My current work in progress:

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


Now With More Picot

A couple of you asked in the comments about picot bind-offs that don’t involve a hem. Check out the picot bind-off in this Knitty article.

I am wondering, however, if you simply did a picot bind-off after stockinette stitch at the top of a sock would it roll? I guess it depends on the yarn, among other variables. But that’s why I like the hem method — it keeps the top from rolling.

Anyhoo . . .

Speaking of picot, the second naughty sock is done and on the sock blocker. Wooty, woot, woot!


I was hoping that the two socks will now behave, seeing they’ve got each other and all. Like twins.

Still, I’m a little scared to wear them . . .

Warning — Shocking Content Ahead!

Now that the Naughty Socks are done, it’s time to start a new sock. My next pair of socks will be . . .

. . . wait for it . . .

. . . not knit from my Generic Toe-up pattern!

Yes, believe it or not, I will be starting on the February Sock Kit from the Rockin’ Sock Club as my next commuter project. If I post a picture of it tomorrow, I’ll put it in a pop-up window, just in case there are club members out there who still do not have their kits.

Tracy asked:
Wendy, did you join in the yarn feeding frenzy at Loopy Ewe last night? I sort of had visions of you online trying to snag yarn too!

Heh! Sheri had posted in her blog that she was gonna do a shop update at 9pm CST Monday. I was at my computer at 8:58pm CST, logged into my account at The Loopy Ewe, refreshing the screen. As soon as the update posted, (at 9pm on the dot), I speed-shopped! And I got everything I wanted, thank you very much. If I shoved any of you out of the way in the checkout line, I apologize.

Meet Bravo


Look at this baby!

His name is Bravo, and he’s a 3-month-old chihuahua who now lives in the condo across the hall from me. That’s his momma, Yvonne, holding him up for the camera. He weighs 3 pounds and he is just adorable.

Lucy is not quite as impressed.

While I was crooning “Who’s a cute little doggie-woggie-wumpkins?” and Bravo was rapturously licking my nose, Lucy looked embarrassed.


“Why is my momma acting like an idiot over a rat?”

But other than that (and hissing a little when introduced to him), she was surprisingly unconcerned by his presence.

In other news . . .


. . . it’s snowing.


  1. It took me a few minutes to realise that dog is not wearing a wig. At first i thought it was some bizarre random breed Chi (although the hair looks like the designer from ‘Changing Rooms’)then as I leaned in closer, realised there’s a person back there.

    it’s been a long day.


  2. And the first design is toe-up. Wonder if that was on purpose? You know, the first one is toe-up, then we hook Wendy into finishing them all, top-down and all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Patricia says:

    Lucy’s not impressed. “I could take him out with one swipe, if I wanted”.

  4. I had the same reaction as Holly before I realized that Bravo’s adoptive mother, Yvonne, is in the background, and that Bravo is not a long-hair Chihuahua

  5. I am about ready to start my sock for the Rockin’ Sock Club as well — looks like a fun pattern and I love the yarn… I’m sure you’ll progress much faster than I, as I haven’t quite made a regular habit of knitting on my daily metro commute. : )

  6. I’ve always thought that the Sock Club would be fun to join, but I never remember (or have the cash) to look at the site when they are actually having sign-ups. ::sigh:: Ah well.

  7. Great socks! Like me, they don’t behave! LOL

    And that’s a dog??? C’mon! For real? My dogs weigh 120 lbs and 96 lbs! They have toys bigger than Bravo! No wonder Lucy was embarrassed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I was at the Loopy sale too! I did like you did and was refreshing before the top of the hour. My problem was that I didn’t know what I wanted! I’ve never seen a lot of those colors so I had to browse first. Otherwise I would have done exactly what you did…grab what I wanted and checked out in a hurry! I did lose a couple skeins, and then it turned out that one of the colorways I wanted got bought at the store ๐Ÿ™
    However….Sheri was gracious enough to replace it with two skeins of yarn that was .50 more…at no extra charge! She is so great. I’m a new Loopie Groupie but I plan to stay ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have been loving all the colors you have been using and just had to have some myself!

  9. Bravo is so adorable. I think he needs some handknit sweaters (hint, hint). I’ve made 2 Penny sweaters from Knitty for my toy poodle.

    Wear the latest socks on days when you need a little extra umph … from what we’ve seen they won’t let you have a dull moment.

    Lucy is certainly at attention today. She’s thinking she needs to stay alert … 1st it was the socks and now you’re flirting with canines!

  10. Dog? You call THAT a dog??? Chloe, princess girl-pup, has a squeaky duck that is bigger than that dog. But he is cute. No Chloe, MOM didn’t say that was a cute pup … ah, nutz … now I’ll pay for that comment the rest of the night. Ever had to listen to a po’ed coonhound in full voice in the middle of the night??? It ain’t pretty … maybe the socks can find a pair of ear plugs I can use.
    *sigh*Oh well, I’ve always said this pup is too smart for her ( and obviously my ) own good.
    Love the color of the naughty socks.

  11. PICAdrienne says:

    I think Lucy and the Pirate socks could easily have their way with Bravo. I think just one of the socks could have its way with Bravo.

    Yes, Lucy can easily tolerate it, because she knows she is the vastly superior creature, and could take that yappy little thing out, if required.

  12. I can’t wait to see your Rockin’ Sock! Someday I will get my act and money together and sign up myself.

    Bravo is so cute. I’m willing to be that once Lucy realizes he can be “ruled,” she’ll think he’s not so bad!

