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.

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. Love the Kitteh Mittens! They would be such fun to knit. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and kit! Looks like lots of great projects and I always have leftover sock yarn. 🙂

  2. Ohhhhh, I would so love to win this book (and yarn, too). We’ve recently adopted two kitties whose coloring would look delightful depicted in mittens 🙂

  3. Oooh, I’d love to win that! I love the mittens 🙂

  4. I am a sucker for those mittens! I want to get a copy of this book by hook or by crook …
    Bridget´s last blog post ..Docket #PA-0065-1008

  5. I am always looking for other ways to use up sock yarn. This book looks fabulous!

  6. Would love this book!

  7. I would love to get a copy of the book.

  8. Phoebe Farley says:

    I love doing things other than socks with sock yarn!!!! Doing a table runner right now that has to be 5 feet long minimum. It’s going to take forever, but I love it.

  9. Great review on a fabulous book! Love your kitteh mittens!

  10. I would love to win this book. And love the Kitteh Mittens!

  11. Just took a peek on Amazon, seem like a wonderful book. Love all the accessory patterns!

  12. I’m in mitten mode now myself and would love to try those, as well as two or three of the other projects from the book!

  13. Of course you are the model, Lucy; what other kitty is pretty enough to model for these beautiful mittens???? {the mittens I’m going to make with the yarn I win following the pattern from the book I win! :^) }

  14. I’d love to make a pair of Kitteh Mittens!
    Valerie´s last blog post ..I am officially ready for the zombie apocolypse…

  15. I really love the idea of this book. There needs to be more designs with sock yarn. There are so many pretty skeins that I just can’t quite bear the thought of becoming socks. Plus, what a great book for gift giving ideas!

  16. Jennifer B says:

    I know a certain 11 year old girl who just loves everything “kitten” (her on-line username even includes “catnip”) and I’m sure she’d love for me to knit her a pair of these mittens. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  17. Oh I would love to win the book and would soooo love to knit the kitteh mittens. Thank you as always for sharing.

  18. Looks like a great book, and I love the Kitteh Mittens. Thanks to you Wendy for having the contest, and Sheri from Loopy Ewe for adding the yarn. I especially love sock yarn shawlettes.

  19. Dude, I have SO MUCH SOCK YARN. This book would be a great addition to my library!

  20. Who wouldn’t love to make and/or wear a pair of cute Kitteh Mittens?!
    Kristen´s last blog post ..Brioche for dummies

  21. The Kitteh Mittens are adorable! …as are the other projects. What a cool sounding book. Please think of me when you send that book along, huh?

  22. TodayWendy says:

    What a fabulous idea! I always wind up with a few balls of totally awesome sock yarn that I don’t really want to make socks out of. Those look like great patterns!

  23. There are some beautiful designs in there, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..10 October, Blogtoberfest

  24. I agree with Lucy she is a perfect model for the mittens

  25. Love the idea of taking sock yarn and using it on non-sock patterns. Plus 2 skeins of Loopy Ewe yarn – no better fall present than that!

  26. Another book to feed my sock/sockyarn addiction!

  27. Lucy is a great model. lol My kitties just steal the yarn or rub on the needles while I knit. Or lie on my knitting. Or otherwise look very cute while impeding my progress. 😉

  28. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Of course you are the model, MIss Lucy. That’s why the mittens are so lovely.

  29. Love, Love the idea of a book that uses sock yarn. It could make a dent in my stash.

  30. Sock yarn is the best; So versatile and I will buy this book for sure.

  31. I would love to have a copy of this book! My dog would be so jealous of the Kitteh Mittens pattern! I am just now starting to appreciate the value of sock yarn – working on some shawlettes. Haven’t tried mittens, yet :>)
    Thank you!

  32. Looks like a great book!
    CatieP´s last blog post ..Autumn has Arrived

  33. I love sock yarn too, but use it for anything but socks! The book looks tempting!

  34. Oh how I would love a copy of this book! And yarn from the Loopy Ewe? Perfect. Thanks for the contest.

  35. Margaret Hendrickson says:

    I’m always looking for ways to use the ton of sock yarn that I have. Please enter me in your drawing.

