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.

Silk Road Socks

I got a copy of the new book Silk Road Socks by Hunter Hammersen this week.

If you’ve seen the back cover of this book, you’ll know that this wasn’t my first look at the book.

I was offered a chance to see it pre-publication. Here’s what my back-of-the-cover blurb says:

This book is a fascinating combination: lessons on the origins of oriental rugs and carpets, as well as a collection of sock patterns inspired by 14 of these beautiful textiles. Packed with useful technical information and lovely illustrations and photos, sock knitters are sure to find several “must knit” projects within its pages.

That’s it in a nutshell. The book starts with an introduction to the origins of oriental rugs and the “silk road” — the network of trade routes where silk was traded and transported. There’s some pretty interesting technical information about the rugs, including different types of knots used in their construction.

Next comes the technical information you need to be able to knit the socks in this book — info on gauge and re-sizing, along with a key to the symbols used, among other things.

Next come the patterns, 14 of them. They are top-down, textured, cabled, and/or lace. Most are pretty intricate, but they are a couple that are a little easier that less-experienced knitters can start with and then work up to the more complex designs. Each design is beautifully photographed with the rug that inspired it.

The book is available in both hard copy and digital format — see the book website for info on ordering the different formats.

I was sent the digital version, but also received a signed hard copy. I am tempted to keep the hard copy, but decided to be nice and give it away to one of you.

Who’d like it?

Leave a comment to this blog entry by 4:00pm Eastern time, Thursday March 3 2011 to be entered in the random drawing to win my copy.

Note that my blog was redesigned over the weekend (yay — I love it!) and the link to leave a comment is now right below the title of the blog post. After clicking on the link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the comment form to fill out.

Meanwhile, there is some Twisty sleeve knitting going on:

And Lucy has decided on a nap!

She wants to be wide-awake and alert for the Academy Awards tonight. 😉



  1. Love the new layout…..and the book! It’s so nice of you to share!

  2. That book looks fabulous! Would love to win . . .

  3. Love the new look for the blog! And I would also love to win the silk road socks book – anything based on oriental rugs is a winner!

  4. I would love to have this book.

  5. Looks like a wonderful book!! And love the new website – as long as there’s Lucy, it’s awesome!!

  6. I’d love to have that book!

  7. Love the new blog design and I’d love to have that book too!

  8. I was so suprised to see the new blog layout. It’s very nice Wendy!

  9. I love the new layout. It looks nice and clean. That book looks pretty too. It might be worth it just for the pretty pictures.

  10. Sounds like an amazing book, I would love to win a copy! thanks
    Claire´s last blog post ..Le Roi est mort

  11. It looks like an amazing book! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Emily´s last blog post ..Bah- another disappointment

  12. The book looks gorgeous! Thanks for deciding to give it away.

  13. Please include me in the drawing of the book.

  14. I Love, love,love your new website. Very nice. Thank you for holding a drawing of this book. I would love a copy.
    Your the best.

  15. I’ve been trying to be good and not buy this book. It looks so wonderful and Hunter’s patterns are always so well written.
    Eleanor´s last blog post ..New Things!

  16. I would love to have a copy of Silk Road socks – sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Your twisty sleeve is gorgeous! The new layout for your blog is very nice indeed. Please enter my name for the drawing. Hugs to you and Lucy from way down under 🙂

  18. Love the new blog design!
    Faith´s last blog post ..A Letter to My Daughter- Five Months Old

  19. Love the new format–easier to post a comment.

  20. Entering my name for a chance to win the book.

  21. The new blog layout and overall look is so fresh — it feels like springtime is almost here! Very upbeat and cheerful, and putting the comments just below the title is much more accessible.

  22. meryl wendy aaron-stewart says:

    this book looks fascinating!! thx for letting me enter in for the drawing!! lucy is so photogenic; i just luv her.

  23. Lucy is too adorable. The sock book looks amazing! Hopefully I can be entered to win!

  24. I have been eyeing this book and would love a copy!

  25. Oh, I love Hunter’s designs!!

  26. i’d love a chance for the book, thank you~
    pmoys´s last blog post ..Wondering

  27. I have seen this once somewhere else, and would LOVE to win it!

  28. I’d love to have a copy of the book! And I really like the sleeve design for Twisty Aran.
    Will this be coming as a published pattern?

