My current work in progress:

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


Skimmers and Mis-information

Today (on her way to the point she was making) Norma discussed in her blog post how it is that people can read what we write and misunderstand so much. Her answer is “skimmers.” I tend to agree. We are all guilty of skimming. I do a lot of blog-skimming. And I get emailed questions all the time that could be answered by looking at the sidebar of my blog.

And every now and then I get a doozy.

A while back I got an email from someone who wanted to know exactly how it is that I control my computer keyboard with my foot. Huh???? I emailed back and assured this individual that I do no such thing — I control my keyboard with my hands, thank you. I got the feeling she didn’t believe me and was left feeling slightly perplexed.

A couple of days ago I discovered where that mis-information came from. I was reading a discussion thread in a Ravelry forum that was a couple of months old — someone posted, just as an aside, that she wondered how “Wendy of Wendy Knits” has time to read her blog comments.

Someone responded to that post that “Wendy reads messages and email while knitting: she puts her keyboard on the floor and pages down using her foot on the spacebar (seriously).”

The “seriously” really cracked me up. I’m here to tell you that I do no such thing.

Romantic Hand Knits Book Review

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Book 081407

I received a copy of Romantic Hand Knits by Annie Modesitt a little while back and finally sat down to have a look at it.

I’ve long held the opinion that Annie is an amazing knitter, but for the most part her designs are simply not my style, so I opened this book with pre-conceived notions.

I was pleasantly surprised. The book has 26 designs — tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories. All of the designs are thoughtfully and cleverly designed to fit a woman’s shape, and there is a wide range of sizing. While there are a number of designs I wouldn’t make myself, there are a few that I liked very much. A beautiful pair of lace stockings and some lovely opera length gloves knit from Cascade Fixation top my list of favorites. There are some lovely tops, skirts, and dresses as well. I recognized immediately the Cleopatra dress that Grumperina knit for the book.

The book is beautifully photographed and contains excellent schematics. There are sectins of tips to help you in the creation of these garments. I think my favorite thing about the book is that Annie has named each design after a classic movie that she loves. Clearly, Annie and I would have a great time at movie night, because they are all my favorites too. Who wouldn’t smile at a design named “Now, Voyager?”

Bottom line — if you like fitted knits with a vintage feel to them, grab this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

(Speaking of grabbing this book, I’m keeping it for myself, thankyouverymuch. No givsies-awaysies on this puppy.)

So . . . yeah . . . sock knitting.

Here’s the second Crotalus sock.

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SIP 081407

(Don’t know what “Crotalus” means? Google it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ No, it’s not a Harry Potter reference. I have yet to read a Harry Potter book.)

Lucy is off to bulk up while I go take a nap.

Lucy 081407

Lucy 081407


  1. People….. are…. so…. weird!

    I, for one, didn’t have that crazy idea! Heh.

    Your second sock is pooling… interesting!

  2. Crotalus. O.K. I didn’t get it when I first saw it. I googled it- pit viper. Still don’t get it. But, I didn’t want to bother you with a question and I wanted to wait and see if anyone else was as dim as I was.

  3. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Now why would you name such beautiful socks after a pit viper??? lol

  4. Your foot, huh? Actually, that doesn’t sound like such an awful idea . . . (grin)

  5. I love “Now, Voyager”. Actually I pretty much adore anything Bette Davis was in. Especially “The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex.”

    Can KOARC make a video of you typing with your toes? I’d like to see that. =)

  6. Okay, peeps. Sometimes I just gotta leave a message here. The Crotalus sock has a zigzag pattern in it. Like a sidewinder. Like a rattlesnake, of which one of the two genuses is “Crotalus”. Check out both “Crotalus” and “Rattlesnake” on Wikipedia for the most complete info on the subject.

    Also, while Wendy doesn’t put her keyboard on the floor and hit the spacebar with her foot, I DO put MY keyboard on the floor and hit the keyboard with my

  7. Toni Van B says:

    You know what’s weird? As soon as you wrote that bit about the keyboard “urban myth”, I knew I had read it somewhere. After some quick google-foo, it turns out that the Yarn Harlot is the culprit:

  8. I googled crotalus after striking out in the dictionary. Duh- I should have known that one. I grew up in SW Arizona and had several encounters with the critters. The name is a good fit for the sock- both the pattern and the coloring.

