My current work in progress:

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


Happy Fourth of J’Christmas

That’s something my grandmother used to say. She had an idea for one all-encompassing holiday and referred to it as “the Fourth of J’Christmas.”

(No doubt Frank Constanza’s Festivus was inspired by my grandmother.)

Y’all came up with some fun ideas for names for my new socks.

I think we should vote. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I selected a few of my favorites among the suggested names and made a poll.

What Should I Name My New Sock Pattern?

  • Spocks (42%, 559 Votes)
  • Tribble Toes (25%, 325 Votes)
  • Voyager Socks (11%, 149 Votes)
  • Vulcan Socks (10%, 131 Votes)
  • Prosper Socks (7%, 94 Votes)
  • Vorlon Socks (4%, 51 Votes)
  • Communicator Socks (1%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,322

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Speaking of the yet-to-be-named socks, here’s the the state of the first one.

Sock 070407

Sock 070407

I’ve turned the heel.

Sock Heel 070407

Sock Heel 070407

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get ready to celebrate Independence Day with the KOARC.

Lucy is already celebrating in her own manner.

Lucy 070407

Lucy 070407


  1. Wendy,
    I love those socks, whatever you name them, and your Solstice socks are beautiful too.
    Happy 4th of July!

  2. Spocks! Inspired! Have a great holiday.

  3. The socks look great! Sprocks made me LOL. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a Happy 4th.

  4. I like the way Lucy celebrates!

    Beautiful socks!

  5. Y’know, I just hopped on to re-print out the sport weight gusset heel pattern (sock #2, you see, and I’ve misplaced the directions), but couldn’t resist a quick vote. Except I think you should spell it S[p]ocks.
    Otherwise, it just looks like a missing apostrophe — heaven forbid! They’re looking good!
    Our orange cat Citrus is celebrating just like Lucy. It’s a hard life, being a cat. (Also a hot life at times — no A/C in our ancient house.)

  6. Being a purist, I had to vote for “Voyager socks”, although I know “Spocks” will win — it’s just too cute. (But come on, people — Spock never appeared in the Voyager series!)

  7. SPOCKS! Perfect-o!

    Hope U and KOARC have a safe and happy 4th, full of good eats and fantabulous fireworks!! It’s 2:05 p.m. here in SoCal and already we’re hearing fireworks. My cats are nervous Nellies anyway and this is not making them happy!

    Lucy really knows how to celebrate! Luv.m.

  8. Great socks – loved the names to choose from! A perfect theme!

  9. yeah my vote is for Spocks – just so clever! Happy 4th to you!
    oh- you are still using cirsulars. I skimmed your free patterns as I am looking for a (not too difficult) pattern that uses circulars and toe up method.I dont know how to convert dpn patterns yet as I have only made a few pairs of socks .Any suggestions?

  10. Here in Northern Virginia we have just had a Tornado Warning! Be safe, Wendy, KOARC, and Lucy. My Puma is already hiding somewhere as the local kids have started their fireworks. Happy Holiday everyone. Wendy, I love your Spocks!

  11. Wendy- Festivus, for the restivus!

  12. Actually, I’d like to propose a completely different name, based on the “V” stitches and the graceful shapes they make – they look like the arches of a gothic cathedral to me, so I’m suggesting the name Vesper instead of a Star-Trek-y name.

  13. I vote for Spocks because the pattern reminds me of a Vulcan’s ears.

  14. Happy 4th to you, Lucy, and the KOARC!

  15. I have to agree entirely with Mary about Spock and Voyager.

    Also, I don’t know if it makes any difference, but the Vorlon are an alien race on Babylon 5, not on Star Trek. Though in double-checking, I did come across some speculation that the Vorlon may have been on the minds of the writers of Voyager. [crawls back to hide under Rock of Geekdom]

  16. For some reason, all my votes on this blog won’t be accepted. My vote is:


    also, a p.s. to the high arch lady: ribbing is great for that problem.

  17. Beverly says:

    Your socks are beautiful.

