At the close of her introduction, Ann Budd writes, "Before you know it, you'll start your own love affair."
It's only too true. In the last year, I've gone from asking people, "What is the DEAL with socks?" to "Have you seen my new sock?"
Ann Budd is one of the reasons.
Sure, I'd dipped my toes into knitting socks, before. My partner really, really likes the fit and comfort that hand-knit socks provide, so I had some motivation. But, for the subject to truly captivate me, I needed to understand the hows and whys of socks better.
There is a certain veil over the eyes of a beginning sock knitter. What the heck IS a gusset, anyway? Why does a heel need to turn? How do you handle those tiny needles and that skinny yarn?
In writing that is clear and thorough, without being overwhelming, Ann Budd changes these mysteries into simple facts, and then goes on to provide five basic sock patterns for socks based on gauge, then continues with 16 more. The latter designs include stripes, ribbing, cables, lace, and different leg lengths.
All of the socks are knit from the top down, most are given in several sizes, and have a flap-and-gusset round heel. Instructions are given for using double-pointed, short circular, two circular, or a very long circular set of needles.
It's an Interweave Press book, so, of course, it's thoughtfully laid out, clearly illustrated and delightful to read.
Overall, a great addition to the library, especially for the beginning sock knitter.