My current work in progress:

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


Back in the Saddle Again

I went to the office this morning.

No one wanted to have a photo taken with me.

No one wanted me to autograph anything.

No one was happy to see me.

Yup, back to reality. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Right now all I’m knitting is my second St. Louis sock. But I’m making good progress.

That reminds me that I did not show you the sock pattern I designed for the Spring Fling. Named, very creatively, “Spring Fling Socks.”

I knit the sample from ShibuiKnits sock yarn, and the pattern is written so they can be knit toe-up or top-down. It’ll be available for sale in the next couple of weeks from The Loopy Ewe for any of you non-Flingers who would like to have it. In fact, I’ll have a few new patterns available then.

It’s been a long while since I released any new patterns for sale, but I have a good reason. As some of you already know, I have recently completed work on a book of toe-up socks. It will be published by Potter Craft and the publication date is April 14, 2009. Yeah, almost a year from now. In addition to 23 sock patterns, it has an extensive reference section with step-by-step illustrated instructions for toes, heels, and bind-offs for toe-up socks, along with all the tips and tricks I know to make sock knitting fun and easy.

So I was busy with sock patterns for the book for a few months. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, gotta go knit.

Lucy sez:

“The things I put up with for Wildside Salmon . . .”


  1. Yay! Another Wendy book, and one of sock patterns, techniques and tips. Not to worry; next April will be here really quick. Just think of how few days are left until Christmas 2008.

    CatBookMoms last blog post..Blocking Soie Bambou

  2. Isabelle says:

    A new book on socks is wonderful news! Congratulations. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll try to be patient until it’s released.

  3. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I can’t wait for the new book! That’s really good news.

    Both socks are beautiful. I know I’ll want each of the patterns.

    Also beautiful–the photo of you and Lucy!

  4. Congrats on the book! Toe up sock knitters unite! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love your fling socks. I was tempted to try to go to the Spring Fling, although with Cookie being one of the instructors there it felt REALLY SILLY to me to pay to go knit with Cookie when I can knit with her for free on Thursday nights at BobaKnit. Although, it would have been damn fun to get to meet you and Sheri let alone the rest of the Flingers!

    Teenuhs last blog post..RIP Little Hamster Dudes

  5. Wendy, what wonderful news! How soon can I pre-order my copy? Will you tour? I love seeing pictures of your and your furry baby.

  6. The socks look wonderful. Congratulations on the new book. I’m looking forward to getting a copy.

    Lauras last blog post..10 down, 2 to go!

  7. CONGRATS! YAY! I’ll definitely buy a copy or 23. What was the other news you have??? Given I’m not a person who listens to podcasts. Wonder why? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Ooohhhhh, can I pre-order now? How ’bout now? Now? Ha Ha… I could do this all day…

  9. It was great to meet you Wendy! I wish we had been more on the same time zone though. You were probably finishing breakfast just when I was getting up! I used your Generic Toe-Up Sock Pattern for the first socks I ever knit. I can’t wait to see your sock book!

  10. Wendy, I love both of your sock patterns, very creative. Congratulations on your new book,can’t wait to get it. I love your first book, even though I was late getting it. Cute picture of you and Lucy.

  11. You’re still a star in my book! I felt like I had back stage passes to a Stones concert.

    Pats last blog post..I’m home

  12. I’ll be watching TLE for new Wendy Knits patterns and stalking to pre-order the book! I may not be the fastest knitter but I do enjoy a well written pattern and so far yours are among the best I’ve had the pleasure to use!

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..Sock Updates

  13. I knew my pleas for a Wendy Sock Book would not go unheeded. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good on ya, Wendy!

    The Spring Fling socks are beautiful!

    juless last blog post..Written at the Library

  14. Back in the Saddle Again, by Gene Autry:

    “I’m back in the saddle again
    Out where a friend is a friend
    Where the longhorn cattle feed
    On the lowly gypsum weed
    Back in the saddle again

    Ridin’ the range once more
    Totin’ my old .44
    Where you sleep out every night
    And the only law is right
    Back in the saddle again

    Rockin’ to and fro
    Back in the saddle again
    I go my way
    Back in the saddle again

    I’m back in the saddle again
    Out where a friend is a friend
    Where the longhorn cattle feed
    On the lowly gypsum weed
    Back in the saddle again

    Ridin’ the range once more
    Totin’ my old .44
    Where you sleep out every night
    And the only law is right
    Back in the saddle again

    Rockin’ to and fro
    Back in the saddle again
    I go my way
    Back in the saddle again”

  15. Yeehaw! I can’t wait to have all that info in one place — THANKS, Wendy!

    And for the record, if I had seen you — I would have wanted your autograph (though, no photo! I HATE looking at photos of myself!)

