My current work in progress:

1. Mighty Mini, designed by Rachel Henry, knit from Socks That Rock Worthy in the "Tanzanite" and "The Green That Sings" colorways on a 3.0 mm needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

A Tale of Two Socks

Thank you all so much for all your kind comments about my miter sweater!

(Something seems to be wonky with my server, because a whole lot of the comments showed up twice, and only a few of them were emailed to me, like they usually are. But I did read every one of them on the blog. Comcast’s spam filter has apparently been working overtime, which might account for that. Which reminds me, if you’ve emailed me and I haven’t responded, blame Comcast. They have some odd parameters on their spam filter.)

I found it amusing that so many of you mentioned that you had doubts about the sweater in progress but really liked the finished article. Why did I find it amusing? Because I had the same thoughts. I had the vision in my head of what it would look like completed, but kept having doubts about it along the way. Which is probably why it took me as long to knit as it did — some weeknights I didn’t knit on it at all, others I just did a square or two. Most of the work was done in weekend knitting marathons.

Brigitte asked if I would be putting out the pattern for it. I think the best I could do is to write up guidelines, and I may do that, if I get the energy. icon smile A Tale of Two Socks

But it’s really dead-simple to do — if you have a book like Knits From A Painter’s Palette to use as a reference for creating the different shapes, you can figure it out yourself.

The hardest part, I think, is choosing the colors. That’s where one can easily slip from “wearable art” to “clown sweater.” Not that I think I’m any great shakes at color theory. More likely, I just got lucky with what I chose.

But, anyway, on to my tale of two socks.

Sock the First

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This is the first of the Grasshopper socks, the April offering from the Rockin’ Sock Club. I made the medium size, and used a 2.5mm needle. I made no mods, except to not do the calf shaping as the pattern stitch is muy stretchy as is. We are pleased with the results.

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Sock the Second

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This is the first of the Summerfield socks, the May offering from The Loopy Ewe Sock Club. I used a 2mm needle. The pattern is written top-down, but I did mine toe-up, and I used the slip stitch heel from the Grasshopper sock pattern, so it would match the look of the top-down sock.

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This is a very nice heel and I do think I’ll add it to my repertoire of heels for toe-up socks.

Which heel do I like best?

Hard to say — I think the different heels I have used (short-row, gusset, slipped stitch) for toe-up socks each have their place in the Great Pantheon of Sock Heels. I can see me using each of them again.

Blog Photos

This has been said from time to time here and there on blogs, but I am mentioning it here and now because in the past few days I’ve noticed some of my photos appearing on a blog or two and in flickr sets.

If you want to use one of my photos, please ask permission before taking it off my site. 99.9% of the time I will gladly give permission. Then you can post it along with the phrase “used with permission.” I generally will not give permission to someone who wants to use one of my photos to sell something or to make fun of me. (People can make fun of me all they want, but they ought not to steal my photos in the process. I did actually stumble across one of my photos on a blog once where the blogger posted it to make fun of something I knit. And she hot-linked to the photo on my site, which is how I found it.)

To just take a photo and post it without asking is wrong. It is stealing. Is it a huge deal? No, it certainly does not affect the fate of the nation. Does it bug me? Yes. So I am mentioning it here.

There’s a notice at the bottom of the main blog page that states:

All graphics, patterns, text, and content on this site are the sole property of Wendy D. Johnson
Copyright (c) 2002-2007 Wendy D. Johnson
Not to be reproduced in any form without written permission from Wendy D. Johnson

That includes photos. An exception to this are the button graphics over in the sidebar. There is a notice there that states:

Please observe proper netiquette: You are welcome to use any of my button graphics, but please download them and host on your own server rather than linking to it on my server. Bandwidth costs money!

Another execption is the test for the “Knit From Your Stash Rules” — I stated in that blog post that anyone was welcome to take the rules and post them, or to modify them to suit themselves.

‘Nnnnnnn-kay?

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Comments

  1. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I tried posting this last night, but it wouldn’t go through.

    Congratulations on finishing your miter sweater, Wendy! It looks wonderful. Very impressive!

    Great photo of Lucy today (and yesterday–my cat is always on my knitting, as well)–but then, aren’t they all great photos of Lucy?

  2. An appropriate comment from Lucy today (if I may): “You listen to my Momma”

    Those socks are beautiful!

  3. I especially like the Grasshopper Socks. The pattern is quite different from the usual.
    Cate

  4. Wendy- That cracks me up- stealing the pic, but for dissing purposes?
    People never fail to amaze me.

    I certainly ask, and it would be so we could admire. A little common courtesy goes a long way.

