July 10, 2007: Interweave Press announced today its annual,
highly anticipated hurt book sale, beginning today at 10 a.m. MDT at
http://www.hurtbooksale.com/hurt. More than 125 craft books will be deeply
discounted and sold online only on a first-come basis until inventory runs out.
This is a great time to pick up bargains on both hardbound and softbound
books about beading, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning,
weaving, needlework, and other popular crafts.

Hurt books are still in good condition but imperfect in quality and have minor
dings such as a scratch on the cover or a bent page.

The savings run deep and some books will be combined for greater discounts.
For example, the knitting titles Scarf Style and Wrap Style from the popular
Style series will be available at 50 percent off individually ($10.98 each) or for
$15 plus shipping if ordered together—that's over 65 percent off the retail

Other sought-after titles to be marked down for the sale include The Beader's
Companion by Jean Campbell and Judith Durant, The Knitter's Companion by
Vicki Square, Felted Knits by Beverly Galeskas, and Beaded Embellishment by
Amy Clarke Moore and Robin Atkins, as well as rarer titles such as the
Weldon's Practical Needlework volumes—the perfect gift for needlework
history buffs and a fantastic value at 50 percent off the original price of $30

Hurt books cannot be combined with normal products at check-out and phone
orders will not be accepted. All sales are final and books are nonrefundable.

About Interweave Press LLC

Interweave Press, a unit of Aspire Media, is one of the nation's leading craft
media companies, with businesses in magazine and book publishing,
interactive media, broadcast programming, and events for craft enthusiasts.
The Interweave Press Publishing Group features 14 subscription magazines
and many more special interest publications. Interweave Press has more than
200 books in print and annually publishes about 30 best-selling, how-to craft
books on the same subjects as the company's magazines. Additionally,
Interweave Press operates eight annual craft enthusiast events and has an
extensive Internet presence that includes nearly 30 websites. Linda Ligon
founded the company in the 1970s when she began publishing Handwoven
and Spin-Off magazines. Since then, the company has grown to employ more
than 100 people throughout the country, with corporate headquarters
located in Loveland, Colo. For more information on Interweave Press, please
visit www.interweave.com or call (970) 669-7672.


July 06, 2007

Kids Learn To Knit

A great Knitting book for kids is Kids Learn to Knit by Lucinda Guy and Francois Hall.

From book description:
"Learning to knit can be enormous fun for five-to-ten-year-olds - especially when helped along by frisky animal characters whose antics make each lesson a delight."
From the inside cover:
"Using simple language and witty animal characters, each stage of knitting is set out in a series of lessons; each lesson is then followed by a project to try out new skills."

It has great illustrations and directions. Projects include:
Knit-stitch flag (basically a small garter stitch square with a felt start sewn on)
Happy Herbie (a small dog that is really cute)
Hooting Henry (a stockinette stitch owl)
Striped Garter Scarf
Knitted Book Cover (I may make one of these for myself!)
Flitting Flo (a butterfly to practice decreasing and increasing)
All-Together Bag (it uses all the stitches and techniques in the book and is another project I may have to do myself)