My current work in progress:

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


A Very Good Mail Day Indeed

Upon arrival home today I found in my mailbox a present for Lucy.

This is a new mousie that the very wonderful Keri made to replace the mouse (also made by Keri) whose tail Lucy bit off. Keri’s kitty Slick carefully tested it for Lucy before it was sent off. (If you click on the link above, you can see proof of this.)

Keri included a gift for me too! A wrist tag:

Don’t you love the fabric?

Thank you Keri and Slick — we love you!

There was something else waiting for me when I got home — a large heavy box.

What could it be?

It is full of advance copies of my new book, Toe-Up Socks for Every Body! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

Publication date is March 23 — just a little over 2 weeks away.

Want a copy now? Leave a comment (don’t email me, don’t use the “contact me” form, but leave a response at the end of this blog entry by clicking on the “x responses” link you will find at the end of this post and filling out that form) by noon Eastern time this Sunday, March 7, and the Random Number Generator will chose a couple of winners to get a copy asap.

Lucy sez:

“Huh. I like my mousie better than this silly book.”


  1. Oh! I would love a copy!!! Congrats on the newest book!

  2. How great it must feel to have the first copies in your hand!
    I’d love a copy – yours are the only socks that fit my feet.

  3. I would love a copy. I am making a pair of socks out of the book I have of yours now and loves your patterns!
    .-= Brandy ´s last blog ..My First Toe Up Sock… =-.

  4. Congratulations on your newest book!

  5. Michelle says:

    Oooo! I cannot wait to get my hands on the book. I’d love a chance to win one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Carolyn says:

    Can’t wait to see the new book!

  7. Valerie says:

    Love your website – looking forward to your new book!

  8. Kathy S says:

    Ooh. May the Random Number Gods look favorably upon me today!

  9. Enter me, please. I can never own enough toe-up sock patterns.

  10. Nina Saulic says:

    Another wonderful book I’m sure. Can’t wait to see it.

  11. Merrill says:

    I’d love an advance copy.

  12. Mary Pat says:

    I have one ordered from Amazon, but having one directly from Wendy would be a special treat.

  13. David's Mom says:

    Enjoy your blog. Love new books, especially knitting books!

  14. SimplyMe says:

    I am just getting started in sock knitting, and I am loving it. I really like constructing socks from the toe up so that I can custom fit my family’s feet.

    I look forward to your blog posts and Lucy’s comments. Have a great day!

  15. Random generators never seem to gravitate towards my number, but hope springs eternal! I am making a pair from your first book RIGHT NOW: just getting ready to try your heel, which is new to me. So Book Two would be fun to have. Thank you for being generous!

  16. It must be thrilling to see the first copies of your book. Congratulations and I can’t wait to get a copy now or in two weeks!

  17. Alisonl says:

    Yippee! What a treat a book would be ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I would love a copy of the new book! It’s been on my wish list a while now. Can’t wait to see it!

  19. BarbieKnits says:

    Loved your first book. I can’t wait for the second one!

  20. Not that you haven’t noticed, but it would appear as though quite a few of us are excited about your book! I’m so looking forward to it, as I loved the first one. Thanks for the opportunity to win one, and congratulations on the book!

  21. Christine says:

    New book looks great! Can’t wait until it comes out.

  22. I’m currently knitting two socks from your last book, and I’d love a copy of your new one!

  23. Haven’t finished working my way through your last book yet, but would love to have a copy of your latest! I’ve learned so much about sock knitting from you.

  24. I’ve recently become addicted to socks, so this would be great!

  25. A good mail day indeed! Something for everyone! Congratulations, I look forward to seeing the new book!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..New Sweater =-.

  26. I can’t wait to see all the patterns in your new book!

  27. mosprott says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! It looks lovely, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    As always, Java sends his regards to Lucy.

  28. Book!

  29. Can I send you postage if I’d win. Waiting impatiently for your book to be available to order, otherwise.


  30. 1) I would LOVE a copy of your new bookie book book!

    2) What is a wrist tag? I’m unfamiliar with this accessory.


    Miss Knotty

  31. Would LOVE a copy of your new book. Thanks Wendy. Hope Lucy and this new mouse will live happily together for a long time….

