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


Making Tracks Socks

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Making Tracks Socks 083007

Yeah, I know the popular choice for the name of this sock pattern was “Chutes and Ladders,” but several of you alerted me to the fact that there’s another sock pattern out there with that name.

I do realize that in the universe there is more than one instance of patterns with the same name. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But if I am made aware of a pattern by the same name, I’ll avoid using that name.

So the new sock pattern shall henceforth be known as “Making Tracks.” And here are the socks, making their blog debut.

These are knit from sportweight yarn using 2.75mm needles. I am quite pleased with them.

I made the legs pretty tall on these — taller than I usually do. But I was on a roll, you know? This sock yarn had 280 yards per skein, and this is what I had left over after completing the socks.

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Leftovers 083007

My Patterns at The Loopy Ewe

I was so excited by the great response when Sheri put my sock patterns up for sale last night. Yeah, they are sold out at this point, but don’t worry — she placed another (big!) order with me immediately so I’ll be shipping a new stock of patterns to her very soon. Thank you so much to all of you who jumped in and bought ’em! I hope you enjoy knitting them as much as I did.

By the way, for every copy of the Healthy Spine Sock pattern that is sold, Sheri and I are donating a portion of our profits to the Arthritis Foundation. It seems appropriate, no?

I’ll continue to make my sock patterns available through The Loopy Ewe so if you see it here in progress, you will in all probability see it for sale over there soon thereafter. Unless we decide the pattern is not worthy for whatever reason.

In the U.S. we are coming up on Labor Day Weekend, the traditional end of summer. I took Friday and Tuesday off from work (and Monday is a holiday) so I’ve got a very nice long weekend. Time off work without medical appointments.

Instead I’ll be getting sock patterns ready to ship.

Lucy, on the other hand, is just primping so she’ll look pretty all weekend.

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Lucy 083007


  1. CONGRATULATIONS on the sell-out. I am so glad that I got my order in early and will have the ones I wanted.

    Have a wonderful long week-end.

  2. Tigger's Mom says:

    I ordered all of your patterns, and I can’t wait to get them! I love that you and Sheri are donating a portion of the profits from Healthy Spine to the Arthritis Foundation. Looking forward to more patterns!

    Have a restful (long) weekend! Kisses to Lucy.

  3. I am totally buying one of those Healthy Spine sock patterns next time Sheri stocks ’em — I like the socks and the cause is near and dear to my heart. (Think of all the people who have to stop knitting due to arthritis!)

    Enjoy your weekend, (fun) work filled though it may be!

  4. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I’m so glad that there will be more patterns available soon at The Loopy Ewe! I love the ones that I got last night, but there are several more that I want as well.

    Enjoy your long weekend–hope it includes lots of knitting and snuggling with lovely Lucy!

  5. Joan Callaway says:

    I missed out on the patterns, Wendy. I’m wondering if they might someday be available on .pdf file rather than hard copy with shipping delay, cost, etc.? That way you never sell out


  6. I can’t wait for ALL of the sock patterns at The Loopy Ewe. And of course Lucy is primping, she’s the diva, after all. I can’t believe I commenting about a cat, I’m such a “dog person.” Cats bore me. Sorry.

    Have a super weekend. Hope you feel great. Put your feet up and camp out on the couch!

  7. Laboring over Labor Day weekend? Say it isn’t so!!

    I can wait for sock patterns.

  8. Love your hair!!!! Was too late to get your sock patterns. Bummer. Could you do them as a .pdf? Would be great.

  9. Love the color of those socks. I may have to add more brown to my stash.

    Looks like Lucy is practicing being relaxed for the weekend!

  10. Beautiful socks!!! I hope you, Lucy, & Ian have a fun, relaxing weekend.

  11. Yes, more sock patterns! I’m storing up for when I can knit with small needles again. I’m down to size 8 after a bout with arthritis last year. Thank you for donating some of the profits to the Arthiritis Foundation

    Love the brown of your Making Tracks socks. I painted my entry wall the same color. You have very good taste in colors. But we knew that! Have a restful looong weekend.

  12. I voted for “Making Tracks!” Hooray. I love that title. Happy Labor Day Weekend, and lots of snorgles to Lucy. (As an arthritic knitter, I have one word: Enbrel.) Have a quiet, restful time.

  13. I’m firmly in the camp of the PDF pattern knitters. Please? I won’t have to worry about loosing the hard copy then. And I already have 2 -3″ binders full of patterns. Please make them PDF? It’s ever so much easier to handle and keep everything file away neatly.

    Sending Lucy a snuggle.

