My current work in progress:

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


Loopy Laces Done

Stop the presses! The Loopy Laces socks are complete!

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Loopy Laces 082707

Since Sheri told me she loves this pattern, I think it is safe to say that it will be available for sale from The Loopy Ewe as soon as I get the pattern finalized. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And thank you for all your positive comments about the pattern. I do really love how it looks knitted up in this yarn.

To recap, it’s Misty Mountain Farm Jubilee sock yarn in the Apple Rose colorway. My socks are knitted on 2mm needles.

Marianne Y. asked:

I will be interested to know how much yarn you will have leftover when you have finished both socks? I’m wondering if someone with a larger foot, say size 10, would need to buy two skeins to knit your beautiful pattern?

Here’s a pic of the leftovers from my pair:

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Loopy Leftovers 082707

I made my socks for a size 8.5 foot, and I had 22 grams of yarn leftover from my one skein, so you should have enough. I made the tops pretty tall on these, too. Remember, these socks are knit toe up — you can knit ’til you run out of yarn.

Bronwyn asked:

How do you decide what sock yarns to try? I mean, there are so many different kinds. Do you ask people what they recommend or do you go on the assumption that you’ll probably like any kind of sock yarn and just buy whatever has pretty colors?

I do try lots of different sock yarns. ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of them I read about on other blogs, and then go order a skein to try out myself. Some I stumble upon on Etsy. But the majority I buy from The Loopy Ewe because Sheri always has an impressive collection of sock yarns from a lot of different indie dyers.

By the way, the other day Jen left the following comment:

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.

So if you’re a dpn user who needs some help converting to a different method, check out Jen’s blog. Thanks, Jen!

Thanks for all your good wishes about my health. The cortisone shots last week were my second go-round with cortisone and sadly they have had no effect yet. I’m still moving sorta like Quasimodo, dragging one foot along as I walk. Every time I go to the doctor he sort of mutters something about “surgery may be the only solution” but we live in hope that eventually the non-surgical alternatives will do the trick.
Here’s Lucy being nonchalant.

Lucy 082707

Lucy 082707

Do not be fooled — here she is moments earlier, doing her “I’m-so-happy-Momma’s-home” wiggle-dance.

Lucy in motion 082707

Lucy in motion 082707

She’s a blur, baby!


  1. Yikes! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for non-surgical options to work for you too!

    Love the look of the socks, by the way!

  2. No one really understands how devastating back pain can be until they experience it themselves. All I know for certain, is that you have the best homeopathic cure available – your lovely Lucy! When she’s all wiggly and silly like that, you have to forget your pain, if just for a moment! Petting (you) and purring (Lucy) is very soothing, too, remember. Good luck with your back. I’m hoping you find relief soon!

  3. I hope that, whichever solution you need, that you’ll not have to wait too long for relief. Pain is a horrible thing, and if it’s surgery you need, don’t fear the surgery pain. It’s better than feeling as you are. Big hugs and good wishes!

  4. The socks look great!

    I just wanted to let you know that both my grandfather (several years ago) and my FIL (last autumn) had to have rather extensive back surgery. In fact they found that my FIL was missing part of a vertebra (it never had shown up as missing in several MRIs and x-rays). Anyway, they were both very glad that they had had the surgery, wished they’d agreed to it sooner, etc. My grandmother, who is 96, had her knee replaced at the age of 90 with a similar outcome. I think the doctors have become much better at orthopedic surgery with much better outcomes than possible 15-20 years ago. Also, my FIL was completely off pain meds within 3 DAYS of the back surgery. He had been unable to stand for more than 2 minutes while on heavy meds before the surgery. It was amazing.

    I hope your doctors can help you soon!

  5. Chalk me up as another who hopes that your meds do the trick!

    The Loopy Laces are gorgeous and I do love that colorway.

    Ahh, do you just love kitty wriggling? What a delightful way to be greeted at the end of the day!

  6. Just need to add my two cents about back surgery. They now have replacement discs for the lower and upper spine. I have a teacher friend who had a neck disc replaced and recovered very quickly. We live near New Haven so we can go to Yale. I have heard they are doing these replacements in other parts of the country. Maybe an option and the pain does go away almost at once. Good Health

  7. Oooo- more sock lust! Wow- that yarn, that pattern- gorgeous socks.

    Gotta love the wiggle dance! That’s a delight.

    Best wishes for a good recovery.

  8. Gorgeous socks! I can’t wait for your patterns to be available!

  9. L-B DP-Hands says:

    Me convert to a method other than dpns?
    You should see me doing the Lucy Wiggle Dance in laughter now! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Beautiful loopy socks! Not to mention your gorgeous wiggle-worm kitty kat!

  11. Lucy looks even softer and fluffier in motion! She’s a sweetie.

  12. Is your back problem something that maybe a chiropractor could help? I’ve used one that uses the Gonstead method.

    Hope you feel better soon.

