I have in my possession the latest book from Carol Sulcoski: Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn.
This book contains 28 patterns for non-sock projects using sock yarn and features designs not only by Carol, but by a list of guest designers: Veronik Avery, Barbara J. Brown, Anmiryam Budner, Erika Flory, Ruth Garcia-Alcantud, Tanis Gray, Laura Grutzeck, Franklin Habit, Hunter Hammersen, Melissa Morgan-Oakes, Elizabeth Morrison, Brooke Nico, and . . . oh yeah . . . me.
A while back, Carol contacted me to see if I would contribute a design to this book. Because I love the idea of using sock yarn for non-sock projects, I was happy to give it a go. At that time, I was in “mitten mode,” so my contribution is a stranded colorwork mitten pattern: Kitteh Mittens.
These mittens are knit from The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, The Loopy Ewe’s “house brand” sock yarn that comes in a dizzying array of colors. I used one skein each of “Cerulean” and Coffee.” You could of course use any color combo and any fingering weight yarn you please.
Apart from my mittens, this book has a great variety of patterns and they are great for holiday knitting. There is something for everyone — men, women, and children and babies. There are hats, gloves & mittens, shawls and wraps, sweaters, and a blanket. A few of my favorite patterns:
This is Carol’s “Alexander Street Hat” and it uses two different colors of yarn. There is the option to knit it with a dainty picot edge or a plain edge, so this is definitely a unisex pattern. It looks wonderful knit with a combination of a solid and a coordinated variegated yarn.
This is Carol’s “Lizalu Blanket” — a project perfect for using up oddballs and leftovers.
Another design by Carol: the “Furbelow Shawl,” which uses a sock yarn yarn for the body and a mohair/silk blend for the ruffle.
Check out the fabulous “Autumn Walking Scarf” by Anmiryam Budner (another knitter I know in Real Life). It is fair isle knit in the round and steeked and is another great way to use up odds and ends.
Carol’s “Gumdrop Raglan” is adorable (is is her little model!) and cleverly uses self-patterning yarn for the sleeves and a semi-solid for the body.
Apart from the great patterns, there is a section in the front all about sock yarns with a great deal of useful information about the different types of yarns and how to use them to their best advantage, including how to translate variegated and self-patterning yarns into non-sock projects.
The publisher sent me two advance copies of the book. I am, of course, keeping one, but I am offering the second copy as a giveaway here.
But that’s not all!
Sheri at The Loopy Ewe offered to supply yarn to knit my Kitteh Mittens to the winner of the book. The winner can pick any two colors (in stock, of course) from The Loopy Ewe Solid Series so will receive both the book and yarn to knit my mitten pattern.
To be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment to this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, October 14, 2012. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.
There is a link under the title of the blog post that you click on to leave a comment: that is the only way to enter the contest: entries emailed to me will not be counted.
Did you know that I am the model for the Kitteh Mittens?