My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

Do Not Adjust Your Sets

New Sock 082807

New Sock 082807

Why is the photo of my new sock in sepia tones rather than in color?

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New Sock on Foot 082807

Because I’m soliciting names for this sock design and I don’t want you to be influenced by the colorway of the yarn.

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New Sock Closeup 082807

The yarn, by the way, is Sweet Georgia “Speed Demon” — sportweight merino sock yarn. I guess it’s a collector’s item, unless Felicia starts dyeing yarn again.

The skein is 280 yards, which I find is plenty for a pair of decent-sized socks. I’m using a 2.75mm needle and am getting 6.5 stitches to the inch, my usual gauge for sportweight socks.

So . . . what would you name this sock? Leave your suggestions in the comments and I’ll pick a number of my favorite suggestions and we can vote tomorrow.

It’s the end of August, and the Summer of Socks is winding down. By my reckoning, we’ve got just over three more weeks before the Autumnal Equinox. I’ve made 14 pairs of socks. Hmmmmm . . . I wonder how many more I’ll achieve before the end of summer?

Only the Shadow knows.

Sock Sizing

Natalie had a comment yesterday:

I love all your patterns; however, they are too wide for my small, very narrow foot (6 AAA). How can I convert the patterns to make the socks more narrow? Maybe you can also include a smaller size in your instructions.

Ah, the non-average-sized foot — always a challenge.

The problem with converting patterned socks to a narrower foot is in the patterning. The pattern has x number of stitches per repeat, so there’s only so much you can do to re-size the socks. All the patterns I’ve prepared for sale are done in at least two sizes (except the Healthy Spine Socks, which are very stretchy, so will accommodate a wider range of foot sizes in the one pattern). The Pagoda Lace socks are done in three sizes.

One possibility is to knit the foot at a tighter gauge. I have wide feet, so I will often knit the foot of my socks at a slightly looser gauge if it is not feasible to change the stitch count of the pattern.

Anyone with narrow feet out there have any other ideas?

Poo-Free Update

I’m still shampoo-free — using Chaz Dean‘s WEN conditioning cleanser (I use the Cucumber Aloe version) and am still delighted with my hair. (PS to Chaz — I swear I always use a nozzle or diffuser on my blowdryer . . . honest!)

So, L-B has been listening to me yap on and on about how great the WEN products are and has been resisting trying them. She finally broke down and ordered some from QVC, which she got yesterday. She said if she didn’t like it, she’d give it to me. Well . . . let’s just say I’m not getting a free bottle of WEN conditioning cleanser. L-B emailed me this morning, enthusing about how fabulous her hair felt after using it. I of course emailed her back:


And I forced her to put in writing: “Wendy was right.”

Huh? Me, childish?

Wendy 082807

Wendy 082807

I may be childish, but my hair is in great shape! Even when in sepia tones!

Only Lucy gets to remain full color in today’s blog entry:

Lucy 082807

Lucy 082807

Cuz she’s my little princess.

P.S. to Judith S. in the U.K. — I can’t find an email address for you so . . . THANK YOU! 🙂


  1. I vote for Fancy Pants socks. Those socks look like they should be worn with the fanciest pants I own. I love it.

    But not as much as I love Lucy, please give her a kiss on her nose from me( being a highly allergic person who loves to kiss cats noses, I ask other people to do so for me!)

  2. Summer Trellis… reminds me of a trellis where one would have a flowering vine.

  3. Machiato Swirl

  4. Holly Sales says:

    Turnstile? Or alt spelling Turn-style.
    But make sure you name the last pair of the summer Finish Line.

  5. I’m very unimaginative when it comes to naming things, but following the tire track theme, how about “road kill socks” I like the looks of them in sepia. 🙂

  6. Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy says:

    Ooh, #141, by purplejen, “Hyaluronan” — That’s a great one! My own suggestions:

    Triathlon (for the running stitches, bike tire treads, swimming in the waves)

    Lucy’s Ladders (because it’s all about Lucy) 😀

  7. Zebra Crossing
    pronounced in the British way of course.

  8. Labrynth socks
    Lombard Street socks

  9. That’s a beautiful picture of you Wendy and your hair looks great!

    Two questions – how often do you wash your hair and what does it look like “air dryed”?

  10. Chutes & Ladders for the sock name (after that annoying children’s board game)?I have the same problem as Natalie & haven’t really found a solution other than knitting plain socks in the size I know works for me. But I recently bought Sensational Knitted Socks & More Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. I have not had time to really devour them but they look like they might offer the solution. She has socks for several different number of stitches (eg I find that a 56 stitch foot works perfectly for me with sock yarn & 2.5 mm needles). She also has mini-stitch dictionaries in each book with patterns that are multiples of 4, 5, 6, 8, & 12 stitches.. This allows you to design your own socks. But, as far as beautiful sock patterns that you see on the web & want to knit, that’s probably always going to be a problem. I look for patterns that come in more than one size or have a children’s option.

  11. Railway Ties or perhaps Train Tracks