    Keep chowing Lucy- winter’s comin’!

  9. I’ve heard the foot-to-spacebar thing from Yarn Harlot, too, but only as a joke. I didn’t think people could actually take that seriously. (Though it might be a good piece of advice for time-saving and knitting while reading. :p If my blog got more comments, I might end up resorting to it. *laughs*)

  10. It was The Yarn Harlot! That’s funny, because the two of you are great knitters, but very different people!

  11. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    I think “Crotalus” is a perfect name for those beautiful socks! I can’t wait to make them.

    I’m definitely going to check out that book…thanks, Wendy.
    “Now, Voyager” is one of my favorite films.

    Lucy looks so cute!

  12. Another illusion totally shattered!! I always picture you with the keyboard by your footsies, knitting at hand, HP at your side (Lucy turns the pages for you) and your special drinking hat on your head. Hmm.

  13. It is funny the ideas that people stick to & believe are true. Although I heard an idea about you that’s flattering & maybe is true. I was knitting with a group last fall & we started discussing your blog, Lucy & how quickly & beautifully you knit. Well, one of the people exclaimed “I’ve heard she has a photographic memory, so she just memorizes the charts & knits away”. So do tell, do you have a photographic memory? Are you the bionic women who can knit, read & type with her toes while talking on the phone?

  14. WHAT??? You have no hands???
    I have to go look it up. I’m that square.

  15. Naught, naughty, Ian (aka KOARC). ROTFLMAO! ;-D

  16. Joan Callaway says:

    Multitasking, huh? Well, just because we write these comments doesn’t mean that anyone is really reading them, does it? You are prolific enough that this reader could almost believe the Yarn Harlot’s suspicions.


  17. Must be all those socks photographed near the keyboard that gave people the toe-typing impression. Hard to do in socks, though.

  18. ~snicker~ That’s so funny :O) Don’t know what it is about these socks that I love so much! The colors combined with your pattern are just perfect! Speaking of great colors, I didn’t realize how perfectly balanced Lucy’s are!

  19. Rattlesnake! (Google? Wikipedia? Imagine that!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    (And hey, you gotta teach me that scroll-down-with-your-foot technique.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. I wish I could use my feet so my hands could be free to do other things. LOL

    Thems some dangerous socks you have going on there.

  21. I think I’m going to try that spacebar-with-my-foot thing!

  22. LOL! Hmm – now you’re going to tell me that you don’t have Lucy trained to scroll through the comments and read the best ones out loud to you…

  23. So, you just use your toes to dial the phone then? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. I went to St. Mary’s University and our mascot was Crotalus atrox (aka the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake). They actually named the registration system ATROX.

    Nice socks – I look forward to all your patterns.

  25. You know, as soon as I saw the picture of the book, I was thinking, “Please, let there be a contest. Please, let there be a contest.” I’ve been catching up on blogs for the past two months or so, and thus unable to enter any of the great contests I’ve been seeing. I guess today is just not my day.

    Then again, I suppose this just goes to show that you’ve got excellent taste, which is probably why I enjoy reading here so much. Keep up the good work – I can buy books for myself, I guess. ;-p

  26. I’ve never seen a rattlesnake but they must be beautiful if they look like your socks. Thanks for the review of Romantic Knits – I have a copy on order. Hoped it would be a good one.

  27. UCFknitGirl says:

    Definitely the Yarn Harlot! She says that in one of her books I believe! I love your blog. This is my first comment here. You crack me up!

  28. I remember someone on the big knit list years ago (a LOT of years ago!) saying they did that toe on the spacebar thing. So maybe it started in fact somewhere in the dim past.

  29. Thomasean says:

    I don’t think anyone has asked yet… so I will….

    Will you publish the pattern for Cabletini in some form or another??? I would gladly pay… if you would be so kind…please madam….

  30. I subscribe to your blog and when it appears on the Google Reader page, the sidebar is not included. I have to click on the entry and expand it before that information appears…so, that may be the reason you get questions that could be answered by the sidebar.

