My current work in progress:

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


Happy Publication Day to Me

Today is the publication day for my Toe Up Socks in a Box. Wheeee!

Would you like to take a look inside?

As you can see, it is in card format, and there are six categories of cards:

  • Tools
  • Techniques
  • Lace socks
  • Gansey Socks
  • Cable Socks
  • Sportweight Socks

The tools and techniques cards have information on — you guessed it — tools and techniques for toe-up sock knitting. Here’s a peak at the heels technique card:

As you can see, it folds out, so there’s lots of information on every card.

The pattern cards are similarly formatted. A photo on the front:

Knitting instructions inside:

And the chart on the back

The patterns included are:

  • Dead Simple Lace Socks
  • Lacy Ribs Socks
  • Diagonal Lace Socks
  • Butterfly Socks
  • On-Hold Socks
  • Ribbed Ribbons socks
  • Trilobite Socks
  • Sheri’s Posies Socks
  • Rosebud Socks
  • Diamond Gansey Socks
  • I Heart Toe-up Socks
  • Traditional Gansey Socks
  • Mock Cable Socks
  • Bavarian Cable Socks
  • Heart to Heart Socks
  • Manly Aran Socks
  • Bob and Weave Socks
  • Vandyke Socks
  • Labyrinth Socks
  • Serpentine Socks

So you get 20 sock patterns (taken from my two toe-up sock books) along with cards that advise you on tools you need, techniques for knitting on different types of needles, how-tos for toes, heels, and bind-offs, advice about knitting to fit, and my slip-stitch heel template with instructions for knitting this heel in 6 different sizes.

So that’s it in a nutshell — I mean box. Sorry I have none to give away — I have only one box myself (I gave my other copy away in a give-away a few weeks ago).

But I can tell you the winner of the Knitting Wild Animals book — it is Karla. Karla has been emailed and has responded. Thanks to everyone who left a comment.

Tomorrow I have another book review with a giveaway, so be sure to tune in then!

Lucy is resting up because we have special visitors coming to stay tomorrow. 🙂


  1. Congratulations, looks fabulous!!
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  2. Kathi Jobson says:

    I love the box idea with the cards, just going to have to go order this today! Love to Lucy.

  3. Congratulations, Wendy! Your patterns are awesome..
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  4. Congratulations, Wendy. Nice set.

  5. Congratulations, Wendy! It looks fantastic.
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  6. CatBookMom says:

    Congratulations, Wendy! I really like “Socks from the Toe Up”, very good suggestions and directions, including the diagrams and photos.

  7. Congratulations! What a great format for sock knitters…we like to be able to take the pattern along.
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  8. awesome idea, socks in a box. I’ll be on the lookout for a set!
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  9. I bought my copy of the box. It should be here by Friday!
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  10. Oh my! Thank you for listing the included patterns. When I first saw this box online I just LOVED the format but kind of assumed it contained the patterns from the TUS For Every Body because of the cover picture, & they’re a little too advanced for me still. But now I see that my assumption was wrong, so this great little box is going to find its way to my home soon! Love it – hope you will do more installments of patterns in a box. It’s great!

  11. Congratulations! Looks gorgeous.
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  12. It is going on my Holiday list… for me!!

  13. Congratulations! My copy arrived today!

  14. Congratulations, Wendy! I like your innovative format.

  15. Laura Crouse says:

    This is such a great value! I had pre-ordered six boxes a few weeks ago and just heard from Amazon that they are shipped and on the way! What great Christmas gifts these will be. For my sister, I’m even going to wrap a box up with a skein of Dream In Color Smooshy yarn and a pair of needles and get her casting on Chrsitmas day 🙂 Thanks Wendy. You have made knitting socks my favorite thing to knit.

  16. I bought Socks from the Toe Up last week to knit my first pair of socks ever. I figured a little more practice and I would buy the second book. HOWEVER, I think socks in a box is a lot more fun and easier to tote around just the cards I need. It goes on my Christmas list!

  17. wonderful and very cute!
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  18. I pre-ordered the sox box so I should be getting it soon!

    I really love your two books, and having instructions on cards will be really handy for carrying around. What a great idea!

  19. Congrats, Wendy!! Mine arrived today and I just LOVE it! The whole box fits into my knitting bag and the layout of the patterns is great! I love having the chart on the back of the pattern…brilliant! More!! We want more!!

  20. The cover of the box looks very familar. Is that the same cover of your book?

  21. Congrats!!!! I can’t wait to go and get it.

  22. Very very cool – congratulations!

  23. OK, that is a seriously cool concept, and the pictures are beautiful. Congrats!!

  24. Denise in Ohio says:

    Congratulations, Wendy! You rock!

