My current work in progress:

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


Progress and Not

The Slayer socks, they are done. Completed Thursday evening.


Immediately upon completion, a new sock jumped on to the dpns, and was knit on the Friday commute (because we got some miserable drizzly rain and no snow, I had to go to work).


This very cool sock yarn is Zen String Lotus Toes, in a colorway exclusive to The Loopy Ewe (and currently sold out there, sorry!) called “Bart & Louise in the Garden.”

This yummy yarn is 100% Super Wash BFL wool and I am knitting it on my 2mm dpns. The BFL is a departure from any sock yarn I’ve ever knitted. (“I dunno lad, it’s like no sock yarn I’ve ever used before.”) It is lovely and soft and loosely spun.

But knitted on the 2mm needle (gauge is 8 stitches and 12 rows to an inch), it works up into a nice firm fabric. And it is quite soft, which makes it a pleasure to knit!

So I sucked it up and spent a good part of the weekend knitting edging onto my Maltese Shawl. There’s a total of 50 repeats of the 30-row edging pattern. This morning, with 14 repeats remaining, I had 6 grams of Kidsilk Haze left. I had my doubts that I’d be able to complete the shawl using the 5 skeins called for in the pattern, and this confirmed it.

I invoked rule 2.c. of my Knit From Your Stash rules and ordered one more skein of Kidsilk Haze.

Until it gets here, the Maltese Shawl has been set aside.


Onward . . .


Lucy sez:


I’ve got Superbowl Fever!


  1. Invocation of Rule 2-c has been duly noted. I invoked Rule 2 b-c because a The Yarn Lounge purchase today fell in between. It was not specifically asked for and the gift could be knitted without it, but said gift will be enhanced with it and was planned before the Knit From the Stash agreement. Okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Lucy, just so you know, Lucky is not the one who spent $2 million to propose during the Super Bowl.

  3. That’s hilarious–Lucy with Superbowl Fever! Thanks for telling us that beautiful sock yarn is out of stock before we all flocked over there.

  4. Beautiful socks, delicious shawl and yummy cables for the (I presume) Cromarty (sp?) sweater… Oops… I guess I’m getting hungry with all the talk of the Superbowl! Lucy, Lucy, Lucy… I hope you enjoy the Superbowl and the commercials! luv.m.

  5. The shawl is very gracious and lovely. But the socks make my heart go pitter pat. Funny thing that.
    Did Lucy see the Puppy Bowl with Kitty Halftime? My niece is tormenting my BIL with it.

  6. Best of luck on the shawl! It’ll be over with eventually, to your great relief!

    I’m considering knitting from my stash this year, too – especially since I have a ton of UFO’s and really do need to knit them up. A very nice idea, Wendy.

  7. How many pairs of socks do you think you knit in a year? At the rate I see you make them, I sometimes wonder how on earth they all fit in one drawer! (Or maybe you have an entire dresser devoted to handknit socks. :p)

  8. You could find another skein in the right dye lot?
    Congrats! Those Slayer socks are cool, and the new ones, are, too…

    Who is Lucy pulling for in the Big Game?

  9. Your Slayer socks are lovely as is your new sock. Maltese is amazing, inspiring as I make my way through the curved shawl. Cromarty is so crisp and cably and looks like a fun knit!

  10. The Slayer Socks – They are reluctant to get in the “completed” category!

  11. Nice socks and good luck with the new yarn.

  12. GO BEARS!!!!!

  13. Both socks are very nice. The shawl is going to be so pretty.

  14. The slayer socks are beautiful. I love that name too. That shawl is looking gorgeous too.

  15. I never would have guessed that black, pink and green yarn to knit up so cool. In the skein, I thought “bleh” but in the sock they have a goth spring look to them.

  16. Was that a reference to Wallace and Grommit? ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. The shawl is looking beautiful even if it isn’t finished. Congrats on finishing one set of socks and starting another!

  18. I love the Slayer socks and the new sock colourways.

  19. Oh, boy do I like your new sock (the red ones are great too). I’ve heard that BFL makes good socks, I didn’t know you could get it in superwash! I think I’ll have to order some of that stuff when the Loopy Ewe gets more.

  20. My, that new project looks familiar… Could it possibly be… St. Brigid?!

    (Sorry, I just finished mine two days before Christmas, and that wonderful 22-row repeat is forever ingrained into my psyche.)

  21. Lovely socks. The colours are great too. And I absolutely love the Maltese shawl. Looks so nice in white.

  22. Great socks and great yarn. How majy projects on the go at the same time?

  23. No time wasted on starting Cromarty I see ๐Ÿ˜‰ I simply LOVE the color. Beautiful!

  24. The shawl is gorgeous. And I do love the Slayer socks.

    Lucy, you always touch my heart and soul.


  25. Thanks for the tip, I’m making a different shawl from the book but I’ll get a couple extra skeins just in case.

  26. Love those Slayer socks! And that Kersti makes my hesrt flutter ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Thanks for mentioning the Superwash BFL. I was pondering some recently and now I think I’ll go ahead and buy it.

  28. Your Slayer socks are beautiful. I love that colour combo.

    Lucy looks like she is ready to head out and start tackling.

  29. And tonight, Lucy will have Supper Bowl Fever . . .

  30. Here’s to hoping you get a close enough dye lot for the shawl.

    I knitted during the superbowl!! Yay for knitting nerds!

  31. Super Bowl, Supper Bowl, Super Wash, I’m so confusd! I hope Lucy saw that great Superbowl Taco Bell commercial with the two African lions discussing Ricardo Montalban. It was so . . . catty. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Hooray Gromit! One of my knitting mentors. (My 4 yo daughter knits like him.)

  33. what is BFL?

  34. Those socks are great!!! Love them!!

  35. Christine says:

    A lousy question to ask for an answer in writing, but what the heck….

    How “firm” should a sock be? I knit my first pair – what can I say, I was inspired by all these socks you are producing – and wore them Saturday for the first time. By the end of the day, they were baggy, kinda loose as opposed to sliding down. They are hanging to dry now. Also, stepping “on” them I felt I could “feel” the stitches. So obviously I need to do this “tighter”. I am a loose knitter in general and I did these on a size 2.

    By the way, you can tell the LYSes that I’m aiming for a Knit From Your Stash 2008 and thus I must buy lots of yarn this year to get ready for it ๐Ÿ˜‰