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.

Beyond Toes

In yesterday’s mail I got Judy Becker’s new book Beyond Toes: Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-on, which is due to be released on September 30.

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I actually got to see a pre-release version of this book a few months ago, because Judy asked me to write a blurb for the back cover (and blurb I did — you can read my blurb on the Amazon page I linked to above).

I am so pleased to see this book: so many sock designers (me included) have been using Judy’s cast-on in their designs for years, so it is particularly nice to see Judy get some much-deserved recognition.

The book has a very detailed techniques section, complete with illustrations for (you guessed it) Judy’s Magic Cast-on:

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Not just the “plain vanilla” cast-on, but several variations for different situations. Very cool.

And there are 23 patterns from many different designers (including Judy) — and I know you’ll recognize some names when you see the book.

The first section of patterns is for hats:

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Next we have neckwear:

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And I have to show you a picture of what I think is the cutest, most insane project in the book:

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A sock scarf! 😀

Next in the book are mittens:

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Then socks. (How could there not be socks?)

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Garments and wraps:

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Bags and cozies:

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And comfy things!

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I love the little pigs!

There is of course a reference section in the back as well.

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Bottom line, this is a great book with a whole lot of very cute patterns.

Judy actually sent me two signed copies of this book, one for me and one to give away. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for this book, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time next Tuesday, October 4. I will select the recipient via the Random Number Generator and announce said winner in next Tuesday’s blog post.

Lucy sez:

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“It’s autumn! Kitty bed season!”



  1. OMG I love the sock scarf …I’ve been using Judy’s magic cast on since I started knitting socks …Can’t wait to see what she has in the book

  2. I love the sock scarf!

  3. The book looks amazing – I have only recently got into knitting again and haven’t tried socks yet. I must admit I love the sock scarf – what a wonderfully wacky design. Thank you.

  4. Looks like a great book. Thank you for the give-away.

  5. Those pigs are the cutest thing!! This book has a nice variety of things to knit; I’d love to win it!

  6. One can never have too many knitting books!

  7. That is an amzing book. One definitely for the collection.

  8. Love the hat! I too would love a copy of this book.

  9. Naturally. Would love to have the book. But it will be in the library soon. I hope.
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  10. Lucy looks ready for fall in her pretty cat bed!
    I’d love a copy of that book.

  11. Looks like a fun book!!

  12. Oohhh, it would be fun.

  13. I love the idea of using Judy’s Magic Cast-on for other projects. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  14. Judty is a genius! I hope I win!

  15. You can never have too many sock pattern books–I would love to have a copy of this one. Thanks!

  16. Looks like a great book–I’d love a copy!

  17. What a great idea! And the pictures are lovely, too!

  18. i too love the pigs and every other selection shown – would love to get my hands on this one!!!!

  19. OK, I don’t remember making a comment, so there must be another Iris. If this is a duplicate, remove it from the drawing.

    But I would definitely love to have this book.

  20. Laura in MD says:

    I think the pigs are darling, too!

  21. I would love this book. I can do JMC and it is fun!

  22. I love Judy’s Magic Cast-On! This looks like an amazing book, and I would love a copy 🙂

  23. Carol Hathcote says:

    I’ve been waiting for a book from Judy for a long time. So, Sooooo Excited. I can’t wait to get her book and I’d love it even more if I received from you.

  24. Love the sock scarf. Hilarious. I would love to win this book. It was through your two sock knitting books that I learned about Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on. I think it is a genius way of starting a sock. In the beginning of this year I was brave enough to ask her if she needed a Dutch translation on her website for the Magic Cast-on. And now there is one. Makes me feel proud to sort of spread the word.
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  25. I am so pleased that she is getting this recognition. She is a great lady. I got to meet her and take a cast on class with her at Sock Summit 2009. It was a great experience.
    DonnaW´s last blog post ..Cowl-a-bama

  26. I would love to win a copy of this book. The little piggies are so cute!!!

  27. Looks like an amazing book…I’m in!!!

  28. Arlene Hoose says:

    Would love a copy of that book!! Looks like a great
    new way to cast on. Thanks.

  29. this sounds like a great book. cd

  30. I love Judy’s Magic Cast-on! I actually just showed a more-advanced knitting friend how to do it last evening, too. 🙂 Please add me to the drawing!

  31. I would love a copy of this book.

  32. Stacy and the rugrats says:

    JMCO! Woot!

  33. Marilyn Stober says:

    Looks like it would be a lovely book to have

  34. I am so excited to have found your blog! I would love to have a copy of the book. Happy Knitting!

  35. I would love a copy of Judy’s book!! Thank you, Wendy and Judy.

  36. I’d love to learn more ways to use Judy’s cast on. Such variety of patterns.

  37. Oh, I would love to see this book! It looks great!

  38. this book looks Fantastic!

  39. I finally figured out Judy’s Magic Cast-on from your first sock book – I can’t believe it hadn’t been able to “get” it before, as I truly love it.

    This book is a must- have, I think.

