Sunday, October 7, 2012

Book Review at Last.

Well, it's been a good 3 weeks since I even did a book review. And now it's late, go figure. Sorry guys, life has been hectic and I haven't really felt like doing them. That and the book selection at the library is starting to run low on books. I know right? That's not supposed to happen!!

Knitted Comfort for the Sole by Lena Maikon and Leisure Arts

-The creative take on some of the sock patterns. Many of them are very unique and something I would never think of.
-They have foot tracing sizes in the back for the slipper patterns.
-There are visuals/photos for pretty much every technique you may not know how to do.
-There is something for everyone.

-Although very creative, (in my opinion) most of the patterns are rather ugly. Maybe it's the yarn they used?
-All the patterns do not list a specific yarn brand, just the type needed. While this may seem good, I think it could also be an issue because some people may not know how to match the type to an actual yarn.

Favorite Patterns:
Wavy Sea Socks
Summer Net Socks -- Really creative idea

Overall, I was a bit disappointed in this book. Yes the ideas are creative and a lot of people probably love them, but for me it's just a little too wild and weird.

One Skein by Leigh Radford
-Unlike the 'one skein wonders' books, the photos are WITH the projects.
-Patterns for every age, gender etc.
-A very lovely intro on where the author got her inspiration.
-Divided by type of project you are making
-Like a lot of books, she explains where her inspiration for the projects came from

-Well, hmmm? 
-The only thing I can really think of is that a lot of one skein books tend to repeat similar ideas. This is not different. I have seen many similar patterns elsewhere

Favorite Patterns:
Labyrinth Circle Rug -- Great for scraps!
Unisex Gloves

Overall, I really like this book and the patterns it presents. They are all simple, cute and fun! I really want to make one of those rugs :)

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I have had a pretty productive one so far, not really school productive, but productive none the less.



  1. I always feel a little cheated when one skein books feature mostly baby items or small things like coasters. I'd be more impressed if they came up with useful full-size items out of one skein of yarn.

    1. Maybe you should be the one to publish one of those. I'd buy it :)

  2. I've always wondered why one skein books never have the photos with the patterns, it drives me crazy! Also, I cannot believe you are running low on books, the Manhattan library is amazing!

  3. I always enjoy reading your book reviews:) I must say, based on the cover, I would have passed on the sock book.

  4. Do you have a place where all your book reviews are listed? I was wondering if you'd seen Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet?

    1. If you look at the tag "Saturday evening book review" all of them will come up. I have not seen that book though.

  5. Yay to book reviews! I am with you on the top book,interesting concept but most of us knit things we would want to wear. I love all the one-skein books because we all have those skeins that we can't think of what to use them for!


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