My current work in progress:

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


Oh Yeah. It’s the Summer of Socks

I totally forgot to make mention of that yesterday.

My current sock-in-progress is my kick-off project for the Summer of Socks ’08. I decided to start with some sportweight socks to give myself a little “atta-girl” — sportweight socks knit up really fast. ๐Ÿ™‚ How fast? I finished the first sock last night.

The yarn (Yarntini sportweight) is wonderful to knit — very soft and yummy. And the skein is a generous 260 yards, which makes a very decent-sized pair of socks.

The pattern is my own — I doodled it up on graph paper last month and stuck it in my “pending” folder for future reference. It is currently called “May12a.”

Anyone have any ideas for a prettier name? Remember, I don’t give my patterns color-specific names (or at least I try not to).

So . . . Summer of Socks. Will I knit only socks this summer? Right now I’m not sure. I might feel the urge to make something lacy or to knit a cotton sweater. So I make no promises!

I do have a lot of cotton in my stash and I’m thinking that as much as I really don’t enjoy knitting with cotton, I’d quite like to have another cotton sweater, seeing as how I’m always too warm to wear wool. So you just never know . . .

Meanwhile, Lucy waits patiently for me to get off the computer and come play with her.


  1. The triangles remind me of a backgammon board.. so that’s my vote: Backgammon!

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  2. I kinda like the sounds of “Ziggy Marley” or something like that.

  3. I really like the colour (and design) of these socks, but my question/comment is more about Lucy. You always put a picture of her at the end of the post (a habit that I love by the way) and I was wondering if you have a stock pile of Lucy pictures or if you take the picture either when you are writing the post/during the same day as you make the post.

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  4. Sleepycat says:

    Looking at the pic that shows more of the top of the foot it reminds me of a windmill – Tilting at Windmills?

  5. Ok, so today I have decided that you deserve a coherent post that all of your adoring public will understand!

    The socks remind me of moccasins… I think it’s got something to do with where the outer lace pattern falls on the foot – kind of like the stitching you would find on a pair of mocs!

    Coffee Boy used to work in a Psychiatric Ward… They made moccasins for fun and games with the patients.

    Really makes you want to name them after moccasins, eh?
    (And here I was aiming for coherent!)

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  6. I think they look like butterflies (but not sure due to angle of pics) so my suggestion is flutterbies

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  7. cathy johnson says:

    They look like dragonfly wings to me: dragonfly?

  8. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Sportweight socks–almost instant gratification! Those are lovely. I got some of the Yarntini sportweight in pink at the last Loopy Ewe Sneak Up, too.

    I like Paige’s idea of “Ziggy Marley”. There can’t be any other socks in the sock universe with that name. Very cool!


  9. They remind me of that toy that’s made up on little pieces of wood (or plastic) held together in such a way that you can bend the top piece back and forth and it looks as though the pieces are cascading down infinitely. I don’t know if this is the official name but we always called it a Jacob’s Ladder. So that’s my suggestion for the socks…Jacob’s Ladder.

    (You could do magic tricks too, like make a coin “disappear.” Gee, now I wish I had my old Jacob’s Ladder.)

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  10. With the zig-zags and the stitching that climbs up the outside of the pattern, it reminds me of a game I played as a kid– so I suggest Chutes and Ladders.

  11. Patricia says:

    I see lots of triangles…how about delta socks?

  12. I know I’m unoriginal in this one, but all I see are laced up ballet shoes. I know they don’t REALLY lace them that way, but that’s what I see.

  13. Another vote for Dragonfly – that’s what it looks like to me. Plus, I love dragonflies.

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  14. I think the pattern looks like a series of bow ties, so I would call them the bow tie socks.

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  15. Kate/massachusetts says:

    Sock name? hmm “Five Twelve Alpha”. Very original…vbg

  16. They sort of remind me of dragonflies, too. or butterflies. I am knitting the Peace Socks in some Yarntini sportweight and I really love the yarn. It’s squishy and soft!

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  17. It looks to me like the zigzags don’t quite meet in the front? Hard to tell for sure.