  32. Please pick me! I am still suffering from intense guilt that I did not buy your book and get you to autograph it when you spoke at “Soxperience” in Charlottesville, VA several years ago. I was a newbie knitter at that point and didn’t appreciate all your wonderful sock (and now shawl!) patterns.

  33. Shirley. in PA says:

    Yes, your new books looks wonderful and I want a copy of my own.

  34. Congratulations on the new book! I’d love to win a copy.
    .-= Lynn Z´s last blog ..Happy 2010! =-.

  35. I guess I need your new book! It may be the only thing that helps me knit toe up socks. I’ve been stuck in top down for many years. Congratulations!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Sock Engineering =-.

  36. Cindy Wentworth says:

    I am very diligently knitting through your first book and would LOVE to receive your

  37. Love the books!! Can’t wait for the new one!!

  38. Me! I want your book! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Anisa´s last blog ..things without polar bears =-.

  39. Linda S. in NJ says:

    How exciting, new SOCK patterns to feed the addiction!!!!! Congrats on all your hard work, glad we get to benefit from it.

  40. Maureen says:

    Congratulations on your new book! I can’t wait to see it.

  41. Congratulations on the book!! I would love the copy of your.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Not Good News!!! =-.

  42. I’d love a chance at your book Wendy.

  43. Shannon H. says:

    I’d love a copy of your book! Pick me!

  44. Tonya Millett says:

    Lucy so glad you got a replacement for your tailess mouse.

  45. noallatin says:

    I would like to own a copy of the new book. Thanks for offering one.

  46. My copy has been on pre-order through Amazon forever, so you don’t have to enter me into the contest. But I do want to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
    .-= Sheri at The Loopy Ewe´s last blog ..Ten Things You Might Not Know About Loopy Central =-.

  47. Congratulations on your newest book. Would love to get this copy from you.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Not Good News!!! =-.

  48. Adrienne says:

    I keep saying I’m going to knit socks and apparently haven’t conquered my fears yet. I’d love to be a lucky winner.

  49. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia says:

    Congrats on the new book! Can’t wait to see it.

  50. That is so exciting! Congratulations!

  51. Linda L. says:

    Congratulations on your new book, Wendy! I’d love to win a copy!

  52. I need to go look up your mouse pattern. I have a feline sibling who would love it! And a toddler who would get a kick out of the resulting antics. In the meantime, if you have a book copy for me, that would just make my day!

  53. Marie-france says:

    I’d love a copy of your new book please Wendy

  54. And a flood of comments there was…

    Lucy looks skeptical of the new book–I love how expressive her body language is. Congrats on the new book!
    .-= Abigail´s last blog ..Widge-in-a-Box =-.

  55. Oh, yay! New book.. congrats! And I think I need to go home and knit some mousies for my own kitties tonight.

  56. katiemcg says:

    ooh ooh! pick me! please

  57. I want I want I want I want.

    Pet Lucy for me. She’s such a cutie.

  58. I’d love a copy of your book! And what kind of kitty is Lucy? I’d like a cat, but am allergic to different breeds.
    .-= HippieDiva´s last blog ..New. =-.

  59. Congratulations!

  60. Heather says:

    Me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Caren Pelletier says:

    I’d love a copy, though of course I plan to buy one if I don’t win one. Oops, did I just jink myself? ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on the new book!

  62. Congratulations on your new book! I’d love to win a copy.

  63. I’d love a copy! Can’t wait to see the new patterns! Congrats!

  64. I think the book is way better than the mousie but Aqua and Zephyr wouldn’t agree. Of course the Dog would eat it a mousie anyway. I can’t wait for the book to come out I need a good Toe-up book.

  65. Oooh, I want it! I responded to your plurk, but if I post here, I’ll double my chances. Good luck to meeeeeeeeee!
    .-= boutrosbabe´s last blog ..Pics now, update to follow =-.

  66. Oooh, that new book smell! Can’t wait to check out the patterns. I’m aiming to learn to knit socks toe up this year and the socks you’ve shown so far look great. I live in a cold, cold place and lacy socks are useless to me, so I’m glad to see more solid patterns.
    .-= Ali´s last blog ..Xmas knitting, planning and thinking =-.

