My current work in progress:

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


Publication Day

At long last, it is publication day for Socks From the Toe Up. Considering that the majority of my work on this book was completed over a year ago, it seems like I’ve been waiting forever! I hope those of you who purchase it enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

The very awesome Aimee has already put all the patterns from the book up on Ravelry, so if you are a Raveler, you can start queuing projects by visiting the patterns here.

In other news, I have washed and blocked all the sample socks from the book in preparation for taking them on the road with me to book signings and classes.


I’ll be posting all public appearances as they are scheduled on my Travel and Teaching Schedule page (accessible via the link at the top of this page.) There are a lot more events in the works, and they will be added as soon as they are confirmed and all plans are finalized.

Nothing To Do With Knitting, But Totally Worth Watching

Click this link to go to YouTube (embedding is disabled so you have to go to YouTube) to watch an amazing video of Ms. Susan Boyle’s audition last Saturday for the British television show, Britain’s Got Talent. The video has been watched over 3 million times at the time I’m writing this, so you may have already seen it. If you haven’t, go now! It’s an ootch over 7 minutes long but worth every second. I’ve watched this a number of times over the past three daysย  — just amazing. If you can watch it all the way through with dry eyes, you’re a stronger person than I. Susan Boyle is my new hero.

Back to real life here, Teddy is modeling:


And Lucy is still enchanted with her fuzzy rat!



  1. I get my copy today. I can’t wait to get home from work.

  2. Wendy…the book is FABULOUS. I got mine off the doorstep yesterday. It’s beautiful, the text is well-written, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the explanations about different heels and toes. The timing couldn’t be better as I am about to turn a heel on a toe-up sock,and I was unpleased with my last one. With your fabulous book, I know it’s going to be better. Thank you so much!

  3. Karen in Baltimore says:

    I’m expecting your book to arrive on my doorstep tomorrow or Thursday. In the meantime, I looked at the photos on Ravelry and promptly ordered more yarn from the Loopy Ewe. Thanks for keeping my knitting obsession healthy! And congratulations on your Publication Day . . .

    I watched the Susan Boyle video — no dry eyes here either.

  4. Maria Katechis says:

    Wendy, thanks for a beautiful book! I received my copy yesterday, and will be sitting with a nice cup of coffee and going through it again – at my leisure – this morning.
    That video was awesome! Talk about never judging a book by its cover!!!

  5. traceymae says:

    thanks for the link to Susan Boyle….im crying my eyes out ….
    she is wonderful !!!

  6. Joan Robertson says:

    Thank you for the link to Susan Boyle’s singing. It was fantastic, just goes to show that not all singers have to be young and beautiful in this day and age. I had to play it twice in a row, and I am going to go listen to it again right now.

    Joanie R.

  7. I’m really hoping to make the signing on Saturday @ Knit Happens. I’m really, REALLY hoping I don’t miss it because I have to work!

    Yay for new sock book!

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  8. Yay! My copy just arrived. I can’t wait to try some of these gorgeous patterns!

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  9. Barb Edison says:

    You know Wendy, Susan Boyle is just like Paul Potts – a diamond in the rough. She seemed to lead such a lonely life and now look what she going to be doing! I love to watch those kinds of plans come together. Heartfully refreshing!!

    Can’t wait to get a copy of your book..

  10. Congratulations again on a wonderful new book! Now If I could just GET it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ (hopefully it’s in my mailbox today). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Congratulations! I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy soon, the socks look fantastic. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Thank you Very much for the Susan Boyle link….. very inspirational…

  13. Hi Wendy,

    I picked up my copy yesterday and it is wonderful!!!!!!

  14. Congrats on your new book. I’ve got a bit of a bone to pick with Amazon, having pre-ordered and not yet received it. Should have been here today, according to their website, but no…and USPS doesn’t indicate that they’ve received it either! Oh well, next time, I’ll make sure to buy locally on publication day!

    I cannot wait to get my hands on it….

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  15. Amazon says it is already delivered to my house, yay!

    Thanks Aimee, for putting the projects up on Rav!

  16. I got teary eye’d watching susan too! We must keep track of her progress. She’s my new hero…

  17. I watched Susan Boyle twice yesterday and once today. Got weepy all 3 times. According to UPS, my book is out for delivery. Hooray! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. I should receive my copy tomorrow – I received delivery confirmation yesterday. I’m torn between sneaking a peek on Ravelry & waiting to get in my hot little hands! Susan Boyle is amazingly talented! I hope she’s as successful as she deserves to be. I’ll be buying her CD.

  19. I got my copy today, and it’s lovely. I can’t wait to get started on some Trilobite socks.

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  20. congrats on the book, mine is on its way from amazon.

    Susan Boyle, with her golden voice and sweet demeanor, deserves much success and joy. Dont you just want to knit her a fabulous shawl and wrap her in the love and admiration we all feel for such an unassuming person? Her mum in heaven must be so proud.

  21. I watched that video last night and was crying as soon as the first phrase was over. My 4 1/2 year old son begged me to play it again. When it was over he said “Daddy, that song is so nice it’s making my eyes water like Mommy’s!”

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  22. Tears & chills up & down my spine. the look on Simon’s face while she was singing was priceless.

  23. I received my book yesterday and was thrilled! I love the layout and even though I’m an experienced sock knitter, there were things in the Techniques sections that were new to me. (I’m thinking I could even figure out Magic Loop from your diagrams and explanations). Thank you for taking the time to write a book that I know will be a favorite in my library.

    I watched the Susan Boyle video a couple times, both with tears…

  24. I got my book today! Love it! Congratulations!

  25. Congratulations! I hope I get mine in the mail tomorrow!

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  26. Just checked Amazon and you book was shipped on 04-12-09!!!!YAY! Can’t wait to read and knit through it.

  27. Congratulations! Can’t wait to get your book. I’m hoping to finally start knitting socks toe-up with your help!

  28. love your new book can’t wait to try a toe up sock first i have to get some circular needles ! lin

  29. Just picked up your book yesterday! I have tons of sock books and wasn’t planning on buying it but B&N had it so I took a look. The instructions are so clear and the illustrations so well done that I just had to pick it up! This will be THE book I recommend to friends who want to try toe-up socks! Terrific job! Congrats and thanks!

  30. Lorna's Laces says:

    Brava madam! I think you need a Chicago on that tour!

  31. Thanks so much for the link to Susan Boyle — what a voice & what wonderful spirit!
    I hope you don’t mind that I linked it on my blog also and gave you credit for the original post with a link back to your blog?
    Congratulations on your book – you smart thing!

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  32. Kristine says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on the new book! I so remember the photo shoot from the first one… really proud of you, and know you have another bestseller on your hands!