My current work in progress:

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


But Seriously, Folks

If I ever reach the point where I feel it is necessary to operate my keyboard with my feet so I can knit at the same time, would one of you please smack me really, really hard?

Thank you.

I think taking many quickie breaks from knitting to do things like operate a computer mouse or keyboard is one of the reasons that I don’t seem to suffer any wrist or hand pain from knitting. Change in repetitive motion. It’s a good thing.

Yes, I read while knitting, with the book propped open in front of me. But I stop knitting to turn every page as I read. No turning of the pages with my feet or any such nonsense for me.


Hey! I wore the DKNY lace sweater to work the other day. This photo was taken upon my return home, after a long and tiring day, so do cut me some slack. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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DKNY Sweater 081407

I came home from work today and found in the mail this extremely cute card from Roseann:

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Card 081507

Roseann, that was the high point of my day! Thanks!
New! New! New!

Lookie what I got the other day.

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Tote 081507
This is a Courtney Mini Tote from Moriah Ice Designs and it’s just about as cute as it can be. She will do custom designs for you, so you can configure your tote any way you like it, and pick from a number of fun fabrics. I specified that the handles be a certain length that is perfect for me to hang over my wrist and perfect they are.

This little tote is just right to hold a sock in progress and some other doodads.

Speaking of sock in progress, the second Crotalus Sock is progressing.

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SIP 081507

I’ll have the pair completed for tomorrow’s blog entry.
Kittything asked:

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?

To take the guesswork out of knitting two socks from one skein, I split the skein into two balls. I described in detail how to do that in this blog post. I’ve been doing this for a while now and it works great for me!

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Lucy is chillin’

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Lucy 081507


  1. Oh, that’s just too tempting. And as I usually sit on your carpet when I knit, I could sneak the keyboard down there and see what happens….

    DKNY Lace sweater—obviously a classic! Beautiful drape!

  2. That DKNY sweater is gorgeous! Really.

  3. It must’ve cooled off in your neck of the woods – still in the triple digits here in Mississippi.

  4. Love the Crotalus socks…but I would’ve called them “Bloody Bandage” socks.

    Sorry I can’t help myself sometimes.

  5. I love to read while I knit but I read too quickly and knit too slowly–a bad combination that keeps me putting down the needles often. Because it’s hard for me to read a book while knitting, I must sheepishly admit that, while reading e-books (which I can set to have lots of text per page), I often use my toe to hit the page down key. (Go ahead, make fun of me–my husband does.)

  6. The DKNY sweater is gorgeous and the socks are (naturally) fabulous.

    Question on your old post re: dividing hanks equally. When you say that you rewind to ensure consistent direction, you’re only referring to the colorway, right? If the yarn is a solid, not self-striping, or if it doesn’t matter that the socks come out fraternal, is it an optional step (knitter’s choice)? I just want to be sure that I’m not missing anything obvious.

    Give Lucy a scratch behind the ears for me.

  7. Your DNKY sweater is so nice and summery and I love your new bag. I’m glad you enjoyed the card and hope you are feeling well. I look forward to seeing both Crotalus socks tomorrow.

  8. I think you should call the sock “Splotch”.

  9. so for those of us who count on you not just for knitting wisdom, but popular culture
    insight as well, and those of us who didn’t know ‘cat slackers’ existed before you mentioned it he other day, is it worth catching the next episode?

  10. Lucy is so cute! I’ve said it before, but when you post pictures like that it bears repeating.

    I keep thinking that I need a small-project tote. But then I remind myself that I’m on a tight budget and the more money I spend on other things, the less I can spend on yarn. *sigh* How many days is it until I can start making pointed comments about Christmas presents? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. The “splitting the skein into two balls” post was THE “ah-ha moment” of my knitting year in March. I’m so glad to see it’s the post that keeps on giving!

  12. I look forward to seeing these socks! Love the new bag and Roseann’s card is a riot!!!

  13. Ok, ok, so you don’t control your computer with your feet…But exactly how many hours a day do you knit? Because I know you have a real job, and a KOARC, and you probably have to make yourself dinner or bathe or drive every so often. Do you just posses super speed?

    Because even if I knit while I read (which I do), watch tv, and during every other spare moment, I don’t complete my socks nearly as quickly as you do! It’s amazing!

  14. That tote is the cuteness.

  15. The Sweater looks very nice.

  16. Groovy sweater!

    Caroline, the SockPixie

  17. anne marie in philly says:

    you rook mahvhhhhhelous! (said in a billy crystal voice)

    enjoy your visit with roseann!

    (jealous – wishing I lived closer)

  18. I want to thank Kittything for asking this question and you Wendy for having the answer. I’ve printed this up and it now resides happily in my ball winders box where I can not lose it or mess up splitting another skein again. I never thought to use my food scale to weigh balls it has to be more reliable then the soon to be ex’s postal scale, which has a mind of it’s own. It is now sitting with things I have packed for my move back to California in January where I will have many months to where my socks and not just a few cold days in Florida.

