My current work in progress:

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


Southwestern Socks

Here they are: completed Southwestern Socks.

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Southwestern Socks 072907

These are knit from Fiesta Boomerang in the Mochachino colorway, purchased from The Loopy Ewe. I used 2.75mm needles to get a gauge of 6.5 stitches to the inch, and I knit my socks over 52 stitches for my medium-ish feet. The pattern will be a freebie so watch for it in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚

So of course another sock hopped onto the needles.

I broke out a skein of Wollmeise in the Lowenzahn colorway (acquired from The Loopy Ewe of course). Don’t it make a purty toe?

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Toe 072907

The foot in progress.

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Sock in Progress 072907

I’m knitting this on 2mm needles and getting 8 stitches to the inch, and working a simple lace pattern. I love the fabric it makes and I love the dyeing on this yarn. And lo and behold! I got the first sock completed today.

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Frog Warts Sock 072907

While knitting this sock, I asked the KOARC what he thought a good name for the pattern would be. His response:

Frog Warts Socks.

So, Frog Warts Socks they are! (Genius, I tell you.)

Kate asked:

If you end the Summer of Socks with X pairs of socks and Y single socks, does that count as X + Y/2 pairs, or just X pairs and the single socks are just left lying about without being included in the count?

Well . . . I think any single socks that are completed count as a half pair. But in my Summer of Socks contest, most people guessed “whole” pairs and did not concern themselves with halves, so I don’t think it matters much.

Book Giveaway

I got 465 emails entering the giveaway for the copy of Alice Starmore’s Fishermen’s Sweaters. The random number generator chose Laura S. as the lucky recipient. Laura, I’ve emailed you!

It’s Official

I’m a Sicko.

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Sicko Card 072907

The KOARC downloaded and printed up an official Sicko card for me. Here’s the back:

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Sicko Card Back 072907

If you click on the photo to see the larger size, you ought to be able to read it.

After I signed it, the KOARC thoughtfully laminated it for me. It is now in my wallet next to my health insurance cards.

Lucy Sez

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Lucy 072907

“I love weekends.”


  1. The Frog Warts Sock is fantastic! I love all that bright green.

  2. Frog Warts, indeed! Glad to read you’re feeling better (must be, I see all that knitting!) Scratchy behin’ th’ears for th’Lucy-grrl!

  3. MacTavish says:

    Admiring the Frog Warts while waiting for class to begin! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Ooh, I love those Frog Warts socks! Beautiful colorway. And kudos to the KOARC for the inspired name!

    Heh–a SICKO card. I’m anxious to see the film.

    Smooches to lovely Lucy!

  5. Frog Warts! LOL! I love it. What a great colour!

  6. I love the Frog Warts socks. The color is so pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I thought of you and Lucy yesterday. I was at a bridal shower and there was a cat at the house that looked like Lucy. So pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wendy – I have a confession to make. I have a problem with green. In general. While my favorite dress when I was in high school was dark green, when we were first married (still with hubby #1 and this is now a long time ago) everybody we knew had a green couch, green carpeting, green curtains, and often avocado green kitchen appliances. I haven’t bought any of the above in green. Ever. Nor a green car. While I love the pattern and the name for these socks, they won’t see daylight in green from me. Ever. Maybe Hogwarts in pink? More likely blueberry warts.

    Having said that, I’ve been looking at the gauge for your socks, and while I’ve knitted some socks and swatches at finer gauges than the last two you’ve mentioned, I guess I wonder how tightly your toes behave. Not yours, your socks. So, I’ve got a request, if you can accomodate. When you next post a sock pic, can you shoot a close-up of the toe stitches, both relaxed (no tension) and then with some tension on the toe? I guess I’m just wondering how – what – porous? – they end up being. I don’t hang out locally with any sock knitters, so I’m just curious. I see that the first pair in this post are 6.5 rather than your usual 8.


  8. Love the SICKO card! I must get one!!

    Oh! And you can whip thru some socks and you are not even doing 2 at 1 time!

