My current work in progress:

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


Second Sock!

I started the second Serpentine Sock yesterday:

Serpentine Sock 110607

Serpentine Sock 110607

Mama Cat had a question about the heel:

I like the serpentine sock – looking at the heel that doesn’t look like one you usually use, am I right? I’ve seen a heel like that before – I call it the “fleegle heel” as fleegle ( has directions for something that looks like that. I think it’s similar.

What are your thoughts on the various ways to turn a heel? I know your generic pattern uses a short-row heel but I have some of your patterns that use a gusset & flap, and now here’s the fleegle heel. Do you have a favorite?

This is the heel I usually use for sportweight socks.

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Heel 110607

I simply refer to it as a “gusset heel” and it is indeed quite similar to the one referenced in Mama Cat’s comment — on Fleegle’s Blog, here.

Lately I’ve been using the slipstitch heel for my fingering weight socks — I like that one best, at least visually. But I don’t use it for sportweight socks because the padded heel that results from the slipped stitches makes too thick a heel for my liking in sportweight yarn. Hence the “gusset heel.”

Like most of my original designs, this sock will be available at some point in the future. But not for a while. I need to concentrate on other things right now, so no new patterns for sale for a while.

And Now for Something Completely Different

Alice sent me the link to this site — a cool little word game that helps feed people. Go play — it’s fun!

Much Better, Thanks

Yes, I am feeling better, thank you. However, I still have some remnants of whatever respiratory crud took hold of me over a week ago. It hung on longer than usual, no doubt due to my post-surgical weakened state. I’m doing half days at work and that’s plenty to make me a weary buckaroo at the end of the day.

So I’m still on a self-imposed reduction of computer time, meaning I’m not available for much in the way of free help and question answering via email. Thanks for understanding.

Lucy Sez

Lucy 110607

Lucy 110607

“As long as she realizes I’m a priority . . . “


  1. Love the new socks, Wendy. Glad you are feeling much better. I just finished up your Double Eyelet Socks and I must say I enjoyed every bit of knitting this sock, including the yarn I used which was Artyarns Ultramerino 4. (photo on my blog yesterday) Thanks for all your lovely patterns.

  2. Lucy’s coat looks amazingly full, like she’s expecting a hard winter….not good considering we’re to have a rad milder than the 30 year average here in SW PA. Of course I say that on the day when we’ve had our first snow flurries! The sock is very attractive, especially since the pattern and yarn aren’t disguising one another. Lots of fluids (clink!)

  3. Feel better! That word game is fun!

  4. I think Lucy is modeling what you need to be doing. Hope you are top notch soon.

  5. Serpentine is beautiful! I know you are not feeling so well, it is great to see your creativity coming through so nicely. I hope you are feeling better very soon.

  6. I am glad that you are feeling better. Your socks are always so pretty.

    This talk about heels and so many different ones, would you know of a place that would have most of them all in one place? Same with the toes of socks. It is always fun to try something new, but I never know what they are called to look them up or even where the best place to go would be.

  7. Cool word game, I actually got more right than I thought I would.

    Cute socks.

  8. That word site is totally absorbing (maybe it’s just me). I couldn’t get above 49 in vocab level, though — maybe it’s low blood sugar ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thanks for answering my questions! I am fascinated by the construction of socks etc and it’s great to see inside the minds of people who make patterns I really like. I agree with Tonia above that it would be great to see all this stuff in one place. (I guess the Schurch books have some of it.)

    Feel better – I know this sounds crazy but last year when I had an attack of bronchitis that I couldn’t shake, I read somewhere that thyme tea is helpful. Since I was desperate I tried it. I just took ordinary kitchen thyme and put it in a tea infuser and a) it was pretty tasty (like a nice lapsang souchong) and b) it did seem to help. I’m not big into herbal therapy stuff but heck, what harm could thyme do?

  10. Love that new serpentine pattern – it’s stunning.
    and so, my curiosity is up a bit: do you ever do patterns for us “top down” fanatics? toe up just doesn’t always make my heart sing. (maybe I need to take a class in that)

    Please rest and relax a bunch. Your body was put through a lot by the major surgery, and thus requires LOTS of pampering to be fully well again. ‘kay?

  11. I hope Lucy is doing her job nursing you back to health. Feel better soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Wendy, I look at your beautiful socks in awe and my gosh I would love to see your knitting in action, you must be so fast. I have just started knitting socks and I’ve made one training baby sock and now one adult sock (one half of a pair) which doesn’t fit me so looks like my mum will score. But it’s blogs such as yours which are really inspiring me to get back in and make the matching sock. Thank you for that. There’s hope for me yet! LOL

    PS : My Bo Bo Girl is waving her paw “hi” to Lucy !

  13. Feel better soon!

  14. That’s right Lucy … you’ve got the priorities right. Blu says hello to you and your Mama and we both hope she feels lots better soon.


  15. Thanks for the vocab game! I’m always looking for free online educational games… and this one is great. I hope your recovery continues on the upward path. My Bobbi says to Lucy, “Keeping our mamas happy is hard work, isn’t it? I think I need a nap….”

    Best wishes!

  16. The word game is seriously addictive. (I find it a little funny that treadle is a leve 38 word. :D) Finally the Latin and French I take come in handy!

  17. Love the socks Wendy ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m knitting the same pattern right now *lol* except mine are called River Rapid socks … it’s a free pattern here … .. but I changed them to toe up and did your new toe that starts with a square .. and the short row heel (which I still love)
    Hope you’re all better soon! hugs hugs

  18. I was wondering how you were doing before I read your blog today. As someone who’s had back problems since 1978, I really hope you feel better soon.

  19. It is a nice heel. I do hope you get well soon and your health is completely restored. Although Lucy will miss you once you go back to full hours.

  20. the word game is very cool, finally something productive I can do during con calls (knitting socks would be cool too, but I think the workplace is not quite ready to embrace sock knitting during conference calls). Anyone know how many grains you need to equal a cup of rice? (lovely sock btw, and glad your feeling better). take care. patti

  21. Hey Wendy–any plans to join Ravelry or add your name to the waiting list? It’d be great to have you on Ravelry!

  22. hey braden–wendy is indeed on ravelry. ๐Ÿ™‚