My current work in progress:

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


What, Me Worry?

(Remember Alfred E. Newman and MAD Magazine? My brother was a devotee in the 1960s, much to my mother’s annoyance. And of course I read it too. Avidly.)

Yesterday morning when I was going to work, a woman who works on my floor, with whom I exchange pleasantries when I see her, asked me agitatedly, “Are you worried about the possibility of going into lockdown here?”

I said “No, what’s the point of worrying?” She looked at me like I was nuts.

No worrying. That doesn’t mean one shouldn’t be prepared. So I’m putting together a “Shelter in Place” survival kit to keep at the office. A bottle of water, some protein bars, a small battery-run radio, and of course some knitting.

The chocolate colored cotton and pattern from the most recent Knitters that I mentioned yesterday. And appropriate needles of course.

That’s one way to get the durn thing knitted. If I’m trapped at work and it’s all I’ve got to knit.

I’m not trying to make light of the situation. But I’m not going to worry about it either. If it happens it happens and I’m as prepared as I’m gonna be.


Is the sincerest form of flattery, or so they say. I dunno. In some cases it’s just plain old plagarism, doncha think?

Odie’s Easter Socks!

I finished the first one. It certainly is nothing if not cheerful.


I leave you with “Repose With Catnip Mouse.”


Wherever you are . . . be careful out there.


  1. how about sticking some of those yummy chocolate bars from chocosphere in your survival kit? unless, of course, they’re all eaten!

  2. As a borderline diabetic, it’s better than I stick to healthy stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚ The yummy chocolate is a “one tiny square at a time” treat, best left at home where it can’t cause any trouble!

  3. OK, I give up. I don’t get the plagiarism reference. (But when/if you explain it, could you please throw in what kind of ribbing you did on Odie’s sock? Not that I’m copying or anything…)

    I finished my first (ever) sock, and am almost at the heel of #2. They match almost perfectly, but I’m using the same ball of yarn (100 g) so it wasn’t that difficult. I did a 2×2 rib at the top, but I think yours looks wider?

    Don’t get too freaked out about SIP – did you know they cannot legally force you to stay in the building? “Lockdown” is an inexact term here. Unless FPS orders it, a SIP is pretty much advisory. (Oh the joys of being a lawyer in the government. Not only do I get to know stuff like this, but other people I work with track down all the details and regale me with it ad nauseum.)

    Watch your back anyway, and stay safe!

  4. You don’t need to get the plagarism reference. The person who needs to get it will, unless said person is really dense.

    Odie’s socks are 3 x 3 ribbing. I like fat ribbing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m not freaked out by SIP — I think that was my point in my post, but maybe I didn’t that clear. And whether or not they can legally force me to stay in place, I (hopefully) have enough common sense and intelligence to judge when it is safest to stay and safest to leave. When in doubt, I’ll stay put.

  5. I think the fat ribbing looks comfy, and seems to fit the size of the sock well. I’ve got all sorts of plans for all the socks I’m going to make now that I know how! LOL Actually, my real “dream” is to make custom socks for my husband, whose feet were injured years ago and aren’t exactly foot-shaped anymore. ๐Ÿ™

  6. Embarrassing confession,…my husband still reads Mad magazine! ๐Ÿ™‚ He simply can’t complain about my knitting obsession,can he? Love the Easter Sock—Odie’s a lucky gal!

  7. My mom tried to teach us not to worry about things that you have no control over. Since you have no control, you cannot affect the outcome, so why worry? Save your stressing and worrying about things that are in your power to change…. and life gets a little bit easier to handle.

    Not too many other people seem to have grasped this concept. I’m glad to see it validated by you, my knitting inspiration.

  8. Ribbing on Socks — granted I am a (fairly) new sock knitter (have only done 4 pairs so far) but the ones I’ve done so far are a k2p2 rib. Now I’m trying the Butterfly Bows pattern from SocksX3 and the rib for that pattern is K1P1. Wendy, you say you’re using a k3p3 rib. What would be the reasoning for doing one rib over the other? Does one stretch more? Stay up better? I’m not sure what the difference is between the three (other than the obvious way of doing the stitches ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  9. Oh, I forgot — LB, if you’re looking here today, where did you get the mouse that Lucky send to Izzy? I’m thinking my cat would love it too, and I would like to purchase one.

