My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Sock It To Me

Here they are: the completed Spanish Moss socks.


About socks, Hillary commented:
I just finished my first toe up sock and I’m having a hard time trying to decide what sock to do next. Have you ever tried to convert a cuff down pattern to a toe up one? Does it work? There are lots of really cute cuff down patterns but toe up is more logical and way easier to try on as you go to get the right fit.

I haven’t really, mainly because most of the socks I knit are pretty plain. But there’s no reason why you couldn’t.

Now, if you were using an obviously “one-way” pattern, you’d have to decide if you liked it up-side down. Otherwise, you’d have to turn the pattern the other way round to knit!

I, of course, started another sock.


Teddy is modelling a toe-up sock made from a prototype sock yarn that I am test-driving. It’s 75% alpaca/25% nylon and I am knitting it at 8 stitches to the inch using my ubiquitous size 0 (2mm) needles.

This makes a lovely fine fabric that is soft, silky, and warm.I think these will be wonderful winter socks, lightweight but nice and warm. I’m betting I’ll want to handwash these socks, even with the nylon content.



Well, yes, I did make a bit of progress on Kerry. I finished the first sleeve.


I was hoping to be further along, but I did very little knitting on Saturday. It was one of those days. I woke up feeling drained and blah. When I tried to knit, it was like I was trying to throw a rope over a tree branch with every stitch I formed. Needless to say, I did not get too far.

But this morning? Woke up feeling fine, so normal knitting could commence.



Lucy is demonstrating the proper position for “long kitty.”



  1. Love the socks! I haven’t tried toe up yet. I’m not sure I’m quite getting the cast on. I order some socks that rock yarn. It is lovely~!. Now, how long does it take you to whip out a pair of socks? Looking very forward to your book! I pre-ordered on Amazon. Hope you’ll be in my area! Union County, New Jersy.

  2. Oh those socks are lovely! Thank you for doing this sock series; I finished my first toe-up sock using your pattern and it’s great. Also, the size 0s work for me too.
    Are you going to be up in any of the New York city shops soon? I hope so.

  3. Great technique Lucy! My cats give a “10”

  4. The socks look great. The edging gives them a really nice touch.

  5. Love the Spanish Moss socks!

    Are you worried about the new alpaca/nylon yarn having enough memory/elasticity for socks? And what is the last 5% of the yarn?

  6. What is the brand name of this sock yarn?
    Just wondering.

  7. Charlotte says:

    What is the brand name of this sock yarn?
    Just wondering.

  8. Great looking socks. I love Kerry so far. It’s going to be stunning!

  9. I can’t wait to see the finished sweater. I am working on my first sweater and the ripping out went well 4, yes 4 times. I am happy this Tuesday we start decreasing for the arm holes. Maybe someday my sweater will grow up to look like yours! Will you do the bathroom mirror shot when it’s done. I always get such a kick out of those!

  10. Isn’t Spanish moss kind of an icky green?

    Those socks are beautiful, in a I-would-never-compare-them-to-Spanish-Moss kind of way.

  11. Your knitting speed is inspirational! And I can’t wait to find out what you think of the Alpaca/Nylon sock yarn. I love alpaca ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am thinking about doing an aran sweater in 75% cotton/25% acrylic. I have always thought that cotton would be too heavy for this kind of sweater, so I’m wondering what, in your vast experience, you think of cotton for Arans. (thinking about Kerry and all)

  12. I bought a set of Colonial Rosewood DP’s in size 1 a while back, and had the urge to try them out on socks. I usually do socks 2 at a time on 2 circulars, but this time I was really wanting to do them with rosewoods. Well, about halfway up the toes, wouldn’t ‘ya know it, one of the dp’s snapped in half. Don’cha hate when that happens! I guess I’ll stick to 2 circs.

  13. Since it’s my birthday today, I decided to go to the bookstore and get myself *Mason-Dixon Knitting* — you gave it such a nice little endorsement, who could resist?

    And what should I see, but *Wendy Knits!* on the shelves….despite the “April 25, 2006” publication date you listed!

    “Whoa!” says I and now I have TWO new books.

    The Spanish Moss socks are lovely — yet I’m completely captivated by Lucy’s appearance in the same photo. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. The socks came out great! I haven’t tried toe up yet – something to think about ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to hear how well the new yarn works out. Have a great night!

  15. You knit socks so fast…and on 2mm! Your book is out already? I think I’ll have to hit the bookstore tomorrow!

  16. I knit mainly cuff down, but I know on some of the online forums I read there are people who convert absolutely EVERY sock pattern they try from cuff-down to toe-up. If someone wanted to look for more information on that process, they should go register on the forum and then use the search feature. I know I’ve read of people who’ve converted Jaywalkers to toe-up, for instance.

    I don’t know how you knit on such small needles. I think I must have the grip of death – I tried size 1 rosewoods and think I knit about 3 rows when one snapped. The wooden ones are so pretty – but I’m gonna have to stay with my good ole Inox.

  17. If you ever need someone to give socks to because you have just too many to wear….my hand is up in the air waving frantically!

  18. Aaahh! Another practioner of kitty yoga!

    Lovely socks and lovely Kerry!

  19. Great socks. You’re really on a roll with your socks lately.

  20. Lucy is using the classic “long kitty” form. Note how the tail is held at an angle to the body to take up as much floor space as possible. My cat’s usually assume this position in a hallway or in front of the stove or fridge.

  21. Lucy’s long kitty is so perfect. She’s much more sylph-like than the P-Man, his long kitty looks more like stretched out stocky kitty!

    Love the sock!

    I’m kinda glad I’m alllergic to alpaca…if I wasn’t I’d be tempted to knit with it and what on earth would I do with alpaca in Florida?

  22. Wendyknits book sighting: Borders on Broad St. in Richmond,Va. On the new books table! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Is that a sockless foot in the background of photo #1?

  24. Speaking of first toe-up socks…..I’m lovin’ it! I do have a question…..In working the second half of the toe, the *pick up and knit the wrap with the stitch* side is lovely, but I have a series of wee holes on the *pick up the wrap and purl it together with the stitch* side. I’ve looked about to try to solve this problem on my own and have tried different ways of picking up the wrap to purl it, but no luck. Wendy, would you be kind enough to describe the way you pick up that wrap? I’m moving on with the sock, hoping that a bit of *bloom* will fill in the holes when I wash it, but I’d like to do better on the second sock. I’m using cherry tree hill – posh!! Thanks.

  25. Knitty has some great tips on starting at the toe. Also, Lucy Neatby has terrific ideas about both toes-up and cuffs-down in “cool Socks, Warm Feet”. I love trying new techniques in my quest for the perfect sock pattern.