My current work in progress:

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


Knit ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

I was a bit surprised by the number of comments I got in response to this statement in yesterday’s blog:

A number of you have asked (most of you very politely, one very rudely) when I’m going to stop knitting socks, for Pete’s sake, and move onto something bigger.

I have no problem with people asking questions of that ilk. I’m all about the discussion and the exchange of ideas and free speech, et cetera. I do, however, have a problem with rudeness.

I often have long boring philosophical conversations with a colleague about the sad state of society. We are both old codgers (comparatively speaking) and every day we see behavior in the workplace that just astonishes us. Colleague believes that a breakdown of civilization is imminent, and he may well be right.

I seem to have gotten a bit off track here. My point is — I am always a bit surprised when someone leaves a rude or snarky comment on my blog. It doesn’t happen very frequently, but it does happen from time to time. Why am I surprised? Because I feel that there is a minimum standard of behavior that ought to be observed in any group. I think unprovoked rudeness, snarkyness, and snide insinuations are simply below that standard of behavior. No, I’m not losing any sleep over this — when I get a comment of this ilk, I usually roll my eyes and wonder if these commenters, blanketed in the anonymity of the online world, would say the same things to my face.

(Although given the state of society, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did.)

The moderator of an online group I used to participate in once said that the group was like her virtual living room. She asked that group participants behave in the group in the same way they’d behave as a guest in her home.

Well, this blog is my virtual living-room. You can disagree with me, you can ask questions, you can offer ideas and insights, as long it is done in a civil manner. (And, as an aside, if you choose not to notice that I’ve not vacuumed the virtual carpet in a while, I’d take that as a kindness.)

It occurs to me that if commenters are visitors to my virtual living-room, the spam commenters are those pesky door-to-door sales people — the ones who are trying to sell me goods, services, or a religion that I don’t want. The spam filter is my front door with the peephole. Heh.


The bottom line is that I’m still feeling the love for socks. I shall continue to knit them to the exclusion of all else for as long as the sock spirit moves me.

That said, I’m making remarkably slow progress on my current sock. Because I’m having an unusually bad bout with insomnia, I fall asleep on the train. (In fact, the other day, I woke up just in the nick of time to get off at my stop.) So no train knitting. And I’ve had some other things to do in the evening that have taken away from my knitting time.

Behold the second Trilobite Sock.

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I can only hope that I’ll have the pair complete by Sunday’s blog entry.

Ann-Rose had a question:

How does knitting toe-up affect your choices in patterns? Do you find that some lace or cable patterns are best done top-down, or do you just redesign a pattern if you want to use it as a toe-up motif?

Actually, I think it’s easier to use existing charts and motifs in toe-up socks than in top down. Cables, for example. They are generally knit from the bottom up, so the charts are already set up for toe-up socks.

A lot of the lace motifs I use are ones I’ve doodled up myself. I’m not saying that someone else hasn’t already created them elsewhere, but I’m not using any thing as a reference. So once again, I just start from the bottom and move up.

And most existing charted lace motifs are, I believe, charted from bottom to top.

violetsunus commented:

I am new to knitting and I started a gray wool sock so far so good. I enjoy seeing your knit socks , I was actually looking for more. But, I have a question, when you knit your socks do you knit them with the RS facing you or the WS facing you? I seem to be knitting wrong side out, is there anything wrong with that?

I do knit with the RS facing me, but I know people who knit in the round with the WS on the outside. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that!

What about you all? Do you knit in the round with the RS on the outside or the WS on the outside?

Another PSA

Aimee is participating in a Lupus walk — go to her blog for the particulars. She’s got lots of great prizes for people who donate — here’s an example of a few of the prizes she has to offer.

Lucy Sez

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Lucy 092707

My momma keeps it so cold in the bedroom that I need my cozy cushion!


  1. Wendy- I think that’s a very succint way of putting it- we are guests in your living room. If you choose to behave like a jackass- then take your butt somewhere else.

    There are forums that thrive on rude behavior- a knitblog really isn’t one of them.

    I like the socks, and I like Lucy. ‘nuf said.

  2. I have a question, if I may be so bold… Is your knitting from the stash resolution affected by the wave of sock knitting (sock yarn being excepted from the KFYS policy)? I know in my case it has – besides not buying new fiber / yarn I am supposed to be spinning / knitting from the stash in an attempt to lessen the backlog. But I find myself knitting socks and gifts (with new yarn, also excepted) instead of tackling the stash. (Sheri may also be lacing the skeins with crack) Thoughts?

  3. I knit in the round with the outside facing me. For Fiesta Feet socks, since they are Fair Isle, Lucy Neatby recommends knitting with the sock inside out as it will keep us from pulling too much on the floats. I tried it that way, but I do enjoy seeing the pattern as I knit as it helps me to keep my place. Now I just try to be sure to spread the stitches out a bit when I knit a Fair Isle sock.

  4. You go girl. Knit what you want, whenever you want. I mean, this YOUR hobby. You are in charge.


  5. I always wonder why someone would take the time to be negative on someone’s comments. I just don’t understand it. On another note, I LOVE a cold bedroom!!