    P.S. to Lucy – Jetsam and Pip say hello!
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  40. Looks wonderful! 🙂

  41. Looks like an excellent book. I love the neckwear!

  42. You know, I don’t own any knitting books! I think that this would be a great start.

  43. Wow, already 440 commenters…But count me in, too, as this looks like a book both fun and useful. Thanks for offering.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Movin’ on

  44. I would love to win a copy of Judy Becker’s new book. Thanks for sharing
    with us!

  45. Really looking forward to this book. Thanks for the heads-up! Would be sweet to win it in the grand lottery of the numbers generator as 4 October is my birthday!

  46. Alice Moisen says:

    Sounds like a great book! I’d love it. New techniques are always fun

  47. Learning how to do more than socks with Judy’s magic cast on??? Sign me up! 🙂 Here’s hopin’. Thanks for all you share with us, Wendy!

  48. I would love to receive a copy of this book! I have never tried the magic cast-on before, but after seeing this, I may just have to start using it. I’ve always been a little intimidated by it. Thanks for the offering, and thank Judy for us as well.

  49. It looks fabulous! Definitely going on my wish list for Christmas!

  50. This book looks fantastic! I hope whoever wins it makes good use of it!

  51. Just wanted to be sure that my email address is correct. For some reason it was missing a letter

  52. I really like your book reviews, your blog, and your cat!

  53. What a fun book! I want to make some pigs!
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  54. I like the sock scarf

  55. I would love to learn Judys magic cast on via winning yhis book!

  56. This book is totally tubular! And i never win anything…

  57. That is an amazing book! I do hope the magic number generator looks favorably upon me and selects this post number!

  58. The book looks great, sign me up please. thanks.

  59. Dear RNG, please pick me. I DESPERATELY need that sock-scarf!!!

  60. Looks like a great book! Judy’s magic cast on got me over the hurdle to being able to knit toe up socks. And now maybe other things…

  61. I’d love to make those little pigs!

  62. Please enter me. I love the hat.

  63. Pick Me! Pick Me! I would love to have this book. I have never used Judy’s magic cast on but have always wanted to try it. It looks there are alot of cool projects too.

  64. I love Judy’s cast on and have asked my library to order her book. Please RNG pick me, pick me!

  65. Wow, I love Judy’s magic cast-on, count me in

  66. What lovely photos! I love the pigs and everything else. I want it! (pretty please)
    Kali´s last blog post ..Eighteen

  67. Judith Smith says:

    What a treat to have this book.

  68. I have been on a shawl knitting binge lately, but look forward to getting back to socks for fall, and this book may be just the inspiration I need. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  69. I would love to win this book! Saw it a while back on Ravelry and loved all the variety of patterns.

  70. Very cool! I love the JuMCO, and use it for hats and bags all the time. But for garments and wraps? Sounds intriguing… Thanks for another contest from your wonderful blog!

  71. Always wanted to learn this cast on and would love a copy of this book! Thanks!

  72. Debbie H. / Springfield, MO says:

    I would LOVE to have this book! I’ve tried Judy’s magic cast on but haven’t quite gotten the hang of it yet. Perhaps this would help… Thanks!

  73. Oh my gosh, if I don’t win, I’ll just have to buy the book myself for the pigs alone. Pigs!

  74. Donna Lundberg says:

    This book looks really terrific. I would love to win a copy of this book. Best!

  75. Donna Lundberg says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have not hear of this cast on and would like to learn about it and enjoy the patterns in the book! Best!

  76. Wendy, I would love to receive Judy Becker’s book.

  77. Looks like my cup of tea!
    garret´s last blog post ..Some knitting

  78. That sock scarf is too funny and I know the perfect person to gift with one. Love to win the book!

  79. Ooh, I would love to own a copy of this book!

  80. That looks like a really neat book — I’d love to try out some of those designs.

  81. This looks like a great book to add to the sock library

  82. You write the best book reviews. How could I not want this book? Thanks for the chance.

  83. This book looks fantastic! I would love a copy, especially for the detailed technique pictures! I’m trying to break out of the scarf/basic hat realm…help!

  84. Wow – this looks like an amazing book! Great job Judy! Fingers crossed 🙂
    Missy´s last blog post ..Preserving

  85. Wow, what a great book! Thanks for sharing the sneak peek!

  86. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  87. Looks like great fun, who wouldn’t just love a copy?

  88. This is a book I must check out! Thanks!

  89. That book looks amazing!

  90. This looks like a wonderful book. I’d love to have a copy.

  91. Karina Bates says:

    I agree, the sock scarf is cute but insane! Yes I would love a copy of this book.

  92. Oooh, want want want!! I would love a copy of that book. I’ve used Judy’s cast-on in a few unusual places myself, and would love to see what she does with it.

  93. love that kitty bed!!

  94. I, too, have been using Judy’s cast on for years. I am glad to see her get the recognition and would love a chance for the book!

  95. Rosane Mordt says:

    Pick me, me, me. Pwease?

    ~clears throat~

    Thank you,


  96. tootwisteddonna says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I just love the little piggies!!!!

  97. I’ve read so many wonderful reviews of this book. A signed copy would be such a treat!
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  98. Looks like a fun book!
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee

  99. I have just mastered Judy’s cast-on on my first toe up socks. Judy’s book looks like it has a lot of fun patterns. I would like a copy of the book.

  100. That sock scarf is so funny! There are some nice patterns in it and I would love to have a copy. I’ve not purchased any books yet because I’m still learning to make something more than scarves and hats.