My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm 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. How generous of you to offer this book as well as Carol for giving you the extra copy. Very thoughtful and generous of Loopy Ewe to offer the yarn to make your adorable mittens! The photos you posted have given me so many ideas for knitting; I would love to have a copy of the book!

  2. What a great book! And TLE yarn… sigh….pick me, please?

  3. Sweet Mittens!

  4. I would be very happy to win the book and yarn! As will the actual winner, I’m certain. I have not seen that book on bookstore or knitting shop shelves yet, so will anticipate seeing, and possibly buying, it when it becomes available. Love your mittens. And that steeked scarf.

  5. Oh my gosh–I love colorwork, I love mittens, and I love kittehs! Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and the yarn. The other patterns in that book look really good as well!

  6. I like sock yarn enormously for non sock projects. The projects look like alot of fun. Thanks for giving ua a chance to winthe 2nd copy and kit. Regards to Lucy.

  7. Lovely mittens and book! Happy kitties.

  8. I love the mittens. I SSSSSOOOOOOOOOO want a pair.

  9. Sharon M2 says:

    Very nifty mittens; I am currently in a mitten mode, with at least 4-5 in the queue!

  10. Mittens with cats on them? AWESOME! Count me in!

  11. Jennie Kaderabek says:

    Looks like a fabulous book! Congrats on being included in it.

  12. I might have to finally figure out color-work if I won this! Not that that would be a bad thing ; )

  13. count me in- I have more sock yarn than wants to be socks!

  14. I seem to have an endless supply of sock yarn and that book looks fabulous! I love the scrap yarn blanket and the mittens look like such fun.

  15. Thanks Wendy. Looks like some great ideas to use my stash of sock yarn.

  16. The book looks like a winner. Like many others I can always use good ideas for sock yarn other than making more socks.

  17. Would love to have that book. I always wondered who that beautiful model for Quince & Co. is? Now I know, not just a model, Wendy Knits! You have a beautiful cat to.
    Laura Hall Briedis´s last blog post ..A Yarn Lovers Paradise

  18. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    This looks like a great book. Love the Kitteh Mittens. Thanks for the opportunity to win.the book and yarn.

  19. Would love to have that book. Lucy is a beautiful cat.
    Laura Hall Briedis´s last blog post ..A Yarn Lovers Paradise

  20. Arlo-Ann Hobbs says:

    The sock yarn would make such a lovely shawl for our Prayer Shawl Ministry. Please, please, please!!

  21. Wow I would love some new ideas to use up my sock yarn!

  22. Love knitting with sock yarn…for LOTS of things. The Kitteh Mittens are adorable!

  23. Great mittens, and a great book! I’d love to win.
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Review Catch-Up

  24. I love sock yarn! and kitty mittens, they’d be the perfect gift for someone I know and love!

  25. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book. Love the pattern previews, and love sock yarn!

  26. Yes Lucy, I knew.

  27. Thank you for the giveaway. I am taking a color knitting class in November, and would love to knit these beautiful mittens as my first project.

  28. great mittens — will definitely buy the book, if I’m not the lucky winner. btw – how do you have the time to manage all the work you share and then the stealth projects behind the scenes?

    you continue to amaze…..

  29. The book looks wonderful. I would love to win it and yarn also. What a treat!!

  30. Janet White says:

    I love the mittens. Fifi and Bella the wonder kats want me to win

  31. The Kitteh Mittens are adorable and I would love to have the Sock Yarn Studio in order to make them for my daughter who loves cats! The book has so many beautiful patterns. Tell Lucy that she’s a great model.

  32. Heather D says:

    Love the Lucy kitteh mittens. I think it would be very fun to knit myself a pair and then if there was enough left over knit a smaller pair for my 4 year old who LOVES cats. I also really want that shawl with the mohair ruffle!!

  33. Lucy Portland says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I have an autographed copy of Knitting Socks with hand
    Anted Yarn. Carol visited the Loop in Philadelphia.

  34. linda gaylord says:

    i love sock yarn! and i love making anything out of it! your mittens are so cute! and your lucy looks just like my daughter’s cat jerry! and i look at everything that you have knit,and sigh….and drool…..and wish that i could do the same……

  35. Oooh! I have recently become a dedicated mitten knitter. I am a long-time lover of kittehs and yarn ! Would love the book with the pattern and yarn!

  36. What an awesome book! This is a great way to use up some of my sock yarn stash! Your Kitteh Mittens are beautiful!

  37. pickmepickme!!! Thanks. 🙂

  38. Am currently knitting a baby hat out of sock yarn–love making non-sock things with sock yarn!

  39. Venice Smith says:

    Wow! This would mean I wouldn’t have to knit 66 pairs of socks! Count me in.

  40. I’ve never tried LoopyEwe, so this would be a double adventure for me – new reading and knitting experiences.

  41. The book, your design and the yarn all look delicious!!!
    Fingers and toes crossed!!!
    Many thanks,
    ditetre on ravelry

  42. What lovely patterns – I would love to have the book. Sandy

  43. Love all things sock yarn and would welcome the book. Very generous of you to offer it. Your mittnes are very cute.

  44. Love the mitts! And love more patterns to use my endless stash of sock yarn!

  45. Cats and mittens – what could be better??

  46. I would love to win this book and the yarn as well. Has everyone browsed The Sock Report?

  47. Looks like a wonderful book. Can’t wait to see it!!

  48. Cassandra says:

    That book has been on my wishlist forever! awww Lucy is so adorable! Love the chance to win!

  49. Wonderful patterns! I love those mittens, and the others as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Sock Yarn! I love sock yarn!
    Thanks for a chance to win a great book.

  51. Katherine says:

    Love those mittens! I’d love to try some gorgeous sock yarn too. Fingers crossed!

