My current work in progress:

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


Gotta Love Handpaints

The Honeycomb Socks are done.


Notice the difference between the two?


Yeah, different striping patterns. You gotta love those handpainted yarns! The two skeins I used for these socks (Claudia Handpainted in the “Pink Cloud” colorway) were purchased at the same time, from the same dyelot, and looked identical in the skein. Weird, huh?

So, anyway, I started another sock, using this:


This gorgeous stuff is from Alyson — The YoYo String and Fluff fingering weight sock yarn. Alyson dyes the most incredible semi-solids. This colorway is called “Masking Envy” and it is a lovely teal, with a lot of depth to it that my photo can’t capture. You’ll have to trust me on this.

(Psst! You can buy this yarn from The Loopy Ewe!


Speaking of gorgeous yarn . . .


This is from Numma Numma, and it is fingering weight sock yarn in her new base “The Usual.” (Don’t remember the name of the colorway . . . ) I was whining to Allen at the Spring Fling about how I missed buying any of her new yarn in the last Loopy Ewe shop update and she very kindly gave me the skein she had brought to the Fling to practice on in class. Soon, my pretty, I shall be knitting you . . .

And even more gorgeous yarn . . .


This is fingering weight sock yarn from Enchanted Knoll Farm in the “Athelas” colorway, given to me by the amazing Josette at the Spring Fling. Isn’t it just lovely? Another one to add to the queue of “must knit up soon” yarns. This yarn is also available at [the Loopy Ewe].

I will pause now so that you may wipe the drool off your monitors . . .

Ew — Errata

Sadly, we’ve identified a few errors in Socks From the Toe Up — two very minor ones, and one in a chart. I’ve created an errata page, which is available from the “Free Patterns” tab, as well as being linked over in the left sidebar. Sorry about the boo-boos, guys!

Lucy Sez . . .




  1. I love your honeycomb socks. They look even better in person!

    Anas last blog post..Day 17

  2. the honeycomb socks are lovely! handpaints are kinda weird that way though. but i still love them!

    opals last blog post..So it begins.

  3. The socks are still pretty even if slightly different! I love those yarns! Wasn’t the color Allen gave you called Cherry on Top (or something like that)?

  4. Whyyyyyyy do you keep posting pictures of such gorgeous yarns??? Whyyyyy??

    BTW, the socks are lovely.

    Lisas last blog post..I’ve Almost Recovered

  5. Oh my what pretty yarns…

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Tuesday-Technical Difficulties, Nope Not Me, LOL

  6. Dr. Jackie says:

    Will we be able to purchase the Honeycomb pattern soon?

    And I agree…Little Loopy is not a monkey…

  7. So much pretty yarn!! (must. stay. away. from. tle. site.)

  8. Honeycomb is such a pretty pattern and all the new yarns are gorgeous. I am just curious—–would it make any difference in the pooling if you started from the opposite end of the yarn on the second sock?—Just curious.

    Elizabeths last blog post..Stitches South

  9. Oh dear. I think I’m developing a very bad addiction to sock yarn. This could be a problem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lucy, you is “whazzup” !!!! You gorgeous kitty!!! luv.m.

  10. Boo-boos happen. I never mind as long as designers/publishers post errata which is not always the case (a big kitty hiss to them).

    I love that masking envy yarn!

    Stealth projects….most curious….:-)

  11. You know, you aren’t helping this poor college student feel better about the yarns she has had to leave behind with those gorgeous pictures… 😉

    I love that the striping is different on each sock! It makes things interesting but not too spicy so you couldn’t wear both socks at the same time.

  12. Hey Wendy, don’t you worry. I won’t feel too jealous about your pretty yarns after I get to MDSW this weekend!

  13. patricia says:

    I like the honeycomb socks a lot- the pattern hides the color difference, and the rest is hidden by shoes! No problem!

    The other yarns are yummy! We had a bit of snow the other day and it is still chilly here- the green yarns are a delight to the eyes.

  14. I’ve had the same thing happen with handpainted yarns. Pulled out one sock and knitted it from the opposite end of the skein and it didn’t pool.

  15. Wazzzzuuup Lucy!

    Doing some serious enabling today, are we? Thank you for sharing, the yarn is gawgus.

    The hand paints kinda crack me up with the way they do their own thing – it’s part of the surprise!

  16. How in the world do you get socks completed so fast? I, for the life of me, can’t get one completed in a week. I think I’m an average knitter, but still I just struggle. I have received your new book and hope that your “secret” will rub off on me. Toe up socks are new to me and I hope they will be easier. My Dad has bone cancer and needs custom socks so, as his legs swell, his socks aren’t too tight. I just can’t get them done quickly.
    Please tell me …. do you have an elf ? If you do, please tell me how to get one too!

  17. Oooh, Teddy teases!!!

    Love honeycomb stuff, including yr socks.

    I’m knitting from both inside and outside of a ‘caked’ skein and they are totally different colors. Same. Skein.

  18. Gotta agree with Suzie, I knit 2 socks from the same skein of handpaint (artist to remain nameless) and there is such a colour difference between the two that they do not look like the same yarn. When I emailed said “Artist” with a photo, their comment was “yarn absorbs differently”. In the same skein?

