My current work in progress:

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


A Sock-ish Potpourri

Wherein I attempt to answer questions from the comments.

But first, another completed sock. I actually finished it before I posted yesterday, but I was too lazy to take another photo.

By the way, did you see the cool Summer of Socks count-down widget in my sidebar over there at the top right? My wonderful web guru Knotty Daisy set that up for me! Well, to be honest, she set it up on her blog and I saw it and whined “Ooh, can I have it too? Pleeeeeeeease?” and she set it up for me.

This is the first of the Double Eyelet Rib Socks.

Eyelet Lace Sock 062507

Eyelet Lace Sock 062507

The way the pattern morphs into the ribbing makes me ridiculously happy. See?

Eyelet Lace Sock Rib 062507

Eyelet Lace Sock Rib 062507

(This is what lack of sleep does to me.)

I did start the second one.

Eyelet Lace Sock-in-Progress 062507

Eyelet Lace Sock-in-Progress 062507

Not very far along — I did go to work today but I was in a semi-fugue state on the commute.

I also started the second Pagoda Lace sock.

Pagoda Lace sock 062507

Pagoda Lace sock 062507

About the Magic Cast-On, Melanie commented:

While I like the magic cast on, I don’t like the little bump that I get from the remnants of the slip knot. Have you figured out a way to either avoid the bump or use the magic cast on without a slip knot?I didn’t figure it out, but Judy, the perpetrator of the Magic Cast-On, did. Check out her instructions for her knotless version on her website. I started out using those instructions rather than the ones with the slip knot and am very happy with the results. I guess a lot of people mentioned not liking the knot because she blogged about that yesterday. πŸ˜‰

Babs asked:

I have always wanted to try toe up socks, but I am never happy with my increases since M1 often leaves a visible hole. What technique do you use for increases?Lately I’ve been increasing by knitting in the front and back of a stitch — this is what I’ve been doing for gusset increases. I am so far pleased with the results.

Marianne Y asked:

Do you know if a pattern exists for toe-up monkey socks? That’s the other one that I might use for my next pair, if I could find a pattern.Use my slip-stitch heel sock pattern and turn the Monkey lace chart up-side down. That’s what I plan to do should I decide to make Monkey socks!

Suzann asked:Are you finding the Knittery yarn a bit thicker then most fingering weight? I have tired 2.50mm and the stitches seem a bit congested.
I was planning on using if for my Sockapalozza pal. But the gauge has me rethinking my sock plans. I have the merino, cashmere, nylon.

For the Pagoda Lace socks, I am using the Knittery 100% merino and if anything, it is on the fine side. The skein is 3.5 ounces and has 490 yards! The cashmere is indeed a bit thicker. It’s a 3.3 ounce skein and has 397 yards.

In this photo I think you can see the difference — the cashmere blend is the green yarn.

Knittery Yarns 062507

Knittery Yarns 062507

Thanks for all your kind comments on my latest health woes. I hope you’ll excuse the lack of personal email response to each comment — the less I am sitting at the computer, the better.

But I will attempt to put together the contest spreadsheet tomorrow.

Lucy Sez

Lucy 062507

Lucy 062507

“Momma spending less time on the computer? How shocking!”


  1. I’m glad that you’re feeling a little better. You should make Lucy massage your back!!

  2. That CAT FACE is 22222 precious! Lucy looks astonished, non-plussed (if a cat can look non-plussed)! Hilarious, but beautiful.

    Love the socks, especially the Pagoda pattern! Love that colorway!!! Since I am determined to learn sock knitting this summer, I’m finding the comments/questions verrrrryyy interesting too!

    Maybe Lucy could walk on your back!! We had a cat that seemed to know when you weren’t 100% and come give you a cat “massage”. Bless his heart, we lost him last year at age 17. He was a sweet animal.

    Yep, I noticed the little counter, very kul!

    Feel better soon! luv.m.

  3. Patricia says:

    I like the counter- I wondered if it was going to countdown, but hadn’t bothered to check it each day. Thanks for spelling it out!

    Cute Lucy pic- again!