  52. If I made socks out of all the sock yarn I have I could supply the state of TN with socks. I would rather make the Kitteh Mittens but in black and white for my little boy tuxedo kitteh.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book and some yarn that I have never tried.

  53. Oooh this is my birthday month and this would be the perfect gift for myself! 🙂 I have never had any Loopy Ewe yarns and this book looks lovely. I could use up a lot of my sockyarn odds and ends on the “Lizalu Blanket” .

  54. DeborahKaye says:

    Lots of neat lookin’ patterns in this book, and thanks to The Loopy Ewe for supplying yarn, too!

  55. What a cool book! I have recently fallen on the sock yarn bandwagon.

  56. The mittens and other projects look really nice.
    Have a great day.
    Yvette Mc Elroy´s last blog post ..More things I have been up to these Hot Hot Summer days in CO

  57. I would love to have a copy of this book! I have so much sock yarn that I could never knit enough socks to use it up, and other ideas for what to do with it would be great.
    Julie´s last blog post ..Walks, Hikes and Wanders #23: Through the Forest to the Village

  58. Oh I love it all – please enter me in the draw! I have a rubbermaid tote of sock yarn that needs inspiration…besides socks that is…

  59. Of course, Ms. Lucy, we knew you were the model, who else, Basil??? I think not.

  60. I have this book on my wish list! How sweet of Sheri to donate a copy and her Solid Series yarn for Kitteh. I would give these a GOOD home.

  61. I am loving this book from what I see here and I do have quite a stock of sock yarn here! Thanks for putting me in the drawing!

  62. Those mittens are almost as beautiful as the model – thanks as always for being generous to your readers (and lurkers).

  63. I love your mittens! I could sure use them here in cold MN. Thanks for the chance to win

  64. love the Alexander Street hat. Mary in Cincinnati

  65. Anne Marie B says:

    What an awesome give-away! Thanks!

  66. Mittehs with kittehs, yay!

  67. Arlene S. says:

    Your Kitteh Mittens are fabulous!! I totally have to knit a pair for myself. Hmmm maybe LeeLou, my little girl kitty might like some for her paws too.
    🙂 she is just getting over a bad UTI. I am happy that she is recovering.

  68. I just love those mitts!!! and the book looks just grand!

  69. Lovely patterns!

  70. Just one more fabulous pattern to add to your repertoire !! The mittens are beautiful. I’d love to have the book and see what other additional patterns are in it. Count me in, please.

  71. I would love to win!!

  72. What a wonderful book!!! I would love love love to do the kitteh mittens, especially with Loopy yarn!!! Thanks to both for the opportunity to win!!! 🙂

  73. rosejulia1 says:

    I love sock yarn, and would love this book……hugs, rose

  74. Perfect for me. I have a massive sock yarn stash!

  75. I love using sock yarn for other projects. I’ve used the Loopy Ewe solid series for a two color scarf. It is lovely to work with! Your mittens are beautiful! I love cats, we have 2 inside and 4 outside beauties!!

  76. I would love a copy. I am always looking for ways to use up the odd bits of sock yarn and these patterns are awesome! Loopy Ewe is also my favorite place to shop for sock yarn.
    Could be a win-win!!

  77. After cataloging all my sock yarns, this book could be exciting.

  78. Great looking projects — hope I win!

  79. Beth Gray says:

    I could put that book to such wonderful use on my stash!

  80. I love your mitten pattern and would very much like to win the book and yarn!

  81. I must be the queen of sock yarn! I would love to win this book; and, the Kitteh Mittens are adorable, I have a niece who would love to have a pair for Christmas. Thank you for making these drawings available to us.

  82. OMG ! !
    I’m excited about this book, Wendy.

    I love every pattern you’ve shown us.

    I’d knit every one except maybe the blanket.

    Gerry´s last blog post ..It’s been a busy time ’round here

  83. Both the hat and the mittens just sold me on this book.
    I love the idea of the 2 gender options on the hat but the mittens will be made 1st as soon as I get my hands on this book.

  84. I would love to win this book! I am recovering from surgery and finally have time to devote to knitting while I am healing.

  85. Pick me, pick me! (please :)) Thank you for hosting this giveaway, to the publisher for the book, and to the Loopy you for the yarn.

  86. sock yarn!!!! my favorite weight yarn!!!!! thanks for the great offer!!!!!!
    steph´s last blog post ..nupps, nupps, and more nupps…

  87. This book looks amazing. Would love to have it. Thanks for the generous offer drawing!

  88. this book sounds awesome, and I love the Kitteh Mittens! Thank you for this fun giveaway.

  89. Oh how exciting! What a great looking book and I do so love mittens! (And kittens!)

  90. Beautiful mittens! Would love the book to help with my stash of sock yarn.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Mittens Mishandled

  91. I need all the inspiration I can get with holiday knitting this year. I don’t think my Rosie will mind if I make Lucy mittens.

  92. Looks like a great book. Would love to have it and yarn what could be better.

  93. This would be a great addition to my knitting library and who doesn’t want more beautiful yarn!

  94. Adrian Seltzer says:

    Some really nice stuff. I would like to be entered in the contest. I am really impressed with the consistency of your posts and would really like seeing a video of how fast you knit. You get a coat done in the time it takes me to do a scarf, it’s staring at me now…

  95. LaVelle Nott says:

    yea sock yarn

  96. Yes. Yes…please put my name in the sock…err, hat!

  97. Love the mittens too! Wonder if I could do them in tortishell?

  98. You look great on mittens Lucy!

  99. I have some really beautiful tonal orange sock yarn that I could use to make something from the book I might win.

  100. Kitteh Mittens are wonderful. I also love the Gumdrop Raglan, I need to knit one for my grand daughter. Thank you for the chance to win a great pattern source.