My current work in progress:

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


Good Sock Knitting Day

Sunrise this morning:


I started the second of my Spirit-Trail socks on the train this morning — got the toe done.

I had a multi-agency three-hour meeting this morning. In a fit of optimism, I brought my sock-in-progress. I don’t know why, because I never bring knitting to work meetings. The only time I ever knit during working hours is during conference calls when I am alone in my office.

But I brought my knitting. When I arrived at the designated conference room, the organizer greeted me and asked me if I brought my knitting.

Now, that sounds like permission to knit to me. Doesn’t it to you? The meeting was accompanied by PowerPoint presentations. The lights were dimmed and I discreetly and happily knitted under the table.

So I got a whole boatload of work done on the sock in progress. After the meeting came lunchtime knitting group. More progress. Then the trip home.

So here it is in its current state.


We are pleased.

This Weekend!

The weekend starts tomorrow morning for me, when I board a train and head to Manhattan. The weekend’s events are listed in my sidebar, but I will repeat them here:

May 19, 2006, 6pm: The Point, New York, NY

May 20, 2006, 11am-1pm: Modern Yarn, Montclair, NJ

May 20, 2006, 2-4pm: Stix-n-Stitches Yarn, Montclair, NJ

May 21, 2006, 12:30-2pm: Knitty City, New York, NY

So there you have it. I hope to see some of you this weekend. I’ll be the one knitting on this:


I’m getting home late on Sunday, so will not be posting here again until Monday.

And Lucy will be enjoying spending some quality time with her Daddy this weekend.



  1. Is it my imagination, or did you get the heel turned? On that sock you started 12 hours ago? Wow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great road trip!

  2. Wooo, a train! I’d love to travel by train some time. Enjoy your signings!

  3. You should be pleased!

  4. Getting to knit at work. You must be living right.

  5. Enjoy all of your events this weekend! Sorry I won’t be able to make it.

  6. barbara says:

    Welcome to New Jersey:-)

  7. You will be visited by a friend of mine at The Point, and said friend will deliver something you are going to love, I hope.

  8. knitting at work– if I could have done that I would have kept my former (boring) job. I hope you enjoy your weekend and that Lucy and her Daddy cook up a good welcome home for you! Enjoy yourself – you deserve it.

  9. The colors in that Spirit Trail yarn are flippin’ gorgeous! Yummy!

  10. Cara’s going to be at the Point tomorrow. I wish I could be with you both. Congrats and enjoy the night!
    Thank goodness for easy sock knitting when permission to knit in the dark is granted;-)

  11. Love the socks and am jealous of the knitting-at-work action!! Congrats on your book, what a tremendous accomplishment. I am a huge sock enthusiast myself and can’t wait to pick up a copy…

  12. Ah, yes, isn’t it wonderful when you get unexpected knitting time?

    I’m thoroughly enjoying your book; especially the kitty toy part. Can’t wait to make one for each of my brood (though each will probably think that ALL the toys belong to her). And I laughed with tears in my eyes about the lady who tried to take your sock away to show you how to knit it. I’m sure it wasn’t funny then…. Safe travels!

  13. Permission to knit?……way cool……and train trip: awesome……maybe your fans will line the tracks & wave…..wouldn’t that be a hoot!

  14. Mmm…work knitting. Good times. And yet, here I am, about to give it up. *sigh*

    So…coming out west? Please?

  15. Cathy W says:

    Looking forward to seeing you in NYC!! We will try to show you a good time.
    Cathy W

  16. I can’t wait to meet you on Saturday at stix-n-stitches. As I have said before, it would be nice to meet the infamous Lucy.

  17. Stealth sock knitting is the best! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great trip to NYC! Sorry I’m going to miss you this time around but hope to catch you later on the tour.

  18. I cant believe how fast your project seem to come together. I get bored before I can finish almost anything. Do you have hints for knitting faster?

  19. Looking forward to seeing you at Modern Yarn!

  20. My goodness, you are a fast knitter. I mean I have been reading you for a while and really I shouldn’t be shocked, but today was a sock knitting day for me as well, and I didn’t get anywhere near as far.