  13. Wendy Picots! I like it.

  14. Speaking from personal experience, having a twin does not decrease the likelihood of naughty behavior. In fact, it actually increases! I apologize for being the bearer of bad news.

    On another note: I can’t wait for my STR sock club package to arrive!

  15. The picots are pretty neat. Might have to try me some….

  16. You’ll have to keep us posted on those misbehaving socks. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Do keep posting about your socks that rock club, I have to live vicariously through you since I couldn’t afford it this year.
    Poor Lucy…Bravo is a cutie….finally a dog that’s smaller then my 6 pound toy poodle. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I used the Picot Bind Off that was called for in Knitty’s pattern “Fetching”. For the record, it does roll and I don’t care for it. The only place I can see using it is the bottom of sweater.

  18. What a cute little guy. A dog that size would get crushed around our house, heck sometimes the cats get in the way and accidently get stepped on. Lucy probably thought he was a short haired cat. LOL

    Glad that the socks are behaving for now.

    I have started on my first STR sock. I haven’t gotten very far, but I am really enjoying it so far. It is my first toe up sock and it is quite enjoyable.

  19. Your generic pattern needn’t feel lonely because I’m one sock into a toe up feather and fan sock with my Feb STR. I wasn’t really feeling the pattern and then I couldn’t get it to fit my tiny little feet. Maybe another day with a lighter weight yarn.

    Can’t wait to see your rendition of the Feb kit.

  20. What a cute little rat dog. Maybe you should try wearing the socks around the house for the first time, just in case they make you start doing anything strange…

  21. Marianne Y says:

    Hi. I miss the adventures of the naughty socks! I would love to see more chapters in the saga, possibly with siblings or cousins, or whatever! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think Bravo is cute. He does need a little sweater, though, to keep warm. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have two “small dogs” (not toy size dogs). Mine weigh a little bit over 15 pounds each. One of my oldest son’s friends calls ours “rats on steroids”.

    A little birdie told me that we might even get some spring-like weather, at last, this weekend. That would be wonderful!

  22. The Naughty Socks are nice! It will be wierd see you knit a top down sock, so thanks for the warning;-) I once had guinea pigs that weighed as much as Bravo! {Lucy}

  23. Don’t expect twin socks to behave! LOL As the mama of almost 4 yo identical twin girls, I can guarantee you, twins rarely behave! LOL

  24. “I am wondering, however, if you simply did a picot bind-off after stockinette stitch at the top of a sock would it roll?”

    Yes! Very VERY yes!
    I used the bind-off you linked in the Knitty article on a pair of socks I made over Christmas break, and boy howdy do they roll. I like them just fine, but I am not a huge fan of the rolling.

  25. Wendy, now that the socks are twins, you’re going to need to be extra vigilant. Behave better now that there’s two? HA! Watch out for screaming, tug-of-wars, steam-rolling, and – the worst – when all is silent. This indicates silent conspiring. When this occurs, locate the socks immediately and keep them under survellience until it’s clear they’ve forgotten whatever it was they were up to. As the socks mature, this will take much longer.

    Good luck.

  26. Now that is a cute little guy! Lucy knows she’s bigger so she’s cool with him.

    I hope the socks behave for you now, but I’m afraid there may be some cutting loose while you wear them. Just try to resist photocopying your behind while at work. I don’t think blaming the socks will work with the boss.

  27. While I am also a big dog person, Bravo is a cutie! I do hope the twins settle down.

  28. Great socks; where’d you get the sock blockers? (I wear a size 10 shoe.) Love your toe-up pattern, BTW. Working my first pair of toe-up socks and will post them when done.

    That chi is small; my mom had a deer chi who weighed less than Bravo. I don’t blame Lucy for being embarrassed for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. I also thought the dog was wearing a wig!

    Hey, thanks for still loving me despite having knit the most butt-ugly object on the planet!

  30. I used the picot bindoff for a pair of socks and they do tend to roll down my leg. However, that could partly be due to the fact that they were my second pair of socks ever and I still had (have) a lot of learning to do.

    They were knit in Claudia Hand painted fingering weight.

  31. Wendy in CA says:

    I have a question: Do you use a reinforcement thread with 100% merino wool for socks? Just wondering how the yarn holds up.

  32. Damn! I missed the Loopy Ewe sale! I need to pay better attention! Probably a good thing, since I have too much sock yarn as it is. I swore that sock yarn was the ONLY thing I would refrain from buying for awhile (in contrast to your particular yarn diet rules), but I’ve already broken that vow. Twice. But, in an effort to knit up more of that sock yarn stash, I bought a new sock knitting book. See how that works?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The little doggie in the picture looks like he’s wearing a wig, just from how that photo is arranged. Too cute!

  33. I have seen the picot/ribbing combo. Ribbing on the cuff as normal AND a picot. it looked good.

  34. Love the naughty socks. Can I taunt you with the fact that it’s 80F here? The downside, of course, is precious little weather in which to wear wool socks and an added burden in pedicures.

  35. Wow. That is some weather you all are having. Have you ever considered escaping to Hawai’i? *grin*

    Bravo is darling! I’d be cooing to him in equally syrup like tones.

  36. If people don’t mind doing some ribbing at the top of the sock, knit/cast off picots are cute and stretchy. They won’t prevent curling, thus the need for a little ribbing. I just posted my newest pair of socks on my blog with the directions for the one I used in case anyone wants to look here

  37. Cute socks and even “cuter” (more cute?) dog. Thanks for the Picot guide.