  16. I think that Ian needs a lovely pair of coconuts for that song ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Woo-Hoo! Top down sock pattern from Wendy…and I get to shop from Sheri…a double bonus! And Wendy it is so nice of you to have your book released on my birthday. Can’t wait…but must learn toe up socks before April 2009…a true reason to learn. Thanks!

    Kim B.s last blog post..A Tough Day at the Office

  18. Ooooh, love those pink socks!

    Congrats on the new book!! Are the patterns all for socks we’ve seen here on the blog over the last few months? I hope so – lots of fun ones I’d like to try!

    Beckys last blog post..Single socks

  19. I could’ve sworn you denied (months ago when the patterns first started to appear) that there was another book in process. Nonetheless, this is spectacular news! This is almost more exciting than the dentist telling me he could just repair rather than replace my crown this morning. Please include lots of photos, especially wrapping & unwrapping short rows. I learned the hard way. You are the undisputed Queen of Toe Ups and this is a most eagerly anticipated publication. How about DVD to go along with the book? I’d paid for that…..

  20. Wow – I love that pattern that you designed! I’m gonna have to add that to my Ravlery list!

    Amy Ts last blog post..Hubby Meme

  21. Hmm, did Karen say “I think that Ian needs a lovely pair of coconuts for that song?”

    NOW you’ve done it, Karen!!!

    “Down at the English fair
    one evening i was there
    when i heard a showman shouting underneath the flair:

    I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts,
    there they are standing in a row.
    big ones small ones some as big as your head
    give ’em a twist
    a flick of the wrist
    that’s what the show man said

    Now that i’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
    everybody knows they’ll make me rich
    there stands me wife
    the idle of me life
    singing a rolly bowly ball a penny a pitch
    singing a rolly bowly ball a penny a pitch
    rolly bowly ball
    a rolly bowly ball
    singing rolly bowly ball a penny a pinch

    I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
    *how lovely*
    there they are standing in a row
    big ones small ones some as big as your head
    *and bigger*
    give ’em a twist
    a flick of the wrist
    that’s what the show man said

    Now that i’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
    everybody knows they’ll make me rich
    *Have a banana*
    there stands me wife
    the idol of me life
    singing a rolly bowly ball a penny a pitch
    singing a rolly bowly ball a penny a pitch
    rolly bowly ball
    a rolly bowly ball
    singing rolly bowly ball penny a pinch”

    Ians last blog post..Picture Potpourri

  22. JoAnn-WI says:

    I will wait patiently for your new book. I have not yet tried toe-ups, but I do have your instructions – I just haven’t gotten the courage or time actually sit down and try to make a go of it.

    We all have 15 minutes of fame (although I’m still waiting for mine…) but, yes, it is nice to get back into a familiar routine.

    Looking forward to the new patterns through TLE.

  23. WOOHOO, a toe up sock book! That’s fantastic news. I just discovered the “awesome-ness” of toe up socks recently, after many many socks knit top down! What took me so long? :0)

  24. Ok, wait. You’ve been getting all those cool socks and sweaters and so forth finished WHILE WRITING A BOOK? Sheesh, woman. I am not worthy.

    And may I add, your hair looks fabulous. Also Lucy’s.

    heather ts last blog post..Why Knitting is Better Than a Broken Washing Machine

  25. LOVE IT!!!!! Now I know why you keep Ian around ๐Ÿ™‚

    Karens last blog post..Spring Fling Wrap Up

  26. How exciting Wendy, congratulations on your book!

    Betss last blog post..Spring Things

  27. I NEED your book now! I love the Turkish cast on for toe up but I’m not getting the heel directions so well. My PFB’s are not pretty and picking up the wrap on stitches is difficult for me. Any guidance to online resources to make my sock heel look nicer??


  28. Now that is one outrageously gorgeous shot of kitty belly, but I am pleased to see that you cropped the photo enough to preserve Miss Lucy’s modesty ;o)

    Bring on book #2, I can’t wait! Finished my new Wendy heel on my Nummanumma sock – numma numma indeed!

