My current work in progress:

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


Polls? We Gotcha Polls Right Here

(Late-breaking news: as of this moment, all of my sock patterns are currently available at The Loopy Ewe)

As usual, you guys came up with a lot of great names for my current sock.

Here is the sock:

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I’ll tell you up front that I’ve already picked a name. It is one that I thought of that several of your suggested as well. But I’m interested to see if it would be voted in as the name, so I’m putting up a poll. And here it is.

What Should I Name This Sock Pattern?

  • Winter Wheat (29%, 502 Votes)
  • Scarab Socks (25%, 440 Votes)
  • Trilobite Socks (24%, 424 Votes)
  • Centipede Socks (14%, 242 Votes)
  • Fern Fronds Socks (7%, 126 Votes)
  • Morpho Socks (2%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,761

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Mystery Fibers!

More from Clara‘s fiber guessing game:

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What do you think gives the fuzz to each of those yarns?

And now for something completely different.

Because I’m in an inquiring frame of mind . . .

Here is a picture of my hands clasped.

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Right thumb is on top.

Here is a picture of the KOARC’s hands clasped.

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Left thumb is on top.

When you clasp your hands together, which thumb goes on top?

How Do You Lace Your Fingers When You Clasp Your Hands?

  • Left thumb over right, and I'm right-handed (54%, 1,568 Votes)
  • Right thumb over left, and I'm right-handed (33%, 959 Votes)
  • Right thumb over left, and I'm left-handed (6%, 182 Votes)
  • Left thumb over right, and I'm left-handed (6%, 169 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,878

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It’s just one of those things I’ve been wondering about in my spare time.

No, I don’t get a lot of sleep. Why do you ask?

Lucy Sez

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I always sleep well!


  1. Yay for being the first person to answer the polls and comment.

    I’m quite intrigued by your new sock pattern. I may have to purchase it once you get it written up.

    The fibers? I think the top is alpaca and the bottom is mohair.

  2. Hmmm….I tried crossing my right thumb over my left and it felt really unnatural. I guess this is one of those things that you just do. I will be curious to see which sock pattern wins! I know which one I really think it looks like, but it could go another way too!

  3. I love the new socks, I’ll definately be buying this pattern. As for the fiber question, I think they are alpaca(top) and mohair(bottom)

  4. The thumb poll is going to be very interesting!!

  5. I was right in the middle of leaving a comment, and things went wacko on me!
    Anyhoo, as I was saying before it all froze up:
    Like Suzanne, who was apparently leaving her comment at precisely the same time I was trying to, I tried crossing the ‘other’ thumb over (left in my case) and it was Wrong. Just Wrong. Weird.
    Here’s another one for you — when you kneel down on one knee, which knee is it? Doesn’t seem to be related to handed-ness very directly!
    The Insect Kingdom has obviously resonated with readers for the new sock. I’ll be curious to see what’s your name, Wendy! (I have a guess, but I’ll keep it to myself.)
    Lucy is not troubled by right-left dominance questions. Which paw does *she* favor when she’s batting her milk-carton rings around?

  6. I answered left thumb on top & right handed which is true, but I used to fold my hands the other way. I consciously changed it when I was around 12. I don’t remember why I did that. Just a weird kid thing I suppose.

  7. Putting my right thumb over felt REALLY weird!

  8. Hi Wendy!
    I did a high school biology project (for the genetics portion of the class) on how people in my family clasp their hands. Supposedly, right thumb over left (which is how I cross my hands) is a recessive trait and I could trace the trait through my family. I’m really interested to see the results of the poll! I didn’t have the internet back then. πŸ™‚

  9. I just got sock patterns at LE! Woohoo! Oh, it’s funny about that clasped hands thing – must be something in the air, because I was just wondering about that a couple of days ago and played around trying to see what felt most comfortable to me and if I do it the same way all the time. Hmmm…..

    Sorry about the lack of sleep, though.

  10. I tried lacing my fingers the other way and it made me feel sick. I won’t be doing that again.

  11. And for the sake of curiosity, are you and the KOARC lefties, righties or one of each? Like Cathy-Cate said, it felt Wrong doing it opposite of the “natural” way for me. (Which is R over L).The sockage is looking fabulous, BTW.

  12. Left over right. And I always put my left sock/shoe on first.

  13. I seem to be an ambidextrous thumb crosser, but that choice is mentioned. Now I’m going to wonder about this too!

  14. That choice *wasn’t* one of the options, I meant to say.

  15. Thanks for doing the thumb survey – I’ve also pondered that question.

  16. Come on Trilobite! I mean, Scarab is cool too but dammit. When’s the last time a knitting pattern was named after a popular fossil?

