My current work in progress:

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


Sea Wool Socks

I did finish my Sea Wool socks last night and here they are:


As I mentioned previously, I used size 0 (2mm) dpns and Sea Wool in the “Marine” colorway, purchased from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe.

I used my new toe-up pattern that incorporates a gusset heel instead of my old standard short row heel.

Speaking of the pattern, I added a second toe technique to both the pattern for the sportweight sock and for the fingering weight sock. Why? Because I decided I’m not crazy about the toe I put on the pattern. But you could do any toe you like with these — the point of the pattern (at least for me) is the gusset heel. I uploaded new pdf files to my site — both patterns are linked to from my main knitting page. Here’s hoping I didn’t screw anything else up when I did that.

Speaking of Socks

Here is the start of my first Grasshopper sock.


Linda in Chicago commented:
I haven’t started the new Rockin’ Sock Club socks yet, but I’m curious about what size needle you’re using to get the 32 sts over 4″ gauge. It calls for US 2, but I usually use that size for STR medium weight and this new Silkies yarn seems a bit lighter weight.

I am using a US 1 and am getting gauge with those. The Silkie is just heavenly to knit! I love it. I am not so crazy, however, about working the pattern stitch, which involves a lot of purl 2 togethers. But I do like the results very much.

I discovered that this is not a great commuter project this morning on the train. I was executing a purl 2 together when the train lurched and caused me to not only drop the stitch but to yank on the yarn as well, unraveling it down 2 rows. I had to frog back to the toe and start over because it was a colossal mess. Not a great loss because I was only on the third or fourth row at the time. But I will need to be mighty careful while working on these given the lurchiness of the trains. As soon as I finish the miter sweater, this will become an at-home project. I can easily pick up a dropped stitch, even in a lace pattern, when my environment is not lurchy. I do not like the lurchy. With my years of experience riding on the train I have noticed that too much of the lurchy can also cause the barfy. But I digress.

Tomorrow I’ll start on the first sock from the new Loopy Ewe Sock Club. ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of the Miter Sweater

Marjorie asked:
When you pick up the stitches at the edges of your mitered sweater, what sort of bind off do you plan? I’m working on a sweater with a similar feel (entrelac rather than miters), and I’m wondering whether I should use a “regular bindoff” on seed-stitch borders and collar or something with a little more stretch.

I’ve actually given this some thought. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I did the neckband, I used a needle one size smaller than I am using for the body of the sweater. I picked up one stitch in each edge stitch, but I decreased as I knit the band and I bound off firmly. All this was in aid of having a nice neat, not-too-big neck.

For the bottom edge, I plan to once again knit up one stitch in each edge stitch, but this time using the same size needle as I’m using for the body. I’m not going to do a wide edging, just knit a row straight (no decreases) and then cast off normally.

Of course, if it looks lousy, I’ll regroup and figure out something else. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rebuilding Greensburg – Block by Block

Check out Laura’s afghan project here. Laura lives in Kansas so the disaster that struck Greensburg last Friday hits close to home for her. She and her family have adopted a Greensburg family to help, and Laura wants to knit squares and make an afghan for them as part of her contribution. If we send her enough squares, she can make several afghans so more than one family can benefit. Please consider helping if you can!

Incidentally, do check out Laura’s May 9 entry too. It’s a fabulous tutorial on crocheting granny squares.

It’s Book Giveaway Time!

Yes, it’s another Inspector Banks mystery by Peter Robinson. This one is Final Account.Want it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday May 13, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a recipient.

Lucy Sez




  1. I love the STR yarn, but I didn’t like the pattern, partially because I can’t stand purling. But I also felt it detracted from the colorway, and I loved the colorway. As a result I ended up with a stockinette sock with your new gusset heel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. As I was reading about all of the lurchy on the train I was thinking, that’s enough to make me barfy even without knitting.

    here’s to happy knitting and no barfing ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love the socks, love Sea Wool, love Sheri at the Loopy Ewe! *g*

  4. You dropped a stitch, but not a needle! That’s amazing.

    In yesterday’s post, you wrote about knitting socks on two circulars, and while I agree with you (and L-B) about the technique, I always drop my DPNs when knitting on a plane, which is much less lurchy.

    I don’t drop them when I’m sitting in my living room. But when I’m sitting in the middle seat of a crowded plane, I drop them regularly. It’s so embarrassing that I’ve given up knitting on planes.

    What’s your secret?

  5. I have a skein of Sea Wool. I have almost started a pair of socks with it numerous times, but it seems to be low on the yardage so I’ve chickened out. It’s being sold as a DK weight, but I don’t agree with that…it’s so airy and when compressed I find that it gets quite fine and thin.

