My current work in progress:

GeigerΒ by Norah Gaughan, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the “Schwefel” colorway,Β using 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles.

WendyKnits Sunrise

As my buddies on Plurk know, I get to my office insanely early every day — by 6:00 a.m. This is not because I’m a morning person (not by any stretch of the imagination) but to lessen commuting issues and stress.

I’m the first person to arrive at my office so it’s nice and quiet. Because my office has a wall o’ windows that faces east, I will often take a photo of the sunrise. I’ll often post these photos on Plurk, and then place them in my Flickr group of sunrise photos, here. My favorite sunrises are the dramatic ones, like this:

sunrise 240x180 WendyKnits Sunrise

A few months ago, Beth at Lorna’s Laces contacted me to see if I’d like to develop a “Color Commentary” yarn with them. Would I? Heck, yes!

She asked me for my thoughts on what I’d like for a WendyKnits colorway. Rather than go with my usual greens and browns, I thought “wouldn’t it be great to have a sunrise colorway?”

Several months and some spectacular dyeing later, Lorna’s Laces came up with this:

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WendyKnits Sunrise!

In celebration of this gorgeous yarn, I worked up a simple sock pattern that showcases it to its best advantage.

sunrisesock 160x240 WendyKnits Sunrise

Here’s a close-up:

sunrisesockcloseup 240x160 WendyKnits Sunrise

This pattern is here in pdf format and will also be linked to from my free patterns page.

Want some WendyKnits Sunrise yarn? I happen to know that The Loopy Ewe (as well as other purveyors of yarn) will be carrying it within the next few days.

Wanna win some WendyKnits Sunrise sock yarn? Leave a comment to this post by this Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 4:00pm Eastern time and the Random Number Generator will go to work!

Okay kids, I am off to Oklahoma in the early morn and will return late-late Sunday night. I will not be online while I am gone, so I’ll talk to you on Monday!

Lucy Sez

“A couple of days alone with my Daddy?! I must primp and preen!”


  1. The colorway is gorgeous! Lucky you! Have fun in Oklahoma!

  2. That’s so exciting! Love the yarn. Oh, and hope you enjoy Oklahoma.

    Word Lilys last blog post..Booking Through Gluttony

  3. Lynne E. says:

    Beautiful colorway! I’ll definitely have to buy some if I don’t win. πŸ™‚

  4. Great socks! Great yarn! Great generosity! Thank you for sharing and for all your giveaways.

  5. Grammynan says:

    lovely, when comest Sunset?

  6. claudia says:

    oh I love the yarn!

  7. How cool is that!?

  8. The yarn is lovely, the pattern superb. Thank you! And have a great weekend with your mother.

    Janes last blog post..Knitting Completed

  9. patricia says:

    That yarn is beautiful! Hooray for Wendy and Beth!

    I hope I win- it will sell out before I get a chance to purchase it.

    Have a good trip and workshop!

  10. Oops, I misread that. I bet you’re not going to see your mom. Maybe Stacy and if so I am more than jealous. Whatever you are doing – make it a great weekend! – I should have looked more closely first – a class weekend. Lucky, lucky people.

    Janes last blog post..Knitting Completed

  11. Lovely colours in the yarn! Congrats on getting your own colourway.

    Mays last blog Β» Volunteers needed: Barn Raising Quilts for charity and Sock Summit 2009

  12. Sometimes the sunsets here in Houston look like that. Not usually as aware of the scenery in the early mornings!

  13. Wow. A sunrise colorway all your own. Congratulations. It is beautiful.

  14. What great colours. I hope that you have just as colourful a weekend.

  15. Wow, Lucy is a two paws at once groomer! Such talent!!
    And like everyone else I’d love a chance at the beautiful yarn.

  16. I would love to knit a scarf in the sunrise yarn!

  17. Wendy the yarn is gorgeous and so very sunrise-y. Love the simple elegance of the pattern πŸ™‚

  18. Love the pattern and the yarn colors! So nice to see that your book was well-reviewed by Clara in today’s Knitter’s Review column, which makes for a concatenation of three Wendy-full things all on one day! Good wishes for the Oklahoma visit.

    And, oh, please, someday give us a mini-movie of Lucy ‘talking’ to her fans, please???

    CatBookMoms last blog post..Time to Give

  19. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia says:

    Lovely colorway but I agree with the others—we_need_a Sunset!

  20. Very pretty colors. Different from your usual.
    I like it and the pattern for it . It must knit up fast …
    Who ever wins some yarn will love it…

    Elsie ogles last blog post..Cold Colorado here I come

  21. Count me in for some free yarn! Thank U !

    Lucy kitty you are the sweetest, most darling kitty! Wendy enjoy your trip! C U later! luv.m.

  22. kkkkatie says:

    Love the yarn. Congratulations!!!

  23. What beautiful yarn inspired by your great pics of sunrises. I’d love to win some of this yarn. And yes, we do need a sunset to go with it. πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to get some of each if I don’t win any. Cheers from Oz and hugs to you and Lucy-

  24. Peggy Sue says:

    I really love the combination of purple, red moving through turquoise. What a unique group of colors together. Thanks!

