My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Manly, Yes. But I Like It Too.

I’m pleased that y’all like the Ribs and Cables Sock that I’m working on right now. And as many of you pointed out: it does not necessarily have to be a guy sock. I am sizing the pattern for 4 sizes ranging from a 7 – 10-inch diameter foot, so it will cover a variety of adult sizes. And since so many of you indicated that you’d like to have the pattern, it will be available for sale when I get it done.

At this point I have the gusset increases done and am embarking on turning the heel. Excitement abounds!


When the first sock is done, or near done, I will try it on the KOARC’s manly foot, for he is the intended recipient.

Apropos of Nothing . . .

Hey, don’t let me forget these two numbers: 54 and 78. Okay, thanks.

Excitement Really Does Abound

Can you guess what is in this box?


I’ll give you a hint:


I got my copies! I got my copies!


In celebration of this event, I’ll give a couple or three of them away. Want one?

Leave a comment on this post by noon EDT on Sunday, March 29 and the random number generator will go to work once again.

Lucy Sez


“Can I have the box?”


  1. I’d love to have a copy!!!

    Plain Janes last blog post..Double Duty

  2. I’m so excited for your book to come out! It seems like I’ve been waiting forever πŸ™‚

  3. How exciting to receive copies of your book!!! : ) And, the socks are great – KOARC is a very lucky guy to be the recipient of such a great pair of socks! I’m pretty sure I’ll need to purchase the pattern – I love it! : )

    Amys last blog post..Finding Inspiration…

  4. of course, I want one!

  5. Oh, I’d love to have a copy of the book! I promise to still buy it on Amazon as well.

  6. I’d love a copy of the book! The perfect way to transition from a top-down sock knitter to a toe-up!! Congrats!

  7. Wow, I can hardly wait. I would love a copy of that book!!

  8. Please! Please! And please post a pic of Lucy in the box!

  9. I would love a copy! I pretty much only knit toe-up socks anymore πŸ™‚

  10. Darvious Snicketslayer says:

    Yes, give Lucy the box! πŸ™‚ Oh, and by the way, congrats on the impending release of your newest book! I’ve pre-ordered copies for my ma, my grammy, my greatgrammy, and my ma’s friends!

  11. I want one! I wanted to pre-order on Amazon, but then was worried I wouldn’t have it in time for the Spring Fling (as in, would they mail it promptly.) RNG, pick me, meeeee! πŸ™‚

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  12. Of course, we all want copies of your book. I don’t even like toe-up socks but will buy your book if I don’t win it because I know it will have loads of inspiration.

  13. How exciting – congratulations! I have my copy pre-ordered, but I’d love to win one to give to a friend.

  14. I’m so excited about your book. What makes the sock manly is the cdor but I’d where that color and the design too.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..ENOUGH ALREADY!

  15. Yvonne Evans says:

    Wow it has to be a big thrill to finally have your book in your hands. After all the work you have put into it. Congrats Wendy and hello Ms Lucy you deserve the box πŸ™‚

  16. You must be so excited about the book. It would so cool to have your name on the cover. Anyway, the book looks great and so does the sock. I would wear it…

    Lennette Danielss last blog post..Office Drama and knitting

  17. Mujercita says:

    Oooh, I want a copy! I’ve been dying to try toe-up socks!

  18. I would love to have your book! My first pair of toe-up socks were from your generic pattern, I would love to have more of your patterns.

  19. Glad to know I’m not too strange for coveting the cable and rib sock pattern for myself. Congratulations on the book arrival, it must seem like an eternity since you knitted the socks for this book.

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  20. You must be over the moon with that box of books. I can’t wait to get mine and I hope it arrives in time for Spring Fling as well or you could just pick me πŸ™‚

    (ooops, I think I almost copied PlazaJen here without realizing it!)

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  21. I would love to have a copy of your new book.

  22. WOOOOO!!!! That’s so Exciting!! I hope I win one! (I’ll probably buy one anyway, but it’d be neat to win one!)

    Regina Beachs last blog post..Holy Clap!

  23. Pick me!!! Pick me!!! Pick me!!!

  24. I’ll be buying the new sock pattern! I’d love a copy of your book. I’m beginning to pick more and more toe up patterns or convert them so I can knit them toe up. πŸ™‚

    Trishs last blog post..Better Watchin’

  25. Bonnie H. says:

    I’ve already preordered from Amazon, but I’d love to have one that you autographed. Then I’d give the copy I’m buying to my sister-in-law who wants to eventually knit socks.

  26. Ohhh! Your new book! I have your previous one w/me at work today, I was studying the short row heel part…for like the 100th time! That said, i hope I win a copy, but will still buy one anyway, just to support ya! ~Pia

    pias last blog post..30?

  27. Adrienne says:

    I would love to win your book!

  28. congratulations on your new book. Looks awesome.
    I would like to have a copy from you, with an autograph ??

