My current work in progress:

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


And a Colorway to be Named Later

Warning: I am feeling somewhat random this afternoon.

Did you ever have one of those days when you seem to spend the whole day fighting off the terminally befuddled and confused? Today was one of those days for me. And there is not even a full moon. And to top it off, I did not win the Megamillions lottery last night.

And the KOARC today emailed me this screenshot showing the last several lottery draws, directing my attention to the Mega Ball for the last three draws:

Mighty suspicious, don’t you think?

I brought an apple to work today, as I often do. My web developer came into my office and exclaimed over it because it had a unique coloration — one half was decidedly redder than the other with a perfect line of demarcation between the red and not-so-red sides. She told me that I could not eat the apple because of its unique qualities. After some heated discussion, which included my demanding that she buy me a comparable apple and her laughing hysterically, we compromised on taking a photo to record it for posterity. She used my point and shoot camera:

Well, you can sorta see the line . . . it’s clearer if you click on the photo to view the large size.

Incidentally, I did endeavor to eat the apple and was disappointed to find that it was remarkable in its mediocrity of flavor. So much so that I discarded it half way through.

Ooh, we had an earthquake on Tuesday! A whopping 2.0 in magnitude. It was centered less than ten miles from where I live, I think. But I was at work in downtown DC when it hit, and Lucy tells me she did not feel a thing.

But she is not a particularly reliable witness, due to her tight nap schedule during the day.

Oh, yeah — I started my new sock.

I would have been further along but I ripped back to the toe once after doing 16 or so rounds, so I could adjust the pattern slightly. Now I am pleased with it.

The yarn is from The Sanguine Gryphon, and it is in a yet-to-be-named colorway. The pattern is my own and it is a yet-to-be-named pattern. Here it is, on my dainty hoof:

Isn’t that colorway glorious?

Lucy really hates it when she is yet-to-be-fed.


  1. Oh my. Here comes my California-girl cynicism…a 2.0 earthquake does not “hit.” Really. I think a semi driving outside the office (or maybe the big guy just walking by) creates more movement than a 2.0 quake. Giggle.

    I like that lace pattern starting up the middle of the sock!

    That looks like a very enticing feather attachment for Lucy. Is she a quiet player or does she every leap around after those? My cats are mostly quiet these days, but I have one who likes to carry toys around the house, valiantly trying to meow while his mouth is stuffed full with one. Turns out he never wants to play, just to be told what a “talented big, strong boy he is.” πŸ™‚

    Tracys last blog post..It’s Wollmeise!

  2. babyface says:

    Dear Wendy,
    I think I told you I love you Costa socks. I just downloaded your
    feather and fan scarf from the Loopy Ewe’s website. Sheri is making
    it out of a very colorful Noro sock yarn. It is very pretty. I really
    want to make one, but I’m not sure about the Noro. It’s not my
    favorite yarn to work with. We had two earth quakes here about two
    weeks ago. I think they were also 2.0 on the richter scale. Maybe
    higher. It was during the night. I didn’t fall out of bed, so it didn’t
    concern me until the morning when I was awake and alert and wanted
    to know that my children were alright. Hold on you will probably
    get some aftershocks.

  3. Allison says:

    Well its your favorite color green, with me it would be red. I am slowly working on my shawl. I only had to rip it out twice before I figured it out! Helps to read ALL of the instructions first! I agree about what kind of day it is.

  4. Ooh, cables AND lace! I love it. The color is fantastic, too. And I just like saying “The Sanguine Gryphon.” πŸ™‚

    juless last blog post..More on Peg, plus some socks.