  6. Excellent analogy!

  7. Now, I’m not the world’s greatest sock lover, and my favourite blog entries of yours are when you’re working on something big and lacy, but I certainly don’t mind seeing the socks you make. Some are pretty inspirational. But the way I figure it, if people don’t want to read about you knitting socks all the time, well, the back button is on the browser for a reason. Nobody if forcing them to read each and every entry of yours, and it’s not like you’re offending anybody by being on a sock kick. Knitting’s a hobby like any other, and hobbies tend to be done at the hobbyist’s (is that even a real word?) whim. As it should be.

  8. I would think that knitting on the metro would keep you awake. I long to knit in meetings for just this reason, but alas, I don’t work in a knit friendly environment. I’m a gonner if the meeting is held just after lunch….

  9. I might have been in that same virtual living room…I thought it was a great analogy at the time and it still holds true! Others should heed it.

    Thank you for your PSAs!

  10. I like your virtual living room! I guess with people who leave rude/snarky comments all you can do if hope they are having a bad day and are not like that all the time. If they are like that all the time, well, that must be a pretty icky life.

    Oh, and I knit in the round with the RS facing out.

    Have a good weekend.

  11. I have most people beat, I think, because I purl my socks on purpose! Inside out, lefthanded, backwards, AND purled.

    It’s easier for me this way. Heh!

  12. I’m new to the knitting blog world and am very happy to have found yours. I’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures of your socks in progress this summer and am wondering what type of needles you are using to do your socks? You have probably already answered this question but as I said I’m new to your blog. Thanks, PEG

  13. If you love your socks, then knit on! πŸ™‚ I like seeing the new patterns and always admire your creativity!

    And I knit socks right-side out… but now I may have to try to do it the other way (It never even occurred to me that they could be knit the other way). That would be a really interesting experiment!

  14. Lucy, nice cozy cushion but won’t your mother let you cuddle with her to stay warm?

    Wendy, I love the socks. I spend way too much time on them and in so doing…I was ordering from Loopy Ewe, working on the River Run sock (right there in my hand) and managed an brain break and ordered the pattern again. Sheri, she’s a love, got my email before the packing and made the change. Keep on the socks although my Hogget (great sweater) is almost finished. More sock patterns please!

  15. Sue DeBettignies says:

    I. for one, check in daily to see what lovely sock is on your needles, and I don’t knit socks. You amaze me, and I just love to see the socks, and whatever you knit. I also want to see what Lucy has to say each day. Knit on,

  16. Oh man, I empathize on the insomnia. I get huge, nasty bouts of it. The other day, I was driving my child home from school and was honestly hoping that I’d make the 4 miles without a sudden attack of narcolepsy. I find that earplugs help. When it’s very, very quiet, I sleep sounder.

  17. Hey Wendy – I work for the ALR (the company the runs the walk for lupus) Our company is great because it gives ALL donated money to lupus cure/treatment research. So thanks for encouraging Aimee’s fundraising! Also, at the ALR, we have quite a few knitters and enjoy reading your blog and seeing your sock patterns! Can’t wait for the trilobite one!!

  18. Non illegitemi carborundom (don’t let the bastards grind you down) I have loved all the socks over the summer and as long as you continue blogging regularly, I’ll continue reading, enjoying, and ogling Miss Lucy.
    Incidentally, we’re all about the cold bedroom too (65 F at night) which is why our ridgeback cuddles up under both a woven blanket and a spongebob arctic fleece type blankie.

  19. For the new knitter on the inside-out issue … when I first started knitting in the round, I preferred facing the inside rather than the outside too. I ran into a dilemma, however, when I was doing my first top-down sock and came to the heel flap. THAT’s when I realized that the sock pattern assumed I was working in the round facing the outside of the sock, not the inside. If you can translate your instructions and know what to do regardless, then that is just fine. However, I think that the majority of patterns assume you are facing the outside of the sock rather than the inside.

    Wendy, good attitude towards insensitive dorks! Can’t a girl knit her socks and tell her readers about them in peace? What is it with people who think you will be in trouble without their opinion?

  20. All I can say is Thank You for inviting me over. I am sorry you are having such a bumpy time health wise, but I love anything you knit. I’m a slower knitter and it always amazes me to see your progress…or to hear about your shampoo-less hair, or see the KOARC’s videos and of course there is the infamous Lucy.

    If you ever find a ‘rude filter’ to pair up with the spam filter, please let me know. πŸ™‚

  21. Well said!! I agree with you about some of the behaviors I see go on in the workplace. I guess I’m just old school (although, I have a friend who tells me I’m too young to be “old school” and that I “shouldn’t” use the term “back in the day” but I disagree with him and tell him we all have “a back in the day” and that mine just might not be as far back as his) or maybe it just had to do something with my upbringing… Anyway, I am loving all your socks and I say knit them as long as you want to! On the knitting in the round thing. I do a little of both. I knit all my socks RS outside because I knit them on 2 circulars. A couple of times when I’ve used DPNs, I have actually knit them WS on the outside – that also happened when I knit my first sweater in the round. So, for me, I guess it just depends! : )

  22. I agree with you (and Colleague) on the general lack of polite, courteous behaviour today. I live in a place with a tourism economy, and am constantly horrified by the things people do and say while on vacation that (I pray) they would never do at home. What they fail to notice is that their vacation party spot is my home. And at just a scootch under 40, I most definitely do not consider myself an old codger!

