Seduce: to win over; attract

Yarn seduces me with her siren call. "Pick me! Pick me!" I am hopelessly enchanted by yarn and am delighted by the endless choices.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WIP Wednesday, not

I apologize for no wip today. I have caught some coughing crud and have not knitted much since last Friday. Besides the cough, there is drainage, sore throat and headache. (sounds like a cold, huh?)

So for today I have two sock knitting books I'd like to share with you. They are new to me but one has been out a couple of years.

Sock Club, Charlenne Schurch and Beth Parrott. I have all of Charlene Schurch's sock books. I used her first book, Sensational Knitted Socks, to learn how to knit a sock.

This book caught my eye because every time I clicked on a sock I liked in Ravelry, it was from this book. So because I like most of the socks in this book, I had to buy it! (right?! good logic, right?!) There are two pages of how to make the socks "your size." And it has nice large, color photos of the socks and well written instructions. The Technique pages in the back have good diagrams to help with understanding the instructions. When searching for errata, I found only two patterns that had minor corrections.

Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn, Carol J. Sulcoski. Having bought several Interweave Knits books over the years, I knew this sock book would be great. I have several handpainted yarns in my stash and finally managed to buy this book.

This book starts out explaining about multicolored yarns: Hand-Dyed vs. Machine Dyed, Self-Patterning and Self-Striping, Techniques of hand dying yarns, Nearly Solid, Wild Multis, Muted Multis, Saturation (of the dye), Pooling and Splotching, pages of information to help with understanding color to help choose the yarn for the pattern. To help you get started with the patterns, there is a symbol which suggests pairing yarn (nearly solid, muted multi, wild multi) with a pattern.

This book also has beautiful pictures and well written instructions. I did search for errata. My book must be a newer printing because all but two of the corrections were made in my book. And of course there is a glossary/techniques in the back of the book with diagrams to go along with the written instructions. (little pictures are always helpful)

So I have many, many socks I want to knit. Not only from my two new books but also from the Sock Knitters Anonymous group and the Solid Socks group on ravelry. **sigh** now if I could just get over this coughing.


CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Just don't cough into your sock stash or grab your WIP socks to blow on...they haven't been innoculated! Nice books and great review....have I seen them? Not that I'll be jumping into either one with socks in mind...I've had such a relapse of SSS. I even think I forgot how to caston. We'll get back to it....soon?

SusanB-knits said...

The wip socks are in a safe place so no chance of mistaking them for a tissue.
lol, yes, we'll get back to your socks... soon.

Pom Pom said...

Oh, SusanB! I'm so sorry you have the crud! Get well soon!

Firefly said...

Hi Girlie!
So sorry you're puny! S. A. is notorious for making folks sick with awful allergies and general lurgy type things, isn't it?
I just bought "Sensational Knitted Socks"! It's so great, isnt' it? I think I'm going to try the ones with the bluebell pattern.
I'm having trouble finding that wonderful Kollage Luscious yarn you introduced me to -- at least here in my neck of the woods (and I do mean woods ;-). Bet I can find some online, though. Do you have any other cotton blend sock yarns you like?
Take care & feel better soon!

SusanB-knits said...

Gigi, another cotton yarn I like is Panda Cotton.