  25. ChristyH says:

    I love that color and I don’t generally like variegated. They didn’t turn out pooling or striping .

  26. The yarn is glorious! I love a good sunrise, but I’m too tired to get up for them most of the time, so I end up being a sunset girl by default–please, come up with a sunset yarn too! I’m going to get some regardless of whether I win or not, but winning would be lovely! Have a good time in Oklahoma!

  27. Barbara says:

    First the book and now the yarn – WOW! What a great year you are having. But then, what would you expect from all that hard work.

  28. Wonderful!! With winter gales and storms at the moment some sun would be great.

    Thanks for the chance!!


  29. The colors are remarkable and the socks really capture the sunset theme. Beautiful.

  30. Christine says:

    Gorgeous! I love the contrast of the bright red with the cooler colors.

  31. Judy - Costa Mesa says:

    Beautiful colors! Looks like rich jewel tones.

  32. Gorgeous combination when knitted up. Socks that color would look good on my feet.

  33. Wendy P. says:

    I haven’t been a big fan of toe-up socks, but this could be the yarn and pattern combination that turns me!

  34. Joy Rife says:

    I’ve always wished for the colors of the sky in yarn. There are so many beautiful colors up there. Photo is great, yarn is incredible. Yes, I want a chance to win!

  35. AlisonL says:

    Wow! A Wendy inspired Lorna’s Laces?!?! Its like all my knitting indulgences coming together πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing everything with us πŸ™‚

  36. Have fun in Oklahoma!!

    Aponis last blog post..The Raven Rocks!

  37. Gorgeous yarn!

  38. I love your colorway. I’ll be keeping my eyes open for itI hope you have a great time at the Knit Out in Guthrie. I went last year, but was unable to get there this year, darn it!

    And, when I sat down to my e-mail this morning, I got to read Clara’s review of your book. Yep, yep, yep. Right. A definite keeper. The only drawback I see is that I’m having a hard time deciding which pattern I want to knit first.

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Cowpens

  39. Love that colorway! Lucy appears to match your carpet or is it the carpet was chosen with Lucy in mind? Have fun on your trip!

  40. Thanks for making a free pattern available (sunrise sock pattern), but I’m having a problem with it. My question is at the bottom…..
    The instructions in the pdf are:

    Start the pattern:
    Row 1: Instep stitches: [K1, P1] across, ending with a P1. Sole stitches: Knit across.
    Row 2-4: Knit all stitches.
    Continue in this manner, working as many repeats of the 4-row pattern chart as needed until approximately 3” shy of the total length of
    the foot.

    What happens in row 3? and what 4-row pattern chart?
    Thanks again and have a good trip
    Peggy T

  41. Hi Wendy,
    I’ve only recently started reading your blog, but I checked out Socks from the Toe Up while at the bookstore this weekend and I loved it! I started knitting socks about 3 months ago, and after trying 1 each of top down and toe up, I’ve decided I definitely prefer toe up, and can’t wait to try some of your patterns. The sunset colourway is also beautiful!

  42. Deirdre T says:

    Beautiful yarn and a lovely sock pattern.

  43. I love a DC sunrise! Have a great trip!

  44. Beautiful colorway! You did a superb job of capturing the colors of the sunrise!

    Thanks for making the pattern available!

    Jenny M.

  45. Jacquie says:

    Thanks for the great pattern.
    I have some Lorna’s Laces sock yarn in my stash that I think will be perfect.
    It all goes to show, if you wait long enough the perfect pattern/ yarn combination will come together.

  46. Oooooh, THAT’S pretty. Sign me up. I’d love a skein.

  47. Debra I says:

    You did a very nice job of putting that yarn to its best–I love the stripes and colors and no pooling!!! Wow! Congratulations!

  48. Pretty, pretty yarn. What a great idea for a colorway! Lovely pattern too! Safe travels to Oklahoma!

  49. What a beautiful colorway. The Lorna’s Laces color commentary yarns are so much fun to see. The pattern showcases the colors wonderfully. Have a good trip to Oklahoma.

  50. Wow! Beautiful yarn! I would love to win some. And thanks for the very nice pattern. Congrats! Debbie

  51. Shelley says:

    What lovely colors. Please include me in your contest.


  52. Beautiful yarn – really captures the sunrise!

    Paulines last blog post..Le Petit Castor KAL!

  53. Gorgeous colors! As soon as this yarn diet is up that yarn will be mine!! πŸ™‚

    Malias last blog post..End of Season

  54. What a beautiful colorway! And the socks look gorgeous. Another possible candidate for the KAL on Ravelry yey!

    By the way, did you see the nice review of your book on Knitter’s review?

    Kramersmamas last blog post..Happy Mother’s day!

  55. Beautiful colors……would love to win this yarn!!

  56. Sarah W. says:

    I love sunsets better than sunrises, but I’ll take it! Just send it to me, my sock needles are empty.

  57. Mary Beth says:

    Lucy can come hang out at my place!

  58. What a beautiful sock yarn, and the picture is just amazing! Of course I would love to win some of that yarn, but I may just have to go onto Loopy Ewe to see if I can snatch some there.

