My current work in progress:

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


Cuz Y’All Thanked Me so Nicely

Because you were so nice about the sock pattern I posted yesterday (and here’s hoping there are no egregious errors in it!), I’m posting the draft of the pattern written for fingering weight sock yarns. It is available as a free download, in Adobe pdf version here. There is a permanent link to it from my Knitting Gallery Page.

(ETA: Laura S. pointed out that the 4th row of the heel turning should be “Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn” not “Sl 1, p9, p2tog, k1, turn” — thanks. And I noticed it’s the same in the pdf for the sportweight sock too. I’ll fix the pdfs next week.)

Like I said, it’s in draft form right now because it has not been completely tested. So be forewarned. But if you are and adventuresome sort, you might like to try it. I wrote it for a 64-stitch and a 72-stitch sock.

Here’s my Sea Wool sock, hamming for the camera.


Work it, baby!


A heel shot:


And the money shot!


Thank you also for all the get-well wishes. Fortunately I have scheduled leave for tomorrow and Monday, so I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday.

Everyone is Talking About This!

And I’m no exception. Yesterday, Ann sent me an invitation to join Ravelry, a website for knitters and crocheters, the brainchild of Frecklegirl Jess and her husband. Rather than reading an explanation here, go see it!

This Week’s Book Giveaway

I’ve got yet another Inspector Banks mystery by Peter Robinson to give away. This one is Wednesday’s Child.

Want it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday May 6, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a recipient.

Lucy Sez


“Why are there 4 photos of that stupid sock and only 1 of me today?”


  1. Aw, Lucy, you are the star and the sock is just the opening act!
    That sock yarn looks awesome with your new pattern!

  2. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    The sock is beautiful. But Lucy is astoundingly beautiful!

    Thanks so much for the patterns. I can’t wait to try them!

  3. Love the heel on that sock! I’m so going to have to try that.

    Poor Lucy. But remember – quality over quantity. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lucy, honey, don’t fret. Remember that the socks come and go but you are the permanent headliner.

    Thanks for the pattern, Wendy! I got to the end of the heel for the pattern I’ve been using and it would really be nice if the flap started at the bottom of my heel instead of half way up. Guess I’ll tear out to where your gusset starts and use the fingering weight pattern. You’re a peach! Enjoy your leave time and get better too.

  5. Bonney says:

    Lucy, maybe you should take up wearing socks. I’ve never read Peter Robinson; I’d like to give him a try. I’m just finishing up the series by Margaret Maron. Have you read her?

  6. Thank you so much, Wendy!

    Lucy is beautiful, as always. : )

  7. Every time I look at that sock, I get bowled over by those gorgeous colours. Magnificent!

    And another great pictures of Lucy the Great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Esther says:

    Don’t fret, Lucy. Momma could be writing about the joys of collecting dust bunnies and I’d still be stopping in to see your picture. Lucky for all of us, she knits gorgeous socks and sweaters only slightly less gorgeous than you are to share and blog about instead.

    I hope you are feeling better, Wendy, and I’m glad to hear you have some time off already scheduled. There’s nothing worse than going back to work when you still don’t feel so great.

  9. That heel is a thing of beauty and so is Lucy! Have a good weekend and feel better.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your sock patterns – I am in love with toe-up socks, and can hardly wait to start knitting this pattern. I really need to find a heel/gusset I like.

    I agree – maybe Lucy could start holding the socks for their photoshoots –

    I hope you feel better soon – have a great weekend!

  11. does that heel feel any differently on your foot due to the location of that line down the back?

    they look great. hope to try out the pattern when i’m done procrastinating on about 100 other projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. The blues in that sock are amazing (at least on my monitor!).

    I think you should tell Lucy that the sock needed a lot of pictures to convince us how pretty it is. But she only needs one!

