My current work in progress:

Sundew,byΒ Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK,Β using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Manly, Yes. But I Like It Too.

I’m pleased that y’all like the Ribs and Cables Sock that I’m working on right now. And as many of you pointed out: it does not necessarily have to be a guy sock. I am sizing the pattern for 4 sizes ranging from a 7 – 10-inch diameter foot, so it will cover a variety of adult sizes. And since so many of you indicated that you’d like to have the pattern, it will be available for sale when I get it done.

At this point I have the gusset increases done and am embarking on turning the heel. Excitement abounds!


When the first sock is done, or near done, I will try it on the KOARC’s manly foot, for he is the intended recipient.

Apropos of Nothing . . .

Hey, don’t let me forget these two numbers: 54 and 78. Okay, thanks.

Excitement Really Does Abound

Can you guess what is in this box?


I’ll give you a hint:


I got my copies! I got my copies!


In celebration of this event, I’ll give a couple or three of them away. Want one?

Leave a comment on this post by noon EDT on Sunday, March 29 and the random number generator will go to work once again.

Lucy Sez


“Can I have the box?”


  1. Shirley. in PA says:

    Congratulations on your new book! And I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

  2. Of course, I’m dying to see the book, and if I get one, I’ll get you to autograph it when you come to the Yarn Lounge in Richmond!

  3. You KNOW I want a copy of your book. I’m actually unable to reserve it in my town!
    How much do I have to beg for one? heeh
    I hope Lucy gets to play in the box!
    KOARC is lucky, those are lovely socks. I’m a sucker for muted colors~

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  4. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok – that was enough sunshine and happiness for me for one day πŸ˜‰

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  5. I have been patiently waiting for your new book. To win it would be awesome! Ear skritches to the knitting supervisor…

  6. Congratulations on the book! I’m throwing my name in the hat. πŸ™‚

  7. Patricia says:

    I’d love to have a book in hope of getting your autograph. Glad you are making the sock pattern available. Thanks.

  8. Lovely book! I wouldn’t mind a copy………

  9. I want a book! I want a book! I want to snuggle Lucy too, but I don’t think she’d like it.

  10. Pardon me for a second – Squeeeeeeeee! Okay, all better now. Books getting to your house means that mine from Amazon is closer to being shipped! Of course, I wouldn’t mind getting another copy πŸ˜‰ I have 3 friends that I’m teaching to knit socks right now. They alternate between being excited to cursing my name.
    I’ll be watching for your new pattern to go on sale – I’d like to knit Spouse a pair of socks for his birthday.
    Go on, give Lucy the box. I sure couldn’t resist that cute little face…
    Oh, and 54 and 78. Don’t forget!

  11. Hurray, congratulations on your new book. How exciting.

  12. Carrie Anne says:

    Oh – I would love a copy of your book!!! Pretty please???

  13. Congrats on the new book and I would love to win a copy.

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  14. oooooo there’s nothing like opening a brand new knitting book… I would so LOVE one…. how exciting, the smell, the feel of new paper… mmmmm and pretty socks to boot!

    craftycaroles last blog post..this brings happy thoughts

  15. Oh, I would TOTALLY love to win a copy of your book!

  16. Who wouldn’t want it??

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  17. I would love to win a copy of your book :). I hope Lucy gets to play in the box hehe.

  18. SO exciting! I would love to win!!!

  19. If Lucy gets the box can I have a book please.
    They look wonderful.

  20. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I can’t wait for your book–this is so exciting!

    I hope you’ll give Lucy the box!

  21. Aw, I hope Lucy can get some playtime in the box!
    I’d love a copy of your book!

    Katheryns last blog post..bliss

  22. Beautiful socks, and gorgeous pile o’books — congratulations!

  23. Awesome, congrats on the book!

    The sock is looking really good to me as well.

  24. I’d love a copy of your book!

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  25. Hi Wendy – Congratulations on your book! Yes, I would LOVE a copy. Pretty please? Debbie

  26. Katherine says:

    I would love a copy of your book.

  27. KC Monet says:

    I’ve always wanted to try knitting socks – and toe up seems to be the most logical way to go!

  28. Congrats on getting your books. It looks wonderful.

  29. I would love to have this book, and even if the Random Number Generator gods don’t pick me, I’ll have one! It’s on my Amazon wish list.

