My current work in progress:

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


Apple Pie

No, I’m not talking about food. (Although, it occurs to me that it has been years since I’ve had a piece of homemade apple pie. Granny Smith apples, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, please. No ice cream. Because that would be overkill.)

This is Apple Pie.


It’s a sock yarn from Apple Laine, and L-B gave me 2 skeins of it (a pair of socks-worth) as a gift this past Christmas. Mine is in the Winter’s Dawn colorway.

Check the website to see all the glorious colorways. Then click on the link for retailers to see where you can buy it.

The yarn is 50% wool, 20% mohair, 20% silk, and 10% nylon, and it’s like no other sock yarn I’ve knit. And I love it.


The twist of the yarn is very Koigu-y or Cherry Tree Hill-y, but the yarn has a totally different feel from either of those. The mohair and silk in it give it a lovely sheen and a solid feel. There’s also a nice little halo from the mohair content. It’s fingering weight, and the ball band states a gauge of 28-32 stitches on a 2 – 3 mm needle. I’m knitting it quite firmly on a 2mm (US 0) needle and am getting 8 stitches to the inch, as I usually do with fingering, but 11 rows per inch instead of my usual 12. Each skein weighs 2 ounces and is approximately 190 yards, so one skein is plenty for one sock, unless you are making really big socks. It’s machine washable in cold water — which is how I wash all my handknit socks.


When I finished up the giant clown socks, I was still feeling crappy enough to not want to knit on my Maltese Shawl. Only mindless knitting. And a plain pair of socks is about as mindless as it gets for me.


Actually, I was going to do the leg in feather and fan, but forgot. I’ll blame L-B, because I was on the phone with her when the time came to start the leg pattern. Didja hear that, L-B? Your fault.

Thanks again for all your kind comments and get-well wishes. (I did notice that when Lucy posted to the blog, she got far more comments than I do when I posted knitting pictures, but I’m going to pretend that is a coincidence. I’m not bitter.) This respiratory thing that knocked me down is one of the nastiest bugs I’ve had in a very long time. Anything that saps my will to knit is a force to be reckoned with. I did go to work today, but left early and came home to lounge around like a lady of leisure.

(My boss stopped by around 10am and I told her if it was okay with her I was gonna leave at noon. She replied “Holy –expletive deleted– why don’t you leave now?” Yes, I was a vision of loveliness today.)

So, I haven’t touched the Maltese shawl since Sunday morning, when I last felt like a human being. I still don’t feel like picking it up, so I’ll let it sit quietly in the knitting bag for the time being. I’ve got plenty of time — it is to be a gift, but I don’t need it to be completed for a couple of months. Still, I hate leaving anything for too long, for fear the bloom will fade from it and I will become disenchanted with it. I think this is why I pretty much knit things one-at-a-time. If I were to have too many works in progress, I’d get sick of them and never return to them. So I dare not let the Maltese shawl languish too long. It’s a fine line.

Here is Lucy, contemplating a crochet hook and trying not very successfully to not look superior.



  1. Oooooo…I have a sudden craving for apple pie! What a gorgeous colorway!!

    I think Lucy has gotten bored waiting for you to feel better (which I hope happens soon).

  2. Wow, that is some gorgeous sock yarn!

    Careful, don’t get kitty nose hooked with that hook (don’t ask how I know). Ha.

  3. Lucy ALWAYS has an air of superiority. But it’s not because she’s puttin’ on airs or is in any other way pretending to be superior. It’a because she IS superior – being a pandimensional being who has evolved beyond our pathetic existence. Beings in her dimension have developed the perfect way of life, and it’s only your action several years ago of crossing your metal needles at the exact moment of a direct lightning strike that brought her into existence on our astral plane and initiated a chain of events which would some day provide her with the perfect home base from which to wage her intergalactic holy war, whose only credo is “Dogs bad, cats good!”

  4. The sock yarn knits up so gorgeous it hurts.

    I’m glad you’re beginning to feel better. Perhaps Lucy got more comments because we all were rushing to get you get well wishes? Perhaps if you had simply posted yourself about your ill health you would have gotten as many?

    Then again, could it be because a Lucy post is unusual and we wanted to encourage a fledgling blogger?? These universe shaking questions are leaving me weak – time to go make dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. THANK YOU. So I’m not the only person in the universe who thinks ice cream on apple pie is overkill. Why spend all that time baking up a nice flaky, crispy crust just so you can slap ice cream on it and make it all mooshy? Besides, a deletable taste like that needs no embellishment.

    Love that yarn. It sounds like “Bearfoot” only better. I may have to gift some to myself.

  6. Lucy doesn’t have to LOOK superior…she IS superior…she is a cat! The sock yarn is gorgeous and so is the sock. Get some rest and feel better soon.

