My current work in progress:

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


Just Another Day

This is getting old. Get up. Go to work. Work my ass off. Go home. Manage a few rounds of knitting. Pass out from exhaustion.

Repeat daily.

My office is showing the strain. Less than tidy, eh?


At least I’m not reduced to doing this:


And I do have my “Shelter-in-Place” emergency kit strategically placed, in a Holland America tote bag.


And I’ve got a view, such as it is:


Could be worse, I guess. Could be snowing.

But y’all get an update photo of Hank 8 today, even though there’s precious little progress made.


Izzy feels very protective towards Hank:


Sock Ribbing

There were a couple questions in my blog yesterday about what permutation of ribbing is best for socks. I had pointed out that the ribbing I’m doing on my current socks-in-progress is k3 p3. I was asked — does this fit better, does it keep the sock up better?

Wanna know why I do 3 x 3 ribbing?

Because I loathe and detest doing ribbing in any way, shape, or form. And k3 p3 ribbing means that I have to move the working yarn from the knit to the purl side that many fewer times than with k2 p2 ribbing or — god forbid! — k1 p1 ribbing. Who cares how it fits?

So there.

I know. I’m so . . . so . . . naughty!

Here’s something I do if the recipient of my socks has . . . uh . . . fat ankles. If you are knitting a 60 stitch sock, increase to 72 stitches when you start the ribbing and do a k3 p3 rib. No one will ever be able to tell that you increased and the recipient will have a much easier time getting the sock on. So far, no one’s complained that my socks fall down.


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Good Morning Wendy, I tried your 3×3 on a pair of socks for my husband and they seem to be staying up ok. I started my ribbing down at the ankle rather than up at the top of the sock. I also tried the 4″ needles. You are right. Although I have very small hands and short fingers, the needles tend to be a little too short. The stitches want to come off the ends. I went up to a 5″ and they are perfect. The 6 and 7″ tend to catch on my sleeves. It’s amazing what a difference an inch makes. So I guess what it boils down to, as far as needle length and size of ribbing, is what ever works for you and makes you happy is the way to go. Hank is fabulous!!!!

  2. Egad, your office has a clone–mine. I work in a hospital (not in DC)so our planning involves nursing biological and chemical warfare victims. I keep a knitting project and girl scout cookies on hand just in case. But I don’t worry because what will be will be. I may get smallpox vaccine–haven’t decided–I had it as a child.

    About the sock ribbing. I will have to try 3×3. I used 1×1 for my first several pairs before I finally hollered enough already. Now I use 2×2.

    Oh, and i was asked to contribute a pair of socks for a craft sale benefiting Harvest for Hunger. I did so, and told them that the yarn alone was $12 and to price accordingly. The sale is today, what do you think they will sell them for? I’m betting about $5.

    Have a good one.

  3. Hi Wendy, I am flying up to Seattle today to visit my kids and copy stuff from the AS books my daughter got from her library, and while I’m in a city with multiple LYSs want to pick yarn for Inishmore and wondered if there was a yarn more commonly available than AS yarns that you would suggest?

  4. Oh dear – someone just walked by my cubicle, saying “No Sam” (because Sam is not in the office today) – but of course I myself heard “She wouldn’t have a Willy or a Sam .” I’m doomed for the rest of the day!

    About Inishmore – someone on KBTH made it out of Mission Falls 1824 wool and it turned out lovely. That’s quite readily available.

  5. Fellow ribbing hater here. I’ve abandoned ribbing entirely for my socks….picot hemmed edge all the way, baby.

  6. Wendy – I would have to have some wool in that emergency knitting bag. The cotton will be great in terms of getting that particular sweater completed but won’t you need some wool to soothe stresses of whatever made the lock down necessary?
    I’ve always wanted a huge cabled throw out of pure wool but thought it would take too long – I think I may start one just to use for times of jangled nerves.


  7. Wendy, I *wish* my office looked like yours. Your stack of files is so neat! I have papers strewn and layered all over my desk – I spent an hour yesterday trying to tidy up, and made a little progress.