    I applaud your response to the comment and wish to thank you for inviting me into your home, it’s lovely and any home with knitting, cats, and friendly people is where I want to visit regularly!

  23. I think sometimes, people write snarky comments that are meant to be jokey, but they don’t realize how mean it sounds when it’s read by someone else.

    For what it’s worth, all your sock-knitting is totally inspiring me to knit sock patterns. I’ve had lots of problems recently that have been very discouraging – gauge problems, pattern problems, and so on – but just reading your blog and seeing all the pretty pretty socks you knit convince me to keep plugging away until I get it right. It seems like sock-knitting is so natural for you!

  24. It’s your yarn, your life, and your blog. Knit what makes you happy. Personally, I love your socks. MY socks are boring, but I love YOUR socks.

    I knit right side out when working in the round.

  25. Doesn’t it seem like some people think there’s only one way to knit? Which obviously isn’t true, because there are always many ways to do things. As long as your menthod of knitting gray wool socks works for you, why quibble?

  26. After “mastering” (using the term loosely, I still only like 1 side of my unwrapped short rows) the generic toe up pattern you graciously posted years ago, you now have inspired me to try 2 circs. I tried reading the knitty instructions for Judy’s magic cast-on and watching the instructional video on youtube and it still confounds me. Any suggestions how to learn it? Also, which of your new patterns would be the easiest for someone to try if they are new to the 2circ technique and loved the generic because of the elegance in its simplicity.

    Also, I’m about to take a stab at fingerless gloves, any favorite glove patterns or techniques?


  27. Well said! Personally, I think socks are the equivalent of comfort food for the body. One can never have too many handknit socks and Winter – it’s a coming!

  28. As someone who ends up knitting everyone the same thing for Christmas each year (so no one fights!) I entirely understand finding a pattern or rhythm and sticking with it. Further it’s YOUR hobby and YOUR blog and YOUR choice! And I LOVE seeing all the new socks. So keep it up… or don’t… whatever you want! πŸ™‚

  29. Mine are knit in round with right side out… When wrong side is out its easily fixed to be rs out its just a matter of tucking it in!!!

  30. And seriously, it’s not like you take months to knit a pair of socks, or like you knit with the same colour or yarn or pattern. I love ’em and as long as you do too I’m happy to keep looking forward to your socky offerings.

  31. I’m right side out when knitting in the round.

    I love the trilobite socks.

    Sock on through all crisis…… heh heh.

  32. My son’s pre-k teacher was telling me this morning that every year it gets more difficult, children’s behavior gets more and more disrespectful. She told me how much she appreciated that we reinforce old fashioned manners in our son–he says please, thank you, your welcome and excuse me without any prompting, even with other 4 year olds. Apparently that is now a rarity!

  33. Well said, Wendy.

    You are very generous with your time and attention and sharing your personal life and knitting (not to mention the patterns and tutorials). I guess some people don’t get the “living room” notion.

    Knit as many socks as you like–I enjoy the blog no matter what you are knitting–it gives me ideas and inspiration–and I respect all the time and energy that goes into it.


  34. Rude comments are tough. On one hand, I feel that the online crafting community as a whole has adopted this mentality of, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” which makes any comment less than super sweet seem rude. On the other hand, people really do hide behind the internet and willingly type things they would never say in real life. I don’t know where people got the idea that as long as they were online they could say anything they wanted.

    In the end, I agree with you 100%. You should treat blog comments or message boards as someone’s living room that you just happen to be a guest in. Maybe that logic will make a few people thing twice about what they leave in the comments.

  35. I am SO with you about the rudeness. Personally, I blame television, which is one reason I don’t watch much TV any more. There is so much snarkiness and bad behavior, often played for a laugh. It bugs me and depresses me.

    Oh and, I’m an outie (I knit with the right side out!). And I am also in a total sock-knitting phase right now, which is too bad as I have a couple of unfinished sweaters and a couple more that need to be started and finished before mid-November. (Christmas gifts to be sent overseas.) Sigh. Well, at least I can watch YOU knit socks. πŸ™‚

  36. You may have mentioned this before, but where does your inspiration for your patterns come from? And, in relation to creating your patterns, do you use charting software? Any specific kind? I would like to purchase charting software to put together a pattern for a shawl I’ve been working on. I enjoy reading your blog and the Lucy pictures are delightful. I wanted a rag doll kitten as a child. πŸ™‚

  37. First — thank you for welcoming me to your living room! I look forward to visiting it each day you post, and enjoy my time spent here!! πŸ™‚

    I knit in the round with the outside facing me, but remember that when I first knit in the round (a few years ago) I began wrong side out. Someone told me that was all wrong and I submitted. Now right side out feels right (side out). Humorously, I just taught a girlfriend via phone calls and email and she has naturally fallen into a habit of wrong side out. I assured her that if the end result is right, her method is perfect – for her. Her end result is lovely! 1 vote for RS out, 1 for WS out.

