My current work in progress:

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



Thank all for the interesting comments on knitting mojo. I was impressed that even Austin PowerS — thank you, M in M — took time out of his busy schedule to comment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some Q and A

Lauren asked:
Have you ever knitted a sock, er, boot out of worsted weight yarn?

I don’t think I have — the heaviest yarn I’ve used is dk weight. But the majority of my socks are fingering weight yarn knitted on size 2.0mm needles.

Laura asked:
How did you learn to design knitwear? Did you take a class at a local school? Complete a master knitting course? Make it up as you went along?

I’m making it up as I go along. Don’t tell anyone.

Carolyn asked:
I notice that you generally just knit the pattern on the leg of the sock and don’t carry it on to the instep/upper foot area, why? I’m just curious myself. I like both ways and sometimes I feel that having the smoothness of stockinette across the top of my foot is more comfortable for long wearing of socks day.

I’m a delicate flower and don’t like the feel of anything but stockinette against my foot. While a sock may look nice with a pattern extended down onto the instep, most of the time I hate how it feels.

Betty J asked:
When you pick up the wraps on the short rows, do you just knit (or purl)it then, or do you pull the initial stitch out from underneath the wraps before you knit/purl it?

I don’t pull the stitch out from underneath the wraps — I pluck the wraps off the stitch and then knit the wraps together with the stitch.

Dave asked:
Ok, so you have a new stealth knitting project that you do on public transportaion, in front of potentially thousands of people, and you can’t mention it here? And how long have you been working for the CIA?

(Note that I am not answering Dave’s questions here. I emailed him a response about the stealth project. And then I had to kill him because he knew too much. Poor Miss Lulu Kitty. Orphaned at such a tender age.)

Kristin asked:
Do you do much spinning these days? I’d love to see some if you do!

None. If anyone sees my spinning mojo, would you please send it home to me?

Brigitte asked:
Love the ribbing on the new Keelan! Looks like a couple ridges of garter before the ribbing starts?

Yupperdoodles! There are garter ridges at the bottom and top of the ribbing. I didn’t want the ribbing to pull in too much so added the ridges. I like ’em! Here’s a lousy picture of the ribbing — it got real dark suddenly due to a storm, so the lighting sucks.


But earlier, Lucy offered to help me knit.


Andrea asked:
Keelan question: Now that it’s going to button down, what will the neckline be? V-neck seems the most logical, but you didn’t say. Or are you going to wait until you get there and just surprise us? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Keelan will indeed have a v-neck.

P.S. to the 7 billion and 1 people who have emailed me to alert me to the knitting-related short animated film on YouTube: Yes, I’ve seen it, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy sez:


“I love laundry day!”


  1. Ooh! Looks like Lucy ALMOST has her knitting down!!

  2. How easy or difficult was it weave in the ends of the Handmaiden Sea Silk? I’m almost finished with the branching out scarf knit in the Forest colorway, and I’m wondering if the slickery-ness of the yarn will slip out once I’ve blocked and woven in… I’ve never knitted with silk before so this is new to me.

  3. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Why does Lucy like laundry days?

  4. Poor, poor Dave. I must be careful not to mention your deeds in front of my 5 year old son who appears to have a crush on Miss Lulu. He’ll insist we drive to Boston to rescue her right away.

  5. I wonder if your spinning mojo ran off somewhere with my spinning mojo. Maybe both mojos will come back with the cooler weather.

  6. Austin PowerS ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. CIA!!! LOL!! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I apparently can only think in three leter fragments today…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  8. one more sock question, oh tender flower:

    is it possible to knit a sock w/ a stockinette sole and patterned everywhere-else? i have the same aversion to ribbed/lace/otherwise-patterned walking surfaces.

    many thanks!

  9. kelly in new mexico says:

    Question… Have you ever knitted socks on two circular needles? I’ve just finished a pair and have become addicted!! They knit up way faster for some reason?! Cat Borhi has a booklet on how to convert any pattern to knit up this way.
    Just thought you might be interested in something new if you’ve never done them this way before. Happy Knitting!!!

  10. I see that Lucy is ready to pick up your knitting and work on it. Has she ever taken off with the needle or the ball of yarn and created her own version of a spider web?

  11. I just had to say, since you brought up picking up wraps in this post, that I just tried your short row heel for the first time and will never try another. Your instructions are so precise, I finally understoof exactly how to work a wrap, and how to pick it up. Thanks for posting that for free!

  12. I also prefer to have stockinette against my foot. I have been thinking of trying reverse stockinette on the sole of the sock so that the smooth side of stockinette is against the bottom of the foot. Do you know of anyone who has tried it? I usually knit on size 1’s and 2’s and I think it might not make a big difference there, but maybe it would make a difference with larger yarn. Just thinkin.

  13. Does Lucy love laundry day because she loves to snuggle into the warm laundry when you dump it out to fold? That’s what my three boys like to do.

  14. My Puma loves laundry day, too. Mainly because she loves to “watch” and listen to the water draining. Puma also loves to sit in the sink in the hopes that a little teeny drop might drop and she can “hunt” for it. Come to think of it, my Puma leads a pretty sedate life! Smooches to Lucy.

  15. I guess I’m the only knitter on the planet who keeps choosing not to look at the knitting deal on YouTube. hm

    I guess it was Liam that you recently made available – will Keelan be one that we can purchase eventually? With the v-neckline cardigan style? Pleeeeeeease?