  29. The combination of source ideas and finished socks is fascinating! –The way the book is available to purchase is great too….hardcopy, pdf, kindle, or combination. That’s great! –Here’s to great sock knitting!
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Updates

  30. I am *so* coveting that book! I would love to win this one.

    I hope you and Lucy enjoy the Oscars tonight.

  31. That’s an interesting idea for a sock book. I like the new layout.

  32. I’ve been checking this out on Ravelry and such for weeks now and I really can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Very classy patterns, and a really great idea.

  33. I’d LOVE the book! Did Lucy get on / in the book too?

  34. The book looks like a great addition to a knitting library!
    New look i great!

  35. The twisty sleeve looks awesome and yes please sign me up for the beautiful book!

  36. Sue N Elkind says:

    Looks like a wonderful book!
    I like Lucy’s idea of taking a nap….

  37. (I put my web site up there just to remind myself that I need to actually MAKE one!!)

    Anyway, I’m an avid fan of oriental rugs and I just drool at the idea of these jewels inspiring equally drool-inducing sock designs. Better than eating chocolate with Matthew MCCoughnahy!

  38. Love the new look! Consider me entered!!

  39. socks – socks – socks

  40. I would love to win this i have become addicted to making socks one more book will not hurt for more patterns.

  41. Sharon Amara says:

    I’d love that book!

  42. Is Lucy rooting for the Black Swan? It’s nice to have a cat oriented film in the running this year. All those feathers!

    And I’d love to enter for the book drawing please. It sounds very exciting.

  43. Ellen I Keating says:

    I would love to study the relationships between the carpets and the socks…bothe design and color. Would love to have this book.

  44. OMG WANT!!!!!

  45. I absolutely love the new blog layout. Very nice. Would love to have Hunter’s book as well. What a treat!

  46. Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Lisa Downing says:

    Your new layout is great! The patterns for Silk Road Socks look gorgeous! I can only hope… LisaD in upstate NY

  48. Please enter me in the drawing. I Think I Love You. Remember that song?

  49. The book looks very very tempting!

  50. I’d love to have this book!

  51. I really see potential in picking out the colorway choices to do these socks in. (I hate to end a sentence with a preposition.) Going on — I can see some very fantastic pictures just based on the colors themselves. Would beg on bended knees (It is time for more surgeries on them anyway!) for this book, thanks for the chance. Deb

  52. What an interesting book! And the new blog design is lovely.

  53. Yes, very nice new web layout. That book looks good too – one could listen to the Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road music while knitting socks.
    Thanks for the generous offer.

  54. Wow; What an interesting book!

  55. Oh, I’d LOVE that book! And I love the new blog format, too. The green hat is great (another one goes on my “list”). I’m not surprised at Lucy’s weight. She looks like a dainty girl. I don’t remember exactly what I guessed, but I probably wasn’t more than a pound off.

  56. since I also do traditional wool rug hooking – I would love to win this book – I have a keen interest in orientals, kilms and the origin and meaning of the patterns.

    thanks for the opportunity
    Melody Bryan´s last blog post ..THE PRINCESS MERMAID

  57. This sounds like a good read, plus socks!Count me in .

  58. i love the changes! new layouts on blogs excite me much more than i should admit!

    can’t wait to see the twisty finished! glad your hand is getting back into shape.

  59. I love your ‘Twisty” sweater! And Lucy is beautiful as always!
    Jeanie Babbage´s last blog post ..…but we didn’t get winter!!!

  60. Hi Wendy, I hope you are all healed and knitting wildly. Sounds like a very interesting book, great concept. Hope the book has my name on it! ha!

  61. very nice new layout! are the old gallery photos by categories coming back or will it just be photos by year? your assortment of finished starmore projects was inspirational and I’ll miss it if its gone

  62. lovely! i’m so fascinated by the silk road.

