My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply, using 3.25mm needles.

What’s Normal?

Leslie commented:

I’ve a question about sock height. You said you made the Sunflower Socks taller than normal – so what’s normal? I saw somewhere that height should be equal to length of foot – fold the socks in half on the heel and they should match. Is that right (or “usual” may be a more apt choice of words)? If so, then I’m unusual as usual – I prefer mine longer.

What I should have said is that I made the Sunflower socks taller than what is normal for me.

There is no rule for how tall you should make your socks, really. Unless the leg of the sock has a definite pattern that is “x” number of inches tall, that is. It depends on how tall you like ’em. If you like ankle socks, make them shorter and if you like mid-calf, make them taller.

As a rule of thumb, I generally make my socks so that the height is at least equal to the length of the foot, but I do sometimes make them taller. A lot depends on how much yarn I have. 🙂

New Sock!

I started a new sock yesterday.Shocking, no?

This yarn is Shaefer Heather, which is a lovely blend of 55% merino wool, 30% cultivated silk, and 15% nylon. The colorway is one of their “Subtly Solid Botanicals” in “Ash,”which is a lovely grey that has a bluish cast to it. It’s a fingering weight yarn, but a beefy one, so when knit at the gauge of 8 stitches/inch I get a nice solid fabric. It has a lovely sheen to it and is wonderfully soft. Here’s the sole of the foot:


This is destined to be a “guy” sock, so I worked up a design with some solid (but flat) cables interspersed with wide ribbing. So far so good!


Are You Crafty?

Check this baby out:


This is Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts, to be published by Potter Craft on March 31, 2009.

This book covers many many different crafts, including paper folding, quilting, rubber-stamping, candle-making, and many, many more. There are step-by-step instructions for many many projects. Enough to warm the cockles of any crafter’s heart. Here’s a shot of the Table of Contents (enlarge it to read):


And a page from the book at random:


And another:


Want my copy? Leave a comment to this blog post by 4:00pm EDT Thursday March 26, at which time the random number will pick a recipient.

And here is Miss Lucy, protecting her fuzzy rat toy. Awwwww!



  1. OHH did you see that Martha had Yarn day today on her show? I taped it but haven’t watched it yet!

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  2. The book looks really good. Count me in.


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  3. what a cool book! and I love the new sock yarn! very pretty

  4. Marbelling, tin-punching, rope crafts….ahhh. I would love to see what she says about all that.

  5. The Martha Stewart book looks lovely! I can’t wait for the Sunflower pattern!

  6. Freya in Californeya says:

    Egads!! that book looks interesting (like I need another hobby, or five). The only way I am going to get it is if I win it. If I actually bought anything “Martha Stewart” my hubby would disown me. 🙁

  7. Ooh, pretty book. Although I’m not sure if I need to be trying my hand at even another craft hobby, it’s always inspiring to read about others…

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  8. Ohhh I would love that book, I am a fan of Martha and love trying new crafts.

  9. The beaded necklaces are calling to me. 🙂

  10. kelly-ann says:

    Looks like an interesting book – I can always rely on you to have the scoop on upcoming books!

  11. I would love a chance at the Martha book! Thanks!

  12. I find the look of bare leg between sock top and trouser hem most unattractive, not to mention cold in the northern clime in which I live. Therefore, I knit my socks as tall as the yarn allows. Izzy says, “Hey” to Lucy.


  13. ooo oooo I want it!

    p.s. thanks for always giving your books away. That’s nice.

  14. Ooh. I’m liking the new man socks!

  15. deal me in, too….

  16. Having this new Martha book would be a good thing – a VERY good thing!

  17. Linda in Dallas says:

    I love the sunflower socks. Please sign me up for Martha’s new book. And the new socks with the grey-blue yarn are lovely.

  18. I love martha & i would love to win this book!

  19. Would love the book..add me to the list. Love the blue socks!

  20. Sure, why not? I’m not working now, I have all the time in the world (insert large eye roll here!). But, seriously, I’d love to have a comprehensive book for all my creative needs.

  21. Another nice giveaway — thanks!

  22. I like it. but tell me, how do you get flat cables?!?!?!?!?

    I’m on the list of like em short socks. Isn’t it funny how something as small as a half an inch can make a huge difference?

    shellys last blog post..What happens when bleach meets wool

  23. Lucy’s toy looks in better shape then my PK’s toy – but both appear dearly loved.

    Thanks for the chance at the book.

    Love the sock progress. That yarn looks terrific. Any negatives? Thanks again

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  24. Eliany Sanchez-Baez says:

    I would love to have it! Thanks!