  17. I’m pretty sure that the bottom fibre is mohair, and as for the top, I think much like other people and am leaning towards alpaca.

  18. I always have my left thumb on top. I’ve read that the thumb on your dominant hand will be on top, so if you’re left-handed (like me) your left thumb will be in front of the right one. Is KOARC a lefty?

  19. I do left over right, and I’m a rightie.

    As for the fibers, I will guess mohair on the top and angora on the bottom.

  20. I remember in high school bio class learning that the thumb thing is a gene and that one (don’t ask me which, I don’t remember!) is dominant and the other way recessive . . .

  21. I’m with Shelda; I seem to have no problems with either style of thumb-crossing. I marked right-over-left, though, because that was what I did first.

    I love the new sock! I think it might be my favorite yet.

  22. Aha! Now I know why you knit faster than I do. Your left thumb crosses under and mine over. That explains it all. I’m sorry about the lack of sleep. I hope you can start getting more soon.

    For the fibers, I guess angora on top and mohair on the bottom.

  23. I FINALLY got online in time to order some patterns. WOO HOO!!! Can’t wait to get them.

  24. I’m a left over right, but I’m right handed, so for me it’s not a dominant hand thing. I like trilobite for a sock pattern name

  25. You know, I voted for left over right/right handed, but before doing so I sat here for several minutes and tried to figure out whether I really do have a preference, and I’m not sure I do. Interesting, considering some of the comments about how one way feels just WRONG to people.

  26. I asked my fiance to check by clasping his hands… and then asked which thumb was on top. His response, said with a straight face, “They’re side by side”… MEN!

  27. I find it interesting that more people lace with their non-dominant hand on top. (although the margin is very small for lefties when I voted) I am a leftie who laces with the right on top. I tried it the other way, and I agree with the other commenters that it just feels wrong. You didn’t mention your handedness or the KOARC’s. I’d be interested to know if you both follow this trend or not.

  28. Yaaaaaaaaaay! I got the patterns that I wanted. Checked out quickly to be sure they stayed in my cart. Now I can go back and see what she has for yarn. A way to hedge on my Loopy Groupie status, too.

    Not only do people clasp their hands a particular way, they cross their arms and sit “Indian style” with a particular arm or leg in front. I’m right on all three, but am left-handed. In the words of Colonel Klink (Hogan’s Heroes), “very interestink.”

  29. I think the hand/thumb thing is interesting, too. I cross with my right thumb on top, but when I clap (like the cheerleader clap, where you have thumb, thumb, then 4 fingers of each hand) I have my left thumb on top. Crazy, huh? =)

  30. I’m so glad someone suggested “trilobite” for the sock name. That’s exactly what i saw when i looked at the pattern. I’m not even a paleontologist.

  31. Tried the clasping thing the KOARC way. Felt weird. I have cross-dominance — right-handed, but left-eyed. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. I am liking the new socks.

  32. I think that the upper one has mohair, and the lower one has angora. Will you let us know the answer later?

  33. It isn’t what thumb is on top, but what index finger… you’re going to alternate your fingers and then thumbs, or it feels “weird.”

  34. I’m an oddball, apparently, as my two thumbs kind of nestle up parallel to each other, rather than one thumb on top of the other. However, I should add that I only have three fingers + thumb on my left hand, and four fingers + thumb on my right, so my left hand naturally gets encompassed by the right. Dunno what I’d do or be as a “normal”. ;-D

  35. Hi!
    I learned in a teacher’s workshop years ago, that if you cross your fingers with the left thumb on top you were a more logical thinker. If you crossed your hands with the right thumb on top, you were more a creative type. Seems to hold true when I ask people to do this, knowing their personalities a bit ahead of time. Try it and see if it holds true with people you know.

    Love the new socks!

  36. I coach little kids at fencing, and some of them are too young to know what we mean when we ask which hand they color with (and will hold the sword with), so the other coach has them clasp their hands like that. But I do it “backwards” (dominant thumb on top) from what he thinks is normal, so I never thought it was a very good predictor. Interesting to see the results!

  37. I sat here with my right thumb over left, and I’m left-handed, and I felt so, well, weird, knowing that I’m at the bottom of the list, in the oddest group!

  38. I had a little trouble with the poll…I’m “both handed” πŸ™‚ Not completely ambidextrous, I do some things left handed and other things right handed. Of the seven kids in my family, the first three are righties and the next are lefties (Mom’s a lefty too). I count myself in the lefty group because I write left handed, but do most other things either right handed or with either. I think I’m the only one in the family who does this.

    Woohoo! got the sock patterns I wanted, too

  39. I remember sophomore year Biology… we learned this stuff on dominant and non-dominant genes. Which thumb is on top is one of the tests. Too old to remember what it means! πŸ™‚ Beautiful socks.

