My current work in progress:

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


Ponies, and Sheepies, and Goats, Oh My!

Saturday my sister-in-law and I went to the Westmoreland Berry Farm. Drivng up to the farm, this is what we saw.


Isn’t he adorable? He has his own skywalk that goes up and over the road, into a field. They called it a “Goatwalk” and you can read all about it on their website.

This fellow was wandering around too.


And there were children feedng these cuties:


But of course you know what drew my attention:




We bought fresh tomatoes, peaches, blueberries, and blackberries. The peaches and blackberries made great daiquiris!

Aren’t you impressed that I managed to make the stripes in my socks match after slugging down booze all night?


Here’s the new SIP — the Opal Inspiration. Interesting striping.


Speaking of striping, I was asked how I did get those Regia socks to match so exactly. A combination of skill and luck. I did start them at the identical spot in the yarn on each skein. But as we all know, that doesn’t always guarantee that your socks will match exactly. But in this case, they did.


I am still knitting Frogner — honest! To prove it, here’s an update photo.


I may finish the front this week. I hope so. But I’ve been feeling low-grade fever-fatigued-headachy-sore throat-crappy for days, and that does cut into the knitting time.

The weather doesn’t help. My motto this week is:

“Blah, blah blah blah, blah blah.”

I did link to the fiber festivals page, by the way, from my knitting gallery page (link in the sidebar) so you can always find it.




  1. Lovely socks Wendy. I use your pattern also—thanks.
    Take care of yourself. I’m just recovering from pnemonia and it all started with the blaa feeling that you are experiancing.

  2. I like your week’s motto, Wendy! It’s just like that sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Loved all the pics from the farm. And Lucy! Goodness, that face!

  3. Westmoreland Berry Farm was just added to my calendar of get-the-heck-outta-town daytrips! Thanks,Wendy! Love the Inspiration patterning! Take good care of yourself!

  4. Such cute sheepies. And that goat walk is FUNNY.

    Feel better.

  5. Hi — I really love your site! I wanted to ask a quick question about your sock pattern: how is the short row heel done? I’ve made socks before, but always from the top down and wanted to try a new method. Thanks!

  6. Anna, the short row heel is done the same way the short row toe is done (which is explained in detail in my pattern), except that you start the heel on half your total circumference of stitches, rather than the way the toe is started (with a provisional cast-on).

  7. I’m almost finished with my Opal Inspiration socks (they are for my MIL’s birthday) using Judy’s toe-up pattern. What size are your needles? I have to use US 0 to get a good fabric with the Opal (which I find thinner than Regia) and 00 for the k1p1 ribbing at the top. eek. Maybe I could get away with size 1, I don’t know.

    What is the persistence among knitters to get socks that match exactly? I think it’s way more charming to knit socks that are fraternal. More interesting–something you could never buy in the store. In fact, I intentionally make them different for this reason.

  8. I admire those people with the patience to match up the socks since they look great that way. However, I always feel too lazy to pull out the yarn and find the correct spot, so I have been making mine fraternal twins, too. Most of the sock is in your shoe, anyway, so I don’t think many people notice.


  9. I wish I lived where I could visit that farm, too. The pictures are great! And Lucy is always so adorable and cute.

    I try to start my socks in the same place, but they aren’t always indentical. I think there may be a wee bit of difference in my guage or something, as well as the difference in the yarn or the starting point wasn’t exactly the same.

  10. Frogner is coming along great! I have tried stranded knitting and have about decided that I don’t have the patience for it. You are a real inspiration.

  11. Wow Wendy, I can’t believe how quickly you knit. The socks are awesome, and Frogner is absolutely gorgeous. It would take me 5 years to knit such a pattern!

    Thanks for the inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You’re funny. Hope you’re feeling better!

  13. Like the pattern but….loooong floats!!!! My fave is the PIS cardigan [as if it matters!] with the greens, hot pinks and leaves!