    Not that it matters, I still love handpaints. : )

    Elysbeths last blog post..And the…

  19. The socks are a nice surprise-I didn’t think I would like the busy pattern with patterned yarn-

    Thanks for encouraging covetousness over the new yarn skeins………..

    Cindys last blog post..Weaving Pleasure

  20. I had the same thing happen with the handpaint socks I just finished. Oh, well, it’s in the foot area so it doesn’t show much.

    Hissy Stitchs last blog post..Like I need another WIP? Bring on the Dragon Breath!

  21. What’s cool about the Claudia handpainted yarns is that due to your lovely pattern design, the color variance doesn’t show much on the leg –
    And it’s a shame about the boo boo’s in the book, but then again, I have yet to see a book that doesn’t have something that the publishers missed… so I think you’re WAY ahead of the game to only have two very minor “oops”…

    Teyanis last blog post..Yarn Contest – Fundraiser Continued

  22. Handpaints: you never know what you’re going to get! Part charming, part aggravating. All pretty.

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Rough start for Ishbel

  23. So much pretty yarn!

    LittleWits last blog post..Denial

  24. well, the CHP socks are really nice – I personally love the difference…

    the colorway you have is the usual in cherry on top – and I am so surprised that one of your very clever commentors remembered it from The Fling – wow!

    I can’t wait to see what you do with it… happy knitting, my friend!

  25. Errata, even if frustrating, still just means you’re human. Thanks for posting the help sheet!

  26. I just last month finished a pair with that same colorway …same thing, skeins purchased at same time, etc… and had the same thing happen. They’re distinct…unique!

  27. I love the toe you started today. Which one is that?

    I got my book!!!! I can’t wait to read and start!

  28. Is Lucy making a face?

    Jocelyns last blog post..Onward and Forward

  29. Wendy, can you tell how many selfknitted socks (knitted by yourself, I mean) you have got?

  30. Theresa in Italy says:

    The socks look lovely and I think a little variation is a good thing! Will be eagerly awaiting the pattern.

    And yes, I had to stop and wipe the drool off the monitor…such gorgeous yarns!

  31. Liz in IN says:

    The CTH socks don’t *match*…they *go*, and beautifully. Compulsively-matched socks are highly overrated. So…store-bought mindset. ymmv

    I’ve been happily knitting socks from stash for so long, your mad enabling skilz have no power here. Doctor, I think I’m cured! Pretty yarn, though. Question: are multi-colored handpaints becoming passe’, given the current popularity of stitch-patterned socks?

    Lucy! Whazzup, dude! You da man! (y’know, in keeping with the Little Loopy Gender-Identification Issue Thing 😉 ).

  32. I love your socks, but I had exactly the same problem with Claudia Handpainted sock yarn. The photo’s on Ravelry if you’re interested and the offending articles are Bartholomews tantalising socks. I got one red, one blue.

    Mandellas last blog post..Another FO

  33. Those are all very gorgeous yarns. Definitely droolworthy!

    Seanna Leas last blog post..1 dress rehearsal, ah ah ah

  34. Mmmmm – thanks for the yarn eye candy. I’m going to check out the YoYo yarn right now.
    Love your book!

  35. Mmmmmm – thanks for the yarn candy. I’m going to check out the YoYo yarn right now. Love the book!

  36. A (naive) book question: I presume you get royalties. (I HOPE you’re getting royalties!) Does what you get vary with the price for which the copy actually sold? In other words, if I buy it at my local bookstore and pay full price, do you get more than if I buy it online for less? If your cut is larger I’ll buy it locally, but otherwise I’ll get it online and spend the rest on sock yarn….

  37. Lucy has been talking with my Andrew. His favorite greeting is currently Whazzup!! I Love all hte beautiful sock yarns Thanks for sharing. I’m getting ready to dive into your book. First a (set of) basic socks and then on to more lively entertainment. Thanks for posting so promptly and graciously about the errata. You are a class act. Everybody makes mistakes, how you admit to nad correct them shows your true class. Thanks for all the great stuff!

  38. Oh, you just help explain why my ‘Forever’ socks are coming out differently. Except I am using one skein and I left enough tail on the first the start the 2nd at the same color point. May be I cast on a diffent amount, nope, check that three times. Anyhow, this helps me out.
    Loved all the pictures from the Spring Fling and all your new yarn.

  39. I think, as lovely as Claudia’s Handpaint is, it is endemic to that particular yarn. Not only did I get three distinct differences in the yarn, when I tried to buy a third (with full knowledge that it would be a different lot) it was COMPLETELY different in color composition. Very strange.

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  40. I absolutely love your Honeycombs. The yarn is very pretty. Great job on all. The thing about knitting with handpaints is that no two ever turn out the same, no matter what we do. However, “This is not a problem,” declares my 16 year old daughter. Apparently, wearing matching socks has fallen out of style amongst the younger set. She will purposefully make two different socks from different yarns and patterns just to avoid the matching sock thing.

    Bonnie Zinks last blog post..Spring has finally arrived…

  41. I am loving the socks and I just got the Pink Clouds, Cant wait to make socks from it. It is gorgeous