  13. My sister is having problems with her back too. You know, if your leg hurts, you can kinda avoid walking on it, and if your arm hurts, you can put it in a sling. But you can’t really get away from back pain. ๐Ÿ™

    Sending pain-easing thoughts your way. Pain sucks.

  14. I’ll sign up for that sock pattern as soon as you write it up. Is Sheri doing .pdf downloads? Hope so. Nothing like instant gratification.

    Fingers seriously crossed for your back. We HATES operations, particularly back operations.

    And THANK YOU for my package! You made my day. I’m going to start knitting again tonight. Too bad you took Lucy back out of the package.

    Keep knitting, fast and furious. Only a few more pairs and you will meet my guess.

  15. The socks look great. I never had any doubt that you would be selling that pattern through the loopy ewe.

    It sucks that the cortizone shots haven’t done anything. Hopefully there is something more that they can do before they go the surgical route. I guess physical therapy won’t help.

  16. Love seeing the wiggle-dance. My late kitty would do that same dance for me – except she was three-legged for the last 8 years of her life (she died at 17). The socks are neat – love them – Loopy Ewe may get a bundle from me in pattern purchases.
    Hope the back/leg problem can be treated without surgery. Some problems may be helped by chiropractics but others cannot – either way it’s your decision to make. I will say my ruptured disc was helped greatly by a chiropractor – and I was NOT a believer the first time I was dragged, kicking and screaming, into the office.

    Sending healing thoughts your way!

  17. When I grow up, I want to be able to knit socks as fast as you do. Or maybe wiggle as crazy as Lucy does. i can’t decide.

  18. So sorry about your back. Been there for years, but my surgery helped. Not back, but hip replacement, seems to have taken some of the strain off the back, and I’m having much less trouble these days.
    Lucy makes me yearn for a kitty. One day soon.

  19. That yarn and pattern really do make a beautiful combination. I’ll look for that yarn next time I browse Loopy. Maybe I can fit another skein or two in my sock yarn drawer.

    If you do need to go with surgery, at least back surgery has progressed dramatically in the last couple of decades. And the risks, though very scarey, happen rarely. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do and I hope you find some relief in the meantime.

  20. I’ve loved all your socks this summer, but I think these might just be my favorite. They look lover-ly! And fingers crossed that pain vanishes SOON.

  21. Jennifer Kelly says:

    Will all of you daily Wendy Knits stalkers stop buying up all the yarn she shows before I get a chance to buy some! I’m always too late!!! AUGH!

    Great socks Wendy. I’m just finishing up a pair of double eyelet ribs and I love them! I’ll be buying all your patterns as soon as they are available. Hopefully the patterns will be downloadable. With my luck, if they were paper patterns, there might be a shortage on paper and I’ll miss out on the patterns too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care and hope you are feeling better.

  22. Wishing you the best. Sorry about the cortisone shots not working.

    When your pattern is for sale, will you give the instructions for a small foot too? I’m thinking about size 6. Please. . . . I can’t follow patterns very often because of my small foot. The length is never the problem, it’s always the circumference. ๐Ÿ™

  23. I’m thinking good thoughts, and hoping surgery will not be necessary! The Loopy Laces are beautiful–so glad you can still knit through the pain.

    Lucy’s wiggle dance is so cute. Eat your heart out Dancing With The Stars!

  24. Love those socks! Going to get that pattern! As for the Epidurals, bummer they aren’t working as well. Sometimes our patients needed the set of 3 our docs do. Hoping you won’t have to have surgery! Take care!

  25. Sorry about all the back trauma. My girlfriend went throught similar problems last year and fought surgery with all she had. She finally gave up and had the surgery and has been fine (backwise) ever since. Unfortunately, taking all the time to decide on back surgery caused knee problems from the walking around funny.
    My advise – take two Lucy paws and pet her in the morning!

  26. Love the socks–which ones? All of ’em! A Wendy Knits Socks book would be wonderful.
    So sorry to hear about the back pain. I’ve been dealing with hip pain and had a cortisone injection a few weeks ago. It took about two full weeks before the pain subsided. Maybe you just need a little more time?? I hope something helps soon.

  27. Sorry to hear about your back…and weren’t you just the wisest to not reveal what physical challenge you were having…as you predicted, we each have a story to tell. Me, too. I had back surgery when I was about 45 after excruciating lower back pain. Got along well until the last five years or so…stenosis and hip issues following bilateral knee replacement. I’ll get up nerve to have another surgery, if you will. They don’t even have to make the big incisions like they did back in the day…recovery time is minimal, they say. Shall we?
    Mine is bad enough now that I have to use a walker to walk any distance…that’s terrible, don’t you think? I’m only 76 – well, pusing 77 pretty hard. But still…feel very young from the neck up. Maybe I’ll try acupuncture first.


  28. I love all your patterns; however, they are too wide for my small, very narrow foot (6 AAA). How can I convert the patterns to make the socks more narrow? Maybe you can also include a smaller size in your instructions. Thanks, Nat

  29. I know you wanted to avoid a deluge of well-intentioned suggestions on your health but I have to encourage you to look into accupuncture before surgery. I’ve had chronic health problems for 12 years and after 6 months of accupuncture, I have a whole new lease on life.