  5. I just love green colorways and yours is wonderful! Looks like the sock will be another winner!

    Have to agree with Tracy 2.0 ain’t much of a nail biter for a quake. Not too far from where I live there is a road sign warning motorists : “Proceed with caution – constant earth movement” That Frank Lloyd Wright built the Wayfarer’s Chapel RIGHT ON THAT ROAD is amazing, don’tchathink? It hasn’t fallen into the ocean yet! πŸ™‚

    Everytime I see a new WendySock I am determined to make that one, no THAT one, WAIT, I mean THAT one….. so it goes. I guess I’ll have to make them all eventually πŸ˜‰

    Re: the megamillions.. hmmmmmmmmmm.. that is fishy.. I’m surprised someone hasn’t bellowed to the News about it! And they are all within a 5-year radius of my BD age. I’m sure that means something.

    My cats get very irate when I am doing something that holds up din-din or breakfast, like having my first cup of coffee in the a.m. or a glass of iced tea in the p.m. Nothing should interfere with the service of cat food! Nothing.

    Have a wonderful weekend! luv.m.

  6. And the numbers I play every week have 26, but not as the mega ball.
    26 is my lucky number and I meant for it to be the mega ball, but wrote it wrong the first time I played, then was too superstitious/foolish (whatever) to change it. Sigh.

  7. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! The Mega Ball!!! Way way off from my BD! I was focusingon the 54, 51, 53,……. As you can plainly see, I don’t play the lotto 2 much πŸ™‚

  8. technikat says:

    That apple looks like it had a leaf stuck to it while it was on the tree. Did you know that some growers put little cosies on the apples with cutout designs on them. The ripening apple then colors differently where it was covered or in the open. I’ve read it’s done particularly for the Chinese New Year for apples which are given as a gift. The cutout design would be the symbol for “best wishes” or “long life” or something.

  9. That apple looks delicious, but I guess looks are deceiving.

    I’m loving your new sock, but then again, when don’t I. I find them so inspiring! And the color – just right πŸ™‚

    Karens last blog post..

  10. A 2.0 quake? Yeah, not so much excitement here in SoCal as DC would have. I got a kitty toy like Lucy’s for our girls, but found they were afraid of it, or anything else moving like that which comes from above; go figure!

    About the apple, do you find that many apple varieties are really unremarkable in taste these days? Delicious, which used to be so crisp, are totally blah, Fuji and Gala are not so much. Pink Ladies are fairly new and can be tasty, and Granny Smith’s still have a nice crisp tang. Glad you recorded the oddity, though.

    I was in a group today at Ravelry where we were discussing the cute markers from Wee Ones, who make the ragdoll (Lucy) markers. Love mine!

    CatBookMoms last blog post..We’re Getting Spoiled

  11. But what if the other half was the delicious one?!

  12. These are going to be some really nice socks!

    SockPixies last blog post..Thoughts on the Cat Basket and Motherhood

  13. Darn it, I didn’t win the Megamillions last night either! And I would have been perfectly content to split it if you had won too. The next mega number had better not be 26 or I think we have cause for complaint.

    Julias last blog post..Stunningly Mediocre

  14. I might suggest the name “Red Lettuce” !

    Nancys last blog post..Just a glorious May day

  15. more than likely, Lucy thought that was her massage and it was cut short – sort of like those massaging chairs.

    And I LOVE that colorway and I am not even a green girl. hmmm…

    Aimees last blog post..TWEE!!!

  16. might the girls and i suggest you name the socks “yet to be named” since the pattern and the yarn coincide so beautifully?

    Katheryns last blog post..give them enough rope . . .

  17. It reminds me of fiddleheads!

    Sherris last blog post..I’m lovin’ it

  18. love the clorway! I’d have to call that lichens.

  19. Ooo Ooo you’ve got a chimera apple. Trufax I swear!

    Bronnies last blog post..I need to keep better track

  20. You’re knitting something green??? How surprising! The colorway and pattern are both fantastic. Great apple picture.. sorry to hear that the flavor did not live up to your expectations.

    Janices last blog post..Kids Move Out…

  21. Leslie says:

    oh, Mossy Celtic Socks! They’re lovely.

