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.

Sock Yarn Studio

I have in my possession the latest book from Carol Sulcoski: Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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This is Carol’s “Lizalu Blanket” — a project perfect for using up oddballs and leftovers.

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Another design by Carol: the “Furbelow Shawl,” which uses a sock yarn yarn for the body and a mohair/silk blend for the ruffle.

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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.

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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.

Lucy sez:

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Did you know that I am the model for the Kitteh Mittens?


  1. Debbie Smith says:

    Love too win and adore Lucy’s

  2. Debbie Smith says:

    Love to win and adore your Kitty. I love Lucy

  3. Your mittens are very sweet.

  4. Carolyn (CapeCodKnitter) says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the book & kit.

  5. I can’t imagine a better prize – a sock yarn book with sock yarn! Fabulous!

  6. I love sock yarns. Hope I can win this book. Thank you very much!:)

  7. Lots of my favorite designers all in one place. How cool
    Is that? Would love to make something other than socks from my sick yarn stash.

  8. I love the mittens. I must make myself a pair! Lucy was an excellent model.
    Lynn Z´s last blog post ..The Winners List!

  9. I love sock yarn and would like this new book! Thanks for the chance to win not just the book but yarn too! Yahoo.

  10. Pam Chamberlain says:

    Love the mittens and the hat – would make a great set!

  11. Thanks for your generosity! Put my name in the lottery.

  12. I sneaked a peek at the chart for these mittens, and I am rather confused. Once past the cuff, you increase to 62 stitches, but the charts show a whole lot more (76) — I would love to do this project, but need some help figuring out that count! Thanks!

  13. Susan Shelly says:

    I want the book! I want the yarn!!!

  14. Kaye Reynolds says:

    My mountain of sock yarn in the stash could seriously use these patterns!

  15. The book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance.

  16. One can never have too much sock yarn…some of it so pretty who wants to make socks with it? This book is the answer! Thank you for another great giveaway!

  17. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and hurray for the Loopy Ewe giving away yarn! I am a cat lover (crazy cat lady as my grown sons call me) with 4 ranging in age from 5-14 years: orange tabby female Polly, gray tabby male Murphy, orphan kitten rescue medium hair black male Zippy, and tuxedo black and white female CorpseGrinder…it’s a long story. I always enjoy seeing your pictures of Lucy every day….makes my day!

  18. Great mittens – colours are great too. Thanks for all your blogging – sock yarn is my friend!

  19. What a great variety of projects. Beautiful mittens. I would love to try the Loopy’s Solid Series.

  20. Thank you for a great giveaway. I would love to have book but yarn too! Wow!!

  21. Oooh! Pick me! I can feel my knitting mojo coming back, just looking at those projects………..

  22. Loving the Lucy-based kitten mittens! The book looks great too!

  23. Mande Kuechenmeister says:

    I have sock yarn just waiting for those patterns! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!!

  24. such a great book and great pair of mitts!

  25. I would love to have an opportunity to knit your mittens with Loopy Ewe yarn…..count me in please!

  26. Favorite yarn = sock yarn. Fav patterns for sock yarn = items other than socks.

  27. That looks like a fun book to have.

  28. Pat Sywenky says:

    I have seen the projects in this book and they are absolutely great. I would love to participate in the draw for the book. Thank you.

  29. Love the mittens!

  30. Hi Wendy,
    I really like the coats you’ve been knitting they are gorgeous. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of use for coasts in Southern California. I love using sock yarn for other projects and it makes up the largest part of my stash, so this book would be well used as will the yarn.

  31. Lovely patterns. I would love to knit that sweater for my favorite little girl. The mittens also look like a challenge, but fun!
    Thanks, Wendy.

  32. That book looks cool, I like knitting with sock yarn. I love mittens.

  33. This looks like a wonderful book – and your mittens are adorable!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..A Hat and a Scarf and a Beagle

  34. I love sock yarn. It would be great fun to make the Kitten Mittens!
    liz.´s last blog post ..Sock Yarn Studio

  35. Like everyone else here I would love to win this book and knit your mittens. I would also like the opportunity to try the loopy ewe yarn.
    Thank you sharing all of this with us!

  36. This would be great for working through the sock yarn stash.

  37. Oooh, and I have lots of sock yarn! Thanks for sharing.

  38. Kitty!!!

    Thanks for the chance!

  39. lovely!! thank you for giving us a chance to share with you!

  40. If I don’t win, I will probably buy it anyway! This looks like a great book!

  41. Always looking for other ways to use my sock yarn stash. Cool book that should be in my library!

  42. Lots of sock yarn in my stash waiting to be used up!

  43. Carolyn Niceforo says:

    Please enter me for a chance to win the sock yarn book. I love knit with sock yarn it’s my favorite. Ps getting cold here need to knit mittens

  44. Looks like a fun book!

  45. I just love patterned mittens like these. Colorwork on small projects is so gratifying!

  46. Libba Hicks says:

    That book looks like it has great possibilities for some of the treasures in my sock yarn stash. Sure would like to win!

  47. I would love this book, as I have an always increasing supply of sock yarn.

  48. Love your Kitteh Mittens…they’re meowvelous!

  49. These mittens are the cat’s meow. If I don’t win the book, I’ll definitely buy it (does this disqualify me?)

  50. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win this and also the yarn to make these great mittens.

  51. I love those mittens, and sock yarn too!

  52. I love those mittens! Hope I win the book 🙂

  53. CaroleP (ohio says:

    Twenty-eight potential patterns, several gifts and sock yarn. I have such a problem putting colors together so I really love variegated sock yarns and quick projects. Your mittens are great! Thanks for the chance to win. Tell Lucy she’s the cutest model I know!

