My current work in progress:

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



I’ve had the hardest time staying awake for any appreciable amount of time during the day. (Too bad this is not true of nights as well.) This is a bit of a problem at the office where they somewhat unreasonably expect me to be awake for the whole dang time I’m there.

It’s also a problem on my commute, when I am attempting to work on my sock in progress. I start to doze off and my knitting slo-o-o-o-ows down . . .

So my Healthy Spine Socks have taken a lot longer than they should. Arggh. But they are done!

Healthy Spine Socks 082107

Healthy Spine Socks 082107

Knit from Nature’s Palette fingering weight wool in the “Lilacs” colorway on 2mm needles. The pattern will be available for sale from The Loopy Ewe in the near future. I’ll keep you posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

Healthy Spine Socks Closeup 082107

Healthy Spine Socks Closeup 082107

By the way I note that the Summer of Socks is now a bit more than two-thirds over. I have made 13 pairs of socks so far.

And I’m so pleased that so many of you seem happy that some of my sock patterns will be available for sale soon at The Loopy Ewe. ๐Ÿ™‚

Melissa F. commented:

I am excited to hear that your patterns will be available through the Loopy Ewe! Just a quick question though, will the directions be for DPN’s or Circ’s or both?

Of the 7 patterns I’ve sent to Sheri, only one is written specifically for 2 circs — the Pagoda Lace socks. The rest are written for dpns. I wrote the Pagoda Lace pattern for 2 circs because it has a large lace pattern over the instep that I thought would be easier to knit if it were not split over 2 dpns. But L-B test knit the Pagoda Lace pattern and she did it happily on dpns. Because, well, you know. She is L-B DPN-Hands. Shhhhhhhhh! Don’t tell her I called her that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The opposite is true — any pattern written for dpns can be easily knit on 2 circs.

Kittything asked:

What is your favourite bind off for your toe-up socks?

The bind-off I always use is a variation of a Russian bind-off. I execute it loosely as follows:

K2, slip these 2 sts back to the lefthand needle, K2TOG, *K1, SL 2 sts on righthand needle back to the lefthand needle, K2TOG *. Repeat from * to *.

I’ve seen it stated that you work it in purl all the way around, or in knit all the way around. When I am doing a ribbed cuff on a sock, I do the bind-off in ribbing, so I knit the knits and purl the purls. When it comes to working the 2 stitches together, I work it knit or purl, depending on what the second stitch of the two is.

I always use the same size needle as for the rest of the sock and I never have any problems with it being too tight.

Lucy Sez



“You with the camera — get lost!”


  1. Marianne Y says:

    I love your Healthy Spine sock pattern! Your socks are lovely. I am looking forward to the pattern’s being available for sale on the Loopy Ewe! Thank you.

  2. Thanks for sharing your favorite bind-off method. I haven’t tried that yet, so may have to see how it works for me. And, I love the Healthy Spine socks!

  3. Lucy’s pic today defines “baleful”. I guess she just wants to sleep, too!
    I am looking forward to all these new sock patterns, indeed. I just need to actually get some of these socks on the needles DONE before I can cast on more, eh?

  4. Purty socks! again!

    Autumn is arriving- I’m have trouble waking up, but stay awake during the day.

    Whoa Lucy- what a look! My cat does that too- “I’m trying to sleep here!”

  5. I hear you on the trouble sleeping at night. Maybe we’re having trouble sleeping because we’re worried about the approach of the end of the Summer of Socks? I bet Lucy doesn’t have trouble sleeping at night.

  6. sorry to hear that my problem of not sleeping at night and my inability to stay awake all day is catching to others. i’m blaming the weather but there are other things too… feel better!

    your socks are all amazing. thank you for doing all of this!

  7. I must be the world’s tensest knitter. I have to use US size 3 to get 8 stitches/inch. What am I doing wrong?

  8. The socks look great! I see it being quite a popular pattern. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Maybe the sleepieness is your back telling you to rest?. Do you think that they will buy that at work? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I use the same bind-off technique but knit the two stitches that are placed back on the left needle through the back loops. Have you done this and does it make the bind-off look different?Also, do you find that the tops flares out slightly? If so, does it tighten up after being washed a few times? I am sitting here at my computer trying to stay awake, so maybe those sleepy vibes come right through computer space, LOL!!!

  10. I do so love having a bed in my office. And a door to shut when I want a nap at lunchtime. One more reason not to join the civilian world! I love the socks, and I’m sending healthy spine vibes your way.

  11. Gorgeous socks once again Wendy!
    I have possibly a stupid question, but it is really causing problems with my socks – frogging occurs repeatedly before, during and after the heel and alot of frustration sets in. Why do some patterns not include a gusset? How do they expect that sock to stretch over my double wide heel/ankle/joint area? It’s gotten to the point where I reread the pattern 3 or 4 times before i even cast on, to ensure this may fit me. Is it possible to knit a sock with a short row heel (mirrors the toe) and not need a gusset? I’m sorry if this is pesty, but I can’t seem to figure this out.
    Love the picture of Lucy – that was my gurlz last night too – over dinner.

