My current work in progress:

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


A Tale of Three Socks

The first sock tale . . .

I took a picture of the KOARC’s foot the other night, as he was wearing a pair of socks I had made for him.

I noticed what remarkable good shape they are in. This is the sole of the foot:

If you click to enlarge the pic, you’ll see there’s absolutely no sign of wear.

I went back through my blog, and found the project page for this pair, here. The yarn is Regia sock yarn (wool/nylon blend). I made this pair of socks for him in July 2003 — six and a half years ago! Since that time they have been worn regularly, machine washed in hot water, and dried on high heat. That Regia yarn wears pretty darn well, doesn’t it? Can’t ask for much better than that!

The second sock tale . . .

Remember these socks?

I finished them back in November — the Heather and Thistle Socks. They are knit from MacKintosh Yarns lovely lovely Iona fingering weight yarn — it’s 80% superwash merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon. The pattern is now available for sale, at MacKintosh Yarns, here.

The third sock tale . . .

My new sock-in-progress.

This is a design from my upcoming book, Toe-Up Socks for Every Body. They are called “Manly Aran Socks” and I designed them specifically for guys. The socks pictured in the book are knit from Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the “denim” colorway, lighter than the colorway I’m using. I showed the pic to the KOARC and asked him if he’d like the sample socks knit for the book (he’s the same foot size as the model). He said he’d like them, but he can’t have them until after they go on tour with me this year. (Alternatively, the KOARC could come on tour with me and wear those socks at every event, but then who would take care of Lucy while I’m away from home?)

Anyhow, I figured I’d knit him a pair right now. I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in the “Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret” colorway.

I’m actually a lot further along than the above picture shows.

This colorway is great to knit during daylight, but at night it turns into a dark navy, so I’m knitting blind most of the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another thing . . .

The Argus Shawl pattern is up for sale in my Ravelry store, here (Ravelry link).

This shawlette can be knit from one 100-gram skein of sock yarn and when blocked measures approximately 54โ€ across the top (wingspan) and 25โ€ down the center back.

This pattern is perfect for a beginner knitter who wants to knit lace. The pattern is written in great detail and spells out everything you need to know. The lace is charted in 4 relatively simple charts that are easy to follow.

It is knit from fingering rather than laceweight yarn, which is much easier for a lace newbie to execute. The stitches used are knit and purl, and a few simple lace techniques โ€“ yarnover, knit 2 together, and ssk, and sl1 k2tog, psso (which are explained in the pattern).

Like the rest of my Ravelry patterns, I’m donating 50% of my profits through January 31, 2010 to Doctors Without Borders. Thanks to all of you who’ve bought patterns so far!

Lucy sez . . .

“When you go on the road, Daddy stays home with me. This is non-negotiable.”


  1. Love those cables! Can’tt wait for the new book!

  2. You are awesome to donate to DWOB! I’m heading over to Ravelry to get the pattern tonight!

  3. I love the new KOARC socks.
    And since I seem to wear through socks like they’re made of rice paper, I’m going to have to try Regia.

    Thanks for donating part of your profits to MSF/DWB

  4. I have a pair of Reggia socks- not nearly that old, but they are holding up well.

    I love dark colors, but knitting with dark yarn while using middle-aged eyes is definitely a daylight task for me.

  5. Excited for the new book.

  6. I love my Regia socks… they wear like iron. The socks I’ve knit from Lana Grossa Meillenweit wear equally well. I love to knit socks with all the new socks yarns as well, but will always have several pairs of socks made from the the sturdier Regia-like yarns in my sock drawer to ensure I always have socks with no holes!

    Off to go check out your patterns on Ravelry!

  7. Ooh, how awesome!

    Off to buy the Argus pattern! Love it.

    And the blue sock is very very pretty. Love the color and the cables.

  8. Guess I’ll have to check out the Regia yarn — I have a KOARC who is very hard on socks. However, his mama taught him how to darn socks, and he does, so he makes them last.

    Already bought the Argus pattern — it’s next in line, and I may have some yarn to do it with. I’m loving the lace knitting.

  9. crazycrafter says:

    I am amazed at the yarn! The shawl is SO pretty! What if I don’t have a Ravelry account? Can we get it at the Loopy Ewe? Thanks!

  10. My prayers have been answered! The manly socks are on their way. I’d pre-order the book from Amazon, but I’ve been buying books from the LYS to help support local retail as we’ve had several yarn shops disappear in the last 2 years.