    Thanks for the sock tips- today’s and the ones from previous entries. I’ve been getting brave about adjusting patterns, etc and the tips have been helpful and inspiring.

  4. Wow, such pretty socks! I do love the eyelet lace pattern.

    The picture of Lucy is priceless! I got such a laugh at her rather startled expression.

    Here’s hoping that you are back to feeling 100% soon!

    P.S. I really do love the new look the blog has and the way the pictures enlarge when clicked on.

  5. That is the cutest picture of Lucy I have ever seen. Your socks are beautiful and I hope you feel better soon!

  6. Wendy,
    your socks are beautiful.
    I love reading all your sock tips and links to the sites.
    I hope you feel better soon.
    hi Lucy!

  7. I am lovin’ these socks — both extremely cool in their own right, but so different. I just wish they were therapeutic and made you feel better — you know, chicken soup for the back! (socken soup?)
    Lucy does look incredulous! What a little actress! : )

  8. Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. Love the sock countdown widget. And your socks – perfection as always. Love the pattern for the double-eyelet rib socks.

  9. i love how the pattern seques into the ribbing, too! I use paired twisted loop M1s (illustrated in Knitting Without Tears) for my sock increases and like them quite a bit.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  10. Hi Wendy – i’ve seen toe up monkeys somewhere – Pixie or Dulcedosa I think, but can’t find them right now.
    Love your single socks right now.

  11. Since the Monkey chart is sort of “one up, one down,” I didn’t even reverse it to knit mine toe-up. I don’t think it makes any difference. Sorry this picture doesn’t really show the detail. You just have to trust me:)

  12. Gorgeous pattern! That type of great detail makes me silly happy too! Can’t wait for the pattern to come out. πŸ˜‰

  13. I love the eyelet socks! The Pagoda Lace is lovely, too, but the detail of the top of the eyelet is just perfect.

    Purrs to Lucy for taking care of her momma while she (you) recovers!

  14. I know I’ve said it before, as have countless others, but that REALLY is the cutest picture of Lucy I’ve even seen! Feel better!

  15. The look on Lucy’s face is priceless!
    Rest well, we’ll still be hanging around your blog!
    I love patterns that morphs right into the ribbing.

  16. All your socks are looking great. So beautiful! And I love the pic of Lucy today. She is so cute. πŸ™‚

  17. I love toe-up socks! That’s pretty much all I knit. I though I’d share my toe-up monkeys in sportweight (only three re-centered charts of the lace instead of 4)

    For increases, I’ve been doing the increase where you knit the loop from the stitch before the row–is that a grandma increase? That works for me on the toes because it even kind of slants with the toe increases.

    I’ve been enjoying your blog a lot and have been lurking for a while. Go socks!

  18. I’m glad you’re feeling better. I love the eyelet lace sock pattern…it’s beautiful! I love Lucy’s picture today. She is adorable πŸ™‚

  19. So sorry about your accident. Had one myself yesterday, sciatic pain sucks, loading up on the Advil. Doesn’t keep me from knitting, but have to move more often.

    Love your socks. Pagoda Lace rocks. I don’t have Walker’s books and the library didn’t either. Gotta find it.

    Lucy, Lucy, you oughtta be in movies. What a face! What expression!

  20. The socks look great!!! I too like the way that the pattern morphs into the rib. That is too cool.

    Nice widget. I would of had to whine for one too. πŸ˜‰

    Rest up and feel better.

  21. Ok, nice yarn and all, but those nails! VERRRRY nice. Really. You should look into hand modeling for yarn or something. lol

  22. I hope you feel like your old self soon!
    Just wondering, are you sure the colourway for the pagoda lace sock is “passionfruit”? Your sock doesn’t look anything like the pic of the colourway on The Knittery’s site . . . . unless my monitor is way off?
    Anyway, they are *gorgeous* and I want to knit a pair just like them πŸ˜‰ as soon as I get to the library to check out that stitch dictionary!

  23. Here’s a link to toe-up monkey socks that someone else sent to me. Just passing the love along…

  24. LOL… I love that photo of Lucy!

  25. Oh, my. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, so I have no excuse, but I am pretty sure that I seriously underestimated on your summer of socks totals! You are just flying!

