My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Silk Road Socks

I got a copy of the new book Silk Road Socks by Hunter Hammersen this week.

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If you’ve seen the back cover of this book, you’ll know that this wasn’t my first look at the book.

I was offered a chance to see it pre-publication. Here’s what my back-of-the-cover blurb says:

This book is a fascinating combination: lessons on the origins of oriental rugs and carpets, as well as a collection of sock patterns inspired by 14 of these beautiful textiles. Packed with useful technical information and lovely illustrations and photos, sock knitters are sure to find several “must knit” projects within its pages.

That’s it in a nutshell. The book starts with an introduction to the origins of oriental rugs and the “silk road” — the network of trade routes where silk was traded and transported. There’s some pretty interesting technical information about the rugs, including different types of knots used in their construction.

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Next comes the technical information you need to be able to knit the socks in this book — info on gauge and re-sizing, along with a key to the symbols used, among other things.

Next come the patterns, 14 of them. They are top-down, textured, cabled, and/or lace. Most are pretty intricate, but they are a couple that are a little easier that less-experienced knitters can start with and then work up to the more complex designs. Each design is beautifully photographed with the rug that inspired it.

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The book is available in both hard copy and digital format — see the book website for info on ordering the different formats.

I was sent the digital version, but also received a signed hard copy. I am tempted to keep the hard copy, but decided to be nice and give it away to one of you.

Who’d like it?

Leave a comment to this blog entry by 4:00pm Eastern time, Thursday March 3 2011 to be entered in the random drawing to win my copy.

Note that my blog was redesigned over the weekend (yay — I love it!) and the link to leave a comment is now right below the title of the blog post. After clicking on the link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the comment form to fill out.

Meanwhile, there is some Twisty sleeve knitting going on:

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And Lucy has decided on a nap!

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She wants to be wide-awake and alert for the Academy Awards tonight. 😉



  1. Looks like a wonderful concept, I’d love to explore the Sik Road!

  2. Alice Moisen says:

    I just love books with history tied to the patterns. Pick me, pick me

  3. Been knitting a lot of toe up socks to now it is time to knit a few from the top down. This book would kick that plan into high gear.

  4. Love the new look of the blog, especially the tabs under Miss Lucy’s photo. So much easier to use than trying to locate them on the side.

  5. Gina Power says:

    Count me in too please…I seem to have become a sock knitter when I wasn’t looking!!


  6. Thanks for a chance at Silk Road Socks. . .

  7. I’d love a chance! Thank you!

  8. I’m so glad Lucy’s pic is still part of your masthead! The book looks fascinating, and with the historical aspects I think it would even interest my non-knitting husband.

  9. i have been looking for something new do knit. that would be perfect. good to hear you are recovered from your injury.

  10. Eileen Bunn says:

    It looks like a great book. Count me in on the drawing.

  11. What a generous giveaway! This book looks amazing, and I will certainly be tracking it down… 🙂

  12. Would love to have the book. I also like the new layout of your website. 🙂

  13. Oh! My! What a cool book!! Would love to have a copy of it!!

  14. I like your new layout! And that book looks as if it would be marvelous.
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  15. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  16. Judith Smith says:

    I’ll give it a go.

  17. Arlene Hoose says:

    I would love the new book. I am now getting into
    socks and I love it!!!

  18. Eileen Bunn says:

    Think of me……

  19. Oooohhhhhh, preeetttttyyyyy! Please count me in for the draw…

    Lucy looks lovely as always!

  20. Thanks for a peek at this book. I would love a copy.

  21. Uh-oh, it sounds like my obsessions (tapestry weaving and sock knitting) would be combined in this book.

  22. Pick me, I never win anything.

  23. Love all the beautiful designs in this book.

  24. This book sounds so interesting! Sign me up.
    The twisty looks great. I would love the pattern.

  25. Happy to see that you’re healing well! Please enter me into your wonderful giveaway – thanks!

  26. Diane Tetreault says:

    The book and your new website are looking sooooooooo good!

  27. Adrienne S. says:

    The socks in that book look like they’d be right up my alley. Gorgeous!

  28. Susan D. Smith says:

    Looks like a fascinating book and I’d be thrilled if your random-number generator pointed to little old me! 🙂

  29. Nice refresh on your website! Pick me, pick me for the book giftie!

  30. Love the new site design. The book looks great.

  31. That book looks fantastic! I just finished my first ever pair of lace socks and I’m excited to try more. 🙂

  32. Just received the toe up socks in a box from my hubby for Valentines day. Can’t wait to get into it. Would love to read the new book you viewed on more socks. Love it!

  33. I love the new layout! It’s great to have a new refreshed feeling, isn’t it?
    I’d love that book and though you have me pretty much married to toe-up I have been considering my first top-down socks for a while!

  34. I would love to win a copy of Silk Road Socks. The history of textiles is always so fun to read and I love to knit socks with intricate patterns.

  35. I love, love, love that Twisty sleeve! So eager to see your pattern when you are done!

  36. I hope Lucy liked the Oscars. Isn’t Anne Hathaway beautiful? I hope to win the book! Thanks

  37. The new web site format looks great. Count me in for the book drawing. It sounds like a good one.

  38. I love the new blog layout! Lucy is the purr-fect header. 🙂 This book looks very interesting- history and socks! What more could you ask for!
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  39. This book looks beautiful!