  67. Oh great, I hope I will have the luck to watch it before buy it…
    .-= Ptinutz´s last blog ..Un livre, un film, pour changer =-.

  68. Tiny Tyrant says:

    Ooh totally covet. Must make some of those for my fur babies
    .-= Tiny Tyrant´s last blog ..Missing Mecca =-.

  69. Wendy H says:

    I would love to win a copy for your new book :). Lucy is looking adorable as always too.

  70. I got a box of happy in the mail today, too! Yarn for FOUR, yes FOUR, projects.

  71. Would love to win a copy of your new book, but if I don’t I’ll buy it anyway! Your sock patterns are the best.

  72. Beth in Ohio says:

    Congrats! It looks beautiful.

    I’d love to win a copy, but if I don’t I’ll be sure to order one as soon as they’re available.


  73. Cathy Smith says:

    I’d love a copy of your new book; I just purchased your first one–and love it.

  74. Please random number generator, pick me!
    I’d love an advance copy.

  75. I’m anxiously awaiting the new book’s release. Sounds like it’s getting out of the big house. LOL I love your books!

  76. I would love a copy of your book. I think my cat needs a little mousie too.

  77. Donna Swanson says:

    I glad to see that Lucy received a new mouse from her beau. It would make me as happy as Lucy was when she got her new mouse to get a copy of your new book!

  78. well done!

  79. Congratulations on the new book! I would love a copy, if I’m so lucky to be chosen by the Random Number Generator!
    .-= Pirate´s last blog ..In Which the Pirate Pauses. =-.

  80. I’d love a copy it will match nicely with the one you signed for me at the last at the Spring Fling!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Dear Blog =-.

  81. would love a copy of your book! yay socks!!

  82. Jill S in NZ says:

    I’ve never got into the sock “thing” and maybe your book is just what I need. I’d love a copy.

  83. What an exciting package. A great mail day indeed. Congratulations on another book.

  84. Mallory says:

    I would LOVE a copy of your new book!!!

  85. Congrats!! How exciting!

  86. Mary T. says:

    Awesome! March 23rd is to long to wait. I tell my sister there is no such thing as “to many sock books”. She just keeps rolling her eyes at me.

  87. Morgan B. says:

    Congratulations on the new book!

  88. Alejandro Ponce says:

    i loved your first book and i would love a copy of your knew books that way i have something to knit on my flight at the end of the month from california to washington d.c.!

  89. Ooh, sign me up! I’d love to win a copy of your book. : )
    .-= Brinn´s last blog ..OWS: Sock Edition =-.

  90. Congrats on the new book, I would love to win a copy!

  91. Congratulations on the new book! I’m wondering, if you keep one for yourself and give one to one of your faithful blog readers (preferably me), what will you be doing with the rest of your copies?

    And I hope I get one of those goofy little avatars with my response. They’re cute!

  92. Congratulations on the new book. Would love to win a copy.

  93. Maura Anderson says:

    The new book looks great and I’d love to win a copy. It’s already on my wish-list at Amazon.

    I love the mouse, too. I’ll have to try making some for my feline hoard. Not sure how long the tails will last with my little girl cat who viciously flings the mice around by the tails and rips their noses off.

  94. Ashley W says:

    I would love to get a copy of the new book. Congrats!!

  95. Phyllis Holder says:

    Would love to get an advance copy of your new book.. Have the last one and will buy one if I don’t win!!

  96. Kathryn says:

    Loved your first two books and would love to have this one! Just ordered two of your shawlete patterns, too!

  97. The chance at a book all about great socks will bring me out of religiously reading (lurking) and force me to comment. Yay for pretty new books!

  98. oh yes, yes, yes please put my name in the lottery for your new book:-)

  99. yay!! I’m so excited for this book to come out – I love your others! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats!
    .-= Manda´s last blog ..Episode 42: Stitches West 2010 Recap! =-.

  100. Oh, I’d love a copy of your book!
    But I live in Brazil, is that ok? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can I participate?
    Hugs and congratulations!!!