So you can imagine my delight at the news she was about to publish Coopknits, Socks, her first book. Naturally, I pre-ordered my copy at the earliest opportunity.
When I got home on Tuesday to find it had arrived, on the day it was released... well! My cup runneth over :D
The first thing to say is that it LOOKS lovely!
I have seen so many sock patterns where the photos are a bit muddy and indistinct and meh-inspiring. There is none of that rubbish here.
Every picture is bright and crisp and clear. You can practically count the stitches in each photo!
The colours used are cheerful and energetic.
The models all have their mouths under control (who else is sick of models with parted lips, catching flies as they drool at the camera?) and... get this... the socks FIT their feet!
Can a sock pattern book be described as "aspirational"? I reckon this one can!
There are ten designs in here, all aimed at people who love sock-knitting. There is something for every sub-genre of the addiction: cables, lace, colourwork, twisted stitches...
There are no "fillers"in this book. Every one of these patterns would have been worthy of a £3 download cost on Ravelry, but buy this book and you get 10 patterns for £15 (RRP) in hard copy and it comes with a unique code to download the pdfs for your scribbley working copy - yay! Or you can opt just to have the pdfs for £14. But truly, you want the real live book!
Which are my favourites?
|Budleigh - picture copyright Rachel Coopey|
|Willowherb - picture copyright Rachel Coopey|
|Brighton - picture copyright Rachel Coopey|