My current work in progress:

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


Camouflage Socks

The Camouflage Socks are at long last done.



I love the heel. 🙂



They seemed to take a particularly long time because I had five days off from work in the middle of their production, therefore, there were five days when I did not work on them at all. But they are done and I am happy.

Knitted from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the “Camouflage” colorway, on 2mm (US size 0) needles, I did them toe-up with a gusset and a slip-stitch heel.

In celebration of their completion, I have posted a generic pattern for a toe-up slip-stitch heel sock. It is available here, in pdf format. It is also linked to permanently from my Free Patterns page. I’ve written the pattern in three sizes, oh-so cleverly named small, medium, and large. The Camouflage Socks I just completed were worked in size large.

So have at it. If you find errors, just remember: you get what you pay for. Oh, and you can let me know as well, and I’ll fix the pattern.

Handsome Triangle

There was little lace knitting last night as I was overcome with a vague feeling of ennui. There will likely be little lace knitting tonight as well, as tonight is Laundry Night. (Okay — I’ll allow a few minutes for you to get over your jealousy.)

Be that as it may, here is a photo of the Handsome Triangle, looking just an ootch larger than yesterday’s photo.



Hmmmm, there appears to be a small fur-bearing animal on it . . .
WendyT asked:

Do you prefer the Addi lace needles over your Knitpicks Options needles?

Hard for me to choose. I do like them both, very much. The points are nice and pointy on both of them, and the joins to the cable are really very nice and smooth. I do thing I prefer the Addi lace needles slightly — and I do wish they came in a wider range of sizes.

Marjorie asked:

Where did you get those nice thin markers that seem to be hard plastic? The thinnest I can find are the “rubberband”-type that Patternworks sells in neon colors. They are fine, but they sometimes shoot off the needle, causing me to utter expletives. The red rings are a little too thick for lace.

My stitch markers are made by Clover, and they are indeed great — nice thin plastic, and you get two different sizes in each pack. They can be hard to find — they do seem to sell out quickly.

The Return of the Book Giveaway!

It’s book giveaway time once again! Woo-hoo!

This week it’s another wonderful Charles Todd mystery: False Mirror. Want it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday June 10, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a recipient.


Odometer reading this morning:



Lucy Sez



“Who cares? I’m gonna rock out to the mix CD that Chaos & Mayhem’s Mom sent us!”




  1. Wendy- I have some vintage Koigu 2 Ply wool in Camoflauge- I should dig it out.
    That was nice of Chris to send Lucy a CD.

  2. Nice socks! And a big Thank You for the pattern :~) As soon as the cablenets are off the needles, I am making these up!

  3. Thanks for the pattern, a girl can never have too many sock patterns! Well, maybe that is possible however those of us with addictive personalities just can’t conceive of such a thing! I love your socks too, very fabulous! I’m also doing laundry tonight when I’d rather be knitting. I’ll think of you doing the same as I engage in more delirious laundry pleasure!

  4. Barb Outside Boston says:

    You can never have enough of those stitch markers–I buy them whenever I find them, esp. because my favorites are the small size, and there are only 10 of those in each pack!

  5. Kristin says:

    Good News! My LYSO says that Skacel is going to expand their range of Addi Lace needles due to the intense demand. According to her sources, they are at least going to add two more needle sizes, including a US7. Of course, I can’t swear by this, and we shall see if it happens or not….but I’m really hoping!

  6. Synchronicity.

    1) I just received four skeins of LL from Sandra Singh’s today (on sale!), and I was looking for a sock pattern.

    2) Two of the skeins are Camoflage.

    3) I’m doing my laundry tonight, too.


  7. As a fellow Swede, I wish you belated holiday wishes. I would like to join your Coalition – sounds as though the group has a sensible request.

    I like the color on your current lacework.


  8. You are getting closer to the mother of all sock knitting books. No one knows more about toe ups than you and once again, I express my eternal gratitude for your willingness to share. I would happily buy the book (should you choose to write one, in your spare time), or the video (podcast, perhaps?). Do you prefer the slip stitch heel to the short row heel or were you just getting tired of the same-old, same-old?

  9. Is the slip stitch heel the same as the eye of partridge heel? If not, what’s different?

  10. I don’t comment much because I feel like I never have anything new to contribute, but I have a great solution for small stitch markers. (I may have heard this on Knitty Gritty…not sure) What I do is take different colored straws from various fast food places and cut them into little thin rings. One straw makes egads of stitch markers and if you lose them, who cares! They’re cheap, right? I love using them to mark the beginning of a round on socks or to show where the instep stitches are. (I always move my stitches around to avoid ladders.) Anyway, I just thought I’d share it with you and you could pass it on! I have a, uh, much smaller blog readership than you. 🙂

  11. Here’s good news regarding the Addi lace needles, fresh from the trade show floor this weekend……

    The size range is expanding sometime this fall, mostl likely in September. They’re going down to a 000 (triple zero) and up to a US 9 (5.5mm).

    You like?

  12. I fell in love with Lorna’s Laces last fall when I bought 3 balls of the camoflauge to knit socks for my brother for Christmas. They were toe-up, too and he actually appreciated them! I love how that stuff fluffs after they are washed, making the socks all the more yummy!

  13. Hope you both like the cd! Thanks for the slip stitch heel pattern. I do laundry on Wednesday mornings, while I’m working from home. Woo-hoo!