  14. Happy Labor Day! Nice to have a long weekend! And access to your patterns ๐Ÿ™‚ Primp Lucy! Primp!

  15. Just catching up with your blog after a few days away. I blame you for my just-made purchase of ChazDean WEN cleansing conditioners (I bought the small set of three diff kinds for fine to medium hair – Sweet Almond Mint, Lavender and
    Cucumber Aloe, each 6 oz). I have lusted after it since you linked to Sandy’s blog, and I saw her hair. And now yours. Gorgeous!
    Enjoy your weekend and your lovely hair. And thanks.
    It’s always nice to look forward to a little something in the mail ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy long, long weekend sans doctors! May your knitting be as a balm to you.

  16. YAY! Making Tracks–I think I was the first with the name. This is the second thing of yours I’ve named– maybe I should become a professional knitting-namer! LOL!

    Have a terrific weekend!

  17. I was lucky enough to get all of your patterns before they sold out … wow! Better not tell Lucy that her mama’s turning into a superstar ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m wondering about your Loopy Laces pattern – it’s my favourite. Should I watch for it in Sheri’s sneak-ups or will it be one of the free patterns?
    Enjoy your 5 days off ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Lucy is fabulous as always! Of course with such beauty come many primping routines.

    It must feel really nice to have so many patterns snatched up so quickly and even better that some of the money goes to help so many people in pain.

  19. Are your patterns going to be available for download or do we have to wait for snail mail? I’m one of those instant gratification people and am dying for the asparagus socks!

  20. Alice in Richmond says:

    That is a really nice pattern and a super nice charity! I would say that!

    Have a good weekend!

  21. Ann Carpenter says:

    Hi Wendy, Love all the socks you’ve designed this summer. They are lovely. By the way, about the Hap Shawl book. Did you ever get it? If so, how is it? I’ve been thinking about ordering it but it’s so expensive I want to make sure it’s worth it! I have her Heirloom book which is very good. Also, I got the Cat Bordhi book last night. It’s really good. I’ve already started the first pair of baby socks and am down to the heel. But now I’m stymied. I don’t know where to go from here so I guess I’ll have to go study some more. But I love the book and think it will be lots of fun to make the socks for Himself. He does love handknit socks. Bless his heart.
    Ann in Dallas where it’s almost too hot to knit.

  22. Enjoy your Doc free weekend and I hope the shot kicks in!

    The patterns are lovely and I’ll be buying a few for sure.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Maybe you can look into selling them as PDF files so they never run out?

  24. New Jersey Laura says:

    Congratulations on your new official status as paid Sock Designer. Ten toes up! And thank you for donating part of the proceeds to the arthritis foundation.

  25. I LOVE those socks and the colour is just amazing. I missed out on the first run of your patterns so will have to get next time when they come in. Hope you feel extra good for your long week end!!

  26. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, can you be convinced to make your sock patterns available for download? I’m too impatient! I totally missed the first offering and I’m afraid I’ll just keep missing them (as I miss out on just about everything you even mention being available at the Loope Ewe).


  27. Congratulations on the sell out! Your socks are wonderful, and I love their creative names. Have a great Labor Day!

    Caroline, the SockPixie

  28. What a wonderful selection of socks. And, speaking of the Arthritis Foundation, have you ever tried joining one of the aquatic exercise programs developed by them? The one in my area is called Twinges in the Hinges and is held in a 89 degree pool. I highly recommend it for pain relief and general well-being. I don’t know anything about your problem but found this a life-saver myself.

  29. How long til Loopy Ewe will have the healthyspine sock pattern? My MIL is recovering from back surgery, and I want to make her some!!!!! I’m not trying to bug you….I’m just trying to _plan_!


  30. For some reason, I feel like mentioning that when I was a child, I knew the game as “Snakes and Ladders,” and it wasn’t until I moved from England to Canada that I ever heard “Chutes and Ladders”. Weird, huh?

  31. I really like this sock, especially since the heel looks kind of different. I love to learn something new as far as construction.
    PS. You were asking about what we thought about Wollmeise and I finished one sock. I did really like it once i got going, little splitting problems. Will be interesting to see how this kind of unusual yarn wears.

  32. great gorgeous sock..
    now that I own a couple of your patterns, i guess i’ll have to learn to do toe up (grin)
    I’m sending you a gentle cyber hug of gratitude

  33. Congrats on the sell out! I’ve gotta get there quicker next time! Great idea to donate to the Arthritis Foundation too!

    Love those Making Tracks socks as well!

  34. Yay for selling out so quick. The socks look great. Have a wonderful long weekend.

  35. Nice work!
    Is that heel on ‘Making Tracks’ your own new architecture? I’m kind of a newbie in the sock world, but I haven’t seen that one before and it looks very interesting.
    I’d like to add my vote for downloadable patterns. PayPal is extremely user-friendly for a buyer, and probably is for a vendor too.

  36. Theresa in Italy says:

    Just got back from vacation so all your patterns had sold out—I’ll catch them on Sheri’s next update—but congratulations! And if you DO decide to go the .pdf route, please keep a few hardcopy patterns on hand; I haven’t got a printer and it’s so frustrating when a pattern is offered ONLY for download.

    Have a lovely restful long weekend.

