My current work in progress:

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


Mmmmmm . . . Picot!


I did not knit on Kerry at all last night. Instead, I finished the first of the Spanish Moss socks:


Yes, my foot is up on the radiator at work. I’m so glad no one walked in my office while I was taking these photos. Kinda hard to explain to a non-knitter, you know?


I decided to try a picot edge for the top of these socks. I love it. The sock stays up and fits very nicely. What I did — when the sock was long enough for my liking, I worked k2tog, yo around, then worked 6 rounds (1/2 inch) plain to make the facing. I used the Stretchy Sewn Bind-off, then carefully sewed the facing to the inside of the sock.

As easy as pie.

So. No knitting on Kerry tonight, either. Tonight was Mason-Dixon Knitting!

But I’ll talk about that tomorrow, otherwise I’ll be up past my bedtime tonight. And we don’t want that.

Yesterday’s Booze Photo

A couple of you commented that the bottles in the photo looked pretty full.

Well, I suppose I should tell you that the “everyday” booze lives on the kitchen counter. You know. For easy access.

Dave asked:
Do you colour coordinate what you drink with what you’re knitting?

Hey, what a great idea! Must look into that . . .

Stacy commented that she’d love to see my Sugar ‘n Cream sweater. Yeah, so would I. I wonder what happened to it?

Kelly in New Mexico asked:
How long have you knitted straight without stopping except for a break?

Good question — I haven’t really thought about it. Maybe 2 or 3 hours?

Favorite Movies

The King of All Remote Controls has a list of his favorite movies on his blog and queries “What are your favorite movies?”

I set myself a limit of 10. Subject to change at my whim, here is my shortlist list of movies I can watch over and over:

Brief Encounter
This Happy Breed
Murder on Monday (sometimes called Home at Seven in the U.S.)
Black Narcissus
Dial “M” for Murder
Rear Window
Mrs. Miniver
Key Largo
Monty Python and the Holy Grail


  1. – Rear Window (how about that Mark Cross overnight case!)
    – The Godfather
    – Bullets Over Broadway

  2. Yes: all are to die for …….love Brief Encounter…..all the monties……Black Narcissus…..oh, my………..

    my list plus yours: Gosford Park…Out of Africa…..Love Actually….Sense & Sensibility (Ang Lee directing…Emma writing)……any thing from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s with Wm Powell, Mryna Loy, Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Gary Cooper, Kate & Spence…….the mind boogles……

  3. It’s so hard to limit to just 10 but, with exception of When Harry Met Sally, I believe they are all from before I was born.

    I know what tops my favorite book list these days.

  4. I was just thinking of knitting a sock with a picot edge at the top. Maybe even TWO socks! =)

  5. Oh lord, I’ve only seen two of the movies on your top 10 list? That’s just wrong! I love the picot top to your socks, though!

  6. The picot socks fits so well and looks very pretty. I think I need a pair, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. all the little picots … adorable!!

    must try them in my next pair of socks!

  9. I love these socks! So flirty with their charming picot edge!

    Can’t wait to hear about your MDK adventure!

  10. LOVE the socks! I think I may have to learn to make that edge! =)

  11. Darn, now I may have to try knitting toe up socks. Where’s Lucy?

  12. Oh, I may have to try your way of doing a picot edge. I’ve always (ha! always as in 4 times… 4 socks, not 4 pairs) done it in the traditional manner.

    Seriously… this is THE HARDEST thing I have ever run across in knitting. I all but can’t do it in the round, and even doing it flat, I find it insanely difficult to do, and way too easy to mess up.

    I love the look, but actually doing it is sheer torture.

    However, I’ve never sewn a facing, so I don’t even know where to begin on that. It’s probably easier than I think, but not having done it, it seems daunting.

  13. Oh, and as far as movies go… 2 of my favorites are Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and the Princess Bride.

  14. You should try and make it down to new orleans with your book tour. We need knitting love too!

  15. Wendy, you must be psychic! I am using your sock pattern right now, and was thinking about doing a picot edge. I just couldn’t figure out how to do it without the edge rolling. Thanks!

  16. I love the socks, but I really missed Lucy…

  17. Oh man, I love Hitchcock movies. Even now I think they really stand the test of time. They’re just good good stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My personal favorite? North By Northwest.

    Also, THANK YOU for explaining how to do a picot edge on a toe up sock. I’d fooled around trying to get one and the experiment only ended in disaster. I’ll try this with my next pair. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. so, I’ve been reading your blog for YEARS, and I can’t think of another day when there wasn’t at least one photo of sweet Lucy.

    What’s up with that?

  19. Are those bottles less full today? I notice no photo of Lucy! Waaaaaaaa! I want Lucy! Is she at home drinkin’ while you go to work? Is that it? So SHE’S the one with the problem! Was she passed out and you couldn’t get a good photo of her? Is that it?

  20. We’ve been watching the Thin Man series lately, and I would have to add A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, to Leisel’s reference of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers… This is really a tough question. Hmmm.

    The Spanish Moss socks look fabu with their edging!

  21. Well now you’ve done it!!! Not only do I have a compelling need to identify my favorite movies, but I need to locate and watch your favorites that I haven’t seen yet! (I can think of worse things– here’s hoping for a really rainy day that I’m off work. I’ll dub it the Wendy Movie Marathon). Maybe I’ll knit picot socks during it.

  22. Love the picot sock…

    Some of my favorite movies –
    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
    Hobson’s Choice
    Murder, He Says
    Portrait of Jennie

  23. Lovely sockage, Wendy.

    I’m sure you posted after Lucy’s bedtime, which would explain her absence, yes?

    (Have you been over to see Bliss’ destashing post? I’m contemplating her two bags of Rowan Summer Tweed, but I fear the colors would look like hell on me.)

  24. I haven’t really thought about it. Maybe 2 or 3 hours?

    Wuss. =P I think I’ve done close to nine straight without standing up. Ahh, the joys of traveling by Amtrak.

  25. Wow…the only movie on your list that I’ve seen is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yeah, I’m a heathen.

  26. Wait, what, where is the Lucy picture? I feel sad now.

    I love the Grail, and we have the entire collection of the Flying Circus.

  27. I’ve always wanted to see Black Narcissus because I like Rumer Godden, who wrote the book, and I am kind of fascinated by nuns. This morning I noticed that is on today at 5:00 my time on Turner Classic, and now you mention it. Coincidence? I don’t think so! I guess you know I’ll be leaving at 4:30 so I can watch.

  28. Laurence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, GWTW, The Last Emperor…I like ’em long. Anything by Hitch. The Sherlock Holmes movies. The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I could go on….

    Love the picot edge! Wonder if a ribbed facing would give it a little extra grip? I gotta have a real hug from my socks.

  29. Love the picot edge, and thank you for the how-to. I’ve turned the Cedar Creek socks (STR sock club) into toe-ups, and still wanted to do the picot edge, but hadn’t quite worked out the logistics of the bind-off.

  30. I like oldies and some not so oldies….
    Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Dial M for Murder, Marnie, Sleepless in Seattle, A Perfect Mind

    Pretty much anything by Alfred Hitchcock would make my list with a few exceptions (i.e. Family Plot).


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