My current work in progress:

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


Chugging Along

Although I was very lazy all weekend and did little knitting Friday night or Saturday, I did get a “second wind” on Sunday afternoon and got in some good knitting time while watching movies. so the second Halcyon sock is coming along nicely.

In fact, all that’s left is the ribbing.

In a fit of efficiency never to be reached again, I’ve already written up the pattern and it is available as a pdf, here.

The pattern stitch is very subtle, so you can use a striping or variegated yarn with good results.

Hey, who wants my leftovers? πŸ˜€

As you may know, Wollmeise comes in 150-gram skeins. I have two balls leftover that weigh about 30 grams each, so about 60 grams total. Enough for a child’s pair of socks, right?

If you’d like me to send you my leftovers, leave a comment to this entry and I’ll choose one at random and send that person the leftover Wollmeise. One comment per person, please. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.

So I am of course thinking aboutΒ  what’s next. I’ve worked up a couple of designs from which to choose.Β 

Speaking of sock designs, did you know that Aire River has a couple of new versions of their knitting symbol font available? It adds a couple new symbol choices for k2tog and ssk. There is a version 1.04 for the PC and, far more exciting, a version 2.0 for the Mac! I could not get the previous version (1.03) to display properly on the Mac, so I’m pretty excited about this. Thank you, Aire River!

Lucy is once again in hen-on-a-nest position.

The picture of contentment.


  1. My 6 year old could use some wollmeise socks!

    KnitStephs last blog post..No excuses

  2. oooooooo….wollmeise AND wendy left overs – its like heaven in two balls…
    *giggles like a 12 year old*

    Aimees last blog post..BUNNY!

  3. I would love your left over yarn!

  4. Oooo….FIRST! I think….I’d love to win some Wollemeise. I can never get any. *LOL* Er…Wollemeise that is.

    Katys last blog post..Secret Pal Questions #7

  5. Beautiful blue, what gorgeous socks. πŸ™‚ Leftovers would be great.

  6. Oh, Beastie would look really good in socks that color!

    happyneedles last blog post..Christmas in July…

  7. Jasmine says:

    erm…I could use a pair of ankle socks πŸ™‚

  8. Louise in Maryland says:

    My granddaughter would surely love socks from your leftovers, so put me in the pool.

  9. Very nice socks, Wendy! Thanks for making the pattern available as a PDF. And any yarn is good yarn!

    Kristines last blog post..funny!

  10. I was already excited about the free sock pattern, but Wollemeise to boot? I’m starting a sock stash blanket – all my sock leftovers and I would love to include this! πŸ™‚ See you on Plurk!

    Lauras last blog post..Quick report.

  11. needleglyphs says:

    since wollmeise seems to be the crack/cocaine of sock yarn I am entering my name into this contest. Love the socks and Lucy is a most beautious kittie

  12. Wendy, I just wanted to let you know how much fun I had knitting the socks you gave to the Summer of Socks. made mine in Shibuiknits yarn and they turned out so nice. I learned the Turkish cast on and love it, also love the heel you use. They will be my go-to toe and heel as they are so neat and fit too. Thx again, Lu

  13. Wendy, I would love your leftovers. I am working on a Cottage Creations Rambling Rows afghan using my leftover sock yarn. I hope to make it large enough for a king sized bed. So far I have completed one repeat of the Rambling Rows pattern and can see many more to go. Looks like I will have to break in OMG virgin balls of sock yarn. My bad boys Billy and Neil send love to Lucy.

  14. Love the comment about Wollmeise being the crack/cocaine of sock yarn! I’ll throw my name into the hat. I also got my book order in to Amazon this weekend – can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  15. Thanks for the lovely sock pattern! And, I’d LOVE your leftover Wollmeise — I have yet to be able to be able to order some from The Loopy Ewe (I’m not fast enough, I guess) and I’d love to see what all the hype is about this yarn.

  16. Count me in on the line! The socks are lovely, I think I’ll cast them on next.

    Jennifers last blog post..One Cleopatra Sock

  17. I love watching your sock-making progress. Your socks are beautiful! Thanks for posting so many free patterns. I’m currently working on the double eyelet rib socks, and I love how they are working up. Who doesn’t like leftover yarn? Pick me, pick me! πŸ˜‰

  18. Add my name into the lot please. That colorway is beautiful. Thanks also for the pre-order heads up. I can’t wait until it is shipped. I have lots of knitting to keep me busy til then. Hugs to Lucy.

