My current work in progress:

Sundew,byΒ Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK,Β using 3.25mm and 4mm 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. Barbara says:

    Can’t wait to see the new book! I know everyone will love it just as much as your last one.

  2. Beverly says:

    Dying for a copy!!!!!

    ps… LOVE the fabric!

  3. How exciting! I can’t wait to thumb through your new book. But I’ll keep myself busy knitting Miss Woodhouse while I wait. πŸ˜‰

  4. I would love a copy of your book — throw my name in that hat, er, random number generator.
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..A little knitting. Literally. =-.

  5. I’d love a copy of your new book. Maybe that would get me started knitting socks again!
    Best regards,
    Mette (in Denmark)
    .-= Mette G.´s last blog ..Det er de smΓ₯ ting, der tΓ¦ller =-.

  6. I’ve had your new book in my “watching” queue at my favorite on-line bookstore for months and months! I can’t wait until it’s available!
    .-= Sandy Z.´s last blog ..No Gold Medal Winner Here =-.

  7. If I won a book, it would be a very good mail day indeed! Love your patterns! Love Lucy and her mousie, too!

  8. Suzanne says:

    How much exciting to get a box full of your own books! Congratulations!

  9. Susan S. says:

    Congratulations on the new book! I can’t wait to check it out…

  10. The book looks great!
    .-= TheBon´s last blog ..Knitting of Olympic Proportions =-.

  11. I’m so excited that the release date is coming up soon- I’m sure this one will be just as fantastic as the first πŸ™‚ I’d love an advance copy!!

  12. Beth in Seattle says:

    How exiting, Wendy. I would love a chance to win a copy and can’t wait so see it one way or another!

  13. Well I loved the first one I am sure I will love the second.

    Are you going to write a book about shawls next?
    .-= qutecowgirl´s last blog ..The S word =-.

  14. What a fantastic mail day! I hope that Slick’s high testing standards ensure that the tail stays on. And yay, new book πŸ™‚

  15. Pauline says:

    So looking forward to the new book!

  16. I’ve never done toe up socks before but I’d love to learn. The cover looks beautiful!

  17. Bridget says:

    Congrats on the new book. Can’t wait until 3/23!! πŸ™‚

  18. Janet Perez says:

    I’d Love to have a copy! Congrats by the way!!

  19. Cindy Rosser says:

    I’d love a copy of your newest book. Especially as I have never knitted a top-down sock. I buy a lot of sock books & end up only using the leg patterns & using my favorite toe & heel methods.

  20. I’ve been hankering for that book for so long now. Congratulations!

  21. Ohhh! I loved the first toe-up sock book! Put me in the hat!
    .-= Jennmoles´s last blog ..Number moron. That’s me. =-.

  22. Would love a copy of the new book.

  23. Stacy Jensen says:

    Add me to the list of those that would LOVE a copy of your book EARLY! But, Lucy can keep her new mousie.

  24. okay, I gotta enter, I just gotta. Great book, just great!
    .-= anmiryam´s last blog ..Do You Recognize This Woman? =-.

  25. What a thrill a new book is — even better if you wrote it! Congratulations! I loved your last book and I am sure I will love this one too!

  26. Please add me to the giveaway. I just love your first book!

  27. PinkSkatingGirl says:

    Loved your first book, would love to win your second book!

  28. If somebody would give me a copy of that book, I would promise to TRY toe-up…honest!

  29. Your blog and photos of Lucy brighten each of my days. It would be great to be picked to receive a copy of your latest book. Keep it up!
    Joan, the Knitting Queen

  30. I would love a copy of your new book! Can Lucy sense that another cat has touched her mouse?

  31. I would love a copy! I’m going to go out and buy one if I don’t get one. πŸ™‚

  32. Would love a copy of your new book! Lucy looks very happy with her new mouse :0)

  33. Oh my gosh, I’d love a copy of your new book!

  34. Ooooh! I would love a copy!! Congratulations on your new book.

  35. Kathleen says:

    Congratulations, Wendy! It must be so thrilling to have your book finally delivered! I can’t wait to buy my copy, though winning one from you would be doubly exciting.

  36. Would love a copy of the book!

  37. I’m glad Lucy likes her new mousie!! Would love to win a copy of your book! I used to avoid toe-up socks, but after knitting a few pairs I like it more and more!

  38. Samoofish says:

    I’m surprised Miss Lucy doesn’t sit on the book. My guys are attracted to paper products of all varieties! I would love to have your second book for my kitties to sit on as I knit πŸ™‚

  39. A new book – how exciting!

  40. Pick me!

  41. How exciting to get your new book!! You must be so proud. I’d love to give a copy a nice home. Thanks!

  42. Melissa says:

    Would love a copy of the new book!

  43. Here’s hoping that I will be extra lucky and win since I won’t be able to buy it for awhile….dh just got a layoff notice after 19.5 years with Boeing πŸ™
    .-= Liz A.´s last blog ..Spring….. =-.

  44. Can’t wait to see it!

  45. Yea! New books! How exciting.

  46. I added this book to my wishlist when you first mentioned it, so I’d definitely like to be in the running for an advance copy!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Finished objects and the Ravelympics! =-.

  47. Celaine Killingsworth says:

    pick me!

  48. I too love the first book and would love to get this one!

  49. Nancy N says:


  50. Anna Richardson says:

    Congratulations on your new book; what an accomplishment! My new year’s resolution is to progress from scarf/shawl knitting to socks! I would love to try one (I mean two, I mean a pair!) from your new book !

