My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, 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. Another lurker coming out of the woodworks – I’d be delighted to win a copy!

  2. Wendy Reres says:

    Congrats on the book! I’d love one. I’m a new sock knitter, and your methods are the best!

  3. constant reader says:

    Don’t forget, 54 and 78! Or was that 58 and 74? Congrats on the book; I pre-ordered it on Amazon but would love a second copy if the RNG chooses me.

  4. Samantha says:

    I would definitely love a copy of your book! *crosses fingers* =]

  5. Wow! A new book! I should win, I think. Also, you didn’t ask, but the title came from an Irish Spring commercial. Cracks me up!

    Julias last blog post..Square One

  6. Me too me too!! I have been waiting ever so long!

  7. I would love a copy of your book!

  8. ::SQUEEAAALLLLSSSS::: OMG omg omg omg… Does this mean the books ship soon? I’ve had mine on pre-order from Amazon and can’t wait. If I were to win a copy, I’d still order mine from amazon and give it to a sock-loving friend. 🙂

    Mandis last blog post..Rockin’ Socks and a New Original Design

  9. I want to be clear that I don’t only comment when you are giving something away but your new book would be awesome. I’ve had it on my wish list on Amazon for months so I wouldn’t forget.

  10. Congratulations on the book! I’d love a copy!

    ampersandebeths last blog post..Broken Camera

  11. Pick me, most honorable random number generator!

  12. holy wild-caught salmon on a cracker, do I want a copy?????!!! yes please!!
    you are the person responsible for enabling me to knit socks toe up in the 1st place!

    claires last blog post..Supervisor on one of our jobs today

  13. delurking to raise my hand for a copy of the book….

  14. Me! Me! My feet are in need of wearing your patterns and my kitty needs to approve of the kntting process. I’d love a copy (autographed, please) of your new book!

    Nancys last blog post..Springing

  15. patricia says:

    Here’s hoping my random number is generated!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. OOOOOOOO! Pick me!!! Please!!!!!! You’re socks are amazing!!!

    Stevens last blog post..Peppers Scarf

  17. Congrats on your new book and mazel tov! Can’t wait to ready anything that you write. Love to Lucy!

  18. I’d absolutely love a copy! *Crossing fingers* my number comes up!

  19. Me! Me! me!

    Jennifers last blog post..A shoutout to myself

  20. I would love a copy of your book! I have been looking forward to it since you first let us know it was coming. I’m crossing my fingers that the random number generator finds me, but if it doesn’t I’ll still be getting a copy.

  21. Oooh, I’d like to win a copy. I so want to learn to knit socks.

  22. Aussie Rosemary says:

    Again apropos of nothing.54 and 78 are both divisible by 3.
    It will probably the end of May before the book appears in Oz.

  23. I’ve already got mine per-ordered, as a birthday gift to moi. I can’t wait to start more socks! (after I finish the poor one that’s been languishing on the needles for months, that is.) Congratulations on your new book, Wendy!

  24. Would love a copy of your fabulous book!

  25. So exciting- can’t wait to see the book in person! I hope I win a copy! 🙂

    Danas last blog post..Hilariousness

  26. God, yes, I want one. I’ve been champing at the bit for it to come out. And I have all this lonely unknit sock yarn.

    *crosses fingers REALLY HARD*

  27. Would love to win a copy to bring to Charlotte Yarn when you are there in June.

  28. I’d lurve a copy of the book, or the box that they came in.

    When Miss Lucy is done with it, of course. I’m sure that my kitties would lurve it too.

    Susans last blog post..A Slump

  29. What fun to open that box. I’d love to win it.

  30. Well, golly gee, Wendy D! Of Course I’d love a free copy of your book. Would we all?

    Cats and boxes and paper bags – amazingly like kids – sometimes the simplest toys give the most fun!

    Leslies last blog post..New Strategic Direction

  31. I already have it preordered! but that doesn’t mean i wouldn’t want two copies! congratulations!

  32. Oh me me me!!! I’d love to win a copy 🙂

  33. Congrats on the book! I’m still trying to find my sock knitting Mojo, so this would be wonderful!

    barbara kangs last blog post..forever & ever since a post…

  34. I’d love to win a copy of your amazing book!!

  35. O-o-o, o-o-o, me, me, me. I’d love a book. Thx!

  36. Yay books! And some manly socks. 🙂 The hubby will be happy for that!

    Danas last blog post..I am Awesome 🙂

  37. This is really exciting! If I don’t win a copy, I sure plan on buying one. Congratulations!

  38. i’d love a copy!