    Perry P often feels neglected when she doesn’t get fed exactly on the minute (which can fall whenever she feels the time is right). If Perry feels she’s done with her wet food but still is somewhat peckish, and we pick up the bowl, stir it and put it down (without adding anything or adding a little something) she attacks it like it’s fresh – saying life is good an dshe is queen. Does Lucy do the same?

  22. Christina says:

    I’m a native Californian and happily, as noted above, 2.0 quakes are often hardly felt. I used to live near Portuguese Bend where the Wayfarer’s Chapel is located and the area is quite geologically active but it is due to landslides and not earthquakes. Our house was slipping at the rate of about an inch a year. Wonder where it is now? πŸ˜‰

    BTW — the church was designed by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright.

  23. Another gorgeous pattern and yarn!!!!

    Elizabeths last blog post..May Day Sock Swap

  24. It’s a gorgeous green! But then, I think most greens are gorgeous. This one is a gorgeous, SUNNY green! It’s going to be a sock worthy of it’s color, that’s for certain.

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Mr. Maize

  25. You are really amazing…. your abundant creativity can never dry up! ! I love your design, it is always neat and balanced.

  26. Mickie says:

    That sock is totally beautiful and the colorway is lovely. I really can’t decide which is my favorite. Loved the picture of the apple. To bad the taste didn’t justify the picture. Have to love the cats, they really do rule the domain. Mickie

  27. I don’t know about the pattern but if I were naming that color I think I’d call it Lemon Grass.

    Nepheles last blog post..And now we proudly present…

  28. I have a confession: at first I thought the apple you were talking about was a computer! Thankfully you were neither intending to eat your computer, nor threatening to make your web developer buy you a new one!

    anemotiss last blog post..Knitting infidelity. . .

  29. Lucy and my cats, especially sannybug, must be related πŸ™‚ They are the same way about bein fed. Thr new cables and lace design is gonna be pretty and I cant wait to see the finished sock!

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..It’s Raining and Storming

  30. Love the socks! I just love how the diamond pattern in the traveling stitches on the sides is echoed in the lace pattern in the middle. Diamond echoes? I don’t know.

    I picked up some laceweight from the Sanguine Gryphon at MSW this year. It was a huge amount of laceweight in my favorite shade of plum-y purple. When the lady mentioned that she dyed it herself I certainly didn’t have to think twice about buying.

    I’m going to love the sock! I can tell already.

  31. So did you eat the darker or lighter half of the apple? Maybe color saturation makes a difference?

    Andreas last blog post..why do we take TIME for granted?

  32. Timmie B says:

    I’m not a green person but I do love the pattern. Can’t wait till it’s published so I can make one too. I have some Sanguine Gryphon (I think the colorway is Briar rose) that would work very nicely for the new sock.

  33. Ooooh now that’s pretty. I love that green color!

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..Bi-Craftual

  34. Dorothy says:

    Befuddled? Confused? I thought that was how we were suppose to feel. I am at that foggy brain age. It is annoying when my mind wanders then forgets to come home!!! I love that new sock pattern and colour!!! Can’t wait to see it progress.

  35. Befuddled and confused? I feel like that most days.

    So, what kind of apple was it?

    Imbriums last blog post..All the Good Sock Puns are Taken

  36. The knitting is gorgeous, of course. But, the real issue is the feather fishing pole. That is by far Miss Lulu’s favorite toy. Alas, the stores no longer carry them in these parts, just the stupid Nemo version. Miss Lulu would like to know where Lucy got hers?

    Dave Danielss last blog post..What?

  37. Theresa in Italy says:

    I grew up in So Cal and was always surprised when anyone else even felt a 2.0 tremor. Certainly I couldn’t. (Insensitive lout that I am.)

    That new sock is lovely (stop designing such gorgeous socks, I’m running out of adjectives!) and even though I’m not a green person, that particular shade really appeals to me. No matter what you decide to call it, I want it!

    When Lucy wants to be fed, does she stand in front of you and drool on your lap like our dog does? (Yech.)

