My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Going Sideways

Now that the Wispy Cardi is off the needles, I am devoting myself full-time to the to-be-named sideways shawl.

This was previously my commuter knitting, so it didn’t get any attention over the long weekend. But now I am more than halfway done with it.

This baby should be off the needles this weekend.

And look what arrived today.

My upcoming release, Toe-Up Socks in a Box!

I got two early advance copies . . . er . . . boxes.

I’m keeping one, of course, but I’ll give the other one away at random to a commenter. Would you like it? Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, September 12, 2010 at noon Eastern time. I’ll draw a winner then.

Don’t know how to leave a comment? Read this.

Lucy is screaming with excitement.


  1. A box of socks — sounds great to me! It looks like a really nice set; I like the way the patterns have tabs at the top — so organized.

  2. The sideways shawl is turning out really nice. I’m looking forward to the finished photo.

  3. How cool! A recipe box of socks πŸ™‚
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Dominicks Today =-.

  4. Oh how cute Socks In A Box. That would be nice to add to my library.

  5. I am making your serpentine socks now. I love your sock patterns and will be very happy if I win!

  6. Socks in a Box looks really fun – thanks for having a giveaway!!

  7. What a cute (and nicely made) box! I, too, love the tabs! >^.^<

  8. That set would make me give toe-up socks another try!

  9. I’d love to have a copy of the Socks in a box. I’m sorry you didn’t like the Whisper cardi. Could you take off the “skirt” and see how you like the cropped version?


  10. I am random.
    .-= picadrienne´s last blog ..What to tell a college Freshman =-.

  11. Ohmygosh, socks in a box?! Gotta have it! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  12. I already have the book, but would love the matching box. Fear not, if I don’t win, I will gladly purchase retail. I love your sock books!

  13. Sox in a box? FUN!!

  14. Love the color of your sideways. And I am so happy that Lucy is excited about it as well. I have the same problem with my car knitting versus my house knitting. So I have gone to doing socks for car knitting and I am making good progress making some headway through my sock yarn stash now. Great to see your new “sock box”. Happy Knitting!

  15. Dr. Jackie says:

    I hereby put in my bid for Sox in a Box!

  16. I would give a copy a great home! Your shawl is beautiful!

  17. Robin Pearce says:

    Wahooo!! Hops up and down with hand in the air!

  18. what a fabulous presentation!

  19. Sock in a box, what a great idea! Can’t wait to hear what you call the sideways shawl.

  20. I’ve just completed my first Wendy Knit’s sock! I love the way they fit! I would love to get a box of socks by Wendy!

  21. I like toe up socks. It’s the only way I make them.. I have at least 1 of your books about toe up socks. I would love the socks in a box.

  22. My cat could show yours a thing or two about how to pull the pins out of blocking and not swallow any.


  23. Socks in a Box?! I can hear the angels singing! Can’t wait to get this! I love that sideways shawl also–so pretty!

  24. I’ve enjoyed your other books and am happy to have them in my library. It would be lovely to have a “Sock Box.”
    .-= Angeluna´s last blog ..Not Holding a Wake for the Blog- Not Just Yet! =-.

  25. Beth in Seattle says:

    Congratulations on your socks in a box. In my opinion, this is an especially great idea for sock knitters.

  26. Whau!
    Different and convenient.
    I love it!
    Count me in!
    .-= Ann´s last blog ..Farmorjakke =-.

  27. Would love the box of socks, although I am usually a book person!

  28. What a great way to encourage me to make the leap to toe-up socks. I’d love to give the box a great home!

  29. Oooh, I love toe-up socks! My four kitties say hi to Miss Lucy.

  30. JD Collins says:

    Oh, if I won “Sock in a Box,” I’d fill the holidays with comfort & joy!

    Fingers crossed.

  31. gertieanne says:

    I love Toe up Socks, Only way to go!!!

  32. Helen Johnson says:

    Socks in a Box would be wonderful–I travel a lot for my job, and I knit whilst on the plane. Usually I end up copying the pattern and folding it up to put in my project bag. πŸ™‚

    Love the blog and the Lucy pictures! πŸ™‚


  33. Socks in a Box! I would love to win. πŸ™‚

  34. Beautifully done! would love the recipes for toe up favorite and now only way to knit them! Love to be in the random drawing….great photo.