    Jens last blog post..Things I’ve Learned From Being Broke …

  39. Hey, you know I’ll be buying a copy, but if you want to give them away…

  40. I just recently became addicted to the toe up method, and I would love to feed my addiction on your new book. I even looked for it in B & N today knowing that it isn’t released yet. How’s that for optimism?? Thanks for being so generous.

  41. Ooh, Wendy! That’s so exciting! They all look so nice, too.

    (And, um, actually, I’d LOVE a copy to review…)

    –Debs last blog post..New and Upcoming Books: March 2009

  42. Danielle from SW MO says:

    This is one book I will delurk to win 🙂
    Heres hoping if the RNG doesnt choose me that my local Barnes and Noble or Borders will have it soon!

  43. I love your toe up patterns! And I’d love a copy of your book! Last summer knitting in the park a bunch of old ladies came to investigate my sock knitting and told me I was doing them the wrong way around… ha!

  44. Oooohhh, sign me up to win a copy. I have been holding off on pre-ordering the book in the off chance you would be giving one away. Pleeeeez pick me, random number generator!

  45. Yes, ma’am, please. Since I’ve been bothering the LYSs since last year about it……no, I don’t always read _all_ the words. That’s what makes it exciting!!

  46. Oooh! Oooh! I want one! I can’t wait to get my hands on it – even if I have to buy my own copy…

  47. Yes, please. Can’t wait to see what’s in those pages.

    Connies last blog post..Paying Attention

  48. Karen in Baltimore says:

    I will definitely have to make Ribs and Cables — looking forward to the pattern being made available.

    The book would be nice too!

  49. Your book looks great. Like the cover shot. Very eyecatching. I’ve never tried toe up because starting up looked fiddly but your book might just change my mind. Enjoy the blog. Glad Lucy shares it with you.

  50. Yes, please. I would be thrilled to be in a drawing. Thank you for being so generous.

  51. I’ve only done socks top down, but have been enjoying watching your creative process with the toe up socks. I’d planned on buying a book, but hey! if I can win one, that’s even better.

    Ginas last blog post..2 weeks off? Yeah, right

  52. Awww…pick me, pick me. I really need the pick-me-upper. I just found out I make $26 too much for my unemployment checks…and what I make is pitiful!

    Nathalies last blog post..I Hate Recessions

  53. Oh yes please!!

    Thanks for the chance.


  54. Pat Kight says:

    Oh, what the heck. I never win anything, but I have a passion for toe-up socks, so what’s to lose?

  55. I just started making toe-up socks and [hyperbole ahead] I will NEVER make a sock any other way! I’d love to win a copy of your book. Congratulations.

  56. Congratulations on the new book Wendy!!! That must be so exciting!!!

  57. Cindy Decker says:

    PIck me! Pick me! If not, I’ll get it on Amazon as it’s already saved on my wish list…

  58. Kate (the enabler) says:

    Wow. What a box full of riches 🙂 Thanks for being willing to share!!

  59. Squee! Congratulations! Making room on the bookcase. I’ve got semi solid yarn and needles ready.

    Elysbeths last blog post..Bang Bang….

  60. I agree that the socks work just as well as womanly socks as man socks. They are just classic!

    I would be thrilled to death to win a copy of your book. =)

  61. Congratulations!

  62. Would love to get an advance copy before you come to Charlotte and I take a class with you to meet you IRL!! 🙂 Congrats again Wendy!!

  63. Mary Beth says:

    The book looks great, I’d love to have a copy!

  64. I have so much sock yarn and so few patterns! I would love to have that book.

    Amys last blog post..Under the needle

  65. autumngirl84 says:

    Oh please…yes…of course…never enough sock patterns!

  66. sue in MA says:

    Oh I love those socks! I am particularly struck by the fact they can be very manly yet in soft colors they would be quite feminine. I have been a fan of your patterns for quite a while now and the thought of your new book has me salivating. LOL

  67. congratulations! i can’t wait to see your book.

  68. Debra Johnson says:

    I’d love your book!

  69. 54 and 78…don’t forget…
    Money is tight right now…can I have a book? Please?

