My current work in progress:

The Shift, designed by Andrea Mowry, knit from Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool, using 3.75mm.

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. Joan the Knitter says:

    OMG!! Love the book, patterns, especially the mittens. Looks like there are quite a few cat lovers by all the comments. How unique. Thanks for the chance to win the book and mittens. I’ll cross my fingers (but sort of hard when I’m knitting!)

  2. Charlotte says:

    Such a great idea! Oh, I would love to win!

  3. penny rongo says:

    Love your blog it is the first item I read as soon as it arrives. I am a new sock knitter but already have a stash of sock yarn for future projects. Please enter me in your book and yarn giveaway.
    TIA and give a hug to Lucy for me.

  4. The Kitteh Mittens are adorable. I am always looking for projects using sock yarn too. There is just so much yummy stuff out there (and in my stash). Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

  5. Leftyknitter says:

    I have an entire chest of sock yarn and this book would be something I would like to have to use up this stash!

  6. Wow, so many entries. It’s not surprising really as it is a fantastic prize. I would LOVE to win this.

  7. SusieQ100 says:

    I love those mittens! I would have the same colours, too – unless there’s purple??!!

  8. Love the mittens, Wendy! Looks like a really nice book, thank you 🙂

  9. Wow, your mittens look so cool. I can think of a few friends who would love them. The entire book looks like something I could knit from for weeks.
    Victoria´s last blog post ..February Lady in September

  10. Kittens, mittens, yarn, oh my!

  11. Perfect contest for me! I collect books AND yarn!

  12. Oooo mittens! And that raglan! I have a little body that would love to wear that… whether I win or not that book is going on my Christmas list.

  13. This book is on my wish list! Please please pick me, I want to knit the Lucy mittens!

  14. Wish you great success on the book and pattern. Both look terrific.

  15. Wendy, thank you for sharing your work and projects on your website. I check in frequently to see how you and Lucy are doing! I appreciate you comments on the book and would look forward to receiving it if I am selected. The pattern is a special bonus!

  16. Looks fabulous! I have the Loopy Ewe color cards and would love to shop for colors!

  17. The book is great, and your pattern is just adorable!

  18. Thanks for another great give away. Going to a book store today and will look for it… Love the fairisle scarf!

  19. Thanks for another great give away!
    Brenda´s last blog post ..Historic Annapolis Bike Tour…kinda

  20. I’ve been looking for projects to use some of my stash up with & I need new mittens for the winter. I hope I win!

  21. These patterns look great and I would love to do a lot of them! Love the mittens!

  22. Fabulous prize to feed my current obsession with sock yarn!

  23. Mittens! Beautiful pattern!

  24. Wendy: looks like a lot of great projects in the book. I do love those mittens and would love to win the yarn and a book. I am soooo hooked on knitting lately I can’t do enough. I have done several of your patterns and have one on the needles too. Your shawls just seem to fly off my needles and I love the rhythm of the patterns.
    Cathy Robillard´s last blog post ..what I have been doing for 7 months!!

  25. I would love the book and the yarn. Thanks.

  26. Would love Kitten Mitten as I love Lucy. The book looks to have some fun projects, and I have loads of sock yarn waiting to be used/

  27. Daughter who is away at college and came home last weekend mainly to see HER cat would just love those mittens!

  28. I just put this book on my christmas wish list. The Kitteh Mittens are to die for, can’t wait to knit them and I would love it if you picked me so that I could knit them sooner than later.

  29. Anne Bean says:

    I have lots of sock yarn and would love to win this book and yarn!

  30. I love knitting with sock yarn so I’m sure this book would provide lots of ideas. It would be fun to knit mittens inspired by Lucy 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. Catherine Fessenden says:

    i have a lot of leftover sock yarn and this would be perfect, also a great excuse to buy more yarn!!!

  32. Cute mittens. And I could use all sorts of ideas on how to use up sock yarn, so this book sounds great. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  33. Kassie Dunham says:

    Wow………..kitties……….What great mittens!!

