My current work in progress:

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


Outpouring of Heidi Love

Aย  message from L-B:

I’ve read each and every thoughtful word that each and every one of you wrote to me and realized that, together, you were all my anchor to keep me from slipping away too far in my grief.

You have all felt the heartache I am feeling now and I’ve come to realize that we love our furry friends to the deepest chamber of our hearts. Our hearts grow larger for that and make room for more unconditional love to come into our lives when we are ready for it. That extra space in our hearts has to be filled.

I remember when dear Izzy passed away from Wendy’s life. Lucy had a huge void to come along and fill in Wendy’s heart and I know she filled it to overflowing because Wendy’s heart has also reached out to so many of us, as well.

That cool autumn breeze I felt today is surely Heidi’s long, feathered tail wagging in approval that her new canine and feline friends and two special bunnies across the bridge all had very special people who loved them totally and completely as I did my Heidi and took the time to comfort me and remind me I will see Heidi again across that Rainbow Bridge.

I began to list all their names here and realized this post would be very long indeed because there were so many names and they were all different. Just goes to show how our furry friends were all individuals in their own right, as well as in our hearts.

A huge thank you to all who took the time to write to me here, who cried along with me, who comforted me with very wise words. My healing is beginning, in large part, thanks to you all.

Love, L-B

I hope Heidi will fall for Ria’s pets’ snowballs!

Thank YOU L-B !

On to knitting . . .

I’ve Never Met a Sock Yarn I Didn’t Like

Debi commented:

I have a question…you seen pretty easygoing as far as the sock yarns you like . . . have there been any you would never use again?

I’ve been thinking about that all weekend. It took me a long time to come up with an answer, because there are very few sock yarns I don’t like. I think I’d have to say that I’m not particularly fond of cotton blend sock yarns, so I won’t go out of my way to use them. I’ve only knit a couple of pairs of socks from cotton blend yarns, but they were enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I’m happiest with an all wool sock yarn, though the wool/silk and wool/bamboo blends are awfully nice. I like the wool/nylon blends for guy socks, though the yarn isn’t quite as yummy to knit.

Garden Path Sock

I’m so pleased that so many of you have mentioned how much you like this sock. Here’s the first sock completed.

Garden Path Sock 091607

Garden Path Sock 091607

Garden Path Sock A 091607

Garden Path Sock A 091607

The second sock is coming along nicely.

Several of you asked if it will be available for sale — you betcha! You can expect to see the pattern at The Loopy Ewe soon.

We’re having a lazy Sunday here. Lucy is too sleepy to say anything just now.

Lucy 091607

Lucy 091607


  1. Poor Lucy. So much knitting supervision to keep up on. So little time. Really, beauties must get their sleep!

  2. You really have a knack for sock yarn/textured pattern combinations. This has been a wonderfully inspiring summer of socks. Do you have a favorite sock pattern of all the ones you have created or perhaps one you found the most challenging to get the way you wanted it to look?

  3. I absolutely LOVE the Garden Path socks!! I haven’t knitted socks yet (I’ve only been knitting for 10 months!) but I can see that I will definitely have to give it a try – just so I can make these ones! Thanks for the inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh L-B, I’m glad you’re on the path to healing.
    Wendy, I hope you’re making lots of Garden Path patterns for Sheri!

  5. Dear L-B – I’m glad you are able to know that you are not alone with your loss. You not only have good friends like Wendy and Lucy, but all of us who have/have had furry family members that are as important to us as the humans in our lives. Take care.

    Wendy – I especially like the Garden Path pattern – maybe ’cause I’m partial to green. I’ll be looking for it at The Loopy Ewe.

    Lucy – I hope you get all the rest you need. No one really appreciates the amount of work it takes to be sweet.

  6. Well, I had myself another good cry over L-B’s heartfelt words – and I too remember when Izzy died and how heartbroken I felt!

    It does get better and your heart does heal, especially when you let another furry love into it like Lucy or my P-Man but I still shed the occasional tear for my beloved Jaxon and Mickie, I suppose I always will.

    All weekend huh? ๐Ÿ™‚
    The only yarn I will never touch again, for socks or otherwise, is Wildfoote…what dreck that stuff is! Yuck!

    I love the new socks, the Spring Tickle is just perfect for the lovely pattern!