    There’s a bunch of variations of “Zigzag” in the sock world, but this one seems to be original and I think suitable:

    The Zagged Edge!

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  18. Wow Wendy these are super.
    I just ran into you on plurk via some mutual friends & saw that we’re nearly neighbors in the DC burbs. Great to find you and your Zig-zags!

  19. I see butterflies, but then I see little trellises up the sides. So, my suggestion (other than 5/12 a) is Butterfly Trellis Socks. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I got some yarntini in the Sneak Up last week, too. It might be next on my list. Current socks are Nanners in Claudia Hand Paint, Shells on the Beach. Your pattern showcases the subtleties in this colorway very well.

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  20. I vote for “Around the Corner” for some reason it just brings that to mind.
    I just recently decided to do a change of career path, so I am feeling very anxious, because I just don’t know whats around the next corner at this time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lauras last blog post..Confusion Is not my friend

  21. I think that pattern looks like one of those ribbon things that the gymnasts dance with folding back on itself — so? Ribbon Dance is my submission. That’s a fast sock, I’ve got to say.

  22. Those are lovely socks. I’m afraid I am not much help for naming them. I know what you mean about wanting the cotton sweater but not being so fond about knitting with cotton. I guess it is good that I have so many things on the needles and schedule. I can wait to decide about making myself a new cotton top.

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  23. Gillian says:

    Summer on Tap

  24. Funny how we all see different things! I think the side view makes them look like shoelaces, but maybe you should just call them Rorschach socks since we all come away with different images ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Whatever you decide to call them, they’re great looking socks.

  25. It is funny how we all see different things. The first thing that came to my mind, a corset. So I think they should be Corset Socks. Which could be a cute tongue in cheek name too since they’re so squishy and comfy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Here’s me chiming in. The first thing I thought of was snow angels. Thus, Snowy Summer socks. Kind of a weird name, but… hey. What can I say?

    Otherwise, I think “Backgammon” is a perfectly acceptable moniker. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I, too, am curious about Lucy. I have long pictured a massive folder labeled with her name on your computer, but CatieP brings up an interesting point. With card readers and direct camera-to-comuter connections, it would be quite possible to post a picture taken just minutes ago. Please, enlighten us!

    Ps. The socks are gorgeous.

  27. I like the May 12a cause that’s my birthday, but when I look at the socks the name “Leap” popped into my head

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  28. the triangles reminded me of farfalle pasta (“bowtie” pasta). so the name I suggest is Farfalle Socks.
    i wish i had scored some of that yarntini yarn…i have been stalking it for sometime…always missing it by the skin of my teeth!
    looking forward to your summer of socks!

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  29. Dragonfly Trellis? I am totally ripping names off from everyone else… Beautiful socks.

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  30. Juliette says:

    “Fancy Pants” socks.

  31. “Summer Cornrows”

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  32. After staring at these for awhile, I decided that the mirrored triangles that point toward the middle remind me of the Eiffel Tower. Thus I can’t help suggesting a French name (that corresponds to and sortof points out the color): Rose Eglantier.

    Which means Briar Rose (btw, the first ‘e’ in eglantier has an accent, but my computer won’t put it on there!)

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  33. The triangles made me think of pie wedges (could be the diet I’m on…) and the color? Raspberry Pie!

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  34. I love lyndsey-jane’s suggestion of Flutterbies. I immediately thought of butterflies as well, and that in turn led to me thinking of my little sister’s mispronunciation: flutterbye. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. I think it looks like angels wings from the top down, but chevrons from the side. how about angelic chevrons?

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  36. Tiffanie says:

    Your sinuous stitch pattern made me think of something twisting and twining up the sock . . . but it’s summer so I prefer Twinings. Iced. (A perfect summer drink when it’s too early for anything stronger.)

  37. You knit in your sleep, don’t you?

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  38. I think the socks look like ribbon candy the way the zigzag is.

  39. RedfordPhyl says:

    I like short names. Ziggy!

