My current work in progress:

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


They Call Me Mellow Yellow (Ah-choo!)

Everything in the Washington D.C. area seems to be covered with a film of yellow dust. And my coworkers are doing a lot of sneezing

Last week we had lots of rain. That was followed by a few very warm days, causing trees and plants to burgeon forth. And that leads to . . .


The weather forecast for today states that tree pollen is very high — same forecast for tomorrow. We’re supposed to have some rain over the next couple of days. That will mix with the blanket of pollen on my car’s windshield to form a yellow paste.

Fun times.



Yup. Mitering along. I’ve started thinking about what to do for the seaming of this garment. What I think I will do is to pick up and knit stitches along the edges, then do a purl three-needle bind-off so that there’s a purl ridge along the seam. I’ll try it on the shoulder seams when I complete the front. If I don’t like it, I can easily rip it out, but I think it’ll go nicely with the rest of the garment.


The Melon Ball socks are done.


And I plucked this lovely skein of Chewy Spaghetti sock yarn out of the stash for the next pair.


The colorway is “Serendipity” and I bought it last week from The Loopy Ewe. Isn’t it a great colorway? I’m looking forward to diving in!

Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund

L-B sent me this link to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. From this page you can read about the fund, which will be used to cover expenses including but not limited to assistance to victims and their families, grief counseling, memorials, communication expenses, and comfort expenses.

You can also access a list of individual funds established in the victims names, and also go to the donation page itself, where you can donate to any of the funds online using a credit card. (There’s also the option of mailing a check.)

This. I think, is a good, practical way to show your support and help out survivors and the families of the victims of last week’s horrific shooting.

Lucy Sez


“I’m glad I don’t have to share my blog with a cute baby today.”


  1. Wendy- What about I-cord cast-off? In case you don’t like the other.

    Do you find yourself buying more sock yarn, due to the exemption of the Knit from Your Stash?

    Just curious?

  2. anne marie in philly says:

    I have the yellow belly
    nose sneezin’
    eyes drippin’
    arm scratchin’
    no damn good pollen blues

    scritches to lucy!

  3. I love the idea of the 3 needle bind off for the seams. I’m inspired to try it on (one of) the sweater(s) I’m knitting now. It feels like a V-8 moment!

  4. Yummy melon socks! When you finish knitting socks, do you wash them and dry on the sock blockers? Or are the sock blockers for “show.” (I use mine just to display for photos.)

  5. Simply love Serendipity – what pattern will you be using?

  6. i’m sure you’ve been asked this question before, and i’m sure you’ve answered it before. i’m even sure that i’ve read your answer but have since forgotten it. so, inquiring minds want to know. how many pairs of socks have you knit? and where do they all go? do you gift them? or do you keep them and actually wear them all?

  7. Patricia says:

    I like the socks! Such soft colors. I’m not very fond of orange and green- orange because it’s orange and green because of icky green uniforms from a long ago job. But I like the orange and green in the socks.

    Hayfever season has not yet arrived in eastern Washington (the state). I had forgotten about it until your pollen post. Sigh. Time to stock up on claritin and eye drops.

  8. Do you think the pollen-paste will be any good for dyeing yarn? Might be able to turn a bad situation into something of a good one there!

    The Melon Ball socks look very nice. I’m always impressed by the way you get both socks to come out identical. I know how you do it, but I swear if I tried the same thing, the results would be . . . interesting, to say the least.

  9. I saw what can only be described as a pollen storm on CNN a few weeks ago. Apparently Atlanta is covered in pollen. So sorry that you are suffering.

  10. I love the melon ball socks! And the Chewy Spaghetti yarn, too. I love each one better than the last. The miter sweater is coming along nicely, too.

  11. I see the Loopy Ewe button has been graffitti’d. Hmmnn.

    Very nice Chewy Spaghetti

  12. I don’t usually wish for rain here in Seattle, but I did the other day just so some of our icky yellow dust would wash away. So far, it’s mostly the dog who’s sneezing.