  19. Love the sweater – but I ADORE the bulldog card. I gotta show it to my bully – Wilma. She’s going to be in heaven. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I’m always too lazy to separate the skein in half . . . great and useful though your method is . . . I just knit both socks at the same time, one from each end. They end up exactly the same size, and I know I won’t run out of yarn unless I knit right up to the center, Lady and the Tramp style. But, you know, that’s just me (grin).

  21. Love the sweater. Is it cold enough to be able to wear a sweater?

    What a cute little bag. I love me all kinds of bags, totes, purses, etc.

    Lucy, you have such a rough life, you poor thing. LOL

  22. I love the sweater. The drape is great. I ordered a subscription today just for that pattern.

    I use a small gift bag to transport my small projects (socks). When it wears out, I toss it and use another. Reuse, etc. (They also make cute lunchbags.)

  23. I really like that sweater. For some reason my VK hasn’t arrived, but when it does, I’m looking that one up. Do you remember the yarn?

    I’m guessing that you being back at work is a good sign?

  24. Joan Callaway says:

    Those new socks are really quite striking…raspberry swirl. I keep a postage scale on my table…weigh as I wind – start a new ball when it hits 2 oz.. Surprisingly, some of the 4 oz. hanks come out to be +/-…often the 2nd ball will be 2.2 or even more.

    I admire that sweater…elegant drape.


  25. Well, I think that jersey (top or sweater?) looks better on you than on the model in the latest Vogue magazine. Love the lacy look.

  26. Hello, I love the sweater, do you have a room especially for your sweaters ? I read whilst I knit , but how do you keep the pages open ? The paperbacks especially ‘ close up ‘ , I would appreciate any help on this . I am still using your toe up sock pattern , I carry a post – it pad with your blog address and on it , and hand them out to knitters who haven’t tried the toe up method , I hope you don’t mind .

  27. Wow, the sweater looks great!! Do you miss not knitting big items during the summer of the sock? I’m loving your progress!

  28. Lots of nice pictures of pretty objects. Love the sweater and the bag. I googled Crotalus. My father had a close encounter with Crotalus horridus one summer, but your socks are definitely of the Crotalus beauticus variety.

  29. Wendy- I’m having bag envy.

    Thinking back just a few short years, doesn’t the enormity of the handpainted sock yarn world just boggle the mind? There is truly no end to what is available- I am amazed.

  30. You do realize that your blog is all about Ms Lucy right? *grin* She is such a beauty!

    Your knitting socks all summer has inspired me to deal with my sock yarn stash. I have a couple of pairs done, and for my next socks, I am going to attempt to do it on two circular needles *yikes*! I doubt I will ever part with my beloved Brittany needles, but its time to try something new. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Hope your feeling better!

  31. Michele in Maine says:

    Wendy, you must stop showing me those irresistible tote bags! I have no self-control when it comes to sock yarn or bags! I now have a posy sock sack, mini-bags from floorspace on order, and now this~! Help! I am even getting ready to try knitting with two knitpicks circs with the new Cat Bordhi book designs.


  32. Wait, it’s cold enough there to wear a sweater! Please, I’m begging, send it Philly’s way! We’re roasting here. And I can’t wait to see how the two socks look together – I still maintain they’re holiday socks. Yes, I have the holidays on the mind, especially now that I heard there’s a new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie coming out. . .

  33. Love the new tote! How cute. Lucy looks very cozy.

    Your sweater looks really good too.

  34. I ADORE that lovely bag!!!!

  35. The sweater looks terrific. I’m amazed you could wear it since the temperature has only been down to about forty-eleven-billion degrees. Hopefully knitting the yarn named after an ice cream sundae helps you feel cooler than that!

    Your hair looks great too. Thanks for sharing the info on the special hair care product.

  36. I also read while knitting. It drives the friend who taught me to knit crazy. Because she can’t do it…ha hahahahahhahahahahahahaha!

    I love the new sock you have on the needles! Thanks for the free sock patterns! I have them saved in case I ever finish the pair that I’m on.

  37. You must have changed the sleeves in the DKNY sweater. Mine are narrow at the wrists. BTW, I’m feeling the need to knit another one. My first one was done in fingering weight wool bought at a house sale.

  38. In your ball winding/splitting instructions I’m curious…why is it important for the balls to both be wound in the same direction? Is there a right or a wrong way to wind a ball?

    I often wind my yarn twice, once off a swift which makes the ball very tight and compact do to tension, and then again from the tight ball to make a looser ball. I do this so that I don’t have to pull tight kinks out of the centre of the ball.