    Have a dandy weekend, Wendy! I’ll look forward to my Sunday visit to your living room!

  38. I’m with your Colleague: the world is near collapse due to so much rudeness. I knit my socks in the round on two cirs, right side facing out. I didn’t even know one could do it from the inside! Duh! My kitty Puma won’t sleep on my bed unless it’s really cold in the room. They are such warm-blooded beasties! Hi Lucy!

  39. After approx 40 years of knitting aran and fair isle jumpers and cardigans,
    I’ve taken to knitting scarves.
    Yes, it’s easier knitting and I love it.
    The joy of knitting is that I can knit whatever I like,
    with whatever gorgeous yarn I like
    just enjoy the process, the relaxation and the result,
    so, yes, keep enjoying knitting socks!!
    I have a feeling that socks will be my next passion.

  40. Great analogy (or similie, not sure). I feel very fortunate — I work with a lot of younguns and it’s a great environment with only a bit of rudeness at times, but overall very respectful. I do see a lot more rudeness in public. On the knitting side of things — I’m a right side out knitter myself.

  41. Wendy,
    I look forward to checking out your new sock(s) and will be sad when (if) you get tired of them. Keep those creative ideas coming! It is very kind of you to welcome us to your sock world. My three cats, Mickey, Elliott and Ryan would love to come hang out with Lucy. πŸ™‚


  42. I visit every day……..I learn something and laugh and treasure this site……………down with negative nellies: may they all have bad karma……… are a treasured “friend” as is KOARC………

  43. I’ve always felt privileged to be welcomed into virtual living rooms, and I think your colleague may be all too sadly right. (Speaking as one curmudgeon to another.) I’m endlessly fascinated with socks, but even if I weren’t, I think I could express that civilly, or if I couldn’t, it’s not as though you were handcuffing me to the virtual sofa. (As my mother told me, if you can’t talk nicely, you may leave the room.)

    I too find it easier to knit socks toe up, and to design them that way. It’s just the way I think, whether I’m doing a stitch-pattern design or some kind of motif.

    The Trilobites are beautiful, both the yarn and the pattern. (I even voted for the name.)

    I usually knit with the RS facing me, the exception being Trinity stitch, which I just find much easier from the WS in the round. The plain rows become k instead of p and the pattern rows stay the same. I know you and I disagree on this, but I find p3tog much, much easier than k3tog. (Now you have me thinking about Trinity-stitch socks and how warm they would be…)

  44. I knit on dpns with the rs on the outside. I want to learn to knit from the toe-up when I finish my 2 pr of “current sock” projects!
    Have a good weekend..don’t let the comments get you down!

  45. It never seems to amaze me the audacity of some people; even so, you hit it right on the head when you mention the state of our society. I enjoy everything you knit, and as far as I can see, the majority rules…You my lady could knit anything and I never get tired of your skills as a knitter. Just tell them, β€œYou live your life and I’ll play in mine!”

  46. I enjoy reading about whatever you’re knitting but I have my own knitting to change the pace. I don’t understand someone complaining about what YOU knit; isn’t like they have to knit what you’re knitting. Don’t let the complainers get to you, Wendy!

    Oh, and I knit right side out.

  47. I enjoy your blog very much. I enjoy all of your knitting very much. Knit all the socks you want. πŸ™‚ I agree with the rudness thing (I have not read the comments as I don’t usually have the time) – it is a “customer service” thing really. I am in a customer service type of job. So I am very sensitive to customer service everywhere, good and bad. Customers need to give good customer service to the service people as well. People who comment on blogs and are rude should realize what an impression they give to others. Would you really want someone to respond to your blog that way? No, of course not.

    That said, Wendy, just keep up your blog and your wonderful knitting and this wonderful place to come every evening after work. Thank you!


  48. I agree about the rudeness but mostly I appreciate that you are open to “discussions”! Many bloggers aren’t and if you make a comment that opposes them they get ticked. But thanks for the invite – I’ll bring chips and guac next time, k?

    I have a short attention span (innumerable UFO’s attest to that fact) and socks really fit my personality. Yes. I like to knit other things and see other knitters/bloggers knit other things – but there’s just something ever so satisfying in knitting a pair of socks! The architectural aspects of it thrills me – it’s almost like magic that you knit around and around and wa-la, wa-la – you have a sock!! Your patterns have opened up the world of sock knitting to me – since I’m not so much the fan of kitchenering. Speaking of going around – I knit with the RS out. The other way would be like driving with my eyes closed!

    Oh – and going back a couple of posts – we went to our county fair with one of our son’s & DIL and I asked my husband and the kids to clasp their hands and they were all righties with the left thumb on the top! I’m a righty with the right over left. My husband tried it and he said I was weird!!