    Right Lucy?

  5. I think I would end up with a clown sweater, I am color challenged.

    blog ettiquette or lack thereof always does amaze me. I promise I’ll never steal a photo from your website. Although I had onced copied a picture of Lucy for my photos screen saver, but that was only for my enjoyment, not to share with the world, was that okay?

  6. Wendy- That cracks me up- stealing the pic, but for dissing purposes?
    People never fail to amaze me.

    I would certainly ask, and it would be so we could admire. A little common courtesy goes a long way.

    Right Lucy?

  7. Wendy- That cracks me up- stealing the pic, but for dissing purposes?
    People never fail to amaze me.

    I would certainly ask, and it would be so we could admire. A little common courtesy goes a long way.

    Right Lucy?

  8. Wendy- That cracks me up- stealing the pic, but for dissing purposes?
    People never fail to amaze me.

    I would certainly ask, and it would be so we could admire. A little common courtesy goes a long way.

    Right Lucy?

  9. I didn’t get to tell you yesterday, but the sweater looks great.

    I had to comment just to say COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT REALLY PISSES ME OFF!

    Ahem.

    Astabeth

  10. Do you suppose that the people who steal blog photos are the same ones who plagiarized papers back in high school?

  11. So are you going to tell everyone that you very graciously posted all of your sock photos (and your miter sweater!) on our photo galleries over at The Loopy Ewe, so they don’t think I stole them all? Or we could just let them think I took them. And if that’s the case, I might have to start taking the photos of cute Lucy, too……. :-)

  12. Oh those picture stealing people really piss me off. I’ve had people hot-linking stuff from my photoblog for ages. But I am immature and get great joy out of changing the original image so they get a big old “Don’t steal from me!” image on their website.

  13. I can identify completely with your feelings about the miters as you knitted. I do a lot of modular knitting, and it often takes me a long time to finish things because I really drag my feet when I decide that the whole thing is a hideous mess! Taking time away from the project and returning with fresh eyes usually helps, but sometimes I’m just not sure until the edgings are finished.
    Your sweater is really great. Congratulations!!

  14. (appologies if this shows up twice, it didn’t seem to go through the first time)

    Picture hot-linking people piss me off! I’ve had a great number of shots from my photoblog hot-linked and it drives me nuts. As soon as I catch people doing it I switch the original image to a different one so they end up with a big old “Thief! Don’t steal from me!” image on their website.

  15. Wendy- That cracks me up- stealing the pic, but for dissing purposes?
    People never fail to amaze me.

    I would certainly ask, and it would be so we could admire. A little common courtesy goes a long way.

    Right Lucy?

  16. Lucy the Enforcer — don’t mess with her!
    Amen to your post today and the comments above.

    What a smorgasbord of socks recently! Love ‘em!
    I have deadline knitting happening, so my socks have been neglected. (I need a commuter job, perhaps; but commuter trains are few and far between in the wilds of Wisconsin. And so far, I have not quite felt able to knit while riding my bike — as I did today [that is, ride my bike, not knit at the same time] — It’s Ride Your Bike To Work Week! At least here, it is. That’s not an option for Lucy’s Momma, though.)

  17. I can convert a cuff down pattern to a toe-up with the short row heel, but I can’t figure out how to do a heel flap gusset kind of thing backwards. Can you recommend a pattern or site that explains it? I would like to be able to do a thicker heel sometimes.

  18. Haha…Oh Wendy, I already blame Comcast for everything anyway.

  19. Wendy, good for you! – standing up for photo theft. If people realized the amount of time you invest in your blog, not to mention all of the tips you have passed on – letting one and all live vicariously through your skills ====
    ticks me off that you would even have to go there to correct some very rude people. I have read every word of your blog over the years. I shed a tear when Izzy passed, i had heart palps with every aran, fairisle, new design …. you are a huge asset to this community !!!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Stealing is wrong. Didn’t we all learn that when we were itty bitty kids? The rules haven’t changed!

    Great sock photos, great sock knitting.