  40. May12A—and I thought Maya! Thinking the pattern could be Aztec or Mayan with the angles….

  41. The pattern is very geometric, so I think it should be named for the father of geometry, Euclid.

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  42. Maureen says:

    While I love your socks, I live in California, and would love to knowsee some cotton sweaters, and to know some cotton and cotton blend yarns that you like, and to see some warm weather sweaters.

  43. Maureen says:

    Oh no, I really messed up that last message, didn’t I? Can I pull the thread and frog it?

  44. it reminds me of monkey socks, but at the same time, not really, you know? So I thought of the Veggietales song “It’s Not a Monkey, It’s an Ape.” So, Ape Socks. *snicker* I swear, this was my train of thought!

  45. I had the same thought as Meg and thought about the bowtie pasta when I saw them. But on the other hand I like the name Flutterbies even though I don’t really see wings when I look at them.

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  46. How about Doodle or Lazy Day? They really are pretty. I’m glad you selected the pink colorway to work on first.

  47. Very pretty socks. I also thought of dragonflies. Like a swoop of dragonflies.

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  48. They remind me of Scottish dancing shoes known as ‘Ghillies’.

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  49. The motif looks like butterflies to me!

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  50. The pattern makes me think of stairs, or steps. (same thing?) Staircase socks?

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  51. Isosceles.

    Why? The triangles. And besides, it’s just fun to say ‘isosceles’.

  52. The triangles remind me of pieces of pie, so I’d probably call them Pie Socks. Mmmm, pie.

  53. Hmm, they reminded me of stairs, so I thought Stairway to Heaven. but I really like Ziggy Marley.

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  54. The pattern reminds me of butterfly wings, so I would call it something like that. I like it.

  55. I think the triangles look like butterflies, so I vote for Papillon.

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  56. Kathy Sue says:

    The sock looks like my daughter’s Irish dancing shoes. They lace up like that and then the ends of the laces are wrapped around the ankle. Like the Scottish dancers, we call them ghillies, or just soft shoes. How about “jig” or “reel”? Or name them after my daughter with a beautiful name, Siobhan (shavonnne). It’s a good Celtic name.

  57. I was thinking ribbons and bows.

  58. Strawberry Fair, maybe? Or Strawberry Shortcake? (Can you tell I love strawberries?

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  59. Strawberry Fair, maybe? Or Strawberry Shortcake? (Can you tell I love strawberries?)

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  60. I love them!! They remind me of so many beautiful things I had trouble isolating a name choice, so here are my ideas. I hope this one becomes available soon, I’ve got some great sportweight that would love to become these socks.
    Unfolding Angles
    Flutter Down
    Jacob’s Ladder
    Bow’s On Her Toes

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  61. I really, really like this one (May12a), and regardless of what you wind up calling it, please let us know how we can acquire it.
    BTW, I’ve greatly enjoyed your daily postings…they lighten my day
    connie in kannapolis, nc

  62. Perhaps Painted Arrow, although I think Meg’s Farfalle is cute.

  63. I agree with either bow tie or farfalle, both are great!

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  64. How about Popcicle Splash ( also ‘kind of’ kicks off the summer!).


  65. Someone already mentioned Jacob’s Ladder. I had thought of that old toy, too. Sounds like a pioneer quilt block, doesn’t it? Must be a good name, then.

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  66. How about, ” Summer of lace”?

  67. Mary Lou says:

    Sort of off topic, but if you compiled a book of all your amazing sock patterns, I would be first in line to buy it! I am currently struggling with your “peace socks” and I really enjoy your designs.
    Blogless Mary Lou
    p.s. yes, I have a copy of your first book. Love it.

  68. Nice socks!


  69. the pattern in the photo reminds me of the petals of cosmos.
    lovely. truly.
    Summer of Socks… sounds daunting to me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  70. I like Rose Trellis as that is what it reminded me off, but that is probably already an existing pattern.

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  71. SOSa ’08 Socks.

    Summer of Socks plus the *a* at the end of your file name.

    Short and sweet and to the point and honestly? Wouldn’t you remember the name of these lickety-split if asked about them?