    And a question – I notice you aren’t using the new KP harmony wood circs – please say you haven’t fallen out of love already?!! I ordered from your recommendation and in the 16″ size in a couple different sizes AND the whole interchangeable set. I LOVE mine!

    P.S. – if you find your sock drawer too full email me for my address!!

  49. I agree with you about the rudeness–people have become astonishingly rude. But I also think that, particularly in blogland, some things that come across as rude are not intended to be. A lot of people are not all that great at expressing themselves in writing, and some things that appear rude online would not be in person, when the speaker could better convey his or her intent with facial expression, body language, or elaboration. Of course, I don’t know what the comment was, so if it was clearly intended to be rude, well, you have my blessing to respond in kind!

  50. Hey, you need all those socks to keep your feet warm, right? You just keep on with the socks until you want to move on to something else. It’s your living room; make what you want. I really do wonder at the state of Civilization these days (or the lack thereof). It’s like the up-coming generation is filled with people who feel they’re entitled to anything they want because the touchy-feeling, post-hippie generation didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings by being too strict. (Gosh, do you think that was a broad enough generalization?) Sometimes I think that I like period movies and reading classics like Jane Austen just because seeing the good manners is so refreshing…. (grin)

    (And, there, now I sound all curmudgeonly, too…..)

  51. As someone else said, thanks for inviting us all into your living room! I’ll even take my shoes off! And if there’s a little cat hair, so much the better!

    Right-side out knitter here, but isn’t there a style of ethnic colorwork knitting where the right side is in, and you watch the pattern develop on the far side of the needles, that is, the needles tips are on the far side of the round instead of the near side, so what you are looking at is the right side, just concave, on the inside, instead of convex on the outside. I don’t think I’m explaining myself too well tonight, and I can’t remember where I saw that. I did see a picture.
    Anyway, I tried ‘right side inside’ for a stranded color work sock after I knit the first one in such a way that I can’t get my foot past the colorwork band; as someone else said, this technique has been recommended to keep the floats looser. (I thought I *was* keeping the floats loose!) It was interesting, and it made it clear that it really doesn’t matter what orientation you’re using, it works either way. But it also made it clear that I’m a creature of habit. Next time I do something similar, I’m just going to try to stay REALLY loose with the floats! Or increase the number of stitches.
    Rudeness is one of my pet peeves, and my husband and I have (we hope) been raising our kids to show courtesy and respect for others. It seems to work — they hold the doors for others, say please and thank you, and their teachers are very impressed with their manners. Of course, The Preteen forgets about courtesy and respect at home sometimes, but I understand that goes with the preteen territory (not that we don’t call her on it). But I have just heard three times in three days what a polite and well-mannered young woman she is. Does my heart good.

  52. I love all your socks that you have been knitting. I would safely say that other people do too as quick as your patterns fly out of the loopy ewe.

    It is so rude to leave a nasty comment. If you don’t like what is going on in a blog you don’t have to read it.

  53. You are a very generous hostess to allow us into your living room!

    I knit my socks with RS facing me.

  54. Knitting on double points, I knit with the wrong side out and I knit on the needles on the far side of the sock. I have no idea why but it works for me.

    These days, I knit socks on a single circ and I knit with the right side out.

    I’ve really enjoyed your sock knitting adventures.

  55. Personally, I love to see all your socks. There’s not a ton of toe up socks like there are of cuff down socks. Since I’m just starting out and have found that I prefer toe up, I need and cherish all the examples!

  56. I’ve been teaching some folks at work how to knit and finally convinced one of them who is making gloves on Magic Loop as her very first project (!) to knit on the right side. She said when she switched that she found that she knit a lot faster. I don’t know that that’s a general truism, but was for her, as she’s definitely making faster progress now than she used to.

  57. Well I was raised if you do not have something pleasant to say then keep your thoughts to yourself and your mouth shut!! I myself am a sock obsessed knitter so I love all your patterns and designs.
    I like to knit with the right side out. I find having the inside out makes the pattern a little odd too work. But that is just me. Plus I like to watch the design develope. I love seeing your new socks all the time!!! I hate when rude people decide to express themselves in my space!!!

  58. Theresa in Italy says:

    Just for fun—the Italian word for “rudeness” is “maleducazione”—literally, “bad education.” Which sums it up pretty well. And it’s prevalent over here as well. We were criticized for disciplining our boys when they were little, but those same people now compliment us on how well behaved they are. Go figure.

    Thank you for allowing me into your living room, I love visiting, it’s always interesting and fun and I look forward to it.

    And as someone else commented, there aren’t that many toe-up sock patterns out there, so I’m happy for you to keep designing new ones!

  59. I knit with the RS facing. It’s just easier for me to see what is going on.

  60. If someone’s comment offends me (yes, I can be offended) I simply delete it. It’s my blog, not a democracy.

    And yes, I’ve kicked people out of my house before. But only twice in my entire life. (I now have a bouncer *g*)

  61. I find it hard to believe any one would be “upset” by what anyone else was knitting!!! Strange. Anyhoo, I knit with RS facing me. I like to see the design grow!