  7. What’s this? You encourage us to give up dessert (ie. new yarn) and then you entice us with apple pie? Now that’s just cruel! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Take care of that respiratory bug. There’s a lot of it going around & it’s morphing into pneumonia.

    The Apple Laine sock yarn is beautiful. I’m still being true to my Year of the Stash Resolution, but will definitely look at this at the end of the year.

  9. (shhhhhhh…… don’t let KOARC read this, but what do you think of having a surprise virtual retirement party for him? We could send links to very cool presents, and we could make donations of knitting to our local charities in his honor, and give you the “count”, so you could add up a total. One thousand hats would be a cool retirement present, no?)

  10. Gorgeous sock and sock yarn! I know what you mean about having too many projects going. Some days I am in the mood to knit on my lace shawl and some days I am not. You must have one serious illness to be too sick to knit. I hope it is fading fast!

  11. just wanted every one to know I am currently on a top down sock using “vintage” Bernat Dundee in a blue heather. It is labelled as being a campus weight shetland wool,10%mohair,90%shetland wool. Anybody else know anything about this yarn? Also, I wanted to know what size wendy’s feet are. I’m still trying to unravel the mystery of how she can crank out the socks at the rate she does. All I know is that I wear a womens size 12 and socks just don’t go as fast for me.

  12. Ohh, I need, NEED some of that yummy yarn. And didja think that maybe it’s cause Lucy is so darned cute and that she brought tidings of sickness that she was so well received. ๐Ÿ˜› Feel human soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Is she trying to pick her nose with that crochet hook?!

  14. Mmmmmmm…… pie…….

    Apple is my all-time favorite, and my husband’s homemade apple pie is one of the main reasons I married him! But I will confess that I like ice cream on it. Or even better, barely sweetened fresh whipped cream.

    I hope you feel better soon — my son has had a bad cough for a week or so, and the doctor said it was a virus. (Translation: go home, I can’t give you any medicine.)

  15. Funny, your exact reason for sticking to one project at a time is my exact reason for working on multiple projects at a time. If I work on just one project for a week, I get so sick of it that I can’t touch it for another week or two. If I alternate between two or three projects a week, though, I can work on all three consistently.

  16. Lucy is adorable! Apple pie, one of my favorites! I love the socks. I have never knit a pair of socks before, and I would like to so very badly, any suggestions on how I can get started? (I must admit, making a pair of socks looks very hard to me.)

  17. Hah! I have exactly the same colourway on the needles right now. I’m not doing F&F either. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. That yarn is beautiful! I love Lucy so much!! Wet nose ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Well, it IS very hard to look superior when one has a crochet hook in one’s nose… Perhaps she’s turning her nose up at crochet?

    Feel better soon missus!

  20. The Apple Pie sock yarn looks yummy!

    I hope you start feeling human again soon!

  21. my grandma made the most delicious apple pie, and i, with a culinary arts degree, can’t even come close to replicating it, *sob*. however, my MIL comes close, so i’ll eat her apple pie. won’t eat any one else’s though.

    yarn looks yummy!

  22. Ooo, that sock is lovely.

  23. There are some bodaciously bad respiratory things going around now. Please take care of yourself!

  24. Wendy, here’s a book you should get to read to Lucy — The Perfect Nest, by Catherine Friend. You can read more about it on this blog.
    I know Lucy will enjoy it!

  25. Such excellent yarn! I love how it is truly variagated and not trying to stripe or shazam or whatever they call it.

    Get all the way better soon!

  26. Hee hee, the Lucy pic is hilarious!

    I’m excited about that Apple Pie yarn… but my bank account is nervous.

  27. First off, who knew the KORAC was such a geek? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have a couple of skeins of the Apple Laine yarn in the stash on your recommendation of a while back. Haven’t knit with it yet but it sure is nice to pet and look at!

    Keep feeling better! Make some chicken soup!

  28. Very glad to hear that you are on the mend. You must have had that terrible flu. It hasn’t struck Oregon yet. Thank goodness. I am surprised you were able to go to work at all. Good to see you feeling like knitting.

    Here it is, the 24th day without buying any yarn. This is almost as bad as quitting smoking 6 years ago. At least it isn’t as fattening!

    I think I shall investigate the new sock yarn you used. (g) Take care of yourself.

  29. I SO need to learn to knit socks. I’m always so impressed when people refer to them as “mindless knitting”. lol! I bought a book, bought some DPNs and some sock yarn…and got as far as “join your cast on stitches being careful not to twist” before trying to join them a million times unsuccessfully.

    That sock yarn is GORGEOUS. I love how it worked up so multi-colored instead of just stripey. lovely.

  30. Can you suggest a good sock pattern book? I especially love the feathers and fan stitch. When I get to the point that I can knit socks, I want to be ready. Thanks.

