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Found the Source Again... [Jun. 24th, 2014|02:22 pm]
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I mentioned somewhere in the various sock posts that I'd gotten the idea for the short socks from a book, but it had vanished into the chaos.  Found it again today. The Sock Knitter's Workshop, by Ewa Jostes and Sephanie van der Linden.  I bought it when I started thinking about doing socks, because--at that time--I was looking at every source for how to knit socks.

On the whole, I didn't find the book particularly useful (especially when it comes to turning heels...I was completely confused by their methods), certainly not as useful as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Knitting Rules, which is what finally unblocked me about starting socks. There's good information in it, it's just not really aimed at the kind of socks I wanted for myself.   But the picture of the Sport Socks on page 110 gave me the idea for short socks of my own...made with different yarn of a different weight, on different sized needles, with a different kind of ribbing, different heel, different toe, and different colors.   There's a resemblance--but it's not that close other than "rolled top, some ribbing, short sock."   No closer than second cousins, I would say, rather than siblings to my socks.  But this book may be useful for others, and I still refer to it for some things.

[User Picture]From: thistlethorn
2014-06-25 06:20 am (UTC)
I am dying laughing here at your clarification about the design for the short socks and how, in the end, they are absolutely nothing like the socks in the reference book, apart from (possibly) that you wear them on a foot. *g*

I fully appreciate the detail--it just also made me laugh.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-06-28 02:07 pm (UTC)
It IS funny. Superficially, they're similar--very short "tops" with a rolled edge, some ribbing, then a sock bottom (heel, foot, toe.) You would recognize them both as some form of very short=topped sock to be worn while exercising. But mine are customized for my feet, which like them a lot in hot weather.

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[User Picture]From: meirwen
2014-06-25 11:32 pm (UTC)
If you're still in the market for a comprehensive sock book based more on principles than specific patterns, I've found this book invaluable. I have a funny shaped foot, and very specific tastes, and it gives me the information I need to make socks I can actually _wear_. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1564775704?pc_redir=1403590048&robot_redir=1
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-06-28 03:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks--I have a really great book on sock-making a friend sent me, by Schurch and Parrott, THE SOCK KNITTER'S HANDBOOK. Same Charlene Schurch, I'm sure, and lots of sound information in there. I think lots of people have "odd" shaped feet (compared to the mythical perfect foot) and that's why making one's own sock provides such comfort to the feet. We can use our own feet as gauges.

My next adventure in design will be knee-socks that fit my (not average) legs. The feet and ankles will be the same as with regular socks; the challenge will be figuring out how to make the upper calves bigger but still "upstanding." The the Schurch & Parrott book, there's a way of increasing/reducing numbers of ribs on a leg, so that will come into play.

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