My current work in progress:

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


Seven Years

Today is the seventh anniversary of my blog. Imagine that — I’ve been rambling on for all these years and haven’t run out of things to say. Interesting content my be thin on the ground from time to time, but that has never stopped me.

I do have a new project to show you today. Hey guess what? It’s socks.


The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the “Whisper” colorway and I’m using my usual 2mm needles. The pattern motif is supposed to be a butterfly or dragonfly, depending on which you’d rather it was. I’m calling the design “Aimee” after a friend who has a fondness both for butterflies and the color pink.


Speaking of Aimee, the Aimee in question has posted a review of my upcoming sock book on her blog. You can check it out here. She’s got some nice sneak peak photos of the book’s innards and a good synopsis of what it’s all about. Thanks, Aimee!

I’m in the throes of one of my stealth projects, so this entry is brief. But I want to thank everyone who has stopped by to read and/or comment over the years this blog has been around.

Lucy sez:


Does the blog-i-versary mean I get a treat?


  1. Congrats!

  2. Those socks are adorable. Congrats on seven years!

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  3. Seven years, wow! Congratulations and many thanks for sharing them with us.

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  4. Linda M says:

    congratulations, yours was one of the first blogs I found in 2003 when I rediscovered knitting. I was infatuated with St*rmore’s work and you had a treasure trove in your archives even then. Here’s to many more years of happy knitting and blogging or whatever blogs morph into.

  5. Wow, congratulations – and thank you for keeping with it! The socks are beautiful.

    Jennifers last blog post..Pie Man & Spinning!

  6. Congratulations! Aimee socks looks great so far! I went and checked out the review of the book, looks great, can’t wait to get it!

    Kramersmamas last blog post..My NCAA basketball Bracket……………..

  7. Congrats on seven years! May you have seven times seven years more. I’ve enjoyed your site immensely and have been a faithful reader (but hardly ever come out of lurkdom to post a comment).

  8. Happy Blogiversary! Aimee’s review is indeed splendid. Now to find it at the bookstore. πŸ™‚

    LittleWits last blog post..To do April

  9. Happy Blogiversary!!!

    Sheri at The Loopy Ewes last blog post..Three Finished Socks

  10. Happy Blogiversary! Love the butterfly sock.

    Jens last blog post..Sock Craze. . . .

  11. Frances says:

    Those are some pretty socks! Happy Blogiversary!

  12. The Aimee socks are perfect for her! Happy blogversary!

  13. Patricia says:

    Congratulations on 7 years! You still have IT as this new pattern shows. Looking forward to Aimee and to the book, I’ve had it on order ever since it was available.

  14. I may be a little in love with those socks. Then again, you knew I would be!!!

    And truly, the book is fantastic, I was so excited to get it in my hands, that I couldn’t resist a review of it – thanks for giving me permission to review it before it came out!

    Aimees last blog post..Socks from the Toe Up

  15. Again happy blog-i-versary. I love the Aimee socks.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..ENOUGH ALREADY!

  16. yarnbeans says:

    Happy Day to you! I am grateful for your years of blogging. You are an inspiration to me!

  17. WOW!! Happy Anniversary πŸ™‚ Here’s to another seven!!


    Anastasias last blog post..R1 P3 Going GREAT

  18. Well, then, I think it’s equally suitable that I finished your book, Wendy Knits, just this morning. What a fun read!! I am sooooo afraid to try spinning. I need another hobby like I need another hole in the head. I just started beading this week, and am sure I’ll be combining that craft with my crochet and knitting very soon. LOL! Happy Blogday!

    AmyRs last blog post..Fearless Knitting and Crocheting

  19. Shirley. in PA says:

    Happy Blogiversary! And tell Lucy she is a treat.

  20. Happy Blogiversary! Maybe someday you can design some DarthKnitter-inspired socks! πŸ™‚ LYL

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..Day Two – Milano

  21. Congratulations on 7 years!! Also many thanks to you [ and Lucy ] for brightening my days at work.


  22. You always amaze me with your new and constant creations – there hasn’t been one I haven’t liked. Happy Blog-iversary. Your dedication to your blog is something to aspire to. I don’t know how you do it some days. Keeping it simple seems to be the key at times.
    I read the review in Vogue Knitting last night about your book. My favorite part? “The maestro has spoken”. How true.