  10. We have discussed SIP here too. I figure as long as I keep knitting available, it won’t happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wendy, I think of you in DC and your security issues. I work at a govt dam so we have our own set of security issues. I know I’ve told you before that I love your site, your knitting, your sense of humor, but I also admire your constitution. Keep it up and the pics of knitting and kitty are so awesome…what an inspiration!:)

  12. Karen, any large pet store should have them. That one was from Petsmart.

  13. Odie must have really small feet. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure I already read that somewhere in your archives..but looking at the sock, compared to my just finished ones for my honkin’ size 10 feet..hehe..I can definitely see the difference. I do like the fat ribbing.

    Does that make the cuff any more or less elastic? I am going to be making Opal Tiger Stripes for my grandma, and a pair of Fortissima for my mom, and both have broken their ankles in the past and therefore have a somewhat odd shape, so I’m thinking the more elastic the better so it will stretch more going over that part of the foot (and I’m not trying to copy either..:) )

  14. I LOVED Mad Magazine too. That brings back some great memories. I hope you never have to use your survival kit – and good for you for not focussing all your energy on worrying.

  15. plagarism??! What?! With all the info you so whole heartedly share?! ooohhh, let me atem! let me atem! garuff, garuff! (said in my best cowardly lion voice)

  16. Ugh, sorry to hear someone’s copied something of yours. I hate to see it, especially after all you’ve done to make your site a wealth of information. I hope it gets worked out!

    Oh, and if I were you, I’d add a pillow and blanket to your shelter kit, then you can be comfortable while you knit. ;o)

  17. Wendy — I just found your blog, and I suspect I’m going to become an avid reader. I just added some Jawoll sock yarn to my stash, since it was onsale recently and as soon as I finish off my husband’s sweater (just in time for warm weather — there’s nothing like good timing, eh?), I can turn back to my true passion: socks.

    Be safe in D.C. It’s where I grew up — I have fond and strange memories of living through air raid drills in the sixties, not to mention the riots. In an odd way, I miss it.

    Waving at you from the frozen north…

  18. I agree with jojo’s comment. My office is literally 1/4 ml from the Opera House & Harbour Bridge – 2 of the chief icons that would be targetted in an attack here in Ozland (the botanic gardens abuts the Opera House). I can’t do anything about it, so I reconcile myself on the things I can control. Use commonsense is my motto in these situations & let Fate do the rest.

    I have a large supply of poison pea in my office. Shall I send you some leaves to make some tea?? Will knock off that plagerist in about 1/2 hr & isn’t obvious in forensic tests.

  19. Peter, that’s a bit of a rough punishment for a plagerist. However, my sister-in-law’s birthday is coming up . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. For your SIL, I would go to a Thrift store & buy the smallest adult homemade sweater I could find & wrap it up. Then I would, with all the family around, insist she try it on. “My, you must be putting on weight” would be my comment, then “And I have no more wool left.” At least you would be guaranteed of a happy birthday – albeit not her’s.

  21. Excellent idea, Peter — I like the way you think!

  22. I’m guessing you’re NOT referring to the fact that the new management of knittingbeyondthehebrides is having a limerick contest to celebrate the redesign of the website (imitation maybe but probably not plagiarism) – but if you are I’m not sure anybody involved reads your blog to get the message….

  23. No, I stumbled across a blog where the author lifted something verbatim from my blog. So obviously said author reads my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. you want we should spank ’em for youse?

    hank seems to be coming along nicely.

    i don’t even think lockdown would be enough to make me work on a project i didn’t like! (haven’t bought the new Knitter’s yet, and probably won’t.)

    i’m not so far from centcom. and i’m like, “who decided that central command should be in FLORIDA?” – makes me a little nervous. i blithely continue to be devoid of any further disaster plans than what would be required for a hurricane, though. and i’ve driven in a hurricane. i think in general all the warnings and plannings and code alert levels and so on… well, it’s good to be aware and prepared, on one hand, but on the other, it’s more of a bow to terrorists and keeps the populace more cringey than not. nobody can go on with their lives and not be afraid because we’re all constantly being reminded of how much there is to be afraid of.

  25. Oh, good, it wasn’t me – I thought you were angry I had a guest parrot on my Blog! (Kary couldn’t upload photos that week…) Hank looks great. I like your idea of a preparedness package – I carry some taklis and my sketchbook with me everywhere these days, in case I get stuck… am a firm believer in a project at hand at all times. ๐Ÿ™‚ I continue to send good thoughts for your safety.

  26. It’s funny, last time I went on a shopping spree in Germany I bought sock wool and started knitting socks that look exactly like your Odie’s socks for my goddaughter! But I do k1p1 ribbing… (is it easier for me cause I knit the way french or spanish women knit?- not continental!)