My current work in progress:

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


Those Pesky Heel Holes

Last week we were talking about ways to avoid the hole that often forms at the top of the heel. When I was working on my second Six-Pack Sock, I took a few ictures of how I deal with this annoying problem.

In this photo, I’ve turned the heel and I’m ready to resume working in the round:

(Remember, as always, you can click on the photos to see larger versions.)

As you can see theres a bit of a gap between the top of the heel and the instep stitches. So I pick up a stitch:

I pick it up from the center of a stitch so it looks more natural. I knit the stitch.

Then I continue and knit across the instep stitches. Then I pick up one stitch at the other side of the heel. On the next round, I knit each picked up stitch together with the heel stitch next to it.

In the comments, a few of you mentioned that Charlene Schurch recommends picking up 2 stitches on each side. I used to do that, but I’ve found that once I got adept at it, I only need to pick up one stitch and that closes the gap nicely.

Thanks for all your lovely comments about the Six-Pack Socks. I’ll be sure to let you know when the pattern is available.

I’m working on another sock, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Un-Official Start of Summer Giveaway!

Here in the United States, Memorial Day (which is today) is the un-official start of summer. In celebration of summer, I’m giving this away:

A brand-new still-in-the-box 1GB iPod Shuffle. This iPod was donated by my mom. She won it in a raffle, and offered it to me for a blog giveaway. Thanks, Mom! πŸ˜€

To be entered in the iPod contest:

1. Write a summer-themed Haiku. A Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. For example:

Summer-time is here

heat and humidity now

turn the a/c on.

Yeah, T.S. Eliot I ain’t. But I wrote that on the spur of the moment, so do cut me some slack.

Okay, write a summer-themed Haiku and leave it in the comments for this post. If it is not summer where you are, you can still enter — it may be the start of winter for you, but you can still write a summer Haiku, right?

2. One Haiku per person, please.

3. Leave your Haiku comment by midnight Eastern time, Thursday, May 29, 2008. The WendyKnits panel of judges will select several finalists. These finalists will be published on Sunday June 1 for everyone to vote on, and the winner will be selected by popular vote.

Okay? Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. My spam filter does not appreciate fine poetry, so your entry might be ensnared in its net. Not to worry, I’ll go in and release comments from time to time.

Lucy is clearly trying to come up with a good entry.

I’ll have to break it to her gently that she is ineligible to enter.


  1. Yes! Summer draws near
    With lazy days of knitting.
    Come, finished objects!

    Here’s my haiku. I have summers off. It’s when I finish up all the things I started during the school year. πŸ™‚

    Karen in Toledos last blog post..In Memory

  2. Oh my, it looks like I’m the first. I gave it a whirl and here is my summer Haiku: Hot days and warm nights
    Trees in full, leafy glory
    Ah, summer at last

  3. Sun warmed tomatoes
    I eagerly gather them
    The taste of summer

  4. Knit socks for summer
    No heavy wool in my lap
    Perfect for the pool

    Take time to remember and thank those who served. More importantly, thank the family of a current service member — their sacrifice is just as great.

    DIanas last blog post..Brownie Camporee

  5. Jan Walsh says:

    Wildside salmon, yum,
    Wendy knits- I play with yarn
    My job here is done!

  6. Summer, no more wool.
    Summer, lace weight by the spool.
    Summer, staying cool.

    Julies last blog post..Happy Earth Day!

  7. Oh, summer sunshine
    How I love your warming touch
    How I hate your burn

    Lanas last blog post..SAINT RITA OF CASCIA

  8. The flowers and rain
    Are fragrant in the air now
    Soon the heat will rise

    1st haiku ever, 1st post ever, thanks for the challenge now back to my socks and to call my son, a veteran himself, as well as my dad. Thanks!

  9. We wait so long for
    summer to arrive, and it
    passes too quickly.

    Mos last blog post..The Reel thing

  10. Cathy Johnson says:

    School year is over
    Teachers rejoice, parents cringe
    September seems far away

  11. my Haiku:

    summertime is fine
    makes me want to jam some tunes
    and knit some sockies

    (and yes, I know, keep my day job! πŸ™‚ )

  12. Pool water shining
    Calls to me to swim in it
    Water feels so cold

    Sandy Kadries last blog post..Proof

  13. Summer has arrived
    Looking forward to sunshine
    But, what the…? Storm? Now???

    Yes, there is lots of lightning outside right now. And it was so nice and sunny today too. Fingers crossed it passes overnight.

