My current work in progress:

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


One Sock Down



You gotta love sportweight sock yarn. Speedy socks!

And I am particularly besotted with this particular sportweight sock yarn — Cider Moon “Glacier.” What yummy yarn. I’m so glad I acquired *cough* several skeins of it when it was first offered at The Loopy Ewe. I recently snagged a skein of their fingering weight “Icicle” yarn as well.

The sock you see above was knitting with just an ootch shy of half a 110 gram skein of the yarn. Well, they said it was 110 grams, mine weighted 114 grams. I split the skein in half and started knitting. For reference, I wear a US women’s 8.5 shoe, so that’s a decent size sock from half a skein, or 125 yards or so.

I used my generic gusset heel sock pattern for sportweight yarn — available here (pdf format).

And I’m working on the second sock.



After I complete this pair, I think there will be a sock moratorium until June 21, which is the start of the Summer of Socks. Then I can start fresh with a new pair then. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a pair of socks at the start of the Summer of Socks, now would I? Huh?

New Photo Coolness

A couple of you mentioned in the comments and in emails that you like the new photo coolness with my Flickr photos posted on this here blog. (If you are one of the unfortunate few who have Flickr blocked, just move along and pretend you don’t see this.) My web guru, Knotty Daisy, installed a little doo-hickey on the blog that makes it when you click on one of the Flickr photos, a window pops up with a larger photo, and the blog greys out in the background. Way cool, no?

The Handsome Triangle

Onward I slog, stitch by stitch.



More Coolness

I got my first order of Moo Cards! Here they are, front and back:



Lucy Sez:



“Who is that drop-dead gorgeous kitty on Momma’s Moo cards?”


  1. Summer of Socks ?!? I will have to check that out, thank you for mentioning it. Handsome Triangle is sooo pretty, it’s so nice to look at some different lace after it took me a while to finish my shawl. When does Lucy start her modeling career? I think she will be in demand after her Moo Cards get into circulation.

  2. Nancy J says:

    What a cool doo-hickey she installed! Works like a charm! And your cards! Lucy is just more purr-gorgeous than ever!

  3. Patricia says:

    Oooh- like the photo thing- that’s cool.

    Great crop job on the top Lucy photo of the moo card.

  4. I love Cider Moon’s Glacier. Between the softness and the squishyness I’m in heaven knitting socks with that yarn. Aren’t their colorways awesome? I bow to their dying genius. I got a pair with a 5″ leg + 3″ heel flap out of one skein for my size 10 feet…..with leftovers to spare. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m also glad I have more in my stash since I can’t buy anymore sock yarn till after I move….it’s killin’ me….less then 2 months to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. GREAT Moo cards! Lucy looks great no matter how she’s cropped!

  6. Summer of Socks?! Uh oh…I’ve been feeling a tad sock-crazy lately…I may have to look into this.

    Your “onward I slog” reminded me (in a good way) of the Three Stooges…”Slowly I turn…step by step…inch by inch…” ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Gorgeous yarn, lovely socks, Handsome triangle, and very fetching head shot!
    And I don’t know what magic Daisy wrought, but I can now see photos at work (without clicking) despite Flickr being blocked. . . .they’re smaller but totally fine! Awesome!
    Thanks, Daisy!

  8. Ooo, I love those Moo cards. Of course I had no idea what they were so I had to use ol’ Google to find out. Now I want some! The only question is … which of my seven pets do I put on mine?

    And your sock yarn is truly beautiful.

  9. Waaaay cool!

    Isn’t Cider Moon wonderful? These are local ladies for me and thus I feel free to bandy their name in awe about the internet (although the fan club nickname “Cider Moonies” has only caught hold in certain quarters…).

  10. I love Moo cards. I’m eagerly awaiting my first shipment.

    April — you can get a set with all of your pets! You buy them in sets of 100, so if you have (for example) 5 cats you could get 20 cards of each cat (20 X 5 = 100). I know you said you had 7 critters, but that doesn’t divide evenly for example purposes. LOL.

  11. The cards are absolutely perfect!!

  12. Oh, awesomness!

    I love the Moo cards – I’ve been wanting to make some, but have yet to have a need for them and so have resisted. The pic you have on yours is perfect! And the picture enlarging doo-hickey is super cool. I want one! (I’m sounding like a gushing fangirl. Slap me now.)

    I plan to start new socks for the SoS, too. Which means I need to hurry and get the current socks finished, since I don’t knit as fast as you do.

  13. I have been having the same debate about starting a sock before Summer of Socks starts. I may, though, as I knit more slowly and I’ve only done 3 pairs of socks so far.

    Kind of like when I would cheat on typing tests in high school and knit (type – what catagory of slip is that?) a few words before the timer started, though that was because we couldn’t count after the fifth mistake and I didn’t want to ruin my GPA with typing. Oh, and I do mean typing. It was 1971.

    I have gone from knitting my third pair of socks in April to signing up for SOS just hours before the deadline and stashing enough yarn for 31 pair and counting. Maybe I need a head start.

