When Janel Laidman asked me to review her new book, The Enchanted Sole, I agreed without hesitation. I am a big fan of her creativity and style. Her first book, The Eclectic Sole, set a high standard. I am very happy to report that The Enchanted Sole does not disappoint.
The first thing I noticed is the range of pattern styles included in this book. There are simple socks and complex socks. Like ankles socks? knee-high socks? You are covered. Beginning knitters and experienced knitters alike will find socks to tempt them.
I also appreciate the range of construction. Some are worked toe up and some top down. I especially love that she included four socks that are knit sideways.
As a designer, I feel that every detail is important. Clearly Janel feels this way as well. Ribbing flows into the leg, taller socks include carefully crafted calf shaping, and stranded socks are patterned from top to toe. The Tree of Life socks pictured above have a beautiful leaf pattern across the heel.
As a spinner, I appreciate that each sock pattern gives the wraps per inch (wpi) for the yarn. Very helpful for matching the grist of my handspun to the pattern requirements. As Janel points out, it is also the best way to pick a substitute yarn.
There are many reasons to love this book: the 20 gorgeous sock patterns, the attention to detail, the beautiful photographs, and the variety of styles and techniques.
Now, which sock to cast-on first?