My current work in progress:

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


Autumn Weekend in Pictures

It’s been a lovely weekend, weather-wise. The KOARC and I had an al fresco lunch yesterday. Our Saturday Sky:

Saturday Sky 0912907

Saturday Sky 0912907

Our dessert:

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Mike and Ikes 092907


KOARC 092907

KOARC 092907

My Earth Shoes:

Earth Shoes 092907

Earth Shoes 092907
I finished the Trilobyte socks.

Trilobite Socks 093007

Trilobite Socks 093007
Knit in a wool/bamboo/nylon blend from J. L. Yarnworks on a 2mm needle.

And through this all:

Lucy 092907

Lucy 092907

Lucy sleeps!


  1. It’s just perfect weather here in the Northeast! DH and I also were also al fresco yesterday while the cats stayed home and enjoyed sunbeams.

  2. The dessert is too perfect! And those socks are killer bee.

  3. I really liked your choice for dessert. No worries about servings etc. On another note, you’re earth shoes are nice!! Do you think they help with posture etc? I know they’re very comfortable too.

  4. Somebody’s got to sleep, you’re evidently too busy to today!
    (That was a lot of “to’s” in one sentence.)

    Looks like a lovely day, and lovely socks. Creepy Crawlers for your feet!

  5. Wendy, great blog! Saturday was a beautiful day – I spent the afternoon at a baby shower for my great-nIece (scheduled to arrive later this year :>).

    Also have to thank you for the recommedation for the KnitPicks Harmony needles. The Knitters Review forum had a wide variety of comments and your solid approval helped with my deicsion. They arrived yesterday – what gorgeous needles! They are not near as brightly colored as some folks seem to think. They are wonderfully smooth and with a great join.

  6. Mary Lou Keenan says:

    You have got to be the fastest sock knitter ever, as well as a fabulous pattern designer! I can’t wait for the new patterns to become available. I really look forward to reading your blog every day. Thanks so much.

  7. Okay, I’ve just got to say that when you click on the photo for the close-up, that is the fanciest effect I’ve ever seen… Usually it just, um, makes the photo bigger. I’m impressed.

  8. The Lucy pic is wonderful! The sock pic is gorgeous. The KOARC pic is . . . . handsome. The shoe pic not so much. LOL Just kidding. ;-D

  9. Gorgeous, of course! Each one you finish becomes my new favorite!!

    And, since my begging has fallen on deaf ears, I am trying again to teach myself to read charts…..I just can’t grasp it though.

    I can’t wait for that ah ha moment — when I just say, DUH! I can’t believe it’s THAT easy, like it happened with knitting in general!

    Anyone that has any good knitting vibes to spare, I will gladly accept them 🙂 Thanks!!

  10. Glad you had a lovely day. Still a bit warm here (read hot).
    The Trilobites are fantastic!

  11. I love the tree picture — makes me want to go sit outside. And it looks like you had very handsome companionship for your outdoor adventuring 🙂

  12. Love Mike&Ike’s! I never realized they were so autumnal!

  13. I like your Earth shoes! I’ve been stalking their site thinking about getting a pair for a while now. Are they comfortable?

  14. Dear Wendy….
    You are the sock expert that I most relate to…. what type needles do you find last longest, are most durable, and yet nice to knit with?
    I currently use #1 and #2 inox…. which I do like alot, but continually bend… I recently purchased a lovely set of #1 rosewoods. They cost me $19 and lasted 4 days before 2 of them snapped. I have used the knitpicks but I find them to be a little heavy. I know it seems silly that these little things seem heavy… but arthritic hands feel each mili-ounce 🙂 Any suggestions?

  15. anne marie in philly says:

    I will take the green “mike n ikes” and a slice of KOARC, please.

    exceptional weather here in the northeast. any time I can save some cash on the air conditioner/heating…


  16. I love your Earth shoes! What style are they? Are they comfortable? Do you like them?

    We had delightful fall weather here in mid-Michigan this weekend!

  17. Wow Earth shoes! I haven’t worn them in 30 years, i talk about them often, thought they were terrific. Perfect dessert choice..I have a few in my pocket right now. Love the new socks.

  18. Lucy has mastered being a cat. She’s got it down pat!

    Thanks to you and Cat Bordhi, I’ve become a toe-up convert. It really is organic knitting. I love the way all the shaping flows into each other.

  19. Hej Wendy!

    Your Earth shoes look very comfortable.
    But shouldn´t you be wearing sandals instead to show off your socks?
    They deserve to be seen!

  20. A helpful hint for Knitting Addict: How I learned to read charts…

    If you’ve been knitting any time at all, you probably just glance at your pattern and
    know what to do next. You don’t stop to think that “k1” means “knit one stitch” and that means to stick the right needle into the stitch on the left needle, and wrap the yarn like so, and pull the yarn through like so, and finally drop the old stitch off the left needle. You see “k1” and you knit one stitch. You are already using a kind of
    shorthand to follow the pattern. With a chart, an open square means “knit one stitch” instead of “k1” meaning “knit one stitch”. You are exchanging one type of shorthand for another.

