My current work in progress:

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



It is time to vote for your favorite among the suggested names for this sock-in progress.

L-B and I went over the list of excellent suggestions and narrowed it down (with some difficulty) to just a few. so here you go!

What Should I Name This Sock Pattern?

  • Twisted Logic (29%, 420 Votes)
  • Runic Socks (25%, 355 Votes)
  • Metropolis Socks (16%, 231 Votes)
  • Lyre Socks (14%, 207 Votes)
  • Poseidon Socks (13%, 190 Votes)
  • Peripatetic Socks (2%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,432

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In Other News

I did indeed knit a neckband for Lismore.

And as you can see, it is not a turtleneck. My little spokesmodel was quite excited about photographing this, obviously.

Then, I cut open an armhole steek:

(Bloglines readers, there is a video embedded there.)

I started a sleeve:

The current state of the sleeve:

In Other Other News

Lucy and her Daddy entertained me by staging a vignette representing a scene from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.


  1. Wendy that sock reminds me of the Petroglyphs we have here just outside of Peterborough Ontario. They are beautiful ancient Indian symbols carved into the grey rock.

    Jody’s last blog post..Cute Cats

  2. Good Lord, I think I was holding my breath watching you cut that steek. I would be in Serious Freak-Out Mode if I had to do that.

    Laiane’s last blog post..Friday Night Harloting and Stealth Knitting

  3. Can you help your readers, like me, who only read on the weekends? I cannot figure out how to navigate through your blog from day to day. The only thing I could do was to click on “archive” for April, scroll down to the first day I have not read, click to make it larger, and when though, go back to archives again and start over. Very cumbersome. I wouldn’t care if I did not like your blog so much, but I do. Thank you.

  4. Linda in Chicagoland says:

    LOL– looks just like the Sistine Chapel!

  5. ellen in indy says:

    watching you cut that beautiful sweater reminded me of why there’s an EEK in steek. is there audio with that? if so, i wasn’t hearing it. but the sweater is fabulous-under-construction. looking forward to seeing the finished result!

  6. jackie shapiro says:

    Wendy, you have got to be the fastest knitter ever. I am in awe of the progress of this sweater. You work full time , take care of a family and still manage to knit at the speed of Light. I love color and your sweater ranks #1.

  7. Perhaps you would prefer to take the name Poseidon off your sock name list, as Lisa already has one, .

    I do love your sock!

  8. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Wow, that Lismore is really something! It’s made all the more beautiful by the presence of your spokesmodel, Ms. Lucy von Ragdoll (as credited in your steek video). She’s really something, too.

    Perfect Sistine Chapel emulation–I love it!

  9. Lismore is gorgeous – the colors sing! Watching you cut that steek, and listening to the sounds of the wool being cut made me catch my breath. Wendy, you rock.

  10. OMG! That steek made my heart stop!!! Oh, I don’t know that I will EVER be able to do that alone ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sock Knitter’s last blog post..Ravelry โ€” Ravelraiser!

  11. Sock Knitter says:

    Sorry — with my heart not beating and all — I forgot to say how much I LOVE the sweater! It’s gorgeous (as usual!!) And the sock is pretty cool too ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. OMG you are brave. Watching you cut that steek, I actually held my breath. Even though I knew you would do it right. The sweater is beautiful. As far as the socks go, I actually like the name that Jody suggsted. Love those too.

  13. I’m in awe of how quickly you cut that steek. When I cut my steeks I snipped one stitch at a time with pointy needlework scissors, terrified I would cut the wrong yarn! Beautiful sweater!!

  14. Eeeek! You made it look so easy but the thought of cutting into lovely knitting scares me. I think I’ll stick with socks for now.

    And the pattern in those socks almost look like a Transformers logo ๐Ÿ˜€

    Datagoddess’s last blog post..In wait mode

  15. I have never done a steek. The thought of cutting my knitting sends my heart into palpatations and I begin to hyperventilate. However, after seeing your video, I am a little less apprehensive. Especially since the sweater is stunning!

    Joanna’s last blog post..Cough…Cough…

  16. I am knitting a vest that will require a steek soon, and I’ve never even come close to doing one before … I hope it goes as smoothly as yours did.

    Love the credits on the video. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Sistine Chapel re-enactment (?) was quite inspiring …

    Bridget’s last blog post..Come Sail Away …

  17. I have to agree with Datagoddess. That sock looks like Optimus Prime!
    Very cool, my bf might even wear those, and he is very pernickerty about socks!

