i really, really like this book

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.

in knit. sock. love., favorites such as the ever-popular monkey are now presented in fresh yarns with multiple sizing.

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.

29 Responses to “i really, really like this book”

  1. Pat says:

    Well , I’m convinced!!!

  2. Oh Wow! I am a huge fan of her Sock Innovation book, I learned so very much about designing. I am emailing Oscar with the link and that this goes on my Yule wish list :-}

  3. JelliDonut says:

    You sold me too! Just pre-ordered the book and also got the pdf file.

  4. Dianne says:

    I have the pdf version and I’m excited for a copy of the actual book to arrive. I love being able to print off working copies, but you just can’t replace being able to turn the pages. Plus I got to test knit one of the patterns which was one of the highlights of my knitting life :-)

  5. Cookie says:

    Awww, Anne, your description of the book is better than anything I could write. I’m so glad you like it! If you publish your own book, I’m sure you will LOVE IT.

  6. Kathy says:

    Anne thanks so much for heads up and review of Cookie’s newest book. I loved Sock Innovation and I’m anxious to dive into this. Of course I had to get the book and the pdf, LOL!

  7. Janelle says:

    I really, really like this book, too! Can’t wait to see it in person. These photos are truly excellent.

  8. Deb Jaworowicz says:

    I had a grand time test knitting German Stockings for the book, and to get a sneak peek at the rest of them is wonderful! It looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to see it in person!

  9. Tina says:

    This book goes straight to the top of my Christmas wish list. It looks awesome. can.not.wait

  10. Mary Anne says:

    This looks and sounds absolutely stunning! I’m off to order a copy, one way or another. I love the images at which Anne has let us peek. Wow!

  11. Lolly says:

    That looks great! The best attempt I’ve ever seen at making socks look sexy!! :) One of these days I’m gonna seriously get down to knitting some socks!

  12. Tracy says:

    The knee-high socks and the cabling looks wonderful!

    I have been working on a pair of Monkeys this week so I think that it’s funny how you review a Cookie A. book. ;)

  13. Jocelyn says:

    Oh, WOW!! I SO need a copy of that book – I absolutely love her other book; it’s one of my very favorite to just look through (along with Janel’s) – there’s just something about the way that Cookie thinks that I find both inspiring and interesting to contemplate, and her completed designs are wonderful. How long before it comes out? (Before I saw that it wasn’t out yet, I was preparing to leave the kids to run to the bookstore real quick before bedtime, heh.)

  14. Mary says:

    I purchased the pdf version yesterday! Soooo beautiful!!

  15. Liz in Missouri says:

    I’ve had the book pre-ordered for a while now! I just love her sock patterns because they are so fresh and different. The diagonals are a real trip to work. Thanks so much for the great review, Anne. Can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

  16. Wow – the photography is breathtaking. I love her work and can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

  17. Jonica says:

    I have never brought her patterns or even knit the free ones. But, I did order both the book and the pdf today. So since she is so highly recommended I will give it a try.

    I did get the pattern for the gansey socks and will cast on next month for them as they are a gift for a man friend of mine who has asked for a pair of socks!

    Thanks Anne!!!! Husband is shaking his head and asking if I do not already have enough patterns……

  18. britt says:

    she has such lovely designs, doesn’t she?!

  19. Laurie says:

    Lovely book – I’m sure I’ll be ordering soon. Must admit I was a little bored with the “sexy gals in socks” photos, but was more impressed with the closeups. I’m sure this will be a great book that I’ll enjoy.

  20. Aimee says:

    Just preordered it. I can never have enough pattern books, especially sock patterns. I’m also happy about the closeups and angle views – it really helps me extrapolate out what I’m knitting :)

  21. Pat S. says:

    Could you hear me cackling with glee as I perused the PDF? You weren’t kidding – Cookie A has outdone herself. I also look forward to receiving the book, so I can curl up with a nice cup of tea and flip through the pages. Choosing which sock to knit first – that’ll be tough.

  22. Stine says:

    Purchased the PDF version (LOVE that there is a PDF version!) and have already cast on. I can see why you recommend this book. It’s fabulous!!

  23. Christiane says:

    WOW – Finctional & beautiful. I am convince that it is a book who belongs with me. I do need another pair of socks.

  24. Ana says:

    The book is just awesome! I love your review. So the next big question is So Anne when are you going to give us a book of your beautiful patterns?

  25. Elise says:

    You had me at socks (and beautiful photos). Cookie is an awesome designer so her book combined with your thoughtful review equaled .pdf purchase this morning. There are so many patterns that truly it is less than $1 a pattern in .pdf. Thanks so much.

    When will YOU have a book? Would be nice to add yours to my shelf (virtual or otherwise).

  26. Nathalie says:

    Anne, I am so glad you got an advance copy of this book! I was so fortunate in that I got to test knit one of the patterns in it. Oh my word, but what an incredible experience!!! I am about to order my advance copy, which Cookie is going to sign (yay for me!).

    Now, thanks to your lovely photos of the book, I will literally be standing at my curb, ready to tackle the delivery man. He has no idea what he’s in for.

    :)

  27. josiekitten says:

    I saw on Amazon that Cookie had another sock book coming out. I can’t wait to get a copy.

  28. Susan says:

    I took a sock design class from Cookie A this spring. She was brilliant and funny.

    I’ve been dying to get my hands on the book. I’m so excited to have a PDF version, too, so I can print one pattern at a time and not worry about breaking the spine as I make a personal copy.

  29. Ann says:

    I like this book too & have ordered it. The pdf version is great to have as a bonus.