    Candis last blog post..Next time

  30. It must be so satisfying (and exciting!) to see your very own book in print. I’ll be getting it one way or another, but winning one from you would be cool.

  31. I can’t wait for this book to come out. I have been waiting very patiently ever since it showed up on my Amazon list. I would love to have a signed copy of this book. I am working on a pair of Nanner socks also.

  32. I’ve been anxiously awaiting your new book – I would love to win a copy directly from you! If I win I’ll definitely have to bring treats for you and Lucy to Spring Fling.

  33. I really need to try me some of those toe-up socks. Toss my name in the ring, please! πŸ™‚

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  34. Congratulations on the new book! Please consider this my entry to win a free copy as well. Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. Congrats on your book! I’d love a copy of it. Your latest sock is looking wonderful.
    Hugs to you and Lucy πŸ™‚

  36. I would love a copy of your book! How generous of you!

    Allisons last blog post..Colorful and productive weekend

  37. I would love to win a copy of your beautiful book. It looks so gorgeous and I love knitting socks! Thanks for the opportunity.

  38. Aw, I was going to guess that it was Lucy in the box. But I’m really psyched about the book. I am counting on you (and your book) to solve the mystery of doing a heel from the toe up. I’ve tried several patterns and have yet to succeed.

  39. I can’t believe that people are commenting EVERY MINUTE to get your sock book! What are my chances? *sniff* ….x Your socks are my aspirations! I’ve bought the needles and the tips and the markers and the wool….. I’ve just still been looking for the right pattern! Been sticking to safe old hats in the meantime. lol!

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  40. Can’t wait for the book. It’s in my wish list on Amazon!!!

  41. Oh wow! So exciting to see your book at last!

    I’d love to get one. I plan to order one if I can’t win one.

    Patricias last blog post..Soft Lips Giveaway

  42. Thanks for having this giveaway! I would love a copy of your book!

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  43. How I’d love to win a copy of your book! Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

  44. Congratulations on your new book! I would love to have a copy.

  45. congratulations! If I win, I’ll finally be giving toe-up socks the old college try. I’ve made 100+ pairs, and probably only 4 of them were toe-up. I need to know WHY they’re so good toe-up!

    Niki Voglers last blog post..It’s 5 – 5 – 5 months in one (post)

  46. Lori Beard says:

    I would love a copy, if the random number generator gods feel it should be so.

    And I too love that sock you’re making. I wonder how it would look in lime green.

  47. Wow.. a whole box of books that YOU wrote! I imagine that’s probably up there on the list of things that makes someone feel like a million bucks! Congratulations!
    I’d love to win a copy of your toe up sock book- toe up and magic loop are the only way to go for me!

    Mouses last blog post..Got Pizza?

  48. I love making socks from the toe up and would love a copy of your book. Thanks for being so generous.

  49. RogueTess says:

    Me, me! I’d love a copy! Pls, oh, benevolent Overlord and equally benevolent random number generator.

  50. I adore those socks! And I would also adore a copy of the book! ^_^

  51. Your new book is most definitely on my Want.It. list.

  52. Congratulations on the new book. My cat is like Lucy, he loves being in boxes too.

  53. Congratulations on the book – looking forward to its publication in the UK!

  54. Nina Saulic says:

    Congratulations on your new book! You must be very pleased. I can’t wait to see it in person.

  55. Congrats on the new book! The sock still looks very soft and squishy.

    Marlanas last blog post..Another New Bag

  56. Awesome! Congrats on the book!

  57. I normally just read your blog on my google reader and rarely ever come to your actual site. I have to say I love how it looks now! Great job!!! πŸ˜€ As for the book, please, please, please, please pick me! πŸ˜€ I love toe up socks and enjoy reading your blog. I’m more of a lurker, but as you know gifts will make us post. πŸ™‚

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  58. Hell yes, I want one!!! πŸ™‚

  59. Your book looks lovely and I want a copy! Congratulations.

    jamys last blog post..Still tired

  60. jaimejune says:

    yes, please.

  61. I don’t think the random number generator likes me, but I want your book! Even if I have to buy it. πŸ™‚

  62. Want, want, want, want, want, want, want, want, want, want!

  63. Lucy is so cute. I love to read her input on every post πŸ™‚

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  64. I’ve really been looking forward to it’s publication!! I can’t imagine how excited you must be!!


