My current work in progress:

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


Boldly Going Where My Needles Have Not Gone Before

I just love starting a new sock project. It’s like setting out on a new adventure, particularly when I am knitting up a design I’ve just drawn up and haven’t swatched or nuthin’. How is that for living on the edge? Of course, sometimes that approach works out and sometimes? Not so much. This time I am cautiously optimistic. It seems to be working out.

So here is my progress on my new sock design, which was just the merest wee hint of a toe yesterday.

I plan to call this pattern “Costa Socks.” Why? Because costa is Latin for rib. I think the pattern sort of looks like a ribcage. Kind of a weird ribcage, but a ribcage nonetheless. And also, I just like saying “Costa Socks.”

(This picture is not true to color — the first one is much more accurate.)

As I mentioned yesterday, the yarn is Sanguine Gryphon Eidos sock yarn in the Agathon colorway (purchased from The Loopy Ewe). It’s a lovely rust color. (Hey Gryphon, was Agathon a redhead?) Here’s a close-up (albeit a blurry one) of the sole of the sock.

Love, love, love this kind of almost-solid color. There is a distinct possibility that I may have some more Eidos sock yarn in my stash.

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Hey, Maryland Sheep & Wool is this weekend! No, I won’t be attending! I’m very much looking forward to a weekend at home, just hanging out with Lucy and the KOARC. But if you are attending, I hope you have good weather, lots of fun, and buy lots of stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy is wondering why I would even think about going, considering that she is available for petting, brushing, feeding, and snuggling all weekend. Right now, she is practicing relaxing.


  1. OHHHHHHH King of All Remote Controls…now I get it!!! I MUST have that sock pattern. It looks awesome…off to drop some yarn off in my cart at TLE….cheers, Laura (Vancouver)

  2. Awesuuummmeeeeeee sock and colorway!!!!!!!

    Habla espanol? Yo, yo hablo muy poquito; yo soy estudiente de espanol!

    Lucy es muy, muy bonita poquita gato!!

    Have a muy bonito weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ luv.m.

  3. JoAnn-WI says:

    I like all your new sock patterns, Wendy. Can’t wait until they’re available. It’s alwasy fun to see what you come up with. I have some Sanguine Gryphon also, but in the Charmides colorway and I’m anxious to see how that knits up.
    I hope you enjoy your relaxing weekend after all the hullabaloo at the Spring Fling. Also, I had a chance to listen to the podcast with you and Sheri and it was nice to put a “voice” to your faces.

  4. Mickie says:

    Oh, I just love the socks and the color is beautiful too. Not knitting at all past two days as I have a very sick cat. It’s my Maine Coon cat, Hobbs he is only 3 years old.

  5. you know I will be up that way…I can totally swing in and bring some wildside salmon for Miss Lucy. And some fun fur for L-B, but you know that isn’t really all that nice.

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  6. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    While I would love to someday go to Maryland Sheep and Wool, I love quiet weekends at home, too. Besides, Lucy has no doubt pointed out to you that you were gone last weekend!

    Mickie, I hope your kitty is well very soon.

  7. Cats are great “practicers” aren’t they? Mine spend their whole day “practicing” relaxing.

  8. Missing Sheep and Wool???? How can you??? You live about as close as I do and I couldn’t miss it for the world…..too many tempting goodies…..btw – love all of your socks. Looking forward to your sock book.

  9. I love the new socks. Must start to knit faster to get to all these delicious patterns you crank out.

    Karens last blog post..Spring Fling Loot and Swag

  10. I’m sorry I’ll be missing you at MDSW! I am looking forward to a full day of fiber, fun and friends. =) You would have been a nice cherry on top!

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  11. I love the socks!!! I hopehopehope that they can be adapted to dpns…
    Congratulations on the book, I can’t wait!

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  12. Of course Lucy thinks you should stay home and pay attention to Her and Her Daddy, well her anyways! My cats are the same way especially if we’ve been gone longer in a day then thay think we should be. Have fun staying home and paying attention to the KOARC and Miss Lucy!

  13. Lucy has to practice? My cats are pros! LOL!

    Love the new sock.

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  14. Leslie says:

    I hope Mickie’s Hobbs is doing ok – it’s awful when your baby is sick.