  40. I clasp my hands like you and I am left-handed. Oh, and to those of you who are interested in the MMF Apple Rose colorway (featured in Wendy’s Loopy Laces pattern), TLE has it restocked last I checked. Enjoy! : )

  41. Haha! I got the Asparagus Socks pattern before it sold out again! Go, me πŸ™‚

    Also, I’m apparently among the weird, thumbwise, as a right-over-left lefty. Ah, well…

  42. We talked about the thumb thing in high school too! I think left thumb on top was supposed to be the dominant gene…I think I remember feeling kind of disappointed that having the left thumb on top wasn’t like being left-handed (I’m both).

    As for the fiber, I’m going to guess mohair for the top and angora for the bottom.

  43. First I think the top yarn’s fuzzy come from mohair and the bottom is angora.
    I am a righty and I put my left thumb over my right…..I can see where lack of sleep could lead to this very interesting question. I will now worry what this means! πŸ™‚

  44. It isn’t just thumb placement–look how differently all the fingers interlock.

  45. How about folded arms? – you know, the position that psychiatrist-types say is either defensive or secretive body language. While I am a leftie with the right thumb on top, when I fold my arms, the left arm is on top…go figure. Congratulate me, though, I was FINALLY able to purchase a few of your sock patterns (following multiple, frustrating attempts*^#@) Yay for persistence!

  46. Yay, my suggestion made the cut. It isn’t #1 but it is holding it’s own. πŸ™‚

    Have you done the eye dominance test? I am right handed – left eye dominant. It is pretty wild.

  47. what fun polls.
    love the socks.
    I think the fuzzy fibers are alpaca-wool on top and mohair -wool on the bottom.


    so inquiring minds will want to know the final answers on your polls, you know πŸ™‚

    and maybe Lucy can coach us all in advanced sleeping techniques

  48. Whew! Finally made it to the Loopy Ewe to buy your Healthy Spine pattern before they were all sold out. I can’t wait! Not many left handers on the thumb-crossing poll. I’m one of the few. But, you know, we’re the only ones in our right mind! πŸ™‚
    And yes, I’d guess alpaca and mohair on the mystery yarn.

  49. YEAH! I FINALLY managed to buy the pattern for the healthy spine socks! And, well, some yarn too…I was there, after all πŸ˜‰

  50. Michelle from Arizona says:

    Hooray for summer of socks! You did an awesome job Wendy. That photo of the socks on the couch has to be in your calendar somehow. :>)

  51. Love the new sock. Thanks for the heads-up about your patterns. I went right over to The Loopy Ewe and bought them all. I had missed out all the other times she had them. I’m so excited. Very interesting with the thumbs. I’m a left crossing right hander.

  52. Please call the trilobites!!!! They look just like them.

    I’ll even bribe you will trilobite-shaped cookies I used to make at my geology club auctions.

  53. Can’t vote twice but I did the hand thing with my husband. He’s right handed and puts his right thumb on top.

  54. I unconsciously clasped my hands as I was reading – and I did it just like you πŸ™‚

  55. Thanks for the fun. I love polls and I love your new sock pattern too. I just got an update from The Loopy Ewe so I’m off to have a look. Cheers

  56. I know you have named this sock so it doesn’t really matter but my real vote would have been Hefeweizen.

  57. I am going to guess that both of them are mohair. The bottom one is definitely a brushed mohair because it has a crimp to the yarn, where as angora wouldn’t. I think that the bottom one is brushed and the top one isn’t. Though I would have to touch them to be certain.

  58. Left handed with left thumb over right – why aren’t I surprised that I’m in the minority?????? Interesting survey.

  59. He interlaces his fingers in a completely different order than you. I asked my left-handed husband to do the same and he interlaces his fingers were left thumb on top, so I’m betting that the KOARC is either left-handed or, possibly, should have been left-handed but was trained out of it because it seems like it would be a good test of dominance.

  60. That is the funniest poll (about the thumbs) I’ve seen in a long while. Thanks for thinking about such things in your spare time. I’m sure there was a PhD thesis done on this very topic somewhere and at some time. It’s too darned funny. It sort of collates at which arm do you put in your coat first – right or left? It’s nearly impossible to put your coat on the opposite way. Now I wonder how both of these correlate to knitting English or Continental? Questions. Questions. Questions.

  61. I’m picturing all these people sitting at their computers clasping their hands and folding their arms and it is cracking me up!

  62. I read somewhere that it is a reference to what side of your brain is dominant. If your left thumb is on top you’re Left-Brain dominant.

