My current work in progress:

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


And the Winner Is . . .

Contest is over, the winner has been chosen by the all-powerful, all-knowing random number generator. The winner is Happyneedle!

Thanks to everyone who left a comment. I wish I had Wollmeise for all! 🙂

Speaking of Wollmeise, I did manage to suck it up last night and knit the ribbing on the second Halcyon sock.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve posted the pattern as a freebie. Go to my “free patterns” page (click the tab at the top of this page) to get the pdf.

What’s next . . .

A return to my beloved Eidos sock yarn from the Sanguine Gryphon.

The start of a sock, on a bed of Ragdoll fur. And the flip side:

This in the “Socrates” colorway. (I’m thinking that it is not a coincidence that this colorway is sort hemlock-colored.) Anyhow, the yarn is just gorgeous, as is all of Gryphon’s colorways. Because the color is dark and deep (it’s actually a bit darker than the photo shows), I’ve worked up a pattern that is quite open and lacy.

This is my own design, and I’ve not named it yet, so at this point it remains “To-Be-Named.”

Here’s Lucy in one of her favorite places:

Her momma’s lap.


  1. Ooooo first comment! They look like Arrows to me. 🙂

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  2. Yay for Happyneedle! IMO ragdoll fur makes the back drop for socks.

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  3. I love how the socks are coming along and the color 🙂

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  4. Congratulations to Happyneedle!, and the socks is getting lovelier ….can’t wait to see the finish product. 🙂

  5. Beautiful, it looks a little like fan coral a little like leaves. How about hemlock leaves?

  6. I reiterate my former position that Lucy is an Angel. The new sock is soo pretty! I love that yarn!

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  7. Maybe it’s the inspiring backdrop, but the sock pattern looks like Outstretched Claws to me. 🙂

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  8. Hm. Philosophical socks! Groovy.

  9. Robin(aka zbaerenlovesme) says:

    Congratulations to happyneedles!
    The new sock looks great.

  10. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Congratulations to Happyneedle!

    Awww to Lucy in your lap–she looks very contented.

  11. Mundi in Pownal says:

    I’m really liking ‘Philosophical Socks’!

  12. Sharon G says:

    The new pattern is very pretty, but I’m just as enchanted with the ‘plain’ side in that gorgeous colorway.

  13. Hmm. “Poisoned Chalice”? – there’s a sort of stacked-chalices potential to that pattern… Or “Philosopher’s Peril”?

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  14. As I read your blog, and saw Lucy in your lap, I looked down at my own lap. There is Minky, the meezer in our family who is in charge of computer usage. Hello from both of us.

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  15. Hooray for Happyneedle!

    I love the way the new socks are turning out! The color is just lovely!

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  16. Congrats to happyneedle! I adore that Socrates color! Zowie!

    What a sweet, darling kitty Lucy is! Yoda holds the same pose in my lap! luv.m.

  17. I do love that colorway very rich and wearable. I heart dark colored socks. ~ksp

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  18. Kourtni says:

    Awww! Lucy’s a cutie!! I really like the Halcyon socks!! I looovvee the colors!!!!!!!!

  19. Timmie B says:

    Congrats HappyNeedle! Enjoy. I like the new to-be-named socks. I wound my Eidos today and liked the way that it looked and felt. I appreciate your feedback on it earlier. Gotta go work on my Spring Fling socks.

  20. Does Lucy “knead” on your legs and chest before she settles down? One of my cats loves to sit on my lap but I have to endure the fingernail kneading before she settles down. We have a nightly contest about how long the kneading will take place. Sally

  21. maybe you could call the new sock “Cupids Arrow”… looks like up and down arrows to me.

  22. Ahh, Lucy’s doing what most cats do best: just laying around. I am sure she is not quite as bad as my cat, but she sure seems to enjoy that. 🙂

    You didn’t specify if you wre going to let your loyal commenters choose the name, but I am throwing in my suggestion anyway, just in case:

    Cane Rows Socks.

