My current work in progress:

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


The Sock Yarn Has Left the Building

I mailed out all the sock yarn on Friday, so those of you who were chosen will be receiving packages in the mail. Soon, depending on where you live!

Thank you, everyone, who entered the contest. I thought it was great fun, and a good way to clear out space for the . . . uh . . . new sock yarn stash.

Thanks also, for all the great comments on my fourth blog-i-versary. Doesn’t seem like it’s been four years . . .

Speaking of Socks

Here’s sock number one of the pair I started last weekend:


And I just barely started sock number two:


I worked some on the cotton aran.


But more importantly, I finished up some spinning! I spun up the rest of the wool-mohair roving that I’ve been working on for ages.


And this afternoon, plied it.


With the 2 ounces I plied a couple of months ago, I’ve got a total of almost 11 ounces and 720 yards. Enough to do something with — maybe a Leaf Lace or Flower Basket Shawl?


Lucy seems unimpressed.



  1. Jocelyn says:

    Love those socks! Have you already posted the yarn/pattern info somewhere and I missed it?

  2. Those are beautiful blues! Why does yarn make you go “Yum!”?


  3. You say you “just barely started” on the next sock, but the following picture indicates you “just bearly started” on it. Sorry, couldn’t hold back.

    And – the spun yarn takes me to deep oceans with moonlight bringing out greens and blues. Wonderful.

  4. That yarn is beautiful – my favourite colours. Having knit both, I would vote for a lace leaf or Kiri shawl. I don’t know what it was about the flower basket shawl but I couldn’t memorise the pattern to save my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Your socks always look sooo good! I love the Gold Hill (one of my all time fav colorways–very first socks I made were in that) feather and fan that you finished recently, are you planning on sharing that pattern? You know we can’t resist asking when you come up with such gorgeous patterns. I have some STR that I’d love to try it with….just saying. Thanks!

  6. Oh, that’s some gorgeous yarn you’re making! Lucy should be more impressed, since the color complements her eyes so nicely.

  7. Your handspun is beautiful!

  8. The colors in your handspun are truly lovely.

  9. That sock yarn is yummy! Happy Blog-i-versary! Sorry I didn’t comment sooner but I am usually not online much from Friday to Sunday. The other yarn is also a beautiful shade.

  10. Rachel H says:

    Lucy may not be impressed by your handspun, but I am. Gorgeous colours.

  11. Annette says:

    A couple of questions:
    What’s your favorite sock yarn?
    Any hints on how to avoid leaving a hole when doing wraps?

  12. Ooohh, pretty yarn! And pretty Lucy!

    It took me a minute to recover from the fact that you just stuck your foot up on your keyboard and took its picture. Not that I’ve never done similar things to show off my handknits – but it’s still pretty hysterical. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Those are some nice socks. Very classy and understated, you know? But they stand out too.

    Last weekend I tried a bunch of toe-up cast ons, occasionally working from the Knitty article you did. The one I haven’t tried yet is the short-row toe. How do you feel that works for, say, self-striping yarn? Do the short rows mess with the stripe pattern too much, or is the effect so slight as to be barely noticeable?

    Am sort of daunted by toe-ups just now, but I suspect like all new skills, I need a brief rest period between trying it once (and messing up) and trying it again where the new concepts sink in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Or you could knit two pairs of SOCKS with that luscious yarn you’ve spun! (The colors are fabulous by the way…)

    Too bad you didn’t cave to the pressure to “flash your stash” though you might’ve given a few of us out of blogland aneurysms from all the gorgeousness.

  15. Nice socks! And those are beautiful colors on your spinning.

  16. Teddy looks like he loves his little socktoe hat! He’s a party bear, and it really shows in his honey-glazed eyes!

  17. Beautiful spinning!

  18. Am I the only one who knits a pair of socks at the same time. Well not like on the same needles but have one stashed at work and one at home for example? I am way to prone to second sock syndrom.

    The cotton aran looks supreme!

  19. Texas Dreamer says:

    Actually, doing both socks at the same time on the same needles is an absolute cure for the dreaded SSS, and is very impressive when other knitters are around–the effect is kind of lost on muggles, though.

  20. Lucy may be unimpressed, but as a fellow spinner, I’m in awe — 720 yards is nothing to sneeze at.

    Can’t wait to see how it looks in a project, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Lucy may be unimpressed, but I sure am! Those colors are divine. If you hadn’t already done the Peacock Feathers shawl, and it didn’t require more yardage, I’d say these are the perfect colors for that.

  22. Those blues are lovely. Spinning isn’t something I’ll ever do seriously (I did try at a workshop locally) but I do enjoy seeing what other people come up with.

  23. Suzanne says:

    Happy belated blogaversary! I love the color of that sock yarn!

  24. Happy Belated Blog-versary!

    I love the color of the current SIP and that handspun is gorgeous!

  25. Nothing like investing in new stash! Beautiful sock(s)…

    Gorgeous handspun! Love those colors.

  26. Stunning Handspun! Really stunning! Love to Lucy!

  27. Your spinning is BEAUTIFUL… I am so jealous.

  28. Wow. that handspun is gorgeous! The colors are making me drool. Seeing it all piled up there on the floor makes me want to pet it. And Lucy too, of course

    I love the colorway on those socks, too. Everything I’ve seen from Black Bunny Fibers looks fantastic. I bet they feel great.

  29. The yarn is beautiful!

    I love the bear “hat”. He looks so debonaire.

  30. I don’t know if I’m getting any of your sock yarn, but I want to say a great, big, giant “Thank You” anyway! I love that you are so generous!


  31. What lovely spinning! Gorgeous colors. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  32. Your handspun is lovely and so is your cat. Happy 4th blog anniv!!