  34. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love the mittens, and the books looks like a winner. Please toss my name in the hat.

  35. I’ve got to throw my hat in the ring… even if the hat must be thrown from the other side of the world! What a wonderful thing to see something you’ve created appear in print. Congratulations.

  36. Sharonknits says:

    Looks like a great book! Just learning colorwork, so the mitten pattern would be a good project to try. Thanks for the chance to win…I love your patterns.

  37. Charlotte says:

    I need to turn the Kitten Mittens into fingerless gloves for my daughter!

  38. Deb in NC says:

    Lucy is a great model for the mittens, what a wonderful book to have. Love Loopy sock yarn too. Thanks for the chance to win this combo!!!

  39. I love sock yarn!

  40. I like the look of this book! The photos are beautiful.

  41. Love the Kitteh Mittens and those colours are gorg! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and some beautiful yarn 🙂

  42. Dorothy Van Daele says:

    Cerulean blue eyes, black coffee colour points; of course they are inspired by Lucy! Beautiful mitts! I love the toughness of sock yarn and love to use it for people who do laundry in a hurry.


  43. Oh please….do you have any idea how much sock yarn I
    have….and no mittens! 🙂

  44. Becknitter says:

    Thanks, Wendy and Sheri, for the opportunity to win book AND yarn!!

  45. Since I have probably a lifetime supply of sock yarn, this sounds like the book for me. I love knitting with it and have made everything from socks (duh!) to doll clothes I am always on the lookout for patterns.

  46. Wow what beautiful patterns; I would love to knit a pair of the Lucy mittens.


  47. Susan D. Smith says:

    This looks like a wonderful book – hope I win both book and yarn to knit your cool mittens! My 3 cats will love me even more with felines always at my fingertips this winter…Recently found out that my newest cat (Oscar) is – wait for it – a Ragdoll! He was found as a 4-month old stray by friends of mine and he’s now a big, healthy, floppy guy of about 1.5 years. I adopted him not quite a year ago. I thought he was a Ragdoll, but wasn’t 100% sure. My vet agreed – he’s a Ragdoll.

  48. Like everyone, I have a huge stash of sock yarn but don’t always want to knit socks or shawls. This book looks great (and I’d never say no to sone loopy ewe yarn!)

  49. I love the mittens! That looks like a very useful book!

  50. Lucy, as soon as I saw the designer, I knew you were the model! This book sounds wonderful!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Travel knitting

  51. I’m always looking for patterns to use when sock yarn is too pretty to put on my feet. This book is full of ideas! And I love your mittens!

  52. I’m in sock yarn mitten mode myself. I would love the book and yarn.

  53. Alice Moisen says:

    Sounds like a great book. I have a lifetime supply of sock yarn and would like to try something other than socks with it

    Alice in Portland

  54. I love sock yarn and this is a great way to use up my stash in some interesting ways! I could certainly put this book to good use.

  55. This looks like such a cool book! Would love a chance to win it!

  56. Please choose me! I have lots of statsh I could put to good use. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Love the Kitteh Mittens. Love kitties!

  58. Countryknitter says:

    I love making socks! Thus I have much sock yarn in my stash and am always looking for creative ways to use it up besides socks.

  59. I’d love to win the book and yarn for the mittens. Thanks!

  60. Ah! I love sock yarn. Knitting socks, not so much.

  61. hawknitr13 says:

    what a delightful array of patterns!!! your mittens are great!
    ^)^ linda

  62. I am so not a sock knitter, but I do love knitting with sock yarn!

  63. Cool looking book. Need kitteh mittens of course. thanks.

  64. I love to repurpose sock yarn and I have tons of it to use. I like the idea of using odds and ends. It will be hard to decide which project to after the mittens, they are all so appealing.

  65. What a great book. Fingering is my favorite weight of yarn to use for almost everything. I also think Lucy needs to be voted the Next Top Model.

