My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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? ๐Ÿ˜€

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 aboutย  what’s next. I’ve worked up a couple of designs from which to choose.ย 

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. Oooh, I’ve been making tons of baby booties lately. That Wollmeise would make a few cute pairs for a baby boy! I’m officially throwing my hat in the ring =)

  2. The socks are great; I’d LOVE the leftovers!!

  3. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern–I’m going to make these soon. I love them, and I love that Wollmeise colorway!

    Lucy looks so peaceful–and gorgeous!

  4. If you send me some Wollmeise,
    It would sure be nice,
    Every time it is snuck up on Loopy
    I think “whoopee”
    Until I realize that it has all been got
    and yet again, Wollmeise I have not.

  5. Heck yes, I’d love leftovers! ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful socks, and I’m tickled to add it to my patterns-to-knit list. Thank you for doing that!


  6. Ohhhh, pretty!

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  7. Wow, thanks for the free sock pattern and for giving us a chance to win the left overs. Would love some left over to make mini socks for a Christmas project.

  8. Heather H says:

    I know 2 little boys who would fight over who got the “pretty” socks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Thank you for the free sock pattern Wendy. The blue in this skein so gorgeous. I’d love to have the left overs. Thanks!

  10. Coming out of lurkdom to get a chance at your leftovers…I absolutely LOVE your blog, Lucy and you. I have your first book and have already preordered your new book.


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  11. Well shucks! I’ve a 21 month old who’s in need of new socks for the winter. I could probably eek out 2 pairs for her little feet! Or one pair of knee-highs!

    Jennis last blog post..Happy (belated) Canada Day!

  12. I would love your leftovers, I could make a snazzy baby item for my coworker’s soon to arrive grandchild. She & I are both having rough patches, so you could make 2 people cheerful and clothe a baby!

  13. 60 g for socks for my 2 little nieces…. or footies for me!
    P.S. Good job keeping Lucy so contented.

  14. Lovely socks! Thank you for offering the pattern. I can’t wait to make them!

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  15. I am joining the chorus for your leftover Wollmeise sock yarn! My teen-age daughter loves fingerless mitts and that yarn would be awesome for a pair for small hands. Fingerless mitts are a pretty and practical use for yarn, especially here in the Northeast. (I also knit wristwarmers if the leftovers are really small.) Wearing them indoors in the winter, (especially since the thermostats is set lower to save oil) makes a huge difference in how warm I feel, especially for those times when sitting still while reading, typing or ‘surfing’. My daughter wears them to school for practical and for ‘fashion’ reasons.
    Wendy, I can just imagine the wonderful designs you would come up with for fingerless mitts after seeing your success with socks!

  16. I’ve wanted to try that Wollmeise! Hope I get picked. My 18 mo old granddaughter could use some socks in her mommy’s favorite color! Thanks.

  17. Can I have your balls???

  18. andreaknits says:

    My daughter would love some socks made out of that beautiful colorway. And my favorite colors to boot!! Count me in!

  19. I have a a 4 and a 5 year old – those leftovers would be coming to a good home!

    Ingrids last blog post..Socks!

  20. That’s such a lovely yarn colour — I’ll have to stalk it too!

  21. rosesmama says:

    A new wool to try, oh yes, and I even have a child to make socks for. Count me in.

  22. This would make great legwarmers for my new little one. I’l definitely take your leftovers!

    Samanthas last blog post..Trying to start a pattern (Update #1)

  23. Ooh, Wollmeise leftovers? I’d love em!! You are so generous!

  24. Allison says:

    I would LOVE the leftovers!! I have several friends who are expecting, and one who won’t be finding out the sex of the baby, so I could make SEVERAL pairs of little socks out of these beauties!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. I’d love to try the wollmeise sock yarn ! We don’t get a lot of sock yarn down in kiwiland so it would be a pleasure to play with something new.

  26. Johanna says:

    I had leftovers for dinner (better the second time around – just like marriage (I always say, ahem!)) so, leftover sock yarn seems very appealing. Thanks for the offer. Your website always has me smiling.

  27. Everyone wants your leftover sock, including me. My feet may be to big for leftovers, but I have a friend with tiny, size 5, feet.

  28. Count me in–my 4 year old son would enjoy a pair of “love socks” from your leftover yarn. He calls his hand knit socks that since he tells everyone that I knit the love right into them.

  29. Oh my goodness, Woolmeise. How I would love to have the leftovers. I would be so tickled to make a pair of socks for my 9 year old granddaughter, Miss Kylee. They would be so perfect for her. I Thank You and Lucy in advance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Thank you for the generous gift of the sock pattern. It’s really lovely!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Breaking etiquite rules

  31. Wollmeise! Would really love to try this yarn. Thanks for your free pattern again.

  32. pick me pick me! I never seem to be awake when TLE does their update for this coveted yarn…. sigh…

    pias last blog op ed

  33. claudia says:

    oh pick me! I want to try the yarn and see what all the fuss is about!