  16. OK… sorry…. have to ask… what knitting animated thing on you tube?

  17. May have found it. Is it called The Last Knit?

  18. I wonder how many people are actually going to check on Dave this morning. hehe

  19. I’m in the mood to try my first lacy thing. Your fir cone wrap seems like just the one. Yarn is on the way. It too will be a stealth project to keep the sister in law in the dark until Christmas. Thank you!

  20. Susan Johnson says:

    Hi Wendy,

    Love your blog and book. May I ask a question about working with Sea Silk? I am about to start your Fir Cone Wrap using SS in Nova Scotia colorway. (Oh, yum!) Anyway, what method did you use to join the two skeins? And did you use metal or bamboo or teflon needles? Thanks so much. I’m a fan!
    Sue Johnson

  21. I adore Lucy’s eyes in this picture of laundry day! She looks like she is in heaven.

  22. Hi, Wendy!

    I couldn’t find a place on Lauren’s blog to respond to her question about knitting socks/boots in worsted weight yarn. I have knitted socks in worsted weight, and enjoyed both the process and the socks! I still have them, they wore quite well, considering the size of the stitches. There’s a little pilling on the heels, but they’re not wearing through or anything like that. They’re extremely warm, and fit nicely. If she’s interested, I wrote the pattern for them. I’d be happy to share!

  23. Ah…Poor Dave, poor Miss Lulu…CIA??? oh dear…

  24. Glad you found your knitting mojo again. Keelan looks good. I like how you combat the pull of the rib.

    Love “Knitting Lucy”

  25. Been looking at your blog (silently) for a while now. Somehow I think it is time to ask…could Lucy possibly be a Birman, not a Ragdoll? I used to breed and show ragdolls and as I remember it, the only way to distinguish the two breeds is that a ragdoll has a white chin and a Birman has a dark chin. Hmmmm. Doesn’t really matter, tho, she is adorable either way.

  26. Long time reader, first time commenter here…this may seem like it’s completely out of left field, but how would you recommend blocking the Irish Diamond Shawl from Cheryl Oberle’s Folk Shawls book? It looks like yours turned out beautifully based on the photo on your finished works page, and I don’t want to do anything stupid to mine as it’s a gift for my mother. I’m using the yarn called for in the pattern and got gauge, so there shouldn’t be any issues about needing to block it heavily to make it the right size. This is my first shawl and the largest piece I’ve ever made, so I’m a bit clueless! Thanks so much.

  27. Your brown WIP is Keelan? I thought Keelan was blue?? I get so caught up in the lovely pictures you post that I’ve lost track of the specifics to the projcts your actually doing…I have to go back and actually read your posts instead of oooing and ahhing at your WIPs and of course Lucy.

    Anyway, I **love** the ribbing you’ve done…looks like roman columns to me.

  28. Haven’t dared try a shawl/lace project yet, and the last two sweaters–one, despite getting gauge and much arithmetic, I ran out of wool; the other, well, not going to finish until I can measure my daughter’s arm length (and do some wool praying). Meanwhile, I’m doing toe-up socks happily. Any hints on the little bumps I get as I finish the wrap/pickup wrap and move to stockinette?
    My cats prefer bed making to laundry, and my big one likes to jump in the shower with me. Surprised every time he gets wet, too.

  29. Couple of Lace-Knitting Questions:
    There seems to be a lot of variation in thickness in yarns called ‘lace-weight’. If you substitute yarn, how can you be sure that 1) you’ll have enough yarn 2) it won’t be teeny-tiny or absolutely huge? I’m looking forward to the arrival of a skein of Fino laceweight (875yrds) and my first lace shawl (probably Icarus), but am afaid I’ll put a lot of work into and then have problems.

  30. Ha, ha… I like your answer to Dave’s question. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this to you but when I knit socks I have your “generic toe up” directions handy. I usually don’t need to look at them but they are there, my crutch.

  31. Keelan is looking lovely-especially the ribbing! And a big thank you to Kristin for asking the question I’ve been dying to. Now I know. Hope it makes its way back now that it’s getting cooler.

  32. its great to have so many fans of knitting these days! (and cats, you gotta love them) Anyways I find when I loose my knitting mojo watching something about it helps it come back. like movies or tv shows or even friends doing it, maybe that will work on your spinning mojo.

  33. Thank you for answering my question! My lips are sealed, Wendy, but I think you let the cat out of the bag… LOL

  34. Hello Wendy, I came across your blog not to long ago, and I just love the beautiful items you knit, and dearest Lucy is just adorable. I just began to knit lace and I have not tried to knit socks yet. I have a very silly question that I hope you can help me with. Once you block an item like a scarf, or shawl, socks, etc. when you wear the item and then need to wash it again, do you have to re-block it inorder to keep the shape? Hope you can help with this, thank you.

  35. Thank you for answering my question. I, too, have delicate feetsy – I never go barefoot because the carpet bothers them – and it is really soft carpet. I can’t even imagine going outside without foot covering.

    Keelan is looking quite beautiful – I’m sure it is because Lucy has helped you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. So helpful, that Lucy! Chaos asked me to tell her that he’s feeling much better now.

  37. Thank you for sharing your bad mojo experience. I’m not alone! Mine are lurking in the back of a closet and at the bottom of my stash. Please share CIA tips on ridding home of mojo — gift? circular file? rip? ignore? They always start out with so much promise before they go bad…