The historical section which starts this book elevates the simple sock to an art form and links various cultures by means of their sock-making techniques. Strange but interesting!
The pattern section is beautifully photographed with clear instructions and useful illustrations. Eighteen delightful patterns from around the world offer something for everyone and there is a very useful section on heels, toes and general techniques to inspire the knitter to design their own masterpieces. My only quibble, and it is a little one, is that the knitting needle sizes and yarn weights were not given in their UK equivalents - although with a little experimenting I soon worked it out.
All in all, I know this is a book that I will use and enjoy for a long time.