My current work in progress:

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


The Lost Weekend

Thanks for your continued good wishes about the state of my health. I did have an appointment with a specialist on Thursday and had a procedure done then that has left me quite loopy for the past few days. Said procedure will be repeated in two weeks. In the meantime I’m fighting bouts of nausea and dizziness and inability to regulate my internal temperature. In short, I’m a mess. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I shall be brief.

I finished the Cabletini socks. Ta-da!

Cabletini Socks 081207

Cabletini Socks 081207

To recap, these are knit from Natures Palette fingering weight wool in the Odd Duck #4 colorway on 2mm needles. The pattern is my own.

Cabletini Closeup 081207

Cabletini Closeup 081207

A new sock jumped on the needles. And of course Teddy stepped up to model the toe.

Toe 081207

Toe 081207

This is Stone Barn Fibers fingering weight wool and the colorway is “Ice Cream Sundae.” I purchased this from The Loopy Ewe. Yum! As usual, I’m using 2mm needles to knit it.

Yarn 081207

Yarn 081207

Once again, I’ve doodled up a pattern. Here is the sock at this moment:

SIP 081207

SIP 081207

And on the hoof:

SIP A 081207

SIP A 081207

The KOARC came up with a name for the pattern: Crotalus Socks. I think it’s perfect.

This is my first time knitting with this yarn and I like it very much. It reminds me of one of my favorite sock yarns — Claudia Handpainted. It’s soft with a good twist and is very pleasant to knit.

Book Giveaway

There were 467 entries in the giveaway for the The Yarn Girlsโ€™ Guide to Knits For All Seasons and the random number generator chose Tiffany W. as the winner. Congratulations, Tiffany!

And thanks to everyone who emailed an entry.

Lucy Sez


“I’m conserving my strength in case I have to nurse Momma back to health.”


  1. Wendy – how do you do it? You feel like a mess and here you have finished and started another sock and made a very complete BLOG entry.

    Have to admit I couldn’t even do this on a good day!

  2. I KNEW something was wrong when you hadn’t posted since last Thursday. I was keeping my fingers crossed that you and the KOARC were doing something fun this weekend and were just too busy for us, but I knew in my heart that you were under the weather.

    Take care of yourself, put the Nurse Kitty to work, and don’t worry about us. (But thank you for the update — mixed message, I know.)

    The socks are, as always, lovely. I shall always think of them as the product of a fevered brain.

  3. Linda Porter says:

    I hope you feel better. It is not fun to be sick and feeling, well, yukky.

    I like the new socks. The yarn, as it is being knitted up, reminds me of raspberry swirl ice cream, and on a hot day here in Kansas, that would taste pretty good.

    I find your will to knit very inspiring, indeed. And tell Lucy she is doing a good job of taking care of her Momma.


  4. Oh dear. Take very good care of yourself and let Lucy help out.

  5. ellen in indy says:

    i’m totally amazed by your sock-to-itiveness. even with developing different patterns for all of them, and with the beautiful array of yarns you’re working in, do you not get tempted to do something different?

    of course, “thermostat” issues may come into play here, too. it’s too bloody hot to knit anything much bigger than a sock.

    i can relate to the dizzy part, having had allergy-related vertigo lately. it’s kinda like being drunk w/o the fun of getting there!

    feel better soon! once the outside temps drop back to a reasonable level, there still will be nice days to enjoy.

  6. Good golly! Feeling loopy, you still dove into new socks and a new pattern! Hope you feel better really soon, but I feel guilty being enticed into trying a new yarn and pattern! Are you considering a new book? Or are you more inclined to offer your patterns seperately from your website? I loved your first book…Take care!

  7. Only you could continue such a level of production while feeling loopy! Cabeltinis are gorgeous and the new socks are beautiful and Lucy is . . . . I’m running out of adjectives . . . . scrumptious. Take care, Wendy dear!

  8. Liz in IN says:

    Well, that stinks. I hate dizziness. You just can’t do much of anything when your internal gyroscope (?) goes wonky. Also, being (ahem) of a certain age, I can identify with and commiserate on the temperature fluctuations as well. Anyway, I hope your treatments reallllly help you get all better.

    The socks are GORGEOUS. Dizzy (the good way) gorgeous. Also much appreciated are the mini yarn reviews, which help me refine my Loopy Ewe Yarn Priority List. What, doesn’t everyone have one of those?