  13. I am loving the Chewy Spaghetti yarn- that color looks great already! Can’t wait to see it knitted up!

  14. Your melon socks are lovely!

  15. Chewy Spaghetti yarn. Who knew?! Gorgeous, Lucy-esque colorway. I hope you took your mom to task, Lucy, for the shameful baby exhibition of yesterday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I’ve been sneezing in Seattle for about a month. Western Washington has a long drawn out tree pollen season as part of our long Spring.

    I need to find some nice sock blockers. I love pretty tools.

  17. Oooooh! I scored some Chewy Spaghetti, too, but in the Fresh colorway. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to use it. Your melon socks look yummy. As always, your big project is fascinating. I’m looking forward to the next step.

  18. I love the Serendipity colorway! And of course Loopy Ewe is out, so I’ll have to be patient… sigh…

  19. Will a three-needle bind-off create a stable, enough cast-off for a shoulder? You’ve mentioned that the fabric is very light and drapey, but I think I remember you mentioning in a former blog entry about the importance of a strong, stable shoulder seam (alliteration, anyone?) – or is that more in relation to aran or worsted sweaters that will hang heavily on the shoulders and thus, need more structure? Have you used a 3 needle bind-off on sweaters before? Just wondered.

  20. Charlotte says:

    Do the melon socks have a ruffle at the top?

  21. Wendy I don’t think you will need to purl that 3-needle bind off. I’ve done shoulder joins with 3 needle bind off done from the right side and it looks great, but it is slightly more prominant from the front (or the back, depending on how you do it). If you knit the bind off the “purl” side is just visible to the other side. You do have to be careful to start both shoulders (or side seams) from the same direction. One seam would start at the neck and move toward the shoulder, the other would start at the shoulder and move to the neck. What you end up with looks remarkably like a garter ridge, which is what I think you’re looking for? Check out references on blogs for the “Shy Sheep Vest”. It uses this technique.

    You can just see the shoulder seam in one of the pictures here:

  22. Hope that the pollen doesn’t give you too much trouble. Love the melon socks. The colors are great.

    Never seen the Chewy Spaghetti yarn. Sounds like it is a nice yarn though.

  23. Hey Wendy,

    Here’s a couple ways that knitters can get involved with Hokie healing:

    * Tanya of Indigo Muse (who lives near Blacksburg) has created Project Hokie Hope:

    * Mosaic Yarn Shop in Blacksburg is accepting squares for Hokie Healing blankets:

    And I’m attempting to commission Scout [of Scout’s Knitted Swag – (] – to create a custom maroon & orange “Hokie Hope” colorway. That’s a done deal yet, as she’s swamped after the recent airing of her Knitty Gritty episode, but if and when it is, I’ll try to get the word out.

    Thought you’d like to know! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Man, I’m so homesick for DC that I even miss the pollen! Actually I miss the azaleas, especially in Alexandria. We have a little bit of the pollen thing happening here in Holland. Be thankful that you don’t need to wash it off your bike seat before heading off to work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Ragnheiรฐur says:

    Have you seen the movie Holiday with Cameron Diaz?

    She is wearing exceptionally beutiful cable sweater in the film. I would like to knit it so I wonder if you or anybody reading your blog knows where to find the pattern. Please tell me!

    Ps. I love your blog and admire your enthusiastic knitting.

  26. Love the socks and the sweater! I can’t believe I missed an adorable baby pic! I think Lucy knows how cute she is:)

  27. I just dyed a skein of knit-pics BARE sock yarn and was weary about the white showing and the picture of your next skein for socks gave me alot more confidence in my dying ability. Thanks again for all the inspiration I find in you.
    Hoping to see you at Sheep & wool this year, yes??Off to start my socks!!

  28. No kidding about the pollen. I’m actually hoping that it will rain (hard!) so that at least most of the pollen will be out of the air and on the ground where you can see it! The carwash is our friend.

    I loooove the “Serendipity” colorway! I can’t wait to see those socks!!

  29. (Apologies if this is redundant w/ other comments but I didn’t read them all…)

    Those socks look like sherbet!! YUMMY!

  30. just to second Jocelyn’s comment about atlanta drowning in pollen – it’s true. you know how the pollen scale goes to 120 or something, and over 70 or 80 is considered high? yeah. the pollen counts so far this spring have been, oh, 5000-6000. nice.

