My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

It’s Over

What’s over?

My “Knit From Your Stash 2007” project, that’s what. It ended on September 30, and I didn’t think about it until today.

I’d sort of forgotten about it because of the Summer of Socks. I’ve knit nothing but socks all summer. And one of the original rules was that sock yarn was exempt from the ban on yarn-buying.

It has been pointed out to me by more than one person that I “cheated” by knitting socks all summer. (Heh!) In response, I say:

A. Nope, I did not cheat — the rules say that sock yarn was exempt.

B. I had no intention of knitting only socks all summer until I found out about the Summer of Socks round about April or May, so any perceived “cheating” was not intentional.

C. It’s my knitting and I’ll knit what I want to. (Wait, I feel a song coming on!)

But the bottom line is that other than socks, everything I knit during the the designated time period was from my stash — the Large Lace Collar Bohus, Cromarty, Alpine Lace, Maltese Shawl, Handsome Triangle Shawl, Kiri Shawl, Mitre Sweater, and the Cotton Cardi. I think that’s everything. And I purchased no yarn but sock yarn.

L-B and I planned the end of the project for the end of September because we planned to go to Stitches East. And we are. Going to Stitches East, that is. We’ll be there for the duration, hanging around the market and no doubt making general nuisances of ourselves. So if you see us, do stop and say “hey” will you?

On Hold Sock

Despite having a Ragdoll kitty pasted to me all night last night, I did manage to turn the heel of the first On Hold sock.

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Earth Shoes

There were a lot of comments about Earth Shoes yesterday. For those of you who want more info about how they are made, the benefits of the negative heel, et cetera, Google is your friend. I have purchased my shoes from two online retailers — Zappos and Shoebuy. (You can Google them too and find their online storefronts.) While Zappos offers free overnight shipping, I do prefer Shoebuy. They always seem to have more color and size options, and once you register with them you get an automatic discount on purchases and free shipping (though not overnight). They may take a bit longer to reach me, but they are a bit cheaper, so it’s worth it.

Rori commented:

Have u tried Crocs yet? GREAT GREAT GREAT

I have several pairs of Crocs but cannot wear them right now. One of the features included in my current back issues involves a lack of control and feeling in one leg and I find Crocs to be “trippy” shoes in the first place. I would no doubt end up flat on my face every five minutes if I tried to walk around in Crocs.

That statement is a good segue to reporting that I am having back surgery in the near future. In fact, at the crack of dawn, the morning after I return from Stitches.

Timing is everything, you know.

Lucy Sez

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“I suppose I’m going to have to take care of her after surgery.”


  1. Good luck with the surgery. I’ll send good thoughts your way and hope that, like two friends who’ve had back surgery, you bounce right back and are better than ever! And I just realized Stitches is next weekend. The weekend I was drafted to take four teenagers to Faeriecon. Damn.

    Cromarty is one of the sweaters I was planning to make, when and if I found substitute yarn. And here you are, providing me with that substitute’s name. I feel a yarn purchase coming on . . .

  2. Sorry about the surgery! I’m sure you’ll be doing better in no time.

    Stitches, eh? What day? Maybe I can FINALLY get you to sign my book … LOL

  3. I love all of the socks you have been knitting!! Someone just gifted me sock yarn so I will be trying my hand at them soon!

    Have fun at Stitches East – and good luck with the surgery.

  4. Health is very important, but yarn is way up there. I think your timing for the surgery is great. The best of luck with it.I am sure Lucy will take care of you very well. You are right about the Crocs . Crocs are sort of like flip flops, they are very comfortable as long as you don’t walk more than a few blocks in them.

  5. Crystal in Calgary says:

    Good luck Wendy! My mom had back surgery done years ago (they removed a disk and had to fuse a cow bone in it’s place) and she is a totally different woman today. For the better I should say. 🙂 So as much as we worried about it, it was the best thing she ever did. Best of luck! I look forward to hearing how it went.

  6. I was a KFYS07 participant and that sock exemption did me in. All I’ve done is knit socks and buy more sock yarn than I can possibly knit up in my lifetime. In response to my own weakness, I’ve launched Knit From Your SOCK Stash 2008 ( But I tried. I really did. And KFYS07 was a great idea.

    Oooh—this means I can buy (non-sock) yarn again!

    Best of luck with your surgery. I’m confident that both the surgery and recovery will go very well, and that Miss Lucy will do her best to play nursemaid. Be well!

  7. I’m an idiot. KFYSS2008 is on blogspot not wordpress.

  8. I can’t believe how many socks you knit this summer. You are an amazing person.

    Good luck with the surgery. I am sure everything will be great and think of all the knitting time you will have;-)


  9. So Wendy, are you relieved your “Knit from your Stash 2007” is over? I’m just the curious sort.

    I hope the surgery fixes everything that needs fixin’. Take care of yourself.

  10. Marianne Y says:

    I missed reading your blog last night, and it looks like I missed all kinds of news! I hope you and L-B have a great time at Stitches East, and that you find all kinds of yarn-related goodies that you are interested in buying, and that you actually do buy what you want!

    Best wishes on your coming back surgery. You spent the summer trying to take care of it with alternatives. I really hope this takes care of your pain & your bum leg! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there, and take care! Marianne

  11. I’m already wishing good Wendy wishes for the back surgery! Thank goodness it will be taken care of. From then on you can look forward to healing. Not more pain and suffering like you have had. It’s a good thing.
    And how funny (or maybe it’s just me) that you are having your surgery the day after you get home from Stitches east. Stitches all around!
    No chance of you at Rhinebeck, then? I’ll push your wheelchair!

  12. Thank you for all that you share–your knitting, your life, and that beautiful Ragdoll. She’ll be the best nurse ever. I hope the surgery is successful and you have a smooth and fast recovery. Sending all good thoughts and prayers your way.