    Looking forward to more blog years and your book.

  23. I love, love, love butterflies. Therefore, these are my favorite socks to date. Will these beauties be available shortly?

    Happy 7 years and here’s to many more.

    faroutmoms last blog post..Stellan…again

  24. Bethany says:

    My first reaction to those socks was… “starfish.” Then again, the first picture is upside down.

  25. Congrats on seven years! Here’s to many more!

    Mels last blog post..Warning: too much information ahead.

  26. Marie Wilson says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. I found your blog only a few months ago, but I can say that I enjoy it very much. I pre-ordered your Toe Up book from Amazon and cannot wait to get my copy. Thanks for sharing your designs with us.

  27. Congratulations on your seven-year Blogiversary! I think treats are in order for both you and Lucy. πŸ™‚

    The Aimee socks are lovely. πŸ™‚

    yarnpiggys last blog post..Cowl Fail

  28. technikat says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary. The new socks are lovely. I thought butterfly as soon as I saw them.

  29. Congratulations! How amazing and wonderful that you’ve posted regularly for so many years. I always check for your latest post as I end my work day and what you have to say/show makes a nice transition for me as I head into an evening of knitting. Thanks!

  30. linda-kay says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Love the butterfly socks. Can’t wait for your book to come out!

  31. patricia says:

    happy anniversary!

    I enjoy your blog and Lucy’s exploits very much.
    Here’s to seven more years!

  32. Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for these years of knitting wisdom and insight. I have learned so much from reading your entertaining blog.

  33. Your new sock is beautiful.

    Happy blog-o-versary —- here’s to many, MANY more!

  34. ChristyH says:

    Lucy always deserves a treat. Happy blogversary. My favorite knitting blog.

  35. Congrats on 7 productive and educational years. Thanks for all your efforts!

    Please give Lucy some extra catnip and whatever the treat of the day is – cats are so finicky they never stay true to any one thing for too long. Have you ever gone back to “greenies”? I give three every couple of days – not too many and does Danser ever love them! Even Perry, in her last and extremely finicky days, would get excited at the very word πŸ™‚

    Leslies last blog post..New Strategic Direction

  36. Happy blogiversary! I think both of you should get treats. Thanks for all the tips and blogging; I missed the first six years but am following closely now.

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Pass it on…a giveaway!

  37. Happy Blogiversary! Nice review on the book, quite a teaser until it gets released to the public.

  38. Well my name’s not Aimee BUT I love PINK and Butterflies
    Hope Lucy got that treat

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  39. Sherilan says:

    I always look forward to reading your blog. Just took a peek at the book preview – already I see another pattern I want to knit. And 3 gansey socks….I didn’t order enough yarn. I’m sure I can remedy that. Anxiously awaiting my copy of your book. :0)

  40. I’ve read your blog from almost the beginning. Congratulations.
    So. Do you still have, and wear, your cowboy boots ?

    Emmas last blog post..UNSPECTACULAR.

  41. Cynthia A says:

    Congratulations, Wendy!

  42. Your blog was one of the first I read when I started. Either yours or Sheri’s was first and the other second. I have my book on order from my LYS, gotta support the neighborhood, and can hardly wait. Love the pink socks. i can see them in alot of very springy colors, like an Easter Basket. Can’t wait. N

  43. Thanks wendy for the information and laughs and of course lovely lucy!

  44. Happy anniversary. I came across your pre-blog website when we first got a computer and was googling around for knitting sites. I was amazed by your gallery of Dale of Norway and other intricate sweaters, often completed in a matter of weeks. I was hooked by the gorgeous knitting, and sweet Izzy. It’s been fun to see your knitting take off in different directions; there is always something new to explore with this craft.

  45. Knitasha1968 says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your beautiful cat with us. I do hope you will make the butterfly socks pattern available somewhere, because I would for sure purchase it. Love me some butterflies!

  46. Congratulations Wendy. I enjoy visiting your blog almost every day and look forward to the next seven years and beyond.

    Cheers from Oz! xx

  47. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve been reading your blog for several years, and I love it.

