My current work in progress:

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


In the Spring

In the Spring a knitter’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of small projects. (With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson for butchering one of his lines.) Small projects, you say? How about footwear?

I was sent this new book for review:


This is Happy Feet by Cathy Carron, which has a publication date of April 1, 2014 — yesterday.

This is not just a book of sock patterns. Well, sock patterns it has, but it has all sorts of knitted items for your feet.

How about some legwarmers?


Or “yoga socks?”


Or slippers?


There are also plenty of socks in this book. They range from plain:


To crazy:


To amazing!


You can check out all 33 fun patterns on the book’s Ravelry page, here.

There is also a lot of great information on sock construction and step by step illustrated directions for techniques you need for some of the projects in the book. All in all a great book, with a little something for everyone.

The publisher, Sixth & Spring Books, has generously offered me a second copy to give away in a blog contest. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 am eastern time on Sunday, April 6, 2014. We will select a winner via the Random Number Generator at that time.

Loki Sez


“Mo-o-o-o-o-o-om . . . aren’t you finished on the computer yet?


  1. catspaw says:

    very cute socks.

  2. Love Cathy Carron and love knitting socks!! Would love this book!
    Deb´s last blog post ..I Was Productive Today…..

  3. Waaaay Cool!

  4. That book looks fun, I’ve been on a sock knitting kick at the moment. I just love Loki, he’s just handsome and is such a character.

  5. Nancy Craig says:

    I am a “plain” knitter, and your projects just fascinate me. I am always showing my family and saying “this is what a real knitter does”. And love Loki. He looks so regal. Again, appreciate your blog.

  6. I have wanted to try sock knitting. This book would be great!

  7. Stephanie H. says:

    It looks like a winner. Thank you the chance to check it out Wendy.

  8. susan foulds says:

    Sixth Spring has produced many practical yet imaginative knitting books. This appears to be yet another title. I would love to win it.

  9. Mary Lou says:

    okay..i’ll play along!

  10. Ruth Porter says:

    Loki is a sweetheart. What an interesting book–I’d love to have a copy.

  11. Looks like a lot of fun stuff!!
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  12. What a fun book! Thanks for the giveaway! If I win please feel free to send me Loki too! ;-D

  13. Looks like a great book!
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Spring Begins

  14. Seamyst says:

    Cute patterns! Enter me, please!

  15. Oh, I LOVE socks!

    Loki looks so handsome. 🙂

  16. That looks like a great book – I’d love to be entered in the contest! Always on the look-out for new sock patterns…
    Nicole´s last blog post ..April Goals

  17. Loki is looking great – and that book looks great too. Now that I have a few pairs of plane socks done I feel ready to branch out a bit – and this book looks great.

  18. Feet are my favorite thing to knit for! 🙂

  19. Carolyn says:

    I love the “crazy” socks!

  20. Are there any cat socks in there? Not that I think any cat would wear them.

  21. Loki is so gorgeous and the book is pretty too.
    Tiny Tyrant´s last blog post ..An End and a Beginning

  22. Love those crazy socks.
    How can you resist that cute floofy face?

  23. This looks like a fabulous book!!!

  24. Mary E Osborne says:

    That book w/be awwesome to own! So would Loki… he is soooo handsome,! luv.m.

  25. Peggy Laine says:

    This looks like a fabulous book!

  26. The book looks so fun! I’d love to try some of these patterns.

  27. This book has some very neat patterns. Thanks for offering a contest.

  28. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to own it!

  29. Dana A. says:

    I love, love, love those Legwarmers! Looks like a great book.

  30. Looks like some fun patterns in this up and coming book! Thanks to you and publisher for the opportunity to win a copy! Loki is a floofy doll! 🙂

  31. This book looks like a great addition to my knitting library or else I might have to buy it.

  32. I love knitting socks and anything footwear/legwear. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  33. Hello again to you and your beautiful Loki…are you allowed to call a male beautiful? Well, he is! I Just love wearing the socks I have made for for myself and a new book would be just delightful. Thank you for offering one.

  34. Beverly says:

    I would love to have this book. I have a friend who is starting her adventure into all things knitted for your feet and she would love it.

  35. Never enough items to use sock yarn on…

  36. Lisa-Marie says:

    I’m a sock nut! This book looks like fun!
    Thank you for offering it!

  37. Jackie Wilson says:

    Just great!!!

  38. Looks like a great book!

  39. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Very cute patterns! Can’t ever have enough in the way of inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. Janet White says:

    I am so into socks. It’s the only thing I knit for myself. Thanks❇

  41. Thanks for the chance to win such a cool looking book. I like the “crazy sock”.

  42. Sounds like a wonderful book! Would love to get one!

  43. Soccerballetmom says:

    I really enjoy knitting socks! This book has so many interesting patterns, I’d love to have it.

  44. Lee Long says:

    I love socks, leg warmers, slippers. I always have cold feet so I knit a lot of footwear. Lol.

  45. Ooo! What a fun book! Hugs to Loki.

  46. I would love to win a copy. So many interesting sock patterns.

  47. I would love to make my feet happy with some of these socks! Give Loki a gentle chin rub for me!

  48. Michele Ross says:

    Oh yes, yes please I would love a copy of this book!

