My current work in progress:

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


Mindless Monday

First order of business: a sky shot for Sandy.


And here is the sock-in-progress, relaxing on my laptop at home after the evening commute.


It relaxed on my desk all day at work too, and I glanced at it yearningly from time to time.

This yarn, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, just screams “Knit me!” I started the sock over the weekend so I’d have a toe all done so today’s commuter knitting would be completely mindless. Always a good thing for a Monday, I think.

It was all I could do not to cast aside the Cotton Aran and just knit on the sock all weekend. Apart from the jewel-like quality of the colors, the yarn just feels wonderful. As I said yesterday, it reminds me of the Socks That Rock yarn, which I love. It’s a little bit heavier than Lorna’s Laces and has a nice squishy sproingy feel to it.

Debi asked me what gauge I’m getting with my 2mm needles. Debi says she gets 8.5 stitches to the inch using a 2.5mm Addi and she doesn’t think she knits tight.

And I’m getting exactly 8 stitches to the inch on the 2mm rosewood. And I don’t think I knit loose. Heh!

Variety. It is the spice of life, no?

Speaking of the All Seasons Cotton Aran

I’m getting tired of calling this the “All Seasons Cotton Aran.” So I’ve named it “Kerry.” Alert the media.

I was plugging away on it over the weekend. I finished the front yesterday afternoon and attached the front to the back using a three-needle bind-off.


Did the neckband, and picked up stitches along the side to knit the sleeve from the top down.


I really like doing sleeves this way, particularly with a yarn that I think is going to look less than great seamed. All Seasons Cotton is an aran weight yarn and does not have a whole lot of give. The drop-shoulder sleeve seam would look very bulky, I think. Picking up and knitting down gives a much smoother line.

Speaking of Arans

Laurie asked:
When a gauge calls for “23 sts = 4 inches in chart pattern”, and there’s more than 1 chart, what do you swatch?

Not telling you which chart — that’s just plain mean!

I’d probably do the same thing you are doing — start a sleeve. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy is on walkabout.



  1. I wouldn’t be able to put that sock down either. Beautiful!

  2. I just wanted to say you’re quite the sock-knitting inspirator! I read your blog daily and have become jealous at the socks that just melt away from your fingers. While I’m not the greatest at toe ups, I am comfortable with the cuff downs, and am now obsessed with wanting gabillions of pairs of hand knit socks. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Lucy ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a beautiful colorway! I was wondering if you wear your handknit socks all year, or just in the cooler seasons?

  4. Your cotton aran looks great!!! Do you find that aran patterns in cotton help prevent the dreaded Grow-itis that cotton sweaters are prone to after repeated wearing? I’ve almost sworn off 100% cotton because, even knitted on smaller needles with patterns like seed stitch, they become misshapen before the first summer ends. I’ve just get more mileage than that for all my work!!

  5. Dude, I like that sweater. Kerry is truly an excellent name, also. Carry on.

  6. I love that sweater pattern. Also the socks.

  7. Kerry looks lovely. I can’t wait to see the finished sweater. I bow down to your design ability.

  8. The sock really IS pretty–lovely colors! And your sky shot was nice, too! (Oh, and blah blah blah, the Aran looks great, too . . . don’t you get tired of hearing the same old gushing all the time?? Makes it hard to believe that’s it’s really sincere, I bet!)

  9. Ohhhh… you are mean! I have some of that same colorway of CTH in my stash, and you’re really making me want to play with it… but I’ve got to do my Sockapaloooza socks, and I’ve got 2 single socks already that need their mates.

    Question (if you have time)… have you ever knit cotton socks? I have some lovely cotton yarn I was planning on using for socks… I knit a swatch, measured it, and was getting 8 stitches to the inch, and the overall width of the tube seemed perfect. Then I tried it on, and it was HUGE. I let it relax and remeasured, and it was 7 stitches to the inch. I was hoping you might have tips on knitting socks out of cotton… do I just need knit at a smaller gauge, or is this doomed not to work out?

  10. When Lucy’s on walkabout
    Some would say on the prowl
    All creatures better look out
    Mouse, sparrow, vole and owl
    For a mighty huntress is she
    I hope she doesn’t hunt me.

  11. First: A thank you. You know, for looking up.
    And then an: OOOOOH and an AHHHHH!
    You’ll have to plug those in where you feel they fit. Because honestly, that’s what I did from the sky to the sock to the wonderous Aran to the cutie pie ending.
    Oooh. Ahhh.

  12. Ah, thanks for the shout out! Variety is indeed the spice of life and it warms my heart to know you DON’T knit your socks at some ungodly gauge!

    Thanks for the hug this morning too ๐Ÿ™‚

    ASC is one of my favorite yarns and yes, tho it does stretch out a bit with wear, a quick wash and the microfiber in it bounces it right back into shape. The sweater is gorgeous and the name Kerry is perfect!

    As an aside to Leisel, living in Florida I knit lots of cotton/cotton blend socks. They do not have the memory wool does so I find you need a nice firm rib of some sort to give the pattern memory since the fiber has little. Coincidentally, I just designed a simple lacy rib for Mountain Colors Bearfoot (which has a high mohair content thus less memory) which I also tested in a Cotton Fine. It’s a gift for a friend with a birthday in early May and once I send the gift I’ll post the free pattern on my blog. It’s a nice rib that holds it shape even in cotton so if you can hold out a few weeks I have just the pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I love the sock. And the idea of you planning your knitting so it suits your commute. A.x

  14. What is the chance that you might bring Kerry into KH and I could sneak it away from you while you were knitting and chatting? Ok, I didn’t think so but, oooh, it is pretty.

  15. Must.Visit.Cherry Tree Hill…

    That sock yarn is GORGEOUS! No wonder you can’t stay away from it! With colors like that, I might even need to get enough to make a shawl!

  16. Wendy, I’m nearing the end of my very first toe up sock, and was wondering about this “sewn cast off.” Where can I find the directions? Any hints about keeping it loose enough to get on my foot – and snug enough to not fall off?


  17. Gorgeous sock and Kerry is looking quite nice.

  18. I absolutely love the sweater. The pattern is available in our future, I pray???

  19. I recently finished a pair of socks in the Spring Frost colorway from Cherry Tree Hill, and I was really pleased with the yarn as well.

    I like the way the cotton aran sweater is coming along.

  20. Lucy: Ok time to make sure everything is fine at my house. Oh look, that person who I honor with my presense is sitting at the computer typing again. Why doesn’t she have cat treats in her hand? Better look into that next.

  21. kerry’s neckline is very pretty!

  22. I like doing sleeves that way myself, it works out so nicely and when your done, your done, no seaming.

  23. Thanks! Sleeve Swatch it is!

    Working on the STR yarn, on a size 1, makes me WISH for size 2 knitting! LOL!

    Kerry is lovely.

    As is Lucy, of course.

    I’ve got a Wesley Watch 2006 countdown clock, on my blog. 35 days until we pick up our Ragdoll kitten!

  24. I don’t usually like cotton sweaters but the cotton Aran is lovely – the color is perfect and the pattern reminds me of a sweater I started some years ago (and didn’t finish because I’d gotten bigger and it wouldn’t have fit.) The cables & diamonds are simple but so beautiful.

  25. I think Kerry is looking very lovely (great name, by the way–too bad you didn’t alter the spelling slightly!). I’m always envious of the copious amounts of knitting you seem to do; I wish I could knit that fast.