I just received this book, which I had pre-ordered back in early March, and I am so jazzed! There are 26 patterns representing or inspired by geographical areas such as: Scandinavia, British Isles, Europe, the Far East, and the West. Designers include: Nancy Bush, Anna Zilboorg, Janel Laidman, Chrissy Gardiner, Anne Carrol Gilmour, Candace Eisner Strick, Pinpilan Wangsai, Tatyana Chambers, Annie Modesitt, Elanor Lynn, Donna Druchunas, Star Athena, Beth B. Parrott, Teva Durham, Beth Brown-Reinsel, Helene Magnusson, Kristin Spurkland, Heather Anne Ordover, Dawn Brocco, Wendy Johnson, Gretchen Funk, and Elizabeth Ravenwood.
Techniques include: cuff down, toe up, colourwork (stranded, intarsia and mosaic), cables, twisted stitches, lace, tvaandstickning (two-ended or twined knitting) assorted types of heels, separate soles...and more! There are traditional socks, tabi socks (Chinese and Japanese), anklets and kilt hose. There are patterns which use charts only, and patterns which have both charts and text for the design.
The negatives: Although the photographs themselves are very nice, in many cases the socks are clearly too large for the model's foot, and the socks could be shown to better advantage had they been blocked. It's a shame for the designers that their efforts were not handled in a better fashion. Fortunately, their reputation will override the shoddy photo shoots. And a dust jacket would have been nice as my brand-new-out-of-the-box copy was showing scuff marks within the first hour in my hands.
These annoyances notwithstanding, the socks in this book are definitely not in the SAME-O, SAME-O class of patterns and designs, and I've already cast on a pair!