  19. I am always up for crack, I mean yarn. I have never tried Woolmeise, hopefully I will one day πŸ˜‰

    Mettes last blog post..Pair # 1!

  20. Hi Wendy,

    I don’t have any Wollmeise to play with so would love to adopt your leftovers. I have a six year old who has been bugging me to knit him something and I think his feet are small enough for that!


  21. Wendy, thanks for the sock pattern, they’re beautiful. And please put my name in the hat or the left over Wollmeise.

  22. Ooh! I’m trying to have a kid soon, and it would be wonderful to have something warm and soft to knit baby stuff with! It doesn’t take much yarn!

  23. Shoshana says:

    That is so amazing that you are giving away your leftover Wollmeise! (It is even better that my feet are small enough that 60g of sock yarn is perfect for me πŸ˜‰ )
    I love those socks, it helps that they are blue, but it fits in really nicely with the lace pattern. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing the pattern with us πŸ™‚

  24. I’d love to make my daughter a pair, they’re lovely and I love that color!

    amysues last blog post..Home again.

  25. Yes please!!

    Wanniettas last blog post..She Scores!!

  26. Pick Me Pick Me!!! I have two sockless children at home.

  27. Ooohhhh! Wollmeise!!! I think it would probably make anklets too! πŸ™‚

    leahs last blog post..And the winner is……

  28. Kathy Sue says:

    Ooooh! Woolmeise. I am going to feel it someday, I just know it! How nice the new pattern is!

  29. Gotta throw my hat in too! I have some Wollmeise Wilder Mon that would look lovely knit up into a pair of socks with the Blue that you have! Envision the 2 colors (red and Blue) knit together into a mosaic type pattern wouldnt that be lovely πŸ™‚ Thank You for the pattern and as always Ms Lucy is lovely as ever!

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..Part one of the Update completed

  30. Robin(aka zbaerenlovesme) says:

    I would love your leftovers! But would also be very happy for whoever else gets them!
    mmm wollmeise…

  31. Thank you for the sock pattern. I was looking for a pattern to make socks for my sister’s birthday present so your timing is perfect!
    Like many of the other comments, I haven’t been able to score Wollmeise yet. I’d love your leftovers but I think others could use it much more than I!

    samoofishs last blog post..Virginia Trip: Fourth of July

  32. Thanks for the lovely pattern and the fun contest. I’m Wollmeise-deprived, so would love to have your leftovers.

    Inas last blog post..Intermediate Sprint: Au MarchΓ©

  33. Pick me!

    Lucy, U R just @ beautiful 4 words! luv.m.

  34. Great Socks! Love that color. Thanks for making the pattern available as a freebie. Sometimes they disappear from the Loopy Ewe too fast to get them.

  35. Leslieileen says:

    I would so happily use that Wollemeise – child size sock are just about my speed πŸ™‚

  36. I love your socks Wendy!

    Sarah Diannes last blog post..The Friend Post

  37. The colors are perfect for my son…he never gets socks. I buy all girly colors and never knit for the poor boy who has been begging for socks as long as he could talk.

  38. Wendy,
    Thanks for the heads-up about the font. I have one, but I’m always on the lookout for newer and better.

  39. Barbara Miller says:

    Pick me Pick me!

  40. I am coming out of “stalking mode” to see if I can win the Wollmeise.

  41. I’ve never seen wollemeise in person, I imagine it’s even lovelyer than it looks!

  42. Thank you for another great pattern, very excited about your sock book!

    Elysbeths last blog post..A little Farther Down

  43. Bustersdad says:

    What great colors! I would love the leftovers and know a little guy who would love the toasty toes as a result!

  44. I made a pair of adut anklets (toe-up) out of the Wollmeise leftovers from a pair of adult Monkey Socks.

    Sandys last blog post..Summer Swappin’

  45. Crossing my fingers, even though I don’t have much time to knit anymore.

  46. I’d love the leftovers! I think I could get a pair of toe up socks out of it. πŸ™‚

    julieannes last blog post..Branson, Day 3 (July 14)

  47. What a pretty color. You are talented. I love the Peace socks. They are knitting up nicely. My 9 yo would like a new pair of socks. πŸ™‚

  48. Very yummy, and something I haven’t used before. Sign me up for leftovers.

    Karens last blog post..Wedding Wednesday

  49. Look at sweet Lucy! Looking loved and content as always. I really do like the color of this yarn. I think it’s quite neat how the stripes blend together just before the heel – kind of like a special suprize! Mini-Me also likes the color and is currently begging for socks – go figure!
    I can understand your excitement about new symbols! New toys are always fun!!