  51. patricia says:

    Must find the knitting needle fabric!

    Thank you for having the contest- count me in!

  52. How exciting it must be to see your own book. It must be thrilling. Congrats to you. I would love to win a copy of your book.
    .-= andrea´s last blog ..With scarves of red tied around their throats =-.

  53. Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to check it out!

  54. I got to finally see your other book as it walked out of the book store. It looked great. Hope this one is just as great.

  55. congrats on the advance copies! my friend is an author & I love seeing how excited she gets when “that” box comes. i love your first Toe Up book & would love to win a copy of this one!

  56. Congrats on your new book. Loved your last sock book and can’t wait to see this one.

  57. Oooo! Shiny new book! I’d love to win a copy to go with the other books!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Happy Bloggiversary! =-.

  58. Tabitha Stacy says:

    Soo good to see kitty is taken care of, and your book should be Aweesooommmeee!

  59. Pick me! Pick me! I’m still enjoying your old book, but a girl can never have too many knitting books.

  60. Congratulations! Loved “Socks from the Toe Up,” and am excited about this one, too!

  61. Collette says:

    I love mail day–even when it’s yours! But most especially when it’s mine! Congrats on the new book–it looks lovely and it must be nice to have it in your hot little hands. πŸ˜‰

  62. Congrats on the new book. I always look forward to your posts and seeing Lucy!

  63. Congrats on your new book! I’ve really enjoyed your last book. I had never tried toe-up socks before. I’m now making my third pair of Serpentine Socks. πŸ™‚

  64. Hi, Wendy! Congratulations! I’m sure this book will be just as wonderful as the last one. Can’t wait to see it.
    Maria in NY

  65. It’s kind of sad that you have to be so darn specific about how to leave a comment, lol. You are always so gracious! LOL πŸ˜€ And I am so proud – my best friend’s sock is one of the cover socks! Marti was so excited when she got the news!
    .-= midgeling´s last blog ..It’s a sweater! =-.

  66. Shiny new books! Looking forward to getting one of these, and if I can get one a bit early, so much the better. =)

  67. Thanks for bringing toe-up socks to the forefront!!

  68. michelle says:

    I have your book pre-ordered from Amazon, but I am always onboard for free! Love your blog and your first book.

  69. Robyn Russ says:

    I too would love a copy of the new book. For what it’s worth “Wendy Knits” was my very first knitting book purchase.

  70. Really excited for your new book!
    .-= Steven´s last blog ..Frosted Mint Cowl/Headband =-.

  71. mary Roach says:

    please random number generator, please pick me….

  72. I want a book! I hope it does well. Congrats!
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..gone =-.

  73. YAY for your new book!!

  74. Penny T says:

    I’d really like a copy, as I’ve used several of your previous sock patterns, both in and out of books.

    You’re being very generous, as usual.

  75. Diane Rizzo says:

    Love and Knit and Magic!

  76. My fingers are crossed — random number generator, pick me, pick me!

  77. Congratulations on the new book! Maybe I’ll win a copy…

  78. That is a good mail day! I love packages. πŸ™‚
    .-= Lynnie´s last blog ..Farewell February, Bring it on Spring! =-.

  79. melissa says:

    Your new book is very pretty!

  80. I would love to be chosen to get your new book. I have not done a toe-up sock but would like to try.

  81. Tee Flemming says:

    How exciting…..a new book! I’d love to try my luck for a copy please.

  82. New sock book!!! YUM!!!

  83. Melissa says:

    Pick me please πŸ™‚

  84. KateinIowa says:

    So glad Lucy has a new mouse cause every kitty knows ‘a mousie without a tale just isn’t as much fun.’ The book is so exciting! Congratulations, Wendy! I sit her in amazement of all that you do, especially with the pain you experience. You set a great example for all of us!

  85. kathy perron says:

    I look forward to seeing you at Loop in Philadelphia very soon! And I am eagerly anticipating your latest book.

  86. OOooo, enter me, enter me!

    ‘Cause I loved your first book so veryvery much!
    .-= GeekKnitter´s last blog ..An Early Spring =-.

  87. Debra I says:

    Okay, ya got me on this one. What does Lucy know about “silly books” anyway? Please sign me up for a copy of your wonderful new toe up sock book! Thanks. πŸ˜€

  88. Wow, that looks awesome!

  89. Robin May says:

    Boy, I would love a copy of your new book…I’m still struggling with heels!

  90. Oh my! Yes please! Thank you for being so generous! Hope I’m one of the lucky few! And congrats on your new book!

  91. Mearaid says:

    I just finished my very first sock and cast on the second one and I love your first book. I can’t wait for the second one.

  92. Linda Ford says:

    Your toe-up socks is my go-to sock pattern, thanks so much. I loved your first book and would be thrilled to win a copy of your second. Congrats, btw.

  93. Debbie B says:

    Congratulations! I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

  94. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, I love knitting toe up socks.

  95. Hi Wendy – I enjoyed your 1st books, and would love to have this one too!

    Glad you’re enjoying your yogurt maker … I have the same one and get a lot of use out of it.

  96. Darla J says:

    I would love to have a copy of your newest book….I have the first one and love it!!!

  97. Love your blog, love your patterns; you’ve inspired me to be a better knitter. Best wishes on the newest book!

  98. I would love a copy of your book, but I never seem to win anything.

  99. Linda Broglan says:

    COOOL! Would love to have a copy of your book!
    Boogie would love a copy of Lucy’s mousie! πŸ™‚

  100. Really excited about the new book. Free is always better!