    Anyway, blah blah blah, I was wondering if you would disclose the height of your sock cuff and length of the foot, in inches? Just to give me an idea of how far the yarn will go. I’m assuming your circumference is 64 sts. Thanks!

  6. Go Grasshopper. Okay a little sock club envy going on here. Hopefully they will be perfect lurchy train knitting.

  7. “I do not like the lurchy. With my years of experience riding on the train I have noticed that too much of the lurchy can also cause the barfy. But I digress.” Wendy: you made me laugh out loud, you’re very funny. Trains are great, but they do come with a different set of issues.

    Thank you for the link to knit squares for Kansas, it’s a wonderful idea.

  8. Thanks for the heads up on the Greenburg project, now I have something to do this weekend. And I’ve never knit anything on the bias before! I’m terribly excited. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I’m casting on tonight for a square for Laura’s afghan for a Greensburg family.

  10. I saw the finished STR socks on another blog. They looked great, but Pat said, they are slouchy and baggy after a short while wearing them. It’s the stitch pattern I guess. She didn’t care for the all purl, purl, purl either. Do you like it?

  11. When I knit socks with two circular needles I never drop anything. I’m just saying.

  12. I’m anxious to try out the Sea Wool soon. ; )

  13. Thanks for the link to the afghan project – I’ll chack it out!

  14. What the…?! Tornadoes, fires, unseasonable tropical storms, May snow, Wendy knitting TWO pair of socks at the same time that are from other peoples’ patterns….when do the locusts get here? I swear, if you start Magic Looping, I’m just going to quit my job so I can enjoy the final moments (knitting, of course) before the end of days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Sally A says:

    It takes me ages to knit a pair of socks. It takes you like 5 minutes. So I am just wondering… How many pairs of your own knitted socks do you have, like, in your sock drawer that you can actually wear? I’m sure in must be in the hundreds, right? I’m going to start knitting socks again just to see if I can get my speed up!

  16. Thanks for the mention of Silkie yesterday. Dontcha know I had to go *right then* and buy a couple of skeins. Just to try it out. Yep, that’s my story: Wendy made me do it!

  17. I love the Sea Wool socks! The color, that intriguing new pattern… bravo!

  18. I love the color of your finished pair of socks. I am starting my Rockin Sock Club tonight. I want to see if I can knit just one sock as fast as you knit two………….

  19. My sympathy on the lurchy; I understand completely! Thank you for posting about the Greensburg tornado. I head there tomorrow to help process the SBA business disaster loans. I’m a Kansan also and these people are close to me. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for pointing out Laura’s afghan; a worthy project, and I can do squares from my stash. (I am knitting from my stash, too, and have been good so far.)

    I wonder if she realizes how many squares she is likely to receive?

  21. I commented the other day about how I just finished my first sock. Well, the other sock hates me. I think it hates me because it is a right sock and I keep trying it on the left foot, and because the toe is more square. I have had to rip out the heel. I apologize for the self centered post. I’ll come back to your blog tomorrow and get inspired by all your lovely socks, and try again after the sock and I have had a good nights rest.

  22. Mmmm – those socks look soft and cozy… Maybe I’ll take a little nap on them myself… I think Lucy has the right ide…….

  23. I agree about the STR pattern this time. I am not so much on the p2tog. Mine are a slow process, but they will be done one of these days. The yarn is just heavenly though.

  24. Wendy I Love You!! Thank you for the shout-out about our afghan project! Yes – please – send squares! I hope we get thousands. They said on the news tonight that over 900 single family homes we completely destroyed in Greensburg. (quick math tells me that is exactly a whole lot of squares) We’re prepared to seam squares until every last one gets made into an afghan for families in Greensburg. And no, I’m not doing it all by myself. I have five kids ya know! heh No really, we’ll be seaming squares at church and our Knit in Public group has been very supportive so I think we’ll be doing a few there too. Thanks for the links Wendy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Meribeth says:

    Those socks are awesome! I am anxious to try your pattern, because I am soooo spazzy when I knit socks, which I love to wear, btw!

  26. Thanks for the details on your miter sweater edges. My swatches with a regular bind off look pretty good, and I’m leaning toward using that. But the pattern indicates knitting the bottom band on smaller needles, and I’m really wary of that since it will fall at my hip. Knitting in the same size as the body really does seem to be a better bet. (So far I’m working on the vertical bands that connect the fronts and backs, so the day of reckoning is yet to come.)

  27. Thanks for passing along the info about Laura’s project. I posted a link to her on the new Gracious Parcels blog, so that should help some as well.

