My current work in progress:

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


Return of the Native Sock

Not that the sock had actually gone anywhere from whence to return, mind you. But it has been demoted to commuter knitting, so it’s not getting as much face time as last week’s socks did.

Here it is, looking a bit rumpled. Clearly I am not a photo-stylist.


The foot is 68 stitches around. After I completed the heel, I increased to a total of 80 stitches, and am working a 4 by 4 rib for the leg. This should make for a nice squishy sock. Of course, it takes me much longer to knit 4 by 4 rib than it does stockinette, but I’m in no hurry.


Oh, and the All Seasons Cotton sweater is coming along.


But not much knitting will go on tonight, for Lucy and I will be busy tidyng up for a special guest who is coming over tomorrow night.

I’ve asked Lucy if she’ll dust with her tail if I spray it with Lemon Pledge. She said no. Sheesh.


More Sock Yarn Contest Entries

A number of critters made pleas for sock yarn, some for themselves, some on behalf of their humans. Lucy and I chose a few at random from the many adorable photos sent us.

This is Gandi, a Blue Lynx Mitted Ragdoll who apparently yearns to knit socks:


This is Carley, our favorite Malti-poo (who we have seen before two times on my blog!):


And here is an entry from Leigha. She writes: “I think these pictures say it all.”




Why, yes, those photos DO say it all.


  1. You know the sock yarn addiction is spiraling out of control when you use your children and pets just to score some. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Dang, I feel ashamed of my lame-o entry now! It coulda been multimedia…

  3. I just can’t compete with those!

  4. Shameless use of children: cracks me up!…..BUT the dog: Charley is divine……..clearly that dog needs socks: 4 at least!…….

    AND – ta da – 25 more days til the great book is published!…

  5. looks like your in a green mood ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The kid is going to look at those images 15 years from now and is going to think, “What the…?” ๐Ÿ˜€ Don’t you love kids being young enough to manipulate without protest?

    That sock colourway is growing on me. I wasn’t so keen on it at first but it’s growing on me!

  7. Those photos are priceless!

    I agree with Pixie – you seem to be going through a grren period. Maybe the influence of the springy weather. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What is that beautiful yarn on those socks?

  8. I’m so glad I didn’t enter now…. my loser status didn’t need reaffirming… there’s no way the teen’s would have passed the cute photo with multi-media captions test… and I don’t have any pets… I’m just gonna go and buy my own sock yarn….

  9. Ahh, the bliss of being an (ignorant) innocent bystander. Kitty’ll never know it ever happened.

    My entry pales in comparison!

    Lucy gives a very persuasive “no”, huh?

  10. You know, I love him, but everyone on my house is fair game when it comes to sock yarn contests.

    Plus, Bryan (the rather adorable baby in the photos) gave me permission to use his pictures, as long as I knit him a pair of socks out of any yarn that came of it. I think it’s a win-win.

  11. you have so many creative readers!! This is awesome!

  12. Carley is definitely my favorite Malti-Poo… she’s so f’ing CUTE! Not to be confused with my niece Carly, who is a Human! Now Carley may be one cute Malti mix, but as far as I can tell, my niece Carly has been house-trained far longer than Carley.

    Mr. Winkle better watch out! Ms. Carley is way cuter!

  13. Those photos are just too funny!

  14. Will we get to find out who the special guest is that Lucy won’t dust for?

  15. “Innocent bystander” ACK! Those pictures are entirely too cute and my gosh, the pet photos – this should be the blog contest for most beautiful pets with pictures like that. Don’t you just want to squeeze them all? heh

  16. A special guest? hmmmmmmmm.

    LOVE those pictures. How in the world are you choosing the recipients?

  17. I hope Lucy’s little black nose is not out of joint, because Gandi is incredibly gorgeous…

  18. Yes, I’m afraid my silly entry will not be able to compete with these! Too funny!

  19. Wendy, it looks like you start the ribbing on the sock right after short-rowing the heel. Is that right?

  20. Too too too funny….

  21. Oooooh, all seasons cotton…that color would look perfect on me…{wink!}

    I’m glad to see someone else has mammoth feet and tight ribbing on their socks. My socks so don’t look like socks in pictures. Maybe I should continue the rib on the top of the foot?

  22. Ha! Those are hilarious pictures! I thought about signing up for your contest, but figured it would just be greedy b/c Lord knows I have enough. Not even in the same category as you, but I do love knitting socks. The baby ragdoll kitty is ever so cute. But the captions of the babies being pimped out for sock yarn, hilarious!

  23. Well phooey, I didn’t know we were supposed to send pictures of cats, dogs and threatening babies!! Darn.

  24. Love those pictures! The one with the baby going to give it to the kitty on the couch gave me a big laugh!

  25. Wow…Lucy is gorgeous, The Meezer (my own) is sweet softness, but that Gandi is just scrumptious! What beauties they all are tho’! And of course, Lucy won’t help dust, for heaven’s sake, don’t you realize Wendy that we’re their STAFF!?!

  26. Cool, the socks match the sweater…you’re knitting an ensemble!

  27. Wow. You referenced “Return of the Native.” 12th grade English has really been haunting me of late. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Barbara McCall says:

    Chibi Mania continues! My new yellow Chibi just arrived.

  29. The all season sweater looks very nice. I really like the plumpier cables. Squishy cables are the best!

  30. OMG… those are absolutely wonderful! Very creative, indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