My current work in progress:

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


More Feather and Fan

Just can’t get enough of that feather and fan. The alpaca socks are done:


Imbrium comments:
Is it just me, or does the feather and fan look drastically different on this pair of socks? Did you do something different, is it a factor of the yarn, or am I just crazy? (Yeah, I’m crazy no matter what the answer is, but ignore that for a minute….)

Well, you may be crazy (oh — happy belated birthday, btw), but I agree with you — the feather and fan looks quite different on this sock then on the Lorna’s Laces socks from last month. and I constructed them exactly the same — same number of stitches, same needle size, et cetera. The difference is in the yarn.

I love how feather and fan looks in the natural alpaca. Very dainty.

Chris commented:
Those socks sound amazing – but I have a question for you, oh Queen of Answering Questions from the Comments – How do you think they’ll wear? I haven’t heard very good things about alpaca holding up to sock wear and tear…

Time will tell. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am optimistic, because this yarn is 75% alpaca and 25% nylong — I think the addition of the nylon will make them wear a lot better.

Alyson asked:
Vital question. What is your others-to-self “intended recipient ratio”? I try to keep it, at the very most, 1:1 (one or more somethings on the needles for others, one something on the needles for me) but right now I’m a bit of a sock fanatic, and many of the socks I cast on seem to be, well, intended for me. I love gifting so much…but I kind of love keeping too! Help me sleep at night – please tell me I’m not the only one toying with the idea of keeping more than I give away! Part 2: Is it okay to knit lacy pink socks, give them to my “King of All Engines”, and insist that if he doesn’t appreciate them, I’ll go ahead and wear them….you know, because I do hate to see things not getting the full use that’s intended….

I don’t think about others-to-self “intended recipient ratio” — I just knit. I knit what I want to knit, and sometimes it’s for me, sometimes for other people. I really just knit for the sheer joy of knitting. To quote Margene: “It’s the process.”

As for Part 2? That is so wrong.

I say do it!

Kerry . . .

. . . is finished.


And in the mirror:


Neither photo depicts the color in an entirely accurate manner, of course.

So? What Else is New?

So. I’ve started some new stuff this weekend, but I’ll talk about it tomorrow. The KOARC and I also test-drove a bottle of champagne this weekend.


And Lucy practiced her kitty yoga.



  1. I *adore* the socks and hope you’ll remember to report back in at such time as you can comment on their durability.

    Nice job on Kerry as well!

  2. Kerry is amazing! Beautiful job! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Feather and fan is also my all time favorite sock pattern, and yes, it looks different in each yarn. My favorite pair is from yarn I purchased in Norway 5 years ago. The socks have been mended several times on the soles, but they are still gorgeous on the tops!
    Your Kerry sweater is great! Looks very comfortable.

  4. My parents love that champagne, drink it by the case…. Hope you enjoyed it!

  5. Love feather & fan.

    How was the champagne?

  6. I LOVE that picture of Lucy!

    And Kerry is awfully pretty.

  7. Been watching for that bathroom shot, Wendy. I just love Kerry. Please tell Lucy she has inspired me to take up yoga. I want to get that bendy!!

  8. Ah, I didn’t realize there was nylon mixed in with the alpaca! Definitely should help. Kerry is lovely!

  9. Don’t you just love that same pattern, different yarn…..yields different but yummy results……big fun!
    It’s your big week: publication date coming soon…..Author, author!

  10. Kerry is as lovely as expected…the alpaca feather and fan, too! I’m so glad you’ve been in sock-mode lately.

  11. Kerry is beautiful! Lucy looks like an old hand (or paw) in yoga.

  12. Kerry is gorgeous. I love it.
    Someone was asking about alpaca-I made a guernsey sweater out of sport weight alpaca. Bright red. Beautiful. However, the yarn stretches to lengths that seems impossible. Then there was the pilling. It looses shape beyond all sense.
    Of course, had I done what you are supposed to and swatched…
    But, I don’t know what it would do as socks. Not having learned my lesson, I’m making a shawl from some laceweight.:)

  13. First, that is my absolute favorite inexpensive bubbly (my step-mother ordered a bottle/guest for the wedding reception to my father and I ended up with over a case). I buy it regularly, I live by Napoleon’s champagne motto. Kerry looks wonderful. I hope I will get a chance to see it in person soon. I promise not to spirit it off.