    Megan S.s last blog post..Things I like – I’m starting a MeMe….

  50. Oooh, I’d love the leftover yarn… and I have tiny feet!

  51. Oooh! I love leftovers!

  52. OH, pick me pick me. Have never seen or petted Wollemeise and would love to have your leftovers!!

  53. Woohoo! Thanks for the news of the updated font. Just downloaded it. As to the Wollmeise, I managed the Pillars of Fire socks and a pair of Forget Me Not socks out of a single skein. Worried the whole time, but for once it was nice to have stumpy feet.

  54. I lurv leftovers! Never tried Wollmeise before either!!

  55. yippee! I’d love to try out the Wollmeise – been trying to get a hold of some of that.

    Jennifers last blog post..Hush Hush Handspun Hootenanny Questionaire

  56. ahem. or penny-sized socks. I just knit a pair with 37g of a decent fingering weight leaving over half the ball left. A pair that goes two inches past my ankle. πŸ˜€ just saying. πŸ˜‰ [my feet aren’t extremely tiny… though i do wish they’d grow half a size and i could fit into more adult shoes] so er.. please? πŸ™‚

    pennys last blog days

  57. I’d love to have your leftovers! Thanks for putting up the Halcyon pattern. It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to try it.

    Erins last blog post..Mid-July Status Report

  58. Eeew! Leftovers! I got a pair of socks for my grandma’s tiny feet out of 58 grams last Christmas. And Gram would love that color!

    Staceys last blog post..Go Give!

  59. With your lovely leftovers, I could knit knee-highs for my cats (who aren’t quite as elegant as Lucy, but are still handsome nonetheless)! Though, if I’m to be wholly honest, I’d likely just end up knitting anklets for my sock-yarn-adoring self. Please count me in!

  60. I’d love the leftover Wollmeisse! I’d make them for my 10 yr old and when he grows out of them, my 7 yr old can have them! πŸ™‚

  61. Love the socks. I’ve never tried Wollmeise, maybe I’ll win!

    Astabeths last blog post..The Swing of Things

  62. Linda from Kansas says:

    I would love your left over yarn.

  63. OMG! Is it sad that I’m just chomping at the bit to win leftover Wollmeise? I already know exactly what I’ll do with it if I’m the lucky winner!

    The socks are beautiful and I’ve already got them on my queue!

    Kelleys last blog post..SP12 Question of the Week #6 & 7

  64. I’m always up for the chance to try something new.

    Malias last blog post..Back on the Horse

  65. PICAdrienne says:

    Hmm, I wonder if it would be enough for socks for Jessica, she has small feet. I know it would be enough for Tucker. Maybe enough for a pair for Tucker and a pair for Miranda. I know just the pattern (from Knitscene) I would use.

    Why, yes, I am sucking up, but I don’t think that will impress the random number generator.

  66. Sign me up!
    If I win, I’ll use it for heels and toes for my MIL’s gift socks!

    Z-Lists last blog post..Block Party!

  67. I have always wanted to just have the opportunity to TOUCH wollmeise! I’ve been knitting umteen baby fashions and could definitely enhance the stash!

  68. I just can’t turn down a chance at yarn….its a sickness.

    farm-witchs last blog post..Jelly

  69. I have two grand babies waiting for socks for their winter crocs…and I love the pattern ….thanks for the freebie…

  70. Melissa says:

    Oooohhhh- pick me pick me! I’ve never used it before πŸ™‚

  71. My Goddaughter could do with a 1st birthday present – I think funky Woolmeise socks would be just the thing!!!!! hehe πŸ™‚

    Hannahs last blog post..SOS

  72. I know a particular young lady who would love to knit the leftovers into a fantastic pair of socks.

    Lauras last blog post..Week 3 and all is well

  73. Oooh, such pretty colors, Please add me in on leftovers! Thx. πŸ™‚

    Donnas last blog post..The Summer of Sewing has begun…

  74. Ooh! Me!

    I downloaded the pattern via Plurk yesterday. Totally going to be my next pair!