  38. Liz in IN says:

    “My earthquake can beat up your earthquake!” True, of course. But the point is, sleeping fault-lines are waking up from their naps, yawning and stretching. A tornado, however puny, might merit the same notice in areas where they are virtually unknown.

    Perhaps half that apple was shielded somehow from the chemical gas that artificially ripened it (or, alternatively, that kept it from becoming overripe) in storage.

    “Hello, Befuddled, Confused and Crabby. How may I help you?”

    Another lovely sock pattern (in multiple sizes? ;)) in a yummy colourway. Diamond Girl…fwiw.

  39. Valerie says:

    That colourway is indeed extremely yummy! I find I am loving a lot of the Sanguine Gryphon colorways, and isn’t her website great? I’m thinking you, like me, with our medieval literature leanings, must appreciate all the medieval tapestries and ladies spinning etc. in the background. I can’t wait to try your patterns with her Eidos sock yarn.

  40. Oooo, that is a beautiful colourway! And design too. “Sanguine Gryphon”, how cool a name is that!

    OK, off to check out the site…

    Brigittes last blog post..Change Is Good…And All About Sleeves

  41. ” the terminally befuddled and confused” I knew there was a proper title for them. Thanks! Now when people ask me what I do I can tell them I fight off the terminally befuddled and confused. All. Day.Long. Kinda makes us sound like super heros, no?
    Sock: how can you go wrong with lime green, er, chartreuse.

    miss sandras last blog post..So I Was Thinking……

  42. Whitney says:

    Also missed the earthquake b/c I was downtown (well, Foggy Bottom, actually.) Kind of a pity — even if it was small. But I live on the Maryland side and I don’t think it even rumbled there.
    I also missed out on the Megamillions on Tuesday. I can always hope, though.
    Always like to see your sock patterns although I don’t make them and don’t even like wearing them. I’m clearly more designed for the tropics and an endless life of barefootedness…

  43. Un-named colorway is indeed gorgeous as is sock!

    Knitnanas last blog post..Goodies!

  44. Leslie in Reston says:

    I, too, am a California girl, and I have to agree with Tracy. In fact, I made the same comment to my husband yesterday — 2.0 is no more than a passing truck. Try being in an office highrise in San Francisco when a 7.1 hits (the ’89 quake). Hoo boy!

    Wendy, that colorway is indeed scrumptious.

  45. Michele In Maine says:

    OK, so you better get going on those apple cosies!

    Lovin’ the green.

    You aren’t kidding about the tight nap schedule. One of mine is so attached to hers she won’t even get up when I come home for lunch! Even for a treat. Sleep rules!

    I am finally ‘in the round’ on my healthy spine socks – such a triumph for me. This is the furthest I have ever gotten in my toe-up efforts and I have you and your great class to thank.

  46. I love the look of the new socks! In terms of feeling befuddled and confused, I’ve been told that that is what happens to you when someone puts the “evil eye” on you. Time to get you an evil eye amulet to ward that off!

    *sigh* you know, I really ought to start playing the lottery. I can’t really fantasize about winning, properly, unless I actually *play*.

    Thalias last blog post..On pins and needles

  47. I envy Lucy’s tight nap schedule!

    Oooooh, lovely sock in the making! Can’t wait to see it as it developes.

  48. One thing for Californians to keep in mind is that East Coast earthquakes are different from West Coast earthquakes. As I understand it, we haven’t already fractured all our bedrock, so they feel stronger, and are felt much more widely, than they would be out your way.

    Great color!

  49. Ooh! That’s looking mighty lovely. Just for the record, I had no idea you were partial to green, I just sent you my favourite.

    I’m mystified by the comment from Timmie B above who says she has some of my yarn in a Briar Rose colourway, as I’ve never called anything that, but it’s a startling coincidence with something I’m working on at this very moment…

  50. Dainty Hoof — ROFL, you crack me up Ms. Wendy!

  51. Dainty Hoof — ROFL — You crack me up, Ms. Wendy!!

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