My current work in progress:

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


WendyKnits Sunrise

As my buddies on Plurk know, I get to my office insanely early every day — by 6:00 a.m. This is not because I’m a morning person (not by any stretch of the imagination) but to lessen commuting issues and stress.

I’m the first person to arrive at my office so it’s nice and quiet. Because my office has a wall o’ windows that faces east, I will often take a photo of the sunrise. I’ll often post these photos on Plurk, and then place them in my Flickr group of sunrise photos, here. My favorite sunrises are the dramatic ones, like this:


A few months ago, Beth at Lorna’s Laces contacted me to see if I’d like to develop a “Color Commentary” yarn with them. Would I? Heck, yes!

She asked me for my thoughts on what I’d like for a WendyKnits colorway. Rather than go with my usual greens and browns, I thought “wouldn’t it be great to have a sunrise colorway?”

Several months and some spectacular dyeing later, Lorna’s Laces came up with this:


WendyKnits Sunrise!

In celebration of this gorgeous yarn, I worked up a simple sock pattern that showcases it to its best advantage.


Here’s a close-up:


This pattern is here in pdf format and will also be linked to from my free patterns page.

Want some WendyKnits Sunrise yarn? I happen to know that The Loopy Ewe (as well as other purveyors of yarn) will be carrying it within the next few days.

Wanna win some WendyKnits Sunrise sock yarn? Leave a comment to this post by this Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 4:00pm Eastern time and the Random Number Generator will go to work!

Okay kids, I am off to Oklahoma in the early morn and will return late-late Sunday night. I will not be online while I am gone, so I’ll talk to you on Monday!

Lucy Sez

“A couple of days alone with my Daddy?! I must primp and preen!”


  1. I love the color! The pattern works very well with the yarn. I can’t wait for the colorway to be available.

    Have a safe trip to OK.

    Anas last blog post..Biggest Loser

  2. for a minute there, i misread the date and thought i’dmissed the contest. pick me, pickme!

  3. How lovely! Have a great trip and congratulations!

    Liz Rs last blog post..FINALLY

  4. Oh that’s a gorgeous color! I’ll definitely have to pick that one up. Lorna’s Laces always has great colorways! Have a fun and safe trip.

    Trishs last blog post..Coffee, Bikes, and Knitting…

  5. Hi Wendy – I love the new yarn from LL! The first socks I ever knit I used Shepherd Sport and my favorite pair of Monkey Socks are out of Shepherd Sock! Love it and your new pattern looks wonderful as well.

    Olivias last blog post..Not Knitting

  6. Ooooh, that sock yarn and pattern are beautiful!!! Would love a chance to win the yarn!!

    Cathys last blog post..Ahah!

  7. Carol B says:

    Ooh, what a great color! A skein of that will definitely need to be added to my stash, however it gets there….

  8. I love it! That was *totally* worth the wait. It works so beautifully with the photo!

    Have fun on your trip!

    boutrosbabes last blog post..Something old, something new…

  9. deknits says:

    I love your sunrise pics, and the yarn is gorgeous. Thanks for a great pattern for variegated yarns, I’m often looking for those. Have fun in OK!

  10. I love it and I guessed right ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. What a gorgeous photograph! I would love to commemorate it in yarn –


  12. Frances says:

    How cool is that! I love your colorway and the pattern shows it off beautifully!

  13. The yarn is beautiful – it definitely captures the spirit of a beautiful sunrise. Have a great trip to OK!

    Lynns last blog post..Overloaded

  14. I love the colors in your new yarn! So pretty! I’ve never used Lorna’s Laces yarns before, but this color might be where I have to start. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sarahs last blog post..Joshua on his bike today

  15. Kate Lathrop says:

    HOLY COW! You have truly reached yarny icon status – your own colorway!!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on some.

    Have a GREAT time in OK and tell Stacey hi!

  16. The colors on the yarn are amazing…and I really like the way the sock shows them off!! Amazing work as usual!

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  17. The yarn looks lovely. have a safe trip

    ikistis last blog post..Harvests of yarn

  18. southparknitter sings (and strums guitar) in honor of OK trip..Oh what a beautiful sunrise, oh what a beautiful yarn, sock pattern makes it more lovely, I’ll have to knit it someday.