  36. Marcia Stille says:

    My birthday is Sunday. What a nice gift this book and yarn would be!! I have several friends who will have to have a pair of those kitten mittens!

  37. Love to have this book, and not just for the cute Kitteh Mittens!

  38. This is a must have for me. I will ask for it for Chrstmas if Idon`t win it, If I don`t get it for Christmas I will be buying for sure

  39. I think your mittens are pretty cool and with Lucy as a model you can’t miss. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway and Sheri throwing in the yarn aint’ too bad either. Thanks for the opportunity and providing great reading and inspiration on your blog. Melody
    Melody´s last blog post ..MUST BE CHRISTMAS

  40. Lucy is a special, adorable and very pretty cat who made a most wonderful model for the
    bee–utiful mittens. Thanks for the opportunity to get a neat book and fabulous yarn!

  41. I just know that book wants to come to my home. My stash of sock yarn is overflowing and this book would be perfect! Thank you again for your generosity.

  42. Love the mittens. And would love the book also.

  43. I have lots of sock yarn that I love but don’t need that many pairs of socks. would love to try something else.

  44. What a wonderful book. I have tons of sock yarn and am sure I would find many beautiful things to knit with it in this book.

  45. I’d love to knit the mittens.. It’s on my list of items to try someday… The book looks wonderful and would make a lovely addition to my knitting book collection!

  46. Would love to win this book and try to use up some of stash!!
    Michele R´s last blog post ..Half-Way There!

  47. JoyceAnnar says:

    I have This babit of buying fingering yarn. Perhaps this book coold help me with my stash.

  48. Kim Burris says:

    The patterns shown are wonderful!!!! Not one that I wouldn’t like to knit, can’t wait to see the rest of the book! Maybe tempted to take a pair of socks apart for yarn, which is saying a lot about the patterns! So hope I win and thanks for the opportunity to enter a great give away!!!

  49. Erica Roberts says:

    Carol Sulcoski is the greatest and this book looks wonderful!

  50. Jackie Wilson says:


  51. Wanda Rosenbarger says:

    Sock yarn is my favorite weight, and I would love to try something new. Thanks for the generous offer.

  52. Love the book! I enjoy working with sock yarn, but i have yet to knit socks! This book is right up my alley. And kitteh mittens are great!

  53. Oh I would love to win. Thanks so much for the chance. A book and yarn awesome!!

  54. This looks like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  55. I would love to win! The book and the mittens look great.

  56. Christmas is right around the corner and I need all the help I can get. The mittens are a treat too.

  57. Pick me, pick me! I would love to have both the book & yarn so I can make awesome Kitteh Mittens.

  58. Sock yarn is my fav. I love that so many designers are coming out with so any non-sock projects for sock yarn. Thanks for the chance to win this.
    Hev´s last blog post ..This Week & Part of Last Week

  59. OMG! Those mittens would be great for my BFF!
    I have so much sock yarn stash, including leftovers, that this book would serve me well! Thanks for your entertaining and helpful blog posts, your contests like this one, and, of course, your patterns.
    grrlgeek42´s last blog post ..Yay!

  60. Winning this book and wonderful yarn from TLE would surely help me overcome my phobia about doing color work! Please, please pick me 😉

  61. Janet Arthur says:

    I love the idea of this book, I hope I’m the lucky winner – fingering will be a nice change from the bulky yarn projects I’ve been working lately.

  62. Love the mittens! Our house is run by the cats. We are just the servants, lol.

  63. Oh, I definitely need this book. I have soooo much sock yarn. It’s just too hard to resist. Each skein is a little bundle of potential. Thank you Wendy and Loopy Ewe for the chance to win a copy and Kitten Mitten yarn.

  64. Always nice to find new ways/ideas for my sock yarn stash- and the chance for MORE sock yarn!

  65. Freya in Californeya says:

    Ooooh! I love the mittens and the afghan and the hat and . . . .

  66. Wow! I love sock yarn! I love knitting things out of sock yarn that aren’t socks! I love mittens!!! Such a great contest. Hoping I win.

  67. handmadebysue says:

    I love using sock yarn and am delighted to see so many beautiful patterns offering options other than socks [which I also like to knit but NOT exclusively]. Hope I’ll be the lucky recipient of the yarn to knit your beautiful Kitteh Mittens.