  29. oooh, so want!! April is too far away!

  30. I would LOVE to have a copy of your book!

  31. Sarah-Dianne says:

    I’d love a copy! I’m still trying to figure out toe up!

  32. congratulations! i don’t normally do toe up socks…but i will now.

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  33. ooooh oooh me! I want one!!!!

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  34. I definitely would LOVE a copy of your book!

    Ednas last blog post..Very little

  35. Freya in Californeya says:

    Oh! Oh! Pick me! Pick me!!! My first pair of toe-up socks were from your generic pattern. I finished them last week. Can’t wait to delve into more “patterny” patterns. πŸ™‚

  36. I always do my socks toe up and I’d love to have a copy! πŸ™‚

    cks last blog post..Where has the time gone?

  37. I’d love a copy of your book. Yes, I did come out of hiding to comment. I preferentially knit socks toe-up, although I have yet to knit one of your patterns. I did pre-order one from Amazon. If I get a copy from you, I’ll give away the copy I purchased.

    Marys last blog post..BSJ for my Own

  38. Congrats – getting books in the mail is always fun, but it must be incredible when it is your own book! I would love a copy. I’ve been knitting for about five years, but have shied away from socks. I’ve declared this the Year of the Sock (all of my sibs and their significant others will be getting socks for Christmas this year). I figure that this should get me over my fear of sock knitting once and for all. : – )

  39. While I know it’s the random number generator…but still…greater Fates and rulers of the universe, I really think all people with birthdays on April 14th should be picked for their birthday books! lol I am so excited I can hardly wait for this to come out! I’ve already explained to my man that this is the ONE thing that had better be wrapped for me when I get home from work that day, LOL!

    Congrats on the new book Wendy! I can’t even imagine how great this must feel for you!

  40. Hearty congratulations on getting your copies! That means we will, too. More of your patterns to knit, oh boy! If I win, I will have a great gift to give a friend, since my copy is pre-ordered!

    Sunas last blog post..Yarn, I Love Yarn

  41. Issy Thomas says:

    Love one!

  42. I’ve already pre-ordered your book – I don’t need one πŸ™‚

    Unless, of course, it’s signed. I’m really digging how accessible fiber arts people are and I’ve got a collection of signed books now (ok, I have two. And yours would be three. But still).

    And I pre-ordered Cookie A’s book too. How fun would it be to have a Wendy sock on one set of needles and a Cookie A on another set and go through both books at the same time? Whee! 2009 will be sock heaven!

  43. Oh, I really want to be the first one on the block with this book!! I can’t wait!! I’m so happy it’s here!

  44. I would love a copy of your new book. Count me in!

  45. Sarah C. says:

    Yay! I would loooove one!

  46. RedfordPhyl says:

    Dying to see the book! Have had it on order with Amazon for what seems like forever. More teaser photos, please.

  47. Cynthia A says:

    Congratulations, Wendy! It must be nice to hold your new book in your hands πŸ˜‰

    Could you please enter me in the draw for one of your books? I have to break out of my comfort zone of top-down-ness, and try more toe-ups. Your book is in my wish list, but winning a copy from the author herself would be the icing on the cake! Thank you very much for offering this contest, you are endlessly generous to your blog followers!

  48. Darla Jones says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book. I was planning on buying it anyway but would be thrilled to receive a copy from you (esp. if you signed it….hint, hint).

  49. Can’t wait to see the book!

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  50. Shannon H. says:

    Oooh! Book!

    The sock is looking very nice.

    And either my cat, or my kids, would have claimed the box before it was even emptied (or opened).

  51. Well, since I can’t have Lucy, one of your books would be the next best thing! πŸ˜›

    I love the cable & rib socks. Verah nice!

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  52. Who wouldn’t want one? I’d love a copy!

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  53. Gretchen says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book, I’ve taken a class on toe up socks, but I would like to have a guide to have at home.

  54. I’ve been anxiously awaiting your book so I can venture into a pair of toe up socks. Hope the random generator likes me. And let me say again-I love these Ribs and Cables socks!

  55. How generous of you! This makes how many giveaways this week?

    That being said, keep it up! I’d love a copy of your book, and I’m sure you’ll be signing the copies that you send to the winners.

    Emilys last blog post..Movin’ On to Spring

  56. WooHoo! Congrats!

    Candy Glendenings last blog post..Prototype Clutch Complete!

  57. I’d love to have a copy! congratulations!

  58. oooooooooooooh I would love a copy…I have it pre-ordered but what could be better than getting a copy from the author herself??

    Kramersmamas last blog post..Bamboo Grove Cotton Socks

  59. You just keep giving away the love! I’m interested; please put me in the drawing!

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  60. Don’t forget the numbers 54and 78.