    I particularly love keeping up with Lucy! Hope she’s getting lots of blogiversary treats today.

  48. Vanessa says:

    Happy anniversary! I enjoy your blog very much. Among other things, I may never have learned to knit socks if it weren’t for you.

    I’m eagerly awaiting my copy of your book.

  49. congratulations!

  50. Wendy,
    I can not tell you how much I enjoy your blog; I look forward to every day you write. Give Lucy a treat for all of us readers.
    All the best.

  51. Wendy I absolutely love that pattern and the color of the yarn.


    Cats last blog post..What A Beautiful World

  52. Maureen says:

    Congrats on the blog birthday. I have so enjoyed following it.

    That pattern really does look like moth or butterfly, no imagination needed.

  53. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Happy Blog-i-versary Wendy! Thank you for all that you (and Lucy) have shared with us.

  54. Okay, now I’m hooked on the next pattern! What a beautiful design and color. I’m sure glad I”m stimulating the economy.

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  55. Those are neat! I hope you will publish the pattern!

    Aponis last blog post..Three Inspirations, One Adventure

  56. Happy lucky 7!

    Julias last blog post..Pass the Matches

  57. Happy 7 years! I just love your blog and its knitting content. I also so much enjoy the photos of Lucy, too. I do think she deserves a treat. Hope you keep blogging for many more years.

    Kim B.s last blog post..This Is Spring?/New Pair of Socks

  58. Happy Blog-aversary! I know I’ve been reading it for 3 or 4 years. Time flies when we’re having fun!
    About the new socks – are you starting a nature trend here? First the sunflower socks, now the Aimee’s (butterflies). Love, love, love ’em!
    Thanks for sharing yourself with the world!

  59. Happy 7th! The review was great. Thanks for all your blogging and helpful hints.

  60. Happy Blogiversary, Wendy. May you have many more!

  61. Happy 7th Anniversary! You are truly an inspiration to all of us sock knitters! I do appreciate the many tips and lessons you have given us over the years — I’m a complete convert to “knitting from the toe up.” Whether you are blogging about knitting, a worthy cause, a pet peeve, a new book, Lucy-Lucy, etc., you are always interesting and fair. You have brought many subjects to our attention that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. Thanks and Congratulations — I look forward to the next seven years!!

  62. happy blog-i-versary! i stop by every day you update…love to see your projects and miss lucy! and enjoy the commentary about the dc/nova area (i grew up near dc). thanks for sharing your world with us!! <3

  63. Happy Anniversary & am glad you are still at it. The sock is really pretty. I don’t think I have pink in my stash!! UMMM might have to go shopping!!! Can’t wait to get your book!!

  64. Happy Blogiversary! The socks are just lovely!

    And my Lucy says that your Lucy should get extra treats EVERY day, not just on special days. I think there’s a kitty conspiracy going on…

    Lorettes last blog post..Free Yarn!

  65. What a gorgeous pattern. Definitely a must have!

    Carol L Simmonss last blog post..Candle Mats and Glassybabys

  66. I will buy the butterfly pattern if you sell it. It is beautiful! Congratulations on your anniversery-your projects have always been an inspiration to me.

  67. Happy Blogiversary!

  68. Happy Anniversary!!!!!

    shellys last blog post..We really did it.

  69. Thanks for being such a faithful blogger and providing gorgeous patterns – love the butterfly socks. You know, the more I think about it, the more I realize that seven years is truly astounding, which means you are! Here’s to 7 more.

  70. anne marie in philly says:

    7 years – WOW! πŸ™‚

    I agree with lucy regarding the treats, and so do steven and meredith!

    dragonflies on those socks, please.

  71. Congratulations on seven years of blogging. I am very grateful for all the knitting influence you have been in my shoes. (socks, that is. VBG!)

    Hugs to Lucy.

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Assignment completed!

  72. What a beautiful sock! I love the butterflies *and* the color. Can’t wait for the pattern to be available. And yes, a blog-i-versary does mean Lucy gets treats.