  70. Rocksolana Halibey says:

    I have so been waiting for this book. I’ve made a few of your sock patterns and I’m a toe-up convert…. Keep on designing great socks.

  71. I would love a copy of your book – your socks rock. Pick me, please and thank you.

  72. I read every day, though I seldom comment. I’d love to have a copy of your book! Your designs are beautiful.

    Beckys last blog post..Quick Update

  73. How exciting! Congratulations, Wendy!!!

  74. Ooooh, I’d love to have the new toe-up sock book. I have used your sport-weight toe up sock pattern, in the past, and loved it.

    I hope Lucy got the box. My three cats actually fight over who is the first one to get in the boxes. LOL!

    Rilanas last blog post..In Its Current State

  75. mary anne says:

    I would love to have a copy of your new book.
    Mary Anne

  76. Congratulations on the new book! : ) Put me down for a chance to win a copy!

    limedragon :-: Harriets last blog post..Forgetful, Part 1

  77. I just started knitting socks on circulars and I’m smitten!! Can I pretty please have a book?

  78. Congratulations! Thank you for your offer again.

  79. Congrats! Oh, and pick me pleeeeeeeeease!!

    Jennys last blog post..Anniversary

  80. Congratulations! I can hardly wait to see your book!

  81. Kathryn Sigman says:

    The sock looks wonderful! I want to knit a pair for my son. Would love to have your book!

  82. Congrats on your book!
    I’m also in the crowd that has only done cuff down socks so far. BUT I’ve been tempted to try some toe up socks for a while now. Maybe that’s what my next project will be.
    Thanks for the inspiration (and the chance to win).
    — Ruth

  83. I would love to win a copy of your book.

  84. I hope your new book outsells everything including the Bible!!! Congratulations to my inspiration, Beth P.S. don’t forget 54 and78

  85. ChristyH says:

    Are you kidding!? Of course, I want one!!!!! I want it signed too. LOL I am looking forward to your book more then any other this spring. hint hint ;0) Your directions and explanations have always been very clear and easy to understand.

  86. I’ve never commented on a blog before, but I think I’d love a copy of your book. I’ve been a knitter since I was 10 years old (we won’t talk about how long ago that was,exactly) and I’ve made half a dozen pairs of socks. Each pair is an experiment for me since the first pair I knit (scrupulously following the directions on size 0 needles) ended up not fitting me. I still pull out those socks at look at them now and then, wishing they could fit. I’m fairly new to reading your blog, and I love your designs. So here’s my entry – choose me random number generator!

  87. I would love a copy of your book. I much prefer knitting socks toe-up, and I’ve recently converted a friend to the same preference 🙂

  88. Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see your book!!

    Iris Ms last blog post..Love Bites!!!

  89. Hooray for the new book!
    *rubs some magic on the random number generator*

  90. oooh! look how neat they look all stacked up like that! I want one to stack in my house too! 😉

    susans last blog post..splash!

  91. Yes I would love to win one. If not I will be buying! Have fun in the box Lucy.

  92. Yes please!!!! I would LOVE to have a copy of your book! I need to conquer my fear of toe-up socks, LOL.

  93. I am just finishing my first pair of toe up socks and I already have ideas for my next pair. BTW My B-day is March 29 and this would make an awesome B-day present. 😀

  94. Thanks for the chance to win your book! And if I don’t win, I’ll be buying a copy later. It looks terrific!

  95. Yesyesyesyes I want one! Would it help if I sent Lucy some catnip?

    Nunts last blog post..One of those days / taas yksi niistä päivistä…

  96. Ooooh, I’ve been waiting for this book! Random Number Generators seem to hate me, but I have to give it a try!

    Sarah Rs last blog post..Fatty Fattner

  97. I would love a copy–I have yet to try toe up socks,and that seems like a great place to start!

  98. Congratulations on the new book! I’ve been wanting to try toe up socks.

  99. TeresaNC says:

    How exciting!!! I would LOVE an autographed copy please. 🙂 Please random generator pick me!!

  100. Yes, Please. If my name doesn’t get drawn, then I still have it pre-ordered on Amazon. Either way, I still benefit. 🙂
    Oh – don’t forget numbers 54 and 78, oK?

    I hope you obliged Lucy with the box.

    JoAnns last blog post..Dreary, Dismal Days