  25. congrats again..that is a cute box package!!

  26. Congratulations, Wendy. Publishers, take note! This is a format we knitters can really use!

  27. Congratulations, Wendy, on the great format and new publication. I predict huge sales.

    Love the idea, and I’m happy to know it’s all new patterns.

  28. Yeah!!! I got mine today(Socks in a Box) which I pre-ordered!! I love it. So now I have the book for home and the box for travel 🙂

  29. CONGRATULATIONS!!! (runs away to order book!)

  30. I got it in the mail the other day since I pre-ordered from Amazon and I LOVE it!! Nice job!
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  31. Love it and thanks for the description I am ordering NOW!!
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  32. Hi Wendy!

    I got my sock box from Amazon today. I love the format… I wish all knitting books would be published this way. I rarely carry whole books with me, but it would be so much easier in this format. I think that’s one of the main reasons why I HAVE so many knitting books, but rarely knit from them. They’re a pain to lug around. This format is perfect for sock knitters. What a cool idea!
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  33. I got mine today!! It’s awesome.

  34. Congratulations on your publication! 😀
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  35. I love the box idea. Easier to store and feel organized.

  36. Ooo, very fun. Happy publication day to you! I love the idea of being able to pull out just the pattern or tip you need and take it with you. Adding it to my wish list!

  37. Natalie Doyle says:

    Dear Wendy,

    Your new Box o’Socks is gorgeous, and such a great idea. Congratulations on yet another publishing accomplishment. Can’t wait to find out what the stealth projects are when you unveil them.

    Best, and cheers!

  38. MaryEllen says:

    Great job, Wendy!! I received my “Boxes” this morning and am blown away with how thorough and well organized the cards are. All the info a new or experienced knitter needs is there and much easier to find and use than it would be in book format. I’m going to give my best friend her set now instead of waiting for Christmas as I know she will use the patterns for making gifts for her family. Thank you!

  39. Congratulations Wendy! I still want to purchase the Toe Up book of yours…I’ll get it eventually here. Hope the Toe up box does well…we are all so proud of you!

    Lucy is certainly tucked in there tight…must be getting chilly! Kibby is still losing fur despite the cool weather turn.

    Smiles, kathie

  40. Congratulations Wendy 🙂

    Have fun with the visitors and hugs to all

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  41. Congrats, Wendy! It looks like a handy setup.

  42. That looks fantastic! Congratulations!

  43. Great idea ! I love it !
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  44. Congratulations! It looks great!

  45. Congrats! I must have this!! I can’t wait till the knitting shop where I work gets this in!!

  46. What a great format, Wendy! Loving the large charts as well!!! Thanks for showing us how it all is put together. 🙂
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  47. Congratulations! A very happy day. So will be Christmas day for me, because this is on my list!

  48. Love Love Love the socks in a box 🙂 Congratulations!!!!!
    I just may have to add that to my collection!

  49. Definitely going on my Christmas list – what a great resource (and so convenient and portable!!!) Congratulations!

  50. Happy Publication Day! I really, REALLY like the format. I believe I’ll give this to myself for Christmas this year.
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  51. Congrats! I already have your first book. Do you think this is useful for someone who already has one or both of your books?
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  52. Can’t wait to buy this. I have both books but this is soooo convenient!

  53. Congrats! This format is one I’ve been waiting for. It’s absolutely perfect for knitters on the go. Can’t wait to get my copy!
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  54. WOO HOO! Congratulations on your new publication, Wendy!

  55. Michelle B says:

    Wonderful! Wish I knew it was coming a month ago when I bought your book – the cards look handy! Love the patterns – will be starting one tonight!

  56. OOOO! Pick me please!

  57. Please enter me in the book drawing; Sunday is my birthday & that would be great present if I won!

  58. Love the book…….. So many socks to make. Beth in Co

  59. Congrats on the new release…..the cards look very well thought out!

  60. Congratumalations!

    Sockses in boxes! It looks super.
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  61. Kristine M. says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait until my copy arrives!

  62. Congratulations! I love this idea.

  63. Happy Publication! Looks awesome and super duper portable!
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  64. madonnaearth says:

    I appreciate you letting us know which patterns are in there. I had settled on the Toe Up Socks for Everybody Book, but I am liking the small toteable pattens idea.

  65. That looks handy. Maybe someday!
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  66. Love Cookie’s socks!!
    Lucy is such a cutie too.

  67. Congratulations !!! 🙂

  68. What a great idea! Hmmmm…. hint hint hint to The Husband coming up. He’s always looking for Christmas gift ideas….
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