    Kellies last blog post..Box of Socks

  29. Oh. My. Gosh…..That Tummy!!!! I just wanna rub it!!!! I’m jealous, my kitty has no where near that fluffy of a tummy. Plus he get all sharp when you blow on it. Not so fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Can’t wait for the new book. It’s definitely on my “must buy” list. Oh, and doesn’t reality suck sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Except I’m pretty sure it’s “Jimson weed”. Because I grew up in Idaho, and you didn’t want your critters to eat any of it.

    Looking forward to the new book. I use your toe-up heel-flap on almost all my socks now, because it fits my high arches so well.

    Lynns last blog post..Birthday Bash

  31. Those people you work with just don’t know what they’re missing… It was so great to meet you in person, the Fling was as much fun as I’ve had in 3 days, I think. Can’t wait for the book!

    deknitss last blog post..I went, I flung, I’m looped

  32. That sock is gorgeous! I gotta haz that.

    But–your pose with Lucy. It’s awfully reminiscent of a certain person posing with a certain stuffed sheep. Are you trying to further the rumor that L-B is your imaginary friend?

    Tans last blog post..Quick DVD Review

  33. Theresa in Italy says:

    Ok, April 14, 2009…got it. I’ll be first in line. Meanwhile I’ll be stalking The Loopy Ewe for your two new patterns (which look terrific, by the way).

    My dog is looking at that adorable photo of you and Lucy and thinking, “Thank God I weigh 120 pounds and she’d break her back if she tried that with me!”

  34. Aww… that must be funny to go from rock start to worker bee.

    That book sounds really great! There really isn’t anything out there like it. I stick to cuff down only because that’s what I know… I have specific fit issues and I just haven’t wanted to spend the time puzzling out how to work them toe up. Perhaps your book will give me the information I need about toe up construction so that I’ll venture over to the other side… lol!

    Jesss last blog post..My Birthday Gift

  35. bless you, bless you, bless you! There just are NOT that many good toe up books around! This is one I’ll even pre-order!

    p.s. It doesn’t take much encouragement for Ian, does it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. Meribeth says:

    Wendy! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so excited about your book! I love hand knitted socks and have done a few pair, but there is something that makes them real work for me. Your book is a wish come true for a sock-knitting brick like me.
    BTW, Lucy doesn’t look toooo unhappy!

  37. I’m a relatively new sock knitter (only about 6 pairs) but I’ve been collecting sock yarn (for the day when….) and I much prefer the idea of toe up, so I’ll be watching for your new book — thank you in adance!
    My Daisy loves Wildside Salmon………..she’s a dog……my Cat Caelee….not so much LOL!!!

    Annes last blog post..I can’t possibly be the first……

  38. Advance, Advance, I hate typos!

    Annes last blog post..I can’t possibly be the first……

  39. Yay! April 2009 can’t come soon enough!

    Diannes last blog post..Denial…

  40. Congratulations on the new book — very cool!!

    Daves last blog post..Twist and Shout

  41. I am delighted to have the opportunity to buy a top-down Wendy sock pattern!! I confess I just can’t wrap my mind around the toe-up thing. I am looking forward to your book though!

  42. The pink socks are wonderful!! I love them!

  43. That’s great news Wendy, congratulations! I’ll be looking forward to it coming out…seeing how I have a whole pile of sock yarn.

    Brigittes last blog post..Enchanted

  44. I ‘m so happy for another book. The previews look great. So…. with all this leftover sock yarn, will we see a return of the log cabin blanket done in sock yarn??

    Lisa C in TNs last blog post..I suck…

  45. Wendy – seriously — when the new book is out, please come up to Philly to do a signing. I promise wine and chocolate, along with many sock knitters who would love to meet you. Plenty of space at the shop. Let me know if I need to talk to your equivalent of Jayme the wonder publicist.

    Dianas last blog post..A Wedding Shawl in Progress

  46. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Congrats on your publication date! April 14 is now Sock Day. BTW, if I worked in your office, I would take your picture ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Woo hoo! Congrats on the book!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see it. Also, I *lurve* the spring fling sock! Beautiful!

    Jessicas last blog post..Summer of Socks 2008!

  48. How exciting!!! I thought that might be what you were up to when you posted that photo a while back of your stacks of paper and the CD. Can’t wait for the new book to come out. Oh and the Spring Fling sock pattern is gorgeous—so is the color of the yarn.