  31. I ordered the Applelaine Apple Pie yarn from Their customer service and delivery time were excellent!

  32. That yarn is gorgeous!

    I do hope you feel better soon. I had a bug from Christmas to New Years and it was Miserable. Phlegm Queen is a term that comes to mind. Whatever this damn bug is, it does suck the will to knit from you and continues to make you tired for weeks after.

  33. Good luck with the respiratory battle – I had one for nearly a month without much success (not eating, no sleeping – the best diet I’ve ever been on) – but the cough finally started to go away last week.

    I’d been wanting to try those things you put in your shower that evaporate and open your breathways etc – but didn’t get a chance. They’re supposed to be good tho!

  34. That would be ‘pah’, a la Cartman. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Aw, I hope you feel better soon! I really want to see more of your Maltese shawl, so that I can see how lace should be done, as opposed to the way I do it which is messed up.

  35. OOOH, that yarn looks wonderful. I’m glad to hear the bug may be on it’s last legs for you. There are some nasty ones out there this year.

    Take care.

  36. Yummy yarn!!! (How about Apple Pie with Vermont sharp cheddar cheese? That’s the way I was raised…the perfect juxtaposition of flavors!)
    Is there a cat who isn’t superior to “mere mortals?”
    Glad you’re on the mend…

  37. thank goodness – now I know I don’t have the only cat who likes to put knitting needles in his nose… cats are weird…

  38. So glad you’re better! Alas, I don’t have enough apples on hand…
    The yarn is super nice-love those colors and the fiber content sounds especially tempting :~)

  39. The apple pie was just too much to resist. I am weak, I am! (Or maybe it’s self indulgent and obsessed with yarn.) And it’s still only January.

  40. If you can conjure images of apple pie, you must be getting better.

    Hope you feel all the way better very shortly.


  41. Great yarn! Glad you are least feeling a little better.

    Re: Lucy getting more responses than your knitting: It’s her eyes….I think she has some kind of power that says ‘Respond to me now’..I know I usually lose all power of free will when she writes.

    Take care!

  42. The apple pie sock yarn is gorgeous!

    I hope you feel a little bit better every day. Stay warm and hug Lucy lots.

  43. Well, all bets are off now as far as not buying any sock yarn. Although I haven’t purchased any yet, you can bet your butt I’ll be trying it out.

    Did you LOOK at the sock patterns they linked to? I’m not big on buying sock patterns, as I like to do plain socks or make up my own, but they are very very nice. Very. Very. I downloaded the free one and will probably be sucked into buying some of the others.

  44. Does sock yarn with silk and stuff in it hold up well? I’ve been contemplating some, but don’t want to spend all that time and have them wear out quickly. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Must be Lucy’s tender touch.

  45. what a nice boss!

  46. Boy, that Apple Lane yarn is nice but my goodness, their wholesale information is rather harsh. They “extend the 50% discount” at their discretion??? How do they expect to get any businesses to carry their yarn if they arbitrarily determine who pays what?

    As someone who will soon be purchasing a LYS, I’m looking for new and interesting yarn but will probably pass on this one.

    Oh yeah, you still doing book signings? Or is it a little late?

  47. What absolutely beautiful yarn! I am envious! I hope you are feeling much better by now. It’s horrible when feeling crappy cuts into precious knitting time.

  48. Yep, I’m a purist myself when it comes to apple pie, it’s something best by itself. Well for me anyway.

    Lucy would like some apple pie I think. But hers probably would be ala mode. Animals and milk and all.

  49. Love the Lucy photo!

    I made up a pair of the Apple Pie socks in the same colourway (Canadian yarn, Canadian spelling – tee hee!) at Christmas. Since then they have been worn and washed numerous times, and just get yummier! The halo has increased slightly, and the sheen from the silk content has deepened – they seem to glow with their own inner light! Yes, I love my socks.

    While I don’t have an L-B to blame, I too made them plain, although I chose a picot top for mine. Wendy, enjoy your Apple Pie toes!

  50. Hey – no fair posting pics of stash and encouraging shopping! How’s a gal supposed to stick to her yarn diet! Apple pie and yarn in one combo plate. HRUMPH!

  51. This is great news. I picked up a couple of skeins of Apple Pie last week at Wool-Tyme warehouse store in Ottawa (in the beautiful Blue Bayou colourway), but I haven’t had a chance to knit with it yet. Now I’m looking forward to it even more! I knew that it was gorgeous, but hard wearing too? Bonus!

  52. I must say, I’ve never made socks, but it’s my goal this year. And I bought some of this yarn! I ordered mine from Pick Up Sticks in Canada. Free shipping once you spend $60. It shipped the day after I ordered. Can’t wait to get it.

    It’s your fault, Wendy. Yours too, L-B.

  53. OOHHHH!! That is so pretty.

    My kitties love to get a good scratch off of a needle too!!