  63. Any reason to name something “trilobite” is great! (And I do think there are trilobite-y patterns there….) Yay!

  64. Wow, I loves me some polls.

  65. Angora on the top and mohair on the bottom?

    I think Lucy is stealing your sleep!

  66. I’m right handed, with right thumb on top. I tried it with my left thumb on top, and it just felt wrong in every way.

  67. My dad used to design Scarab speedboats (the ones in the opening of Miami Vice), so of course Scarab was my choice for the socks.

  68. What no option for ‘Right thumb over left thumb, I’m right-handed but was switched as a child’? Yes, I’m another Catholic school survivor. I also selected the least voted upon sock name, which is typical for me and possibly related to the thumb/handedness thing (lol).

  69. Don’t you hate the lack of sleep thing? I’m totally jealous of Lucy and my cats. Today I started my day around, hmmmm, 2:30 a.m.!!!!

    I fall alseep o.k. It is the STAYING asleep part I find challenging. Sometimes I’m good and I’m sometimes I’m not. I hate it.

    Have a good day!

    Wow, I jumped over to the Loopy Ewe and your patterns are STILL available!!!


  70. Whee, I can’t believe I got to the patterns before they sold out!! Lucky me! πŸ™‚

    I am fascinated beyond all reason by that thumb thing. Who knew so many righties put their left thumb on top? Why is that?!

    (And the socks look divine, as always.)

  71. Someone in 1932 was wondering the same thing and wrote an article on the hand clasping … and arm folding

  72. Funny polls.

    Can you roll your tongue? That’s another one of those gene-things.

    Thanks for getting your patterns re-stocked. I bought a few patterns, and some yummy-looking yarn. Can’t wait to get started!

  73. Hmm, I wonder if Lucy sleeps so well because she doesn’t have thumbs?!

  74. I agree with Cynthia:
    “It isn’t what thumb is on top, but what index finger… you’re going to alternate your fingers and then thumbs.” I’ve also been LOLing about all of us crossing our hands and arms throughout cyber land. Great poll!

  75. Has to be right over left – Sister Whatzhername taught me that while we were getting ready for our first communion. Any other way is the path to someplace I didn’t want to go.

    Hadn’t thought of that in years – thanks for the “way back”.


  76. I finally got to order your patterns! I’ve been checking every couple of hours most of the time since you said you were going to mail them a week ago last Fri! Yesterday I checked before sitting down to dinner– no joy. I checked immediately after dinner– yay!!! I can hardly wait. I already have the yarn! Wheeeee! Thank you, thank you! Third time was the charm!

  77. I went searching for your patterns..the heart pattern didn’t seem to be on the LE website. Did I miss it? I really like it a lot and would like to purchase it.
    Loved the thumb thing. I learned to play the piano at a very early age so I’ve always been quite ambi-dextrous but I do cross r t over l t…sign of a creative mind, indeed! πŸ™‚

  78. Is your middle toe longer than your big toe?
    Someone told me that if it was it meant you were intelligent.
    I don’t sleep much either.

  79. R handed, but L thumb on top – but what julieanne (#29) pointed out was interesting – I clap the other way, too. And if I clasp my hands without lacing the fingers, the R thumb is on top. Interesting, interesting.

  80. How about ear dominance? Which ear do you feel most comfortable using when talking on the phone? I’m left-eared (though I don’t talk on the phone very often… I’m deaf & use the relay most of the time or ask my partner or one of my sons to make voice calls)… weird thing (or maybe not so weird) is that my left ear is the weaker of the two, but sounds are clearer on that side…

    I’m right handed (left thumb over right, but keeping them parallel like one other gal mentioned is very comfortable as well)…years ago when I was taking drawing classes in college, I was at a disadvantage when our professor asked us to do a drawing with our non-dominant hand & since I always would grab the charcoal or whatever with my left hand when working on the left side, I was comfortable using my left hand so the exercise didn’t do me much good. On hindsight, I should have mentioned that to the professor, perhaps we would have had me doing that same exercise with my toes instead! πŸ™‚


  81. PS: there’s 6 of us in our family & we are evenly split between right handers and left handers… the two youngest are lefties, the twins are righties, I’m a righty and the boys’ dad is a leftie… Gary & one of my youngest (a lefty) both clasp right over left…

  82. Wendy, is there any chance that you could offer some more free sock patterns? I love your sock patterns and have bought 2, but I would love more free patterns.

  83. I clasp my hands either way, but unless I have the coordinating finger position, it does feel odd to cross the other way. I’m right handed, but I don’t consider myself extremely right handed.

  84. As usual there is a forgotten group here. I consider myself to be ambidextrous, so I can’t answer the poll πŸ™‚ Even though I can do most things well with both hands there is only one thumb that agrees to go on top, my left one…