My current work in progress:

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


Socks From the Toe Up

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my upcoming book. I really appreciate them, and I appreciate that so many of you have pre-ordered it sight-unseen from Amazon. (Insert big sloppy kiss here.)

The book has a total of 23 toe-up sock patterns; 3 basic socks, and 20 patterns for lace (easy, intermediate, challenging), textured, cabled, and sportweight socks. There are some that are appropriate for both guys and girls. There are designs that look good in solid colors, slightly variegated, and wildly patterned. So, a little bit of everything.

There’s also an extensive techniques section with step-by-step illustrated instructions for different cast-ons, bind-offs, and heels, as well as information on using dpns, 2 circulars, and 1 long circular. And all the tips and tricks I know for making your sock knitting experience a success.

The photos of the socks are incredible — worthy of a coffee table art book. I can’t wait for you to see them! The socks are modeled by two lovely young ladies and the styling of the photos is just beautiful. Not only are there beautiful “art” shots of each project, but lots of close-up shots so you can see all the details of each design. (Note that I had nothing to do with the photo-shoot — that is all due to the genius of Potter Craft.) All full-color, I’m happy to say. The book design is also wonderful — also courtesy of the Potter Craft designers.

Sorry, no photos of Miss Lucy in this book. While she helped me to write it, she wanted to remain anonymous.

As far as book signings and such-like, it’s way too early to know what will be done, so please don’t ask me at this point. I simply don’t have any answers. Publication date is April 2009, and that’s still a long way off. As soon as I know anything, I’ll tell you!

Back to the present, I did finish the first Halcyon sock:

Here’s a close-up of the pattern:

I’ll post the pattern as a freebie when I’ve got it finalized. I’m working on the second sock now, but am not very far along — I’ve not done much knitting this weekend.

Lucy has been spending time with a friend.


  1. Now I ~really~ can’t wait to see the book in person!

  2. After reading your in-depth description of your new book, I can hardly wait for April 2009 to get here! And I continue to be in awe of your incredible sock designing ability–the first Halcyon is beyond gorgeous!

  3. I can’t wait! I’m really excited about the techniques section, I love learning more about socks! 🙂

    Ellens last blog post..Whiplash…as defined by Stephanie Pearl McPhee

  4. Congratulations, Wendy! I’m really looking forward to purchasing my copy. Wendy Knits is a favorite in my library, and I’m sure Socks From the Toe Up will be, as well. Is it going to be available from Barnes and Noble, or is it too early for you to know?

  5. Congrats Wendy! I have pre-ordered it and I still haven’t knit a sock. Not from lack of trying…just can’t seem to do it yet. The reason I am writing is to ask about the pillow behind Lucy. Did you make it? or buy it like that? Having two cats that have just about finished their shedding season I can relate!

  6. Timmie B says:

    Thanks for the freebie on the Halcyon socks. The Wollmeise is beautiful also. Claudia’s colors make putting up the kinkiness and splittiness of the yarn well worth it. I look forward to receiving your new book. I enjoy working your patterns. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday

  7. Another book to buy when I get the money! I’ve just completed my first sock (note the singular there…), and so far I haven’t much liked top-down, so my next pair is likely to be toe-up, to see if that’s better. I think it will be, really. So yeah, I’ll likely end up picking this book up. Maybe my LYS can order a copy for me.

    Congrats on the publication!

    Rias last blog post..On a grand adventure!

  8. Hello Wendy,Congratulations on your book. The cover is beautiful. I will be so happy when April is here. That will be a great B’day present from me to me as B’day is the 25th. Really like I need an excuse to buy it. I am so happy for you and all of us that read your blog. It sounds like a great book. Have a nice Sunday.


  9. I can’t wait for your new book in my birthday month! :o)
    I am so glad you will have extensive heel details in there too!

    Stacey_CrimsonPurls last blog post..My Traveling Visitor

  10. JoAnn-WI says:

    I was very quick to pre-order your book. I’m glad you offer a wide-range of info regarding all types of knitting styles. It’s going to be a looonngg winter waiting for this book.

  11. Your book looks awesome! I can’t wait until I can order. Thanks to you and your toe-up socks with gusset heel, I finally made a pair of socks.

    Dorothys last blog post..Ark Wanted.

  12. Sharon G says:

    I’m really looking forward to your book. I’m interested in the heel details especially.