  7. L-B — I hope you begin to feel a bit better each day — please don’t hesitate to send a message if you want to chat some time. We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers here ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs from my furry and feathered kids xxxxoooo


    Oh, Wendy! The Garden Path Sock is even nicer now that it’s finished! I sure wish you didn’t use charts though ๐Ÿ™ Or that I could learn to read them by some miracle of knitting magic!! LOVE IT!!!

  8. I have some Smooshy I’m saving for Garden Path! Now I know what it wants to be. And another cyberhug to L-B!

  9. Made me cry!

  10. LB – I’m glad you have this medium to find so many of us in sympathy with your loss. It’s easier to share it than to bear it alone. Heidi is most certainly with you in spirit as she misses you too and will be waiting, although she knows/hopes it will be a very long wait.

    I really do like those socks Wendy. They may be my favorite pattern of the summer and I may actually have to break down and purchase a sock pattern. I’m not overly fond of sock knitting at the moment but those are doing something for me…

    Oh, Lucy?? I’m glad you keep Wendy in line even though it is tiring. We know who the real inspiration of Wendy (Lucy) Knits is ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. L-B, I’m glad you’re on the path to healing. They say pain shared is pain halved, and I most certainly believe this to be true. And much like Knitting Addict, I also put forth the offer that if you ever want to talk, I’m an email away. Sometimes blathering at a stranger can help.

    And Wendy, I’m loving the pattern on the Garden Path socks! I keep thinking the design would look really lovely on a shawl, too.

  12. I agree, the Garden Path sock just got even better now that the whole thing is visible! You can bet I’ll be first in line at the Loopy Ewe to purchase it!

  13. The garden path sock is my favorite so far. Or maybe that’s just the chartreuse yarn!!!

    All the best to LB on the loss of her precious Heidi. I have been there as well and it always hits hard.

  14. I just stumbled across your blog and spent a rare day off reading posts back to the beginning of the year… how inspiring! I especially love all of the gorgeous sock patterns, and I’m elated I can buy them! I hope Lucy’s keeping you in line….

    L-B: I spent a good solid half-hour crying at the beautiful tribute to your pup. I’m so sorry for your loss, and hope you can find love and healing every time you look for it ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Dear L-B: We have been there, and we weep with you and for you. Much love to you, sweetie.

    Wendy: Those newest sockies are just lovely, unbelieavably lovely! Not as lovely as Lucy, of course!

  16. Ok, I’m all teary eyed again. I must go lay on my puppies now. (Don’t worry they are 75 lbs golden retrievers, which makes them about my size, they can handle it.)

  17. I am knitting your Frogwarts pattern–they went to Spamalot last night, and while they were a little confused by spending a lot of time in their bag and only coming out at intermission, they did catch a little of the show right after the lights went down. I noticed that the pattern says to start the gusset when the sock is about 3″ short of its total length. I know you meant when the FOOT was 3″ short of it’s total length, but you might want to change it in case someone new to knitting gets hold of it. I love toe-up with a gusset. And the warts do cute things to the stripes in the yarn.

  18. Dear L-B Being able to say how you feel to people who have felt your loss in their own way helps. One thing I have discovered that unconditional love from a fuzzy leave a terrible whole when they pass over the bridge………… please remember God has a new fuzzy waiting for you that needs your love and a forever home!!!

    I think these are my favourite socks yet!!! I will be looking for that pattern!!

  19. I love your patterns. It seems we have similar tastes in sock yarn too, as you are often knitting up the same yarns and colors as I have just added to my stash. I have purchased a number of your patterns and have recently started my first, the Asparagus Cable sock.
    I have one suggestion and it has nothing to do with PDF.

    Page numbers.

    Please. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And you bet I will be purchasing this new one. Keep em coming!

  20. The reason I like the current pattern is that there is nothing else out there that is exactly like it. I just got my Ravelry invite over the weekend (!!!!!) and I realized how many sock patterns are practically the same. Perhaps a slightly different gauge, but all in all, exactly the same.

  21. Personally, I’m not crazy about cotton yarn of any kind – maybe because it seems to stretch so much (to me). Give me wool, any day.

    And Lucy – gah, just how do cats bend like that?

  22. I come for the knitting, I stay for the cat.

    So sorry for L-B, hope she sees her Heidi across that Rainbow bridge someday.

  23. I think Spring Tickle is one of my favorite Smooshy colors. And it is just perfect for the pattern you wrote. The sock looks great.