    By the way , are those virtual dust bunnies I see …………!

  62. Rightside out for socks, but I am sure for fair isle the other way would work better. Built in looseness…

  63. Wendy, I love reading about your socks! Part of the reason I read your blog on a regular basis is that I admire your ability to remain focused on one type of knitting. For a while, I focused on dish cloths as a way of trying new patterns. I only made about 2 dozen though… I lost my focus!

  64. Years and years ago (late ’20’s or so), my grandmother fell asleep on a streetcar in Montreal, and woke up when it had done a full circuit of the route and was nearing her stop the second time around!

    I can’t sleep on anything that moves…my tummy gets all yucky.


  65. Keep on knitting socks. I come here everyday to see what kind of interesting new socks you have thought up. I know on other blogs, people have complained about having a hard time getting ahold of your patterns, so you are apparently doing something right! πŸ™‚

  66. I could not agree with you and your colleague more. And I am saddened when I see people behaving without one second consideration toward others. Yet, I laugh because when there is the slightest hint of rudeness directed in their direction, they don’t hesitate to start whining and complaining! We are living in the Age of Entitlement, where people can speak and behave in society any way they want. Barbarians is more like it. BTW, I am happy to admit that I am getting old, lol.

    As far as socks are concerned..right side facing. I get confused easily.

  67. I learned to knit socks from your generic toe-up pattern. I definitely knit right side out. I’ve been playing with different ways of doing the initial toes and the heels. I found a hole-less way for the heels.

  68. Darla - Detroit says:

    Just as long as I get my daily “Wendy fix”, you can do whatever you want!!!

    When I first started knitting socks, I did the basic ribbing for 6″ or so, then, when I started the heel, I noticed that my WS was on the outside! I didn’t even realize that I was knitting that way. Actually, I totally understand Cathy-Cate’s post – I see my RS stitches looking inside the “tube” of the sock (and I knit with my needles on the far side). Hey, there is no wrong or right way to knit; when I knit with straights, I have to park my right needle in my leg/crotchal area – could never, EVER knit with both straights in the air. Others put their right needle under their armpit. Strokes for folks.

  69. Your new socks every week are a great source of inspiration for me! They do, however, make me feel like a slacker ………. but an inspired slacker!

  70. My socks naturally fall off the needle inside out. I don’t think I know how to do them any other way!! Do you just start kniiting in the opposite direction when you start?
    Keep up the wonderfully, inspiring work with your socks. Many of us love seeing the new patterns evolve and rush to Loopy Ewe to order them. Personally, I like that a lot better than “bigger” things!

  71. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to dictate what someone else is knitting! I don’t walk up to music bands and say “Hey, I’m pretty tired of you playing country all the time. How about some punk, why dontcha?” It’s beyond rude and into the world of weird.

    In the realm of right-side-outedness…I started out knitting wrong side out, but switched. I could see how it would be dead useful for stranded knitting, but when I do it with the dpns I have a really hard time keeping it from laddering a bit. I was yanking on that yarn with all of my might (no kidding) and still couldn’t keep it from being loose at the ends of the needles. To be fair, I only knit wrong side out when I was just beginning to knit in the round. Maybe it might be different now.

  72. “(Sheri may also be lacing the skeins with crack)”

    I think she must be. Why else would I be right online after I got my order wanting to order more?

    I knit with the right-side out unless I’m doing fair isle on something small (ie, a mitten) because I read somewhere that doing it with the floats on the outside helps keep it nice and loose (I block everything so I don’t care how neat it looks) It does have a drawback that I don’t always notice mistakes right away but I don’t mind that- most of the time it’s nothing a little duplicate stitch can’t fix!

    Also, and maybe this is just me, but my mother always taught me to be nice to people and to be polite, and maybe it’s just because I got picked on as a kid but I feel like there’s a problem in general with people being rude. Not even just on the internet, but all over. It’s quite ridiculous, really, when people can’t be rude. And worse yet to me there’s this idea that you “have” to be mean because you need to be “honest” and “assertive”

    To me that’s just an excuse- you can be honest and assertive without being rude and mean.

  73. Catherine - Another Labor Girl says:

    Can you work another Bohus? I live vicariously through your knitting since I am in the scarf 101 class and haven’t quite reached the switching colors class. I just love to watch the process!

    Hope you are feeling better. Have a great weekend.

  74. I agree on your comments regarding rudeness on someone else’s blog. I’ve seen this comment made by others on their blogs.

    I love seeing your sock knitting. you have personally inspired me to always have a pair on the needles, two pairs if I can do it. and actually because of that, I am in the process of converting a top down pattern to a toe up gusset. But I was ‘test driving’ your toe up gusset pattern on a sock for my toddler first (the other sock is a christmas gift). I’ve been trying to do the math to size down the pattern, and I have to ask – is there a basic formula to convert the sizing and stitch count?