    I so enjoy reading your daily blog updates and seeing pictures of Lucy.

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  72. Lucy is so patient. I like the socks a lot. The pattern is quite distinctive and yet delicately feminine. I like the name Lady’s lace.

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  73. I love the new socks. I really lik the color too, and I amnot usually a pink person. The second photo made me think of Butterfly wings, what about that? Can’t wait to see what you name them and can’t wait for it’s mate. I just finished a sock on the needle and now I am casting on for my SoS08 socks, I am a little behind.

  74. Ok, so these totally look they almost lace up, especially from the sides, so I think they should be called “Lace Up Socks”. (esp. since they ARE lace…lol)

  75. Meribeth says:

    Granted, I am boring! I say that because the first thing that came to mind when I looked at those glorious socks was “Sine Wave.”

  76. I love those- I would call them “all laced up” . They look like the previous posters reference to ballet slippers lacing.
    Just my thoughts.
    Off to knit on my Summer of Socks.

  77. Robin Pearce says:

    It looks like butterfly wings!

  78. I saw Penants at a Ballgame in the second picture. SO I would call them At the Ballgame ๐Ÿ™‚

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  79. My first thought was isosceles, but they aren’t isosceles triangles! How about just Geometry in Lace? Or…I like the suggestions Delta or Euclid.

  80. Medievalneedle says:

    The color and the zig-zag reminds me of Ric-Rac ๐Ÿ˜‰

  81. I like “tesselation” as a name for those socks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Looking at them sideways, I saw sailboats in the water… I didn’t see anyone else’s comments mentioning this, so I must have a grand imagination (at least that’s what I call it!) LOL

  83. Moth in Flight. (not the wool eating type of moth of course.)

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  84. When I first looked at them a saw the zig zag so I would agree with Paige the “Ziggy Marley” is a great name for them.

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  85. They look like ric-rac to me. Isn’t that the name of the trimming stuff? My mom used to make our dresses when we were kids, and ric-rac ended up on every single dress we wore!

    P.S. Is it April 2009 yet? I’m waiting and waiting for your new book….

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  86. Why not just call it “Atta Girl”?

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  87. Very pretty! I want to do some heavier weight socks for the quick satisfaction factor, but still have some on the needles that have to be done.

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  88. Great socks! They look like butterflies to me, so maybe something along those lines? Butterflies’ Fancy?

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  89. Now those beautiful socks remind me of Cherry Blossoms. I think that would be a cool name for them.

  90. In the second photo the pattern looks like a folded ribbon, so I suggest “Folded Ribbon Socks” because obviously I have no creative imagination.

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  91. The socks are quite pretty, and look very nice on your foot in that second photo. Too bad you can’t just go around in life with pretty little hand knit socks on your feet — without shoes — so people could free see and admire the prettiness.

    As for a name, they make me think for some reason of going to the circus in the summer. So, I’d call them Circus Act.


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  92. Butterfly Bow (Butterfly Beau) Socks? Very pretty, Love that pink yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. Patti O'Brien says:

    I can’t come up with anything original today, perhaps it’s a lack of caffiene, or sleep, but in any case, I was wondering what you do with all your leftover sock yarn scraps. I have PILE and I don’t knit near as many socks as you do. Do you just have them stashed away, or do you have a project in progress/in planning stages?

  94. Stephanie says:

    They remind me of a spider’s web. Thus I propose Aragog’s Liar.

  95. Zig Zag Primers?

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  96. The pattern reminds me of those little triangular seed pods that get stuck on you as you walk in the woods. We always called them Hitchhikers….so that’s my humble suggestion :^)

  97. i have no idea what it is but the minute i sign up for summer of socks i want to work on everything else !

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  98. I love the socks, sportweights do knit up very fast. My suggestion for a pattern name: Cosmopolitan

  99. They immediately reminded me of bow ties.
    Black Tie? but in pink .
    Pink Tie?
    or the completely random Purple Nurples that my son is repeating in the background as he waits for the computer.

  100. Swweeeettttt !!!!!!!!!!! How’s about “Buttons and Bows” ????? luv.m.