The patterns in this book are quite a bit different from those published in recent sock books. Most of the patterns are for large (9"+ around) thick socks made with heavier yarns at larger gauges. There are some textured socks but more then half are colorwork. The socks appear to be designed as something to wear in oversized winter boots and pulled up over pants. If you live in a climate (like I used to but thankfully don't anymore) where you routinely buy winter boots a size up so you can fit two layers of socks on your foot and are looking for something cheerful to stick out of them, then you may very will like these patterns. If you are like me and only interested in knitting dainty socks with sock weight yarn that will fit in your everyday shoes, then you will not have much use for this book. While I found some of the pattern attractive, I can't imagine ever having a use for them.