I think I mentioned stress here. I won't mention what it is just in case someone should find this, although I really doubt it. A situation here has arisen which has caused me very much stress and distress too. My family laughed at the ridiculous, ludicrous statements till they saw the effect on me.
This hardcover book reminds me of the River Cottage bread book I bought some months ago. The author obviously knows her onions, as the saying goes, or perhaps I should say socks. Like the bread book, there is a large section at the front which could basically be termed theory, covering many aspects of yarn, tension, fit etc. The bread book has 70 pages of theory to start with, and although I've made bread since I was about 10, I learnt a lot from it. A glance through the early pages of Clara Parkes' book suggests that I will learn much here too.
Here's a quote about handknit socks which I loved.
socks are intended to protect our tender feet from the cold, sharp edges of the world.Spot on! That's just what I feel when I put on my handknit socks. They feel comfortable and cared for. In fact, my feet are now uncomfortable in commercial socks. There is a lengthy section on the purpose of well fitting socks and how the sock will last longer if fitted correctly. That would be an incentive for anyone who puts hours and hours into knitting a sock.
So thank you Cindy. I'm going to get a lot from this book, and when I've finished the theory, there are lots of lovely patterns to try.
One thing the photo shows is that she did not inherit my very flat feet. She has my reaction to sticking plaster and bandaids or similar, a nasty rash with icky looking blisters, but the feet definitely are not flat.