My library network is pretty great - if I can't find a book in my own library, odds are one of the libraries in the network will have it. The woman who runs my library is a knitter, which really helps, but we are a pretty small area, so what I usually do is search our network on-line. I find it, request it, and a few days later, I have it in my hot little hands. Ethnic Socks and Stockings is a title I stumbled across - I can't remember where, but I think I saw it mentioned either on someone's blog, or somewhere on a forum. Anyway, the book arrived and what inspiration! These are just a few of the socks that immediately caught my eye.
The top part of the sock pictured below reminds me quite a bit of the pattern that Kathy knit. I like it with the variegated yarn - something I haven't tried yet. (I'd actually have to get some to do it - I only have solid sock yarn in the stash now!)
I haven't had a chance to really read through the book yet, but it looks really interesting. Lots of information on heels and toes - it may help with my sisters socks and designing a heel that will take a stranded pattern. It doesn't really have sock patterns, but more guidelines as to how to construct the sock, as well as the chart for the colorwork.
Knitting Vintage Socks.
For an update on current sock knitting (I can't stop planning for new socks!), the Childs First Sock #1 is complete!
The back of the Street Smart Hoodie grows as well.
I had such opportunity for intensive knitting time on Saturday. Terri and I were doing some agility training and she went to give a tug toy to one of her dogs and he mistook her hand for the toy. She got a pretty good laceration, so off we were to the emergency room. It was a five hour ordeal (not too horribly bad for a city emergency room on a weekend) but with no book, no knitting, the time passed very slowly. As I sat there I thought about how much knitting I could be getting done! Oh well - she got her hand taped (they wouldn't suture it as it was a dog related injury) and is on the mend. Luckily I made up for it on Sunday with some great knitting.
Mark your calendars - two months from today is the 2007 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!!!! I can't believe it is coming up so quick! This will be my third year going, and I'm just as excited as I was the first year. The vendor list is posted, so the planning can begin! I guess I really have to get cranking to use up some more sock stash before I go! I plan on going Saturday for sure and hopefully meeting up with as many people as I can....