My current work in progress:

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


It’s Still All About the Socks

We are almost a month into the Summer of Socks and I’m pleased to report that I am still happy knitting just socks. Who knew?

There is something extraordinarily satisfying about socks. You can make them as plain or as fancy as you like. You can knit ’em at 10 sts/inch, you can knit ’em at 4 sts/inch. You can make anklets, you can make knee-highs. And even the most complicated of socks can be completed pretty quickly!

At the start of the Summer of Socks, I planned to knit on two different socks at a time — one easy for commuting, and one hard, for at-home. That lasted for the first two pair, and since then I’ve been knitting them one at a time. I find that I’m much happier with just a single sock on the needles.

I’m closing in on the second of the Lacy Rib socks. It’ll be done tonight.

Lacy Rib Socks 071907

Lacy Rib Socks 071907

There was a question in the comments a while back about how long you make the leg of a sock. This is, of course, very subjective, but as a rule of thumb, I make mine so that when you fold the sock at the heel, the leg is as long as the foot. Of course I alter this depending on who the sock is for. Some of my sock recipients prefer certain lengths and I try to be an accommodating knitter.

Even More Bohus

There have been a number of comments and emails wondering what the Wild Apple Bohus looks like. Clearly, I have mad google skillz because I had no problem finding several photos of it on the ‘net. Here’s a blog post with a photo and links to other blogs with entries about the Wild Apple.

There was also a question in the comments about whether my acquisition of the Wild Apple kit was a violation of my “Knit From Your Stash” project. It is not — it was an extraordinarily generous gift, sent to me out of the blue. And was I ever gobsmacked to get it.

Sock Yarn Does Not Count as Stash

Several of you asked me if I acquired anything in The Loopy Ewe shop update yesterday morning. My response?

“What happens at the Loopy Ewe stays at the Loopy Ewe.”

Book Giveaway!

Yes! It’s the return of the book giveaway.

Celtic Collection 071907

Celtic Collection 071907

This is a copy of The Celtic Collection, by Alice Starmore, kindly donated by Joanne F.

Want it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday July 22, 2007. The random number generator will choose the recipient on Sunday afternoon.

Lucy Sez

Lucy 061907

Lucy 061907

“If only I had opposable thumbs, I’d enter the contest.”


  1. I have the same problem with multiple socks at once. I tend to lose interest if I try having more than one pair of socks going at once. (This doesn’t extend to other projects, however. Just socks.)

  2. My Wild Apple kit is due any day now. Would have had it a couple of weeks ago but Solveig and my husband conspired against me – unbeknownst to me, he bought me Blue Shimmer for my birthday. Solveig delayed answering my initial WA inquiry until after my birthday, thinking I might not want it once I had Blue Shimmer. They are both too nice to understand that I would do severe physical harm to anyone who stands in the way of me getting that kit. πŸ˜‰

  3. β€œWhat happens at the Loopy Ewe stays at the Loopy Ewe.”

    Oh! Too funny!

    I hope it only stays at the Loopy Ewe until you blog about a mysterious package that has arrived at Chez Wendy!

  4. Thanks so much for the link to the picture of the Wild Apple (I don’t have mad Google skills, obviously πŸ™‚ ) It is breathtakingly gorgeous. And those luminous colors! They are to die for.

    Very pretty socks that you are currently working on. I must say that I especially love the colors of this particular pair.

  5. I hear that Lucy! But I’m sure your momma will knit you anything you want! It must be the Summer of Socks, even I am making a pair! Free! Free! I tell ya!

  6. PICAdrienne says:

    Goodness, I would guess your blog contest email is going to be overrun! But, that may just be me thinking that.

    I know sock yarn does not count as stash, and I understand the wild apple was an extraordinary gift. I seem to recall you granted yourself one get out of jail free card for your knit from the stash adventure, I am pretty sure you have not used it, how tempted have you been? And I truly admire your sticking to it.

  7. Patricia says:

    (I’ll try again- my post didn’t post!)

    Thanks for the wild apple image link- I couldn’t find a pic either.

    LIke the sock- it’s a good photo. I like the contrast between the stockinette stitch on the foot and the lacy rib on the cuff/instep. The background really sets it off.

  8. I discovered after several carefully measured socks that the ones that all fit the best ended up having a foot and leg length the same, as you described. Knowing this makes my knitting a lot less stressful, as I can just fold the sock in half and squint and see if I am about done yet. It is nice to know this works for more folks than just me!

  9. Poor Lucy!! I’m sure that she isn’t as hard-done-by as she makes it sound – LOL!

  10. I LOVE it…what happens at Loopy Ewe stays at the Loopy Ewe!!! LOL LOL I will have to borrow that one…just know I will…with appropriate attribution, of course. Hope your back is better. Am of course enjoying the socks you are knitting. Take care.

  11. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    The Wild Apple is gorgeous. That’s not my kind of knitting, but I have mad admiration for anyone who knits one. They are incredibly beautiful.

    Great new socks! I really like the lacy pattern.

    Very sweet photo of very sweet Lucy.

  12. Another sock question:

    I got some fantastic new yarn from Fearless Fibers, 100% superwash merino. I am wondering if I should get some reinforcement thread for the toes and heels. Do you have any thoughts about the wearability of sock yarns that do not have a nylon component? Should I knit at a tighter gauge than usual?


  13. What?! You won’t let Lucy use your copy?!!

  14. Mmm, the Wild Apple does look nice!

    And don’t worry, Lucy. I’m sure you’ll get something nice and catnippy to make up for your lack of opposable thumbs.

  15. Good grief! I can only dream of knitting socks as fast as you! How do you do it? It takes me about a month to knit a pair.

