My current work in progress:

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


Once Again, Alert the Media

Because the shocking knitting I started yesterday was . . .


. . . a sock!

Yes, after more than two years of not knitting a single foot covering, I actually sucked it up and started a sock.


Not because Snow has finally worn me down (as Susoolu suggested) and not because I’ve taken up Theresa’s sock challenge (as Patty D suggested — Patty, I’m not the Wendy listed there — that’s a different Knitting Wendy!)

I am knitting socks because someone I know has been whining for handknit socks for quite a while.

Now, I am usually impervious to such whining. But this whining emanated from the individual who is largely responsible for the existence of my upcoming book: my literary agent, Bob.

So, Bob, shut your noise. You’ll get your damned socks. Sheesh.

Anyhow. This sock is being knitted from Regia sock yarn in color #5166 and it is — wait for it — from my stash! I’m knitting from stash! I’m sorry, but, again, I’m going to need you to alert the media.

I am using my Generic Toe Up Sock Pattern, US 0 (2mm needles), and 72 stitches around.

And hey, you know what? I may have gotten my sock mojo back. I took said sock on the commute today and was quite happy with the portability of the project. It’s a heckuva lot easier to knit a sock on the train than the back of an aran jacket.

Please don’t point out to me that this concept should have been obvious to me. Let me pretend that I just had an epiphany, okay?

So it is entirely possible that I might actually start knitting socks again on a regular (?) basis. I do, after all, have a sock yarn stash of epic proportion.

That would not prevent me from buying new sock yarn, though. Just sayin’.

Speaking of Stash . . .

Yesterday I had a dentist appointment, so of course I headed to Knit Happens post-appointment for a few hours. And I did indeed enhance my stash. They’ve got lots of great new stuff in for Spring and I am a weak woman.

I bought some of the new Jaeger “Roma” yarn, in the color “denim.”


This yarn is 63% Viscose, 22% Nylon, and 15% Angora and has a very nice hand. I was very surprised to find it had Angora in it — I never would have guessed that. I assumed it was a cotton/microfiber blend.

I bought it to make the “Lilly” cardigan in the Jaeger Roma book.


I also bought the new Rebecca magazine, and some GGH cotton yarn “Big Easy” in a lovely shade of chocolate brown:


To make this.


Not a great photo, but it’s a lace sweater.

Now I just need to find the time to knit these.

Teal Hogget

A couple of you have asked if I plan to extend the size range for Teal Hogget to include a 32″ chest. The answer is no. But you are welcome to make adjustments to it yourself.

What can I tell you? It’s a free pattern. You get what you pay for. ๐Ÿ˜‰



  1. What a week – Teal Hogget, sock mojo, commuting epiphany, stash enhancement. Does it get better than that?

  2. Socks! the perfect commuter project! useful and beautiful at the same time!

    I usually have a pair on the needles at all times to whip out while waiting for anything (food at the restaurant, the red light, the doctor…)

    Glad to see you returning to a past love.

  3. Socks socks socks! Yay.

  4. Wow, I can’t believe I was right – but you know what they say, a good agent is hard to find.

  5. Nancy J says:

    Nice sock! Agent will treat you Very well! But now somebody else (She who is omnipresent in cocoa) is waiting for a new sock,too (well, OK, a new mouse). Roma in denim looks luscious.

  6. I love that term – “enhancing your stash”. I should remember that. It’s not adding to, it’s “enhancing”. It’s not piling up projects-to-be, it’s “enhancing”. Love it!

  7. Almost thought I was on the wrong blog! SOCKS? AND out of your stash? Good going! They look great. The Jaeger sweater is the one in that book I’m most likely to knit, too. Very classic.

  8. Hooray for socks! I’m never without a sock knitting project. Hee.

  9. How nice to see you knitting socks again! I will alert all of the knitting blogland media to this most newsworthy event! ๐Ÿ™‚

    That Lilly cardigan is very, very cute. I think I need to order that book. Very nice. And the yarn has angora in it, seems like an interesting blend.

  10. Eeeeeeep! Please tell me you got into the Socks That Rock club before it closed, Wendy! You gotta try this sock yarn.

  11. Maryann says:

    Yesterday I went to my LYS too, after getting a root canal. Great minds think alike. I like your sock!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Teal hogget looks great! I started your generic toe-up sock pattern last night too – made a swatch, realized I need to buy size 0 needles, size 1 is just too large. Frogged the swatch. I hope to buy them tomorrow – you’ll probably be done with your pair by then I suppose.