    Saffitys last blog post..Yoga, and more catching up

  59. What a beautiful combination of colors. It really does capture a sunrise!

    Denises last blog post..Alaska Highlights

  60. Miss Lucy in motion is a cat of great grace and beauty.
    I think Miss Amber is a wee bit jealous, because she just typed, “xzzzcd.”

    athenagreys last blog post..Where does the process of weaving begin?

  61. Beautiful yarn! I love it!

    Beckys last blog post..Whiskers And WIPS

  62. Msknitster says:

    Thanks for your work to make our feet look beautiful. Now you’ll have to do a sunset colorway!

  63. Say “hi” to Guthrie for me! My mom spent the happiest years of her not-so-happy childhood there!!

  64. Norma Harris says:

    Love the WendyKnits sunrise colorway.

  65. Cynthia says:

    The colors are beautiful. I’d love to make the Sunrise Socks.

  66. Wow that is a very spectacular colourway-and the socks are nifty too!

  67. Windy Brown says:

    Love the colors. Here is hoping that my number is generated.

  68. Oh, yes please – it is beautiful yarn!

  69. That yarn is so beautiful! What a nice idea – a sunrise colorway.

  70. Love the color of your yarn. I really like the patterns in your book and would love to knit one of them in your own yarn. πŸ™‚

  71. The yarn just happens to be my colors! It is beautiful.

  72. Lovely colorway – what a wonderful well deserved honor. Looks like a great pattern too! Lucy is a doll …. *snuggles*. Safe travels.

  73. Enjoy your time in Guthrie–I grew up there and go back to SWAK quite often. It’s a great little town, with lots of pretty Painted Ladies–houses, not, well, you know . . . .

    Bit of hometown trivia for you–the intersection just up from SWAK was where Tom Cruise tried to get Dustin Hoffman out of the middle of the street in “Rain Man.” Several other scenes were shot there as well.

    Have a great trip!

    KatyaRs last blog post..Happy Bobmas, everybody!

  74. KarenAK says:

    What a wonderful idea to match the yarn colors to a sunrise. I love that colorway. Have a safe trip!

  75. I’d love to win some of that delicious yarn- thank you!

    melanies last blog post..of cupcakes and cannibals

  76. Beautiful sunrise – beautiful yarn!!

  77. I’d love to win some sock yarn – love lorna’s laces – love the colors – love sock yarn – love to win!!

  78. Congratulations! What a beautiful colorway!

    beckys last blog post..Happy New Year – Year 4

  79. Bridget R says:

    Love the colorway…that is beautiful

  80. The yarn really captures the picture of the sunrise. Thank you for the “Sunrise” sock pattern. Have a safe trip- wish I could make it to Guthrie.

  81. It’s a beautiful sunrise! I’m an early riser too because I like the quiet before the rest of the household gets moving. And the sunrises are great from my deck. The yarn colors are perfect.

  82. Susie B says:

    Gorgeous yarn. I’d love to win some. Enjoy Oklahoma.

  83. Karen in Baltimore says:

    Lovely yarn! Congratulations on having it named for you. Thank you for making the pattern available. Can’t wait to try it — with WendyKnits Sunrise, of course.

    ~ K

  84. I love the yarn. It’s so beautiful! πŸ™‚

    Jens last blog post..And the winners are. . . .

  85. The Sunrise yarn is beautiful! Congrats!

  86. 183 comments so far! Hope always springs eternal that I will some day win.

    Dorothys last blog post..Road Trip!

  87. What lovely, lovely colors!

    alices last blog post..Two pounds of yummy soft fiber

  88. Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock is my favorite yarn. Love the new color. It’s so nice that you have a color too. Lucy has had hers for a while now. It’s so hard keeping up with the kitties! Love the new book too.

  89. Ann O'Neill says:

    Oh, please random number generator, pick ME!!!!!

    Wonderful colors and I just love Lorna’s Laces.

  90. Lynn Beck says:

    The colors are gorgeous! I love sunrises.

  91. Suzanne says:

    I love to see what inspires the yarn dyers. The yarn came out beautiful.

  92. Karen Patterson says:

    Hello would love to win your yarn its beautiful I have just taken a class on how to make these socks toe up on a cable I am slow at it but its coming along.

  93. Auntie Pete says:

    Lovely color combo!

  94. Kristin says:

    Beautiful colorway. Have a safe trip.

  95. I would be glad to work up a pair of socks with that beautiful yarn!

  96. Kathryn Sigman says:

    The colors you picked are beautiful and I have already downloaded the pattern. Can’t wait to try it!!

  97. Lovely colours; I definitely want a skein in my stash (and hey, I hopefully will even knit it!) Please enter me in the draw. And thanks for the free pattern too!

    MargBs last blog post..Earth and fire hat

  98. Lovely color and yarn!

  99. What a great representation of that picture!!! I would love to make some sunrise socks maybe then i would be able to wake up in the morning.

    Sarah O Gs last blog post..

  100. Teresa C says:

    It is truely amazing the difference between the yarn in the skein, and in the sock.
    Lovely colors.