  11. Good to know about the Regia; I’ll have to try some of that.

    The colors on your project page for those socks seem much brighter than the current photo. Do you think the yarn has faded, or is it just one of those camera/monitor things?

  12. both socks looking good! (love aran’s!)

  13. Hi super-model Teddy!

  14. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “meow cousin lucy, right on sistah!”

    sexay KOARC feet (waves to the KOARC)!

  15. I wish more people gave feedback about how different yarns wear! Thank you! I will remember that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Good to see a sock post again. I also love the Regia, one of my favorites. Looking forward to the new sock book. The pattern is very nice too! I have copies of your other two books and looking forward to the new one! Knit on!!

  17. Barbara Kukuchek says:

    Funny you should mention Regia sock yarn. I am wearing a pair I knit from Regia Galaxy (think Saturn) as I write this. I wear them to work where I teach fifth grade. The campus is a 1/4 mile long and so I do quite a bit of walking every day. I wear my socks regularly and machine wash and dry them. There is the merest suggestion of felting, but no thinning of the fabric. I love wearing them especially on rainy days like today was.

  18. Helen van Bentum says:

    I love how long those socks have lasted. My biggest surprise is that after 6 years, the washer or dryer hasn’t claimed one for a midnight snack, I know mine claims one every month or so.
    I’ll have to look into Regia yarn for when I get brave enough to do my own socks

  19. YAY!!!! Hi Teddy!!!! You look so manly in those socks. It was nice of Wendy to design them for you. Don’t know why she would say they are for KOARC, though……silly Wendy!!!!

  20. OK, I know what an LYS is, I even know plenty about YO and k2tog, but will somebody please fill me in on what a “KOARC” is? I realize I might be dense or behind the times somewhat, but evidently even Lucy knows what it is!

    I like the new pattern, by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. I do think after cockroaches and Cher, the next thing to survive nuclear fall-out will be Regia sock yarn!

  22. I have a knitting friend, Carl, who loves Regia. I’ll have to tell him to read today’s post. I made a pair with the Regia Bamboo that did not hold up well so I’m not a Regia fan.

  23. Silly me – I have no idea what KOARC stands for. Someone please enlighten me!

    Love the Manly Aran Socks. Will have to try them out. Looking forward to all the patterns in the new book!

  24. I had my first pair of socks develop holes in the heels last week. Same spot on each foot, so it is pretty apparent where my socks need reinforcing. They aren’t my oldest socks though, and the other ones are worn at least as frequently, so there is definitely something to be said for yarn choice!

  25. For those who asked, KOARC is King Of All Remote Controls, I believe. We haven’t heard much about him here lately, but I’m glad to see he’s still around!

    Love the socks (all of them). I meant to go shop at the Ravelry page, but forgot last night. Will have to do that in the next week or so. Great idea to donate part of your proceeds! Be sure you let the Yarn Harlot know what the total ends up being. She’s keeping track of knitterly donations, you know.

  26. Love the socks you are currently making for the Korac (duly noted that you have mentioned him after a VERY long time of no mentioning – – nice to know he still around) – – can’t wait to buy your new book in March.

  27. It was great to see a comment on the durability of one of the sock yarns out there. We hear a LOT about how great they are to knit with but don’t hear so much about how well they hold up after being worn even a little bit.

    I’m also REALLY looking forward to getting your new book!!

  28. I think many of my socks are around the same age as they are all starting to go under the heel. I hate darning but I can’t throw them out! It’s time to replenish the sock drawer. How about some manly sock patterns with a sport or light worsted? It would make a larger sock go faster.
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Rock ‘n Roll Project Bag =-.

  29. I know what you mean about dark yarns.

    Some years ago I did a needlepoint cat face – kind of a psychedlic cat face (multi color with swirls and such) – and it had a black background. The background, being black yarn on black painted canvas, was just murder. I also did another needlepoint around the same time, of the chemistry stamp that had just come out. Most of the background was a light grey, but the border was navy. Also a nightmare to work, but at least there wasn’t as much of it.

    Now the next question is why the photos that accompany patterns are often in colors so dark you really can’t see any detail. Same for retail catalogs. I understand when the item comes only in black (fix the lighting!) but it would be much better to show them in a lighter color if them come in one.

  30. Wendy, You create lovely shawls. What do you think are your three easiest shawl patterns to make?

  31. I love that regia colorway, I made a pair of Jaywalking socks with it and it came out really cool. Can’t find it anymore though.
    .-= Rhonda L Smart´s last blog ..The new To Do list =-.

  32. I’m going to have to track down some Regia sock yarn!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Not knitting =-.

  33. Great socks!