My current work in progress:

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


Sensitive Readers Take Note

Warning: Content in the next paragraph may shock and alarm sensitive readers. Proceed at your own risk!

Over the weekend I started knitting Theresa’s new pattern— the Whiskers and Paw Prints socks. Why is this shocking? Because I am knitting them . . . wait for it . . . top down.


Alert the media.

This is the first pair of top down socks I’ve knitted since . . . well, in this century. While this pattern could very easily be adapted to be knitted toe-up, I thought, just for grins, I’d knit it top down. You know, to show you that I can be flexible. Heh.

I did finish the first sock.


And it even fits.


Although I am knitting them top down according to the pattern, I did make some mods.

The pattern calls for a gauge of 7 sts/inch over a 2.75mm needle. My gauge is slightly looser, but I started with a size 2.75mm because I have fat shapely calves. After three pattern repeats, I switched to a 2.5mm needle, and knitted the rest of the sock with that.

I did not do the whiskers on the heel because I plan on wearing these socks in a closed shoe. If I thought I’d wear them with an open-back birkie, I certainly would have added that detail. And I did the toe plain, because I am a delicate flower and was afraid the texture in the pattern would irritate my dainty toes.

I did my regular short row heel. And I even kitchenered the toe closed.

I am using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the Island Blue colorway:


This yarn has 200 yards per skein, so I knew I had plenty of yarn. I added two pattern repeats in the leg to accommodate my fat shapely calves.

This is a wonderful pattern — very clearly written and easy to follow. While the pattern may look complicated, it is quite easy to memorize and fun to knit. Theresa has charted everything out, and provides mirror image charts for the left and right socks, should you wish to make them mirror each other (which I did). I give the pattern two “paws” up!

Heifer Project

There’s another raffle drawing tomorrow afternoon. There are seven, count ’em, seven wonderful prizes to be given away this week, so if you were thinking of donating but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, you might wanna do so now. Just sayin’!

Another Way to Help Heifer International . . .

Buy Mary Lou at Yarnerina’s extremely cute Tiger Hat pattern! The price is $6.00 and she is donating 100% of the proceeds to Heifer. Way to go, Mary Lou!

Lucy Sez


“This is my paper ball and don’t even think about trying to take it from me.”


  1. Love the socks! I’ve got Lucy-colorway on the brain. I realized this weekend after scoring a couple skeins of Lornas Laces and got home to reverently add them to my stash that they have colors remarkably similar to the STR Lucy colorway (of which I scored two fat and sassy skeins). The Tiger Hat is too cute for words–I’ll have to order that when I get home tonight. And OK, when are you going to tell us your grand new project? The suspense is killing me ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Those socks are fabulous! I purchased the pattern one day last week and was going to make the same changes to the heels and toes (no patterning). Your make me want to hurry and dive in, but I already have 3 different socks on the needles now. Must get at least one of them finished first.

  3. Love the socks… bought the pattern the same day and have the perfect colorway of yarn waiting for this one. Currently working on finishing my Lucy socks (still) and a shawl for my sister for Christmas.

    Only 450.00 more to get 20,000.00 for the Heifer International… Wow!!!

  4. You never cease to amaze me. Lovely, lovely sock (oh, well, you will certainly finish the other one tonight). And you are an excellent interpreter for Lucy.

  5. Top down? top down top down top down
    Did you type anything after that?

  6. Lucy looks positively menacing. All, what, 6 lbs of her? *g*

    I wouldn’t take that paper ball away from her on a bet.

    And yay, you on the Heifer Project. You’ll make it to $20k easily.

  7. Beautiful sock(s), Wonder Woman! Hey, you know what? My kitty Puma also loves paper balls. Sometimes she meows and meows until I figure out what she wants. (Sometimes, she wants her catnip bubbles and I waste a lot of paper till I figure it out.) I’m not well-trained yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. That’s a great shade of blue! My niece would love those, lol. And you have not SEEN “shapely” calves! I rode horses competitively as a kid, and now that I’m an adult, and have added, well…ample padding…to those calves, they are QUITE “shapely. I decided to buy a sock book last month, and just give it a shot, just for S&G. I cast on 50, which the book said should be more than plenty for my shoe size.

    I got a half inch into it, realized I had twisted my stitches, and then realized…this thing was NEVER…NEVER…going over my calves. lol!! I have yet to try again.

    However…I love your socks! all of them!

  9. Top Down!!!!
    I see you have gone over to the dark side….
    I know you say you hate Kitchner, but I have no dread greater than that not loose enough cast off. I did try it after reading your book, but you didn’t convert me. And I love to Kitchner!

  10. anne marie in philly says:

    just wondering how that stitch pattern would look on a sweater…

    gorgeous shade of blue – reminds me of lucy’s eyes.

    and is that beer on the floor behind lucy?

    “This is my paper ball and don’t even think about trying to take it from me, pilgrim.” (said in a john wayne voice)

  11. Top down? You evil twin—what did you do with Wendy?

  12. That yarn is perfect for the pattern.
    And Miss Lucy seems to have found Miss Lulu’s missing paper ball.

  13. Lovely socks!! Thanks for the info on the tiger hat – that is seriously cute.

  14. Christine says:

    I’m kinda knew to Wendy’s World. I found your book and then your website. Your productivity blows me away.

    Do you realize that you average a finished project a week?

  15. Delicate flower – yep – that definitely sums you up! Love to Lucy! All the Best to you and KOARC.

  16. Beautiful socks! Love the color.

  17. Where’s Wendy and what have you done with her?

    That sock is FABU.

    I like your raglan sweater from the previous post – nothing wrong with a comfy fit. Wonderful that you’re able to go with your Mom and knit together.

  18. Though the sock is lovely, this isn’t a comment about the sock.

    This is a comment to say how AWESOME it is that your Heifer International drive is rapidly closing in on $20,000. I was looking at another (non-knitting) blog today that claims to have raised the highest amount of blogland money for Heifer International…they don’t have anything on you, Wendy!

    ps–I hope this comment isn’t too snarky. I just think it’s wonderful when I see what knitters and knitting blog readers can do together! And maybe I’m a little…proud.

  19. I love yours in the blue! Even better than Theresa’s amber. Gorgeous. I’m proud of you for knitting them top down. Knew you could do it.

  20. I keep saying that I’ll knit (and finish) some socks that are cuff-down, but it doesn’t happen. The sad thing is, I do like to Kitchener – it just isn’t that great on the cuff. Just sayin’.