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Glynis for Glynis

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I just got such a lovely note from my mother-in-law! As you may know, all the sock patterns from Sock Innovation are named for family and friends. My mother-in-law, Glynis, has now been the lucky recipient of her namesake socks. I have to share her email and photos with you.

Glynis socks

She writes:

Hi Cookie

The famed ‘Glynis’ socks are here! Attached are photos of the knitter Dorothy G of Mad About Ewe, and the comfy and beautiful socks on my twinkle toes out on our deck at home. Lovely!

When Dorothy and I were out front of the store to take a few photos, no less than 4 ladies stopped to say what nice socks they were – 1 tried to buy them! No way!

I’m wearing them at the moment – ooh-la-la – so good.



What a generous friend! Here is Dorothy outside of Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns in Nanaimo, BC, Canada.


Have you done any gift knitting lately?

Surprise package

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

I was just about to dig into this:


homemade jam from Janice, Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam cheese, and an English muffin

when a knock came on my door, and I found a package from Interweave. Of course I started to get excited. Did I somehow make it onto their list of people to send review copies of books to? Imagine my surprise when I found this inside:

Sock Innovation -- in Finnish!

Sock Innovation... in Finnish!

I’m going to Los Angeles this weekend to visit with Rick, Lindsay and Angee who are all patterns in the book, and I can’t wait to show them.

Angee in Finnish

Angee in Finnish

I especially love the acknowledgments in Finnish. “Ja tietenken <3 BobaKnit” hahahahaha.

Acknowledgments in Finnish


And of course, a side by side comparison with the original Sock Innovation.

Sock Innovation and Suloisimmat Sukat

Sock Innovation and Suloisimmat Sukat side-by-side

You can see the color is slightly different. I’m not sure if you can see the paper differences. The Finnish version is printed on matte paper and feels thicker. And of course, it’s in Finnish.

It distracted me long enough from the deliciousness that was to follow.
Heaven in my mouth

Heaven in my mouth

Side by side

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

You may wonder how Knit. Sock. Love. compares with  Sock Innovation.

Knit. Sock. Love. and Sock Innovation

Knit. Sock. Love. and Sock Innovation side by side

The physical books: Knit. Sock. Love. weighs in at 1 lb 13 oz compared to Sock Innovation’s svelt 1 lb 1 oz. The extra weight comes from one extra inch of height, 32 more pages, and heavier paper. 

The patterns: Sock Innovation contained 15 brand new patterns, all charted with one size. Knit. Sock. Love. has 19 patterns — 12 previously published and 7 brand new patterns, all charted, many with multiple sizes. The previously published patterns have been re-vamped, re-knitted in new yarns, re-photographed, tech edited, test knitted, and have additional sizes where possible. The patterns in Sock Innovation, with the exception of Kai-Mei, were what I consider column or grid-based, i.e. used a stitch pattern that was repeated around the sock in columns or in a grid. While some of the patterns in Knit. Sock. Love. are also column or grid-based, a larger number of them go off the grid.


Cusp goes off the grid

Content: Sock Innovation is technique heavy whereas Knit. Sock. Love. is more of a coffee table book that assumes you already love knitting socks. Knit. Sock. Love. doesn’t explicitly teach you how to design a sock or other techniques, but if you study the diagrams and charts you’ll learn a lot about sock construction and how pieces can fit together.

The photography: Both books have clear photographs showing the socks from different angles, but Knit. Sock. Love. also has beautiful photography from Laura Kicey that is just… beautiful.


Photograph of BFF socks by Laura Kicey


Marilinda socks photographed by Laura Kicey