  34. Xenophilia says:

    Count me in! ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. This is my comment.

  36. Wow!! Wollemeise is so elusive that even leftovers have an amazing appeal!!!

  37. I would love the yarn but think that I should really be sending you yarn as I have used your basic toe up sock for most of my 100+ pairs.

  38. Love the new pattern, Wendy. Thanks!

  39. My neice would love these for socks.

  40. RachelB says:

    It would be interesting to see how the yarn stripes with a fewer number of stitches. Nice pattern, will have to add it to my queue.

  41. Sure, count me in — I’d love to try out some different sock yarn.

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  42. Barbara M. says:

    It’s probably a good thing that I NEVER win contests, as I have 3 granddaughters who would all love socks from this gorgeous yarn, and they would probably fight over the BEAUTIFUL tiny socks I would knit. (But it would be worth it….. I’m crossing my fingers….. since I never win, it might be my turn, right?)

  43. I refer to that cat position as Meatloaf! It’s closely related to the Pancake (in which the cat totally fills the bottom of the cat carrier as if to imply the absence of cat at the vet). Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks!

    auntiemichals last blog post..It wasn’t horse shoes

  44. Gina B. says:

    Please enter me in the Wollmeise leftovers contest. (It’s probably the only way I’ll ever get my hands on some Wollmeise.)

  45. I’m saving my bits and bobs of Wollmeise for a Wollmeise Charlotte’s Web!

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  46. Thank you for posting the pattern! Wow, that was fast: you’re getting good at this writing up thing. I need to get a hat pattern written up for a friend tonight.

    I’d gladly take the little bits o’Wollmeise off your hands & repurpose them — like the other 150-whatever commenters so far!

    Danke schoen, all the way around.

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  47. Ingrid-in-Philly says:

    Ohh, please enter me in the possibility! My eight-year-old girlie is all about blues – the more vibrant, the better! Thanks.

  48. Your socks are so pretty! I would LOVE some wollemeise. I loved her on knitters uncensored, she seemed so sweet!

  49. I would, I would! I love using leftovers (I have tiny tiny child-like feet—pain to get formal high heel shoes for, perfect for little bits of yarn).

  50. oooh, I would love a little bit of Wollmeise! I have plans for all my random bits of leftover sock yarn and that would make an excellent addition to the lot.

    I’ve always called that cat position the “doorstop.” I think I must have read that somewhere.

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  51. We call it the Kitty Meatloaf position. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I still haven’t worked with Wollmeise, but I keep meaning to find the extra cash lying around (somewhere) to go online and purchase it. No one carries it around here!

    karens last blog post..Surprise yarn purchase!

  52. Karen in Baltimore says:

    Such bliss! A new pattern and the possibility (however remote) of Wendy’s Wollmeise “leftovers” as well.

  53. So generous of you to share this treasure with someone. My little man would love a pair of socks- he is already learning to knit and loves a little yarn play.

  54. I would happily avail you of those leftovers! My 18 month old little girl would love a pair of Wollmeise socks for fall!

  55. Wollmeise…leftovers…I’m listening. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d love to be included.

    Ediths last blog post..Girl’s Night Out

  56. Pensguys says:

    Oh, my 9 yo son would love this yarn…blue is his favorite color!

  57. Ooh, ooh…pick me! I could knit some cute little socks and mitts for my new granddaughter! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Judy (or TorchSinger on Plurk)

  58. Wollmeise leftovers would be as good as thankgiving diner leftovers.

    are you drooling… I am!!

    Vickis last blog post..Amanda Sock #1 is done!

  59. Gina C. says:

    Thanks for making that pretty pattern available. Have never knit toe-up before, so these may just be the first ones I do this way!

  60. Oooh, pick me, pick me!!


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  61. I love these socks they are so pretty. I’m going to have to give them a try. Thanks for the pattern.

  62. janieknits says:

    thanks for the new pattern and small chance at some Wollmeise!

  63. I dn’t have any babies to knit for, but at this rate leftovers of Wollmeise are probably all I’m ever going have hope of getting! Every time it comes available I’m not able to get there fast enough to buy any.

    Beautiful color! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cindy (maxfun)s last blog post..FLS, a Knotty sleeve (sort of), and Hanami

  64. Ooooh leftovers?? I never win, but I figured I’d enter anyway! You’re the best! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Krystals last blog post..If I’m signing away my soul, I’d like to know it

  65. I have a one year old grandson who would love a new pair of socks!!!

  66. What a fun contest!!! Can’t wait to see who gets the yarn….can’t wait to print out the new Halcyon pattern….can’t wait to finish up my current pair of socks for Summer of Socks 08….

