My current work in progress:

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


I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

Lucy and I had a lovely visit with a friend last night.

Nope, it wasn’t L-B, as some of you guessed in the comments. But you were close — geographically, at least. It was Alice, who lives not terribly far from L-B. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I first met Alice when I was 18 years old and we both worked in the same place as our summer job for that summer between high school and college. We lost touch a few years after that and didn’t make contact again until Alice found me a couple of years ago while searching online for sock patterns. I hadn’t seen her for a bit over a year before last night’s visit, so it was great to have a chance to sit and knit and catch up.

Lucy really enjoyed meeting Alice, and not only because Alice brought her a gift of organic catnip.

That’s not to say that Lucy didn’t enjoy the ‘nip! She had a high old time last night.

Here’s a picture of Alice photographing Miss Lucy, who is wired for sound.

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Alice and Lucy 071207

Alice brought me a gift too:

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Handspun 071207

Some of her own gorgeous handspun — 460 yards of a lovely dk weight merino. Yum!

I worked on my second Asparagus Cable sock.

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Asparagus Cables 071207

Which reminds me, thanks for all your nice comments on the Asparagus Cable socks. I’m quite pleased with them myself. The pattern will be available for sale soon. I’ll be sure to let you know when and where when the time comes.

Thanks also, for all your kind concern for the state of my health. I did have my MRI on Tuesday, and the technician (who was extremely kind and considerate) let me take a peek at it on screen. I’d never seen one on screen before and I think she enjoyed demonstrating it. She showed me the cross-section of my back.

Me: Cool — that looks like two rib eye steaks in there.

Her: Well, yeah, those are your back muscles.

Good thing I’m not in the medical profession, eh?

So at this point I’m waiting for the results to be sent back to my doctor and for him to decide the next step.

Next up on the knitting front — a new sock that is very exciting! Why is it exciting? Tune in on Sunday and I’ll tell you!

Lucy Sez

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Lucy 071207

“I wonder where Momma hid the ‘nip that Auntie Alice brought me?” I could do with a pinch right about now . . . “


  1. Patricia says:

    How fun to reconnect- sounds like a great visit!

    Can’t wait for the sock pattern.

  2. deborah says:

    tell lucy that she looks most beautiful in that photo!!!!!
    and to continue to be nice to you or you will keep the nip hidden. one of my cats has decided to push the clutter around my room at night and make maximum noise with it – either so i will clean my room, or not sleep and play with her.
    hope the results are ok, and you are feeling better.

  3. I’m glad you and Lucy had some quality time with a friend. All of your friends must be terribly artistic when it comes to fiber!! The merino wool does look exceptionally yummy!! Spinning is something I know I’ll never do, it’s not my cup of tea, although it is fascinating to watch wool being turned into knitting yarn – or knitting wool, whatever.

    Hope the MRI news is good and you’re on the road to recovery soon!!

    And a big kitty hug for Lucy who is looking particularly adorable in her profile shot. My cats are fools for catnip!! They get mellow, then kind of nasty !! No one likes a surly druggie!


  4. Hi Wendy!
    I hope your health issues become problems of the past. Nice to see Alice made it-she mentioned she might go see you. She is looking after the yarn shop for me this weekend as well as The Rocket Man! (aka Scarlet’s big brother.) Mr. Man is sure looking forward to helping Alice with the shop-he has big plans. Not sure why Scarlet was not invited back to Alice’s house-I expect her reputation as a diva has left her with few sleep over ops. Does Lucy have that problem? Again hope all is well with you-enjoying Sock Summer!

  5. Old friends are wonderful. Lucy looks wonderful today … see what a little nip can do for you:-)!

    Hope all the tests and health stuff are soon a thing of the past. I went thru a summer and fall of testing 4 years ago. The one positve that came out of all the downtime I had was I learned to knit.

    Your socks are looking great!

  6. Ginny Z says:

    Wendy, you are an enabler. I am impatiently awaiting MY Asparagus sock yarn from sockpixie. I even ordered “dessert” – the raspberry cheesecake! It is all your fault! If you had not posted those awesomely beautiful socks on your blog, I would not know how badly I needed more asparagus in my life. Apparently eating it twice a week this time of year is not enough. Anyway, hope your health issues improve and the fun posts keep coming. Take care!

  7. Hope your health issues get cleared up soon!

    I personally REALLY dislike getting MRIs. I have back problems (Narrow spinal column and some compression of discs on top of it) and I just hate having to go, because I know what the MRI is going to say, and I also know that it’s going to be loud and long. I hate having to lay still for so long with the loudness.

    Also, that yarn is gorgeous. I’m definitely jealous.

  8. I can’t have an MRI because I have a (metal) hip replacement. On the other hand, I get to set off all the alarms going through security at the airport. Wahhhh.
    Lucy’s profile shot is exceptionally gorgeous today. Feel better. Your socks are fabulous!

  9. Oh my, that yarn is gorgeous — my favorite color. Lucky you! I haven’t been out to Holly Spring Homespun in awhile, but the few times I’ve been there I’ve missed meeting Alice. Next time, maybe! And here’s hoping you’re been feeling better.

  10. Lucy looks so regal today. Hope you get good news from the MRI.

  11. We’ve had to put a moratorium on nip here. There have been some incidents. Enough said.

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  12. An MRI–oh, dear. I hope you’re feeling better. Back problems are just about the worst.