    Candis last blog post..Just moving along

  73. The sock is beautiful. Now, throw that kitty some catnip! πŸ˜‰

  74. Happy 7th blog anniversary! Love the pink sock!

  75. wow 7 years!!! congrats! and love the new sock!

    turtles last blog post..quickie links

  76. Congratulations on your anniversary. Keep up the great job.
    Your new sock look just great.

  77. Happy Anniversary! The socks are beautiful, how did you came up with the pattern for the butterfly? It is beautiful!

    Marlenes last blog post..Lula and underwear ready! / La muΓ±eca esta lista!

  78. Seven? SEVEN?
    Blimey. Time flies.
    I remember when I first discovered your blog, I went all the way back and read it right from the beginning. That must have been about five years ago, then.
    I’m looking forward to the next seven years πŸ™‚

  79. Meribeth says:

    You are amazing, Wendy. Not only your talents buy you have developed a blog that is one of my daily-must-see. And has been that way for over 5 years now! I tend to get ADD with blogs, But not yours!

    Many happy returns! And congratulations!

  80. Wendy – Congratulations on the blog anniversary and new book. Could you address in the next few days on your blog if the new book includes any of the patterns you have already published or identified as free? Thank you

  81. Happy Blogiversary – and thanks for all you’ve done for all of us! I Anxiously awaiting you new book, pre-ordered months ago!

    Petunias last blog post..Yarn goodies

  82. I think that pattern is one of the few lace patterns I’ve seen that actually LOOK like what they are supposed to look like! Oh, and happy blogday ^_^

    Nunts last blog post..April fool’s and voodoo / aprillia ja voodoota…

  83. Danielle from SW MO says:

    Congrats on 7 great years!!
    Also tell Miss Lucy she has done a great job helping Mama with feeding the blog! May the 2 of you have a wonderful next 7 years πŸ™‚

  84. Happy blogiversary! Have started reading ur blog only recently and am now going back to the old posts. How could I have missed out on such an insipring blog for so long! Now I’m addicted to all the pictures of Lucy. She’s such a character.

  85. Happy anniversary! I am so glad that you enjoy writing and sharing with the rest of us. I have become a faithful reader and a real fan of your designs. Keep up the wonderful work.

  86. Wow! Congratulations!

  87. cecilia says:

    Thanks, it is a great way for me to start my day at work. cecilia

  88. Lisa H. says:

    Happy Blog-i-versary!! I love pink, too.

  89. So glad I found you on the blog-these new socks are perfect-I can think of several I can make them for! Congrats for the blog anniversary1

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  90. Congrats! And what is it about Amys? Mine loves pink too!

    Cindy in Happy Valleys last blog post..Long tyme coming…

  91. Alice Moisen says:

    I have my copy of the book on order. It comes out 2 days after my birthday and it’s my present to me. Can’t wait to get my hands on it

    Alice in Portland

  92. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Happy Anniversary! Lucky #7 πŸ™‚

  93. Congrats and thanks for all the motivation that you have given me in my knitting…

    Jasper says to throw that girl a treat!

  94. Happy Anniversary!! Seven years – Wow! I am loving that pattern. Gorgeous pinky goodness. πŸ™‚

    Danieles last blog post..Becky’s Toe-Ups, Surf and Lace Edge….

  95. Michele In Maine says:

    Definitely deserving of a treat, Lucy!

    I, too, love the color pink. I’ll have to check out “whisper.” And the sock is great, of course!

    I’m having fun making the diagonal rib sock from last week’s download in Shibui periwinkle.

  96. Congratulations on 7 years of sharing your life and projects with us!

  97. Theresa in Italy says:

    Happy belated blogiversary! And thanks for the link to Aimee’s review. Now I really can’t wait for my pre-orderd copy to get here! (Then all I have to do is persuade you to come over to Italy and sign it for me!) The Aimee socks are lovely, but darn it all, I can’t keep up with all these patterns you’ve been cranking out lately….

  98. Bluetoespinner says:

    The Aimee sock are Soooo Pretty!! I love reading your blog. And Lucy is such a talented kitty. Keep up the great work!!

  99. Stephanie says:

    Happy Blog-i-versary!

    Those socks are lovely. Is that motif based off of a particular stitch pattern? (I may be a bit completely enthralled and want them for myself…) πŸ™‚

  100. Happy blog-i-versary to you two!! Of course Lucy deserves an extra treat today!!! Cuddle her from me, will you! πŸ™‚ //Mia