My current work in progress:

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


Once Again, TGIF


Tough week. Apart from everything else that’s going on, we’re getting new information on evacuation in the event of attack and “shelter in place” information. I ought to bring a pile of wool and some needles to work in case this comes to pass. If I was stuck at the office for any length of time I’d have my sock-in-progress done in no time.

Wow! musta hit a nerve with yesterday’s “Knitting Leeches” topic, judging from all the comments. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Here’s a story about knitting ingratitude and cluelessness.

A few years ago I knit this for my brother, for him to use as an afghan, and gave it to him for Christmas. His wife took it away from him because she decided she was going to use it as a chair cover (I discovered later). She put it on an armchair and tucked it in tightly. Well, of course, the yarn broke in a few places after people sat on it and strained the fibers. So she stuffed it in a plastic bag, gave it to me and said “Fix this for me.”

Needless to say, it’s still in the plastic bag. Not fixed. And I learned a valuable lesson.


A bit more done . . .



And a new sock-in-progress. Check the sidebar for details.


New Blog!

My buddy Geane has a blog! Check it out! Be sure and read her “Never Asked Questions” and “Top Ten List.” She’s just started, but there’s already a great photo of one of her WIPs.

Have a good weekend, all. Assuming I don’t get blown to bits by terrorists before then, I’ll talk to you Monday.


  1. Cute socks!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that colorway is so cute, and I almost bought it a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to see them finished. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hank looks gorgeous as usual, as does the magnificent Izzy. And amen to TGIF!!!!

  2. Have a fun ,stress free [ o.k. ,less stressed] weekend . Rest and knit .An appalling truth = no matter what is happening anywhere ,life goes on . Might as well get some pleasure in living it . Maybe that’s a fantastic truth ?

  3. Carla Crump says:

    Geez, your sister-in-law is a totally clueless twit, isn’t she? I’ll bet she clips her toenails in bed and scratches her belly after meals.

  4. I’m really liking the colors and the patterning in Hank. Looks like fun to knit, to boot. As for knitting leeches…I rarely get asked, but when I do I quote my lawyerly hourly rate ($165/hr) and tell them I’m a slow knitter!

  5. Wendy, Izzy’s picture is the greatest! I adore your cat.

    HenryVII is progressing nicely. I showed my husband the picture, he said he would wear it. He loves the things I knit for him, drawers and drawers full. He wears them, too!

    Have a good weekend!

  6. What happened to Stoninington is a tragedy. People don’t know how much loving care goes into making an item like that. As for the ringel socks, I have the same colorway and am “saving” it for a treat later on!

  7. Wendy, I think you should mend the shawl and wear it proudly to the next family function! Great shot of Izzy! And no comment today on Hank because it’s making me drool….. Off to visit Geane!

  8. Lovin’ Henry! The colorway reminds me of Roscalie – am I seeing things?

    Shelter in place – as if life weren’t stressful enough! An at work stash of needles and wool sounds like a good idea. Makes me think of Elizabeth Zimmerman – “Knit on, with confidence and hope through all crises.”

  9. Wendy –
    I like your shelter-in-place strategy. I think I’ll put some baby yarn/needles in my office for charity hats (can’t make too many if we’re stuck a long time). We had a SIP drill last month, kinda like “one, two, three, everybody SIT STILL!” 15 minutes later they “released” us. I’m not sure exactly what they learned from that.

    Did you finish the second cousin sock or just decide to take a break and do something different?

    Have a nice weekend!

  10. I’ve looked at the photo of your Stonington Shawl many times in the past because it’s so lovely. It’s sickening to know what happened to it ๐Ÿ™
    I made socks in the same colourway as the ones you’re making. They’re very cheery! Have a great weekend.

  11. Back to the Opal Royal socks—My two balls are wound in opposite directions. I will have to rewind the second ball for the striping to run the same as the first sock. My first skein runs turqouise-black-blue and the second one runs blue-black turquoise. Do you think that’s what’s happening with your second sock,Wendy?