  9. Hi Wendy,

    Hope you’re feeling better and continue to do so.

    All your socks are great. In January or February (I forget), I started knitting socks after many years of just shawl and sweater knitting. Haven’t stopped yet. I am going for a Masters degree, so when the semester is on, I don’t get to knit much. This summer, however, I’ve had a lot of time spent in the hospital (my mother-in-law is not well), so I’ve knitted a few socks.

    Well, take care. Let nurse Lucy purr you to sleep. It’ll help recovery.


  10. I hope you are feeling better very soon! I love your cabletini socks, especially how the cables line up with the heel so nicely. Your ice cream sunday sock reminds me that Blue Moon Fiber Arts has STR in Christmas colorways (just when I thought I had enough sock yarn.) I am truly enjoying your Summer of Socks.

  11. Crotalus are fantastic. OK, that’s my next sock!

    Sounds like you may have had deadening injections in your spinal column? Ask me how I know? Whatever it was, I hope you feel really better soon.

    Lucy has got to be a very happy little girl to have her Momma home with her all the time. She will be heartbroken when you go back to work. She will give you hurt looks and mope a lot!

  12. Wendy, I hope you feel better soon! Lucy should help warm your lap nicely. For the nausea and dizziness, Dramamine or ginger (tea, cookies, -ale) work for a lot of people. Digit’s mom recently had a similar side effects ( and collected many ideas for feeling better. Plus there’s a cool cat video of Digit sans cone collar.

  13. Sending feel-better-hugs your way, and Chappy sends tail wags. We really hope you start feeling better soon!

  14. I LOVE the new socks you’re working on. The colors make me drool.

    Also, good luck with your health. I know how frustrating icky health can be and I’m sure you’ll pull through just fine.

    However, every time you post about it the inner gossip in me is DYING to know all the details. Curse my curiosity!

    Also, you probably already realize this but you are such an enabler, telling us what kind of yarn you’re using and everything. Every time you post I wander over to the Loopy Ewe and start looking at stuff to buy. So far I’ve been strong but I don’t know how much longer I can hold out with all the lovely stuff.

  15. Wendy, you are such a champion. You get more knitting done while feeling so poorly l than I do while feeling totally well. My heart goes out to you. May this all pass quickly.

    My cat Nicky sends his regards to Lucy.

  16. Awww, I really hope you feel better soon! Bummer… ๐Ÿ™

    But, just think good thoughts like Ice Cream Sundae Crotalus socks, and it should take you away just nicely!

  17. I wish there were a magical solution to the health woes, but my goodness you are right there with the sock “whoa’s”! Nurse Lucy looks primed to help — well-rested, you know. As for your *new* socks, I think you might have convinced me to indulge in some Stone Barn yarn (I have been coveting their colorways for months), if Sheri has any left!

  18. Feeling loopy is not fun. I get vertigo, especially when I fly. Knitting seems to help. AT least it is something I can do while feeling bizarre.

  19. I love your socks. I have posted on your
    website before. The other lady was right
    on; ginger should help with the nausea
    and you might be able to find it in tea form.
    I am also very ill. Only here on a day to day
    basis. I find knitting helps me quite a bit.
    Maybe it is saving me. I love to knit socks.
    Can’t wait until I see your patterns come
    up. If you want to know anything about
    alternative medicine, I have been doing it
    for 24 years and I was a nurse before that.
    Does heat help you? Bromelain is also a
    natural pain reliever. Keep your eye on the
    prize and think positive thoughts. Picture
    yourself well. You are remarkable for still
    being able to knit and design patterns.
    Thumbs up!!!!!

  20. I’m sure all the side effects make you look forward to doing this procedure again! Ah, well, make sure you tell ’em how you felt afterwards in case they can do anything differently; and I certainly hope it helps what it’s supposed to help, for gosh sakes!
    The new socks do remind me of raspberry swirl ice cream too! I’m thinking fairly simple patterns are in order during the loopy time. Or the socks may have extremely interesting results….

  21. The colours of the new socks remind me of Black Cherry Cheesecake ice cream, which I haven’t had in years! Now I want some! I’d have to say it was a very aptly named yarn!

