My current work in progress:

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


The Sock Goes On

My new sock is taking shape:

I am very happy with the way it is turning out, so it will live to see a heel!

By the way, the Costa Socks pattern will be available at The Loopy Ewe soon.

Speaking of sock patterns, I’ve updated my basic toe-up slipstitch heel sock so that it now has instructions for 4 sizes: small, medium, large, and extra-large. Previously it was written for just medium and large. The pdf of this pattern is here.

You can also get to it from my Free Patterns page which you can access from the tab up there at the top of my blog. (Picture me pointing up to the top of the page.)

Allow me to clarify/add to a couple of things I mentioned yesterday.

  1. When I said that I spent the whole day yesterday fighting off the terminally befuddled and confused, what I really meant was that I spent the whole day fighting off drooling idiots.
  2. I brought another apple to work today, purchased at the same time as yesterday’s oddly pigmented apple. This one looked normal, and tasted good.
  3. I know that 2.0 magnitude earthquake is laughable. I was making a feeble attempt at humor when I said it was a “whopping 2.0 in magnitude.”

Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Couple of Worthy Causes

Janice is training to run a marathon in November to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Janice is one the nicest people I’ve ever met, and the photo in her blog (and on her donation page) of her with Jared, a little boy with with AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia) brought tears to my eyes. Go Janice! I’m delighted to support you!

And Claudia, another fabulous knitblogger who I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person, is doing her annual fundraising to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Claudia’s donation page is here. Go Claudia! I’m delighted to support you too!

Lucy sez:

“Give til it hurts. I’d donate some of my Wildside Salmon if it would help . . .”


  1. Whoa! Great sock – what a lovely pattern!

    How wonderful of you to suggest supporting two very important health issues. My own wonderful boss just informed us she has been diagnosed with NHL – Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, staged at 4B. Not good, but she is a trouper and undergoing chem/rad in hopes of controlling it. Life is just full of little twists and turns, isn’t it?? Ya just gotta keep on keepin’ on.

    Lucy, your daily picture makes my day! What a beautiful kitty cat! Have a most wonderful weekend, Wendy! luv.m.

  2. Valerie says:

    Beautiful sock!
    I completely agree that Janice is one of the kindest and loveliest people I’ve met in a long while. Her blog entry really affected me as well because I have a six-year-old and it’s very hard to imagine someone so young having to suffer through what Jared has gone through. Thanks for bringing her cause, and Claudia’s too, to our attention.

  3. Wendy,
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kinds words and for bringing attention to my race to find a cure, and for being one of the first to support my efforts!! If we all work together, we can make a difference!!
    And, as always, thanks for continuing to share your sock knitting expertise and design skills with the rest of us who are not gifted in quite the same way!!

    Janices last blog post..26.2

  4. Hurray! Thank you for the Costa socks pattern. Now I need to be vigilent and get it. Of course, I know that I’ll get it sooner or later even if I happen to miss out on the first shipment. And also thanks for the good words on the fundraising blogs. And lastly – go green sock!!

    Sandra Ds last blog post..Mr. Maize

  5. Two great causes – thanks so much for blogging about them! (And hey – someone might just be interested in Lucy’s Wildside Salmon donation….)

    Sheri at The Loopy Ewes last blog post..Scarves on the Needles

  6. LOL! I love your three clarifications ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the yarn in your sock – it almost has a “glow” to it with the sort of yellow undertones to the green.

    Thanks for updating your sock pattern! I knew that The Loopy Ewe sock club would push me out of my cuff down sock knitting rut so it’s time to explore toe up. I’m glad you’re such a great resource (I’ve checked your Knitty article out too!).

    Tracys last blog post..It’s Wollmeise!

  7. Leslie says:

    Today one of my best friends (24 months post radical mastectomy/reconstruction, chemo & radiation) had an MRI because her cancer test numbers are “way up there”, my husband was told he needs a biopsy for some sort of “cancer” growing on his arm, and my very best friend had a ramp with rails installed at her house because of her MS. Want to trade my today for your yesterday?

    I’ll be donating a little money to both causes you mentioned – I have plenty of yarn so can just put off purchases this month.

    And if Lucy does give up her Wildside Salmon I’ll send her Perry’s rejects – finicky thing just prefers “Temptations.” You just have to love an 18 year old queen who goes for the cheap stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I have a couple of new family members, Willow and Xander, who would likely be happy to take the Wildside Salmon in trade. These guys will only eat the fish-flavored food!

    DianeSs last blog post..RIP, Birkenstock Sandals

  9. Love this new sock too. So glad to know that all I have to do to score the other one is lurk about on The Loopy Ewe pressing f5 (I wonder if it is safe to admit I’ve never actually done that?) for the next couple of weeks.

    Thanks for the heads up on the charity things.

    Ronnis last blog post..Binge Weekend

  10. Cathy J says:

    Wendy, Thank you for being so generous with your sock patterns; and, thanks for the good donation tips.

  11. I checked the site out and if we have some extra money left after bills are paid next month I plan to donate also. I would this month but I have already sent a donation to Socks for Soldiers this month (Brian and I are Veterans of Kosovo). Lucy is a generous girl to be donating her Wildside Salmon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..Itโ€™s Raining and Storming

  12. Ripple and Calvin suggest offering a headbutt in lieu of giving up the salmon. They say that’s just craziness.

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..Jealousy

  13. Marji B. says:

    I live in California where I doubt we would even notice a 2.0 and I knew you were being funny when you mentioned your whopping earthquake. Frankly, I was rather impressed that the East Coast had an earthquake at all. I mean I know you have faults and all, but they rarely bother to move.

  14. Love your socks, as always. That green is drool-worthy.

    And many thanks for mentioning those two important causes. I have a cousin and a close friend (and knitter) who will both be running that marathon with Janice.

    My son, a grown-up, has AML type II and has been in hospital since November. Today is TRANSPLANT DAY! It is exciting and scary. It took a very long time to find a matching donor.

    Since you are doing this for such a good cause, you might want to mention how very, very important it is for healthy young people to sign up on the National Bone Marrow Registry. Also for families to donate cord blood when they have a baby. It is thanks to one of these heroes that my son has a shot at getting his life back.

    Angelunas last blog post..RAVELRAISERS…You give, you take! RAVATARS!

  15. I so love your socks…they’re very “Maidenhair” like! And the colour is so springy and lurvely.

    Hi Lucy! *pat pat pat*

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

  16. Thanks Wendy!

  17. I love the green, not to mention the stitch pattern!

    SockPixies last blog post..This Little Piggy… (FREE PATTERN)

  18. I’m really liking that sock, Wendy! That lace with the reverse stockinette side showing looks really cool with the cabling and its purl side showing.

    Why are there so many more neat socks patterns available (and soon to be available) than hours in the day? (rhetorical, of course)

  19. There are just so many wonderful charities out there. It is wonderful to see all the good that we do as a community.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..committed?

  20. So which is worse, dealing with the terminally befuddled and confused or dealing with drooling idiots?? Do you get to choose?

    Beautiful sock. If you don’t make any progress on your sock today then tomorrow’s post can be titled, “The Sock Remains the Same.”

  21. Hello, from the Apple Store in Palm Beach!
    Happy Adoption Day, Lucy!

  22. Allyson says:

    la di da dee dee

  23. It is thanks to one of these heroes that my son has a shot at getting his life back.