    *Lovely* handspun. You are so lucky!

  13. I love your Lucy. She is so pretty. I was recently offered a rag-doll baby, but I am nervous as my last kitty got loose and then lost (this was over a year ago now, but I miss him everyday). I love the asparagus socks! Very nice!

  14. Lucy is definitely ready for her close-up. What a gorgeous profile shot!
    Good thoughts continuing to come atcha–

  15. Wendy, I love those asparagus socks, and I would love to order the pattern when it’s ready. I am having a problem with toe-up concerning the wrap and turn.

    I can do the first part fine, but when it gets to “knit to first wrapped stitch, wrap and turn,” I am lost because I cannot *see* the wrapped stitches! I can’t tell them apart from the regular stitches, not even a double-wrapped one. Can you give me some help as to how best to recognize it, how to execute it, and therby stop having mushroom toes on the socks?

    Wishing you a good report on the MRI.

  16. I so love reconnecting with friends and family and have done a lot of that this year. How wonderful for you. Lovely gift and lovely socks!

    After being hit by a car when crossing the street about three years ago, I can empathize to what you’re going through. I pray that you find relief, wonderful caregivers, and little red tape on your road to recovery.

  17. Sounds like you all had a good time. It is always nice to be able to get together with friends especially when they share the same passion as you.

    What lovely gifts.

    Did you find that nip Lucy? =)

  18. LOL – good thing you aren’t! I can only imagine what you’d comment during my recent ultrasounds!

  19. It’s so nice to have knitting and spinning friends!! Lovely homespun gift from Alice (way to go Alice!). I hope your back is feeling a wee bit better Wendy, and if not then hopefully the doctors can figure out what to do so it’s back in top condition again. Take care. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I just love reconnecting with old friends, especially knitting friends!

  21. I hope you’re feeling better soon Wendy. And that the MRI makes it possible for them to figure it out without you having to do any more testing.

    That’s definitely some lovely yarn from your friend.

  22. So do you think your doc will be nice enough to talk to you tomorrow, or will he make you wait till Monday? ;(
    Lucy, kitty nip is a treat. Not an everyday occurance, sweetie!

  23. may your test results be the solution to all your back pain – and may it be pain free very very soon.
    All the best wishes go out to you.

  24. Another well wish for you that your back is easily treated and will be problem free for many years to come after this.

    Lucy does look like she is enjoying the catnip. I know mine do.

  25. Well of course it looked like steaks…steak is just cow muscles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Theresa in Italy says:

    Good thing not too many cannibals read your blog….

    Hope the MRI clears up the mystery and that you’re feeling better soon. Getting together with an old friend can only do you good, not to mention the therapeutic benefits of a gift of handspun.

    I really love that photo of Lucy.

  27. Hee hee…kitties and catnip!

  28. Sounds like you had a lovely visit. The handspun is beautiful, I love the color!

    Tell Lucy to take it easy on the nip, that organic catnip is potent stuff ; )

  29. You’re smarter than you think – rib eye steaks are from the cow’s back muscles. Good observation skills! =)

    (and, of course, lovely socks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Cats on nip *grin* My George cat is a bad nipper, he loves the stuff, but he will beat up my other cat Simon once he gets some catnip in his system. We always say he needs to be join CA for (Catnip Anomymous).

  31. Catherine says:

    Next summer can you do summer of hats? The socks are killing me!

  32. I so hope that they tell you nothing serious, just some more rest and it’ll be fine. That blue wool is scrumptious – and so is Miss Lucy! Feel better soon!

  33. Those Asparagus Cable socks are just so beautiful! I can’t wait to get my knitting hands on the pattern!

    Hope you are feeling well. Have a good weekend!

  34. hi, wendy. sorry about your medical issues. i too suffer from chronic pain, everywhere in my body. i have in my wrists/hands arthritis, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia.

    so, last night i took a sock class 150 miles away in another state. what can i say — it was a lovely day, i scheduled my work to do this, and i supported a lys in an economically depressed area. anyway, my #1 lantern moon sox sticks (rosewood) were in another pair of socks, so i decided to break open the newly arrived knitpicks dps.

    wow, did i have problems! they were heavier than i expected. and, although i am an experienced sock knitter, i had a difficult time adjusting to the weight/slippery-ness of them. granted, i was tired from driving, the class was at 6 pm and i had to drive back 150 miles, and i’d not taken a class at this place before. but still! i was embarrassed! felt like a beginner!

    just wondering, did you have any problems using these needles in the beginning? i used #1s, and ended up being way behind the others. ego here — they are less experienced by years and years. i came home at 11 pm, knit my other socks for 1 1/2 hours, and began the new socks over again on my lantern moon luxury needles (have you used them). perhaps when i am less tired and more in my own comfort zone i will try them again. but for a first test drive, i was not overly happy.

    any input from you or anyone would be welcome!

  35. I think your asparagus cabled socks are wonderful! and the yarn you’re using is pretty sweet too!

  36. Oh that profile!!! My fav Lucy pic ever.

  37. I’m a new knitter and I’ve just started a feather and fan scarf frmo your list of fabulous patterns – thanks so much for sharing……I’m also ruled by felines…. ๐Ÿ™‚ They like to help me knit too!

    I’ve added you to my blogroll ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!