My current work in progress:

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


Yay! September!

I don’t know about you, but I’m delighted to say good-bye to August. We may still have 6 weeks of summer weather ahead of us here in the Washington DC area, but to me, September means Autumn. And I do love Autumn! So bring it on, Mother Nature!

Cool Stuff!

You may recall that I blogged about Cat Bordhi’s new book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One a few days ago. To recap briefly, in this book, Cat introduces us to a number of new sock architectures — new ways of shaping our socks. The book includes extremely detailed instructions for knitting these new architectures and employs the use of stitch markers with letters on them to mark out different sections of the knittings. According to the book, the Addi Turbo people will be creating lettered stitch markers.

But if you go on Etsy, to J.L. Yarnworks, you can get yourself some lovely lettered stitch markers now!

Stitchmarkers Alpha 083007

Stitchmarkers Alpha 083007

I love these little markers so much it seems somehow illicit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jackie’s got other beautiful stitch markers, too. See?

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Stitchmarkers 083007

You might want to check out her hand-dyed yarn while you are there. It is entirely possible that a skein of a lovely heathered sock yarn jumped into may cart while I was there . . .

Speaking of Socks

There’s a new sock on the needles. Well, I finished the first sock last night, actually.

I don’t need to ask anyone for suggestions on what to name this sock, because I knew what it was to be while it was still just a tiny spark in my fevered brain.

These socks have a destiny — I am knitting them for my buddy L-B, for her birthday, as a non-surprise. In fact, her birthday is not ’til the end of October, but she will be getting these babies before then! There is some element of surprise, because she doesn’t know what they look like until she reads this blog entry.

May I present . . . the first L-Bee Sock.

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L-Bee Sock 090207

The center panel is little bee wings, flanked on each side by a honeycomb pattern.

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L-Bee Sock flat 090207
What yarn am I using?


STR 090207

STR 090207

Socks That Rock lightweight in the “Oregon Red Clover Honey” colorway. I mean, seriously, how could I not?

I’m knitting on a 2mm needle and getting my usual gauge for fingering weight socks — 8 stitches and 12 rows to the inch. I love this yarn in this colorway!

They are a somewhat slow knit because the lace stitches are painstaking to execute but I think the results are worth it. The trade-off here is that L-B has tiny little feet, so there is less total knitting to be done!

Lucy sez:

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Lucy 090207

I’ve got tiny little feet too!


  1. Fall is my favorite season! I’m very much looking forward to the weather cooling off. I love your L-Bee sock – what a clever idea! I have small feet too – I love that because I don’t have to worry as much about running out of yarn! Enjoy the rest of your long weekend. : )

  2. I love the L-Bee socks–genius! Beautiful too; just like sweet Miss Lucy.

  3. BeeUtiful! Love this pattern, but I can see that it must be complicated…have to be for a VERY good friend. Lucky she has small feet.

    I’ve just started one of Cat’s patterns. Went to the trouble of having one of my daughters go down to the bead store to buy some ABC beads to make some stitch markers before I started. And then I discovered, of course, that ANY stitch markers will do the trick, if you are half-way aware of what you’re doing. The IMPORTANT thing, however, is to be sure to do two rows of plain knit between increase rows once you get to the arch expansion!!! If you don’t, they will end up being an appropriate size for your friend.

    Have you thought more about selling your patterns on downloadable .pdf file?

    Stay cool! 109 degrees here yesterday…more expected today.

  4. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!
    Is it vain for me to say these are my most favorite socks in the world?!
    And here I am knitting the Bee Fields Shawl out of the same color! Are we on the same hive-length, or what? You are so clever!
    Okay,okay, so I am going to be looking forward to this birthday,afterall! Thank you,Wendy!

  5. I got a set of lettered stitch markers made by cristi at Of course, now I need to go find me Cat’s new book! Missed your patterns on the Loopy Ewe sneak up, but since I just got my $25 credit, I’m sure I’ll get myself into additional trouble when Sheri restocks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Such a genius name for beautiful socks! And I too love Autumn it is my favorite time of year! This year with our dry summer it’ll likely not be as pretty, but it’s still my favorite time.
    I am so impressed with you socks! You do inspire me.
    And L-B Pre-Happy Birthday in October!

