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


Sock Yarn Studio

I have in my possession the latest book from Carol Sulcoski: Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn.

This book contains 28 patterns for non-sock projects using sock yarn and features designs not only by Carol, but by a list of guest designers: Veronik Avery, Barbara J. Brown, Anmiryam Budner, Erika Flory, Ruth Garcia-Alcantud, Tanis Gray, Laura Grutzeck, Franklin Habit, Hunter Hammersen, Melissa Morgan-Oakes, Elizabeth Morrison, Brooke Nico, and . . . oh yeah . . . me.

A while back, Carol contacted me to see if I would contribute a design to this book. Because I love the idea of using sock yarn for non-sock projects, I was happy to give it a go. At that time, I was in “mitten mode,” so my contribution is a stranded colorwork mitten pattern: Kitteh Mittens.

These mittens are knit from The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, The Loopy Ewe’s “house brand” sock yarn that comes in a dizzying array of colors. I used one skein each of “Cerulean” and Coffee.” You could of course use any color combo and any fingering weight yarn you please.

Apart from my mittens, this book has a great variety of patterns and they are great for holiday knitting. There is something for everyone — men, women, and children and babies. There are hats, gloves & mittens, shawls and wraps, sweaters, and a blanket. A few of my favorite patterns:

This is Carol’s “Alexander Street Hat” and it uses two different colors of yarn.  There is the option to knit it with a dainty picot edge or a plain edge, so this is definitely a unisex pattern. It looks wonderful knit with a combination of a solid and a coordinated variegated yarn.

This is Carol’s “Lizalu Blanket” — a project perfect for using up oddballs and leftovers.

Another design by Carol: the “Furbelow Shawl,” which uses a sock yarn yarn for the body and a mohair/silk blend for the ruffle.

Check out the fabulous “Autumn Walking Scarf” by Anmiryam Budner (another knitter I know in Real Life). It is fair isle knit in the round and steeked and is another great way to use up odds and ends.

Carol’s “Gumdrop Raglan” is adorable (is is her little model!) and cleverly uses self-patterning yarn for the sleeves and a semi-solid for the body.

Apart from the great patterns, there is a section in the front all about sock yarns with a great deal of useful information about the different types of yarns and how to use them to their best advantage, including how to translate variegated and self-patterning yarns into non-sock projects.

The publisher sent me two advance copies of the book. I am, of course, keeping one, but I am offering the second copy as a giveaway here.

But that’s not all!

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe offered to supply yarn to knit my Kitteh Mittens to the winner of the book. The winner can pick any two colors (in stock, of course) from The Loopy Ewe Solid Series so will receive both the book and yarn to knit my mitten pattern.

To be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment to this blog post by 11:00am Eastern time on Sunday, October 14, 2012. I’ll draw a winner at random at that time.

There is a link under the title of the blog post that you click on to leave a comment: that is the only way to enter the contest: entries emailed to me will not be counted.

Lucy sez:

Did you know that I am the model for the Kitteh Mittens?


  1. natasha25461 says:

    Loved the mittens!

  2. Rachel Mitchell says:

    This looks like a fantastic way to decrease my sock yarn stash AND give great Christmas presents this year! Happy Knitting!

  3. That book would fit perfect in my bookcaseband that cap would fit me even more perfect 🙂

  4. What a clever book! I love using sock yarn for things that are not socks, so this is right up my alley!

  5. Oh, oh my kind of book! I have such a collection of sock yarns!

  6. I would love to have this book, and those mittens are ADORABLE!!

  7. Thanks for the shout-out, Wendy! And thanks to Sheri of the Loopy Ewe for the giveaway yarn!

  8. Those mittens are really the cat’s pajamas – and I recently decided that this year’s gifts would be mittins!

  9. Kat Safris says:

    I love new books and haven’t tried mittens yet!

  10. Kitten Mittens – nothing could be better to me! I would love to win the book and the yarn.

  11. I would love a copy of this great book! Thanks so much for the give-away.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Review: Pom Pom Magazine

  12. Willietattoos says:

    Loved your review! sounds like a must have book!

  13. This looks like a good book to have! Lovely Kitteh model.

  14. Yay! I knit the Cushington Square pillow for this book. I’ve been eagerly awaiting its release!

  15. I would love to find out how to use up my prodigious supply of “one sock only” sock yarn — thanks for offering this as a giveaway. Also, my daughter and I have been watching the progress of your rainbow sweater — it looks 3-dimensional with the rainbow yarn, truly a work of art!