    What inspires you to do these sock patterns? Do you just wake up in the morning and realise that it feels like a lace day, or a cable day? Does something you see on the street remind you of a certain pattern? Or maybe something else entirely?

    Hope you feel better. All my pets send their fluffy hugs to you too, to help you on your way to recovery.

  22. Lovely Cabletini socks! Hoping you are feeling better soon! Check out that ice cream yarn! Drooling here!

  23. take care of yourself. what ever you have, it sound unpleasant, but I’m sure Lucy is doing her best to nurse you back to help. hope you fele better

  24. Love the cabletini socks. Love them. ๐Ÿ™‚ For being a mess, you sure can crank out the beautiful handknits! I should be so “messy”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope you feel better soon.


  25. It is so amazing you did all that knitting feeling so awful. Please take care of yourself as we all love you! I am glad the sock knitting and Lucy can give you some respite.

  26. Thanks for the update, Wendy. I’m sorry it’s not a better one.

    The socks look good. Hope the knitting helps keep your mind off the side effects.

  27. Love the Cabletinis! I think you must have mastered the art of knitting in your sleep in order to finish your socks so quickly. Truly amazing.

    I hope that the nasty procedures you’re going through have positive results. Wishing you well . . .

  28. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Crotalus is a perfect name for those new socks (I admit I had to look it up to see what it meant!)–the KOARC strikes again!
    I love them and hope that at some point the pattern will be available. You are one talented woman, Wendy!

    I’m hoping that you’ll be well soon. Illness really sucks, and I send you my very best wishes–I’m sure we all do.

    Love to Lucy!

  29. I was laughing while reading – as I was eating an ice cream sundae, and then – that was the name of the yarn! I hope you feel better soon, and that the procedures help you. Nurse Lucy will undoubtedly make you feel better, once she gathers her strength from the nap. And may I join the crowd and say how much I admire your ability to concentrate in the face of distraction and illness — you’re fantastic!

  30. I hope you feel better!!!
    I love your patterns, and I know you said a while back that they will be available for purchase. Are you going to end up doing a sock pattern book, or will they be available individually on your site or somewhere else? Just wondering. ๐Ÿ™‚ I started the Southwestern socks, but haven’t made it much past the toe yet, because I’ve been sidetracked by a sweater. ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Wendy,
    I have been on vacation and have missed your blog for a few weeks. I am so sorry you are not feeling well. I hope you feel back to normal very soon.


  32. The Cabletini socks look wonderful. I’m looking forward to that one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Wendy, I am a faithful reader of your blog and do hope you are feeling better soon. Even with your health issues, I am amazed at your creativity. Love the socks in Old Duck (I have some in my stash!) and hope you will have the pattern for purchase one day.

    My kitties, McGyver and Maggie Mae, send purrs to you and Lucy!

  34. Your new socks are lovely and so id the newest one! Get well fast! I really hope the procedures accomplish all they’re supposed to. From one non-regulated temp woman to another ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is nice that it at least does not take away from your knitting ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  35. I do hope you are feeling much better soon and all the fun side effects of meds go away soon.

  36. You are amazing! In your loopiness you accomplish more than I can on my best days. I hope you are feeling much better very soon. I love the new sock–beautiful colors and a great pattern. The Claudia Handpainted is so soothing to knit with.

    Lucy, take good care of Momma!

  37. Wendy, I’m delurking to say how much I enjoy your writing, your patterns, and Lucy. I hope you feel better soon!

  38. Love the rattlesnakes Wendy, I bet they’d be gorgeous in, ohhhh say, some mahogany seawool. KOARC has great taste in sock names.

  39. I have learned that many treatments for the back are almost as unpleasant as the problem is!!! I often thought they were simply to make you FORGET the back problem by making you focus on the new misery!!! Kitties are wonderful care takers!! I do hope they figure this out soon and you feel lots better!! Hugs to you. I absolutely love those new socks!!!

  40. Oh, I love the Stone Barn yarn as well. The twist! The colors! It’s all good.

    Hope you are feeling well! The socks look great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Hello Wendy,

    Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly and I hope you improve I also
    agree with the ginger as a friend of mine when she is feeling nausea
    she uses ginger, I have tried it and it does work. I agree with the other
    lady who suggests you tell them when you go back for your second
    procedure how you felt after the last one. They might be able to do
    something differently.

