Where to start? Knitting Socks from Around the World is a tribute to the media of knitting, socks, and books.
Voyageur Press brings the adventurous knitter a sock book divided into regions of the world.
Scandanavia, the British Isles, Europe, "the East" and "the West" are represented. Just reading the list of the designers made me a little dizzy.
Star Athena, Dawn Brocco, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Tatyana Chambers, Donna Druchunas, Teva Durham, Gretchen Funk, Chrissy Gardiner, Anne Carrol Gilmour, Wendy J. Johnson, Janel Laidman, Elanor Lynn, Helene Magnusson, Annie Modesitt, Heather Ordover, Beth Parrott, Elizabeth Ravenwood, Kristin Spurkland, Candace Eisner Strick, Pinpilan Wangsai, and Anna Zilboorg.
The 21 designers don't disappoint with 25 patterns that range from Bosnian Slipper Socks (which would be a quick knit, I think, even with the color work involved) to the Short-Row Fair Isle Socks that use short rows to tilt the usual color work style into a new plane.
There's something in this book for everybody. The history nerd will love the short descriptions at the beginning of each pattern. They tie the sock design into the tradition from which they hail, or, sometimes, to the personal history of the designer.
Lovers of color work need no further enticement than the cover of this book, which feature Finnish Paivatar Socks. The close observer of the cover will see that these socks aren't just colorful. They also provide some fun knit-and-purl side-seam detailing.
Socks from "the East" include Turkish socks, socks patterned on the Dura-Europos Pattern, Japanese Tabi Socks, Russian-inspired socks and Chinese Zodiac socks.
Pattern notes before each set of instructions include information about whether the sock is knit from the top or the toe and tips for making that particular sock, including what skills are needed and what abbreviations are used.
Also, the photographs throughout the book are well-styled, beautiful, and show you what you want to know about that sock. The consistent nature of the photography and design helps make the book feel like a cohesive unit, even with so many different designers and kinds of socks involved.
Overall, a gorgeous hardcover book at a good price.