  25. Ooo guys socks 🙂 Hooray!

  26. Linda in Alameda, CA says:

    I love Martha Stewart’s show. So many crafts, recipes, guests, and (usually) useful information. I would really like to own this book. Thanks for offering it.

  27. Oh you are so generous! Yes, thank you, I’d love a chance to win the book! It looks good! The guy socks look great too – pattern coming?

  28. I would love to see inside the book.

  29. I would love the book! I enjoy Martha!

  30. Katherine says:

    I love the Sunflower socks! And I would likely use the book too, if I were lucky enough to win it.

  31. I love all things crafty and all things Martha. It’s a Good Thing.

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  32. A chance to win such “a good thing?” Who could resist?

  33. You could name the new socks “Redoubt” after the volcano that is currently spewing ashes around Alaska.

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  34. Sure, why not? Throw my name in! (And I like the previous commenter’s idea to name the socks “Redoubt.”)

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  35. That does look like a nice “guy sock” yarn and a lovely pattern so far too.

    Count me in for the book, although I don’t really need any more crafts.

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  36. Love the “guy” sock. When and where will the pattern be available?

  37. margieinmaryland says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new sock. I think that I must have the clothes genes of the male, because I often look longingly at all polos,sweaters etc sold for men. ANYWAY, I love the color and the cables- if you write up the pattern, I’ll be the first in line to buy it.!
    M in M

  38. Ooh this book looks awesome!

  39. Ooh, that book looks right up my alley! So many crafts that I like, and more to learn. Crossing my fingers! But that interferes with my knitting…

    My socks usually end up being as tall as my foot is long, too. It’s just symmetrically pleasing…

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  40. Tiffanie says:

    Does the book tell how high Martha’s socks are?
    I’m dying to find out.
    The guy sock (patterning and color) are awesome.

  41. I’d love that me some Martha 🙂

  42. I LOVE the gray shading of the new sock!!! The cables look great, and still very masculine. Count me in for the book drawing, please; I saw the pretty beads and was hooked.

  43. Oh, man, I want to win this book more than anything! Oh, please, oh, please, oh, please, pick me!!! 😀

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  44. As much as I dislike her I sure do love her craftiness! hehehehe

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  45. Mary Ellen says:

    I would love that copy!! (Like I need more crafts…) But seriously…. I would!!

  46. Victoria says:

    Ooh, please enter me!
    Thank you for all the competitions

  47. I’m come from Taiwan
    HIHI~~ 😀

  48. Oh yeah, oh yeah, I would love to add that book to my library!

  49. I’d love your copy of Martha Stewart’s book. It looks great!

  50. That looks like a really cool book! I have a 3 month summer vacation coming up (gotta love being a student sometimes) so I’ll definitely have a lot of time on my hands.. Perhaps I should take up a new craft!

    Love the yarn. Schaefer seems to be making really good yarns.. Just a tad over my budget, I’m afraid. But nice-looking manly sock!

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  51. Sewbeads says:

    Hope I win. Sewbeads.

  52. Wow that book looks amazing, it reminds me of a great craft book my Mum used to have – I used to just sit and read it for hours! Thank you for another great competition. Fingers crossed!

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  53. Your socks are awesome. Can’t wait to see this one when it’s finished. ;D

    Sign me up for the drawing for the book!

  54. Eeeeeee! I would LOVE this book! The sunflower socks are gorgeous, by the way, and I love the color of your new sock. Everything I’m knitting right now seems to be in the grey spectrum.

    Ivy Maes last blog post..Okay, things got worse.

  55. Would love to have the copy of Martha’s book. I love you r socks, but cannot determine how to do a toe up sock as a top down. Guess I will keep working!

  56. personally, I am random.

  57. Interesting post: I never actually thought about the height of my sock tops???? just knit until they are long enough to not show leg when I sit. . . or when I ran out of fiber: whichever comes first. Learn something new everyday on my fav knitting blogs. . .thanks for that.

  58. looks like a book that would tempt me into more and more crafts 🙂

  59. I’m in for the book drawing!

  60. Marissa Shindell says:

    Oooo, love Martha Stewart. I’m in for the book draw.

  61. I love the new sock! It looks like something my huband might wear.
    And I would love a chance at Martha’s new book. I am a big fan!

  62. Martha is totally my idol!

  63. Would love to win this book. Thanks.

  64. Would love to win this book. Sock looks great, if only my hubby would wear it. Thanks.

  65. I had no idea this book was coming out! Would love to get my hands on a copy of it…

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  66. SUre, I’d love the copy of Martha’s book – can’t have too many reference books now, can we?