  14. Ah, you beat me on the mileage. I think my ’01 Civic (bought in Dec ’00) has almost 35,000 miles on it. This is slightly more than half the mileage on my boyfriend’s car, which he bought about six months AFTER I got mine.

    OTOH, I don’t have a Metro here either, and kind of *have* to drive.

  15. I have another small stitch marker suggestion. Tiny rubbery hair elastics that you can buy from the haircare section make wonderful stitch markers. They come many to a package for less than $5USD and there are lots of colors. You can buy them in many sizes but I like the tiny ones for little girls’ little braids. They are rubbery enough to be a little less slippery, you can color code with them and they work on small needles. I carry them in a little tin. I used them while I was knitting my Clapotis and my dentist asked if they were bands for braces when I was knitting in her office!
    Your socks look wonderful as always. I’m going on a trip with lots of car time next week – I think I’m going to print your pattern and take it along. I love socks for a road project, don’t you?

  16. Questions:
    1. Of all the sweaters you have knit, which ones do you wear the most, which the least, and why?
    2. Who originated the “sock yarn doesn’t count as stash”. Was it you?

    BTW, the best place to get those bands Gayle mentions, well at least the most economical, is a Dollar Store. They have lots of choices, too.

    Thank you for sharing all of your sock knowledge!

  17. I just love the Clover stitch markers too. Plus they come in fantastic colours. I like mine in the lime and purple mix.

  18. Great socks. I think they scream “Support Our Troops!”. Thanks so much for the free pattern. You’re so wonderfully generous.

  19. Thank you so much for the sock pattern!

  20. Everybody, everybody, everybody wants to be a cat…

    Thanks that’s actually a fun song to have stuck in your head Friday morning on the way to SnB, I’ll have to see if I can get everyone singing.

  21. Thanks for the sock pattern. Your sock look beautiful.

  22. Thanks so much for the new pattern! I will have a pair started today using some “Cherry Bomb” yarn from Cider Moon. I really like the slip stitch heel flap. I think I have the toe figured out and am going to make a ribbed cuff and instep. Such fun!

  23. Your new pattern has me determined to finally start a new pair of socks (in the new wool/bamboo Zitron). I really like flapped heels, because the other kind keep slipping down on me. And that’s great news about the Addi lace needle range expanding. I’m going to BEG my LYS owner to hold back the teeny sizes for me!

    Those needles are making my shetland shawl so much easier to work on!

  24. Since January of this year, I have been visiting your blog first each day. I love the advice that you give and the pictures that you post. Your work is truly lovely! I am in the process of putting together a “knitting room” for myself (yeah!…always wanted one). Anyway, I am going through my yarn “stuff”. I call it “stuff” because I don’t know if it even rises to the level of stash. What do you keep in terms of left over yarn? How much yarn must be left before you toss – or do you toss? I seem to have so many 1/2 skeins or even less. Also, how do you organize your stash? I could use some advice! Thanks!

  25. I take pictures of my odometer too, hee hee. Nice socks! Love those colors. Mmmmm, greeeeeeeen.

  26. I agree with wishing for wider range of sizes in Addi Lace needles – the Knitpicks are too heavy for me.
    The shawl looks great even WITH the pretty kitty in the way…

    Gotta talk to Chris about that mix CD!

  27. I’ve seen other odometer readings you’ve posted — I think we put 8000 miles on any or all of our vehicles every 3 or 4 months. One of the disadvantages to living “out in the country”.
    I have LL Shepherd Sport in Camouflage to make my big-footed son some hunting socks, toe up so that I can make the legs as long as possible. Bigger yarn = fewer stitches (and thicker, warmer socks).

  28. Thank you for the sock patterns!

  29. I’m new to your blog AFTER purchasing your book. I wanted to add my own helpful hint about stitch markers: my favorites are the small metal rings that are in bra straps. When you dispose of one, face it, they just go in the trash, just cut the rings out of the straps. Most of them are the thinnest metal, only a few aren’t round or are made of plastic. Even the plastic rings are ultra-thin and nice and smooth. Enjoy cutting up those old bras!

  30. Michelle from Arizona says:

    Thank you thank you for the toe-up slip-stitch heel pattern. Was just saying at knit night last night (say that 3 times fast!) that I want a sturdier heel than basic short row. Once again, perfect timing.

    Love that CD cover! :>)

  31. Beth P. in Maryland says:

    I have used sliced drinking straws for stitch markers also!! They work great when cut in very small sections and they are not expensive or hard to find when you need more.

    As for vehicle mileage: I try to put as little as possible on my truck, but on the Harley the more the better!!


  32. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thanks for the new sock pattern, Wendy—I’ll be trying it out on my next pair!

  33. The socks look great! Thanks for the free pattern.

  34. nice socks!
    another good stitch marker ring is the colored rings you get with braun toothbrush heads 😉

  35. I’ve really enjoyed your toe-up patterns and look forward to trying this one. I finally posted pictures today on my blog of all my recent socks.
    Thanks again for the freebies!

  36. Fabulous socks! Tx for pattern. For tiny stitch markers, the o-rings at hardware store also work well. And if your wish is a better selection of cable lengths of addi lace, knitters review reports you can custom order any length you want (tempting). If it’s needle size, maybe they’ll make more soon.

  37. Thank you for another great pattern! And it’s true, everyone does want to be a cat!