    Glad you’ll have the weekend to feel better. I had a serious bronchitis attack, and am still living with the cough. One of my co-workers today said that she likes it, because then she always knows where I am …

  13. The blues in that sock are amazing (at least on my monitor!).

    I think you should tell Lucy that the sock needed a lot of pictures to convince us how pretty it is. But she only needs one!

    Glad you’ll have the weekend to feel better. I had a serious bronchitis attack, and am still living with the cough. One of my co-workers today said that she likes it, because then she always knows where I am …

  14. Where’s the complaints department? Imagine a sock trying to upstage Lucy!

    Even if it is seawool.

  15. Oh Lucy, don’t you realise that even four sock pictures doesn’t amount to one picture of you. You’re just that special!

  16. I hope you feel better before the end of your time off so you can enjoy your free time w/o coughing!

  17. Your Seawool sock is so pretty, I love the colors. Thank you for the pattern, I have never done a gusset heel from the toe up. I always thought it was impossible that you could only do a short row heel in that direction and I see it is quite possible now. Enjoy your wonderfully long weekend!

  18. I was hoping the fingering weight pattern would pop up soon, but I had no idea it would happen, like, today. Sa-weet! I have been trying some of your other toe-up versions of late, and I am looking forward to trying these. Yay for free sock patterns!

  19. Thank you for the pattern! Is there any chance you could take a 5th picture of what the underside of the heel looks like? (Oh, you should also take another picture of Lucy…she needs to pose!) I am making one of my first gusset toe ups…and I”m not certain I am doing it right. Thank you!

  20. Thanks for the new pattern, Wendy!

  21. Thanks for the new sock pattern. I am ready to put a pair of socks on the needle soon and intend to use your new pattern. The heel sounds interesting.
    Hope lucy keeps you company on your time off.


  22. Thanks for the pattern.

  23. You Rock! and also you were mentioned as a “blog we love” in a small craft magazine in Aust called get creative

  24. Lucy, you are so beautiful!!

  25. Marianne Y says:

    Thank you for your new sock pattern for sock weight yarns, Wendy! I have a number of yarns in cue to be knitted up, that I think it will do nicely for.

    I hope that you feel much better soon! I hope you can get some rest during your long weekend. Take care!

  26. Lucy, I’m sure it was just so we could tell that the socks match your eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the fingering weight pattern!

  27. That Ravelry website looks really interesting; I signed up for beta notification. Thanks for pointing it out. ๐Ÿ™‚ I see you signed up for Summer of Socks too, looking forward to it.

  28. thanks for the pattern wendy!

  29. Theresa in Italy says:

    Two patterns in two days—you are spoiling us. Or setting us up for a wild and woolly weekend.

    Tell Lucy not to worry. That sock is destined to be a twin—Lucy has no competition.

    Have a good weekend and get some rest!

  30. Beth P. in Maryland says:

    Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for the new sock patterns. I had already started one in fingering weight, modifying the sport weight pattern slightly.
    I think this is the heel technique for me!! I have tried quite a few different ones without falling in love until now. I really like the way it looks (I know it’s going to fit great!) and for me it’s more fun to knit than the short row toe and heels.
    Wish me luck at MD S&W, I entered one skein of handspun and I’ll be weaving a shawl Sunday morning! Oh, and of course I’ll be doing lots of shopping!

    Enjoy your long weekend!


  31. I could almost hear “I’m too sexy for my socks” playing in the background. Lucy baby, you know we only need one:)

  32. Yes, but Lucy that stupid sock has one really funky heel… You have lovely blue eyes in that picture!

    Thanks for the pattern Wendy! That really is a nifty way to do heels.


  33. I’ll try it out, I’m about an inch away from needing and I was going to try winging it from yesterdays pattern. I’ll work from today’s instead.

  34. the heel looks so nice and smooth. thanks for the other pattern. I need some sock yarn!