    Sorry, I’m too tired to rhyme. Have a great trip. I love the yarn and the pattern. If I don’t win, I’ll have to haz me some. (I’ve recently added Lorna’s laces to my faves.)

    southparknitter (aka Timmie!)s last blog post..On the go

  19. That is a beautiful colorway! : ) And, enjoy your trip to OK.

    Amys last blog post.."Call It What You Want…"

  20. Wow, very neat colorway and pattern. I guess now we know what at least part of your stealth knitting has been. I normally avoid things with pinkish reds in them, but that I would definitely knit/wear. Please add me to the drawing for the yarn.

    Also, I admit to being a bit surprised by your announcement, as I thought you were going to mention the review for your new sock book that Clara posted today at Knitter’s Review. I guess there are even more wonderful things happening today than I expected.

    Last but not least, enjoy your trip, and I look forward to hearing about it when you get back.

  21. Oh.My.Bob that is a GORGEOUS colorway! Congratulations! How does it feel to be immortalized in yarn?

    The sock pattern looks like fun too….and I’m sure it’s just as awesome to work up as the rest:)

    (please enter me in your random number generator….)

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  22. What a beautiful colorway! Pick me please!!!! Of course, if you don’t, I’ll get it from the Loopy Ewe but winning it would be better.

  23. Mary Chicago says:

    That new colorway is the best. I will be making a pair with it as soon as I win some yarn.

  24. Lovely yarn. Shepard sock is some of my favorite. Pretty pattern too.

  25. Patricia says:

    Lovely color! Lovely pattern! Lovely Lucy!

  26. Absolutely beautiful! The last time I saw a sunrise like that was actually a sunset on a bus from Bruge to Amsterdam. As for the yarn? Wow!

  27. Colleen says:

    How cool to have a colorway designed and named in your honor! Love the color, love the pattern, would love to win the yarn.

  28. This would be awesome to add to my collection of Wendy’s socks that I am knitting right now. Those colours are fantastic! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  29. You never cease to amaze me with your surprises! Have fun in OK and I hope good weather awaits.

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  30. That is a wonderful colorway! My mom and I are both going to tackle our first socks, and if I happen to win the yarn, I’m going to give it to her as part of her birthday gift.

  31. Love the yarn and pattern. enjoy your sun rises on plurk. pick me!!!!
    working on sock from your book right now.

  32. lovely yarn!

    TheBons last blog post..Black Sheep Bingo!

  33. Michelle says:

    Great color! And thanks for the pattern!

    I’ll be watching for the yarn.

  34. Beautiful sock yarn. Of course I’d love some.

  35. Lovely yarn!

    Jennifers last blog post..Back to Fit n Fiber

  36. RogueTess says:

    I’d love some of that yarn! It really captures the sunrise. Thanks as always for your generosity in posting the pattern. My Nanner Socks are still among my favorites. Huggles to the lovely Lucy!

  37. Jane Irish Nelson says:

    That is a fantastic colorway. I’m lucky, I get to watch the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains here in Washington through my living room windows. I’ve often thought what spectacular projects could be knit in those colors, so this yarn would be wonderful. I’m a pushover for purple to begin with!

  38. Lori Beard says:

    A WendyKnits colorway?!? Based on your sunrise pictures? Cooool. I love the colors, and the pattern. I can’t wait to see the skein when I win it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Well done, and have fun this weekend!

  39. I’m working on my first pair of socks using Lorna’s Laces & would love to have another skein!

  40. Lovely!! I want to wear your sunrise on my feet!!

  41. Gabriele says:

    Love the picture and the colorway. Fab pattern to showcase it also ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Melissa says:


    You hit it out of the park with your colorway. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Congrats on a beautiful yarn.


  43. Bonnie H. says:

    Have a wonderful time in Oklahoma. Love the yarn!

  44. teh kittehs lurv to show off their tummies! great colorway and pattern. i wish my boss would let me work an off schedule–oh how i loathe Metro.

    kristens last blog post..the difficult post

  45. A a new sock knitter, I’d love to give this a loving home!

  46. anne marie in philly says:

    gorgeous…simply gorgeous!

    steven and meredith say: “have a good time with daddy, cousin lucy! make sure you meow loudly for treats and sit on daddy so he will have to pet you!”

  47. What a beautiful yarn! Great job picking out the colors! And I can’t imagine getting to work at 6am- yikes!

  48. Oh how wonderful! I do love your plurk sunrise photos, what a great idea to have them created in something that you can wrap your fingers around and curl your toes in!

