My current work in progress:

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


Pussyfootin’ around

Izzy's Feet!

Working away on Valtos. No pic today, but I am close to completing the first sleeve. I’m well into the sleeve cap decreases so I’ll be able to start the second sleeve tonight.

Here for your entertainment is a photo of my sock-in-progress.

Sock in Progress

And here is a close-up of the heel. Can you stand the excitement?

Sock Heel

It’s a short row heel with double wraps. That’s my current fav. It really eliminates those pesky heel-holes for me.

What’s next?

After Valtos, I think I’m gonna knit . . . (drum roll) . . .


Yep. I’ve made one Fulmar and gave it away. I have a bunch of olive green five-ply guernsey wool that I bought via mailorder this summer from Frangipani Knitwear in the U.K. that’s been calling out to me. So I’m thinking I’m gonna knit Fulmar out of it.

Aside: Frangipani Knitwear has sixteen colors of five-ply guernsey wool at extremely reasonable prices. And their service was excellent.

For those of you who don’t know — Fulmar is the design that is on the cover of Alice Starmores Aran Knitting.

Got a catalog in the mail from a company called Knitpicks — I think this is the second catalog they’ve sent me. Very nice full-color catalog with lots of photos of projects and yarn. Anyone ordered from them?

Y’all have a good weekend, hear?


  1. Wendy, I have ordered from Knitpicks and was happy with my service. I try to support the LYS in my area (the one in my town closed a year ago) but was having a hard time finding Classic Elite Yarn. In addition to the yarn I also bought some Addi Turbos (to round out my collection) at a reduced price. The shipping was free and I received my order quickly. Have a good weekend.

  2. Thanks for the info, Melissa! I thought their prices looked good and no shipping cost? Great!

  3. Oooh, the Fulmar will look lovely in olive! I peeked at your FO page and saw the blue/lavendar? one you did. Beautiful – and complicated, but you’re the master, right?

  4. Ah, the blue Fulmar. The wool was a bit too heathered, so I wasn’t pleased with the finished product. That’s why my sister-in-law got it.

    Yeah. I’m the master. That’s what I keep telling people anyway. 😉

    Hey, Kate. I’m wearing my black ID chain today. When Odie saw it she said “F*ck! How did she do that?!”

  5. hee hee, Odie has a potty mouth! Did you tell her that I’ll be happy to make her one? I was thinking of hematite on black or the crystal -y black ones on black or the crystal-y gold ones on black (hmmm, there seems to be a theme here..)
    It’ll be a bit though, I’m booked up until January (my, my, don’t I sound important), knitty sweater, book sweater, xmas stuff…. I can get it posted mid-January. Does she have any colour preferences?
    xo, take care of you!

  6. Potty mouth — you don’t know the half of it! Awfully nice of you to offer to make one for Odie — I’ll ask her if she has a color pref!

  7. I just ordered Poetry in Stitches from Knitpicks. Quick service and great price-31.95- with no shipping for anything over $30. Pretty good deal. I may order Norse Strikk??(sp)next-also for $31.95.

  8. Fulmar fever must be going around! Did you see the latest one posted to the ASOF group this week? And, FYI, Frangipani Knitwear’s Guernsey will be up to 19 colours this week, according to the email I got yesterday from them.

    Have a great weekend and be safe!

  9. Caroline F says:

    Yes someone just finished Fulmar and they used Rowan 4-ply Botany – must be SOOOOO soft. I have the actual pink Fleet stashed for this one. It looks like it takes FOREVER to finish though! Also someone said yesterday that Frangipani is about to add a handful of new colors to their Guernsey line.

  10. Funny that I start thinking about my guernsey wool just when there’s been so much discussion about it. Maybe the wool sensed a disturbance in the force, and that’s why it was calling out to me.

    I’ll look forward to seeing the new colors!

  11. Is the double wrap for your socks in your posted pattern?

  12. Hi Lucia — no, I don’t think I incorporated double-wrapping in my pattern. But it’s easy — just wrap the stitch next to the one you pick up and knit when you go back up and make all your stitches “live” again. And remember to pick up both wraps and knit them together with the stitch — so essentially you’ll be working three loops together.

  13. Wendy,

    Someone in my knitting guild brought a finished Fulmar to our meeting this week. I have to go grab my book and check it out. I am having the urge to start a Aran for myself.

    Have a nice weekend.

  14. Is the double-wrap short row heel the same one detailed in Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ Simple Socks book, or do you know?