  66. Love the mittens and knitting with sock yarn! Would love to win this prize!!

  67. what lovely mittens, perfect for my commute into Boston. The autumn scarf is so beautiful from Anmiryam — finally would love to win so I can finally purchase some sock yarn

  68. Those are super cute mittens!
    Angela´s last blog post ..Preparations

  69. As a sock knitter I have sock yarn leftovers. That beautiful book full of ideas for my sock yarns, used and unused, would be a great addition to my library.

  70. Abby L Call says:

    I am not a mitten person but would have to make those cos I am a cat person. the autumn scarf would definitely on my to do list as well as others. Looks like a great book.

  71. What a wonderful book! So many things I would like to knit.

  72. Book + yarn = wonderful treat!

  73. gorgeous mittens! thanks for the chance!!

  74. sock yarn is my all-time favorite weight to knit anything in!
    thanks for the give-away!

  75. I’d love to knit those mittens to use up in Maine.

  76. That book goes on my ‘must have’ list!

  77. What a fun book for the holiday season! My husband asks that I keep my stash quite small, but does it count if the yarn is free? 🙂

  78. I can totally see Lucy in those mittens. What a lovely model she is. My cats are very envious! So I would love to make the mittens so my cats can be models too.

  79. I have declared 2013 as The Year of the Mitten, so I will need to knit the Kitteh Mittens for sure!

  80. Yum, I’ve lately become very attracted to sock yarns. Oh, and I know you did your best, the mittens are darling — but Miss Lucy is so gorgeous, a silhouette just doesn’t do her justice! If I win, I suppose I’d have to get two shades of pink, and knit really fast so I can have them ready for the Race for the Cure on 10-27!
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..One step too many?

  81. I would love to win that book! I want to make a pair of those Kitteh Mittens for sure. Just wish I had them right now.

  82. I already have the book on reserve at the library. Lucy, You are a fabulous model.

  83. Wow! Those mittens are awesome!! I want the book (and the yarn.) 🙂

  84. Jean Gilmore says:

    Please put my name in the hat. I have a new kitty in white and charcoal that I would like to model mittens after. His name is Claude Depussy, a.k.a. Cloudy.

  85. Oh my~ This book would certainly reduce my secret dash drastically! LOL

  86. Luray Rose says:

    A very good give-away. I love working with sock yarn!

  87. Cute mittens…with the perfect model. Would love to have this book…..and yarn

  88. I would love to win the book. I have so much sock yarn, I don’t know what do do with it and you’re mittens would keep my hands so warm this winter.

  89. I love those Kitteh Mittens and the book looks great! And of course yarn from The Loopy Ewe is great.

  90. Oh I would love to have this book!!!! I am always interested in using sock yarn for other things, I really like your mittens!!!

  91. I’m not a sock knitter, but I love sock yarn. This would be perfect!

  92. Liz in Missouri says:

    This looks like a great book ! I’m always searching for other ways to use the beautiful “skinny” yarns!

  93. Andrea in Tn says:

    beautiful color work on the mittens- I have a lot of left over sock yarn that could be put to good use with some of theses patterns!!! Thanks for the offer Andrea

  94. Hurrah! A contest!

    Are there other secret projects to be revealed? I assume the Kitteh Mittens are one.

    Molly : )
    Molly By Golly´s last blog post ..Trucking and Flying

  95. Pick me, pick me, pick me

  96. I love your mittens!

  97. It’s almost mitten time here in Midwest, and I think my sock yarn must be descended from Star Treks’ tribbles because it continues to multiply incessantly, so both prizes would be put to good use.

  98. Ellen I Keating says:

    Since I have a treasure trove of stashed sock yarn, I would love to a copy of this book and be able to try your mitten pattern. Hope I win!!!!

  99. I love the Kitteh Mittens! So adorable! My daughter would love those. I’m putting this book on my Amazon wish list now!

  100. This looks like a great book and I love your mittens. My daughter will really love them. She wants a cat but her Daddy is allergic. Thanks for the chance to win the book and the yarn.