  35. Pick me! Pick me!!
    .-= Angela Milazzo´s last blog ..WIPs and More Football =-.

  36. I’d love to try Toe Up Socks in a Box. What fun!

  37. Perfect idea — portable patterns for portable projects. I would love to own that!

  38. Kate Lathrop says:

    Dear Lucy – your charming, lady like pose make me snort coffee all over my monitor. I think your mom needs to pick my name out of the hat for her fun Socks in a Box to make up for the humiliation and pain πŸ™‚

    Wendy – what a great idea!! Very organized and portable! I can’t wait to watch you and the Knit Girllls’ podcast tonight after work.

    Kate and furbabies

  39. i would LOVE to receive a copy of toe-up socks in a box! πŸ™‚

  40. ohhh . . . sox in a box. It sounds like a Dr. Suess rhyme, and would make me just as happy.

    Thanks for offering it.

  41. That sideways shawl is so cute! And seems a lot easier to figure out the math for than a top down shawl. Or maybe the top-down is just intimidating me? ^_^; I’d love a box of sock (patterns) XD Looks like recipe cards, that’s so awesome!

  42. Would absolutely love to win sox in a box! πŸ™‚

  43. yes, yes, – -socks in a box – – I’m over here!!

  44. Looks like a nice kit, and I don’t have the newest book, yet, so I shall pray to the random number generator god.

  45. Michele Cashen says:

    I would love, love, love to have your toe up box of socks. Thanks!

  46. I have been scared to try to knit socks, perhaps this will give me the courage I need to begin.

  47. Sock in a box! Rocks!
    .-= Patty Madrigal´s last blog ..Flowers in the Garden =-.

  48. It would be great to learn a new technique (toe up) and your book/box seems like a good way to do it. I hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  49. me please!

  50. What a great idea! Thank you.

  51. I knit all kinds of socks: for work, for hiking, for around the house!

    I would love to have a BOX of SOCKS!

    Pick me!

  52. Would love to win this so I could give it to my twin sister. I know she’d love it!

  53. Wow; that is so cool. I have to learn toe-up. I know cuff down in dpn and in Magic Loop but have yet to try toe-up. Hope I win this to learn some new patterns.

  54. Oh, I have it in my cart at Amazon! Would love to have it from you instead. I have never done toe-up socks, but this was going to be my introduction to them. Love your sideways shawl!

  55. oh please random number generator pick me!!! please. this looks like so much fun

  56. I wanted to send another reply to see what creature I would get this time!

  57. Kathryn Sigman says:

    Would love to have your box of socks! Love your patterns!!

  58. Socks in a Box….sounds very Dr. Seuss-ish to me! Congratulations on your Box!!!

  59. Margaret Hendrickson says:

    I’d be most happy to receive the box of your sock patterns.

  60. Looks very interesting. Pick me, please. ;~)

  61. Oh I have been lusting after this book but hoping to find a new job first!
    What a great idea, socks in a box!
    Now, maybe a pedicure to go with it! 8)

  62. Is there a fox in this box of socks?

  63. Ah, commuter knitting! That’s where some of your good knitting time comes from! The only way I can commuter knit is if I learn to knit and drive at the same time, and law enforcement (not to mention other drivers) tend to frown upon that.

    The toe-up sock pack looks perfect — tuck a card into the project bag instead of a whole book. Throw my entry into the hat, thanks!
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..A textile history gem in the desert- ThéÒtre de la Mode at Maryhill =-.

  64. Congratulations on you new “book/box”. Would love to have a copy.

  65. Thanks Wendy, for the opportunity to have my very own “sox in a box”!!! That triangular shawl really looks good too – I just need to finish the Pi shawl first!

  66. Wow, Wendy! Looks fantastic. Living in Florida means not a lot of opportunity to wear warm woolies but socks are a whole ‘nother animal. I’m never without a pair on the needles and have knit several of your designs. Would love to win but will purchase if the randomness does not choose me!

  67. Jeanette McKinney says:

    Don’t you just love the excitement that our cats us give when we finish up one project and start another? I wonder what they are really excited about?