  7. Wow, those L-Bee socks are gorgeous! I too am a fall person. Bring on the crisp air and let the heat and humidity go away for another year.

  8. Wow, happy birthday (early) L-B. Wendy, are you going to have this pattern available at Loopy Ewe so we can all be virtual Bee-twins with L-B?

  9. You’re on my wavelength–goodbye August, hello Autumn! Even though the change of seasons out here in the desert is more subtle, it already is beginning to feel like fall! (In spite of the 110-degree temps we’ve been having!) I like the way the color plays off the bee pattern–hmm, I might need to take another look at that Bee Fields pattern!

  10. Simply lovely pattern for a simply lovely person written and knit by a lovely person!

  11. The L-Bee socks are incredible!!! What a perfect gift for such a special friend!! I know they’ll be cherished!

    Happy early birthday L-B!!!

    I’m casting my vote for Autumn love, too…I’m so with you….September 1 means the beginning of autumn no matter what the thermometer reads!!

  12. Hooray for September! This really is my favorite time of year too!

    Those L-Bee socks are so pretty! Great color.

    Have a good weekend.

  13. I meant “Virtu-Ell-Bee” twins . . .

  14. Those socks are so pretty! L-B is one lucky woman for sure.

  15. L-B is one lucky lady (at least I assume she is a lady!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not only does she have smashing hair, thank you WEN, she now has smashing feet, thank you WENdy! Head to toe, awesome!
    I too am kicking the August dust off of my shoes!

  16. I really, really, really (had to add a 3rd in there) like this pattern and the yarn is perfect for it! What a beautiful gift for L-B!

    Not only is autumn in the air as September arrives, but the last two pairs of socks you have knit are in the appropriate colors for it!

    Fall is definitely in the air here in Indiana,too, and I am so, so ready for it!

  17. This pattern has just jumped to the top of my list of those I’d like to knit. Fabulous! I just finished Cabletini in The Knittery’s marino/cashmere blend (from the Loopy Ewe, of course), and I’m very happy with the result. The yarn did have a tendency to split, so I had to be extra careful, but it produced a wonderfully warm, soft sock, and I loved the pattern. Thanks for making it available. Now I’ll try to be patient until the L-B Sock pattern makes its appearance. :=)

  18. WOW, the sock is fantastic. Your friend is soooo lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. The results are definitely worth the work. Those socks are drop-dead gorgeous. Oh I waaant!

  20. I love the L-Bee socks. How adorable. Also adorable: Lucy’s widdle feets and toes.

  21. Those are lovely!! Guess they’ll match her shawl now! Great to see how it knits up!

  22. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Beautiful socks! What an incredible birthday gift. Lucky L-B!

    Lucy, your feet are just too cute.

  23. Gorgeoud socks for LB! And the new stitch markers are really nice! Thanks for the linkage ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Oh my, L-Bee’s birthday socks are gorgeous! Wonderful pattern and yarn choice.

  25. Man, those are NICE!

  26. Lucky L-Bee! She has a great friend knitting beautiful socks for her teeny tiny feet. Lucky all around! (Great choice on the yarn – anything with “clover honey” in the title was meant to be Bee Socks.)

  27. Pretty, pretty socks.

    I’m fascinated by Cat Bordhi’s book though I haven’t tackled any of the designs yet. I figure it might be nice to finish at least one of the ten pairs of socks I currently have on the needles before indulging in a new puzzle.

  28. love the L-bee socks. they’re delicate and yet look warm all in the same moment.
    hope this catches you feeling good today – and that you soon have many good days.

  29. These are my favorite so far this year. I would love to make them!!

  30. wow! Where do you come up with these patterns? You are a genius. The L-Bee socks are out of this world- clever name, clever design. L-B is sooo lucky!

    Yes, Lucy, you have four adorable little cat feet.

  31. Hurray for Fall! These are fabulous socks! The color and pattern panels work together perfectly!

  32. Oh, lucky L-B!

  33. Those socks are wonderful! I love the look of the centre panel flanked by two others. It’s a little hard to tell in your picture – does the back of the sock have the same bee’s wings on it?
    Tell Lucy her little tiny feet are cute as can be!