  13. well done wendy… I’ve done my pre-order too!

    alltangledups last blog post..SOS2008- #9 Finished

  14. Congratulations!! I just finished my very first pattern and can sorta understand your excitement for your book!! Looking forward to those beautiful pictures!

    Mrs. C.s last blog post..Perfect Fit Hiking Socks Pattern – Free

  15. Just can’t wait! I’m not asking but hinting that MD Sheep & Wool in early May would be an awesome place for a book signing!

    Kim B.s last blog post..Works in Progress

  16. The book sounds wonderful! I think this is one of the few times where I pre-ordered a book knowing that I would love it. I’m especially excited about the techniques portion that you just posted about. Bravo for you Wendy!

    Danieles last blog post..FOs and Sheep Mowing

  17. WhooHoo! I can’t wait!!

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..Hey! It’s Cold in Here!

  18. Juliette says:

    Wow. I am impressed. It looks like a beautiful book. I have just pre-ordered two (one for a present). Thanks for putting in the effort to write a book on your beautiful socks.

    My only worry? Your name doesn’t seem very promient on the cover.

  19. April is soooooooo far away!!!!!!!!!! The book looks so enticing! I want it now! Great job to you!

  20. Leslieileen says:

    Pretty Book! I can’t wait until it’s available 🙂

    While it’s a shame Miss Lucy didn’t pose I’m sure it’ll still be a great book and I’ll find it helpful. Thanks for the effort!

  21. Kathy B. says:

    I’m dazzled by the cover art of your new book. Orange and gray are one of my favorite color combinations and seem to dominate the cover. I hope that by April 2009 I will be in a learning-to-knit-socks frame of mind so that I can justify buying your book. Otherwise I will have simply have to think of it as a “reference” book due to your wonderful techniques section (I’m assuming that because of your great” knitting cables without a cable needle” tutorial I am keeping in mind for when I learn cables – hey, I just finished my first sweater what do you want from me? Entrelac?)

    As for Miss Lucy maybe you can sneak her subtly into one of the photos as atmosphere like Alfred Hitchcock used to do in his movies.

    Good luck on the book, Wendy. You deserve it.

  22. I almost have 1/3 of the money saved for the book, maybe I’ll have enough before April, it sounds so good, I wish it was April already

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Sunday- Slide Shows Abound

  23. If the inside is anything like the cover, we are in for a big treat!!!! Can’t wait for it to become available. I know you must be very proud! I’ll gladly put it on my coffee table for everyone to read.

    Elizabeths last blog post..

  24. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I’m so excited about the book! I’ve already pre-ordered two copies; the other one is for my best friend. We are both anxiously awaiting publication day.

    Those socks are incredible, and I love that Wollmeise colorway. Thanks so much for making the pattern a freebie for us.

    Lucy is incredible, too.

  25. Congratulations, Wendy. The book looks and sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to see it!

  26. Congratulations Wendy! The book looks great! Can’t wait until it is released!

    KnittingKels last blog post..Project Profile: The Striped Socks

  27. Can’t wait for the new book! (The socks are lovely.)

    Marions last blog post..Beginning of pair #3

  28. Can’t wait to get the book!

    Sarahs last blog post..I’m A Tease!

  29. Congratulations on the book! That is SO HUGE! I won’t pre-order, I’ll wait to see if you will be coming to a book store near me, cause I just love author signing kinda stuff!

  30. Theresa in Italy says:

    Congratulations, Wendy! I agree with whoever said it’s going to be a long winter, waiting for your new book to be out! But it’ll be worth it. I’m so thrilled to hear that there will be an extensive techniques section and lots of photos (although disappointed that Miss Lucy won’t be making an appearance)!

    I’ll also be eagerly awaiting the Halcyon sock pattern (thank you for sharing with us!). Should someone mention to Claudia that she might want to dye up an extra batch of Am Kalten Polar for Sheri’s next Wollmeise update?

  31. Meribeth says:

    April?? omg. OK, I’ll practice my Zen and be patient, sorta-kinda.

    I am so happy for you! The book looks lovely!

  32. Congratulations! The book sounds like a wonderful resource! It’s on my list of “must buy!”

    Jennifers last blog post..One Cleopatra Sock

  33. I’m so excited to see your new book! ‘fraid I wont’ be one of those pre-ordering; I like to support my brick-and-mortar bookstore when possible, and this is a book they’d better have in stock!