    They look to me like a specific type of hairstyle, known to most Americans as corn rows. Where I come from (the lovely island of Jamaica), we don’t actually grow corn, we grow sugar cane, hence the slight variation. 😀

    And yes, I extend many congratulations (and jealousies) to HappyNeedle on her recent good fortune! We wish you had Wollmeise for all, too, Wendy! 😉

    Okay, rambling comment over.

  23. Ooh, or “Herringbonz!”

  24. Congrats to Happyneedle! The new socks are very exciting! I have the feeling I am going to be lusting after thjis yarn for a while! You are so mean! But I heart ya anyway!

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  25. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Beastie will be stylin’ in his new sockies. Yay!

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  26. Yet another great yarn choice and pattern!

    I think it looks like a branch of a hemlock tree, like someone already said. It’s all symmetrical and flat.

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  27. Congrats to Happyneedle!
    I am seriously coveting that yarn, Wendy, the colorway is gorgeous…(the sock is pretty, too, but oh! The color!)

    I wish The Meezer were more of a lap kitty…she’s a “hug the side of mommy’s leg” kitty. Not the same thing at all…

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  28. I love the pattern and the gorgeous colors of the new sock! LingLing only sits in my lap on very rare occasions, but I’m hoping that’ll change as she gets older. Lucy is such a dollbaby!

  29. First off Congrats to Happyneedle enjoy the Wollmeise 🙂
    Secondly….AWWWWWW Lucy looks so comfy on her mamma’s lap if shes not purring (and what cat wouldnt be) she sure should be 🙂

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  30. Theresa in Italy says:

    Congrats to Happyneedle! (Well named, don’t you think, with a bit of Wollmeise heading her way?)

    Awww, Lucy!

  31. Thanks for the free patterns!!!Love the socks.

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  32. Congrats HappyNeedles… that’s a great name by the way.

    I can’t think of a name for no name socks… I’ll be watching to see what you come up with

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  33. Everytime I see or hear Socrates all I can think of is Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I vote for “Excellent Socks”.

  34. I agree with Leslie and Mo above, I think you should name them “Hemlock Leaves”, they do loosely resemble the leaves. Plus that colorway is so pretty, it could take your breath away … sorta like poison hemlock … but in a good way. 🙂

  35. Congrats to happyneedle!!
    How about “Three Graces”? Or “Greek to Me” for the name?

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  36. I forgot to mention that the Three Graces represent beauty, charm and joy in greek mythology.

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  37. I Love Lucy! ha ha.

    Those socks look even better than when I pulled em up on my blackberry! Like the colors of a tropical ocean…

  38. Congratulations to HappyNeedle!

    Lucy looks mighty comfortable on Mom’s lap!

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  39. Congratulations Happyneedle! Love the new socks Wendy, but then again, I seem to love them all!! 🙂

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  40. Drat. I saw the “Lucy’s favorite spot” without seeing the picture and I guessed “under the lamp.” Guess I don’t know Lucy as well as I thought I did.

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  41. I tried posting this already, but it’s not taking, perhaps because I put a link to a hemlock picture in the comment. We’ll try without the link.

    Not that you were asking for suggestions; and not that you didn’t read the suggestions already, and have already posted for 7/30, so apparently not flipping your switch; but the stitch pattern really does look like poison hemlock!

    So I think Hemlock Socks would be just so apropos, if a little dark.
    Or the genus name is Conium, that would be rather obscure but still referential. And unique (though I didn’t see any other Hemlock Socks when I looked).

    I have that same yarn, thanks to Sheri and the Sanguine Gryphon. It’s some of my favorite colors.

    (Did I not hit submit or did I get blocked due to the link? We’ll try again.)

  42. Kelli Elder says:

    Wendy – that is gorgeous! I just started the Seaweed Sock you did. Absolutely lovely will post picture on Ravelry when done. Found some beautiful green / gold sock yarn on Martha’s Vineyard.


  43. Thanks again for the two latest free sock patterns. They are both lovely and I’m adding them to my fast growing collection of your patterns!

  44. Every time I see that colorway I think about Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and “So-Crates”!!!