  9. “It’s not easy being green” Kermit
    But you are making it look both easy & fun! While I’m not a wearer of green as a rule, I would totally wear most any colour on my feet – this green included.
    May these bring some of the luck o’ the Irish to you in your Summer of Socks!

  10. Love the Frog Warts socks! What a great name! And some one else noticed it rhymes with Hogwarts. Which could be done in Miss Piggy pink. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Congrats Laura!!

    I love those green socks! Green is my fav color so…i may be impartial!

  12. A very nice bright green on the Frog Warts socks! I like! And Teddy makes such a good model.

  13. Kathy Wert says:

    Just fyi, I have started a pair of the double eyelet socks in lime Tofutsies and they are fabulous. Love the new Frog Warts. Green is my very most favorite color.

    Thanks for all the great inspiration. Kathy

  14. The southwestern socks are beautiful but my favourites are the Frog Warts socks! Gorgeous greens and a perfect name for them (not to mention witty as can be).
    hi Lucy!

  15. I love the way the stripes “swoop” a little with the Southwestern Socks! Perfect pattern for hand dyed!

  16. Oh wow! I love the Frog Warts! What a fabulous colorway… so deeply saturated. I have to tell you, I started my first toe-ups yesterday and I am loving them!

    Hope you are feeling back to your regular self soon, Wendy.

  17. Raye in NY (mother of the other jan 2nd Wendy) says:

    God Bless you for your take on the US healthcare system. Thanks for this choice to let folks know how bad the links to anything healthcare wise in our country. I hope that everyone joins in to let our US reps and senators know how we feel about the way our citizens are being mistreated. Quote me if needed…if my underwire bras from the TSA website: can get through TSA heaven, then maybe someone will listen!

    Unfortuneately not in my lifetime…

  18. WOW, the green on those FrogWarts socks are AMAZING.

    I love green.. I want the yarn now.

  19. Wooo hoo! A Sicko card – Im loving it. I am LIVING the Sicko movie at the moment. Absolutely, positively living it. And I want to puke. I am so sick of the medical system and I want out, and now. I’ve been in it for.. 7 years now? And Im 24.

    But hey, Im getting an ovary removed in a week or two. I just pray that the insurance company pays to do it laproscopically. I don’t want a scar on my stomach that looks like a c-section and the recovery time to match it.

  20. heehee. Frogwarts. I love it!

  21. Both socks look great! I can’t believe that you finished the first pair and 1/2 of another pair.

  22. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith envy lucy in her momma’s lap whilst momma knits a sock. they would rather eat the yarn than be a lap cat!

    we went to see “the simpsons” today. just like the tv show, you have to watch EVERYTHING. and yes, bart DOES skateboard naked. don’t have a cow, man! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Kristin says:

    Love both socks! I love Wollmeise yarn – I just also got a skein from the Loopy Ewe (Phenauge). It’s gorgeous. I’m wondering how to get more from the Wollmeise herself. Did you ever order directly from her? I did fill out the contact form on her website, but I get this confusing German message, that doesn’t translate well, and I can tell it’s only an automatic response. Any ideas?
    Hope that you are feeling better soon Sicko! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I hope you do not ever need to use your new card! Those green socks are gorgeous. I hope you feel well soon. Pain sucks!

  25. The finished socks and SIPs are wonderful, and I’m eagerly awaiting your opinion of the Wollmeise (I have some coming on a boat from Germany, so the anticipation factor is high!). I admit, “Frog Warts” wasn’t a name that leapt to mind when I saw the socks, but each to his own amphibian!
    I THOUGHT Lowenzahn was Dandelion, from my prolonged exploration of the Wollmeise website before as I made choices; I just double-checked and I’m glad to see not all my brain cells are dead. It was extremely hard to make decisions, so many looked wonderful; and then you could decide whether you wanted the yarn bright, medium or dark. Wow.
    So I know the colors are awesome — how is it to knit?

  26. wendy,

    my “totem” symbol is a frog. i have several frog tattoos. so, i can’t wait to see if you put out the pattern for these socks!

  27. The Southwestern Socks look great! And I really like Frog Warts, too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the SiCKO card!

