The Joy of Sox by Linda Kopp. There has been much ado with sock knitting in recent months, thanks in part to the magic loop method (knitting two pair of socks on one long circular needle). Although those who have been bitten by sock knitting will tell you it has nothing to do with the magic loop method, but simply the fun in being able to create something so practical, warm and sized to your foot. I thought this book stood out from some of the others because of the nice tutorial section in the beginning that discusses the anatomy of the sock, sizing, and the three main methods of knitting socks (using double pointed needles, two circular needles and one circular needle). Then, once you get past the tutorial (optional, of course) you will find patterns that range from anklets, toe thongs, mosaic, self striping, lacy and over the knee. In all, the book is fun to look at and if you're a serious knitter like me, you'll be chomping at the bit to knit some socks! Check catalog for availability.
AwareKnits, by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong, contains knit and crochet projects for the eco-conscious stitcher. All natural fibers are used in the patterns, including yarns that are made from soy, corn fiber and bamboo, to name a few. Animal yarns mentioned, such as alpaca, are raised organically. There are scarf patterns, glove patterns, sock patterns, baby patterns (including a diaper pant pattern!) and patterns for both sexes. The authors include nifty tips for being green in your daily life, and there is even a bag pattern that incorporates plastic bags, with instructions on making your own plarn (plastic yarn). I think everyone will find something in this book, including small enough items that will make nice holiday gifts. Check catalog for availability.
Submitted by Mary S. @ MPL Central