  31. The pollen has been so horrible. I went to get a refill on my rx the other day and found that it was expired! Thankfully that situation has been fixed and I am properly medicated. I was also really touched that my husband washed all the pollen off my car before I left for work yesterday.

  32. something to look forward to. the pollen paste hasn’t quite hit NJ yet but it is just a matter of time. I’m glad I’ve been taking my flonase regularly.

    That sock yarn is gorgeous! Can’t wait for your review of it.

  33. Pollen – YEE-ECHK!

    Thanks for the link to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, I’ve added it to my blog, too. Such a good way to do something meaningful.

    I LOVE that Chewy Spaghetti Serendipity colorway!

  34. Hi Wendy-
    I can’t wait to see what my yarn looks like knit up! I’m glad you got some (The Loopy Ewe will be getting more in, so don’t worry ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    My daughter likes to come and look at pictures of your kitty here becuase they share a name.
    Happy Knitting!

  35. Hi Wendy –

    This may seem like a silly question, but in light of your recent postings about glasses and sock yarn sweaters: Do you ever worry you will become too blind to knit socks? Do you ever look at your knitting when using tiny needles or go by feel?

    The reason I ask is that I am about your age (45), had laser eye surgery (age 39) and have recently started to wear progressive lenses. I started knitting socks last year and when I use dark colored yarn, I can’t see crap. Light colored yarn is better but not entirely in focus, either.

    (My pre-surgery prescription was of the coke bottle variety – I could not read the big “E” on the chart at age 7 when I started wearing glasses.)

  36. I can’t help but feel like you’re holding out on us, Wendy! Serendipity is my favorite word in the English language, and I must have anything and everything that says “serendipity.” You have now produced sock yarn from two different dyers with a “Serendipity” colorway. Both were purchased from The Loopy Ewe, and both are now out of stock! If you have any more serendipity yarns in your stash, please tell me so I can stock up! :)Thanks, Wendy!

  37. I remember those days, living in the DC area. Here in Michigan the pollen doesn’t seem to get as bad.

  38. Correction to above comment — I meant to type that it is NOT a done deal that Scout is creating a custom Hokie Hope colorway, but I should know more in a week or so.

  39. Thank you so very much for the info about the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund – you’re the Best! Love to Lucy!

  40. Does it really count as stash if it’s been in your possession for only a week? I count stash as yarn that has been around for at least a couple of months. So the new sock yarn *I* bought yesterday is totally not stash. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wendy, you’re a fabulous enabler!

  41. Ok I confess…I’m miter-square challenged. I understand how they are made (I’ve done miter-square dishcloths) but how to you put them all together? Is there a good tutorial/book out there? I’ve seen mitersquare afghans, and I’m thinking this is a GREAT way to use up all my scrap sock yarn. We shall not speak of how much leftover sock yarn I actually have. PattiO

  42. Me again. (Shut up, Mary!) Just wanted to add to the previous information I posted here and say that Phyl at Got Gauge is having a contest on her blog for anyone who donates squares to Mosaic’s Hokie Healing blankets:

  43. Thank you, Miss Wendy for planting that song in my head.

  44. Ick! Every year we get that yellow dust/pollen (NJ/NY area) and then fuzzy stuff falls off the trees (mostlyoak and maple) to make haystacks of grossness or powder puffs of pollen. I was spared the allergies last year, but the year before I had horrible allegeries for the first time in my life!

  45. Thank you so much for putting a link to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund on your blog. As a Virginia Tech student, I truly appreciate all the support and prayers from the nation.

  46. Marianne Y says:

    I bet the car washes are doing great business with all of the yellow dust/pollen all over!

    I really like your Chewy Spaghetti in Serendipity! I have to share a bit of humor with you: I’ve been under the weather this week with some stomach bug, so I have spent a lot of the days sleeping. The problem with sleeping during the day, is that I don’t sleep well at night. I woke up last night about every hour or hour & a half, dreaming of–you guessed it, Chewy Spaghetti yarn in Serendipity colorway. I guess I like it so well that I can’t stop dreaming about it. ๐Ÿ™‚