My current work in progress:

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


Do You Believe in Magic?

That’s the name of this roving’s colorway.


This is superwash merino and I purchased it from Crown Mountain Farms. I am planning on spinning my own sock yarn. Yes, I’m nuts.

This roving is fabulous! It drafts like a dream and spinning it is even dreamier. It makes me think I actually can spin my own sock yarn. I guess the colorway name is appropriate, because when I am spinning this, I do believe in magic.


I’ve got a long way to go, though. I’m spinning slowly in an attempt to make it as fine and uniform as possible. I’m extremely anxious to see how this is going to look plied, but I don’t want to screw anything up by speeding through it, either.

In the meantime, I’m knitting a sock from Crown Mountain Farms’ Sock Hop handspun sock yarn — spun by someone other than me, obviously.


The colorway is “Wild Thing.” It’s lovely and soft. Because it is handspun and fairly dense, I’m knitting it at a looser gauge than usual sock weight yarn. I’m using a 2.5mm needle and getting 6 stitches/inch. It’s wonderful and soft and sproingy and a pleasure to knit. I can only hope my own handspun sock yarn will be half as nice.

By the way, I completely blame Theresa for my desire to spin my own sock yarn. She spun up some beautiful Crown Mountain Farms roving in the “Hang On Sloopy” colorway into sock yarn and put the idea in my head.

Speaking of Theresa, she has released a new sock pattern — “Whiskers and Paw Prints Socks.” She will be donating part of the proceeds from the sale of this pattern to the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago in honor of her aunt who devoted much time to animal rescue. I have my copy of this pattern and while I haven’t started it yet, I can tell you it is a beautifully written, clear, detailed pattern. I’ll be starting my Whiskers and Paw Prints socks later this week when I finish the West End Raglan.

Speaking of the West End Raglan

A number of you asked how I like the Chester Farms cotton/wool/silk blend yarn. It is extremely nice to work with. I actively dislike knitting with cotton, but this yarn is quite a pleasure to knit. And at 290 yards per skein, it’s a pretty good value!

Heifer Project

We’ve gone over $15,000 in donations to the Heifer Project! Yahoooo! I’m hoping we can reach $20,000 by January 2, 2007.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be turning to the random number generator to select the winners for this week’s prizes, and there are really some goodies to be had. If you’ve been thinking about donating, you’ve got plenty of time to make a donation before the drawing, which will be held Tuesday afternoon at about 4:00pm Eastern Time. If you’ve already donated, there’s no reason why you can’t make another donation. Just sayin’. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for making this such a successful project so far!

Lucy Sez


Enough with all the talk. Where’s the leftover turkey?


  1. Wow-wee! Over $15,000! Now that is some magic .. Also wanted to say that I sent my daugher and son an “honor” card from Heifer Int’l and they were so impressed with what Heifer Int’l stands for. Thanks again, Wendy, for bringing attention to this great organization.

    And can’t wait to see your sock yarn …

  2. Right on… over 15k you will so make 20k by the first of the year. Ok, love the wiskers and paw prints sock pattern, already purchased, downloaded, and printed. Will be winding a skein into a ball and casting on tonight.

  3. Gorgeous. When I cave completely and buy some roving I’ll have you to blame for the desire (and the dillusion) to spin my own sock yarn. I’ll have to wait until Friday to donate, but that still works doesn’t it?

  4. “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Wild Thing”?! I like where this is headed. If you hear of any colorways called “Dear Prudence” or “Get Off My Cloud,” you must promise to let me know, because I want them. πŸ™‚

    Woo-hoo for $15K!

  5. heh – guess what colorway of sock hop yarn I just scored from someone who didn’t love it? awrighty then, you wild thing – you’re right!

    back to attempting to create another blog post – knitting is soooo much easier…

  6. Ooh, I love that colorway. If you haven’t seen it yet, Teyani had a pictorial of how she spins the fiber into the Sock Hop yarn that they sell. See it at

  7. So glad I could enable a bit when it comes to Crown Mountain Farms. They really have exceptional stuff and Teyani and Klaus provide great customer service. I have some “Magic” in my stash right now so I’m really looking forward to seeing how yours spins up.

