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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is a great book in a very compact format.

Lara's Library: ...And A Time to Knit Stockings

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Katherine's color photos are used very well throughout the book. This is the inside cover.

...And A Time to Knit Stockings is available as a book on CD from Schoolhouse Press. It includes 16 patterns, a novel heel-turn method (or several) and a "How-to" section which takes the techniques used in the patterns and describes them in more detail.

The main book itself is presented as html files, which means you use a web browser to look at them. This put me off a little at first, but pages load quickly, even right off the disk, so after a bit, it feels like flipping through a well-organized website. There are even little extras, like audio of Katherine's mother telling a story, which would be impossible to include in a printed book.

Patterns are in PDF form and are designed to print easily at home. I love this because it means you can browse around on your computer, then print just what you need. There's nothing to lose, photocopy, or destroy through acts of tea-spilling. Well, you could still do that, but you would be able to just make another print.

Katherine's writing is heartfelt and has the tone of a memoir, reminding me many times of Elizabeth Zimmermann.

If you prefer to choose your patterns one at a time, keep an eye on Katherine's online store. She is making the patterns, like her July Sock, available as individual downloads. This option gives you more choices, but I think you would be missing out.

This book is worth the price for just about any knitter. If you think there is nothing new in the world of sock construction, you are wrong. Also, there is a lot of great information for anyone interested in:

stranded colorwork

lace in socks

reading a chart

Aran knitting

knitting multiple pairs of adorable baby booties at once

working in Argyle style without intarsia

traditional gansey knitting

being whimsical and having fun with your knitting.

As if to prove she is a fantastically generous person, you can also learn all about the nuts and bolts of knitting socks for FREE on her website.