  49. How cool is that to have your own colourway. Congrats!, the sock looks very cool.

  50. Allison says:

    So pretty would love to win some!

  51. Wow–she really captured the sunrise in that colorway! I love it! Gotta put my name in…I’m on a yarn diet right now, but how I love those colors. Oh, so jealous. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  52. Danielle says:

    Gorgeous yarn!

  53. Such a lovely colourway! And it does get shown off really well in that sock pattern, too.

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  54. What fun to have your own sunrise yarn

  55. Would love to knit with the sunrise.

  56. safe travels! That is wonderful yarn!

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  57. Shirley. in PA says:

    Love the yarn, just beautiful! Lucy really has a belly full of hair to primp.

  58. Beautiful sunset! Gorgeous yarn! Of course I’d love some. ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Sock yarn! I’m in.

  60. I would LOVE some of that sunrise! Beautiful.

  61. I would love to try out your new colorway!

  62. MaaritH says:

    Really lovely yarn!

  63. The WendyKnits colorway captures the sunrise perfectly! How exciting for you. Congratulations!

  64. Very cool to have your own yarn! Thanks for having a contest!

  65. knitopia says:

    6:00 am? No way, no how! Thanks for sharing the sunrise with those of us who don’t see it these days.

  66. So that’s what a sunrise looks like! Beautiful.

  67. that yarn is gorgeous!

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  68. noallatin says:

    Pretty stuff. I would like to knit with that. Thanks for the chance.

  69. WHEEEEE!

    Very pretty yarn you have there.

  70. Ooooh, pretty yarn! I really like the color commentary series, it’s a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

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  71. Yes I would love to win some Sunrise yarn. I love a beautiful sunrise and/or sunset. Is Sunset next?

    Thanks Wendy!!

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  72. marie-france says:

    I’d love to win your sunrise yarn!

  73. Shauneen says:

    I would LURVE to win WendyKnits Sunrise sock yarn – it is beautiful. Shauneen

  74. I love, love, love those colors! Congrats Wendy!

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  75. Pretty yarn!
    Hi Miss Lucy…I watched your video today, you’re pretty too!

  76. That’s a lovely colorway, and a cute pattern! Hoping I’ll be lucky in the yarn drawing. : )

    limedragon :-: Harriets last blog post..New design, and contests!

  77. Very pretty colors. Must stalk the Loopy Ewe!!

  78. What a wonderful idea for the colorway! I love seeing each of the color commentaries.

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  79. That is so beautiful!!! And I love how it knits up in the sock (and I don’t even *like* socks). I think Lucy sez Adri should get some Sunrise sock yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Heather R says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. I would love some Wendy Sunrise socks.

  82. It would be nice to win some yarn before my birthday on May 22nd!

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  83. That is beautiful yarn! And thank you for the free pattern to go with it!

  84. Lovely colors… I need to get up earlier and see what the sky looks like at sunrise here in Liege.

  85. Virginia says:

    BEEEE-Utiful! Those colors are so rich and lovely. Thank you for inspiring Lorna’s laces!

  86. Those really are beautiful colors, and nice long repeats!

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  87. Allison says:

    Great pattern, amazing yarn.

  88. Freya in Californeya says:

    What beautiful yarn! Have a safe and fun trip.

  89. Yummy yarn! Pretty sunrise.

  90. oooh, Hobbes wants a sunrise sweater!!!

    (lovely–so proud of you)

  91. Beautiful yarn! Great looking socks, too. But nothing beats Lucy, even when she’s got a bee in her bonnet. LOL

  92. Melissa says:

    That is a beautiful colorway you helped create. The pattern shows off the colors in the yarn just beautifully.

    Have a fun trip.

  93. Love your sunrise, Wendy!

  94. Ann Rose says:

    Now *that’s* a sunrise worth getting up early to see! (And how did you know to include all of MY favorite colors in YOUR yarn? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  95. Melanie says:

    Always game for a chance at a yarn freebie.

  96. Gorgeous! I love it!!

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  97. Maria Katechis says:

    Lovely colors, Wendy! I have some Laurel in a similar colorway.
    – Maria

  98. Have a great trip!! Oklahoma is OK!

    Regina Beachs last blog post..Oh dear. Ooooh dear. Oh my.

  99. Awesome color!!!

  100. Love the colorway; also, I read a great review of your book on Knitter’s review. You should be proud.