  54. Ooh, I would love to win that!
    Sheena´s last blog post ..Watch This Space

  55. GeniaKnitz says:

    Wouldn’t you know, I just bought my copy of the book today. I am loving it; there are SO many great designs in that book, some almost as great as the Kitteh Mittens! I just finished my fourth knit-for-a-greatniece crib blanket in the last 8 months, and I can’t wait to tackle some hats and sweaters – actually, almost anything that is not FLAT! ;o)

  56. What a great prize; I would love to win!

  57. I have more than enough sock yarn to make everything in the book 10 times over so I’d love to win this book. Thanks.

  58. Mittens are great and kittehs are better!
    I was somehow unaware of the Loopy Ewe’s yarns – it’s an impressive assortment of colors.

  59. Love using sock yarn for other things, since I don’t do many socks.
    Love the kitteh mittens….what a great contest, book and yarn!

  60. I already bought the book (lots of sock yarn to use up, and I bought the book for my birthday this Sunday) and it just came in the mail today–so excited!. I’ve never tried the Loopy Ewe’s yarn before, and the mittens are very cute!

  61. Susan from Phoenix says:

    Cool projects! Cool contest. . .thanks for offering!

  62. Awesome, I’m in! Curious about you coat…after washed, etc. Did I miss it?

  63. HI Wendy,
    Although I have your site bookmarked to leave comments, the new link is great!!
    This book sounds like it has many great gifts in it. I’m making gifts for my family this year and would love to have a copy. The yarn would be a ‘gift’ in itself!
    I love your blog posts, I always learn something from you!!!

  64. Lucy, I can see a clear resemblance to you in the Kitteh Mittens.
    I sure could make good use of this book!

  65. Those mittens are cute, cute, cute.

  66. Gardenspinner says:

    Luv these designs! Would love to get started on the blanket.

  67. Such a good idea for a book.

  68. Oh, yes! Non-sock projects are what I need to see! Thanks, Wendy, the publisher and Loopy Ewe for a great giveaway.

  69. Pick me! I would love this prize and already have my eyes on knitting the blanket and two colour hat. Awesome!!!!

  70. I would live love love this! I have my eye on the hat and the blanket already.

  71. Those are beautiful mittens and that looks like a great book! I have about 10 zillion miles of sock yarn so this book would be ideal for me. Wouldn’t mind a little Loopy Ewe yarn action either!

  72. This book would be wonderful for someone with lots and lots (and lots) of sock yarn in their stash… Thanks for the chance.

  73. Wonderful patterns. I see a couple I’d like to make already.

  74. barbara a. says:

    Lucy, you are the model for all cats everywhere. I would be proud to wear your image on my paws.

  75. Gail Rector says:

    This would sure help me with winter gift knitting… if it came to my house. I like the fairisle scarf

  76. Love the Kitteh Mitens!!! And the Autumn Walking Scarf is completely lustable, as well. I’d happily steek my knitting just to have it!

  77. I love sock yarn!
    Susan´s last blog post ..still summer

  78. This looks like a great book, I love sock yarn.

  79. What a great looking book! And the sock yarn would be handy because, you know, I don’t have very much sock yarn..(ahem). woolpiggy on rav

  80. I love Solid Series! I’m at 19 colorways and counting, whenever I can come up with an excuse to order more. Your kitteh mittens sound like a good excuse!
    Sherry´s last blog post ..Longjohn Socks Go To A Feast

  81. Blinkiebloo says:

    Excellent review of what sounds like a really interesting/useful book, definitely one for me to check out!

  82. I would like to have this book!! Gorgeous projects to wear this winter.

  83. Of course it was Lucy who inspired those mittens! Who else!

  84. Oh what a lovely book!! I’d so love to have it! Thanks for sharing it.

  85. I love sock yarn, I need this book to annihilate my stash.

  86. Thank you for the giveaway!

  87. Elaine in NYC says:

    Lovely kit mitts. I’d love to make some.

  88. Those mittens would be great in lime and dark brown…

  89. It looks like a wonderful book, and I would to be able to knit your mittens!

  90. Love the book’s concept and I really would like to try the loopy ewe’s color yarn. Great giveaway!

  91. I would love to try your mitten pattern. I haven’t attempted colorwork yet.

  92. PICAdrienne says:

    Book and yarn??? Oh, count me in, please.

  93. Kathy in Alaska says:

    What a great idea for a book! I’ve got a closet full of sock yarn (because it doesn’t count as stash, right?!), and can only knit so many socks. Thanks for a chance to win the book and yarn, Wendy. (And best to Lucy from Rocky).

  94. I’d love a copy of the book!
    Julia´s last blog post ..Tea Rose Shawlette

  95. Ruthie A. says:

    Seeing as how I don’t knit socks, I really need ideas as to what to do with sock yarn. This book may be the answer to my conundrum. So many patterns, not enough time. sigh. Oh well, would love to win this one anyway!

  96. For whatever reason sock yarn weight yarn is my very favorite yarn to knit with. Larger yarns might knit up faster, but there is a beauty to a smaller stitch that I love.

  97. Love the ruffled shawl – that’s a great idea, to work with different yarn weight and textures for a ruffle!
    Koko´s last blog post ..Silver Needles P45 – construction details

  98. What a lovely book and great variety of patterns, love your mittens of course! Phrase include me in the draw.

    I shall be your side of the pond a week on sunday, orlando, florida to be precise, any good knitting / craft shops I should visit?

    Best wishes, lisa 🙂

  99. Oops meant “please”, predictive text can be so annoying at times!

  100. Would love that book!! All the lovely patterns I could learn, I’m a newbie and there aren’t many knitting books to learn from on this side of the world.