  40. Would love to receive this book. Thank you for sharing the print copy with us. As always Lucy is so cute.

  41. Silk Road Socks looks fabulous. I’d love to win your copy!

  42. Pick me pick me! So pretty!

  43. I think your blog needs more Lucy. 🙂

  44. Sounds like a fascinating book! My sister brought me a oriental rug when she and her husband returned from the Middle East. It has been put up until the our dog is a little older and can be trusted not to chew it.

  45. The blog and the book–all look good. Would like to win the book.

  46. Oh, and I like the changes to your blog!

  47. Oooooh, that book looks like fun! I actually saw a display at our local museum awhile ago that featured textiles. The rugs were amazing! Incredibly well-preserved (some were well over a few hundred years old I believe) and the use of colour and techniques used were inspiring.

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  48. New design looks great!
    Thanks for offering up the new book!

  49. Looks like a very interesting book with great projects. I’d love to win it.

  50. Ooh, me! I’d love a chance to win a copy that book. It looks really interesting. I may buy the digital version if I don’t win.

  51. Me, me, please pick me 🙂

  52. me, me, pick me! *g*
    The new layout is great, love it!

  53. Thanks for offering another tempting goodie. Me, please!

    Glad your hand is letting you type . . .

  54. Definitely want this book, the title and cover have me won over.

    Love the way the background matches Lucy’s eyes!

  55. I’ve been wanting to see this book ever since a friend showed me a GORGEOUS pair she knit from it. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  56. I love your new design. Thanks for the chance at the give away.

  57. I’d love to add this book to my collection. Please add my name. Thank you!

  58. Would love it!

  59. I’ve been looking at this book. There are some beautiful patterns in it!
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  60. I love learning the history behind knitting. This seems like a wonderful book in the same vein!

  61. Like the new layout! and love socks. Pick me, please.

  62. I finally succumbed to sock knitting, but all I’m doing are toe-up socks. So far, I’ve knitted 4 pairs, and working now on the second of my fifth pair. I was warned! It’s addictive! A book on socks will be handy.

  63. I would love to win a signed copy of this book! Textiles AND socks!

  64. Love the new layout. It looks spectacular. Also love Hunter’s sock designs. Lots of twisted stitch deliciousness! So sweet of you to give away your signed copy of Silk Road Socks. Hope it ends up at my house. : )

  65. Love the new blog look! Would also love the Silk Roads Socks book – my youngin was born in China. : )

  66. Love the new blog layout!

    And oh, dear, another lovely sock book that I am going to have to add to my collection… 🙂

  67. I’d love the book!

  68. Your new look is great. Nice book too. Wow!!

  69. I’ve been drooling over this book since I first heard about it, a great concept, I think. I’d love to win!
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  70. Looks like a interesting book. You’re a dear to share with us readers.

  71. I’ll take a chance on that book. Thanks for the link. I like what I see!

  72. Love the new look – It goes so well with Lucy’s eyes. Twisty is looking great too.

    I’d love to be entered in the book drawing please!

  73. Marilyn Stober says:

    Maybe this will be my lucky week! Hope to win the book

  74. Plase enter me in the contest!

  75. So, maybe me this time. I love books

  76. I have that book on my ‘need to have’ list. I can’t get the download because I don’t have a color printer. What would be the point of that book in black and white? Please put mu name in the hopper for Silk Road Socks.

  77. The new website looks great! I love the way the blue background matches Miss Lucy’s eyes. 🙂

  78. History AND sock knitting sounds like a winning combination to me! I should have followed Lucy’s example because I fell asleep before the last 30 minutes of the award show.

  79. Nice book. I love textures and patterns inspired by historical works.

  80. Socks!

  81. Nice new look. I definitely need another sock book!

  82. susan murphy says:

    Silk Road Socks sounds fascinating! I am a big fan or Oriental rugs and sock knitting so…..

  83. Cool looking book.

  84. I like the new lay-out of your blog!! Hope to win the book, it’s on my wishlist.

  85. Silk Road Socks, please.
    Another wonderful give away.

  86. I have been stalking this book for awhile – the socks are truly lovely.

  87. Love how your sleeve is coming out, the cables look so perfect!!!

  88. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Thanks for the book review! I, too, would have bypassed the book based strictly on the cover. I love that it’s available electronically and will likely choose that option if I am not lucky enough to win your print copy. Love the new blog design!

  89. Love the new look of your site, and would love to win the book!

  90. Mary Ellen says:

    LOVE your redesigned blog and would LOVE to be the lucky winner of the book you are so gracious to raffle off!! Keep up the great work!

  91. OliviaKnits says:

    Sounds really awesome! I’d love the chance to enter 🙂

  92. What a wonderful prize. Would love to win this

  93. Is it difficult to convert the patterns to toe-up or is that more trouble than it’s worth?

  94. Stormy Tetreault says:

    Wendy and Lucy ~ the new look for your blog is wonderful! Lucy you look lovely… as always. Hope your hand recovers quickly Wendy – thinking of you ….. sending good thoughts your way! 🙂

  95. Sock books are my drug of choice. After coffee. Please, I’d like to go Charlie Sheen on this book.

  96. Barbara (llamalady) says:

    I have the digital copy of Hunter’s book…but now I am lusting for the “real” one. I made the Ghotan socks and love them.

    Nice new set up for the blog.

  97. Oh, I do hope I win this time!

    How did Lucy like the Oscars? I heard they were incredibly uncomfortable to watch.

  98. What a great book! Pick mE! (please)
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  99. I’ve been wanting this book since I first heard about it….I’ve been waiting to have a post-payday knitting book binge! Winning it would be even better, though.

  100. The new layout looks nice. 🙂
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