Giveaway: Toe Up Socks by Wendy D. Johnson

Hang on to your socks, Wendy’s done it again!

Up for grabs I’ve got 2 books from Wendy. Now, they’re not new, they’re a bit used, because, you know, I did have to try them out to make sure they were good. Take one for the team and all that, so we have some smudges…

The reason I like toe up patterns is because I rarely buy enough yarn to complete a project. There’s all kinds of good intentions, really, but upon walking into a yarn store my ADD kicks in, the colors and textures overwhelm me and I start throwing stuff in my basket never really checking to make sure I have enough. With toe up socks, not a problem! Start at the important part and quit knitting when you run out of yarn! It’s a no brainer, and really works out well when you happen to be “pattern challenged”.

So, leave me a comment telling me why you want this set and I’ll draw from your comments next Friday, April 30, 2010. Ready, set, go!


  1. says

    I knit and I am fairly good at it. I have been dying to try knitting socks but have been chicken. If you say these books are good that is good enough for me!

    PS I do the ADD thingy in yarn and fabric stores too.

  2. Junglewife says

    I would LOVE to win this set! I am just finishing (right now!) my first pair of toe-up socks. In fact, it’s my first pair of socks EVER! I am moving (back) overseas in just a few months and am stocking up on yarn and patterns for the next 3 years… I’d love to make these books part of my collection!

  3. Sheryl says

    I love her books. I can’t afford to buy them so I bugged my local library to purchase them. I keep checking them out but I would like my own copies to mark up with smilies and notes.

  4. Debbie says

    I learned to knit three years ago, and have been hesitant to try socks. Knitting them from the toe up makes sense to me, and these books would be just the thing to get me started. Thank you for the giveway.

  5. One Sheep says

    I’d love to win these books as I’m just getting good with dpn’s and perhaps ready to tackle socks.

  6. megan says

    I would love to get the books as I am starting into dpn’s and would love to learn new techniques, I would be the cream of my knitting group crop!

  7. inkoutloud says

    Oh wow, these would be great patterns for me since I prefer knitting socks from the toe up to the cuff!

  8. Mary Lee says

    I have been wanting to learn how to knit toe up socks and I think this would be a great place to start. Thanks for all the info!

  9. says

    I think we all suffer from ADD when we’re in a yarn shop! I have never tried socks from the toe up and it sounds like the perfect solution. Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. says

    I would love to win this set because I’ve just bought 6 skeins of sock yarn at a fabulous price and have no patterns! Wouldn’t it be great to have such a bargain as sale price yarn and winning the pattern?

  11. Sandi says

    Toe up socks are my next challenge! I just finished my first top down sock this week(haven’t started the second yet). I’m looking forward to seeing how different the process is when starting at the other end.

  12. says

    lol, is the fact that it’s my 40th birthday tomorrow good enough? No, i have been following wendys blog for a few years now and have yet to be able to get any of her books. I am in love with knitting socks though and love her designs, like so many others! So, just begging along with everyone else, Smile!!

  13. Brittany says

    I’d love the set! I’ve knit one or two pairs of toe-up socks, but have never been completely sold on the fit. I’ve only done short-row heels, but I’ve realised that I need and love a proper heel gusset. I’ve heard that Wendy’s are brilliant!

  14. Connie Wright says

    I have a friend who is wanting to learn to knit socks. I would love to give the book to her.

  15. Kitten With A Whiplash says

    Looks like I might be lucky #13! I’d love to have these books because there areen’t many patterns for men’s large sized socks out there. Going toe up means being able to adjust more easily.

  16. Jeanne says

    I love Wendy – she pointed me to your site at some point! I also love these books and would love to win them to share with my knitting group. I don’t share books I CAN’T lose, but if I had some slightly used spares?! AWESOME!!

  17. says

    i knit socks, but have only done them top down… i have been looking for the perfect pattern to try some toe up socks with some of my handspun yarn!