    Sandras last blog post..The Whisper cardigan continues…

  67. Martha’s book looks quite pretty – that alone is worth asking for a copy 🙂

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  68. Sign me up for the drawing for the book!
    Love the socks!!

  69. Looks very interesting! Love to have it.

  70. I really love the color and cables on the “guy” sock. I think it will turn out to be very handsome! I must admit, I don’t usually like Martha, but this book seems chocked full of good information and would be a good addition to any crafters bookshelf.

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  71. The new socks look like something that the DH would happily wear and that I would knit for him with love. I’ve knit him a couple pair of the ‘plain vanilla’ variety and was bored to tears. This pattern may well put him back on the list!
    Please add my name to the list for the book drawing.

  72. random comment lottery.
    Martha on some levels is really great and on others not so great. I use her as an inspiration but not a mentor.

  73. sock height – since I have icky huge calves, I tend to make my socks come up just below the bottom of the calf – or when the sock leg & foot are about the same length.
    Your socks = gorgeous. Love the heathery grey and the cables & ribs!
    And… I’d love to be able to page through Martha’s latest, if only for the photography.

  74. Nothing ventured…

  75. Love the sock but would really love the book.

  76. Here’s my comment, the book would be a nice bonus but really I wanted to mention the rule of thumb for folding socks in half to determine cuff length. This doesn’t work at all for tiny feet, at least for me. If I made my cuff the same length as my foot my leg would be exposed when my work pants rose up just slightly when I sit down. Half the reason I knit socks is so I don’t have to wear boring black dress socks, but ankle showing is probably a no no in the professional world. So my cuff needs to be longer than that, just because the foot is so short!

  77. As always, a beautiful sock. Book looks beautiful too. I’ll take it please!!

  78. I love the stuff Martha does. And I would love to have this book!

  79. Please include me in the draw (we probably won’t see the book over here in the UK!)

  80. You know, I have a love-hate relationship with Martha. Which of course means I’d love to have her book. 🙂

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  81. Add me to the drawing please. Would be a very fun book to have. Especially since I keep trying out new crafts and don’t always research them 🙂

    Hi Lucy!

  82. Windy Brown says:

    Please, please let me win. For the longest time, I would tease my mom for her love of Martha. Then I was given a Martha cookbook. I am now a convert to her books.

  83. I would love your copy of that book! The photos are lovely, and I have some friends who would enjoy sharing it with me 🙂

  84. I would love your copy of the book. Thank you again for another chance to win.
    Like the new “guy” sock!

  85. I wish I could knit socks like you. I get halfway through one and get tired of the whole thing!
    I would love to win the book!

  86. I love the new sock pattern! Even if you say it’s a “guy” sock, I think it looks like something I’d like myself, in the right color.

  87. I’m taking my chances in your book drawing 🙂

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  88. Will you be knitting the “guy” sock for yourself or for a guy? Does the KOARC wear handknit socks?

    Martha Stewart is putting together an Encyclopedia of Yarn Crafts for release next year, I believe. Still, the crafts she comes up with are out of this world!

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  89. I really like the Sunflower Socks and you are following them up with the cable socks. WOW! I cannot wait to see the finished pattern for those. They look great in the gray.

  90. What I really need is her book on how to clean! I still want to win this one though!

  91. Anna Housholder says:

    Yes, I would like to win your copy of the Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts, I like a lot of the crafts she put out.

  92. Just wanted to let you know how much I love the Sunflower socks. Can’t wait for the pattern – although I rarely finish 2 socks I think this would be a super gift for my super generous friend.

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  93. I am absolutely LOVING this new pair of socks. I do hope you’ll sell this pattern at TLE. I need a new guy-friendly pattern to knit for my husband who loves hand-knit socks but hates fru-fru designs. (I’m so sick of plain stockinette…)

    I’d love to win the book, if I can throw my hat in the ring. 🙂

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  94. Wendy,
    You get so many entries to your contests! Please add my name to the hat!

    –Thanks for all the neat knitting!


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  95. I would love this book. And am now quite intrigued by that Schaeffer yarn.

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  96. Ooooh! Me likey! Pick me pick me pick me!

  97. Love the new socks! The grey in that yarn is fabulous. I may have to seek out that MS book thanks to your 2nd pic from the book. I’ve been wanting to put botanical prints in our front bathroom for ages. It is probably somewhere in my MSL archives but finding it could be a challenge. 🙂

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  98. I am envious of how fast you make your socks. I just cant seem to get any speed down.

    And of course I would love a copy of the book, Martha Stuart may be evil, but some of those crafts sound awesome, and I was thinking of picking up some new crafts this spring.

  99. Love your generous spirit, Wendy! Thanks for the chance. Kiss Lucy on the nose for me!

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