  75. Sigh. This came at a good time, since I am sitting here, unable to write on my work project due to a rude email. Perhaps sensitive people should only lurk on the Internet (just kidding–we need more of us).

    I am a fellow sock victim–no matter how hard I try, I can’t stop. Every one is a little pair of jewels with their own fascination and wonder. I finished a pair last night and had to immediately cast on another pair–I don’t think my needles have been empty more than a few minutes in months.

    As of two weeks ago, after three months of nothing but socks, I’m forcing myself to work on garments–ones I really want to own and wear, but the socks keep coming–they are just so easy to tote everywhere!

    Knit what you want to, write what you want to, and keep being you. Lots of us enjoy you just the way you are!

  76. I’m not sure if I’m IN the living room or just stopping by every day to peek in the window! Either way, I don’t care what you knit or how long you stay in one ‘phase’ so to speak, I always enjoy seeing what you are working on and reading your discussion of the process. Enjoy the knitting whatever it is.

  77. Wendy, I’m so glad that someone else feels the way I do about how some people take their “anonymity” on the net too far. I’ve seen people leave rude comments about people who have passed away on on-line newspaper stories and unfortunately only a few people have the decency to point out that these people have families and should not be subjected to such rude comments. I have in fact had to stop reading those comments because they get me all riled up πŸ™‚

    There have been times when I read what people say to you and think “wow… never in a milliion years…”

    That being said… who are any of us to say boo if you want to knit socks for the rest of your life πŸ™‚ I say GO SOCKS! haha

    Have a great day!

  78. Well said! and please don’t stop knitting your socks, you are my main source of sock knitting inspiration! (Plus there’d be no new Wendy sock patterns at The Loopy Ewe!)

  79. Well said! After dealing with some of the nastiness during the SOS, I certainly wish more people would read your words and *think* before clicking send. Love the new socks! Hope you have a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  80. Just ignore the rude people, the rest of us love reading about your adventures in sock knitting, and I for one am purchasing your patterns from Loopy Ewe (that is, as soon as I can get them ordered before they are all gone!).

    I do have a question. I am knitting some Woodman’s Socks for my hubby for the winter (E.Zimmerman’s pattern), the yarn I have is okay, but its a bit harsh on the skin. Can you recommend a good, heavy sock yarn?

    Ms Lucy looks adorable as always. I didn’t comment when Korac put up his movie about Wendy and the plastic ring, it was adorable! I love how she plays fetch with it. She is just a sweetheart.

  81. There is not much to add to the other comments, but I want to express my support for your right to knit and blog as you please. I think you are incredibly gracious to share your life and knitting with your readers, who should be thankful for your generosity.

  82. Michele in Maine says:

    I have sooo much sock yarn that I hope I don’t become disenchanted with knitting socks anytime soon. I did Finally score some of your wonderful patterns on TLE this week, so I’ll have some new inspiration – can’t wait!

    So please keep knitting them, ok?

  83. Sandy in S D says:

    Love your blog… to see what Lucy has to say each day….and…….I knit socks on 2 Knit Pick circulars, two at a time, with the right side facing me.

    Ignore the rudeness of others…..

    Happy knitting…….

  84. NewJerseyLaura says:

    It astonishes me that people can be rude about knitting — virtual stab with sharp point to those knasty knitpickers.
    P.S. Right side out for easy row counting & admiration, except fair isle to help with those pesky floats. I suppose inside-out would be tidier.

  85. Like you, violetsunus, I knit WS out when knitting in the round — and there’s absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ with it!! I’ve been knitting for 20+ years and have never had a situation in which this technique caused a problem in the pattern. If it works for you, then it’s ‘right.’

  86. That is a gorgeous picture of Lucy! Sorry about the insomnia, that stinks, and I’m also sorry about rudeness in the world, and wish for the return of manners, kindness, and general good-will. πŸ™‚

  87. the first time i started knitting a sock, i found myself knitting it inside out. took a little while to figure it out, but i pushed my sock-in-progress through the hole made by the DPNs (turning it right-side in), and then started knitting on the outside of the frame formed by the DPNs. i had been holding it like something that is knit flat, thus knitting on the inside (wrong side) of the DPN hole.

    i have thoroughly enjoyed the summer of socks. i am a comparably new knitter and tend to stick with smaller projects (incl. socks), so your sock projects are right up my alley. aside from that, i am am totally obsessed with sock yarn, but on a budget, so i rather vicariously live through your sock yarn experiences (you seem to have an unlimited stash!) and pick up ideas as to which brands i might like to try someday. keep it coming!

    regarding blog etiquette, i’m not a fan of people airing their issues or foul mood on other people’s blogs (unless it’s a psychology blog). i do feel that the internet is like real life–you get the good with the bad and preferably more of the good. while a blog may feel like one’s living room, unless it’s by invite-only, it’s a public space (whether intended to be or not). i think it’s unrealistic to think that all strangers who visit your ‘living room’ are going to behave. even the notion of what’s appropriate in normal conversation varies somewhat by individual in real life, much less the vast, anonymous internet. i would just advise not to let the ‘unhelpful’ comments bug you. they are likely written without much thought and/or by people not worth taking the time to consider.

    hope i haven’t offended anyone, nor do i mean to spark any sort of debate–just being pragmatic.