  34. anne marie in philly says:

    early happy birthday to L-B! with friends like wendy to knit you socks…such a gift!

    yes, lucy, you also have little feet with widdle tassels between your widdle toes. but you don’t need socks to keep you warm.

    yea fall, my favorite time of year!

  35. I LOVE the L-Bee socks! L-B sent me the link to this blog entry and I know she loves them too. I hope you will sell this pattern at The Loopy Ewe.

    I too am happy that fall is right around the corner.

  36. I love how those socks look! Are you going to offer that pattern for sale too?

    I like autumn too. The summer heat kills me, and it’s nice to have the temperature cool a little so it’s not uncomfortable to use blankets at night any more. (I never feel comfortable sleeping without a blanket.) I’m always reminded of the fun of school (yes, I actually miss going to school. How weird is that?), and the smell of the air is refreshing. Long live autumn!

  37. If spring, summer and autumn were longer, I might be more inclined to look forward to autumn as well. Our winter is 8 months long and cold from start to finish though, so I’m not happy that the leaves are turning colour and the birds are heading south right now.

    Absolutely love the L-Bee socks very pretty and the yarn is perfect. Lucy is also perfect and I’d love to see a video of her with socks on. Cats are funny when they have stuff stuck to their paws. I wish I’d had a camera when my cats got their paws stuck on the tape I’d put around the Christmas tree the first year we had them.

  38. Those are nice socks. I have little feet too, so it wouldn’t be painful to make them for myself either.

  39. I love fall too! It’s my favorite of all of the seasons. I love the apples, the cider, All Hallow’s Eve, my birthday, crisp leaves, the smell of wood smoke, slipping on your sweater the first day that it is cold enough to wear it. sigh

    The L-Bee Sock is fantastic btw.

  40. Speaking of the weather turning cooler, we went camping and one night it was in the low 50’s (F) and I was freezing. DH asked why I didn’t bring wool socks for me and the kids – ummm… it was August?? So now I want some pink/grey wool ragg socks. Any idea where I can find such yarn?

  41. I have to come out of hiding to say that those are my favorite of your sock patterns! L-B is a lucky lady! Seriously, those are awesome and amazing.

  42. Hi Wendy, You’ve mentioned that you divide each skein of yarn before you begin knitting so that you have one for each sock. I was wondering how this is done. In need to divide a skein for a shawl. How do I figure out when I’m at the 1/2 way mark? Do I need a scale?

    Thanks to you and/or anyone who explains to me, what I am sure is obvious to everyone else! [yes, I’m willing to risk phishing and spamming to find out the answer!]

  43. I’m a sucker for stitch markers, so had to have some lettered ones to go with my Bordhi sock knitting. I really like Cristi’s simple but elegant lettered markers–she has a few sets in her Etsy shop (

    When I dropped in at the Loopy Ewe, all of the Wendy patterns were gone. Like one of the earlier commentators, I’d like to see Wendy sock patterns in downloadable .pdf form.

  44. Seriously gorgeous socks! Lucky L-B(ee). ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Thanks for the stitch marker hook-up. I got a coupla pair. Got a Cat B. retreat coming up later this month. I’m so excited.

    As usual the socks are beautiful. The colors you pick are the always the bomb.

  46. Michele in Maine says:

    September is the gift for surviving August. I nearly jumped for joy as I put my 9 year old on the school bus this morning! September (and October) in Maine are what we live for~!

    Love the socks. I’ve resisted buying the Red Clover Honey colorway (because really, how much STR does my stash really need right now?), but of course I will be succumbing as soon as you post the L-Bee pattern. I am so weak.

  47. I love these socks, but alas, I have huge feet and no dear and good friend like you to knit them for me. Hopefully you will add this pattern to the growing collection of patterns a Loopy Ewe ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously though, this is by far my favorite of all the socks you have knitted this summer.

    And Lucy looks adorable as always!

  48. Love the L-Bee socks! Too cool…

  49. Bee wings are too cute. I wanted to say they’re the bee’s knee’s – but that would be too dorky. Where did you find the lace pattern for the bee wings? I need to find a good stitch resource.

  50. The socks are just incredible!! I love the color, the pattern, everything!!!!!

  51. Julie The Purple Chick says:

    Woah ~ Those socks are absolutely lovely! L-B, you are one lucky duck…. err.. lucky BEE!