    Whoooooooo’s gonna get the yarn?

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  67. I’d love to find out what the fuss is all about with the Wollmeise yarn. It’s such a pretty color, and I’m 99% positive my friend is going to have a baby boy (she’s due in December). This might be a sign!

  68. I don’t need to be entered into the contest, but I wanted to point out that it knits up into gorgeous scarves, too. (From someone who might be a wee bit addicted to them…..)

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  69. Yes, please, may I have some leftovers? I have been infatuated with this blue since you first posted it.

  70. my tigger says “mew” to lucy! we heart yarn! what a way to pad your blog hits! ; )

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  71. Love your socks! I have a child who that would make a perfect pair of socks for. He has outgrown the ones I made last year. Thnaks for the chance to get some Wollmeise!

  72. Mmmm… leftovers. Yes please. Pretty socks.

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  73. Thanks very much for the pattern. I love it (or maybe it’s just the yarn!)

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  74. oooh, either of my kids would love some blue socks

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  75. k, i’ll bite. i’d love some free yarn that i don’t really need. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  76. I’m in, especially since the yarn has all my favorite colors:)

  77. kid socks, nothin’! I have little feet! Through in some contrasting heels and toes and maybe cuffs, and I could make some socks for myself! to frame and worship of course. (come to the altar of the Wollmeise.)

  78. That is some of the most beautiful blue yarn I have ever seen and I would GLADLEY give it a home and make it into something wonderful! Besides, I have never had the joy of working with Wollmeise–it is on my “to do before I die” list though!

  79. Beth Weekley says:

    I would LOVE leftovers! That colorway is so pretty!

  80. Ooooo! Me, me, me, me, me! Yoga socks!!!
    And your book looks fabulous. I’m so excited about it!

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  81. Did I tell you my middle name was Random? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  82. Ooh, I like leftovers! Usually because they mean no cooking, but pretty leftover yarn is even better!

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  83. I’ve always wanted to try wollmeise so why not? Have fun finishing the ribbing!

  84. I’d make a pair of socks for my granddaughter if I had your leftovers – or a pair of shortie socks for me. Decisions, decisions. Oh, wait I have to win first!

    Anns last blog post..I’m still here

  85. Beautiful socks and who wouldn’t want “Wendy leftovers” ???

  86. Ann Carpenter says:

    Dear Wendy, I just love the blue striped yarn so I’m putting in a comment in hopes you will PICK ME!!!!! I could use some good news right now. Dallas is SOOOOO hot it’s miserable, 106 and no end in sight. Lord, I hate summers here. So, I would love to win your left-overs. Thanks for considering me.
    Ann Carpenter in Dallas

  87. I can’t wait for the book! And yes, please do enter me in the drawing for the leftovers. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

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  88. Hey, who doesn’t want free yarn?! I love the socks – fun stitch pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

    Karens last blog post..And it begins…

  89. Left over yarn – sign me up!

    Beautiful socks, also. And I can hardly wait for the book

    Thanks for writing your blog – It’s always a good read.

  90. I’d leave a comment even if you weren’t giving away the left over yarn, which by the way I’d love to have. I had been waiting for the pattern and saw it on Ravelry today and already queued it. Can’t wait to get it started.

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  91. Pick our Mom. We want cat booties!!
    Ash & Misty. Meow

  92. I know this sounds crazy, but I usually use about 50-60 grams for a pair of socks for myself…and I have size 9 feet! I must be an economical knitter! So I could probably make a pair for myself out of the Wollmeise…just sayin’ =)

  93. Would love it to make more for the little boy down the street and his sister.


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  94. kelly-ann says:

    Ooohhh…my 5 year old just asked me for their first pair of knitted socks a week ago! I was going to start some yesterday, but I burned my hand/fingers pretty bad (no knitting for a couple of weeks). These leftovers would help the healing process ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. Pick me!
    (Mmmmmm, leftovers!)

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  96. Leftovers would be lovely as I seem to miss out on sneak ups all the time.

  97. Hey thanks for the pretty pattern!! And… Thanks for the chance of free Wollmeise!

  98. The Halcyon socks are lovely. Thank you for sharing the pattern. The am Kalten Polar (sp?) colorway is gorgeous!

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  99. Hmmm, I love me some leftover sock yarn! The halcyon socks are very pretty!

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  100. I am amazed every time you post! Your socks are beautiful and I would be ecstatic to have your left over yarn. My daughter would love a new pair of socks.

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