My current work in progress:

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


Vote Now!

Thanks for all the fabulous suggestions for a name for my new sock pattern. You guys really outdid yourselves this time, I must say.

There were so many great ideas it was very difficult to narrow it down to just a few. I decided not to go with any color-specific names this time, although there were some very cute suggestions. I ended up with an arbitrary assortment of the ones that just struck my fancy. One of the ones suggested was one I had thought of as well, so of course that made the cut.

I have to give honorable mention to two names that totally cracked me up, but did not make the cut:

Sock-Eye Salmon and Death to Smooshy. Heh! You people are fiendishly clever. Seriously.

Anywho, without further ado, the poll:

What Should I Name My Newest Sock Pattern?

  • Snapdragon Socks (33%, 663 Votes)
  • Mimosa Socks (23%, 453 Votes)
  • Trellis Socks (21%, 428 Votes)
  • Frozen Flames Socks (15%, 294 Votes)
  • Nautilus Socks (9%, 171 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,009

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I’ll be interested to see which is the popular favorite here. As dictator of this here blog, I reserve the right to override the popular choice and decree my favorite to be the winner. Because I am selfish that way. But maybe not.

So, the sock progresses. It will be a sock accompli shortly.

Smooshy Sock 080207

Smooshy Sock 080207

A couple of you asked what the lace pattern stitch is that I’m using for these socks, and I don’t have a good answer for that. It’s really just something I doodled up. I’m not saying that I invented it, but I did not pull it from a stitch dictionary. It no doubt exists somewhere else in the universe apart from my fevered brain — I just haven’t run across it. This is true of several of the stitch combinations I’ve put together for my socks.

Smooshy Sock Closeup 080207

Smooshy Sock Closeup 080207

I’m on my tenth pair of socks in the Summer of Socks. Of those ten pairs, one is a design by someone else (the Summer Solstice Socks) and nine are my own design. Of those nine, two are available as free downloads from The Loopy Ewe’s free patterns page. I will make the rest of the patterns available, but they will be for sale, not freebies. Because I am greedy capitalist pig.

Lucy Sez

Lucy 080207

Lucy 080207

“Kitty haircut? I think not!”

I hope y’all have a good weekend. And stay cool. I’m all set for the weekend as you can see.

Wine 080207

Wine 080207

Nothing says class like a 5 liter box o’ wine.


  1. Woohoo! First vote! I really would have voted for Sock-eye salmon. That is awesome!

  2. Sharon G says:

    Me too. Sockeye salmon was great.


  3. Toni Vanb says:

    Sockeye and “Death” were both great!

    Greedy capitalist? Hmm…I don’t think so. Lucy is accustomed to a certain style of living. Someone’s got to finance it !

  4. When I think of Lucy and haircuts, I can’t help but think of those ridiculous ‘lion cuts’ that one will see pictures of from time to time.

    And I can bet Lucy would not be happy with that appearance!

  5. I once knew a woman who worked from home, and kept three or four boxes of wine on the bookshelf above her computer and a wine glass by her mouse pad. That is a job I could enjoy.

  6. Patricia says:

    You’re an ‘entrepreneur” not a ‘greedy capitalist”

    What do have to go with the box o’ wine- cheetohs? chips? brie?

  7. yes, someone has to finance the tuna for cats budget! It’s a lovely sock, no matter what the name… a sock by any other name will smell as sweetly, no?
    We love our kitty pi beds here, so happily will pay for sock patterns.
    A request for next pattern….something cat-like please?

  8. Good on you for being a capitalist. Got to pay for that yarn somehow!

  9. Way to go on the greedy capitalism. You should get something for all of your hard work. If you are taking suggestions, I would rather have all of the sock patterns in a booklet form rather than individually purchased. Just something for my wishlist.

  10. Aawww…I totally would have voted for “Death to Smooshy.” πŸ™‚ And I agree with Lorri – I’d love to see a book of Wendy Sock Patterns!

  11. Man, I totally would have called those Sock Eye Salmon. I can never think up names like that.

    And you better sell some sock patterns instead of giving them all away. Otherwise Lucy might have to get a job, and we all know that no self-respecting feline would stand for that.

  12. Marianne Y says:

    I would love to see a book of Wendy’s sock patterns! Or, you might market them to places like the Loopy Ewe, like Cookie A does?

    It is a gorgeous sock, beautiful yarn & pattern.

  13. Some of my best friends are capitalist pigs! (I vote for the booklet of patterns.)

  14. Yeah, I like Sock-Eye Salmon, too. But you have some other great name choices. And if you’d named the socks after a fish, Lucy might have tried to eat them. (Like the camo socks.)

    The pattern close-up looks great! Nice job on the socks.

  15. I am going to die before I cast on my Smooshy’s in that EXACT colorway!!! Why OH WHY did I decide that Tattoo Boyfriend needed another pair of socks first???

