My current work in progress:

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


Yes, another Monday

Sleepy Izzy

For those of you who think Izzy spends her life lounging on the couch, here she is in her chair, asleep on her quilt.

In knitting news, I got my first Valtos sleeve done — look here. I’ve got a fair amount done on the second sleeve, so Valtos is chugging along down the road towards FO-dom.

So my next big project will be Fulmar . . . but I think I’m going to knit a pair of socks at home before I start it. I want to make a pair for Odie for Christmas, so I don’t want to bring them to work for commuter knitting — she would probably see them. So I’ll be digging around in the sock yarn stash to find a likely candidate for sock yarn. I’m thinking of making them with a waffle stitch (like the blueberry waffle socks that are widely available on the internet).

You got questions? I gotcha answers (though some of them not very good) . . . right here!

Stasia asked some general knitting questions. Look here for the text of an interview I did earlier this year. A lot of answers to questions of how and why I knit they way I do. How do I keep my hands from hurting while knitting? I think that might be because I put it down and pick it up a number of times throughout an evening. So my hands get a lot of rest and varied movement throughout several hours of knitting.

Oh and Stasia — sorry, but I don’t know how to do a curly or twisted i-cord. Can anyone help her out? I think Caroline F. did one when she was experimenting with making an i-cord ID chain out of sock yarn.

About my double-wrapping sock heel technique. I don’t know if it is the same as Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, not having read her technique. I picked up the idea of double-wrapping through browsing sock tips on the internet.

And for Lindsey-Brooke — I don’t recall any problems with the Inishmaan pattern. I do remember it was great fun to knit, and unusual in that the center cable pattern is different on the front and back. Sorry — I don’t remember how many skeins it took to knit. It was a few years ago . . .

Well, have a great Monday everyone!


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Wendy, What a wonderful interview. Enjoyed it very much! I think it answered a lot of questions we all have from time to time.

  2. Caroline F says:

    No I don’t know how to make curly Icord – mine is just plain straight! But if you can get hold of a copy of Meg Swansen’s “Knitting”, it has a great glossary and maybe she has it in there. Sorry!

  3. I found the danged curly i-cord! It’s at:

  4. Renee in CO says:

    Ok, after months of lurking, I’ve been lured out! I’m curious about the socks you’re planning. I’m pondering a pair of textured socks, but haven’t decided what kind of patterning to do. I just did cables, so I want something different. Are you going to to the waffle socks at 5.5 st/in like the pattern, or in your usual gauge? (8 st/in, right?) I don’t want a heavy pair of socks — I’m usually at 8/9 st/in. I can’t wait to see how they look, it’ll help me get ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Renee — I’ll be doing my socks at 8 st/inch. I’ll post details on my blog as soon as I start them, in a week or so, so watch for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh, socks at home? Pleeeze, Wendy, do a photo journal–I wanna see those double-wrapped short rows! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wendy it would be great if you did show pics on the double wrap technique. After a number of tries on the toe up sock I have gone back to the cuff down version. I have a tight deadline on these socks. The next pair, however will be toe up and no holes!! Kate was great in showing me and sadly I think I need a refresher course. The wrapping for some reason befuddles me.

    I have to finish my Bair too. Yikes better get a move on.

    Again many thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge with all of us.

  8. Ruby, you might check out:

    No photos, but great succinct directions for double-wrapping short row toes and heels.

    I’m sure if you did an internet search you’d find some more. ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s difficult for me to do a photo-demo of sock techniques — the most compelling reason is that I need a photographer to take photos of my hands doing the work, and that’s very difficult to orchestrate.