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Meeting Nancy Bush

The Utah Grrls met for lunch on Saturday and then headed over to Black Sheep to meet Nancy and have the new book signed. From left to right: Shannon, Laurie,   Susan (you can see a picture of me on her blog), Mim, Teri, Michaele and Nancy is seated.  We had a fabulous time.


Sandy asked if I had ever met Nancy Bush.  Any knitter living in Utah the last 20 years has, mostly likely, met Nancy.  She owned the Wooly West as a brick and mortar business in Salt Lake for many years and was often in the shop in its early days.  After becoming a well known teacher and author she had less time for retail and decided to sell the shop and Wooly West became a mail order only business. Nancy still teaches classes for Black Sheep Wool Co, the local Knit Guild, and at other local events from time to time.  When the opportunity arises to take a class from her I jump at the chance.  So, yes I’ve known Nancy for some time.

Nancy asked me to help her knit for the new book after she saw how quickly I knit a pair of gloves for Smith. Piecework published the Polperro Gloves  in January 2004 and Smith liked the pattern and yarn color.  I contact Nancy, bought the yarn and immediately started knitting.  In one weekend the gloves were finished, but I had two right hands. (You see, I said I wasn’t that smart.) I called Nancy and told her I needed another ball.  She was surprised I was finish (I did not confess) and asked at that time if I would help with the book.  I was completely intimidated!!  I told her I would be happy to help but only if she saw my knitting and approved.  I did end up helping her by knitting six pair of socks for the book. (I do knit quickly if not distracted by too many things.)  With several other knitters helping out, Nancy made her deadline.   

Nancy describes the history of knitting, and knitting patterns, in the first part of the book. She also offers many simple ribbed socks for the beginning sock knitter.  A variety of heels and toes are described in the book and a wide selection of sizes (men’s, women’s and children’s) are used.    She has a time line of when the sock pattern for each sock was published.  It is fascinating reading and the patterns are interesting and widely varied in style.


I loved all the socks I made for the book (and was able to choose the socks I wanted to knit) and so I cast on this weekend for one of my favorites, the 'Child’s French Sock'.  All the patterns in the book are named for the original Weldon pattern and many can be misleading.  This sock, for instance, is not a child’s sock. It is sized for a woman, and by lengthening it slightly, it will fit me.  I’m joining Lolly in her Socktober Fest.  You can too! Look at all the fun buttons! I choose the one I did because it has Lolly’s name on it. Thanks for a reason to start another sock Lolly!

Please go wish my friend Birdsong a very happy birthday!!


I was wondering where Soctober had originated. I have signed up ( of course!)
Thanks for the info on the new book by Nancy I was wondering whether to buy it but I now think that is a no brainer:-)

We of the East are envious of your Western superstars. Nancy Bush! Knitting for her book! I need to lay me down for a spell.

great info on the book. my copy is on its way from the us right now - can't wait!

btw, gorgeous colour on that sock yarn!

I bought the book in Vermont when I was with Norma because you knit some of the socks. I knew I had to have another Nancy Bush sock book and having the connection with you makes it even better!
Off to visit birdsong!

Thanks for telling us about Nancy and her new book. I fell in love with her patterns after knitting Ene's scarf from Scarf Style. I've made a few of her sock patterns and the new book is on order. Currently OTN by Nancy Bush: Madli's Shawl and my second Estonian Scarf. How exiting for you to knit some of the socks for the book! She is very talented!

I ordered the book yesterday - and I want YOU to sign it! On the socks that you knit!

Very cool, Margene, very cool.

How very cool and a wonderful honor!

That is so great that you were able to make that contribution, Margene. I can't wait to see the book!

Thanks for joining Socktoberfest! I can't wait to see the socks--the yarn sure is lovely :)

I'm working Nancy's "Fancy Silk Sock" from that book for Lolly's Socktoberfest and I love it! Come to think of it, my first pair was one of Nancy's patterns, too.

Oooh, looks like a great time was had by all. Just coming by your blog puts me in a sock mood.

I was confused by the sock titles - at first glance I thought almost all the socks were for children! I was glad I read the fine print, because there are many lovely patterns. I am finishing up Nancy's Cable and Ribs from Interweave and am noticing they seem to be on the small side, just like my Conwy's were (lucky for my mom, who ends up with these tiny socks for her tiny feet).

oh... so envious!! nancy bush is like my hero in sock knitting!!! i am so drooling over her new book. what a great experience to knit for nancy's book!!

Wow. Your review and information about the contents of the book SEALS the deal for me and I will be purchasing this book! I work in a yarn store and haven't even looked past the cover of this book, but now I have to own it!

That's SO cool to knit for Nancy Bush!! Thanks for sharing the picture!

Wow. You got to knit socks for Nancy? That's very cool. Most of the socks I've knit so far have been Nancy's patterns so I'm more than a bit envious. :)

Ok. I'm sick with envy. And I need to knit those socks (you're so mean, you *knew* I was thinking of knitting those socks but wasn't sure of the yarn, and you're doing it to tease me - its all about me).

You know, I wasn't planning on buying that book yet...

The Child's French Sock. Well, damn. Now I have to have the book.

No, no, no, Cassie, it's all about ME ;-)))

I am going to get that book :)...must have it.

Oh, I need to paypal you some money for her new book, don't I? Are you credited as a test knitter in the book? Will we see your name in prints, so that we can say we knew you when?

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend all around.

I'm so glad you pointed out that the French Child's Sock is not a child's sock, but will fit a woman. I did not know that, and I bypassed it in the book because of that. Now I will make it. I joined Socktoberfest too. Imagine that!

Six pairs of socks for the book (wow!) -- you are very quick, Margene!! Great post, great picture.

Looks like fun was had by all--what a great way to spend a Saturday. I ordered the book and I'm still waiting for it to come in. I actually joined Socktoberfest yesterday after seeing the link here :) As usual you are a wealth of information and inspiration--thanks :)

Now I'm looking forward to this book even more. What a great story Margene!

How exciting! I definitely need that book now...especially since you contributed! You rock girl;)

Pooh! I am sorry I missed it. Out-of-town guest plans conspired against me. I love Nancy's patterns, so I think I'm going to have to get a copy for myself too!

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