  30. First, those socks are beautiful. You are inspiring me to learn how to knit socks toe up.

    Second, I don’t know your specific back issues, but my father just went through a Lamanectomy for his lower back problems. The surgery was a complete success, and with physical therapy, he is gaining strength every day. I am personally not a fan of cortisone shots, as I have had them for my wrist; my mother has had them for heel spurs, and my sister has had them for Carpel Tunnel – they didn’t do a thing for any of us.

    Surgery is always a last option, but technology has come a long way, especially with regards to back surgery. I hope you don’t have to do it, but don’t rule it out.

    Good luck!

  31. Wendy,
    The latest sock is gorgeous. As we say in south, I’m tickled pink that you’re publishing your sock patterns at The Loopy Ewe. I’m looking forward to trying a few since I’ve already done the toe-up freebies and the patterns from your book.

    All my prayers regarding your back. My husband has also had very successful back surgery – he wishes he hadn’t waited as long as the docs told him to.

    Carol in Prince George, VA

  32. Thought I’d “de-lurk” to tell you that I love those new socks. And I lurrvve the “mama’s home happy dance”! My cats (three adult cats plus our foster kitty) do that when I get home. I have to laugh when I think about how the older ones act so dignified most of the time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your sock knowledge! I’ve learned so much over the “Summer of Sock” and am almost finished with my first real sock!


  33. Hi Wendy, I am also “de-lurking” ;> to send good wishes and vibes your way. This back thing is just terrible, and I hope you get some relief. On another note, you just passed my guess of number of socks you’d knit this Summer…you go girl!

  34. I’ll keep fingers (and toes) crossed that something works soon so you don’t have to consider surgery!
    Lovely socks…
    Lovelier wiggle dance, Lucy!

  35. You have an amazing knack for combining textury patterns with hand-dyed yarn and your sock patterns are so much fun to knit, too. I hope the “surgery” word doesn’t come up anytime soon. I’m optimistic for your other strategies and am thrilled with the consistent care you are receiving now.

  36. Michele in Maine says:

    Wendy, those are the prettiest socks yet! I will definitely be ordering that pattern when it becomes available.

    Best of luck about your back. That kind of pain is no fun at all. I’m crossing my fingers for you.

  37. I’ve had a cortisone for my DeQuerviens Tendinitis and I know how bad they can hurt. I hope you don’t have to have surgery but sometimes it’s the best thing to do. Then you can get on with your life.

  38. I know you don’t want horror stories, and this isn’t one! I had a ruptured disc, a whole piece was pinched off, horrible pain for months, foot drop, numbness – had the disc removed (laminectomy), never even used the pain meds in the hospital because I simply didn’t hurt anymore. It was very easy, and very successful, and the docs are getting really good at this kind of stuff – so if it comes to that, I’m a great example for you.

    I am stunned at your sock knitting rate. I’ve been working on a pair of socks for months, I swear I get slower all the time. I blame single-motherhood/making a living.

  39. Your latest socks are just beautiful-I’m working on a pair of MONKEYS-trying to push myself out of basic sock knitting. You are inspiring me to try some more difficult patterns-now the very hard part will be deciding which Wendy pattern to use!
    Sending postive prayers and healing thoughts your way-

  40. Another beautiful pair of socks and another great design! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you that surgery will not be necessary. I can’t even imagine cortisone shots like that…

  41. Ann in CT says:

    I think the KOARC needs to document Lucy’s wiggle dance so her adoring fans can see just how cute it is.

  42. I hate cortisone shots. The needles are HUGE. I had a broken bone in my foot (admittedly not as scary as when you’re dealing with spines — spines are a BIG deal) and the doctor told me we needed to “watch it.” I asked him why? As in, do you think it’s going to do something interesting?

    He scheduled the surgery. Surgery is scary, but the absence of pain/ability to function is good. I have had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, along with a hysterectomy — so I have had a couple.

  43. I wish we could talk about about our spine issues and the epidural I had 2.5 months ago. My problem is spinal stenosis, which was diagnosed 2.5 years ago. I’m just over in Potomac. lynnem6 at verizon dot net
    BTW, this last sock pattern is my favorite so far.

  44. Sure, I love the knitting content on your blog. But I have a confession to make: I often scroll down to see Lucy’s antics first and THEN scroll up to see the knitterly goodness.

  45. Marianne Y says:

    I love your Loopy Laces socks & pattern! They are gorgeous!

    Thank you for answering my question on how much yarn you had left over. That looks like plenty to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. A friend of a friend–and she is also a customer at my yarn shop–had back surgery and regrets not doing it sooner. She couldn’t believe how much better she felt. Like normal! Hang in there. Mine is killing me today but I think kid stress threw me over the edge.

  47. I love those socks, and will buy the pattern as soon as I see it on TLE.