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My book review thsi week is going to be on Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd.  I used this book to learn how to knit socks a couple months ago.  When I started knitting socks I had only been knitting for a couple months so I didn’t understand quite a bit of the knitting language.  I loved this book because it had great pictures of every step along the way of knitting socks and everything is clearly explained so that even a new knitter who doesn’t really  know all of the terminology used in knitting can use it to learn how to knit socks.  I went into knitting socks thinking that it was going to be really hard and that I was going to have to rip them out a million times trying to get them right, however because of how clear the book was in all the directions I don’t believe I even had to rip them out once.  The only thing that came out wrong on the socks once they were done was that they were to big.  One of the other great things about this book is that it lists a whole bunch of stitch patterns that you can plug into the leg of the sock instead of just a plain rib so that if you are bored with a plain rib but don’t want to do a completely differant pattern you can just plug in a differant leg pattern.  The book also has a number of fairly simple sock patterns in it other than the basic sock that you can move onto once you have gotten the hang of the basic sock.  I believe that there is a knee sock pattern, a basic lace sock pattern, a striped sock pattern, and a basic cabled sock pattern although I don’t have the book right in front of me so I can’t be sure. 

Book Rating:5 out of 5

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A New Book

Well I went to the bookstore to pick up my copy of More Big Girl Knits that I ordered this evening and was looking through it to see if I wanted to buy it and didn’t end up buying it. I just really wasn’t as impressed with it as I was with the original one. I liked less than half of the patterns whereas I liked almost every single pattern in the first one. I might buy it later when money isn’t so tight but there were a couple other books that I like most of the patterns in and felt like buying one of them was a better investment at this point than that book. So I ended up buying Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature (ravelry link). All of the patterns in it are written by Norah Gaughan and all of them are amazing, there are only a few in the entire book that I wouldn’t consider knitting. A couple of my favorites are the Hex Coat, the Ram’s Horn Jacket, and the Turbulence U-Neck Pullover (all Ravelry links). I can’t wait to knit these but right now I have so much on the needles that I need to finish some of it before starting anything new.

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