  28. I think Annie Modesitt might need one of those Sicko cards, too, bless her heart.

  29. I agree about the colorway of Frog Warts fitting the stitch-pattern well. I very much like the wavy stripe thing you’ve got going on the foot!

  30. Love the stitch pattern on those new ones! What is it?

  31. I think I’ll go check out that Sick-O Card, too…wish none of us needed to think about such things. Treatment should be appropriate, prompt and paid for.

  32. Joan Callaway says:

    I’ve got a young man in my family who would LOVE the Frogwarts socks. His email address is greensox – he’s proud to be Irish, a Celtic and Boston Red Sox fan. I’ve made him green socks before, but none this intense. Hope Sheri gets some more of that color in.

  33. I made a swatch with my wollmeise only to discover that I need smaller needles, which seem to be in short supply around here. I’m really struck by the stitch definition with the yarn she uses – it’s just too gorgeous and very smooth. Glad to see some people are actually knitting with the wollmeise. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Theresa in Italy says:

    “Frog Warts” is great! (Nice looking socks, too.)

    I see I’m not the only one who made an attempt to contact Wollmeise directly and received a confusing automatic message in German. (I’ve worked out that some of the strange squiggles are meant to be umlauts. But that’s about it.)

    Hope you don’t have to use the Sicko card, but it’s good to have it ready and waiting!

  35. Wendy, in all your amazing sock knitting, do you ever use those aristocrats, Colonial Rosewood? I use them for larger gauge projects and they are undoubtedly the best (as well as the most expensive, I have to admit). They beat Holz & Stein, Lantern Moon, even Addi Turbo hands down. I think it’s that ingenious little bump on the wood just where it joins the cable – it totally eliminates difficulty and drag. OK so you need a second mortgage to buy a pair, but they’re the best investment I ever made.

  36. Southwests are beauties! And Frogwarts? ~snort~ What a great name! I’m with Lucy, weekends rule! And I love the idea of carrying a Sicko card! Mr. Moore rules too.

  37. It shouldn’t take Moore making a movie to get your government in motion, this is one area issue I believe we Canadians got right.

  38. Both socks are great! I just downloaded your pattern at the loopy ewe, and am itching to get it going once I finish the current pair on the needles.

  39. Meribeth says:

    Frog Warts and a Sicko Card..laminated! KOARC was such a good guy this weekend!

    And I pray you will never need that card, but it is wise to carry it. Insurance against insurance carriers!

  40. frogwarts…. hmmmmmmmmmmm. thats kind of like Hogwarts. Can you tell I just got HP7 over the weekend?

  41. I’m pretty sure I’m a SICKO, too…. LOVE the Frog Warts sock – my regards to KOARC for the brilliant name.

  42. Love the new pair and the frog socks! The wollmeise colorways are really amazing. I just got a skein that I pet regularly. ๐Ÿ™‚

    On the one hand, the sicko card is pretty funny. On the other, I’m sorry our system is such that it should have even had to have been invented! I really need to see that movie….

  43. i got a good chuckle over your Sicko card. I am really looking forward to seeing the the movie too.

    Your Frog Warts socks look fabulous. I love the way the yarn is working with the pattern. You always seem to know just what will look good with your yarns. I’m just wondering how often you start a sock and decide it’s just not working for you. Do you always hit it just right?

  44. Both socks look fantastic!!!

  45. Frog Warts! That’s clever. The southwestern socks look fab too. How on earth did I get italics?

  46. I love the way your Frog Warts pattern bends the stripes, and this is from a devoted hater of green. Still, I think I would try this pattern, if you made it available.

  47. By far and away the FWS (Frog Wart Socks) are my favorite. Green is probably my fave color and these socks are too beautiful. I must get this yarn! I must knit these socks! And I must do this with a cat in my lap! I know I can get the cat in my lap and probably obtain the yarn… but knitting the socks… that remains to be seen! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Luv.m.

  48. love KOARC’s humor… it made me chuckle this morning…
    so Michael Moore’s done another film on healthcare? hmm – should be interesting. You’ve been in my thoughts, despite my lack of current blog reading. I hope that things are improving.