  68. I want it!

  69. Fox on socks in box?

    Love the color of that sideways shawl!
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..Quick Knit Note =-.

  70. I actually have your book on my Amazon wishlist, but if you would be kind enough to grace me with the box version, well, I would be delighted! It would make a nice excuse for me to try toe up socks for the first time too.
    .-= MissusVonkysmeed´s last blog ..Garden Enhancement =-.

  71. I’ve always wanted to try toe up socks!!!

  72. evelyn Macway says:

    Your socks in a box sounds like a great idea! I love you sock books.

  73. knittertoo says:

    box ‘o sox sounds fabulous to me…now to pray to the RNG gods…

  74. Knitting Momma says:

    Socks in a Box, would you pair them with a fox? Sounds very Seussian, HMMM?
    I’d love Socks in a Box!

  75. Ohh, so exciting! I love your books and patterns!

    Thanks for the chance. mb

  76. mememememememememememe random generator please pick mememememememe! I would love to have a copy of socks in a box.

  77. OHHH, a box of sox. How seussian

  78. I would love to learn to knit toe up socks!! I am an avid reader of your blog and especially enjoy Lucy (she is such a ‘cool cat’!). Thanks for the give away Wendy!

  79. Andrea in Tn says:

    I will try once again to enter your contests. I don’t know what I do wrong!!!! I love your blog!!!

  80. My little kitty, Katy, loves to lay on my knitting, and will curl up on even a sock in progress…. bet she would look lovely on some socks in a box.

  81. Count me in for the drawing – I love your sox!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..South America Day 8- Pinin for the Fjords =-.

  82. Jennifer W says:

    This like a great publication. Congratulations.

  83. It would be great to win this, that way I could leave my books at home and just take the pattern card with me

  84. Patterns on cards – an excellent idea.

  85. Love the socks-in-a-box idea! I always keep a sock project tucked inside a little drawstring bag inside my purse so I can whip some knitting out whenever I have to wait somewhere. I’ve even stood in line at the courthouse (to get new car tags) and had yarn coming out of my purse as I knitted. Can’t imagine what people were staring at! LOL

  86. laura sequeira says:

    I have loved all those ‘in a box’ pattern ideas. Makes it so easy to carry the pattern around–and they are very durable!

  87. It must be exciting to get the advance copies!

    Socks in box…sounds like something from Dr Seuss!

  88. So far, I’m less than enthusiastic about the toe-up patterns I’ve encountered (along with the toe-up cast on/increases) so if I don’t win, I’ll have to pick up this box when it comes out. Maybe then I’ll get what all of the fuss is about!

  89. Sylvia Jordan says:

    I would love to have your sox in a box!

  90. Oh, that is a great addition to the Wendy Knits collection!

  91. It looks wonderful. But I have a question. I hope you haven’t answered this already and I missed it. If so, please forgive me. What is the difference in the patterns in the box and the book? I understand they are on a more durable paper, but are they all of the same patterns, part of the same patterns or completely different patterns? I believe I counted more in the book, so I was curious. Don’t get me wrong I really, really want the box whether I win it or buy it. Thank you.

  92. Oooooo, socks in a box. I would knit them with a fox. ;0)
    .-= Mim´s last blog ..Long Time No See =-.

  93. Lucy is yawning IMHO. who cares about sox in a box, she is thinking, where is that green yarn that smelled so good?

  94. Jane Tullis says:

    I’d love to win socks in a box–sign me up! Oh, yeah, I love your patterns.

  95. Always a fan of your patterns; I would love to win this!

  96. The sock box cards would be so helpful! and lucy is way too cute for words!

  97. The Sideways Shawl looks like a fun knit…not too complicated that you would mess it up commuting or hanging with friends.

    The ‘Socks in a Box’ is a great concept. What’s next, “Shawl in a Ball”? “Tank from a Hank”?

    (Lucy is charming, no matter what her expression)

  98. I would love socks in a box!

  99. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    I love this idea of pattern cards to easily take with you. I’d love to have your patterns in a box!!!

  100. Alicia Howard says:

    Considering how little progress I’ve made on sock knitting, a box of socks sounds very helpful!!