  12. I doubt it, L-B. The first skein makes stripes that were four rounds long — the second skein makes stripes that are one round long! It’s not not the direction the pattern is going in, the actual length of the pattern spacing is drastically different.

    Andrea, I am taking a break from the disco socks — the new ones will be an Easter gift for Odie, so I wanna give them to her before she goes to visit relatives in a couple of weeks.

  13. Perhaps your second sock might work if you start from the other end of the ball – just a thought. Beautiful picture of Izzy – she looks so serene. SIL sounds like a nightmare. Have a lovely RESTFUL weekend.

  14. Yay!!! I love those socks! I made some in that colourway for my daughter. She gets nothing but compliments on them!!!! Hank is looking scrumptious! You and Bonne Marie have inspired me to do so much more advanced knitting (cables, colourwork, lace, SOCKS!!!). I honestly never thought I could possibly make such beautiful items other than toddler sweaters, simple afghans and hats. Thank you for inspiring me and many others!

  15. You know, next time I work on a stunning project like Henry VIII, it’s not going to be for anyone else but me — I could use all the gushing right now! Hank is safe in his box for the weekend, unless I can convince Rob to go to the outdoor archery range for a while. Hmmm.

    Have a good, safe, restful and peaceful weekend, Wendy.

  16. Bravo on your etiquette page!!! People come into my shop and DEMAND patterns for the one of a kind knits I made. I try to be as nice as possible, but DANG, it’s just so rude. Keep up the gorgeous work, I love your stuff. Your SIL is just clueless, what a twit.

  17. Gawd – knitting leeches – I knit a baby blanket for a pregnant co-worker, and another co-“worker” (one of the bossiest and laziest women in the whole office) asked me to make something quite complicated for her friend. I said “I only knit for people I know”, and she pointed at the baby blanket recipient and pouted “you did it for her”. Great – leech-y, and argumentative, as well. No. “I only knit for people I know” is my answer to people who always say I could make a “lot of money” knitting, too, weak lol.

  18. Kathleen says:

    I’m really impressed with the socks. I am going to find a toe-up pattern and try knitting a pair. For some reason, it is hard for me to finish the cuff-down method. Shelter in place, sigh. I, too, live in the D.C. area. Naturally, I keep knitting and some good reads at hand, just in case I have to stay put.

  19. Renee in CO says:

    Hmm, this is the same SIL that avoided you while your mom was oohing and aahing over the Virgins. I think I see a pattern.;)

  20. Ellen in WA says:

    I love that Regia colorway, I just made a pair of socks with it for my mom’s birthday and I’m also using it for a baby vest and hat set that I’m designing myself.

    Claudia — you’re underselling yourself at $165:) I used to bill out at $250/hour for technology marketing consulting.

  21. Wendy, Hank is gorgeouse! A pleasure to see. I’m glad it’s Friday too. We’re also dealing with emergency evacuation and sheltering in place issues. It’s difficult. Have a good and restful weekend.

  22. Hi, Wendy! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to surf. Henry VIII is looking FAB! Good luck at work with all the terror threats. I would *definitely* get a stockpile of yarn built at my desk if I were you :-))

  23. Love the socks – I think I have the same color yarn stashed. I agree with whoever said fix the shawl and keep it for yourself. Some people just can’t be trusted with nice things!

  24. I’m so confused! Do you know how many times I’ve checked the comments today, and only just now realized that they are going DOWN instead of UP like before? (Or is it just me?) [insert dizzy-eyed smiley here]

  25. Hiiii Wendy,

    remember me? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for publicising my blog and, duh, for doing all the work, too. I hope I don’t disappoint. There’s not all that much for me to blog about except lost toys and sweaters…

    We also have SIP as we’re sitting on plant after plant of Chemical X. The problem is, if we’ve ever had one, I’ve never heard about it. I listen to public radio all day and they don’t broadcast them to my knowledge. Don’t do traffic, either. Now we’re getting news all day and if I put on a CD, the boys insist I put on “Star Wars” or something THEY want to hear. sigh. Guess I gan go out in the car and play one…

    thanks again, sweetie. I hope I prove worth all the trouble…