    And I don’t think it’s crazy to spin sock yarn at all — it doesn’t take very long to spin and ply 4 ounces for socks. It’s almost as close as you can get to instant gratification for a spinning project. The 10:1 ratio I’m using on my wheel works quite well for it in my hands.

    P.S. Thank you for the pattern shout out!

  8. sigh–it is my dream to be able to spin my own sock yarn.
    i guess i need to learn to spin first.
    if anyone can do it, you can!!

  9. I believe in magic and am always happy to see promotion of such! And thanks for the link to Theresa. I scrolled down and found the chair her guest-blogger dad made — covet! — and then hauled my 13-year-old son over and had him sit on my lap and schlepped him through it. He deemed it ΓΌber-cool. (Oober-cool.)

    He’s pushing 6 feet. (Ow.) Also, he knits.

    Did I mention I believe in magic?

    Can’t wait to see the sock yarn-spinning results.

  10. Your spinning is beautiful! I am about 1/2 done with spinning some Crown Mountain roving in the “Great Balls of Fire” colorway. Since I am just a beginner spinner, mine won’t look anywhere nearly as gorgeous as yours, but I am having a wonderful time!

  11. I’m sure your handspun socks will be gorgeous…your spinning is so even! I can’t wait to see your “first” pair…can I have all your “other artist” spun sock yarn once you get rolling? πŸ™‚

  12. I LOVE Crown Mountain Farms roving. And if I can spin sock yarn, so can you–you’ve been spinning longer!

  13. Dawne Lucas says:

    This very well may be the ‘lame-est’ question ever but the needle size you mentioned for your sockhop yarn … would that be Cdn or US sizing?
    I’m working on Blue Suede Shoes SH and using US 1’s wich is 2.25mm up here in Canada. The fabric is a little firm so I’m considering changing. Thanks for your patience with crazy questions πŸ˜‰

  14. Gorgeous yarn! Can’t wait to see those socks! You’ve done an awesome thing for many families.

  15. Congratulations on the fund raising … awesome results so far. I feel certain you’ll make your target!


  16. I always love to see what you and Lucy are up to. I was wondering, since you knit so many sweaters/pullovers, which ones you like to wear best?

  17. I checked on the Crown Mountain Farms yarn in the Hang On Sloopy colorway and was sadly disappointed to see that it was bright orange. More of the Illini sort than the scarlet and grey of the team most associated with the song. Go Buckeyes!

  18. Wendy,
    I’ve admired your knitting skills for about 6 months now, and I’m just in awe at how quickly you must knit! I recently began knitting, and am very slow. What style of knitting do you do? How long have you been knitting to develop what seems to be such an amazing speed?

  19. Who said trying to spin your own sock yarn is crazy? I’m trying to do it right now, with some Grafton Fibers orangey roving. It’s about time to post some progress!

    Actually, what’s hard is figuring out what you need. There are very few instructions out there that I can find.

  20. You’ve been spinning for longer than me so if I can do it you can too. I made my husband a pair from the “Great Balls of Fire” colourway and I was very pleased with the way they turned out. As a rule I don’t like spinning superwash but this was lovely and I would buy more.

  21. Love the Magic roving/singles. It looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to see how it plies and knits up either.

    I hope to be able to contribute more to your total for Heifer sometime in December.

  22. I am awaiting my order of Sock Hop Yarn. I’ve heard such great things about it. It would be great to see how the rovign spins up. It is the Sock Hop roving that makes me want to spin. I may have to decide to learn as a new year resolution.

  23. I absolutely love spinning my own sock yarn! My handspun socks always turn out to be my favorite socks, too.

  24. I’m so glad that you are enjoying the spinning of the superwash – AND the knitting of Wild Thing. We have had such fun with this fiber.
    Let me know if you have any questions about spinning it up – and I’ll try to answer.
    and remember, you only need to spin and ply about 1/2 of that skein of fiber to knit a pair of socks πŸ™‚

  25. I’m constantly amazed at how well Crown Mountain Farms’ roving spins up. I can’t wait to get some. Thanks so much for sharing your spinning experience with everyone! That stuff is gorgeous.