My current work in progress:

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


Two Heads Are Better Than One

Last week I did an interview with Deb for her Knitting Scholar site — check it out here. Thanks, Deb!

I finished a stealth project I’ve been working on so embarked on something new: a sock. I know. Shocking, isn’t it?

But this sock is special because the design is the result of a collaboration between another knitter/sock designer (Hi Sharon!) and me.

It all started when Sharon did the sock pattern for the March offering of The Loopy Ewe sock club. She consulted with me a bit on the design and we had a lot of fun emailing back and forth. So we decided to collaborate on a sock pattern. We’ve spent a few weeks emailing the charts back and forth and each of us making tweaks and changes to them. Finally this past week we have the pattern the way we like it. So here my start of “Sunflower Socks.”


I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Butterscotch on 2mm needles.

I actually started out using Socks That Rock lightweight in 24 Karat. But the sucker striped, and I did not like how it looked. It obscures the pattern way too much. Here’s a look at it:


Teddy had to get in on the act and model the new sock:


And Lucy is primping in hopes that Spring will be here soon!



  1. Love the sock! The top photo reminds me of a sunflower!

    Nice remodeling!

    Aponis last blog post..Inventory, Not Stash!

  2. No, no, Wendy. Thank YOU! The interview was my pleasure! Hope everybody likes it.

    –Debs last blog post..Interview: Wendy Knits

  3. Nice sock! I love the way it is looking so far.
    And your website rocks! I like the new look.

    SusanB-knitss last blog post..Blue skies…

  4. New sock is amazing! Thought I was on the wrong website for a minute! Nice new look!

    Cindys last blog post..A Day Off

  5. Your re-designed blog is nice…

    Oh, I like the “Sunflower Socks” design. Glad Teddy was at hand to model the new sock…:-)

    I look forward to seeing your new book “Socks From The Toe Up” and the book contents’ photography… Love the photograph on the book cover.

    Abimbolas last blog post..International Polar Year (IPY)

  6. Love the new site. More pictures of Lucy. =) Love the new sock too. Can’t wait to see the finished pair.

    Candis last blog post..Beware the Timesuck!

  7. I like the Lorna’s Laces butterscotch better. Looks more sunflower-y.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..KAL-ED OUT

  8. Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern…so beautiful. and the color fits perfectly…can’t wait to see it finished!

  9. Love the Sunflower Socks that you and Sharon collaborated on! (And what a fun new blog design, too.)

    Sheri at The Loopy Ewes last blog post..March Blog Contest – What’s Your Favorite…

  10. The new website look is nice – good job. I love the sock and you were right to change the yarn. The STR is lovely but needs a different vehicle. Hi Teddy!

  11. Nice sock! And Teddy looks cute modeling it.

    But now the Lucy pics at the top don’t change?

  12. Two questions, is the sunflower sock pattern going to be available in some form to us peasants? The free pattern from your book, will be in your book right? I love the color of the sunflower socks. I have been collecting golden orange sock yarn lately. The new look is great, especially the photos of Lucy at the top.

    ChristyHs last blog post..Seaweed

  13. LOVE the new website look – and your interview was great! I have to admit that your blog and the Yarn Harlot are the only two I’ve read on a daily basis. I even check in the days you don’t post, just in case….hey, it takes about 15 seconds. I can spare that. The Knitting Scholar may now become a 3rd regular read, although I’m beginning to need more shelves for my knitting books! Arrrgghh!

    In any case, the sock is beautiful – I really like that pattern and yarn together.

  14. Love

  15. Love the new site..Nice clean lines …I’m not sure what happened above…love the new sock pattern too…

  16. Love the Sunflower sock AND the redesigned website.

    Kim B.s last blog post..Stratton 08/02/98 to 02/12/09

  17. Wowzer! What a great new look 🙂

    You were absolutely right about the yarn for the Sunflower Socks – this is one patterned sock I will actually look forward to knitting – and I’ll get some LL Butterscotch because I can’t see it done in anything else.

  18. Juliette says:

    I LOVE the new look, Wendy. It is just great!

  19. The new look is great especially the Header – love it!

    Anns last blog post..I Just Can’t Believe I Am Doing This !

  20. I love the new look of the website. It’s very clean and readable on my little netbook — I particularly like reading in the middle part of the page, with all of the extras on the sides. Nice socks too — that’s one of my favorite colors these days!

  21. Madeline says:

    Great blog layout!

  22. Hi Wendy, Love the look of your site, great job. The sock is fabulous.Love the Lorna’s Lace colorway. Perfect for the sock. It does remind me of a sunflower.

  23. Great interview! And I agree that the solid is a much better choice for such a lovely pattern. Great work!

  24. I love the new look of your blog, Wendy. I agree, the Lorna’s Laces looks so much prettier. Great pattern, too!

    Elizabeths last blog post..It has been far too long…….

  25. The new blog design is wonderful! And I love the new sock design!

  26. love the new sock design and the color and the new blog and I love Lucy 🙂

    Sylvies last blog post..Ajour Lace from Christine Noller

  27. That new sock is lovely! 😀
    The new blog design is cute, but I know I’ll miss the rotating images of Lucy.
    She’s so sweet. Spring will be here soon. 😀

    PMOYSs last blog post..Lucy Yarn Updates + Opequon

  28. Margie from Maryland says:

    Love the new header – and those stripes DID obscure the lace pattern.