  49. What fun socks. I love them. I love knitting socks and almost constantly have some on needles. I would love to be the winner for this sock

  50. Would love a new sock book!

  51. Can already imagine one pair for a Christmas gift,
    so nice that you are offered these books. I’d love
    to be the lucky winner.

  52. Looks like a great book!

  53. Cute cute cute sock ideas. And Loki is very lucky to have a wonderful mommy

  54. That’d be a fun book to win!

  55. Midnite Baker says:

    Okay, you got me. I can never resist a sock book. And, by the way, is the T-rex for Loki?? Had to put Sparky on an ace inhibitor to help the kidneys process protein better. Am hoping this works, as I’d like to see her celebrate her 20th birthday in Sept. Later, M

  56. I love sock knitting books.

  57. Chris Reeske says:

    I need all the help I can get on knitting socks, mine always look amateur, very uneven, so I hope I win.

  58. sally M says:

    Oh yeah love the yoga socks!!

  59. Margaret says:

    What a lovely book! I’d love to have this book.

  60. I would love to win the sock knitting book. My friends and myself are knitting a pair of socks a months for a year. I might have to go longer to use up stash.

  61. Love the legwarmers!

  62. I need socks!

  63. What adorable patterns! I’d love to try out this book!

  64. This is a sock book I’ve been looking at – would love to win your drawing for it! Loki is such a handsome guy! His fur is so floofy that I just want to pet him too!

  65. I am in such a sock mood these days. Have some lovely yarn and this book would add the creative spark. Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. Patricia says:

    I would love to win that book, I do like to knit socks. Loki is, as always, adorable!

  67. Elaine F says:

    Would love that book. any new book is fun!!!

  68. I love knitting socks!

  69. Mary Tole says:

    Hi Wendy and Loki, thanks for having this drawing the patterns seem to range from fun to practical. I haven’t entered a drawing lately, I can’t say that I’ve been a winner but it is always fun and exciting thinking of the possibility. Enjoy your springtime.

  70. Such a wonderful assortment !!!
    And a pretty nice technique section
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  71. Wow! Lots of fun patterns for socks. Would enjoy the book.
    Reye O.´s last blog post ..In the Spring

  72. Kathleen says:

    What a great book

  73. Patricia Dixon says:

    this is really anice sock book. It is so nice to see the inventive creation of other Kniters

  74. Amy Green says:

    The book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. I’ve never knit socks before so it would be so cool to learn via this book! Those patterns look like tons of fun.

  76. mary hazlett says:

    back to knitting after 1 1/2 hiatus due to serious injury. would LOVE this book!

  77. I’d LOVE to win the Happy Feet sock book. Please pick me!

  78. I would absolutely love this book. The patterns look so fun!
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  79. KathyM in SEVa says:

    My sock stash needs this book! Cute ideas.

  80. Oh man, that book looks amazing. Count me in!

  81. OOooo More Socks!!
    Thanks for the draw!

  82. Very nice review, Wendy. Thanks for counting me in.

  83. Sounds like a very fun book! I am trying very hard to improve my sock knitting 🙂

  84. Sarah Fuller says:

    Love knitting for feet!
    Count me in among the many!

  85. That sock book looks like it would be just what I need to get back to making socks after 40 or so years!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win it!


  86. Oooh, I could use some slipper socks, it’s freezing where I live. Thanks for the Loki pictures!

  87. lamazeteacher says:

    The wilder the sock, the better. I’m crazy about the dots and striped one and the zig-zig. I love to wear socks that don’t match in design but are co-ordinated in color. I would love to win this book. I’m not too lucky in these kinds of contests. Good luck to whomever is the lucky receiver!

  88. Charis E. says:

    I love seeing new sock patterns! Or, y’know, things that go on feet.

  89. Love those keyboard socks! Would love to win the book. Thank you

  90. Bluetoespinnerc says:

    I would love a chance to win 😀

  91. Gina Zahra says:

    Ooh…pick me!!! I have to make those crazy socks. 🙂

  92. IWould love to have this book! It looks wonderful.

  93. auntiemichal says:

    I made a foot garment for a cat once, but the cat wouldn’t leave it on unless she was distracted by play. She’d lost a foot and had a 4-legged gait on the carpet and a 3-legged gait for hard floors, so it was a good idea. Too bad cats are hard to reason with. LOL

  94. Looks like an interesting book!
    Rachelle – Warming Crafts´s last blog post ..Well, that’s one thing finished!

  95. Love the green leg warmers.

  96. Your books are my sock bibles, but it’s always nice to lust after other patterns, even though I mostly default to your toe up gusset heel with a ribbed leg. I’ve recommended tour books so often, it’s on display at the LYS near the sock yarns.

  97. The yoga socks and slippers look intriguing!
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  98. What a wonderful looking book with great patterns. I really liked the foot warmer one where the toes are exposed…hate my toes being confined unless absolutely necessary.

  99. Would love the book. Thanks for the chance! Yoga socks, yes!

  100. Carol Lee says:

    Would love a chance at the book! Thanks!!