My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland SpindriftΒ  on a US 3 needle

Autumn — Woo Hoo!

I am so happy to be saying good-bye to summer this year. Autumn — bring it on!

First things first . . .

The winners in my Summer of Socks contest!

Twenty-four people guessed the correct number of pairs of socks I would knit during the Summer of Socks. They are: Sue C., Jumi K., Beverly S., Megan B., JoAnn V., Alison M., Sarah, Diana T., Margaret B., Zonda B., Gina F., Pat V., Vanessa L., Karin S., Barbara M., Jen H., Carlyn F., Ashley L., Leonara C., Sockie, Katherine M., Christy H., Angela G., and Kimberly W.

I have emailed all of you at the address you used to enter the contest. Each of the winners receives a pattern and sock yarn. Thanks to everyone who played!

Yep, I knitted nineteen pairs of socks. And here they are.

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Lucy of course had to check ’em out.

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Summer of Socks with Lucy 092307

Eighteen out of nineteen of these are my own design — the “Solstice Slip” socks from the Rockin’ Sock club are the only non-Wendyknits socks I made this summer.

If you want to see better pictures of these babies, check out my Original Socks Designs Flickr set.

The nineteenth pair was, of course, the Hearts for Heidi socks, which I completed about 3:00pm on Friday.

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They are made from Fiesta Boomerang in the “White Zinfandel” colorway, knit with a 2.75mm needle. The pattern will be available for sale at The Loopy Ewe soon.

I wasn’t quite ready to stop knitting socks, so I immediately cast on after finishing Hearts for Heidi. I suffered some difficulties in deciding what to do.

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Abandoned Toes 092307
But I eventually decided on this.

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New Sock 092307

This lovely, lovely yarn is from J.L. Yarnworks, and it is a wool/bamboo/nylon blend. I am once again at a loss as to what to name this sock design. Any ideas? Leave ’em in the comments and we’ll vote!

Lucy sez:

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“These socks make a fairly comfy kitty bed!”


  1. Autumn Ferns

  2. 19 pairs – amazing, especially considering you didn’t have the healthiest summer. I’m sure, had you been feeling up to par, it would have been double that! Thanks for the enjoyment – and now, I have to try socks again.

    As for the pattern — both the pattern and the color remind me of the waves in the Chessie Bay while summering on my friends boat – so what about Chesapeake Chop?

  3. I see something like little dominoes in there somewhere. (Ok–yes, my eyesight is failing!!!) How bout Dominoes…and if the color must count, Blue Dominoes???

  4. More beautiful socks — I might call them Lupine, or Hydrangea, or maybe Bluebells.

  5. Looks like Trilobites to me.
    That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I saw them.
    Could make a cute name.

  6. Hmm–Just read through the comments quickly. Looks like I’m not the only one with fossils on the brain.

  7. They look and feel like Soothing Water, makes me want to slip my feet into them πŸ˜‰

  8. How about Shiver Me Timbers – they kind of look icy and it was just talk like a pirate day last week?

  9. I vote for “Rippled Waves.”

    Congrats on the 19 pairs of socks. I’m a new follower to this blog – was that one pair a week? Wow.

  10. I’m so disappointed….I guessed 18! But I am totally in awe of you and your sock knitting prowess! I’ll be looking for your patterns over at the Loopy Ewe. In the meantime I didn’t have time to read all of the comments….did anyone suggest the name “Bamboozled”?????

  11. I love the new sock pattern. Think it’s gorgeous. It makes me think of Wheat Sheaves (or Corn Dollies) – so there are my suggestions for the name. This is my first comment – but I’ve been enjoying your blog for some time now. Thanks πŸ™‚ Anyone carry Wendyknits patterns in Canada?
    Hugs to Lucy –
    (how do you find time to read 111+ comments? Phew πŸ™‚ )

  12. YOur socks are always inspirational, great Job Wendy

  13. How about “Fern Grove”?

  14. my suggeston for the name of your sock is…

    “wave runner”

    the color of the yarn reminds me of the ocean in the south pacific and the pattern looks like waves rolling in.

  15. Those new socks are so pretty in that colorway! I knit the same ones a few months ago and called them Crustacean Socks:

    Of course I’m thinking now that Crab Legs might have been an even better name. Isn’t Charlene Schurch great! I had my eye on that stitch pattern when I first got the book, but had to wait until I had just the right yarn for it.

    Do you know what you’re going to do for the top of the cuff? I did a k2, p2, k2, p1 ribbing that flowed really nicely into the motifs. Highly recommended. πŸ™‚

  16. I think they look like feathers, and since it’s now fall, I propose “goosedown socks” πŸ™‚

  17. They reminded me of feathers too, but the feathers on an arrow, which are referred to as fletching. So ‘Fletching Socks’ – sounding close to ‘fetching socks’, which they are, and which Lucy might do if she wanted to lie on them somewhere other than where she happens to find them. Convoluted, huh?

    A beautiful collection of socks from your summer’s efforts!

  18. The lace reminds me of Lucy’s tufty toes, don’t know why. I know everybody else is down with the trilobytes. πŸ™‚

  19. Very much enjoyed all your great patterns this summer! Thanks for sharing!! : )

  20. Great job! They look so nice all lined up :~)

  21. Hello again these so are great so are you ,you inspire us to higer goals .
    These socks look like a roller coaster to me as the ups and downs of knitting are .
    so my name would be ROLLER COASTER .
    Thank you ,

  22. Awesome socks Wendy! Thanks again for all your help with the Design Contest and getting the word out this year. πŸ™‚

  23. Don’t stop knitting socks. I enjoy looking at all of them and getting ideas. I just started knitting socks this summer.

  24. The sock pattern kind of reminds me of cornrows, ala Bo Derrick in Perfect 10, but thicker. Very pretty!