My current work in progress:

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


Back to the Socks

I finished the Ingrid’s Blues socks yesterday. Alert the media!


To recap, these were made using my generic toe-up pattern with feather and fan on the leg. You may recall that I wrote this up into a pattern (pdf format) a little while back. The yarn is Claudia Hand Painted Yarns in the “Ingrid’s Blues” colorway. I used 2mm (US 0) needles.

I also finished the first of the Kool-Aid socks.


I did a plain stockinette sock with a picot edge at the top.


So I guess I will go ahead and make the second one. This sock is not really “me,” but if we ever again have a snowstorm in DC, I’ll be sure and wear these socks as a touch of summer during said snowstorm.

So there.

By the way, in the interests of enabling you into purchasing sock yarn, here are a few online shops from whom I have purchased sock yarn:

kpixie — I love Jessica and Missa! They have great stuff on their site — including Claudia Hand Painted Yarns. Ahem. I note that they currently have the lime green purse handles for Noni bags in stock, too. I’ve always had extremely fast service from kpixie — what’s not to like?

Carodan Farm — have you seen their new online store? Awesome! I am a longtime customer of Carodan. They also carry Hand Painted Yarns, along with a wide variety of other sock yarns. And other great yarns as well. Their own “house” brand of yarn is a killer deal — aran weight wool in a beautiful array of colors for a very low price.

Simply Sock Yarn Company has a wide array of sock yarns — including Fleece Artist. They also carry Interlacements Tiny Toes. Just sayin’.

And a new shop — The Loopy Ewe, run by “Sheri in St. Louis” from my comments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sheri also has Hand Painted Yarns, Schaeffer Anne, Cherry Tree Hill, among others. And more yarns on the way!

So many great places to buy sock yarn . . .

I picked up my Log Cabin blanket last night and did a few rows, but I was too warm with the blanket draped over me, so I quickly went back to knitting a sock. Funny, in summers past I never had problems knitting with wool in the summer, but the advancement of middle age (sigh) is wreaking havoc with my internal thermostat. Small projects that don’t actually touch any part of me are far more do-able right now.

I do realize that time marches on, but does it have to march so relentlessly over me? (No need to answer that.)

Anyhow . . .

Thank you so much for all your nice comments about the Noni bag! I am pretty stinking pleased with it, I must say, even though it did involve sewing. Ew, sewing.

Leslie asked:
I’m mad for the Noni patterns and your bag is divine. But do you think it really requires lining? (Like you, I loathe picking up a needle and thread.)

Sadly (considering how I feel about sewing), my answer is yes, I do think it really requires lining.

When I was doing the finishing on my bag, I noticed how easy it was to poke the prongs of the feet through the felted fabric, and it crossed my mind how easy it would be for something sharp and pointy (like a knitting needle or a ballpoint pen) to poke through the felted fabric as well. Interfacing and lining can help thwart this.

And a pretty lining really adds something to the bag, too. I love the silk dupioni I used to line my Noni bag.

Even though it involves sewing (hey — did I mention that I loathe sewing?), I think putting a lining in a felted bag is totally worth the hassle.

I think my next Noni will be a medium carpet bag.

But in the meantime, I started some more sewing.


Ew, sewing.

Lucy seems impressed, no?



  1. This is me, eating crow. Looking at just the toe the other day, I didn’t like the KA socks, but now I really do. Especially the way they stripe. And the picot edge is a very nice touch. Well done, Wendy!

  2. I love the Kool-aid socks as I told you before, but, finished—-they are scrumptous looking. The picot edge was just made for these socks. The other socks are beautiful as well. Love the way the colors meld together.

  3. Cool… as in kool-aid! I love the socks, really! The others are stunning, too.

  4. I just love the places you go……and how you share with all of us…..

    Socks are a kick……and I agree…..summer is too hot for masses of wool………

  5. I’ve advanced to that age where my internal thermostat is also out of whack. My husband wants to send me back for warranty work. Mom says the factory’s closed. Can’t say that I blame her! LOL

    BTW, the blue socks are awesome. And the pink/green striped ones will indeed be like a little spring time during a bleak winter. Right on!

  6. Hey – thanks for The Loopy Ewe mention! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I loved seeing Ingrid’s Blues knit up. That yarn is in my sock stash, calling to me. (Along with … um … a lot more sock yarn. Buying and stashing sock yarn – it’s such a weakness of mine.)

  7. I just realized with a sudden certainty that my purple felted purse (bought at a charity benefit lunch) needs a cloth lining. I use it for small knitting projects (like socks!), but it has some novelty yarn trim around the opening, and sometimes the needles catch. Darn. Sewing.

  8. Wearing your Kool Aid socks on a dreary winter day is a terrific idea. Your other socks are beautiful.

    Sewing – yuck. I thought it was just me. Now I don’t feel so bad, well yeah I do. I still haven’t lined my purse yet and I’m making a second one and I know it will be awhile after I finish knitting before I would line it. I think this illustrates for me it’s the process of knitting and not so much the finishing techniques.

  9. Ruth Ann says:

    Wendy, this winter when you fall head first in a 6 foot snow drift, we will be able to identify you by your KA socks! I love them!