    I had to un-knit (or tink) over 3 rounds of my husband’s fair isle pullover last night. What a bummer. I messed up the pattern, all the way around, so it would have been really noticeable. I couldn’t frog it because of the PW weaving technique — I knew I’d screw up putting the stitches back on the needle. At least I didn’t get further before I noticed it, and I’m back to knitting again today.

    Enjoy the view, and don’t let work get you down!


  8. Wendy,
    With all the lovely sock yarns out there these days, what are your feelings about using sock yarns for fair isle work? I know you would lose some of the sublteties of color but I’ve got a sock yarn stash for over 50 pairs and I just bought enough yarn for 5 more pairs this morning! Am I crazy or what?

  9. Wendy (and others reading this) since you’ve knit both sweaters, what are you thoughts on Fulmar vs Inishmaan??? I bore easily and neither of these look boring. On the other hand I do NOT have a photographic memory for remembering charts and I hate having to constantly refer to the pattern.

    Henry is *beautiful*. I can only dream.

    Zoe the siamese mix sends kisses to Izzy.

  10. I love the view from my office window in the Spring—A beautiful cloud of white blossoms on a grove of Bradford Pear trees! And when the wind blows, it looks like it’s snowing! Anne, I finished Inishmaan right before I began Fulmar. Both will hold your interest. Inishmaan knits up much quicker than Fulmar because Fulmar is knit in 5-ply guernsey at a very dense gauge. You probably won’t have to constantly refer to the graphs after a few repeats. Thanks for such a contented pic of Izzy today,Wendy! It’s having a calming effect on me!

  11. Hank is breathtaking! Gee, your office view looks similar to one I used to belong in only what we saw on the street was rather racy! (I used to work on 14th & I streets before they closed all the peep shows)

    I have to admit, I was wondering if there wasn’t any lovely wool in that “emergency bag” also. Maybe a bit of Lorna’s Laces in a soothing color begging to one day be a pair of socks or mittens not to be hidden in shoes…..JMNSHO

  12. Hmm..I see a business opportunity here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wendy’s SIP knitting grab bags! Full of all the needles, wool, and patterns you need to keep you from going crazy while trapped in your office. ๐Ÿ™‚ All yours for the low, low price of $19.95..hehe. Like that would even cover one pair of needles and a skein of yarn. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I use larger multiples for ribbing for the same reason. Especially on sweaters. I love the look of seed stitch but rarely use it, just takes too long, especially for a right hand throw knitter.

  14. Hi Wendy! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Wow! What a small world it is! Let me know if you ever feel like visiting Cardiff again!

    Glad to see that I’m not the only one who despises ribbing, I’ll have to try the 3×3 rib on the current socks I’m knitting.

    I work in an open-plan office and my desk is pretty tidy, but only because I stuff everything into drawers!

  15. Oh, Wendy. Hank is magnificent. You’re bound and determined to get me into another Fair Isle project; I can tell.

    As for offices? Oh, God. I’d sooner be whipped than let anyone see mine today. If the fire marshall comes in, we might be closed tomorrow.

    The weather’s nice, though: sunny and cool in Bloomington, Indiana. The saucer magnolias are blooming, and the crocuses are poking their heads up through GREEN grass. There are even spots of daffodil yellow here and there. Man, I love spring… except… that means that my sweaters go away for another six months!!!


  16. Wendy, if you want some snow, we’re in a winter storm watch with a potential of 6-8 inches by tomorrow afternoon or so….

  17. I hate ribbing even more than I hate purling (which I have devised some innovative ways to avoid). I do like the hemmed picot edge, but when I use ribbing I’ll also go for k3 p3, or maybe even k4 p4, depending on the yarn and size of the sock (children’s socks seem to work better with k2 p2). The wider the ribbing stitch the stretchier the ribbing and the more it pulls in. K1 p1 shouldn’t even count as ribbing as it hardly pulls in at all, so why bother with it?