My current work in progress:

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


Just In Case You Wondered

Remember how I gave away all my sock yarn a couple of months ago?

Well, yeah, I bought more since then.


Have I mentioned that I have a compulsive personality? Is there a 12-step program for sock yarn acquisition?

Yarn Shop Organization

Judging from the comments, most of you feel as I do — arrange the yarn in a yarn shop according to weight. I mean . . . I wouldn’t want to have trouble finding the sock yarn, you know?

Speaking of Sock Yarn

I turned the heel! I turned the heel! Woot! Woot! Woot!


I really like this yarn (Claudia Handpainted Yarn). It’s soft and has a lovely sheen to it. Now I’m wishing I had bought all the Claudia Handpainted Sock Yarn they had at Stix-n-Stitches (see “compulsive personality,” above).

Basil and Abner’s Critter Charity Drive

I mentioned this the other day — go read all about it on Rebekah’s blog — she’s got links to patterns you might like to use, lots of great prizes, and it’s for a great cause!

Lucy says “Just do it!”


Lucy also says (my, she is a chatty gal today, huh?): Go to my Daddy’s blog and vote for my super-hero/super-villian name!

Here in the U.S. it’s a long weekend. Hopefully I’ll have better progress to show when next I blog!


  1. I live in fear that there might be a 12 step program for sock yarn piggies- I sure hope no one signs me up! I don’t want help!

  2. Love the new sock yarn purchases! Perfect! Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.

  3. Nancy J says:

    There would be a problem if you did Not acquire more sock yarn! Happy Holiday!

  4. Mmmm… sock yarn…

  5. I have a new supply if you ever need some!!! Come check them out!

  6. I’ve never gotten over the lace yarn addiction from last summer! That’s my weakness.

  7. I am sure I will soon be adding sock yarn to my long list of yarn addictions. I am a fellow lover of Knit Happens…Holly taught me to knit last March. I have been hopelessly hooked ever since.
    Love your book and your blog. Thanks for all the laughs and inspiration.

  8. Mary Pat says:

    Lucy sez:

    Thank goodness Mother Wendy restrained herself and didn’t name me SOCKS.

    You both have a great long week-end,

  9. What is it about summer that makes us want to knit socks!?

  10. I’m in a 12-step sock program–no matter where I am in my apartment, I’m never more than 12 steps away from any sock yarn. . . .

  11. There’s hope for you. I’m the one who jumped on the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock Club, not you! And still I buy more. Special note To Margaret: Can I be Blogless L-B? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Hmmmmm…….a 12 step program: why?…when clearly we DON’T want to be free of this addition ;)…….but how do you stop drooling when you see yarn?…….

  13. Hmmmmmmm…….a 12 step program?…..well, shoot sugar…..we’d have to a) admit it’s a problem…..and b) how do you stop drooling when laying eyes on lushious yarn?…..don’t think that reaction can be cured…….and of course, why would we want to?…..;)

  14. Apologies…….am either lame or under the spell of yarn (re: two posts!)

  15. Fear not. I have come to the same conclusion about sock yarn that I have about ginger. Namely, sock yarn, like ginger, is not the problem. Rather, it is the solution. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Wendy, Wendy, Wendy – just like broken cookies, sock yarn TOTALLY doesn’t count! ๐Ÿ™‚ I seem to have increased my sock yarn stash by 5x in the last month…the Koigu at Knit Happens was the beginning of the end for me.

    And I agree – summer is making me want to knit socks. Is three pairs going at once too much??

  17. If there is a 12 step program – please don’t tell ME about it. Not that I have a sock yarn problem, or nothin’.

    I always thought that I’d need a shop organized by weight until I went to a small local shop in Boston. It’s by color -but it’s a small shop so you can pretty much see just about everything from one spot. It’s a nice change from the other shops. Plus – I check out yarn weights that I normally would have overlooked.

    Your socks look fab. ๐Ÿ™‚ As does Ms. Lucy.

  18. If there were a 12-step program, we’d need a new pair of socks for each step, right?

    I might be late to the party, but I like to see a yarn store arranged by designer with some basics by weight. This would mean sock yarn would be separated for easy access.

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Sarah Lankenau says:

    I’ve been stashing like crazy lately, and feeling a little crazy about it to boot! If there was a twelve step program though, I’d like to remain blissfully in denial of any “problem” that I have when it comes to yarn!
    Like Mandy in yesterday’s comments, I used to visit Arcadia Knits in Chicago, which is arranged by color. It’s a small shop though, and they are good about keeping the same brands in the same place on each of the standing shelves, so you could always find color X of brand Y on the second shelf from the bottom on the right. My two favorite shops are Hill Country Weavers in Austin, TX, where I currently live, and The Yarn Depot in Ft. Wayne, IN, where I grew up. They both have lots of space, are arranged by weight, and have some sort of special smell to them that is so cozy.

  20. *falls over laughing*

    Oh mercy, look at all that new sock yarn. ๐Ÿ˜€

    A local yarn shop has started carrying Claudia’s. I’ve avoided it simply because, well, I am limiting my sock yarn purchases right now, and also because it looks and feels like Koigu, which I’ve knit with before. So I can’t really justify it. Sigh.

  21. One of my local Yarn shops does it by weight. The entrance into the yarn area. {It also sells quilting fabric and cross Stitch and Needle point supplies.} IS SOCK YARN. to the right and knitting needles to the left. The DPNs are an arms reach from the sock yarn. So if something happens to catch your eye and you don’t have a set with you just turn around and you can add a set.


  22. I LOVE the Claudia’s Handpainted. Does yours smell faintly like lemon dishsoap, or is it just me imagining mine does? Not that I am complaining, it smells pretty good!

    I WISH my LYS organized yarn by weight, it would be so much better than having to dig for what I want.