    Love the socks you have been doing and the colours are just great,
    it is a shame that we do not get a lot of variety hear in Australia we
    have to send overseas to get some of the yarns you have available
    over there. I have just started knitting socks again recently and I am
    currently using one of your toe up patterns plain for the moment until
    I can work out what I am doing.

    All the best and I hope Lucy is nursing you as well.


  42. Hope that you feel better soon. That feeling sucks.

    The cabletini socks are so cute!!!! I love the wee cables.

    The new sock is coming together so nice. They look great.

    How can you knit socks like that in a drug induced stupor?

  43. Now I’m craving a strawberry sundae :). The sock looks lovely (and yummy).

    I hope you feel better soon!

  44. Hope you’re feeling better by the time you read this and that the vertigo and/or nausea have disappeared. The ginger is a good suggestion…

    I’m inspired by your prolific pattern-generating mind/fingers. I’ve just finished my version of the “asparagus” sock and am probably headed to Loopy Ewe to check out Stone Barn Fibers…if there’s any left. I’m not sure you’re a good influence, but I love being able to keep tabs on your projects. Thanks…and do take care.


  45. Hope you are feeling better soon, I love seeing all the differnet sock wools you use and all your new patterns of course, take care.

  46. Theresa in Italy says:

    So sorry to hear about the side effects of the procedure. I am astonished that you can still churn out gorgeous socks even under such conditions! (I can’t even touch wool when my internal temperature regulator goes wonky, never mind dealing with the dizziness.) I can vouch for the palliative effects of ginger—but you really have to like the taste. Take care of yourself, or better yet, let Lucy do it for you.

  47. Those new socks are a knock out. And the colors are definately awesome! Yet, I do have a question. Koarc named some socks Frog Warts and Crotalus Sock. I can see why he would suggest those, imo…I also see a pattern in his thinking. Do reptiles and amphibians play a part in his life? heehee
    Hang in there! Anybody who can still knit, while dealing with the after effects of your procedure is a Champ, imo.

  48. Sending healing thoughts!

    I have two skeins of the yarn you’re using for your new sock and was hoping to get it to swirl (the colorway is peppermint twist) but I was getting weird pooling. What’s your gauge?

  49. Wendy, we’re sending you strong positive vibes to help you feel better (along with some good old fashioned Catholic prayer :>). Our kitty, Pretty Girl, sends her best to Lucy along with some telepathic thoughts on how to take care of an “under the weather” human. Pretty Girl has lots of experience and can offer many suggestions.

    Your socks are looking good! You’ve been my motivation this summer. I’ve been knitting socks, slowly, but getting there.

  50. I am also using Stone Barn Fibers yarn for a pair of socks. I like it so far. I am trying a short-row toe for the first time and I am a little nervous. At least I already know how to crochet.

  51. You get more knitting done on a bad day than I get on a good day! I hope the procedures are working for you.

    Lucy looks especially fluffy today.

    I second the vote for a booklet of socks. The summer of socks selection has been gorgeous.

  52. GET WELL SOON! I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love to Lucy!

  53. I’m so sorry you still aren’t feeling well, Wendy, and I hope it gets better soon. Put on some of those fabulous socks you keep finishing and have some ginseng-peppermint tea?

  54. Deborah C. says:

    I’m sorry to hear you are under the weather, I hope that your doc can clear things up soon. The Cabletini socks are gorgeous, I hope you write up a pattern for them, too. Feel better soon! Lucy would be a wonderful nurse, no?

  55. Keeping you in my thoughts and hope you get lots better really really fast

  56. Hopefully you’re feeling better… I can sympathize – I’m having some surgery myself at the beginning of October.

    The Cabletinis are great! I’m knitting baby cables right now, too.

  57. Those socks are looking great! Congrats Tiffany!

  58. Love the crotalus socks! How do you do it?

  59. wendy, how many stitches per inch do you get on 2mm? i tried some addi turbo 2mm (magic loop) with schachenmeyer and my gauge was 10/inch ๐Ÿ™ i think i need to loosen up a bit, my KP tips have some marks near the tips from doing K4tog!

  60. Feel better! I’ve been thinking about you!
    You might try a book on Jin Shin Jyutsu– I have a medical thing where I get nauseated often enough (Migraines) and it’s wonderful.

    You continually inspire me!
    KarenM =)