  63. I’m knitting my first pair of socks now and love it! This book would be great to use in my art classes when we use rugs to create newly inspired artwork!!

  64. Thanks for your generosity…I’d love the book!

  65. Please enter me in the drawing for the sock book. Thanks so much.

  66. martha simpson says:

    The new blog look is great. I’m having a birthday in March and this book would make a great gift for me. Happy Birthday to me!

  67. Looks very cool!

  68. Patti, oldgoatwoman says:

    What a great opportunity! Love oriental carpets and will have to buy this book if I don’t win. Thank you! Love Lucy, too.

  69. I do so need more sock patterns. Maybe there will be some in there for me this time.

  70. prety socks!!!

  71. I think I would have a lot of fun with that book

  72. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    Hi Wendy,
    So glad your knitting better. That book would be a wonderful read! I love oriental rugs and would love to learn more about them. I do so like your new website, too! Very clean, fresh and bright.
    “Meow” to Lucy from Cassie & Zoe

  73. Love the new look of your website. Terrific Book!

  74. Lucy, you look wonderful with your beautiful eyes peering at each of us as we read.
    Wendy, I love knitting sox. Since Spring of 2008 I’ve knit 36 pair. Love knitting them, LOVE wearing them.

    Gerry´s last blog post ..If you were

  75. Your new web site is really great! I love all things silk — that’s a wonderful book.

  76. Book sounds great!

  77. DeborahKaye says:

    Yes! I’d like a magic carpet ride!

  78. Love the new look. And of course I’d love the book.

  79. Love the redesign of the blog – much easier navigating.

  80. Wow what a nice thing to do. Hope you hand is healing nicely.

  81. Donna from Muskegon,MI says:

    would love another sock book. thanks for the chance.

  82. Love to have the book.

  83. That book makes me weak in the knees. I have seen a copy of it but it wasn`t for sale or it would be mine already. Its like a double book because you can curl up with a cup of tea and read about the rugs, then get a cup of coffee and make the sock I have to have this book Oh the patterns are lovely Please or ramdom picker in the sky PICK ME. I`m glad to see the Lucy is getting caught up on her beauty sleep, sleep tight Lucy I`ll see you at the after party later

  84. I would love a copy of that book. I think it would be fascinating to read about the history of the silk trade. Plus who doesn’t like getting new sock patterns. Thanks 🙂

  85. Love the sleeves…hope those cables and twists are helping your hand heal stronger…

  86. Wow!! I love the new blog look 🙂
    silk road socks looks amazing. Please
    toss my name into the mix.
    Many thanks

  87. Susan Murphy says:

    Your sleeve is a work of art all by itself. The attention to detail and the complexity of your design is an indicator of your passion for the craft.
    Rge books sounds fascinating. I would love to read it.

  88. Have just been to the Silk Road site and love all those gorgeous socks also progressed to her blog and the hats have personality too. They are all great colors. I just love hand knitted socks with pizazz and all these socks are just a delight. Would love the chance to win the book Thankyou and Thankyou for having such a great blog. I look forward to my daily dose of Wendy 🙂

  89. Of course I’d love to win this. Sounds like intricate, fun knitting.

  90. Donna in Ely says:

    Would love to win the book!

  91. That sounds fascinating!!!!! Count me in. Glad you are back to knitting—it just makes everything better Andrea in Tn

  92. Love your new blog format! I’d really like a chance to win 🙂

  93. Wait, wait – socks, textiles, travel, and history? I want one! Thanks for the generous giveaway!
    Ana in Austin, TX´s last blog post ..I delve into Tunisian Crochet

  94. Blog redesign looks great! So does that book….

  95. This book looks so interesting–everyone’s talking about it. I’d love a copy!

  96. Love the new look for the site; please enter me in the book drawing. And, thank you.

  97. Nice new blog look! And yes of course please enter me in the drawing!

  98. random number generator –be kind.
    what an unusual concept for a book–can’t wait to see all the photos.

  99. I would love to win this book!

  100. Thank you for the chance to win the textile inspired socks book! Just picture it … Lucy would look so lovely, walking down the RED CARPET! Have a super, great week! 🙂