  16. I’m still reading “Lacy” as “Lucy!” But it’s not my fault!!!!! I think the wonderful thing about socks is that they’re these little miniature beautiful perfect works of art, each and every one. Every time I turn a heel, I feel noble and wise. It’s such a comfort!

  17. There is something extraordinarily comforting about knitting socks. When I don’t feel like knitting anything else I still love knitting socks. (Ok, even when I do feel like knitting something else, there’s still a sock on the needles, too.)

  18. Wow, Wendy. One look at that Wild Apple and all I could think of was how gorgeous you will look in it given your coloring. I cant wait till you start it, since the only Bohus I will ever knit is the one I knit vicariously through you!

    And I am loving the socks too, looking forward to the release of that Asparagus Sock pattern!

    Lucy kinda looks like she’s checking her paws for thumbs, doesnt she? tee hee!

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  19. Although I’m not the prolific of sock knitters, I do enjoy having them on the go. It is very comforting to have.

    Hee hee…Lucy, not matter how hard you look, they’re just not there!

  20. I certainly second your comment concerning the Loopy Ewe!!! I don’t want anyone to know what bad kind of trouble I get into at that site. Sheri is an enabler who ranks with the best of them!!! Innocently get up in the morning and find a “sneak up” in my inbox! What’s a girl to do?!?!? My package should come today !!!!!!!!

  21. Curiosity abounds . . . how many pair of hand-knitted socks do you own? It seems you could go through the entire winter with no repeat wearings!

    The Wild Apple is lovely and I’d love to make it (as well as a few other Bohus patterns I’ve seen), but multi-color knitting makes me twitch! I guess I’ll stick with aran and lace knitting for a while longer.

  22. Catherine says:

    **Also a second attempt at posting**
    I wanted to thank you Wendy for the posting a bit back, where you recommended Knit Picks’ 16″ circular needles for knitting socks with two circular needles. I was doubtful because I didn’t find the single circular method all that great; however, I found the the needles you recommended were very helpful. I finished my first pair of socks (using two circulars) very quickly and was very pleased. I’m going to go back and try the single circular method again. Who knows, maybe I’ll screw up my courage, gather up my wool and needle(s) and attempt your toe-up sock after that!

    Thank you!

  23. All I’ve had on the needles for the past 4 or 5 days is one pair of socks. It feels odd, like I’ve forgotten something, but I’m getting used to it.

    I should have broken up my first Loopy Ewe order into $75 chunks. If I had, I’d easily be getting the sneak-up eimails by now.

    Oh, and I’m doing my current sock on 24″ and 20″ Turbos but I need to move my heel gusset to the longer needle. The 20″ has the short needle like the 16.

  24. liz in IN says:

    The wild apple Bohus is just gorgeous, can’t wait to see it come to life on the needles. Yours. Not mine.

    Thank goodness cats do NOT have opposable thumbs! We humans would be done-for. Not all felines have our best interests at heart, like dear Lucy does.

    Totally with you on the Loopy Ewe thing.

    Oooh, I don’t have a copy of Celtic Collection. I’m fortunate enough to own both Stillwater and Pacific CH, along with a few of the thinner earlier books, since I worked at The Broad Bay Co., then importer of all things AS–even had lunch with her! Wow, that was a while ago. >ahem

  25. If Lucy had opposable thumbs, she would rule the world.

    Oh, wait. She already does!

    Thanks for the sock inspiration – I’m nerving myself up to tackle the second of my first-ever pair.

  26. The lacy socks look so pretty. Poor Lucy…life of a cat is hard I suppose. Have great weekend.

  27. Gobsmacked! I think it’s such a great word. Every so often I use it and people get this funny look on their face…

  28. Glad you are still enjoying the sock knitting. πŸ™‚ The bohus is beautiful. How “advanced” do you think one needs to be to make something like that? I’ve done some colorwork before, but nothing quite so fine. And I’m a little confused about the ordering process. Do the kits just come made up in the exact colors in the pictures, or are there choices you can make? There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of information (or maybe I’m just missing it) about cost, colors and sizes. Sorry to be so dense!

  29. That bohus is awesome! I used the link to take a look at the Wild Apple. I want a kit too, how would I go about ordering one? I also love your socks that you are knitting at the moment. I too have a thing about only having one pair of socks on the needles. Makes it easier to pick what to work on next.

  30. I am just amazed at how many socks you have completed! Your work is impeccable. If Lucy wasn’t older I would think she & my Sissy were separated at birth. They do think they have opposable thumbs were just don’t get it. I’m working on my first wearable garment and can understand why socks are knit. I sure see a lot more accomplished in one evening when working on a sock then what I can do to this vest.

  31. Count me in! DS used to blame the dog for various deeds, but I’d remind him that she didn’t have opposable thumbs (she never got them, but she did grow old and passed away!). Poor Lucy! Found you from Chris…

  32. I’m really enjoying following your sock progress. Your socks are all so beautiful and original. Love them all. Thanks for the links about the Wild apple bohus. The Bohus patterns are very inspiring. Am saving up to get one. Cheers

  33. Theresa in Italy says:

    I’m convinced having a sock on the needles cures any number of maladies—it IS the most comforting kind of knitting, I agree totally.

    Who told Lucy about opposable thumbs? Now she won’t rest till she’s got some….

  34. I enjoy sock knitting but I don’t think it’s relaxing at all because I make so many mistakes! πŸ™‚

  35. I didn’t read all the comments above so someone may have already mentioned this, but Susan Rainey blogged about her Wild Apple Bohus yesterday.(!) There are several pictures of it, even one where Susan is wearing it and standing with La Harlot.

  36. I loved the comment about the Loopy Ewe. Please show us what you got though. I love to see your sock yarn stash enhancements.


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