  21. Wendy, good for you! – standing up for photo theft. If people realized the amount of time you invest in your blog, not to mention all of the tips you have passed on – letting one and all live vicariously through your skills ====
    ticks me off that you would even have to go there to correct some very rude people. I have read every word of your blog over the years. I shed a tear when Izzy passed, i had heart palps with every aran, fairisle, new design …. you are a huge asset to this community !!!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Wendy, good for you! – standing up for photo theft. If people realized the amount of time you invest in your blog, not to mention all of the tips you have passed on – letting one and all live vicariously through your skills ====
    ticks me off that you would even have to go there to correct some very rude people. I have read every word of your blog over the years. I shed a tear when Izzy passed, i had heart palps with every aran, fairisle, new design …. you are a huge asset to this community !!!!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Oh, I love both of those socks! Particularly the Grasshopper – very cool stitch.

    Bless Technorati for making it easy to find linkers and determine whether they link for good or for evil… Lucy the Enforcer looks to have it under control for you.

  24. It was a beautiful sweater Wendy- but the cat….just too cute.

  25. Lucy has her stern librarian-school marm look on – those thiefs better watch out! I will confess to having a few Lucy shots in my personal library to use for wall paper/screen savers but to post them publicly? That’s thievery, plain and simple.

  26. Hello Wendy, I really like seeing the socks you make but I was wondering if you could show a photo of the skein before you used it. I have trouble imagining what it would have looked like and whenever I come to buy sock yarn I am stumped about what it will turn out looking like once it’s knitted into a sock. I’m not sure if that makes sense and it is probably just me who has this problem so will understand if you think it is a silly request! Take care, EtSu

  27. The miter sweater is amazing!!!! I was in such awe I was speechless yesterday. It looks very nice on you and the mannequin — bringing it to life from its “flatness” lying on the floor. Makes me wanna give it a go.

    I’m envious of your ability to stick with one project at a time (with a few sock-y exceptions). Maybe some day I’ll be like you. In the meantime, a girl can dream. (Those dreams include a pretty sealpoint ragdoll kitty who communes nicely with a certain sweet African Gray parrot.)

    Thanks for sharing so much about your knitting, etc.

  28. You’re amazing Wendy – I really hope that I can meet you in RL one day!

  29. I really like those Grasshopper socks, and congratulations on finishing your mitered sweater! A quick question – how are you able to tell if people are stealing your images? I’ve always wondered if any of mine are floating around out there. Is there a program you use, or was it just chance that you found it?

  30. Didn’t you address this before?…….to me it falls under 1) you have it, I want it & 2) stupidity…….ignorance is no defense……..and dis you??………how lame……go get ‘em Lucy!

  31. Looks like you have a virtual army at your command to attack anyone who’s abused our Wendy! (This is the same army that started a hurricane by its sigh of relief and gasps of delight when you posted the miter sweater pics… ;)

  32. Argh! I hate net thieves. I once found someone linking to a series of photos from a post once. I went in and switched the images to naughty pics, but left the photo name so it was still linked ot their site. :) I just updated MY blog with the original photos, renamed. Now, when someone goes to that blog, they’ll see ugly naked men. Ew and HAHAHAHA.

  33. Love those sock colors & patterns! Pretty Lucy :D

  34. I can’t imagine anyone ever wanting to steal any of my blogphotos, so maybe there are worse problems than people taking them without permission. I’m afraid I’m not entirely (okay, not at all) technosavvy, and I don’t know what “hotlinking” is. I also don’t know how to download and save a button (which is why I don’t have any) to avoid stealing bandwidth. I truly hope I have never been inadvertently guilty of anything that would violate netiquette. (I’m already terrified of my computer. Now this. I’m feeling a bit inhibited here!)

  35. Obviously the person who stole your photo,doesn’t have anything interesting of her own to blog about. How sad.
    It was fun reading all the posts twice.
    It was fun reading all the posts twice.
    Ha ha!

  36. Wendy – (my right hand in the air and just typing with my left) – I solemnly swear never to steal your pictures or to hotlink to any pictures on your blog. And I’ll always be nice too. :)

    And for the record, I never doubted that the miter sweater would be interesting and cool!

  37. Wendy – (my right hand in the air and just typing with my left) – I solemnly swear never to steal your pictures or to hotlink to any pictures on your blog. And I’ll always be nice too. :)

    And for the record, I never doubted that the miter sweater would be interesting and cool!

  38. Great sweater!! Lucy looks quite reproachful in today’s photo!

  39. I’m so behind in my reading. I can’t believe I missed the grand finale of your sweater. Just beautiful! So are your new socks:) I have definite opinions on mean spirited things that occur in the blog world at times, so no need to produce a rant here. Having read here for some time now, I consider your place a teaching site if you will. When someone provides detail such as you I learn from that and appreciate it. I do have a question…I’m aware of bandwidth theft issues and that it’s just wrong. I always save buttons to my PC and download to use on my site and create the link for it in my own place, but how can you tell if someone is hotlinking to your site?

