This is the first year in quite a while that I haven't received any book for my birthday. Never fear, though, there's one book that I know I'm getting for my birthday, I just haven't received it yet.
Sock Innovation: Knitting Techniques & Patterns for One-Of-A-Kind Socks by Cookie A.
Unconventional, rule-breaking socks are part and parcel in this unique guide to sock knitting that includes 15 new sock patterns. The skills of the average sock knitter are increased through design exploration and advanced stitch manipulation, treating the sock as a knitted canvas where elements are strategically and intentionally placed. New designs of floral lace patterns, angular geometric shapes, and unusual cables are presented along with detailed instructions on modifications to suit needs and aesthetics. The incredible range of style and complexity in this guide runs from sweet and simple to delightfully imaginative.
I've knit one of Cookie A.'s patterns before, Monkey, and I enjoyed it once I got a handle on the stitch pattern. I love aesthetic and there are quite a few patterns in Sock Innovation that I'm really looking forward to trying.