My current work in progress:

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


The Monday Sock Report

This morning on the train I turned the heel of the first Alana sock. Now I’m merrily knitting up the leg.



This sock is knit from Tempted Yarns “Glam Grrl” sock yarn, as I’ve previously mentioned. This is a very cool yarn base: 63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon, and 3% Silver. It’s quite fun to knit — it’s a very “meaty” sock yarn, if you know what I mean. It is solid and firm and very pleasant on the needles. It has the tiny thread of silver running through it which ups the fun quotient of the knitting. And if sunlight happens to hit the knitting, does it ever sparkle!

And I love the way the yarn knits up — no striping, no pooling.

I’m still knitting columns of simple eyelets, but there will be a lace pattern around the top of the sock — I’m looking forward to getting to that point.

And here for Johanne, an Alana sock glamour photo-shoot.









Right. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, no?

Lucy is celebrating with a green beverage.



And I’m having corned beef and cabbage.



On an Aranware dinner plate!


  1. I love the sock, I really like how the black is showing up, it reminds me of spots or something on an animal. Enjoy your corn beef and cabbage, I wish I had some, but am not familar with making it, so beef stew instead. I can’t wait to see the lace at the top. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s day.

  2. I can’t believe I’m the first to comment!

    The socks are *beee-yootiful*! Incidentally, can you show us a picture of them sparkling…?

    What is that Lucy’s drinking?

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  3. Wow, I just love that sock yarn too! That little bit of silver gives it such a fun sparkle. Wendy, I keep wondering and maybe you’ve mentioned this at some time….you post so regularly during the week even when you work…and I know you take public transportation. Do you work a staggered shift so that you get home before 5?? Seems like you usually post between 5:30-6:00 your time and that just seems so darn efficient to have a blog posting done, dinner ready, etc. not to mention a terribly fast commute if you were an 8-5er!

  4. Love the socks! I am having a blast knitting some of your sock patterns! 🙂

  5. What fabulous craftsmanship on the sock, just awwwesoomee. The colors are great!

    I love Joanna’s cat-hat – too darling!

    Lucy is wondering what happened to her water!

    You know as a kid growing up in a very Irish family we always had corned beef and cabbage on St Patty’s day. Now though I’m afraid I never learned how to cook that wonderful dish. Sooooooooo it’s meatballs and spagetti tonight!!

    Happy St. Patty’s day to ALL ! luv.m.

  6. And a Happy St Paddy’s ‘Day to you! We had the corned beef dinner last night with leftovers for sandwiches tonight. However, I did make a green cake for today. No green drinks, though. What *is* that?!

  7. Love that sock – and silver in the yarn??? I’m going to have to look for that …

    Don’t let Lucy drink too much green liquid … she might start chasing leprechauns!

    Have a happy day!

  8. The new socks are sooo gorgeous. I am currently making your River Run socks with Claudia handpainted yarn in sunrise, they are turning out wonderful. Kisses to Lucy.

  9. Marianne Y says:

    Happy St Patrick’s Day! I hope you enjoy your corned beef dinner. (I prefer mine in a deli sandwich, which I guess may not be quite so traditional Irish.) I love your Aran dinner plate–that is awesome!

    I love your new socks! And I love how the Tempted yarn is knitting up! That is so cool! I’m curious–is it too early to tell if it might be scratchy or itchy, at all? (My left ankle has some nerve damage in it, so it is particularly sensitive to things.)

    BTW- thank you for introducing us, rather me, to Earth shoes last fall or summer! I bought a pair of boots and a pair of shoes after Thanksgiving, that I had not had a chance to wear, because I have a bad back problem, so I could not get out with snow and ice on the ground. And, heaven only knows, we have had more than our fair share of those this year! We had already broken our total annual snow fall record by a bunch, and more coming tonight and tomorrow, and who knows how much more possible through mid-April. There is no global warming in this neck of the woods. But, I digress–sorry. Anyway, I have finally been able to get a little bit, and wear my Earth boots. They are so comfortable, with the negative heel, for my back, that I went back to, again at your recommendation, and ordered a pair of Earth sandals on sale! They should be here later this week. Thank you, Wendy!

  10. I love the colors of that sock yarn!!

    do you eat your cooked cabbage plain or with vinegar??
    Mmmmm I haven’t had that in SO long……

  11. Love the fashion shoot! Those sock models are so flexible…

    And the corned beef and cabbage looks great, but they really make aranware china? That is so cool!

  12. The sock is beautiful but, what is Lucy drinking? Looks like green Sprite or Kool-aid.

  13. Theresa in Italy says:

    That sock is gorgeous (and knows it—look at the little minx hamming it up for the camera)!

    I had to skip the corned beef; I don’t think it exists in this country. Prosciutto, anyone? Yours looks so elegant on the Aranware plate!

    I’m not sure Lucy is convinced about her green beverage. Where’s the Guinness?

  14. Tack Wendy!

    What a wonderful start of the day for me – close ups of your Alana socks.
    I simply can´t get enough of that yarn.
    Pink and glittery, what more can you ask for?

    If it was me I wouldn´t be able to put that knitting down even to have St Patrick´s Day dinner.

  15. We’ve been debating: will the silver tarnish over time? Please, keep us posted! ~x~

  16. That sock yarn is so fun! Love those socks. 🙂

  17. Wendy- I was told to stay off Etsy- I adore Etsy.

    The corned beef and cabbage looks awesome, and if you have any veg left over, you can make bubble and squeak.

    The dishes are fantastic.

  18. Ann in CT says:

    I bet Lucy would have preferred the corned beef! We had lamb chops on St. Pat’s day. yummy.

  19. I love that colorway….you so rarely see yarns wound with metallic strands in the sock yarns!

    I also love the way it knits up in little bars. I might have to try to buy that one.

  20. Isn’t Lucy old enough for green beer?

  21. Lynne E. says:

    I just received some of the same yarn, in the colorway “Eclipse”, and it looks like the silver thread may want to work its way out of the yarn. Are you experiencing this? The sparkle is fabulous, but the yarn will be great, even without it.