Wednesday, January 12, 2011

eBook Review: Learn to Knit Toe-Up Socks, One or Two-at-a-Time by Liat Gat

eBook Title: Learn to Knit Toe-Up Socks, One or Two-at-a-Time
Author: Liat Gat of KNITFreedom
Format: PDF/Video/Handout,  26pp/15 videos
Price: $14.97

Okay, socksters - I have an awesome review (I'm trying to bring back the word 'awesome' - pass it along) for you today!  Sockstress, designer, and knitting teacher extraordinaire, Liat Gat, of KNITFreedom has done it again!  She has created an eBook that will knock your socks off!  In Learn to Knit Toe-Up Socks, One or Two-at-a-Time, Gat takes you from mapping out how you will knit your socks, to Judy's Magic Cast-On, to knitting the increases, knitting the foot, measuring, knitting & turning the heel (which includes a demonstration on knitting backwards), to knitting the gusset, knitting the leg, knitting the rib cuff, creating a stretchy BO, and finally blocking your socks.  Her talent really shows through in this eBook!

Gat provides a handout/pattern along with a video for EVERY inch of your sock knitting.  That's right!  You will literally cast on, knit, bind off, and block 2 socks by the conclusion of her eBook!  She has created an entire sock class within the confines of an eBook.. and successfully, I might add!  Not only does she break down each step, but she provides troubleshooting along the way to make the sock knitting process fast, fun, and easy.  Gat is a huge fan of finding and providing tips and tricks for making your knitting fast and easy.  Not only does she accomplish this by demonstration but also by demystifying each step so that you come out with a recipe for sock knitting, rather than be a slave to a pattern.  Understanding the basics of sock knitting and why each step is performed a certain way DOES really help you to create finished objects quickly and with ease.

I was so impressed with this eBook!  As many of you know, my sock knitting leaves a lot to be desired.  I mean, my socks are gorgeous.  I have great tension.  I LURVE me some magic loop.  And of course, I use some purdy yarn.  BUT - I literally have 4 or 5 FIRST socks of each pair.  I get one knit, then my ADD kicks in or perhaps the monotony and voila!  No second sock.  What we in the knitting world call, "Second Sock Syndrome."  I was convinced that I would never knit another sock and that I was doomed to frame all of my FIRST socks, hang them as art, and be done with sock knitting forever.  ;p  But after reading this eBook and following the videos, I am ITCHING to make a pair of socks.  Who'd have thunk it?

So if Liat Gat can turn ME into an inspired sock knitter, she can definitely do it for you!  Never knit a sock before?!  NO WORRIES.  This eBook is SO packed with easy to follow instruction and video tutorials that you will be able to whip out a pair in no time!  And at a price tag of  < $15, I dare say the instruction will be MUCH cheaper than your sock yarn.  ;p

Already knit 2 socks at a time?  Then pop on over to KNITFreedom to browse her other classes, patterns, and videos!

Disclosure: KnitPurlGurl received a free copy of Learn to Knit Toe-Up Socks, One or Two-at-a-Time for review.  All opinions expressed in this blog post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Liat Gat or KNITFreedom.



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