  18. teri says

    I’ve thought for a long time that I have adult A.D.D. or ooh how pretty syndrome. So at the moment I really need sock books for all the sock yarn I’ve been collecting…..ooh, did you see that. what was I talking about?…. uh, please pick me :-)

  19. Annette says

    My favorite ways to knit socks is from the toe up. I follow Wendy’s blog and would love to see her books!

  20. says

    My mom and I took a toe-up sock knitting class, as our first foray into knitting. It was my mom’s idea, I was just along to soak up the instruction and help her when she got stuck later. Started out great, but the instructor and the handouts left a little to be desired. We’d really like to give it another go, but I haven’t found a good toe-up book. I enjoyed socks more than I thought I would. Thanks!

  21. Diane says

    I would love a fun distraction…I’ve got the needles, the yarn…now I just need the inspiration!

  22. says

    Oh, I love knitting socks toe-up! I have both of these books on my wish list since I am always looking for more fun patterns. There just aren’t enough toe-up patterns online!

  23. says

    OK – so, I became a sock knitter when it was the furthest thing from my mind. Now I crank out a pair a week — did I mention I only started 6 weeks ago? I need something other than “plain vanilla” sock recipes or I’m going to burn out hard and fast. These books would definitely be the “Good Vanilla” I need (as Ina Garten says!).

  24. Wendy says

    I’ve crocheted socks, but have always been intimidated by knitting socks. I read Wendy’s blog daily and would really like to try out her sock patterns :)

  25. Kylie says

    I have only made cuff down socks before and would love to learn how to make toe up socks, I think that they’d fit better and I tend to run out of yarn partway through my projects too.

  26. Meg says

    I’ve learned top-down socks and have been dying to learn toe-up socks for the same reason — my ADD in yarn shops! Also, it’s the next big challenge that I want to take on. I follow Wendy’s blog and have been longing to get my hands on these books.

  27. Carmen says

    I want to learn to knit socks – I’ve heard it’s easier to try toe-up, for the reason you mentioned but also because you can try them on as you go.

  28. says

    Socks are one of the few things I’ve never tried to knit. I even have the yarn. Maybe these books would get me to pick the yarn up.

  29. Jean says

    Pick me! Pick me! At age 63 I’m just learning to knit socks. Bought the yarn, got the needles……really need these books!

  30. Jemma says

    I’m moving to China in three months and amongst the very many things I need to sort out, pack up and generally organise is a good stash of yarn and patterns to help my state of mind(fulness) and sanity as I learn a new language, a new job and a new country! Toe-up socks are my favourites!

  31. Joyce Pruhs says

    Pick Me! I am 69 years young and just started sock knitting a few months ago. Old dogs can learn new tricks! Now after learning much (and ripping out much) through four pairs I am ready to tackle the “toe-up” method. Even one book would be a great help. Thanks for the give-away. Joyce

  32. Kay Wise says

    Hello, you sound like a very generous knitter and my kind of gal. I just learned to knit socks, yeah!, this winter and have tried the toe-up sock several times and without success just from a written pattern. I think I can actually be successful if I had a ‘picture book’ as I’m a visual learning; being 64 doesn’t help. ha Thanks! Kay

  33. Joyce Pruhs says

    What does “Your comment is awaiting moderation” mean?
    My sister left a comment yesterday evening and it does not show. Mine showed up very quickly after I clicked Submit. Just wondered if there is a problem?

  34. Kay Wise says

    I am 65 and a visual learner so could well use the book you are generousy offering to learn the art of toe-up knitting of socks. I tried a printed patterns and was not successful so know I need pictures to really learn this technique. Thanks! Kay

  35. Kerry Melton says

    I have been crocheting for a while. I am now starting to learn the skill of knitting. in the past couple years I have been blessed with 3 new grand babies (at the age of 44). I have been trying to learn so I can make special things for them. I have been intimidated by socks, but I am dying to learn.

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