  88. I agree with your colleague. But I’m an ol’ codger, too…
    (relatively speaking)

    And hon, you can knit whatever you want. For heavens sake? What gives with people asking WHY you keep knitting one thing or another – um, maybe because that’s what YOU want to knit?
    Rudeness. I just plain agree. No place on a blog. Or a living room. So now I’m starting to feel snarky towards rude people. And Momma always said, “if you can’t say anything nice, keep your mouth shut!”

    Better quit while I’m ahead? But I haven’t found ANYPLACE that it’s acceptable to be rude…

    Knit ON, Wendy – Socks or lace or WHATEVER! Knitter’s choice!
    (As long as you allow it, I’d like to drop by daily and visit a spell?)

  89. Being a sock knitting addict who always has to have at least one pair of socks on the needles, I have lived vicariously through you during the Summer of Socks. I do not expect my socking knitting to ever stop, and I hope yours will not. We have shared many beautiful lace patterns and gorgeous colors with you and your socks this summer, and I want to thank you. Keep knitting sock forever and I, for one, will be happy.

    It does not make me happy to think about the sad state of good manners in society today. I also try to laugh it off, but it seems to be getting harder to ignore! Since snappy comebacks don’t do it for me, I may just become a sock knitting hermit.

  90. I just found your inspirational and informative blog…….PLEASE, PLEASE, don’t quit knitting and talking about socks!!!!!!!!!! Socks are such a practical and comforting thing to knit and wear. The ones you knit are absolutely beautiful, stylish, etc., etc.,etc!!!

  91. I like your living room. Thanks for having me! I have often told my children that my problem with IM’ing and emailing is the whole no one can hear the tone of voice or see the expression on someone’s face. Therefore sometimes people are joking and people don’t take it that way. But even worse, sometimes because people can’t see the response either, they say things they would never say, or continue on with, if they realized that they were hurting or offending the other party. Then again, some people are just jerks and wouldn’t care…but those are the ones I avoid in real life.
    I knit my socks on two circulars, in the round and right side out. I never even thought about doing them inside out, but it could be fun…kind of a surprise when they were done!

  92. Well, I’m *loving* the socks, and I’m also loving the comparison of spam to door-to-door salespeople. πŸ™‚ Also, those darned automated spam phone calls that don’t even have a real person on the other end!

    Sorry to hear about the insomnia! Hope it ends soon for you.

  93. Alice in Pittsburgh says:

    I started knitting my first sock wrong side out. I started on the far-side needle and knit in a counter clockwise direction. It seems like that is a common thing about beginning circular knitting in the comments, perhaps as one lady suggested, because it is more similar to flat knitting. I realized that I had a problem when I had to do the grafting at the toe, and had to turn the durn thing inside out to do the Kitchener stitch. So the rest of my socks have been right side out, knitting in a clockwise direction. ‘Course, if you do toe-up socks, the grafting doesn’t enter the equation at all.

    Andean knitters from Bolivia and Peru knit their ear-flap hats (chullos) wrong side out with hooked needles made of bicycle spokes. See the article from Interweave Knits Winter 2006, page 30. I’d like to tackle one of those babies!

    Sock on, girl! Some folks NEVER knit anything BUTsocks.

  94. Thanks for the link to Aimee’s site. And I LOVE the Trilobite socks. I can’t decide if they or the Healthy Spines are my favorite. Keep up the good work. (And thanks for inviting me into your living room today, BTW.) LOL

    I promise to behave… πŸ˜‰

  95. I love all your socks! Keep them coming! I’ve been a knitter on and off for many years but just recently knitted(and deeply love) my first pair of socks. Now I’m addicted. I hope to purchase many of your patterns when I progress past the “beginner” or basic stockinette sock. It’s been so much fun watching your summer of socks progress. You are definitely inspirational.

    I knitted my socks RS out.

  96. I knit Magic Loop with the WS out.

  97. Knit what you like when you like that’s my motto!

  98. Goodness, I was so absorbed by the art work I didn’t even notice the carpet.
    I knit socks with the right side out. I’ve never figured out how they would end up ws out. Considering socks were my third project after I learned, I guess I’m just lucky.

  99. Thank you Wendy for your wonderful hospitality. And, thanks to you for the visual toe-up treats. I knit with the right sides facing on two 16″ circs. I also do both socks side by side at once. Thanks also to Lucy for her virtual cuteness.

  100. Well, if you’d just quit knitting the @$%@ socks once in a while, your readers would have something to look at beside your @#$% cat pictures!



    (That’s my attempt at rudeness. Pathetic, isn’t it? It’s the midwest, wearing off on me. Want a pie?)

    But seriously — thanks for putting your life, and all its wooly goodness, online for the rest of us to admire and emulate. Screw the haters — we love you, socks and all. πŸ™‚