  16. This book looks so cool. I would love to win a copy! I have so much sock yarn… 🙂

  17. I would love a copy of the book & yarn 🙂
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Vintage Cobble – DONE!

  18. Of Course Lucy was the inspiration!
    Elysbeth Carson´s last blog post ..Many the Miles

  19. I love the mittens — and I’d really like a copy of the book!
    sprite´s last blog post loss ever, late season surprise, and moonlit

  20. What a lovely variety of patterns for sock yarns. Great idea!

  21. Super cute mittens! I’m itching to knit some stranded mittens lately, these would be great.

  22. I love these projects almost as much as I love Lorna’s Laces (which is to say, a LOT!). Thanks for the chance at both.

  23. Carol Gannon says:

    This is my first time visiting your blog. Carol had a link to it on Facebook. I’m in need of a new project and this book would fit the bill. I usually don’t enter to win things since I have a history of not winning things but you could change that. Thanks for the opportunity.

  24. Love your mitten pattern! And the other patterns you showed, too.

  25. those are awesome mittens!!

  26. MariGayle says:

    That book looks fantastic!! I love the gloves! ❤
    MariGayle´s last blog post ..Episode 30 "Pinktober"

  27. Those mittens look amazing, and as a fairly new knitter I would love to have more sock-yarn ideas than just socks and mittens!

  28. I would love a copy. I love all the sock yarns out there (I have several skeins) and doing something with them besides socks would be awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Kelly Kubicz (KellyK) says:

    Carol Sulcoski ROCKS and her book would complete my collection of sock books.

    (for now…)

  30. What a fabulous-looking book … would love to win it!

  31. Thanks, as always, for sharing. . .

  32. Ruth Hibberson says:

    brilliant idea, sock yarn patterns. love those cat mittens, would definitely make those

  33. Love, love the mittens! I’m rusty on my colorwork but I could take my time. It’s not like I’ll be needing them anyime soon in Florida 🙂 … And Lucy, you look mavvvvalous!!

  34. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize! And of course Lucy is the model!
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..It is hard to think of what I will never be

  35. I would love to have this book as I have plenty of sock yarn waiting to evolve.

  36. First off, I’d need a really good full-face picture of Lucy. Her eye color would be a start along with her cream fluff. I’m sure she would agree?

  37. Great mittens! I love sock yarn, myself. 🙂 Would love to win it.

  38. I’d love this book; thanks for the chance to win.

  39. That’s a wonderful collection of patterns, and I adore the mittens!

  40. Oh Wendy I love your books/patterns! Love those mittens. I have been trying to get better knitting mittens, hopefully I will be before the real cold weather sets in 🙂
    Have also built up a large inventory of sock yarn! Take care – EskimoPam

  41. Shirlucky says:

    Of course we knew who the model for the Kitteh mittens was! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  42. I’m always on the lookout for non sock patterns using sock yarn! Love love!

  43. I would love to have this book! Love the patterns! Thanks for the chance.

  44. Love the mittens and the idea of the book – so much fingering yarn in my stash!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..Deep in the Heart

  45. Definitely in stash reduction mode…always looking for new ways to use stash…and gee, there seems to be an awful lot of fingering/sock yarn in the stash…Please?

  46. OF COURSE lucy is the mitten model; who else would it be?

    perhaps I will win this one…
    anne marie in philly´s last blog post ..Who Wants Hot Muffins?

  47. Heidi Leeck says:

    Would really appreciate a chance at winning this beautiful bunch of patterns. Have recently rediscovered knitting with the great variety of sock yarns.

  48. Thanks for the giveaway, Wendy. I like Carol’s designs & plan on checking this one out.

  49. Redhedhels says:

    This looks like a really good collection of patterns. I’d love the chance to try out some Loopy Www, too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Denise in Ohio says:

    Just what I need. A way to reduce my sock yarn stash. (That doesn’t really count as stash, right?)

  51. Vanessa DePuente says:

    Id love to win the book and the yarn. I have lots of sock yarn in my stash, sounds like the perfect match! Thank you for the opportunity

  52. Your mittens are marvelous!! I’d love to have this book!

  53. Would love to have more patterns to use up the bazillions skeins of sock yarn I have stashed! lol! Love your mitten pattern.