    Anne-Marie’s last blog post..Don’t worry Pluto, I’m not a planet either

  18. I couldn’t believe the speed with which you cut that steek; I’d have been holding my breath and going ever so slowly….

    I’m guessing that having a great caterer for the production helped a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Wow, that was the first ever steek I ‘ve ever seen cut! And you seemed so casual about it! Thanks!

    Michelle’s last blog post..Big Black Socks!

  20. I’m guessing that Lucy represents the hand/paw of Creation…

  21. MamaLana says:

    EEEEK the STEEEEEEEK!!!!! It is unbelievable how you could just cut into your knitting! How remarkable! You WOW me no end. And the result is so lovely! Not to mention Lucy’s impression of Michelangelo.

  22. i got a version of layla and her daddy doing the same thing! look!

  23. Oh, the drama! The video kept breaking up (slower than cold molasses tonight) so it took about a minute and a half for you to get through it — I actually got a little tense as you got near the shoulder ๐Ÿ™‚
    That is going to be one gorgeous sweater. Looks like Miss Lucy would like a new wooly rainbow mat, though.

    Deb’s last blog post..So Nice I Knit It Twice

  24. I, as did Katmayo, assumed Lucy was the creator/creatress as it is well documented cats are “superior beings”; at least Perry P. tells me that’s the way it is!

  25. I think this might be the first time I actually saw the cutting, and the churp-churp sound. It seemed easier than it sounds, but I am still amazed at how you can do that without a stiff drink by your side. The sweater is beautiful.

    desiknitter’s last blog post..Mustard

  26. You have given us all courage to steek with reckless abandon…lol

  27. Just THINKING about a steek gives me the heebie-jeebies. Maybe, someday, I’ll be brave enough to try it. (doubt it.) The sweater is magnificent.

  28. Thanks for the great videos! I like that you are speaking while recording. Makes it that much easier to follow! I love the new sock pattern! Thanks for that, too!

  29. Nice… I really, really like how it’s turning out! The colours match up perfectly.

    *sigh* Dontcha just love stranded/FI knitting?!! It all just falls into place so nicely.

    Brigitte’s last blog post..Hiding In Plain Sight

  30. Thanks so much for showing the video. The idea of cutting my knitting sends chills up my spine, but I do want to knit a traditional-style Fair Isle cardigan this year, and I’ve decided to be courageous. You’ve given me confidence that it will work out.

    marjorie’s last blog post..Losing My Grip

  31. What a fun looking sock! I voted before I read all the options but it looks like my actual vote is winning anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I am so impressed, by the beauty of your knitting, the speed at which you knit, your casualness in cutting your steek – and how beautifully your left-handed scissors did the job! My son is left-handed, and every pair of scissors I have found for him so far lets him down. Can you tell me where you got the ones you used in the video? thank you

  33. Cecil B de KORAC? I love it.

  34. I think I started to sweat watching you cut that Steek. the sweater is BEAUTIFUL. I have loved watching your progress.

  35. Anybody who wants to try a pattern using steeks should read Wendy’s articles about how to do so. I recently finished my first Fair Isle vest and her instructions (with very helpful pictures) were invaluable. The steeks are scary (the first time), but I think that is probably the prettiest way to finish an edge that I’ve ever used.

  36. A hard choice between Lyre and Posiedon. I see both in there.

  37. My heart is still beating a little fast at the idea of cutting a steek. I know that someday when I have to do my first I’ll panic but I’ll get through it and like so many others before me I’ll find that it wasn’t so bad…but until that day comes it’s scary! Your Lismore is just gorgeous.

    Kelley’s last blog post..Just a little

  38. That “unnamed” pattern is looking great.

  39. krayolakris says:

    My BP is still elevated from watching the steek video….masterful!! I didn’t realize you were left-handed; for some reason that makes it look more difficult! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Anybody besides me looking for the dramatic “ooohhhh Noooooo” and then a “just kidding” in mid steek cut? Having cut steeks and knowing the fear that they inspire and then how totally not that bad at all reality…It would have been funny…but then there would be a bunch of knitters that would have had to have been scraped off the floor…oh never mind…not funny at all ;o)

  41. eeeeeeek – sight/sound of those scissors cutting through all that beautiful work – what courage!