  14. Love your Moo Cards! So classy. I need to finish up 2 pairs of socks before SOS begins. I’m not sure I can do it as one of them is a Cookie A. design. Wish me luck!

  15. The sock looks great. Gotta love those fast knits.

    The shawl is looking lovelier and lovelier.

    Those Moo cards are great. Of course Lucy has to be on them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Coming out of lurkdom to say that the new photo trick is FABULOUS! I want that on my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Well, once again you taught me something new. A Moo card, who knew? What a wonderful way to find out via our luxury model Lucy. (Oops, don’t tell my guys I said that).

    A friend and I signed up for Stitches East. You’re going to be there, right? Maybe I’ll need some Moo cards to hand-out to people I meet, who want to stay in touch.

  18. All this discussion of new/different sock heels (here and the sockknitters yahoo group) got me thinking and now I’m totally confused. Perhaps you can clarify. What the heck is a “sherman heel”? Is it the same as the Japanese short row technique described in Interweave knits awhile back, the one that uses safety pins as markers? Do you, or any of your readers have any idea what the “encroachment” stitch is? I’ve googled the web and the blogosphere. I keep getting pointed to the same instructions but it’s not making sense yet.


  19. 1. W-a-a-a-a-y-y-y-y- c-o-o-o-o-o-o-l-l-l photo thing!

    2. What are Moo cards?

  20. Castiron says:

    I’m looking forward to trying the Glacier! I got a skein of Casablanca, and I take it out of the bag and just gaze at it now and then.

  21. Sherry Townsend says:

    I was looking at your beautiful work this evening on your knitting page. I have been there before looking and admiring your work. I noticed some shawls that I believe you have designed. Source of the pattern is stating that pattern will be available sometime. I am just wondering if you have a book out with the shawl patterns in it?
    I still haven’t looked at everything there yet…but your work that I have seen so far is taking my breath away.
    I am new to knitting online things. I have been online for tatting and lace just just getting back into knitting. I am working on “Beadwork” by Jade Starmore at this time. I have done a few of Alice Starmore patterns and I have made one “Dale of Norway” sweater. I am enjoying the knitting. I am just looking to see what is out there right now. But I love your shawls!

  22. *tugging Wendy’s sleeve* *speaking in a low voice*

    What’s a Moo card?

    Oh, and I really love the pink colour of your Handsome Shawl!

  23. Wendy- When I look at the picture of Lucy on your Moo Card (?)
    the Pink Panther theme plays in my head.

    (Loud Voice) Why is called a Moo card?

  24. If the Loopy Ewe is sold out of Cider Moon (it happens!) then you can order directly from Right now Jacki and Gail are taking a little rest until June 18th, I believe. The shop is empty because they took everything to Knitters Connection (for people like me!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like always, your socks are gorgeous, Wendy!

  25. What are Moo cards? My cat is named Moo.

  26. OMG!!!
    that photo thing is VERY VERY NIFTY!!!
    LOVE IT!!!
    and the moo cards?
    the MOO CARDS?!!!
    SO CUTE I CAN Hardly Stand It!
    :o)love the Lucy. now you can put her in your back pocket! heehee!

  27. Marianne Y says:

    Bonnie asked about encroachment stitch. I did a Google search on “encroachment knit stitch”, and I came up with 848 hits, some of which also mentioned the Sherman heel. A number of these show multiple pictures, showing you how to do the stitch. I’ve found that many times, the addition or subtraction of one little word in a Google search can make all the difference in the world in your search results! So, if I can’t find something one way, I will try another way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wendy, I love your latest sock! The yarn is gorgeous, as is your pattern & your work!

  28. So, um, while I love them, I too am not familiar with the term, “moo cards.”

    What/where/who have I missed?
    Wait, I’ll check the wikipedia …


  29. WAY cool photo thingie! I want to do that too! Daisy rocks!

    Bear says, “oh lucy, yor face on the moo card is oooooh so beeUtiful. I love you so.”

  30. Oh…those Moo cards! Wow!
    And I love the socks. I LOVE the socks.
    The shawl is looking good, are you getting to the “drudgery” phase???

  31. I love the moo cards! I got some free on an offer to test them from Livejournal and now I can’t wait to get some from my business, you know … when I actually start it lol … but they will pale in comparison to the beauty of those ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Wendy, I just checked out your toe up gusset sock pattern and I think there may be an error. I could be a complete doltz, and be wrong, but I think the next to last line in the pattern should read divide stitches among FOUR stitches, not two as written.
    Like I said, I THINK this is an error. If I’m wrong, forgive me. Just wanted to give you a heads up!

  33. Yeah,.ok, I meant that the error is on the NEW FINGERING WEIGHT gusset sock pattern listed in your free patterns section. Sorry, forgot to clarify that.

  34. Wendy could you post the needle sizes for an Australian knitter please? We go by mm`s or English size.
    Thanking You,