    Elizabeths last blog post..And the Winner Is………

  49. Oh Wendy, when I read today’s post the first thing I did is go straight to and check your name. No, there is not yet….but as soon as it appears, my word, I will order immediately like as your first book!!!

  50. Hi Wendy! Just wanted to let you know that the Knit Together podcast with your interview is up on! Thanks SO MUCH for allowing us to interview you! I really wish I could have been there! :)Kate

  51. I’m still trying to get over not going to the Spring Fling. I remember (vaguely) when Sheri was metioning it, and I think the cost scared me. However, I truly wish I could have been there! It appears to have been a knitter’s delight! And to have met THE WENDY would have been awesome! Oh well. I cannot wait until your sock book comes out. It definately will be in my library. Oh, I loved when you mentioned in yesterday’s blog “I’m cat furniture”. I’m cat furniture too – – it is the best especially on a chilly evening.

    See ya, WendyT

  52. Ooh, the new book sounds wonderful! I have come to the realization that I love toe-up and really prefer making socks this way. Thanks!

  53. Looking fwd to the book and I would be happy to work with you if it’s any consolation!

  54. Reality is always hard to go back to! I have a magnet on my fridge that says “I am well acquainted with reality. I just don’t choose to live there all the time.” I love it! The Fling was so great. It was wonderful to see you again. I can’t wait for your book….. aaaargh, a whole year! That’s a long time to wait!

    Janices last blog post..Back From The Fling!

  55. Linda in Chicagoland says:

    Great news. Congratulations. Can’t wait!

    Hmmm…how much sock yarn can I stash before April so I’m ready to knit?!?

  56. VERY KUL re: the book. Maybe it will be out in time for next year’s “Fling”? Gorgeous socks too. I must make the SF a priority on my to-do list, so many wonderful comments about it! Ian is an absolute pro on songs isn’t he? What a guy! Lucy, Lucy U R 2 adorable 4 words!

  57. Ok when you do the book tour are you going to bring your ‘Handler’? Me and my ‘Entourage’ will meet you somewhere. Missing you!!

  58. A sock book by you is great news! I will look for it next spring! Congratulations!

  59. Spring fling socks are gorgeous, and I’m not normally a pink person, but spring definately calls for pink. Looking foward to the book, I’m a top down kinda sock-knitter, but I think in April of 2009 I’ll be ready to learn some new tricks ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Welcome back to reality–not quite as much fun as being a rock star, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚ I just knit my first toe up sock last week and then started teaching a class on how to do it! I rather enjoy the toe up experience, though that first row is a royal pain until you get it all sorted out. I’m glad to hear about the new book–come to Chicago, if reality allows a book tour!

  61. Love your “Spring Fling Socks” ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be watching for them on Loopy!

    Have a great week!

    Nachaeles last blog post..Nina Shawl

  62. Woohoo! A whole book of your sock designs and tips – wonderful! A whole year to wait….. not so wonderful. But it will be time spent in producing a good product; I’m looking forward to it!

  63. Deb in PA says:

    Congrats on the new book. I know it will be awesome!


  64. Martha in DC says:

    Wendy, great news on your new book. Is it up on amazon as a pre-order yet. Do announce when it is and I’ll pre-order.

  65. Congratulations on the book!

    Caras last blog post..SUCCESS!

  66. HAPPY DANCE!!! I’m soooooo happy you are doing a toe-up sock book!!!
    Whoooooooohooo! (now, I have to pre-order…)

  67. Congratulations on the sock book, Wendy, that is great news!

    desiknitters last blog post..Contrast

  68. Ohhh, I love that Spring Fling sock!! Gorgeous! And what happy news about your new book coming out! Can’t wait to see the cover!

    Lauras last blog post..Wee Tiny Things

  69. Jeremy says:

    I am so looking forward to that book. I wish the publication date were sooner.

  70. I find the lead time for magazines and books to be a source of constant amazement. So much work goes into the entire process! I’ll be certain to look up your book once it is available for preorder, etc.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..knitting muppets

  71. Oh Joy! I am so looking forward to this book. I suspected a book (well, who wouldn’t though my second thought was Doctoral Thesis but I couldn’t figure out how you could possibly have had time to work on one and my inferiority complex was relieved you hadn’t) when you teased us with that stack of paper. I am just getting to where I think I can really take off with socks at about the same time as your book comes out so it will be great to have. Must run off to Amazon now and try to pre-order.

    Ronnis last blog post..Whiskey Tango Wednesday*