  16. I would totally have voted for sock-eye salmon! But whatever they are called, they are quite loverly.

  17. Rock on! Mimosa made the cut! It really does look like the leaves of a Mimosa tree….

  18. That yarn is great – I had to order some when you first talked about it, and Oh.My.God. It is truly smooshy!

    The sock stitch design is really very cool, elegant but not too fiddly-looking. I’ll look forward to it being available.

    Tell Lucy that our cats say at least she doesn’t have to deal with The Furminator (which we love – them, not so much …)

    (I’m so glad to see that someone else drinks from a box o’ wine …)

  19. I love this pattern – You should put all your sock patterns in a book πŸ™‚ I’d be the first of many in line to purchase!

  20. Long live capitalism… and cheap wine! πŸ™‚

  21. I’m getting to the age where a 5-liter box of wine, while a splendid choice, is too heavy for me to lift! Wahhhhhh.

  22. Sometimes Chateaux de Cardboard is just perfect!

    In Aus some of our best summer drinkables come in plastic silver bags!

  23. Still love the new socks. I agree with choosing a non-colour specific name. I did that for one of mine and once I made it with different colours, it didn’t make much sense or fit as well.

    I’m pretty sure Lucy won’t complain if some of your capitalist money was paying for her treats and catnip toys.

  24. Darn it!
    I finally came up with one and I really like it. πŸ™
    DragonFly sock

  25. I like Mimosa…I like Mimosas – the drink. Hmm….You’ve got your wine, maybe I’ll make up a pitcher of Mimosas for the weekend? Naw, you need a crowd for that. Gotta see if I can get some of that yarn – it’s just yummy! Happy Weekend, Wendy!

  26. The thought of Vella Socks just jumped into my brain! Or A box of socks….sorry, I’m tired.

  27. Very pleased to know you will be selling the patterns for this sock and for River Run. I am not yet up to creative play/invention of lace and love those two designs. And while Death to Smooshy is funny, I am more inclined to embrace my Smooshy!

  28. I think this current sock pattern should be “smooshy sock.” πŸ˜‰ No, no – nothing says class like a box of white zinfandel! You have no worries at all…

  29. re: the box of wine.

    At my house, we call that a “party in a box.”

    Enjoy the weekend. Enjoy the wine.

  30. Cathy Johnson says:

    Warning: I am not trying to elicit a pair of socks, but what do you do with all of the socks you knit. Who benefits from the Summer of Socks selections? Just curious. Literally, I love Lucy.

  31. Aw… I would have voted for the salmon! lol!

    I could use a glass of that wine tonight. Not a bad idea…

  32. Debbi Young says:

    The color just really reminds me of mimosa flowers…I voted for that name, but I also like Snapdragon. Either way they are gorgeous!

  33. Beautiful sock!

  34. hey Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas on my dads side if we didn’t have a box of wine at the side of the table… it’s been sitting there ( not the same box πŸ˜‰ ever since I was drinking apple jiuce instead of wine.

  35. I agree with the idea of a sock pamphlet or even a sock book!

    Yours was the first toe-up sock pattern I knit. The pattern is great and the socks perfect. Thanks for getting me interested in the toe-up pattern.

  36. Ah Chateau Cardboard, how I love thee on a hot, stinking day…….

  37. Theresa in Italy says:

    I’d probably have voted for one of those names that didn’t make the cut—even with the color-blind clause—too funny! And I’ll take your patterns any way you want to churn them out, although gathering them all in a book would mean I’d be able to FIND them more easily when I was looking for them…!

    You have a good weekend too, Wendy.

  38. I love the Sock-eyed Salmon name looks appropriate for this color yarn and the pattern, but could see it might be funny if using a different colored yarn, ahhh, but who would care at least you could remember the pattern name. πŸ˜‰
    I liked Pink Lizzy for a name too, even though it’s not really a pink.
    But, I voted for Mimosa…love the tree, the blooms, and their sweet scent…drink isn’t bad either.

    I’m cheap, would love to have this pattern in the freebie pattern section, as I have to buy snacks and treats and toys and litter for my 3 little pusses πŸ˜‰
    No offense Lucy!

  39. Are you using Turkish/Eastern cast on for this pattern? Is there a place that shows an easy way to do this cast on? I thought I’d figured it out for use on 4 needles, like the Eyelet Lace Sock, but I can’t figure out how to smoothly get the stitches onto all 4 needles and knit the first round, without the lot of them looking like they are twisted around one another.AARRRGGGHHH!
    Do you slip the stitches off the first 2 needles onto the 3rd and 4th needles after you finish knitting the second cast on…or are you supposed to knit them off onto the needles?
    I have 2 different sources, and looked on line, but still need help getting them started. Thanks.

  40. Yeah, I totally would have voted for Sock Eye Salmon. The pattern reminds me of the pattern in the meat, actually. If that isn’t the grossest.

    But what I *really* wanted to comment about was the picture of Lucy. I think that is THE CUTEST ONE yet!