  14. What else is there to say, but that the sweater is Gorgeous!!(tired of hearingit yet??)
    ok, I can handle kitty yoga!!! OH and I got your book this weekend!! Gosh,I tried to knit and read, but the reading won out this time!! LOVED it so much!!! hope a sequal is in the works?????

  15. So was the champagne imbibed to celebrate the book, or are you about to announce something even more momentous?

  16. Amazon has mailed my shipment with YOUR BOOK in it – YEAY!!!!! And I think Lucy is just the cutest cutest fluffy kitty. I think I need to learn that position she’s in — been sittin’ too long at work and my back could sure use a bendin’ like Lucy’s doin’! Can’t wait to get Wendy Knits — looking forward to devouring it cover-to-cover soon!!

    Congratulations, AUTHOR!!!!!

  17. Well, I certainly think that if YOU are doing the knitting, it is absolutely perfect to knit more stuff for yourself. However, if you feel an overwhelming need to fix your ratios, I’d be glad to help ease your conscience so you can sleep at night by taking Kerry off your hands. I love it more than is healthy or rational. ~;-} (Do I hear you saying “when pigs fly?”)

  18. Both the socks and the sweater are fabulous. I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now just to see what fabulous designs and techniques you are discussing. Lately, though, I have been eagerly anticipating each new design of your own that you are knitting, and I am so excited to get your book in a few days so I can see some of your great designs in print.


  19. Kerry is very
    amazingly beautiful
    Love to Lucy!

  20. Thanks for posting Kerry in the mirror. She is a site to see! I have a friend who raises Alpaca here but I have never have bought any of her roving or yarn. I may have to reconsider after seeing those socks!

  21. Looks like Lucy is doing some belly-dance floorwork to me!

  22. The alpaca socks look very comfy.

    Lucy’s yoga is coming along quite nicely, I see. It takes years of practice to perfect, you know. Wilbur would like to suggest that it is sometimes best done in a sunny spot, even.

  23. oh my! i so want to knit a Kerry for myself right. now. in red. fab!

  24. It looks like Lucy is doing her yoga in a highly traveled foot traffic area of the house. This is probably the most difficult as she must maintain concentration, ignoring the cries and cursing of the humans as they try to walk around her. She is a true master of her craft.

  25. Do you ever reinforce the heels and/or toes of your socks? Or do you always make sure to have some nylon content to avoid reinforcing?

  26. Kerry is beautiful, and so are the socks!

  27. I have a question about the alpaca – where did you find an alpaca/nylon blend like that? I took a few minutes to search and turned up nothing. Love how the socks turned out!

  28. As your new book is making it out there far and wide (and the official release date is tomorrow, right?), would you be interested in doing a podcast interview for PointySticks? (approximately 2000 listeners per show, at last count.) If I need to contact your publicist to make arrangements, let me know. I would love to have you on an upcoming show! Feel free to e-mail me at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you!

  29. *blush* Oh, why thank you.

    And I think Alyson is brilliant! “Oh, you mean you don’t like this ruffled cardigan? Well, I’d hate to see it go to waste….” Tee hee!

  30. Woooo, I love that Tiger yarn!!
    Is it Lucy’s anniversary?
    Your anniversary?
    Something to do with the book?
    Happy Day, anyway!

  31. Love the socks!!! Was the shared bubbly to clebrate the book launch? Lucy loks so cute, did you see Ppumpkin’s latest yoga pose “cat kissing own butt with leg behind right ear”? Very zen! ๐Ÿ™‚