  13. Ahhh, back in the fold, Tiny! YAY!! Socks ROCK!

    I love, love, love that Jaeger sweater!! The lace one looks yummy to, can’t wait to see it illuminated!

    How was the chocolate? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. I agree with Stephanie–it sounds like a darn good week to me, too!

  15. Yes, Lucy is an international superstar.
    People in my office here in Tokyo knows her.
    (I recently put “Lucy climbing Mountain ” photo for my PC wallcovering at office.)

  16. I LOVE that roma yarn!! it had just come into my lys when I was there 2 weeks ago. quickly snatched up some nectarine, came home and swatched..wonderful!! what color did you get for the sweater??

  17. Wendy, when you do the second sock, could you please post pictures of how you do the toe? I’d like to try your pattern, but can’t quite envisage the first bit.

  18. Uh… size ZERO??????

    And just when I was startin’ to get cocky about MY sock knittin’ *grin*

    The sock looks great.. as do ALL of you creations!

    Knit on.

  19. Louise in Maryland says:

    Socks on teeny little DPNs are great on Metro, or teeny little airplane seats, or just to pick up and work on when you’re having a conversation or playing a game or want to actually WATCH what you’re watcing on TV and your other projects are all too picky/complicated to just do without paying a whole lot of mind to.

  20. I’m ready to knit my first pair of socks. Do you have a recommendation of a pattern that would be do-able for an advanced beginner knitter? So far I’ve only knit scarves (incl. a few lace patterns – woo-hoo!) and hats. I’m thinking a sport weight yarn to start with? Like Knitpicks Parade.

  21. Hey, isn’t it Bob’s job to alert the media? ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have inspired me; I have to finish up all my unfinished projects laying around the house. It will make tidying up easier, too – less yarn to dust and vacuum around! (Although finished projects always lead directly to stash enhancement, so maybe not.)

  22. I’m strangely happy to see you’re knitting socks again – I got many good recommendations for sock yarn (Apple Laine, anyone?) out of your last sock phase. I hope Bob enjoys them.

  23. I am doing my socks with Bearfoot on US2. I thought Regia was a US2 yarn as well. What’s the story there?

  24. Wendy – I grew up in Alexandria and visit Knit Happens whenever I visit the area, so it makes me nostalgic when you mention it. About the socks: are those 5″ or 7″ dps? I have switched to 5″ and really like them, but they only seem to be available through mail order.

  25. I love knitting socks, and it’s all thanks to you. I never knew how until I saw your pattern and your knitty article about them. Nice color choice for Bob’s socks, btw. I hope he appreciates them!

  26. Miss Sandra says:

    I suffer from sockphobia but may be coming to a breakthrough as you are all so inspiring. Tell me, I have learned how to use 2 16″ circulars to knit seamless mittens, my totable project of choice, and I believe I learned the technique from,and I LOVE it, I use it on sleeves, hats, you know, small circumferences, but you seem to prefer double pointeds. Any particular reason?

  27. Maybe we should all knit a pair of socks for Bob. Can you imagine his face when he gets hundreds of pairs of handknit socks in the mail?

  28. a socking epiphany indeed!! love it!

  29. Looking forward to hearing about how you like the Roma. I’m kind of intrigued by it but an holding back until I see someone actually use it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I always carry socks in my purse to work on. One question, though. How in the heck do you get them done so fast??????

  31. Doesn’t Bob qualify as media? Then again, based on how quickly things change out here in cyberia, isn’t your blog the media? Well, someone’s been alerted, by Jove! And they look like nice socks. Come to think of it, I need a nice pair of handknit socks. Alert the media!

  32. LOL…I’m making socks out of the very same Regia color. Funny thing is, you’ll probably finish yours first since I’ve been working on it sporadically as a sort of travel-knit! Oh well, lol…

  33. Bob is probably the envy of agents the world over….there is probably a grand and glorious banquet being planned for him and an award for the best client and most divine gift ever bestowed upon an agent (baring any Irish whiskey given by Brendan Behan to his agent!)…….

  34. good grief – here I thought it was going to be something really salacious. and it’s socks. although that stash confession is pretty shocking.

  35. It’s the from-the-stash bit that really gave me pause. Wendy, are you feeling all right?

  36. that lilly sweater is lovely ๐Ÿ™‚