  31. Just for giggles you should try that keyboard scrolling technique and report to the rest of us.

  32. I thought you were going to say that someone assumed you used your feet on your keyboard b/c you so often photo your socks there! (People do make weird assumptions and skimming is quite often the reason!)

    I’ll have to check out that book. I love Annie’s stuff. Now with your recommendation (and Birdsong’s) I have more reason…

    I’m having an “off” knitting time (very little is going right), so I enjoy looking at yours and realizing that someone in this world is still capable of GREAT knitting!

  33. Crotalus is my favorite sock so far. I knew you weren’t using your toes to page down through emails. I was pretty certain it was a straw between your teeth.

  34. See, I know you don’t use your feet, you have four hands. Seriously. It’s a fact. I read it on the Internet.
    My posts tend to be really short, contain a photo, and are minimalist. And, even when I post that I use my own hand painted roving, I STILL get questions asking where I got it. (???)

  35. hi wendy! i hope you can publicly answer a question for all of us relatively new sock knitters. when you buy a sock yarn that comes all on one skein (instead of two skeins = one pair) how do you decide it is time to start sock number 2? and not have too much leftover yarn when you finish?

    i thought you would be the perfect person to ask because my sock knitting friends say “knit both at the same time on two circs” and that’s not your technique.


  36. that’s some talent you have using your feet to keyboard. LOL!!!!!
    People read what they want to see. hear what they want to hear.
    and most of the time it’s WRONG!

  37. Skimming is bad, well……..not on some but you can miss some really important things sometimes. But as for Crotalus, rattlesnake could possibly work as far as the winding part but DEADLY VENOMOUS PIT VIPER RATTLER, my twin grands can’t wait for theirs. They have found a brown, white with some gold that they think will come out like snakes on their feet. I am now suggesting SKIMMING for your blog (just kidding), you are one of the few that is not blocked to them without supervision. They want to know if Lucy knows that her mom is knitting snake socks?

  38. The Yarn Harlot has actually commented on her blog that she puts her laptop on the floor and pages through her email with her foot, I don’t think it’s a joke at all, it totally sounds like something she would do – it’s very resourceful of her! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But she does it so she can keep knitting, not because she has no hands!

    Blog skimmers! Bah!

  39. Now when you were reading this book was it on the floor and where you skimming through the pages with your foot.! Inquyiring minds want to know!

  40. I saw this book when I was at my knitting group last night. I loved it and yes the movie titles had a lot to do with it. It’s definitely a must have for my library as well!

  41. Don’t you have a laptop? Apparently the “footsie” commenter has not looked at your blog enough. How could you read blogs if the computer was on the floor?

    I knew that Crotalus was the rattlesnake genus (I am a biologist after all). I think the name is clever.

  42. Silly people! Don’t they know you type with your hands and knit with your feet?!?! :o)

  43. Hey, all press is good right??? I always thought Lucy took care of the blog comments . . .hmmm. . . your feet might be the way to go right??

  44. I just got Annie’s book yesterday and I agree. It’s lovely. Somethings I wouldn’t make and lots I would, but I’m thrilled at all the detail and schematics. I’m looking forward to having time to just really read it… Sock is looking very pretty.

  45. Hi Wendy, I saw these Lime and Violet themed knitting and spinning items and thought the link might brighten your day. (NAYY) Keep getting better!

  46. You may have heard of the US Sidewinder air-to-air missile, carried by fighter aircraft. It’s a heat-seeking missile and it’s named after a heat-seeking pit viper, the sidewinder rattlesnake, Crotalus cerastes. The French make a similar heat-seeking missile, the Crotale.

    Pit vipers are everywhere, I guess.

  47. Bulking up *snort*

    It’s not like knitting and reading is rocket science but I suppose to some it is. I mean after you’ve been doing it for a while you can knit by “feel” and you don’t need to look, especially someone who’s been knitting as long as you. How ridiculous to make a statement like that, I hope you set her straight!

    So is the KORAC referring to the animal or the rock band ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. P.S. – I never skim ๐Ÿ™‚