    Here’s my secret weapon against colds (that’s what you have right?) WATER. I drink lots of water. Drown that cold! In my job I have to sing. If I can’t sing I can’t work and colds always go straight to my throat so I started with the drinking water to prevent myself from coughing (which just irritates the vocal cords) and it worked. Within a 2-3 days of drinking lots of water my cold is usually very much improved even gone sometimes. I have found that I can only do this for 2-3 days because the running to the bathroom gets annoying. I also take echinacea and vitamin C and rest. I just did this last week and my cold felt gone in 3 days.

    Hope you feeling better soon.

  35. Michele in Maine says:

    Lucy, you know it’s always best to leave them wanting more!!!

    Thank you so much for the patterns. I’ve printed them both out and will try them soon, maybe on my ruby red sea wool! I’ve resisted toe-up due to the lack of a gusset – now I have no excuses.

    Try a neti pot to relieve congestion and the resulting coughing. It’s tricky but works!

  36. Lucy, she saved the very best for last, sweetie!
    (Shhhh…..great sock, Wendy!)

  37. i love this sock pattern! i’ve got a pair already on the needles, but when those are done i’m stepping up my sock-knitting prowess (as there is almost none right now!) and letting this pattern be my first foray into toe-up sockies!!!

    if you find me in the fetal outside your door in two weeks holding a half-knit sock, don’t be alarmed.

  38. Lucy, you have the prettiest blue eyes!

  39. Laura S. says:

    Wendy, a tiny question: in the heel section, the 4th row, “Sl 1, p9, p2tog, k1, turn” shouldn’t this be a “p1, turn” at the end?

    The fingering weight sock came at exactly the right moment. I had 2 socks done thru the foot and was just waiting for a heel to try! Thanks!
    Laura S.

  40. I agree with Lucy – she should get equal time! Or more! I vote for 5 photos of Lucy in your next blog! While some people may read your blog EVERY DAY for your knitting project progress and tips, I’m very sure that many of us, ahem, ok, can it be only moi? – secretly are in Lucy’s fan club and need our fix of Lucy photos!

    Get well soon and have a great weekend. Love to Lucy!

  41. Your socks are quite the show-offs … but they deserve to be.

    Revelry looks interesting, thanks for telling people.

    Have a great weekend,

    P.S. Blu asked I say hello to Lucy for him. He thinks she’s hot, even if she is a kitty.

  42. Thanks for the plug, Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love that new sock- very cool.

  43. See, Lucy has four paws, so she needs four sock pictures, one for each paw….

  44. You’ve inspired me! I’ve only made one pairs of socks before, and I’ve read through indtructions for toe-up socks but I never got the cast on, but your method of knitting a little rectangle and picking up stitches around I could visualize.

    I’ve got about 4 1/2 inches of the first foot done. I keep bugging my husband by making him take his sock off so I can admire how well it’s going to fit him.

    Thanks for the pattern!

  45. I didn’t realize until today that you’re the Noni bags creator. I love those patterns and have several of them (my husband couldn’t understand why I’d spend $8 on one pattern, but they’re worth every penny).

    I’ve been wanting to try toe-up socks, but like kathy I couldn’t figure out the cast-on. Thank you for the patterns (I printed the Generic Toe-up pattern and this new one.) I always have two or three pairs of socks going at once. One cannot have too many handknit socks.

  46. Hmmm…..If Loopy Ewe yarn doesn’t count as stash….can you get the lace yarns from Loopy Ewe and not count it against knitting from your stash? Just curious.

    By the way Lucy and the sock look great today.

    I have a question….What should I make with 800 yards of dk weight merino/possum blend yarn from New Zealand? Any suggestions.

  47. Thanks for the pattern!

  48. Lucy is looking stunning today!

    I’m totally going to have to try your heel on my next pair of socks.

  49. Syd T. says:

    Oh Lucy, we can only take so much stunning beauty!

  50. So I had already started a sock, so didn’t do your toe, but I did try out the heel and really like it! I’m going to try out the toe on the next socks I start. Thanks!