Thanks everyone for all the really swell comments, I wish I could hire you all to just comment like that every day of my life! I would always be on the sunny side of the street then!
I like Tree of Life too, I have a love affair with trees, they just make me feel peaceful.
Several people have asked about the yarn used. The yarn in the blue/black version is Malabrigo Sock yarn in colors Indiecito and Black. It's a very soft yarn, and the resulting socks are kind of silky feeling even though it's 100% merino. I also have a sample sock knit up in autumn colors in Lisa Souza Sock! in colors petroglyph and garnet. It doesn't have as much contrast, but it's also striking in an autumny way.
And were you wondering what the back of the sock might look like? Well here's a peek at that - because you should look as good going as coming! I think they'd make great clog socks.
A few people have asked in the comments how they can pre-order the book. You can pre-order here. It's 10% off, free shipping for media rate mail or only $2 for priority upgrade, and arrives signed by me. International orders are 10% off but you have to pay shipping (I know the shipping part of the order button is broken, I will email international orders close to the ship date and let them know the shipping cost). Pre orders end July 31st, after that you will only be able to get it from your LYS or an online seller like Amazon or other bookseller.
And now for the winner!
Monday's winner for either the Tree of Life or Talking Fish
pattern is Steph!
If you are a recent winner please contact me and let me know which pattern you'd like. I've gotten a little mixed up, so even if you sent me an email before, send another and remind me. Thanks! Send email to MAIL AT JANELLAIDMAN D O T C O M (hopefully you figure this out - I'm trying to avoid spam)
Comment Contest Reminder - each day I'm giving away a downloadable version of the featured pattern. This week's featured pattern is Tree of Life or Talking Fish. Leave a comment and you'll be automatically entered for the random drawing. Winners are chosen by random number generator. Each Sunday I choose one person by random number to win a copy of the book when it comes out! So keep commenting to be entered for the drawing.