This little gem of a book is an excellent resource for sock knitting ideas. Within the covers of Folk Socks is a history of sock knitting, from peasant to royalty, and a bit about sock knitting traditions in Europe and Britain. Author Nancy Bush takes the reader/knitter through the how-to's of making a good basic sock, with special attention to creating strong heels and toes, with plenty of variations on the theme. Following that are numerous wonderful, colorful patterns to inspire your craving for creative socks, from lacy and cabled to just plain comfortable-to-wear-with-my-Birkenstocks socks. I highly recommend it.