    As for you, Miss Wendy, you were away last weekend! Of course Queen Lucy assumes you’ll stay by her side this weekend to make up for being gone ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m starting to work on my hub now about Cummington (MA) sheep & wool over Memorial Day weekend. Probably won’t get to go, but I’ll whine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. I am having a quiet weekend at home too, before I fly off to England again. So no MS&W for me either.
    By the way, whenthe sock pattern become available, how much will it costa?! Sorry that was bad. What can I say. I’m tired.

  16. Boy do I really love that sock……

  17. Wow, I love the new sock in progress. Not to pester you, but do you think you’ll be offering the pattern? Just wondering, ’cause I’d probably buy it. It reeeally cool.

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  18. Mickie,
    I hope your Hobbs-kitty feels better soon! It’s just awful when our pets are ill. We suffer right along with them. luv.m.

  19. Definitely digging the sock design. I wonder – does the biasing make them snugger than usual?

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  20. That’s shaping up to be a great looking sock – I really like the ribs!

    Jens last blog post..The catโ€™s out of the bagโ€ฆ

  21. Melissa says:

    How timely! I need to make those socks after spending yesterday in the ER with chest pains that turned out to be costochondritis (inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs)…yeah good times ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. For the love of all that is stitched I must have that pattern!! Gawd it’s awesome!

    Lucy reminds me that I should practice my relaxing a little more. I’m getting rusty.

    saras last blog post..More Dishcloth Goodness

  23. You are the Queen of Toe Up! What a great pattern and the colorway is amazing. I’ll not be at Maryland Sheep & Wool either, so that just means that somebody will have to buy my share. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Janets last blog post..Back in business

  24. Michele In Maine says:

    I have been doing the “cat furniture” thing too, trying to catch up on work and rest! I’m so excited to have the world of toe-up socks opened up to me, thanks to your class! Love the ribbed look.

  25. Will think of you at the Sheep and Wool.
    By the way, I was in Pinner, London a few weeks. My family went to London to visit daughter who was spending semester there. We visited my husbands cousins in Pinner. I didn’t know you were from there.
    Lovely suburb. I found sale sock yarn in an adorable shop near Carnaby St. (in the same block as the goth kilt shop). My love to Lucy

  26. I really like that sock pattern, even though I am not a big fan of fancy socks. Will it be available for public consumption someday? ::fingers crossed::

    Lucy has mad relaxing skillz.

    kmkats last blog post..It’s a twofer Wednesday.

  27. Ooh! I love the way that’s working out. Might that someday be something that we all could get a pattern for? ‘Cause I’d knit me some of those in a heartbeat ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your relaxing weekend!

    Jocelyns last blog post..Boing!

  28. I *love* those socks! (and I’m looking forward to your sock book, congrats ๐Ÿ™‚

    Malins last blog post..Twist & Mystery Stole 3

  29. Alexis says:

    Great sock pattern with beautiful yarn… love it.

  30. Hmmm…. more sock patterns = more sock books!

    I’m gonna have to get some of Gryphon’s sock yarn. (Along with the Gaia in blues and greens for Mystic Waters, and Gaia in reds and oranges for Mystic Light… and, of course, whatever comes in for the Fairy Tale Sock Club… and… and…)

    CraftyGryphons last blog post..Yarn with George, Yarn from Socks, Yarn in Video Games

  31. Here I am looking at your post, thinking ‘That’s a really nice colourway. It looks kind of like Agathon.” Duh. He musta been a blonde.
    More Eidos jumped in the mail to you today!

  32. good work there!

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  33. Love those socks. I might have to go buy some of that yarn too.

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  34. Mickie says:

    Thank you to Wendy in Cambridge, Leslie, Mary O. and Lucy. After a trip to the Vet on Wednesday and several phone calls later we are still in the same place. Hobbs will see an Orthopedic Vet on Thursday. He has had a sudden onset of not being able to stand or walk. I have to carry him everywhere. I am very nervous about this situation, and I thank you all for your concern. It is so kind of you and means a great deal to me.

  35. Well Wendy the time has come for my first pair of Knitted socks. With you as inspiration adn Nenah Galati, I am hoping to start a new chapter inmy life. To make my own socks, I think is very exciting.

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