My current work in progress:

Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

Holiday Weekend Wrap-up

It’s been a busy weekend and hard to believe it is Sunday already.

Here’s the quickie wrap-up:

I finished the Einkorn socks:

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Here’s a close-up:

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To recap, these were knit from Tempted Good Grrl yarn in the “Emergency” colorway, on size 2mm and 2.25mm needles. I will write the pattern up and let you know when it is available for sale.

I realize that I’ve got a couple of patterns that I need to write up. I’ll get to them. I’ve been horrendously busy lately (you might have noticed that from the brief blog posts I’ve been making!) Hopefully things will settle down a bit and life can get back to normal.

This is the yarn for my next sock project:

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Beautiful, isn’t it? This is tincture-dyed Bellamoden sock yarn in the “Nori” colorway, purchased from The Loopy Ewe. I started a sock:

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I’m calling this design “Seaweed Socks” and I’ll be offering this pattern as a freebie.

In other news, I became the Plurk Overlord last night! Apparently I am the first Plurker to achieve Plurk Nirvana. I feel so enlightened!

Lucy is unimpressed. She’d rather sit under the table, hoping that chunks of chicken fall into her path.

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This is a recording

Wendy can’t come to the blog right now, but she and Lucy wish all our American friends a wonderful Independence Day. Everyone else, have a great weekend!

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An Update on Golden Boy

I know that a number of you are fraught with worry about Golden Boy so I figured it was time to post an update on his condition.

Golden Boy is doing surprisingly well. In fact, he’s happier and peppier than he has been in lo these many years.

You see, Golden Boy now has a harem.

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A harem of barrel row counters that actually work!

These stitch counters were sent to me by Tiny Tyrant and Amelia. Thanks to these ladies, Golden Boy has friends and helpmates to ease him along his journey. So y’all can relax and not worry about him

LOL Lucy

Thank you to those of you who voted in the LOL Lucy Captioning contest! The top three captions are:

1. i gots bild own hooman kit…sum asembly rekwired.

2. iz saving rest for snack

3. Hi Mom. U look diffrent todai… OMG WHERZ THE REST OF U?!?!?!?

So the three who submitted those entries, Imbrium, Katrina Grace Craig, and Carey, please contact me (you can use the form at the “contact me” tab at the top of the page) and tell me which one of my sock patterns you’d like to have (check ’em out at The Loopy Ewe and give me your snail mail addy, I’ll send them out to you.

Einkorn Sock

I am about to turn the heel on the second Einkorn Sock! Try to contain your excitement!

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Lucy was so jazzed she had to take a nap!

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A Good Yarn

A blog reader (Hi Karen in Atlanta!) emailed me to ask about the yarns I use for my designs: are there characteristics of some yarns I don’t like. She asks “Is there a lot of functional difference in wool fingering weight sock yarn?”

Yeah, I think there is.

My most favorite type of sock yarn is one that is pretty firmly spun with a tight twist. The yarns that use Louet Gems (or a yarn like that) for their base are my faves. My current “yarn crushes” for this type of yarn are Tempted Good Grrl, Sanguine Gryphon Eidos. ShibuiKnits, and Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock. Others I like are Fleece Artist Merino, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, and Claudia Handpainted Fingering.

This type of yarn is wonderful for texture work, like my current sock project, my Einkorn socks. The firmly-spun yarn really makes the texture “pop.”

But I also love Dream in Color Smooshy Sock, which has a totally different spin. I’m not sure what you’d call it, but it works very well in texture as well, but I particularly like it for lace work.

What I don’t care for when I’m knitting patterned socks are yarns that have a fuzz or “halo” because that will of course obscure the patterning to a certain extent.

And yarns that are loosely spun and soft feel lovely, but unless you knit them at a very tight gauge, work up into socks that won’t wear very well.

There’s my 2 cents on the subject.

I’ve started the second Einkorn sock:

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Lucy LOLCat

Yeah, sorry, there’s no way I can choose. Y’all vote for your favorite among these captions (these are my favorites) and I’ll send each of the top three caption-writers the WendyKnits sock pattern of his/her choice. Voting will close at the time I post to my blog tomorrow.

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Lucy is feigning indifference and having a snack.

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I sometimes wonder what the building engineer thinks when he comes in my condo twice a year to replace furnace filters and check the smoke alarms. Apart from the spinning wheel and yarn everywhere, this is not an uncommon sight:

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