  54. Great book idea and lovely mittens.

  55. I want to make those mittens very much. And that hat in matching colors….
    Maggie´s last blog post ..Embellishing

  56. Emma Murphy says:

    Your mittens are gorgeous! I have a room full of sock yarn just waiting for patterns!

  57. Of course I want it! (Actually I really want the yarns on the cover)

  58. I surely don’t need anymore books but this one looks wonderful. I love your mittens and Lucy was a beautiful model for them!

  59. Those mittens jumped out at me – I guess I’m not the only one! I love anything that gives me ideas of what to do with all my sock yarn, other than socks – looks like a must have book. I will pray to the Random number generator gods 😉

  60. Deb Kegelmeyer says:

    the book looks wonderful. Cant wait to get my hands on it.

  61. Squee! I hoard sock yarn and can only knit so many socks. This book looks fab!

  62. What a great pattern! What a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  63. I’d love to have a copy of this book, maybe I could use up some of the sock yarn in my stash.

  64. Julie Lovelace says:

    Oh my, I would love to win the book and yarn. (Hoping..

  65. Thank you for the opportunity to have this book. A great idea for using sock yarns, even those leftover treasures that are impossible to discard!

  66. Love that there are more and more books that tackle non-sock projects with sock yarn!

  67. Cindy McC says:

    I have a tub of sock yarn and am getting tired of knitting socks. I’d love this book.

  68. This looks like a fabulous book! And the mittens have a certain appeal 🙂

  69. This book looks great, and I love The Loopy Ewe! What a great giveaway!

  70. Kitteh mittens are teh AWESOME!!!

  71. Just in time! It’s gotten cold and I could use some Kitteh Mittenz.

  72. Oooh, look at the pretty kitteh mittens! What fun! i’d love a copy–and to make myself a pair. 🙂

  73. Oh, I would love to win a copy of this book!

  74. Those mittens are so awesome. I don’t even wear mittens and I must have them.

  75. Oooooh lovely offer.

  76. Certainly, Lucy had to be the inspiration for the Kitteh Mittens’ colorway!

  77. This book looks like it would fit perfectly on my shelf! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  78. Book! For me? I hope so!

    p.s. Roswell, Roxy, and Cleo say “hi” to Lucy!

  79. I’m not a cat person, but those Kitteh Mittens are adorable!

  80. Any help I can get to use up my sock yarn stash Is always helpful. This looks like the ticket. Love your mittens.

  81. Kitten mittens — yep, I’m in.
    Gotta go — have to tell the cats.

  82. Mmmmmm……a book about ideas of what to do with my endless supply of sock yarn 🙂 I could use one of those 🙂
    Renee Anne´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday

  83. Oh my gosh those mittens are adorable!!!!
    Donna´s last blog post ..Livin On A Prayer

  84. Perfect. Sock yarn, kitteh’s and Loopy. Love making non-sock projects out of sock yarn.

  85. Ack! Love the kittehs!

  86. Hi Wendy,
    since sock yarn is the largest (by so far!!!!!!) part of my stash, it would be handy to be the winner.
    all the best to you and yours,
    gemma´s last blog post ..Future fun

  87. Love, love , love the kitten mittens Lucy modeled for 🙂 That book is perfect for me-I love sock yarns but not so much knitting socks.

  88. Almost all of my yarn is sock yarn so this book would be perfect.

  89. Looks a wonderful book. I’d love to add it to my ever-expanding library.

  90. Great patterns. Love the Kitteh Mittens.

  91. I would love to knit that shawl!
    teabird on Ravelry

  92. I’ve been coveting that book for awhile now and would love to win a copy1 Love those mittens!

  93. What a fun book. I have lots of sock yarn because I read that sock yarn is not part of a stash. Ha ha

  94. Looks like a very good book and would love to win it.

  95. What a great book! The mittens are adorable.

  96. That looks like a great book. It will be going on my wishlist!

  97. that book looks like a ton of fun! I am always looking for things to do with my sock yarn – I love knitting with that weight, but I don’t really like to make socks that much. thanks for sharing.

  98. yes! mittens, it’s getting chilly here…….& i love kitties 🙂

  99. amy demars says:

    What fun! love those mittens! The colors are just lovely! Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  100. Love knitting with sock yarn and I have quite the stash! 😉