  41. First I would like to wish you a good path to health. Just returning myself from a doctorΒ΄s office you made me laugh out loud seeing Lucy staring intently towards the wall, turning her back to the class you showed with the wine box – mine contains red wine, so hereΒ΄s to class and sock knitters!

  42. Too bad about not choosing something with a color in it (although I understand why not), because I just can’t stop LOVING Sock-Eye Salmon. Whoever came up with that should win something!

    I had to then choose Snapdragons.

  43. I’m really enjoying seeing all of the socks you are coming up with – just wish I could knit them as fast as you do! I was in your area yesterday – had to fly into National for a day trip to Aspen Hill and I brought along my newest sock (hoping to get some of your knitting vibes :)). I think it worked – I’m knitting on the Loksins socks in the Dream in Color Smooshy (Beach Fog) and I love the combination of the yarn/pattern.

    Stay cool!

  44. I just got my Smooshy yarn in (it is also a pink shade) and would love to use that pattern, so I hope it gets knitted up quickly. Otherwise…well, I do know how to make up patterns, even though 3 out of the last 5 pairs I knitted were Wendy socks. πŸ™‚

    For Linda: There is a reasonable Turkish Cast On tutorial in the Misocrafty blog.

    Try it, you’ll like it!

  45. I can’t vote for anything except Sock-Eye Salmon…that’s it. πŸ˜‰

  46. LOL @ the box ‘o wine! Looks like as good a way as any to celebrate the weekend. πŸ˜‰ We may be trying mojitos at my house though. πŸ˜‰ Love the new sock! Have a good one Wendy!

  47. Wendy – – you crack me up. I love your big ol’box of wine. You enjoy now you hear? Nothing better than hanging out knitting (with a kitty near by of course) with a little ol glass of wine sitting near. One of my favs anyway.

    Well thanks to you I’ve purchased my own Dream in Color Smooshy yarn. Unfortunately, Loopy Ewe is sold out at the moment so I found another source — Sonny and Shear. They have a few skeins – – most colorways are sold out there too. I’m so excited to receive my Smooshy. I would love to knit up your Asparagus Cable sock pattern with my Smooshy. Do you think you may post it soon – – I’ll be more than happy to buy it from you.

    Have a great weekend!!!


  48. Oooooh Mimosa Socks would be cool because I have Yarntini in the Mimosa colorway!

  49. fyi Meghan Jackson made a Trellis sock pattern for the pick up sticks sock club.

    You’re really making me drool over the smooshy.

  50. I like the name Snapdragon, and the yo pattern kind of looks like a row of snapdragon buds on a stalk. By the way, Amelia (My Fashionable Life) has a sock pattern named “Nautilus socks”, so I might avoid that one.

  51. Just look at Ms. Lucy’s pose – she’s obviously informing you that you’d better be a greedy capitalist, as she has a certain high-class lifestyle she intends to continue!

    And yeah — I like sock-eye salmon as a name, too!

  52. Debbi Young says:

    Ooooh, someone mentioned wanting all your sock patterns in one booklet…That sounds absolutely delicious! I would so buy that! I love your socks. πŸ™‚

  53. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I love the idea of a book of your “Summer of Socks” patterns. But I’ll be happy to purchase them singly as well.

    Lucy looks like a princess in that photo!

  54. Interesting how the pattern looks like the Mimosa Trees that we have in our neighborhood. Had them in our yard, but they were taken out last year. The color is the same as the silky flower. πŸ™‚

  55. My vote was cast for Mimosa. The yarn colors are definitely that of the mimosa tree blossom. And the stitch pattern is very much like the leaves of the tree. Excellent name suggestion. And a beautiful sock, Wendy!

  56. Your socks are terrific, I come here for inspiration, even though I have not made a pair yet. You always inspire me that one day I will make socks close to your crafty ways. Thanks for sharing with us!

  57. Aww…Thanks for the honorable mention.

    BTW – I was at Central Market here in Austin, and I saw a display of fancy wine in boxes. The label was extolling the virtues of boxed wine and how it stays better longer.

  58. I like the mimosa for a pattern name.In college I grew a mimosa plant, also known as a sensitive plant, from seeds pilfered from the university greenhouse. I, too, would pay for a book that was a compilation of Wendy’s summer of socks patterns.

  59. I am more than happy to support “greedy capitalism” if it means I can buy a beautiful sock pattern from a fantastic designer! I’m really looking forward to purchasing this one. I’m not sure about the word greedy, how about deserved? πŸ™‚ Back to finishing my first pair ever…

  60. What a great picture of Lucy! It’s giving me Lion King flashbacks though.

  61. I told you months ago, I’d line up and buy the sock book, should the spirit move you. I’m knew I wasn’t alone. Any chance you’ll be done by xmas? Would make a great gift.

    ps – if you do decide to do the book, close ups of wrapping and unwrapping short rows would be worth their weight in gold.

  62. “Because I am greedy capitalist pig.”

    This made me LOL! Seriously.