One of the most charming parts of TNNA (and yes, I do still owe you the official TNNA post, but I seem to have brought back the traditional TNNA cold, which has taken up residence in my ear and kept me more or less in bed, so this week has sort of gone spiraling away from me and I’m just the smallest bit behind)…ahem, as I was saying, one of the most charming parts of TNNA is finally meeting in person all those folks you’ve only known online. Matching up names with faces (or let’s be honest, blogs and twitter accounts and ravelry names with faces) is always delightful. And this year, one of the people I was lucky enough to finally meet in person was the lovely Rachel Coopey.
Rachel makes really nifty socks. Well, she makes lots of nifty things, but I don’t think she’d argue if I said she has a deep and abiding affection for beautiful socks, and that her passion shines through when she’s got a new pair on the go. She’s been designing intricate, engaging socks for years now, and her first book, Coop Knits Socks: Ten designs to warm your feet and your heart, has just come out. I was lucky enough to nab a copy of it at TNNA, and I wanted to be sure you guys knew all about it!
I’m having an awfully hard time writing about this book. I sort of just want to just post pictures of all the socks and then point at the little details on each of them and go ‘see…see that right there? That’s what will make these great fun to knit! Here’s some yarn, go get started, I’ll wait.’ I suppose that’s not exactly practical (though it would be fun), so I’ll have to restrain myself to something a bit more traditional.
Well, actually, I’m still going to give in and post some pics. I just can’t help myself. They’re too pretty not to share! (The pictures in this post are from the book and used with Rachel’s permission.)
The quick run down is that there are ten intricate sock patterns, all top down (cough, as socks should be, cough), all clearly written and meticulously charted (also, as socks should be). Each of them includes delightful details (like the beautiful heel on Paignton or the stripes on Saltburn or the mirroring on Budleigh) that make them into something really special and mean you’ll have a blast knitting them.
You can see that Rachel is a dedicated sock knitter, and she’s taken the extra steps to design patterns that are fun to knit. I can tell you from experience that sometimes the sock that’s fun to knit is a bit trickier to write than a more basic sock would be, but Rachel puts in the extra effort so you’ll enjoy your projects! The results are beautiful. (She’s also taken the time to figure out a handy way to make sure everyone who buys a paper copy gets a free eversion…she’s nice like that!)
If you like to knit thoughtful, beautiful, interesting socks, this book belongs on your shelf. And while I can’t quite manage to give it to all of you, Rachel has generously offered up a copy to one lucky winner. If you’d like that to be you (and really…you would), go take a look at the socks and tell me which would be first on your needles if you won. Leave your answer in a comment (and be sure to use a working email address when you leave a comment, otherwise I can’t get in touch with you if you win…I’m the only one who sees them, and I won’t do anything with them save contact the winner). I’ll leave comments open through 10 am (eastern) on Wednesday, July 10.