    Angelas last blog post..Project Redux: Springy Teel Socks

  75. I have been following your blog for awhile now and I am just AMAZED at how fast you knit socks! And, they are all so beautiful! So, after following your blog all this time I decided that I had to ask you how you do this…and lo and behold, you are having a little giveaway today!

    BTW…I can’t wait to clear my sock knitting agenda so I can knit up some of your patterns for holiday gifts! =)

    knittinandnoodlins last blog post..Just knitting.

  76. I don’t have children of my own, but there are lots of charities that I’ve been meaning to knit for that ask for children’s wool socks.

    Sarah T.s last blog post..Methods vs. Products

  77. Ooo Ooo! I have kids and no Wollmeise. Thanks for offering your leftovers.

    Sams last blog post..Run Away

  78. I really like this pattern, it’s always so hard to find patterns that compliment handpainted yarns. πŸ™‚

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

  79. I’d love the leftovers. I’m making a sock yarn blanket, and would love more yarns. Plus I’ve never worked with that yarn… πŸ˜€

    Tammys last blog post..Quilty Update

  80. Beautiful sock yarn and sock.

    Jennifers last blog post..Small Steps

  81. I really don’t like to do socks toe up and you keep coming up with these pretty patterns! I’ve just done my third toe up in a row because of you. And now this. It’s printing out as I type this. Thanks.

  82. Very pretty blue sockies. I don’t knit with blue often, although it is one of my favorite colors.

  83. Halcyon is beautiful and I love the yarn. It would look stunning on granddaughter #1, so please count me in the running for leftovers. Thanks so much for offering them. I’ve saved the PDF, thanks for making that available as a freebie, too! You’re very generous.

    Sandra Ds last blog post..July Spinning

  84. I’d love to meet some Wollmeise in person.

    Nepheles last blog post..If there’s one thing I’m good at…

  85. would lvoe to some of your leftover, hope I can get lucky πŸ™‚
    And thanks for the sock pattern.

    jinkys last blog post..…a knitted bottle holder (my own design) & my first knitted socks

  86. Goodness but you’re a fast sock knitter!

    knitographys last blog post..Who’s Got the Button?

  87. Would love your leftovers to make my Squid a pair of socks!

  88. ohhh- wollmeise. I’ve always wanted to try and I’m 18 wks pregant and in the midst of starting baby socks. It would be perfect timing. Great blog as always…

    Katis last blog post..Life is a Whirlwind

  89. I’d love the leftovers; my 9-year-old daughter needs another pair of socks πŸ™‚ Besides, I always miss out when The Loopy Ewe has Wollemeise in stock.

  90. What d’ya know, my daughter just announced on Saturday that I ought to knit her a new pair of socks. πŸ™‚ That blue is just beautiful…as is Lucy! As always!

    juless last blog post..Monday morning

  91. Candice H says:

    Love the socks, thank you for the pattern. Nicholas would love some socks from his Nanny Goat.

  92. I love that yarn! Never had any Wollmeise (me being German and all, that’s just sad), and such pretty colors too πŸ™‚

  93. Hi Wendy, the socks are lovely and I’m on the cuffs of 2nd pair of Nanners (in the large size for Freak Consort Sean) as we speak in Sheepaints. I have a question about toe up socks that I’m sure would be helpful for everyone…how do I know when to begin ribbing for cuffs. I divided the skein in half with a gram scale, and I like about 1 1/2″ of ribbing at the top of cuffs…I can never guess when to begin the ribbing, and I’m too lazy to do weight experiments. Thes

    claires last blog post..Poha, Breakfast of Champions (and sock-knitters)

  94. Allison says:

    Ooh, me please πŸ™‚

  95. Enter me please! I have a toddler and a soon to be born little one so it would be the perfect amount of yarn. Thanks!

  96. Oh, my 5 and 6 years olds have been bugging me for some socks! And thanks for the pattern. It is lovely!

  97. AlisonL says:

    I’m fairly new to your blog but am in love with it already…thanks for always sharing and of course, I would love some yarn! πŸ™‚

  98. Everyone knows leftovers are the best. And calorie free!!

    Our cats do the “chicken pose” too. Funny kitties.

  99. Ooh, pick me, pick me! My favorite color is blue, I have child size feet and I’ve never gotten any Wollmeise… I’d love to have it!!

    Thanks for giving it to someone!