My current work in progress:

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


Sunflower Socks

My Sunflower Socks are done — I finished the second one on the train going in to work this morning.


Sharon and I are putting the finishing touches on the pattern and will have it available at The Loopy Ewe within a couple of weeks. Incidentally, my Flora sock pattern will be available at about the same time.

I did make my Sunflower socks taller than I usually do. I used Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock, which is pretty high yardage, so I just kept going. I still had a fair amount left over from each sock.


In other news, I have scheduled a book-signing in Richmond, Virginia, on June 27th, at The Yarn Lounge. It’s on my Travel page. πŸ™‚

This is a quickie post because it has been Quite A Day. I was never so happy to get home to the quiet. (Lucy is a talker, but she does so in a quiet little voice.)

In fact, I’m considering from now on dressing all in black and becoming complicated so people will avoid me.

Lucy doesn’t even want to hear about it.



  1. Let us know how the dressing in black and becoming complicated works for you, I’m sure many of us would like to be avoided (especially at work). The sock looks gorgeous!

  2. That good of a day, eh? Sorry to hear about it!

    I’ve a question about sock height. You said you made the Sunflower Socks taller than normal – so what’s normal? I saw somewhere that height should be equal to length of foot – fold the socks in half on the heel and they should match. Is that right (or “usual” may be a more apt choice of words)? If so, then I’m unusual as usual – I prefer mine longer πŸ™‚

  3. Those socks look absolutely gorgeous… such talent you have! Nice that you make patterns available for others that can actually knit. Very cool.

  4. I like this sock. Great job. I like the color.

  5. Love the socks. Sorry you had a sucky day. Dress is black, I use to, but not now to many 4 cats and 2 dogs.

  6. Silly me, I looked at the socks and wondered how you finished it off with the ruffly orange bit, til I enlarged it and realized it was the sock blocker!

    Don’t dress in black, you have too many pretty, colorful socks and wraps for that!

  7. The socks are gorgeous! Looks like I’ll be buying a few more of your patterns! And it’s great to hear such good review about Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. I got a sample with my last Loopy Ewe order and fell in love with the touch. Now I hear more excellent things about it and am totally convinced.
    Thanks so much!

    PMOYSs last blog post..Irish and Proud! Sewing Post + Cat

  8. The socks look wonderful – perfect way to add a dash of color to an all-black wardrobe!

    You could use this moment as the title of a book “Wendy Goes Goth”. Heh.

    Megan S.s last blog post..Can There Be A Wool Stimulus Package?

  9. Will you be doing any book signings in MD or Northern Virginia? Richmond’s a bit of a hike for me.

  10. Beautiful socks! yeah, wear black, and don’t forget TONS of black eye-liner…….

    Kramersmamas last blog post..Bamboo Grove Cotton Socks

  11. Great socks! Pretty Pretty.

  12. *snort*

    I’m gonna dress in black and go act complicated with you!!!! I just had a nightmare run in with the used-to-be owners of the local sewing machine shop. Maybe I should pierce my lip too, that ought to help. Maybe I’ll be scary then.

    shellys last blog post..Monday Monday (insert Papas and Mamas music here)

  13. Stephanie says:

    I too thought the sock blocker was a ruffle…and was going to comment on how much I liked that design detail….. silly me

  14. Love the new socks! I think I may even have the perfect sock yarn in my stash. Course I could just buy more too. New pattern, new yarn. πŸ™‚

    Trishs last blog post..Better Watchin’

  15. How about dressing all in black, except for the gorgeous sunflower socks? It would definitely make a statement!

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..A long time coming…Seafoam Socks Pattern

  16. Kimberly Johnson says:

    Lucy’s a talker?!?! Pretty please, a new Lucy video…with meowing?

  17. Ha! “Becoming complicated.” I love it. πŸ™‚

    Daves last blog post..Up and Down

  18. The socks are beautiful. I’d like to join the complicated group too, but since the only people I see are the kids I don’t think they’d get it.

    Hollys last blog post..Monday Meme

  19. Love love love the sock pattern…I can’t wait to purchase it….

  20. Alice in Richmond says:

    Make sure you add an emo attitude of angst and maybe a tear tattoo on your cheek.

    Love the Sunflower Socks!

  21. Complicated’s very good. I’ve tried having issues, but don’t know if I achieved it. Of course, hypochondria seemed like it would be workable until I was trumped by a master hypochondriac.

    Enjoy the quiet. Go for a Zen moment. Petting a cat helps.

  22. Those socks are so pretty, I can’t wait to be able to get a hold of the pattern.
    Poor Lucy, it looks like its been a long day.

    Shells last blog post..Juliet Hand Painted Corriedale Roving

  23. The new look is gorgeous. And bona fortuna on the new book!

    Leslies last blog post..Chihuahua-related knitting swag

  24. Let me know how the dress-in-black and be complicated works. There are days…
    I’m most excited about the sunflower socks. They’re great!

    Timmie Bs last blog post..ENOUGH ALREADY!

  25. I love the gold in that sock yarn! Can’t wait to see the pattern! Oh Lucy! Such a perfect companion for a mama with a busy life! =^_^=

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  26. I’m thinking the dressing in black could be a problem with the fine Lucy hair. No matter how many times I dehair my black pants that Ragdoll hair is still there. You could be the crazy cat lady thought πŸ™‚

  27. Oh MY God !!! I so want to join you in the wearing of the black and becoming complicated. That and a large bourbon and a long cigarette holder have, to this point in time been my life ambition. The socks may be the most spectacular yet. You are my hero and my idol. It goes without saying Lucy would be breathtaking reclining against a complicated black clad figure.

  28. I love your sock patterns but am a top down knitter. I am also not experienced enough to know how to convert them. Any suggestions?

  29. The socks look great! I hope you enjoyed your evening of quiet πŸ™‚

    LittleWits last blog post..Moth free!

  30. I tried complicated. Got a lot of “why are you mad at me?” Maybe I need to get a facial piercing. πŸ™‚ The socks are lovely

    Jennifers last blog post..Catching up

  31. Lovely socks! Sunflowers are my absolute favorite flower. Hubs brings them home whenever I’m feeling bleh.

    Tanias last blog post..Project Spectrum 2009

  32. Michele In Maine says:

    Great socks! Can’t wait for the pattern , as usual. I’m just starting to think about what kind of sunflowers to grow this year (for the deer).

  33. Correction to the link to my blog, for some reason typing is not my strong suit today. πŸ™‚

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