  68. Canada needs more mittens.
    elayne´s last blog post ..Scott Pilgrim vs The World Original Hat from the movie

  69. Wow! What a great looking book. I was just reading a review on it today! And the mittens are to die for!!!!!!!

  70. Kambassoon says:

    How very generous to give away such a wonderful book! I’ve just made my first sock, and love the feel of sock yarn. I’ll get this book eventually, I’m sure, but sooner is always better than later. 🙂

  71. This book is so very creative. I love your mittens, the colors you chose are perfect.

  72. Hi Wendy,
    You have become so popular and it makes winning allot slimmer !! Thanks for the chance to win this book and kit. I destashed two weeks ago but not my leftover and unused sock yarn.
    Thanks,. crossed fingers. (-:

  73. I LOVE those mittens. And as a woman with ah, well, lets just say a very large amount of sock yarn, I alos would love the book. I saw it on someone else’s blog just recently and thought – that is going on my list! Now maybe I can have it sooner 🙂

    I also really love the new jacket – it is coming along beautifully. And just in time for cool weather too.

  74. Elizabeth H. says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book to win.

  75. Love your mittens, Wendy! (And the book looks fabulous, too!)
    Elise Wright´s last blog post ..Berroco’s Americano Vest

  76. Thanks for the shout out! Don’t enter me in the giveaway — I got copies. Are you coming to Philly anytime soon?

  77. I love the concept of the book… I’ve ‘acquired’ so many gorgeous sock yarns that I need other ways to use the wondrousness. Thanks for what you do!

  78. Looks like a great book….and who among us doesn’t have a whole bunch of sock yarn?!? Hope I win….Oct 14 is our 40th wedding anniversary—what a great gift!! 🙂

  79. Christmas is just around the corner and I need all the help I can get. The mittens are a treat too!

  80. Wow what an awesome book. Even more what a fantastic pattern. Lucy made a great model.

  81. This looks like a wonderful book and I would love to have it.

  82. That entire book looks amazing, and your mittens even more so! They’re very adorable and would be a wonderful knit for the cooler weather.
    Jessica´s last blog post ..Remiss

  83. Those kitten mittens are adorable. I’m a cat lover too!
    Thank you for your generosity.

  84. Amanda Underwood says:

    I need me some kitteh mitties. 🙂

  85. Another giveaway! yeah for Wendy hosting so many freebies!

    I love sock yarn!! Thanks to LoopyEwe as well for making the deal extra sweet

    Hoping to win this time.

  86. As sock yarn is NOT stash, I have lots of sock yarn 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win such a great book!

  87. The mittens are lovely!! And that’s such a clever book! I love to knit with sock yarn, but not so many patterns are available for non-socks projects. I would LOVE to win a copy. Thanks,

  88. Love your kitten mittens. Lucy must be proud.

  89. It looks like a wonderful book and I’d be thrilled to have patterns to use with the pile of sock yarn I’ve accumulated! Thanks!

  90. Needs this book!!! Kthnxbai!
    Sandra´s last blog post ..Remains of the day~a Day full of Fall

  91. Jo Culver says:

    I love the Kitteh Mittens and would love to have this book. I have lots more sock yarn than I have feet. 🙂

  92. What a great giveaway! This book looks awesome, and will /have/ to make those mittens!!

  93. tamiknits says:

    Another great book for my wishlist. Love the mittens. I’m planning on making this the winter of mittens. Let’s see how that goes. And so many uses for sock yarn. I have a lot of that.

  94. Beautiful book…would love to knit your mittens!

  95. Those kitten mittens ROCK!! And the other patterns are great too. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  96. Ooo! Ooo! Pick me! Pick me!!!

    I would love a copy (AND the yarn, of course) so I can make a pair of those kitteh mittens. In black & white to match my kitteh’s…

    Thanks so much!

  97. Cindy Fuchs says:

    I love your mitten design. Mittens and fingerless gloves are two of my favori!te things to knit!

  98. I love patterns for sock yarn. And your Kitteh Mittens are the cat’s meow.

  99. Cool! Love sock yarn!

  100. Oh Wendy, you are always so generous. The mittens are just lovely.