    Allisons last blog post..Another meme?!?

  34. Congratulations Wendy.

    I have your first book and will certainly purchase your second.

    Will sit and wait with everyone else for the release of my new coffee table book!

    Janettes last blog post..NORO Mini Knits

  35. This is fantastic news! Congratulations! I have been afraid to try the toe-up, although I want to learn the technique; it makes so much sense. I’m looking forward to learning the technique from you book!

  36. Congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful book – but that’s such a long time to wait… but I will try to be patient! ;0)

  37. I can’t wait until your new book comes out. I haven’t been this excited about a book since — forever!

    Diannes last blog post..You’re not supposed to bite the hand that feeds you…

  38. i have to wait almost a year? no fair!!! i want it NOW!

  39. Can’t wait to get the book…hopefully the printy people will set up a local signing :^). Since this will undoubtedly be a big hit, maybe you can whip up 23 new designs for the 2nd book (I am amazed at how fast you knit!)

    and I think Lucy should have at least made the dust jacket. She seems like an integral part of the team

  40. I just preordered my copy. I can’t wait!

    Melissas last blog post..Cornflower – Merino Bamboo Fingering Weight Sock Yarn

  41. I’m sure Miss Lucy does not mind not having her photo in the book- she is quite certain that the book has been dedicated to her!
    Can’t wait for the book. Congratulations!

  42. I’m sure Miss Lucy does not mind not having her photo in the book- she is quite certain that the book has been dedicated to her!
    Can’t wait for the book. Congratulations!

  43. Oh, such excitement! I look forward to this book. I’ve used the pattern in your first book with great success and hope to knit many more toe up socks.

  44. Mandipants says:

    Congratulations on publication! I’m so excited about an entire toe up book I can barely contain myself. There just aren’t enough toe up patterns available short of converting or writing my own, and my mathematics skills are not topshelf.
    My sock yarn stash is ready and waiting….
    And speaking of sock yarn, I must share with you my newest and greatest love.
    It’s Pagewood Farm handdyed merino70/bamboo20/nylon10. It feels absolutely incredible and the colorway that I bought (and immediately and invisibly casted on!), Mississippi Mud, absolutely GLOWS.
    Definitely something to hunt around for. Delicious.
    Happy knitting!

  45. I really am impressed with the Pottercraft books. They turn out a beautiful product! The cover of you new book is gorgeous! I’m really looking forward to getting it, Wendy! Congrats 🙂

  46. Oh yay you! That’s so cool! I hope it’ll be available in Canada (and I’m sure it will be).

    I’ve got my *signed!* copy of Wendy Knits in a place of honour, next to my signed JS “A Collector’s Item” and a signed “Art of Fair Isle Knitting” (yup, totally bragging). So…this next one…hopefully will be signed too! 😀

    Brigittes last blog post..Interesting? Sure. Progress? Ehn…

  47. who’s the foot model?

    elises last blog post..donate to a worthy cause & win sock yarn!

  48. If the cover is any indication of the contents, it will be a lovely book indeed. I’ve put in on my Amazon Wishlist, just to keep track of upcoming ‘things to get’. Congratulations–you must be over the moon about it!

  49. I’m on the list! CONGRATS! Lucy is sharing the gossip with her friend!
    Love your sock, BTW. luv.m.

  50. Well done! So many sock books, so little time.

    Lucias last blog post..Rainy Day People

  51. The cover makes it seem so very real!! But April is a l-o-o-o-n-g time away. Waaah! Preordering will happen shortly!

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Prickly yet Philosophical Eye Candy Friday

  52. Oh. Yay.

    How very cool!!!!!

    (don’t spose teddy made it into the book? Not that lovely wendy patterns wouldn’t be enough incentive to put this at the tippy top of my birthday list, but teddy would just be so much icing on the cake, ya know?)

  53. HOW COOL – Guess who has a £50 gift voucher for Amazon in her inbox? Yup – that’s me, and I’m dying to knit my first toe-up socks and now I know where to start! Well done you.

    teeweewonderss last blog post..A visit to Lowestoft

  54. Congratulations Wendy!

    Noras last blog post..

  55. Congratulations on your new book and on working with Potter Craft!

  56. What an awesome cover! Maybe I’ll FINALLY learn to make socks from the toe up?

    Normas last blog post..214. I Did Not See This Coming


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