    Have a lovely weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚


  21. Have fun Wendy!! Get a knish and a Nathan’s hot dog for me!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Have a wonderful weekend, Wendy. Now would you pretty PLEASE come out to sunny California? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am amazed by the sock progress. I’m also doing a pair on size 0 needles, but progress has been much slower. Of course, I’m also knitting a sweater, another pair of socks, and longies. That could possibly be the hold up. Ok, I admit it. I’m a knitting ho. Not a monogamous knitting bone in my body!

    Cheers to Wendy, the published author and blogger extraordinaire!

  23. I “earned” my right to knit at work (during conference calls and while watching to make sure the computer didn’t crash) after my boss spotted me walking down the street with some work buddies, knitting a sock.

  24. Road Trip! Save some energy for the southern tour! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Suzanne says:

    I bet you paid even better attention to the meeting since you didn’t sit there thinking “I wish I could knit” as I normally do in three-hour meetings. I am sure you paid better attention than some of those around you who were probably playing around on their palm pilots! I started knitting in meetings with groups with coworkers who don’t object in the last year, and I have found that I am a lot more focused in those meetings than I used to be and not as anxious to get out!

  26. Have a great trip! I can knit something already in progress on the Metro but I’m not sure that I could start a sock on the Metro. That takes way more talent than I posess.

  27. Shucks, I was hoping you might make a weekend trip further up to New England. ๐Ÿ™
    Hope you’ll have a BLAST!

  28. Have a great trip, and sell lots of books!

  29. Have a wonderful and safe trip! Love to Lucy!

  30. Good day! While you’re in Montclair, if you have the time, you might stop in to Ely’s Knit N Rest. It’s a few doors down from Modern Yarn on Church St. Ely has been there for YEARS!

    Floor to ceiling packed with yarn, a narrow space, one aisle, no seating, not at all quaint. Heaven. I’m always surprised and pleased at what I find at the shop. It reminds me of that old hardware store in town – a generic town – that has everything (and all 5 varieties too) somewhere within the boxes and on shelves.

    Ely’s isn’t glossy, but it is cool.

    Your book is wonderful and I look forward to the next one! Enjoy your trip!

  31. annalies says:

    Have a wunderful trip and much fun and Lucy a good time by the koarc!!!

  32. Fate and the knitting goddess work in mysterious ways. Great progress on the sock! Have a wonderful weekend in NYC.

  33. I almost always knit at meetings. And seminars. I’ve even knit at a thesis defense or two. Once you get started, people look at you funny if you show up without your knitting.

  34. Traveling mercies!

  35. Have a good trip! I used to live in Montclair (my last year of grad school) and I believe I went to one of those yarn shops. (I’m pretty sure there was only one at that time.)

    Belated thanks for linking to the sewn cast off. That’s always been the worst part of my hand-knit socks.

  36. Hi there! I found your blog via a sock tutorial…. and then I thought I’d try out your generic toe up sock pattern since I’m a sock beginner…. and WOW!
    Thanks to you I now have a no-seam toe and a smile. I really love your cat lucy she’s beautiful.
    Good luck with the knitting
    Fi x

  37. Hey Wendy! I got your book (Mother’s Day gift) and pages 116-149 are inserted upside down! Is it supposed to be that way? My DH got it from Amazon and will be returning it because…well, that’s rather odd.

  38. I’m about halfway through the book, so much fun! Thank you!

  39. I know that you said you would be offline until Monday, what with the traveling and all, but I cannot wait a minute more to thank you for your charm, pep, good humor and superb choice of reading material. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had such a good time at the Point; we were really in good company, were we not? I hope that you have a wonderful time on the rest of the tour, and that you will be back in our neighborhood soon! (And don’t forget to make time for a piece of toast. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  41. Ma Dalton says:

    Just find your blog to-day … Great ! all these socks , looking incredible to make all this…
    I always knit my sock with my knitting machine – hard to have with us in a train ! I know..
    + I ‘m from Belgium…
    my blog :
    sorry, this blog is only in french (for the moment)… you can see our commun love for knit & cats…
    Best regards