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  66. w00t! I’d really love to win a copy of your book, whether I do or not, I’m still gonna buy a copy! πŸ™‚ Thank you for writing it!

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  67. anne marie in philly says:

    YAYZ for new books! πŸ™‚

    if I win, can I have mine autographed? oh please oh please oh please…

    steven and meredith say: “PLEASE let cousin lucy have the box!”

  68. Congratulations! Did you do the happy dance around the house? and did Lucy join you? My boy, Pedro, loves it when I pick him up and dance around the house with him. Best of luck with book sales. It is on my list for when it arrives at my LYS.

    DonnaWs last blog post..March is National Craft Month: Learn Something New

  69. An autographed copy, pretty please?

  70. I’ve been looking forward to picking this up — maybe now I won’t have to take a trip to the bookstore! *crosses fingers*

    Dianes last blog post..Knitting content; move along.

  71. Knitasha1968 says:

    Me, please! I’d love to have a copy of your book.

  72. Deb in PA says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

    It’s on my to buy list.


  73. Congratulations on the new book. It is definitely on my list to buy.

  74. congrads on the book!

    i would love a copy

  75. Whoo! I would love a copy of your book! Please enter me in the drawing.

    My Boogie, Hula, & Nico would like to be a kitty-in-the-box with Lucy, they love to play in boxes, and bat at the kitty on the outside of the box :-))

  76. Congrats on publication of the new book. Can’t wait to get one into my little knitterly hands!

  77. I’ve never knitted a sock toe up and I’m thinking your book would be a good way to learn how to do the toe up. πŸ™‚

  78. I’m so excited for your book! I was planning to buy it for myself as a birthday present.

    I need to buy some new sock yarn so I can start knitting all the socks from the book.

  79. 54 and 78.

    I’m here to help. πŸ™‚

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  80. linda g. says:

    Congratulations! I would love to have a copy of your book — and I hope lots of other knitters feel the same way as you send it out into the world. Best wishes!

  81. Congratulations! How exciting! I would love to win a copy of your book.

  82. I am asking just for Lucy, please give me a book, so she can have the box.

  83. I’m buying it regardless but an extra copy….Drool….

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  84. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS, on your new book. I just got hooked on your website. Lucy was the draw. She’s a pretty girl! My Scottish Fold, Guiness, wants to be friends. Now, I look at the site because of all the interesting socks, etc. Also, love the Lucy pics.

    Enter me for a book…here’s to luck…I’m rubbing Guiness’ tummy for luck. Please autograph…does Lucy give out autographs, too?

  85. Congratulations on the new book! I can’t wait to buy a copy!!

  86. Collette says:

    Well, one of those books is coming home with me one way or another! It would be lovely to have it signed from you. “To my kind, gracious and beautiful friend Collette, whose knitterly love knows no bounds. Much love, Wendy.” Or something like that. I’d even allow you to improvise. πŸ˜‰

  87. If I win a book, I can give my pre-ordered copy to my granddaughter so she can start knitting more socks. She knit her first pair as a Christmas gift for her boyfriend and guess whose generic pattern I recommended and she used?

  88. Yes please, add me to the throng of people who would like a copy of your book.

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  89. Julia in KW says:

    Definitely a book to have – I normally knit top down (have knit one pair toe up), but am getting frustrated that I could have made socks so much longer (primarily for the guy recipients) if I had knit toe up…have I got its and bits of sock yarn kickin’ around?…this sounds like a book I must check out…j

  90. I am so excited for your book!!

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  91. Congrats on the book! Pick me (randomly, of course) please! πŸ™‚

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  92. Sign me up for a giveaway entry! How exciting to get that box today!

    DPUTigers last blog post..I’m still here.

  93. how exciting!!! Can’t wait to see it at the LYS!!!

  94. Me me me…pick me….I will wait to order mine until then…

  95. Congratulations!! I would love to have a copy!

  96. Congrats! How exciting! I’d love to win a copy. I just knit my first pair of toe-up socks last year.

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  97. BunnyQueen says:

    Huzzah! The book is here! Must set aside money….

  98. I would like to have one of your books. Since I still do not knit socks toe up maybe I could learn.

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  99. I’d love a copy! (Your other book was geting lonely on my shelf and it would love the company.)

  100. Robin Pearce says:

    Book? Book! Here bookie bookie bookie. Nice Book.