  23. blogless in manhattan says:

    to L-B – of course you can be blogless L-B! I still don’t know what I want to be …

  24. Cathy W says:

    Step 1-I am powerless over yarn, and my stash has become unmanageable.
    2-Came to believe that a power greater than my self could restore my life and my home and my budget to orderliness.
    3. Made a decicion to turn my home and yarn budget over to the care of someone other than me, some one with the power to resist yarn, and organize it.
    4. Made a searching and fearless yarn and knitting accessory inventory.
    5. Admittted to God, myself and another knitter (not a spouse) the true extent of my yarn addiction and my recent purchases.
    6, 7. Were entirely ready to –no, I am not ready to stop. Lets go on.
    8. Made a list of things we neglected while shopping for yarn and knitting, and became willing to try to do some of them, sometimes.
    9. Made direct attempts to try to do non yarn related things, and—well, maybe next month? First thing tomorrow? This needs some thought.
    10. Continued to take stash inventory, and when we started creeping up again, promptly admitted it.
    11. Sought during my knitting, prayer and meditation, and improved my concious contact with God while in the calm space knitting provides.
    12. Remembering other yarn addicts, tried to carry the message and practise these principals in all fiber my related affairs.
    With apologies to Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

  25. Ann Carpenter says:

    What a love Lucy is. We used to raise Siamese appleheads and I love the look even in Himis. Like your new sock yarn too. No one here carried the Claudia sock so maybe I’ll talk someone into it.
    Ann Carpenter

  26. Sock yarn totally doesn’t count, everybody knows that! LOL!!

  27. Whoo! Thanks for posting that sock photo. I was just looking at Claudia handpainted yarn today and trying to decide if I wanted to get some. I think you’ve just become my enabler.

  28. The reason you gave away all the sock yarn was so you could BUY MORE.

    12 step programs assume you want to stop – why do something silly like that (spoken like a very appreciative recipient of some lovely Opal from your last contest)…

    Stash on, Wendy!


  29. Real life makes it all feel like a dream. You’ll have to get the follow up books out and then you can have some more amazing weekends (perhaps even come over to the UK!).

    I went to a yarn shop in Madeira. It was v small and there wasn’t really enough room for more than 2 customers. I didn’t speak a word of Madeiran and none of the yarns had labels but they were arranged by colour and it was beautiful.

  30. *Not* a sock yarn comment — though the Claudia Handpainted yarn is a constant temptation for me –, but a question about knitting tension. I noticed in the Virtual Yarns FAQ —
    the opinion expressed that knitters should be able to control tension (which I assume = gauge?)with their hands, rather than changing needles. I’m a very tight knitter. I thought knitting tight or loose was a given, like being short or tall. But maybe not???? You’ve knit so many beautiful Starmore designs. What is your experience?

  31. I left out my email on comment above. Sorry!

  32. I love that sock. Must. Have. That. Yarn. It’s just too easy and inexpensive to buy sock yarn, and that’s what makes it a guiltless pleasure, that is, until you look in your stash at all the other lil’ orphans just waiting to be adopted into wearable socks!

  33. Whoa. That’s a pretty impressive pile.
    I went to a new LYS last night(my new hands-down favorite)where the yarn was arranged by color. Well, except for the sock yarn. The Opal had it’s own revolving display and there were skeins of Wildfoote stacked on top. I was utterly charmed by this shop-it was a feast for the eyes, I tell you. So, forget what I said yesterday about organizing by weight. It was all a lie.

  34. Wendy,

    Just started knitting socks last year and your generic pattern is the only one I use. Love it, love it, love it. Of course, I’ve had to build up a nice bit of sock yarn too!

    I have a question for you. When you’re making socks for someone else, is there a formula or percentage you use to work the heel and toe (to know how many stitches to work down to)? Or do you just eyeball it?

  35. I could bring along some socks to knit for the 12 step program meetings right? And if they were in Wallingford I’d be able to stop at my LYS if I fell off the wagon.

  36. It would be appropriate to have a 12-step program for sock yarn, something that many steps are taken in. But alas, I don’t think it really would help, afterall, the one thing most of us wear every day is a pair of socks, so it’s really quite justifiable to purchase sock yarn.

    Thanks again for mentioning us!

  37. Okay, that’s a lot of sock yarn. But at least we all know you knit so fast that you’ll go through it quickly.

    I’m probably casting on soon for socks from the yarn you sent me. Well, I’m definitely casting on soon, but can’t yet tell whether the striping will play nicely with the lace pattern I’m planning to use. But rest assured that your generously shared yarn isn’t being neglected. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. (Also, must wave to the “Rebekah” above me. Yes, folks, we’re two separate people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Hunny, you “gave away” your sock yarn just like any other pusher….the first taste is always free!! Then once they’ve tasted they become part of our evil minion, more sock yarn addicts, mauhahahah….

    I see Lucy does “The Meatloaf” too!
    P-Man sends chirrps in reply to her meow and wants to know when the southern leg of the book tour of authors who travel with their cats begins? ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. I, for one, am GLAD to see that bulging pile of sock yarn. Since you gave away all of your sock yarn, I haven’t been able to sleep a wink with the worry. I mean, “What will Wendy DO without a stash of sock yarn?” “How will she carry on?” “How will she cast on for a quick project?”
    On and on.
    Now, I can rest.

  41. I’m thinking that MOST knitters have an obsessive-compulsive tendency. We’ve GOT to have MORE YARN! All color combinations, please.

    Did you see the pictures of my baby Ragdoll? Only had him for 6 days!

  42. I notice a nice proportion of Socks That Rock in that pile. That’s not a problem, that’s just good common sense to have a healthy stash of that.

    See you next Saturday at SoXperience!