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Sock Yarn Studio Book Giveaway!

I love a good book giveaway, don’t you, dear readers?

A while back, Carol Sulcoski asked me to be part of her upcoming book, Sock Yarn Studio. I loved the concept… A book using all sock yarn but with no actual sock patterns. I, like many knitters, have an impressive sock yarn stash, but here’s a deep, dark knitting secret… I’m not a huge fan of sock knitting. I only knit them for my mom and even then I’m not super thrilled about it. However, I LOVE sock yarn! Most of my shawls are knit in sock yarn and many of my accessories. I also find a beautiful hank of hand dyed sock yarn to be an ideal gift for a fellow knitter.

I worked with Carol when I worked at Vogue Knitting and always loved her designs and spunk. Carol is an attorney turned fiber artist and has a great blog here and dyes insanely gorgeous yarn under the name Black Bunny Fibers.

Without hesitation I agreed to be part of Carol’s book and was thrilled  a couple of weeks ago when the finished book landed in my mailbox. The book is organized by 1, 2 or multi-hank projects, all in sock yarn but no socks. There’s some interesting tips on how to avoid pooling, how to knit “faux isle” (more about that in a second) and features an impressive cast of designers.

I knew immediately that I wanted to do a project showcasing faux isle. Faux isle is a great trick, especially if you have a crazy hank of sock yarn and you’re not sure what to do with it. Mix it with a solid (black or white is always a good option) and it always looks like you used many more colors than you actually did. The end result? My Fair Isle Peacock Hat knit with 1 hank of Louet Gems Fingering (black) and 1 ball of Skacel’s Zauerball (the pinks and reds). On a side note, I love, love, love Zauerball. If you’ve never heard of it or knit with it, get a ball and have a blast. It’s like a party in a ball.

See what I mean? I nice pink and red variegated combined with a solid black looks like I used way more yarn than I actually did. Genius! As always, this projects has many things I love in my knitting, corrugated ribbing, birds, fair isle and bright, popping colors.

This book has 26 great sock yarn patterns (no socks!) and lots of helpful and interesting info on sock yarn. If you’re like me and have an impressive sock yarn stash and knit very few pairs of actual socks, this is a book for you. And good news! I’m giving away a free copy! Leave a comment here on the blog about what your favorite non-sock pattern to knit with sock yarn is and a winner will be chosen at random on Thursday evening, October 18. Make sure you leave your Ravelry name or email so I can contact you.

Happy non-sock knitting with sock yarn!

30 Comments Post a comment
  1. Chelsea W #

    Beautiful hat! I would be thrilled to win the book. Thanks for the chance 🙂

    October 17, 2012
  2. I knit shawls/wraps because I can’t seem to find anything else. But this looks like it would keep my sock yarn busy for many a project! Thanks for the chance to win.

    October 17, 2012
  3. I always end up knitting a shawl/wrap because I never know what to make. This book looks like it has plenty of inspiration to keep my sock yarn busy for many a project! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    October 17, 2012
  4. Looks like a great book i can always use ideas for sock yarn! Rav id – kittykatz

    October 17, 2012
  5. Elke #

    I really enjoy creating my own patterns for double knit scarves and sock yarn works perfect for this. Forgottenart

    October 17, 2012
  6. Since sock yarn is my passion, I would love this book. malightbown

    October 17, 2012
  7. I made a cardigan sweater out of sock yarn last year that I absolutely love. It’s light in weight but plenty warm.

    October 17, 2012
  8. I actually like it for sweaters. Gorgeous hat btw! StephCat

    October 17, 2012
  9. Ruby Cruse #

    I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. The reviews and all the blogs are making it sound so delish. I love sock yarn for all sorts of projects. (Rav:MzCruse)

    October 17, 2012
  10. elliemae #

    Love the hat. I knit some baby sweaters and shawls with sock yarn.

    October 17, 2012
  11. I like it for lace scarves, and for sweaters, though I have yet to complete an entire one out of sock yarn. I have lots of them started, though, and the collection of sock yarn is rather explosive at the moment…

    October 17, 2012
  12. marianne #

    LOVE this hat! Exactly the sort of pattern I love to knit with sock yarn! My favourite pattern to knit with sock yarn is a little baby sweater, Lilleput by Lene Alve. It’s a beauty and quite clever.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this fabulous book!

    October 17, 2012
  13. christine #

    would love the book as I have lots of sock yarn and can not knit socks

    October 17, 2012
  14. The only garments I’ve knit with sock yarn that weren’t socks are shawlettes. I would love to knit a cardigan out of sock yarn, but I haven’t found just the right pattern yet.

    October 17, 2012
  15. Edie #

    Would love the patterns — have over 30 pairs of hand-knit socks and a closet full of sock yarn. I need something else to do with it!


    October 17, 2012
  16. Tracy #

    The one I make most? My go to baby hat pattern that I can whip up really quickly when I find out (yet another) one of my friends or coworkers is pregnant. It’s cute, quick, and easy and looks great no matter which sock yarn I use. A real winner!

    October 17, 2012
  17. Susan D. Smith #

    Mittens and fingerless gloves. My hubby has Raynaud’s Disease and he wears fingerless mitts all the time to do chores but still keep his fingers free for guitar pickin’. I love mittens, just because…My Ravlery name is Shlomadina.

    October 17, 2012
  18. Donna #

    Shawls then hats and gloves so much stuff to be knitted and not enough time.

    October 17, 2012
  19. Marcia #

    I love to knit wraps and shawls with sock yarn.

    October 17, 2012
  20. maureen murray #

    love the colour combination I love to take sock yarn and knit fingerless mitts and jazzy teddies with it Iwould love to have a copy of the book maureen ravelry name fairaisle

    October 17, 2012
  21. Lee #

    I would have to say scarves and shawls made with sock yarn are very cozy!

    October 17, 2012
  22. Kathleen #

    I would love to win this book, as I have oodles of sock yarn and haven’t felt like knitting socks in about 2 years!

    October 17, 2012
  23. Joan #

    I also knit mittens! They are so much fun.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    October 17, 2012
  24. Robin Foster #

    I’ve never tried fair isle and love the faux idea on the peacock hat! Hoping I win!!!! Rav ID: rfoster515

    October 17, 2012
  25. KarenJ #

    I love sock yarns for shawls (and socks!).
    i look forward to seeing this new book when I get the opportunity.

    rav id:intavira

    October 17, 2012
  26. Penny #

    I love sock yarn, I have made 2 sweaters with sock yarn. I love the colours in the hat and would love a copy of the book!

    October 17, 2012
  27. Debe DeAngelo #

    I’m crazy for fingerless mitts and sock yarn works great for those – especially long warmers that extend up your arm a bit!
    Also slouchy hats are great with sock yarn

    I love the idea of a sock yarn book with ideas other than socks …although I love making socks too… :o)

    October 18, 2012
  28. I just knitted my first pair of socks and though I LOVE knitting I know socks are not gonna be a thing I want to keep knitting ~ this book looks awesome 🙂
    haPPy knitting, crystal

    October 18, 2012
  29. cnuland #

    I haven’t made much in sock yarn – except socks. I made a couple headbands because I figured it would be stretchy (and it was). I would love to make a lacy shawl like the Watercress Leaves Pooling Stole in a colorful sock yarn (cnuland on Rav). Thanks for the chance to win – your design is beautiful!

    October 18, 2012
  30. I haven’t made very much with sock yarn (I don’t really care for making socks), but that book looks great! I’d love to win it.

    October 20, 2012

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