    Best to you and Lucy,

  28. Lisa in Georgia says:

    The Marine colorway is yummy. I just love it! Oh, time to wipe up the drool on my keyboard.

  29. Marianne Y says:

    Your new socks in Marine colorway of Sea Wool are gorgeous! I love that color! Have you worn them yet? Are they comfortable? Are they machine washable?

    Thank you for the new patterns! I have some Lorna’s Lace Sport yarn (that I bought from The Loopy Ewe, of course) that I am looking forward to casting on today or tomorrow, if I can find some time. I need to get over my “knitter’s block” on socks, & I am really hoping that this will be the way to do it!

    Have a great weekend! We have a good weather forecast here, and I hope you do, too! We have a busy weekend time. I hope there is some time for knitting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Like the Sea sock. Let us know how they feel on your feet. The yarn is supposed to have minerals that are good for the skin. I wonder if they will be particularly beneficial for feet???

  31. Hey Wendy, thanks for the sock pattern! And for being such a sock yarn enabler… *sigh*

    Lucy looks like a fluffy little pillow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. i had to rethink the use of dpn’s on lurchy trains when i ended up crawling down the aisle trying to recover a runaway needle.

  33. I had to crawl down the aisle on a lurchy train one day as a ball of yarn (in the days before I got the ball winder) had popped out of my bag and rolled under the row of seats. Thanks to lurchy, it had gone several rows. I agree that too much lurchy makes for a little barfy. We had a trainee engineer on my regular evening train for a couple of weeks. Talk about lurchy!

    I started the grasshopper sock and a needle came out in my bag between the train and the subway. No way could I recover from that mess either. Naturally it was on the lace-y half of the sock and not the stinkin’ sole. I was 6 repeats into it too. Oh well. It was too big for my little foot. I’m now using that yummy yarn for the toe-up knee socks in the most recent IK.

  34. Danielle says:

    I’m intimately familiar with the lurchy barfy. I’ve found that Sea Bands really help. They’re available at CVS with the Dramamine. I always wear them on the metro, and it’s really helped my motion sickness significantly. I was skeptical of accupressure, but they help. Now I can knit happily regardless of how much the metro may lurch.

  35. I love the pattern st on the grasshopper socks! Do I remember you saying that you hadn’t done any spinning since…well, around January? I think I saw your spinning mojo behind Lucy in that pic-in the middle of that pile of roving.

  36. For some reason I read your title as “See? Wool socks!” Yeah, I don’t know why, either.

  37. Allyson says:

    Has Lucy given up sleeping on her warming pad? If so, summer must really be coming!

  38. Ann in CT says:

    The lurchy leads to the barfy. snicker.
    Love the color of the Sea Wool socks, but the toes look a little puckered? Is that why you changed the pattern?
    Those Grasshopper Socks look coooool.

  39. SeaWool is heavenly and you chose a lovely color. I started a pair of SeaWool socks the other day. Soo soft!

  40. Lovely socks! BTW: I learned how to do the cable-needleless cables from your video and you’ve saved me oodles of time and Agrivation with my latest design project! Thanks so much!

  41. Wendy,
    I love the Sea Wool socks! But, I need some help. I, unlike you, the GREATEST of DPN KNITTERS I WILL EVER KNOW!!!!, have found that I have more success with 2 circulars than with dpns. Could you maybe – please – pretty pretty please – give some suggestions for doing this pattern on circulars? (it’s probably a really easy conversion, but I’m still a newbie with all of this “sticks stuff!”

  42. Blogless Jude says:

    Love the socks and want to get some of the SeaWool yarn. I have the new STR yarn but will do a plain sock. My question: where did you get the kitty sock blockers? Do you use them to block every time you wash the socks?

  43. Blogless Jude says:

    Sorry, have another question. I just went to the Loopy Ewe site and couldn’t find Sea Wool. Where can I find it? Thanks

  44. Odd question for you! Have you ever been sent test skeins of yarn to knit, to test how it behaves as it is being used?

  45. Love the Sea Wool and the Grasshopper socks!

    The lurchy transport story made me grin. Here’s my worst public “drop” story: I was happily knitting away while waiting for a school event to begin (I think it was a choral concert for oldest daughter) and dropped the BALL of yarn … which ran down the auditorium’s sloping floor, under seats and feet and purses, all the way to the front of the room … at least 100 feet away. (Yeah, I considered just cutting the thread and quietly tucking my knitting away, but I decided to retrieve it.)

    FYI, I added a link to your blog in my knitblog’s sidebar; hope you don’t mind. I don’t comment often but enjoy lurking via