  37. I ordered all of your patterns at the Sneak Up. I’m glad you and Sheri are donating a portion of the profits from Healthy Spine to the Arthritis Foundation. I suggest you continue to support Sheri by making patterns available thru Loopy Ewe since she is such a greater supporter of knitting.

  38. It’s the Labour Day long weekend here in Canada too – have a great one Wendy! Here’s to a healthy back!

    Head scritches to Lucy!

  39. Absolutely my fave sock pattern so far!! LOVE them… just love them!

    Congratulations on your sell out!

  40. CONGRATS on the sell out! But I’m not surprised – they are gorgeous patterns from a very talented knitter.
    And I have to say “THANK YOU” for the donation to the Arthritis Foundation. Rheumatoid arthritis runs in my family, and while I only suffer from osteoarthritis in my lumbar spine and hips, my dear mom has rheumatoid and can no longer crochet. I’m only hoping they can discover a cure before my children reach the stage where they start suffering, too. Every little bit helps.
    Give Lucy some extra chin scratches this weekend.
    Denise and the Six-Pack + 1

  41. I love those socks! When I saw them in sepia, the first thing I thought was “Criss-Cross Applesauce”, then I saw them in color and was happy that the color looked like applesauce (heavy on the cinnamon!).

    Congrats on the pattern sell-out. I have yet to knit a sock toe-up, but think I would try one of your patterns first.

  42. I love these socks. The color is great. I am finishing my first pair of toe-up socks from your book “Wendy Knits”. My friends think I am a little nutty because in the words of Wile E Coyote I keep muttering “Genius, pure genius”. These are the fastest socks I have EVER knit. I have 3 more socks waiting to be done, all your patterns from your blog and all Loopy Ewe yarn.

  43. Very pleased to be able to buy the patterns you have come up with this summer. If you talked Sherri into hosting them as pdf downloads, you would save yourself quite a bit of work producing printed patterns. Just an idea (from someone who loves the instant gratification of dowloadable patterns!).

  44. Very cool socks. I like the name cause I think the pattern looks like the tracks left by our tractor tires. Oh and here’s a vote for PDF downloads for patterns.

  45. I totally missed your sock patterns at The Loopy Ewe … Unfortunately, that didn’t stop me from buying four skeins of sock yarn. *sigh* I’m hoping to score several of your patterns on the next update!

  46. First of all, enjoy your long, “medical appointment free” weekend! You deserve it! I am glad that you and Sheri are donating to the Arthritis Foundation. My favorite aunt has severe RA (and diabetes). Although your ailment is different, I know the kind of pain my aunt can be in and its not a fun place to be…

    And, I do look forward to knitting the Healthy Spine socks – it was one of your patterns that I ordered, – okay, I ordered one of each! Take care… : )

  47. Beautiful socks! I really love that color. Hope you have a good restful weekend Wendy!

  48. I love the socks and the name. I will certainly be buying your patterns when Sheri gets more in. Have a great three day weekend!

  49. Count me in the PDF crowd … though I can imagine that you’d have concerns about people sharing the patterns etc. Do what seems best to you & Sheri.

    My DH has had arthritis since he was a teenager so the Arthritis Foundation is near & dear to my heart. I will certainly buy the healthy spine socks when they are available again. I’m going to have to start stalking Loopy Ewe!

  50. hi, my name’s jen and i’ve been a lurker for a while. i wanted to know how you price your patterns? is there any certain criteria you base it on (time spent, design difficulty level, etc.)? i want to begin selling my own patterns, socks and shawls and whatever else lies in the future, and any tips/tricks would be a BIG help.

    BTW your sock knitting keeps me knitting socks lol. when i think that many socks can’t be knit in that short of a timeframe, i remember you.

  51. Love those socks and can’t wait to make a pair! Why are the patterns not available as Downloads???? That would seemingly be more convenient all around……

    Oh and I am going to go poo-free too! As soon as I get my butt in gear and order some. Thanks for the tip.

  52. I like your making tracks pattern very much.
    Will it also be for sale and can they be made
    out of fingering weight. Sport is a little
    to heavy for me to handle right now. Sounds
    crazy but true.

  53. Gee, I only took off Friday extra. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully you find some time over the weekend to do some non-pattern things!

  54. Congratulations on your patterns selling out so fast!

    If you decide to go the PDF pattern route, I hope you will continue to sell hard copies, too, as I really don’t want to download them. For the people who do choose to buy them that way, I hope they are backing up their hard drives. There is a saying among IT people that it is not if, but when your hard drive will die. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you & Lucy & KOARC have a great long weekend! Thank you for all that you do for us. Take care.

  55. I love these – hope the pattern will be available soon.

  56. I’m 14. I’ve been knitting since I was 8 but I have never knit socks before. Do you have any advice for beginners? I have read your book and know to go toe-up…

    P.S. My cat (Luther) says to tell Lucy hi.