my friend cookie has written another book AND she published it herself.
AND it’s absolutely stunning—a real work of art.
how much more of a role model do i need? i’m as proud of cookie’s book as if i wrote it myself (i WISH).
i received my advance copy the other day and since then, i’ve picked it up about twelve times to lose myself amongst the pages—that’s how lovely it is.
once again, cookie has centered the book around socks (what else?), chronicling her development as a sock knitter and designer by reworking previously-published patterns and juxtaposing them with new designs.
the styling (sarah beaver) and photography (laura kicey) are brilliant, combining edgy environments with vintage clothing and tying those two seemingly disparate flavors together with a strong use of primary color.
the mood swings from urban-shabby to über-sexy without hesitation, creating an exciting visual voyage reflective of the author’s own inner narrative, design process, and taste.
knitters will be enticed by the mood into one design after another
the photography does not just serve an artistic purpose however
also included with each pattern are clear and detailed (and beautiful!) sock photos, taken from every angle and at varying distances
so that the knitter is never left to wonder what their project should look like at any given point. everyone involved did a great job presenting useful, utilitarian visuals that also happen to be quite dreamy.
cookie divides the collection into three sections by type of pattern—but not into the usual categories you would expect, such as knit/purl, cables, lace, etc. rather, she separates them into geographical classes of columns, tessellations, and diagonals, distinguished by the type of terrain created as the patterns map out across the fabric.
each pattern includes clearly-written directions, large, readable charts, and diagrams to guide the knitter through complex surface designs and constructions.
at the back of the book, a reference and resource section is included to guide the knitter in finding helpful information about techniques included in the patterns.
the book is available for preorder now, with several purchasing options, including the PDF download format (very handy for printing just what you need). for a limited time, you can order both versions at a considerable savings.
yes, i love this book, and not just because cookie is one of my dearest friends. i like it because it’s smart, beautiful, and hardworking all at once, just like her.