    I like the Voyager, or v’ger name. At least a Star Trek name. The Vorlons were on Babylon 5, not ST.

    Now, if you wanted a STVoyager idea along the vampire lines, like the sock name, how about Vidiians? They had a plague, and harvested organs from other beings to replace their own.

  18. Can’t vote,


    is my vote

  19. I must say that I absolutely love every sock/pattern/yarn you’ve either completed or have in process since the summer of socks started! Happy 4th.

  20. This is such a pretty sock…I have such an orange jones these day and I love the pretty V pattern. It seems so weird seeing the circs on your socks after seeing DPNs for so many years ๐Ÿ™‚

    I didn’t comment yesterday but I love the Firebird Socks too…I think that colorway is one of BMFA prettiest to date!

  21. tsk tsk tsk…. wendy, normally I would not get involved in a situation that probably isn’t my business….. but …. i must when I must…. LUCY just isn’t getting enough air-time lately!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Wendy, KOARC, and Lucy : Happy Independence Day!

  23. The socks look fabulous, and it looks like they are going to have a great name too!

    Caroline, the SockPixie

  24. Ann Carpenter says:

    Hi Wendy, I love the socks and the names you picked as your faves. Even though late, I thought of another, The Tholian Web, since the design looks sort of Webbie
    (is that even a word). Love the idea of Tribble Toes though. Happy Fourth of July
    Ann in Dallas, with her fur people sending love and purrs to Miss Lucy.

  25. Ginny Z says:

    Okay, Wendy, I just had to comment on the option of VORLON socks. While I love both Star Trek and Babylon 5 (thanks in large part to my son’s complete set of B-5 dvd’s – yes we are a geek family) I must protest mixing in Vorlons with the Trek references in the sock naming votes. Besides I doubt Vorlons even wore socks! By the way, they look great! Keep up the good work.

  26. Spocks is perfect. The lace vees match his eyebrows!

  27. I voted, but I also feel the need to comment that Vorlons are not from the Trek ‘verse. Perhaps your next sock could be named from Babylon 5. Okay, now that I’ve revealed what a complete Sci-Fi geek I am (not quite, it goes much deeper) I’ll go back to lurking now.

  28. What ever they get named, they are fabulous! I like the way Lucy partys, my kinda gal. A very Happy 4th of J’ Christmas to you and yours! Ha! Grandmother has something there ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Phaedra says:

    I tried to vote, but it said I already had!
    My choice is Vulcan.

  30. Will this pattern be available for sale, or are you going to post it up on your site here for us to snatch and grab to our hearts’ content? Inquiring minds want to know, and my mom is such the Trekkie, I think I shall make a pair for her for (actual) Christmas when the pattern comes available.

    It looks fantastic, and I lurve it!

  31. Theresa in Italy says:

    This makes me such a geek, but I can’t vote for “spocks” or “vulcan” (in spite of the v-stitch pattern which IS very appropriate) simply because the color is wrong—didn’t Spock and the rest of the scientific cohort wear blue?

    Which is not to say that I don’t like the color of the socks! I think they look great—as do all the other SoS socks you’ve done.

  32. I was quite a Trekkie in my day, but I don’t know what a “Vorlon” is.

    The yarn colors are identical to Tribbles, so that’s what I voted for. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Yeah, Pippin (my siamese) celebrated about like Lucy did…


  34. moiraeknittoo says:

    It would seem illogical to name inanimate objects that are worn upon ones feet. Given the way they proliferate in your possion, however, naming them after Tribbles would be the most logical path to take if you must pursue this line of non-reason. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. although i voted for “Spocks” (cute, vulcan, “socks” with a “p”, i also suggest “beam me up scotty” because of the cultic quality of that phrase — it is “iconic”.

  36. How about “Live Long and Prosper” socks? You almost got me, throwing Vorlons in there, but I know they are from B5! If you want a good B5 reference, how about G’Kar socks? Somehow, I can sort of see him singing as he handwashes his wool socks and hangs them up to dry.

  37. How about Vidiian socks?