    Djs last blog post..Big Green Jeep turns 200,000

  61. I’m looking forward to buying your book if I’m not lucky enough to win a copy! Congratulations on its publication.

  62. Love the new sock pattern!

    Can’t wait to see the book – would be even better if it were a preview copy! πŸ˜‰

    Margots last blog post..It’s come to this

  63. Elizabeth says:

    I am soooo excited for you!! And how could I possibly resist the opportunity to get a free copy of your book?! And as another commenter said– very generous of you! And even if I don’t win I will be heading out to my LYS soon to get a copy– which I then hopefully can take to your book signing in Richmond in June…

  64. How exciting!

    Great socks!

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  65. Random, random, random….comment, comment, comment…. (Love ya Wendy!)

    BalletMommys last blog post..Holiday Hubub

  66. Your book looks great! Congratulations!!

    I definitely want one!

  67. Woo hoo… I just attempted my first toe up sock (it wasn’t successful, but I am determined to try again)… and I’d like to keep trying these socks.

    I might have to find more manly socks soon… any ideas how to modify “adult” socks to kids’ socks?

    Pamelas last blog post..I’m still alive, this time I’m SURE

  68. Wow! The chance for a preview copy! My fingers are crossed that the random thingy will pick me!

  69. O my goodness Wendy, I’m so excited for you! Congratulations! I let out a
    ‘woo-hoo” and I woke my kitties up. O dear, they are not as happy as you & I. Your book would surely make a lovely birthday gift. πŸ™‚

  70. I love the socks! They’re already in my mental queue, in a nice warm gray…

    I’m excited to see your book in person, seriously! πŸ™‚

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  71. Congrats! I would love a copy, but I’m going to buy one if I don’t win, don’t worry =)

  72. Congratulations! That is so exciting!!

  73. Congratulations on the new book! Speaking of which, I’d love to get a copy of it. I’m sure many of your readers are eagerly awaiting it! Thanks so much.

  74. Totally want your book (and your kitty)

  75. Congrats on your new book! Is Lucy going to get the box?

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  76. I love the socks and the book!

  77. Am getting into socks at the moment, just started, and yah – socks don’t necessarily have to be gender specific… πŸ˜€

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  78. Congratulations! I have been looking forward to seeing your new book.

  79. I’ve never knit a toe-up sock. Maybe it’s time to start?

  80. Hello Wendy! I really like your manly sock!!!! My husband too!! I’m glad you intend to sell the pattern!!! I would love to receive your book!!! THank you so much for your generosity!!!!!


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  81. I’m so excited about your new book! I’d love to win one, but if I don’t, I’ll be buying one as soon as it’s out in the stores!

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  82. I do all of my socks toe up,and would love to have your new book. My daughter also does socks toe up,

  83. I love the socks I might have to do a pair for me and DH! He’s been beggin for some new handknits.

    Congrats on getting your books!! I can’t wait to see it in person!


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  84. Wendy, I would love to have a copy of your book! Thanks for giving a few away.

  85. Congratulations, Wendy πŸ™‚ It looks like a wonderful book.

  86. Absolutely! I have one ordered as well so I’ll give mine bought copy away when it arrives! Double the fun!

    Liz Rs last blog post..FINALLY

  87. I really like the socks — and would love a copy of the book!

    Ellens last blog post..okay, seriously

  88. 54 and 78, and I would definitely love a copy of your book!! Whether or not I get one, it’s on my wish list at Amazon and will be in the cart just as soon as you say “GO!” Woohoo! It must have felt like a Christmas present opening that package! πŸ™‚ I’ve never knit a toe-up sock and am baffled by how you do the gusset without first doing the heel flap. I can’t wait to learn!

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  89. Heck yes I want one! Who wouldn’t? Your socks are gorgeous!

  90. Wendy, congratulations on your book in hand!

    I would love a copy.


    Dianes last blog post..Teaching Ruth to Knit & New Socks

  91. Spikeknits (JD) says:

    I WILL have a copy of this book one way or another. I WILL conquer short row heels one way or another. CONGRATS, Wendy. This is the coolest thing EVAH!!!

  92. Oooh….shiny. And I like the redesign (I normally read blogs in Google reader).

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  93. Wendy, the sock is looking great and I’m waiting anxiously to purchase the pattern. And, of course, I would like a copy of your book.

    Darlenes last blog post..Finishing of a Nice Project

  94. linda-kay says:


    Your book looks fantastic and I’d love to have a copy Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    Love the manly socks.

  95. Liz Rogers says:

    Ooooh…I would love a copy of the new book! I would love to try socks from the toe up.

  96. Claudine says:

    Congratulations on your newest book! I’d love to have a copy πŸ™‚

  97. I would love to win a copy of your new book! I’ve been anxiously awaiting it’s release!!! Thank you!

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  98. I’d love a copy πŸ˜€

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  99. Oohh! I would love a copy of the book!

  100. Maria Katechis says:

    Yes, please!!!