My current work in progress:

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


Yes, I Do Know That There Is Mayonnaise in Ireland

Do a Google search on “no mayonnaise in Ireland.” Yeah, I get miles of entertainment outta stuff like that.

Take It To The Mountain

Have y’all seen Susan’s lovely Mountain Stream Scarf pattern? And Miriam’s equally beautiful Mountain Peaks Shawl pattern?

Susan and Miriam are hosting a Mountain Lace knit-along for these two patterns here.

Well, yeah, of course I have both patterns. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have this:


A skein of Virginia-grown fingering weight cashmere yarn, sent to me by L-B last month. (It is available for purchase from Holly Spring Homespun, by the way.) It’s a 300 yard skein — just the right amount for the Mountain Stream Scarf, so I do believe I’ll start that when I’ve completed Dungarvan.

You know. An intermission in the cable frenzy.

In the meantime, I finished the first Bob Sock. And I am working on the second one.


And just for grins, here’s an extreme close-up of the short-row heel:


(By the way, I loathe the Magic Loop technique as much as I loathe making socks on two circs. It’s not you, it’s me.)



  1. I just love the colors in those socks.

    Lucy looks positively regal!

  2. Imbrium is right – Lucy does look postively regal. She’s such a beauty. And I love the socks. Someday my short row heels will look as good as yours – meanwhile the heel shot is going into the photo archive as “the goal.”

  3. The extreme close up is wonderful! Glad I can’t take close up pics of my stuff. There would be comments on all the errors!

  4. Beautiful heel. Lucy seems extremely satisfied about something…a nice full tummy and a few treats?!

  5. That cashmere looks gorgeous, thanks for the link.
    When I make socks or mittens, I prefer knitting them at the same time. I’m always envious of anyone that can make one and then go on to make another. It just blows my mind. I CAN NOT DO THAT. But, I’m with ya on that whole Magic Loop thing. I’ve tried it, and it’s not “natural”.

  6. Groovy heel!

  7. Great links……great shawls……great socks…..and……AND: just ordered Wendy Knits…..I wonder how many others are waiting in eager anticipation…….

  8. I’m loving the socks!!

  9. The socks look great, but I still prefer Magic Loop. Isn’t it interesting how strong people’s opinions are on prefered sock-method? I love ML, have nothing against DPNs now and again, but can’t stand the 2-circ method. Not even a little. It’s one of the things I love about knitting–there’s something for everyone.

  10. You know, I’m with you. I can’t stand the magic loop either. Not quite sure why either. It just vexes me.

    Thos socks are looking great! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have totally become addicted to sock knittint myself and I only have you to blame. ๐Ÿ˜› Your “Generic Toe Up” pattern is soooooo easy to understand. It’s all I do now. (Well just about.)

    Thanks Wendy!

    PS.. can you give Lucy some ear love for me? My kitties love the ear love and I’m sure Lucy does too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. DPNs or bust.

  12. I like mayo, especially on a good sandwich. I just don’t get it. I even did the google search. Hellman’s Mayo came up as number one. Maybe I’m just a bit inebriated. (OK, I am a bit inebriated), but I just don’t understand. I guess I need to go buy more yarn or something.

  13. Your heel is perfect! If you saw mine, well, you wouldn’t want to see it. Beautiful colors too.

  14. Lovely socks, and you know what? You can’t beat dpns for sock knitting ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. I Google searched Lang Jawoll for reviews & saw your blue socks on US 0…thank you for posting this helpful info on your blog.

  16. I actually really like using DPNs with socks (mind you, I’ve never tried the other) and I don’t really run into trouble myself. Getting beautiful short rows like yours, however, may well take more time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    God, I’m loving that cashmere. Might have to make some mine! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. I agree. I don’t like knitting socks on two circulars OR magic loop.

    I like dpn’s and that is IT!

  18. I’m with you on the DPN’s for socks. I’ve tried it all and I just can’t stand all the needles dangling everywhere and/or having to pull the cord this way and that. With DPN’s I just go round and round and round.

    My short row heels look just like yours! Uh, duh, you TAUGHT me how to do short row heels. Your sock pattern was the second one I ever used and now I rarely use any other. Nancy Bush has lured me off to cuff-downs recently but I’ll beee baaacckkk!

  19. That’s a gorgeous sock & heel. I’ve been using your toe-up pattern (thanks for sharing with the world!) but my short row heels always look a little loose. Any tips for keeping them snug and neat?

  20. I have short row envy! but you can keep the DPNs!

  21. What kind of ribbing did you do on this sock? Did you use a smaller needle or something to make the ribbing draw in so much as compared to the rest of the sock? Looks like it would be nice and stretchy… just what I need!

  22. Must…not…buy…cashmere…you are positively evil, Wendy, but it suits you. That cashmere is going to make a lovely scarf.

  23. May I add my voice to the requests for tips on how to do lovely tight short-row heels? Mine always look holey, which is why I tend to prefer the old heel flap method. Of course, if the advice is contained in the book, I’m happy to wait and purchase a copy! Which I would be doing anyway. I read your blog every day and have commented occasionally, butI’m delurking now because I’m in awe of that heel. Pretty please tell us poor souls how to do it!

  24. I love the look of your short row heel. I haven’t made socks that way yet but will give it a try next time. I do socks on DPNs, but really prefer a modified magic loop method for fair isle sleeves. I can’t go back to DPNs/short circulars after knitting the sleeves on 32″ (changing to 24″ at halfway point) circulars for the entire sleeve. It is so much easier for me when doing color stranding.

  25. I have a question about your generic toe-up sock pattern. When I do the short row toe, my self stripping yarn comes out in blobs of color.(I don’t know how else to explain it) Your strips seem even. My colors pool. Do you adjust your yarn ?

  26. Yummmmm cashmere. I just ordered some cashmere from HipKnits to make the lace scarf in the new IK. I’m sure your scarf will be gorgeous in that yummy yarn. And I really wish my short-row heels looked like that. I guess I’ll just have to keep practicing.

  27. Wendy, I envy that heel! how do you make the stitches so snug? My socks always have little holes.

  28. I love my dpns. But also, how do you keep the wretched holes from forming in the heels? I’m quite impressed, by the way.

  29. I think this is my favorite picture of Lucy. She looks so content.

  30. Wendy, just curious-what method of short-rowing do knit for socks? Inquiring minds and all……