  29. WOW!! What a nice surprise! I adore the new site design and of
    course the sock rawks, too! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 🙂

    Anastasias last blog post..R1P3 – Not doing so great!

  30. I like the new website and I’m glad that Teddy is back in the picture. Spring is here is Mississippi – azaleas, Bradford pears and wisteria are blooming.

  31. Wendy Wicket says:

    LOVE the new look!

  32. Ooh, what a surprise to click through!

    Awesome sock; perhaps it will usher spring to the North too. (Though sunflowers are the epitome of summer to me; I love ’em.) Yes, STR is a striper for almost all their colors. But I heard rumors there may be true solids/semisolids coming out in the future.

    I finally made it to Radiant Knits at the Mpls. American Swedish Institute today. And knit in the sunshine in the little sunroom on the second floor with other knitters, after seeing the exhibit. And saw your smiling face at the back of the Radiant Knits book! 😉
    I picked up a mini-kit (OK, maybe two) to knit sometime while I decide which Bohus sweater and when….not for some time, methinks. But sometime.

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Iced Apples

  33. Kit in Ohio says:

    I like the clean look of your new blog design.

    I love Lorna’s Laces yarn in all its weights. I like the new sock, too.

  34. anne marie in philly says:

    interesting redecorating project you have here…

    scritches to lucy!

  35. Katherine says:

    I like the new look. And I love the new sock!

  36. Theresa in Italy says:

    Nice new look! (Although I, too, miss the rotating pictures of Miss Lucy. Can’t have everything.) And really nice new sock! You’ve found the perfect yarn for it, I think. Someone better warn them over at Lorna’s Laces to start dyeing lots of Butterscotch.

  37. Danielle from SW MO says:

    I like the new look as well but like many above I miss the big rotating pic of Lucy!! She is such a pretty girl and needs a BIG pic to show off in 🙂

    Cant wait for the new pttern and book to become available!

  38. Love the new socks. They look so summery, which is needed on a grey, cloudy day like today. Also, I really like the new blog design.

    Jenna Ss last blog post..Busy, busy, and bored

  39. Wow, Wendy, the new layout is lovely!

    Dajdas last blog post..Jak spędzam weekend | How I’m spending the weekend

  40. HeatherB says:

    Wow – love the new site and the new sock. Amazing what a difference a yarn can make, the StR definitely didn’t look right with the striping, even though it was kind of subtle.

  41. Love the new blog design and the new sock. Thanks for the beautiful sock pattern from your upcoming book.

    Bess – Texas Knitters last blog post..What a difference a day (or two) can make!

  42. Sorry – a little late to the dance, but will give you my 2 cents worth anyway.
    I like the solid yellow yarn better than the stripey one. I did read your interview with the Knitting Scholar and enjoyed it very much. I can’t wait until your new book arrives at my doorstep!

    Very kewl, updated blog. Love the new look.

  43. Hey there! Wow, wow, wow! Love your new “design”. Both the blog and socks! The bolg reminds me of your book! Good job! Have a good day!

  44. Wow, what a day. A new sock design, with my favorite sock yarn. A new look for the blog. And an interview about the new book. A great Monday, all the way around.

    Susans last blog post..Dyed in the Wool

  45. Your redesign looks awesome! (At first I thought I was in the wrong place,,,:)

    Michelles last blog post..Whew!

  46. I like the new look. It’s clean looking just in time for spring! For me, yellow is one of those funny colors that I can only wear for things like socks. Pretty much any bright color works on the toes, but I’m never sure about it anywhere else.

    The new socks look really nice. I look forward to seeing them fully worked up.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..cramming

  47. Sunflower socks, sound awesome.

    I noticed right away your blog looked different. I do miss the Intro to Lucy though, I read that every time and loved how that picture changed.

    But the new look looks great.

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Sunday- So Finally A Picture Or Two

  48. I like the new layout!!

    Vickis last blog post..Holiday Vest

  49. Theh new layout looks great. What prompted you to make a change? I’ve not considered making a change to my blog, but maybe I should. It is something to think about.

    Great socks!

    Marjis last blog post..Join the Madness

  50. jo morgan says:

    The new blog format looks marvelous, darhling!

  51. Carolyn Malloch says:

    Like the new lay out. the 24 Karat yarn did make it look like a field in dappled sunlight – – – as flowers often look – -like both versions. Have enjoyed your first fook, can’t wait to see the next.

  52. The sock looks great and I love the new layout!

    LittleWits last blog post..Busy Busy Busy

  53. Collaboration is fun! I love the result! WIll you be sharing the pattern? I enjoy hte new blog look (blook?), too.

  54. newjerseylaura says:

    Wow! Beautiful new blog design 🙂 and the sock is lovely, too.

  55. Willa Jean says:

    The new look is stunning, and the new sock looks good enough to eat. So to speak. Send Lucy to visit with us. The front door is wide open and the critters are out basking in the sun. Our summers suck but the Springtime is just heavenly.


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