  40. Oh, I so have to expand my repertoire of heels… Because the heels on those socks look so good! Blue, green and yellow look so cheery together.

    I hope it’s OK to link to your site in a post?

  41. Cathy W says:

    Let us know who they are, I will leave a comment on their blog about the pics being stolen.
    Give them up Wendy!!
    Signed,
    A Wendy Loyalist

  42. Cathy W says:

    Let us know who they are, I will leave a comment on their blog about the pics being stolen.
    Give them up Wendy!!
    Signed,
    A Wendy Loyalist

  43. Cathy W says:

    Let us know who they are, I will leave a comment on their blog about the pics being stolen.
    Give them up Wendy!!
    Signed,
    A Wendy Loyalist

  44. Right on about reminding everyone about copyright rules. I am a tech trainer in an educational setting. Even teachers don’t realize they have to ask for permission. It is something we talk about all the time.
    Hurray for the miters and Miss Lucy too.

  45. Right on about reminding everyone about copyright rules. I am a tech trainer in an educational setting. Even teachers don’t realize they have to ask for permission. It is something we talk about all the time.
    Hurray for the miters and Miss Lucy too.

  46. I’m so naive that I never expect people to do things like steal a photo of someone’s knitting to make fun of it on their blog. Anyway, thanks for the reminder to all of us to be good internet citizens!

  47. Just started a blog for our next group yarn project, and never thought to copyright it (or that anyone would even take the photos) until I saw your post. Is it OK if we edit and use your copyright language?

    By the way, I am going to my first sock class tonight! All because I’ve been reading your blog and I’ve been inspired to learn. You make it look like so much fun! I’ve been checking out the Loopy Ewe, but have been completely intimidated by all the choices. I just don’t know where to start. I’m going to my LYS so they can ease me into it slowly. Can’t wait!

  48. Are you serious? People actually steal your knitting photo’s? WHY? Do they call the work their own?

    How rude.

    I love those “summerfield” socks by the way…beautiful design & colors. Something I don’t know if I will ever get around to trying…but you never know. Is there an easy pattern you could recommend?

  49. Love the sweater — If I tried it, it would most definately be a clown sweater! :-) And a POX upon the photo-theives especially those that use your photos to poke fun at you. We love your work, and your willingness to share it with us is priceless. -pattiO

  50. Both socks are wonderful! I’m assuming the summerfield pattern isn’t available to the general public, I’ll have to watch to see when it does become available!

  51. Katarina says:

    Your socks are just wonderful, Wendy! I happened to step into your blog while googling “steek knitting” … so here I am! I like your blog very much and ask you kindly to allow me linking it to my knitting-blog in Switzerland – thank you very much ;-) and

    kind regards, Katarina

    Well, and sorry for my rather poor English…

  52. Wendy, you bring up a rather brilliant topic that I’ve been wondering about for quite some time. I see loads of sock patterns that I’d like to use, and I know **exactly** what sock yarn I’d like to use, but the pattern is cuff down and I’d like to go toe up for all the reasons that you’ve stated in your various posts.

    Is the lace/leg/etc. pattern itself modified in any technically difficult way to switch this around, do you just flip the lace/leg chart upside down, or what? I’ve always wondered about this, but have never figured it quite out……..

  53. Wendy,
    That slip stitch heel looks great. How did you do it? I would really like to learn how to do this heel. BTW, love your toe up sock patterns.

  54. Michelle from Arizona says:

    Hi Wendy. I totally agree with your statements ‘The hardest part, I think, is choosing the colors. That’s where one can easily slip from “wearable art” to “clown sweater.” ‘
    I tried a miter ‘thing’ once and it was defintely clownish. Turned me right off the whole thing unfortunately but I do still like the concept so may try again. I do really like your colors. Lesson I learned is to keep them mostly in the same color family and don’t go for much constrast no mattter how perfectly it matches the bit of color in the other skein!

  55. I am constantly amazed by the depths to which people will go to take credit for that which is not theirs – you go, girl!

    And a question – how do you manage to be ahead of the game where new yarns / yarn sources are involved? Is it a gift? An innate ability? A built-in yarn radar? Or do you spend innumerable hours surfing, looking? When I finally get to where you’ve been, it’s usually sold out, so I want some of what you have, please…