  12. I just love these! I hope there will be more sock naming fun too!
    Are you keeping poor Lucy up? ๐Ÿ˜‰ meow Lucy!

  13. New Jersey Laura says:

    Thanks for the bind-off refresher. You saved me from searching through your site when I’m ready to finish a sock. I just e-mailed it to myself. ZZZZzzzzz I have the same nocternal knitting problem.

  14. YO Wen – sox look senSAtional – totally get the sleepiness – the last two days here on the “right coast” were total sleepers – and don’t we all wish that we could’ve done just that –

    the sibs (Kiki + Coco) were forming a kitty heart all morning on the bed where you once slept – unfortunately, I was not here to snap pix – had to go out to get squeezed – nothing like a free squeeze for the annual mammo – thank GOD for my insurance!

    ps – EVERYONE PLEASE GET A MAMMOGRAM – (even males – you have breasts too!)

    back to figuring out exactly how to act like the kits –


  15. Really like the healthy spine socks!!! Are you selling this pattern also? Give Lucy a skritch for me; am suffering from acute feline withdrawal ๐Ÿ™

  16. Um….you know I do read your blog, don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Hi Wendy, I just want to say that I love your socks and really enjoy your blog, which I’ve been reading for awhile. I learned to knit toe up from your generic pattern and now I’m working Cabletini for my friend out of Trekking XXL. Thanks so much for being so generous with your knowledge and your creativity. I will definitely look for your patterns when they go on sale.

  18. Dear Wendy,
    I am wondering if you ever knit with yarn from indie dyers or if you purchase your yarns only from distributers like TLE?

    Thanks for the info!

  19. L-B! Wendy called you a name!

  20. Hej Wendy!

    Just out of interest โ€“ how many socks did you yourself estimate you would have time to make during the Summer of Socks?

    And what will be the first thing you will cast on for when summer is over? No, let me guess: a pair of socks!

  21. Melissa F says:

    The socks look great! I have never knit any socks toe up and I am really excited to give it a shot.

    I hope you sleeping situations straightens out. My mother is having a similiar problem and it is just no fun.

  22. Today’s Lucy caption is hilarious. I hope you feel better soon, Wendy.

  23. This post’s picture of Lucy is definitely how my Thomas looks at me when I try to capture phots of him. Pets seem so reluctant sometimes when you want to take their picture.

  24. Count me as another one excited to see the patterns for sale soon! I appreciate the snoozy frustration. I fell asleep last night with my needles in hand.

  25. I suffer from degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the spine as well as scoliosis. Having a bad back is no fun!
    With that being said, I LOVE your healthy spine socks and what they represent. Will that be one of your patterns available? Somehow, I think it would be therapeutic for me to knit them…
    Thank you for sharing your patterns! I’ve already got 2 in mind I MUST knit!
    Denise and the Six-Pack + 1
    (The Six Pack + 1 send purrs and headbonks Lucy’s way)

  26. What great patterns! I’ll be on the lookout!

  27. I use that bind-off for socks, too. The last pair I made asked me to purl all the way around, so I did. I discovered that makes the bind-off chain edge angle inwards–so it is not as obvious when you are wearing the socks. I really liked that!

    Also, The Loopy Ewe sells lots and lots of yarns by all sorts of indie dyers as well as larger yarn purveyors.

    To me, all handcrafted yarn is good–glad there are so many options everywhere!

    Suna the Frequent Yarn Buyer

  28. I’ll have to give your bind off a try if ever I manage to get a sock that far.

    Poor Lucy, she looks like she had a hard day of chasing flies and napping.

  29. It’s the weather. I’ve been having problems staying away at work, too. Except on my commute, I have to stay awak, as I’m driving. And, I’ve been waking up everynight at 4 am, can’t figure out why.

    Love the sock patterns! I’ll have to buy my favs from the Loppy Ewe.

  30. Out of curiousity (and bad shoulders) how much does your Yarn Cruiser weigh?

    Very excited about the Patterns. Thank you.

  31. So, with all the sleepiness and feeling under the weather, I suppose it won’t do me any good to encourage you to hurry up and knit another eleven pairs of socks by the end of the month so my “How many pairs of socks will you knit” guess is more on track!

    Oh well. Hope you feel better anyway!

  32. I have a pdf document in the sidebar of my blog that shows how to convert a dpns pattern to magic loop, and it’s not a stretch to use that info to make it work on two circs. There’s also one that shows how to work a gusset for a heel flap on magic loop, which again can be converted to two-circs. Don’t know if that will help any of your readers, but it might.