I own quite a few sock knitting books (Vintage Socks; Spinoff Magazine's Sock Book; Knitting on the Road; Favorite Socks; Easy Knitted Socks; Folk Socks; Simple Socks, Plain & Fancy; Anna Zilboorg's books, and many others). I'm always looking for fresh approaches and new ideas. Of all the books I've acquired, this one is the best I've seen so far to get you firmly grounded in the fundamentals of the craft. Straightforward, very well illlustrated, clearly thought out. You'll love the many visuals, as they explain what you truly can't divine through words, or without another knitter at your elbow showing you in person...I use it as much for a reference for the different gauges of sock wools, and how to work them up, as anything else. I like to work from established patterns, but I also like to improvise my own. I seldom use the recommended-by-manufacturer yarn, so I like these lookup guidelines. Recommend this book for sock knitters who are still fairly new to the craft, and want to get it right (or at least, do it more knowledgeably).
I was hoping for something new and creative in the sock pattern. These are patterns that you can get for free on the internet. The teadching side is very good if you are new to sock makeing. But if you have been on that road before there is little new information.