  10. I love the kool aid socks ๐Ÿ™‚ But that is just me, and I am mad for kool aid dying and find it to be a ton of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not a sewer, but I do like adding linings to knitted bags. There is an upholestry/decorator fabric store near me and they always have a huge basket filled with discontinued samples–neat little squares that are used to show fabric in “books”. These have 4 salvaged (sp??) edges and can make for less sewing and ragged edges ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love equilter dot com for whimical/theme fabric for projects. There is just something very finished about adding a luxurious or whimisical fabric to a bag.

  11. Great socks! I really like the Koolaid ones. Very cheerful on a bleak day. And as far as places to buy yarn, I love Kpixie. I haven’t ordered from the others you have listed, but they are bookmarked. Like I need more yarn stores and encouragement to buy more yarn.

  12. I guess my felted needle holder will need some sewing then huh. Damn it.
    I’m excessivly inept when it comes to sewing. Apparently I can only manouver string-like stuff when I have two needles.

  13. Love the Kool-aid socks by the way!

    Ingrid rocks too. Some of those may find their way up here and wind up in my Mother’s stocking.

  14. I must say that I think the KA socks are darling. I really wish that you could tell us how the lavender/purply shade was created, but I understand. I wanted to add another great place to purchase sock yarn online:
    Yes, I’m biased as it is a shop I am lucky enough to drive out to to pet the yarn and see the animals, but it still is an excellent place for sock yarn. As one knitting buddy described the shop (pre-expansion, they’ve just doubled space), “Picture a little yarn shop and stuff it full of every possible sock yarn, and then there’s more yarn still hiding.” Okay, so I don’t have her quote right, but you get the idea.
    I think the bright socks as a remedy for a dreadful snowstorm is a great idea. It may even prevent one, now that you’re prepared. I knit the FT Felted Clogs with the brightest colors I could find for a sister-in-law in Alaska to bring light to those long winters.

  15. The picot edging is perfect for those socks!


    By the way, I wasn’t sure about the kool-aid sock at first, but i really really REALLY like how it turned out!

    And the pooling on the Ingrid’s Blues seems opposite from what feather & fan usually does…doesn’t it?

  17. Would you mind showing the inside of your Kool-Aid socks so I can see how the sewn down edge looks? I’ve never been able to find instructions on how to do this, and I’d love to know if I’m doing it right or not.

  18. If you don’t like the KA socks, why not over-dye? In a snap, they can be a different color. I’ve had great luck using magenta/red or cyan/blue over anything.

    My mother got some horrible pukey green/pink sock yarn once and I over-dyed it with magenta. It turned out great in dark red, brown, and purple.

  19. Yes, come into the sewing light!

    [Hee hee!]

    I’m not a big fan of sock knitting (I don’t think I’ve ever knit a pair, unless you consider baby booties mini socks) but I really love those Ingrid’s Blues socks. The way the colors graduate into those snazzy stripes on the foot is darn cool.

  20. Lovely socks – both pairs – and a tempting look at the finishing of a second Noni Bag. This is just the sort of post I really like. I’m hopping up and down here to see the Baguette finished.

  21. I know you aren’t crazy about your Kool Aid dyed yarn, but notice how it didn’t pool at all? I’m impressed. Let’s pretend this isn’t a happy accident and that it took big time dying strategy. I’m going to do the Noni carpet bag for my MIL for Christmas. I can’t wait!

  22. Ew sewing is right. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But I still think the Kool-Aid socks are pretty nifty, especially with the picot edge. Must try that next pair…

  23. Kool socks! They look like they’d go well with the Noni bag…just sayin

  24. Wendy: I’m a lurker, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and to thank you for mentioning the Loopy Ewe. I live in St. Louis and had not heard of it, so thanks to you I can actually shop locally. The website looks great, but we couldn’t get Cherry Hill locally, as far as I knew. Thanks again.

  25. Wendy: I’m a lurker, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and to thank you for mentioning the Loopy Ewe. I live in St. Louis and had not heard of it, so thanks to you I can actually shop locally. The website looks great, but we couldn’t get Cherry Hill locally before, as far as I knew. Thanks again.

  26. Wendy: I’m a lurker, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and to thank you for mentioning the Loopy Ewe. I live in St. Louis and had not heard of it, so thanks to you I can actually shop locally. The website looks great, but we couldn’t get Cherry Hill locally before, as far as I knew. Thanks again.

  27. I think Ingrid’s Blues is my favorite colorway, ever. Love the picot edge on your hand dyed socks – So pretty!

  28. I am wondering what keeps your socks from sliding down. I haven’t made that many pairs (and none for myself) but I always did ribbing because I thought it was what held the socks up. I especially wonder about that with the KA socks (which I think are great, by the way — love the color!). I also love the Ingrid Blues! What’s next?

  29. Carol Lee says:

    Wendy, the Ingrid Blues are absolutely gorgeous!! That’s what I call sock knitting inspiration – and just when I needed some. I just bought some hand dyed Holly Springs Homespun (the merino). The plan is to use your toe-up pattern and since it’s a larger gauge yarn, a good choice for learning a new method. (I’ve never done toe up before).

    Carol in Prince George, VA

  30. I love your kool-aid socks and your bags . . . the socks do harmonize with the baguette. Is it my imagination, or do those socks stripe? Was that on purpose, or a happy accident?

  31. Wendy, I don’t know if you ever purchase yarn from overseas, but if you do, check out Posh Yarns ( I think). I got some to die for cashmere sock yarn from them and the service was great.