    Well, keep going – hope you are feeling better soon (go rest).

  26. Gorgeous socks!!! And hope you feel much better soon!

  27. My “sister in the wool” Jeri has been developing a toe-up Monkey pattern in a few sizes. Check on her blog .

    Thanks for the link to knotless magic cast on — great!

  28. Hi Wendy, I’m using the 4ply merino for a pair of socks too. I think it is very thin and well, maybe a little fragile. Do you think it will wear well? I have another skein and I think I’ll try to make a lacy scarf out of it.

  29. I spent several hours trying to reverse the Monkey lace pattern to knit toe-up, and concluded it’s not possible (photos on my blog 13 March). So I knit them top down, just to remind myself that is possible πŸ™‚

  30. Nice socks Wendy. I noticed that since you printed your pattern for toe-up socks with a gusset, all the pairs you have knitted have included the gusset. Do you now prefer the fit of these to your short row heels? I always loved socks with gussets, but preferred to knit toe-up so my socks never contained them – but now thanks to you and your wonderful habit of sharing these things I can have both!

  31. Arianne says:

    I hope you feel better soon!

  32. I also became enamored with double eyelet. In February I wrote my own version of toe-ups with this stitch pattern and have gone wild with it since.
    I love your version with the added knit stitch between rib sections to ensure the fabulous cuff morphing. Kudos!
    (PS I left a message on Ravelry for you as well….great minds think alike!) Too much fun!

  33. I love the way the eyelet lace moves into the rib! As I look at more and more sock patterns I’m finding myself very concerned about the top transition. so, I can definitely appreciate your happiness!

  34. What a shot of LUCY! Oh I love those eyes!
    And can’t wait till you’re better…hoping to see a pattern or two there….those socks are gorgeous (again.)

  35. Hot diggity! Thanks for the link to the knotless magic cast-on, I see yet more toe-up socks in my future….

    And I also wish you a speedy recovery.

  36. Have you tried massage therapy for your back? Finding a good deep tissue therapist or medical massage therapist can usually alleviate back ailments. I’m a massage therapist and have been able to help people find the cause of back pain and give them tools to use at home to get rid of it. If you find the right person, it could do wonders!

  37. Did you know that your “summer-of-socks-countdown-widget” does not actually show up at the top right of the blog? (At least not when I call it up) It actually shows up on the right, but I have to scroll way, way, way down before I come to any of your links.

  38. That pattern to ribbing morph thing is definitely cool, and I love the pretty purple yarn you are using for that pair of socks.

    I haven’t been able to knit in a couple of weeks: seeing your work makes my fingers twitch and begin to assume the position …


  39. I am very jealous of your counter widget as well. I may have to search for one for my blog.

  40. I’m with Sarah re: reversing the Monkey stitch pattern. I tried and swatched and ripped and then just sucked it up. Can’t be done. It just didn’t flow like Cookie’s. So I’m now doing my toe-up Monkeys (my first SOS2007 project!) with the original stitch pattern although I much prefer the way it looks like when the branches go top-down.

  41. Beautiful socks! I bet a cashmere blend could get even a non-sock knitter such as myself on the bandwagon.

    Lucy does look very shocked and maybe a little hopeful for more pettin’ time.

  42. The rib to eyelet transition is fab! I completely understand the ridiculous happiness!

    As a bunch have already said, the Monkey pattern doesn’t flip upside down very well, but the pattern looks great knit either way.

    Here is my second pair of toe-up Monkeys.

  43. There’s a Flickr group for great/cute cat photos – you should submit Lucy. I love her!!

  44. I’m doing a toe-up Monkey just now. I didn’t have a great deal of success with turning the chart upside down so I’m working the chart as written but started the sock at the toe. A knitter who knows Monkey would recognize that it is upside down but it matters little to me.

    You can see my monkey status on my blog at

  45. I love the two yarns you are knitting with right now! Too pretty! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  46. Hi, I love your blog – it is beautiful and I just started a pair of Double Eyelet Rib Socks with “Rellana Cotton”. But I think your changed the P2 to P1k1P1.
    Have a nice day.
    Here in Germany June is wet and cold.