    Chart Basics:
    Each square on a chart represents 1 stitch of your knitting.
    IF you are working in the round (on a sock for example), you will always work right to left, bottom to top. If you think about it, this is the same way you knit – from the rightmost stitch (the first stitch on the left needle) across to the left.
    Usually only one repeat of the pattern rows is charted. An example: a chart shows 4 rows in the pattern. The instructions tell you to work 2 repeats. You will work rows 1 through 4 then start over and work rows 1 through 4 again (8 rows total).

    Learning to read a chart:
    The way I taught myself to read charts may seem painfully tedious, but it worked.
    Find a pattern that you want to try.
    Ignore the chart for now and look at the key. This is the little list off to the side that tells you what each symbol in the chart means. Don’t worry about the symbols, but make sure you know how to work each of the stitches. For example: a blank square = k1 – yep, I know how to knit one, a vertical line = p1 – yep, I know how to purl one, a small circle = yo – yep, I know how to make a yarn over… Check each stitch listed and make sure you know how to make it before you start the pattern.

    Now, start your sock and knit up to point where you have to work from the chart. Put your knitting aside and get out a pencil and piece of paper.

    This is the part that will make you feel like you are in first grade again but think of all the great things that you learned in first grade. You didn’t learn to read by picking up a copy of Hamlet, you started by learning one letter at a time. Don’t get discouraged because “I don’t know how to read charts”, start by reading one stitch at a time.

    Point (yes, with your finger!) at the first square on the chart – remember to start at the bottom right. What is it, an open square? Now point at the matching symbol in the key list. (Yes, use your finger.) Then move your finger across to see (oh!) it’s a k1 and say to yourself (not out loud unless you’re alone) “That’s a Knit One Stitch!” pick up your pencil and write “k1”. Put your pencil down.

    Point to the second square on the chart – the second square from the bottom right. Point to the symbol in the key. Move your finger across and point the stitch. Say it to yourself. Pick up your pencil. Write it down. Put your pencil down.

    No cheating! Put your pencil down between each stitch and actually point at the stitch and the symbol in the key. If there are 5 open squares you may not write down k5. You must point and repeat to yourself every stitch. Keep going until you’ve written out the whole round. Pick up your knitting and work the round.

    Keep going this way for every round. Put your knitting aside, point to the stitch in the chart, point to the symbol in the key, point the stitch it represents, say the stitch to yourself, pick up your pencil, write down the stitch, and put you pencil down.

    You will reach a point where you “have to” cheat or you’ll “go insane!” “Why should I have to point to another open square? I know that it means k1!” If you’ve done this, you’ve read the chart.

    You may not get there with the first pattern repeat or even your first sock or pair of socks but you will get there. If you need some motivation, take a look at all the great socks Wendy has come up with for us to try.

  21. Bliss! I have a cold and looking at your weekend makes me feel better already!

    Thanks Wendy and Lucy!

    P.S. Who ate all the green and black jelly babies!? My favourites!

  22. Theresa in Italy says:

    Earth Shoes! That makes me feel young again!

    Sounds like a lovely day was had by all. Over here, the weather was wet and chilly, and we all tried as much as possible to imitate Lucy.

    I’ll be waiting eagerly for the Trilobite socks!

  23. Mmmmm, Mike and Ike’s! Good dessert, I agree.

  24. Dear leah,

    I would have sent this to you, but there is no contact info in your post, hope it’s ok with Wendy to say “THANKA A MILLION” here!!!

    I think this may just have been my ah-ha moment, and I am THRILLLLLLLED!

    And, ummmm – do I detect BARE feet under those lovely earth shoes??????????? If so, shouldn’t that be illegal or something for someone that loves socks as much as we do?

  25. Quick question on another topic: I was getting ready to order a light tent, and I don’t know what size to get. Do you have a recommendation? Is it best to get the 30″ or is a smaller size workable?

    Judy Wilkinson

  26. Michele in Maine says:

    Not only do my kitties bask in the sunlight but in the full moon light as well these days!

    I look forward to reading your blog every day to get my sock and cat fix.

  27. I love the Trilobites! I’m looking forward to adding them to my collection of patterns; I have most of yours already. I was also surprised to see my shoes on your feet! Earth Dharma, right? I had Earth shoes back in college & loved them. Just got this pair a couple of weeks ago & love them again (after very brief re-adjustment to negative heel). Love your Lucy pix, too. – Keep it up, we love your socks & whatever else you choose to knit (& whenever that is)!

  28. Mike’s! OMG – they put them in five slots in the work vending machines, it’s the only way to keep them in stock!

    Glad you had a relaxing day.

  29. I just got back from a weekend trip and I’m catching up on my blog reading. I’ve got to add a comment on the 9/27/07 entry. I’m a newcomer to your blog, found it after buying and enjoying “Wendyknits”. I now have a generic sock pattern thanks to your book, found I like short row heels and toe up’s much more than bottom downs and heel flaps. There’s no excuse for rudeness or unkindness. Usually we southerners will just say, “that’s gotta be a yankee” but that’s not true, plenty of rudeness down south, too.
    If someone isn’t enjoying what you are writing, they can just read something else!

    Thanks for your comments and instructions on knitting, your pictures and in particular, for sharing Lucy with us. I’ve enjoyed the socks. keep ’em coming.