    Brittanys last blog post..Inspiration

  14. Sweaty my lap grows,
    My project felts as I knit.
    Wool was not wise choice.

  15. white clouds drift
    across an azure sky,
    my love kisses me

    Marilyn Greenes last blog post..LT Meme: Top 106 unread books

  16. The garden calls me
    a summer storm approaches.
    Stay in and knit! Yay!

  17. the last day of school
    infinity of freedom
    who can forget it?

    Evelyns last blog post..The Quest for Lace Continues

  18. weather’s getting warm…
    got myself a pedicure
    can’t find my sandals!

    margarets last blog post..It’s that Time of the Year Again …

  19. Christine says:

    Summer fleece washing
    shish-ka-bob on barbeque
    Could life be better?

  20. Summertime, Hooray!
    Heat, bugs, sweating
    Bring on Fall.

    I think I did that right.

  21. Summer’s hot days and two Newfies
    Knitting socks is not for them
    They want a pool.

  22. Cute idea for a contest, and a great prize!! Here’s my totally non-professional poet entry:

    Too hot and sweaty.
    Sticky yarn, sticky needles.
    Need a Popsicle.

    Daves last blog post..Kaleidoscope # 1

  23. knitting bamboo socks
    water drops on ice tea glas
    refresh your senses

    That’s how I imagine summer. Sitting in the garden knitting with very cold ice tea aahhh delicious.

    Chras last blog post..Tallin 2008

  24. summer dawns green and gold
    knitting under trees yarn flows
    bliss dawns stitch by stitch

    ambermoggies last blog post..Windy days

  25. Pretty plants abloom
    green grass grows while mowers mow
    Summer scents and sounds

    Haikus are not my forte – of course, any form of poetry is not my forte! This was the best of the lot. Syllables were giving me fits – too many, not enough! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your summer.

    Kathleens last blog post..I took a vacation

  26. squinting in the sun
    ice-cream dribbling down your arms
    next project in mind.

    thanks for the stop heel hole solution, and the ipod giveaway offer. πŸ™‚

    medeas last blog post..Campus Party BogotΓ‘ 2008

  27. summertime love means
    pools kisses naps sunshine heat
    iced coffee spinning yarn

    sillydoggiess last blog post..30+ days and counting

  28. no more Christmas knits
    lacey things and socks for me
    Christmas is coming!

  29. What a fun contest. I haven’t written haiku since high school. Here’s my shot at it:

    Summer Knitting

    Wool? Cotton? Bamboo?
    Umbrella drinks in blender!
    Knitters are refreshed.

    karen ws last blog post..Random Friday

  30. Shirlucky says:

    6 pack socks and summer
    go together like bread and butter
    seeing Lucy just makes it better!

  31. lovely summer day?
    fiber nearly felts in hands
    i’m going inside

    Sarahs last blog post..Seemed Like a Good Idea

  32. Kirsten says:

    I watch the lilies
    Dance in the breeze as I purl.
    Go away, blackfly!

    Knitting outdoors in VT can be risky in the summer! But worth it. Thanks for the contest!

  33. Austin summer sauna,
    Mosquitoes swarm, dive, and bite.
    Still wear hand-knit socks.

    And thanks for the hole-closing tips. It is nice to see that exactly what I do is exactly what you do! I feel vindicated, or at least validated.

    Sunas last blog post..Some FAST Knitting

  34. One Hundred Degrees
    sweaty hands turn wool to felt
    I heart cotton yarn

    Loris last blog post..I’m thinking a really bad word right now….

  35. Summertime is here
    The best time to sit and knit
    Bring on the sock yarn!

    Carolines last blog post..New yarn for your pleasure

  36. Warm summer breezes
    Sipping cool drinks in the shade
    Pure relaxation

    Robin Ms last blog post..Day 26

  37. Hi,
    I love your blog and your knitting.I haven’t posted in ages…Well here goes….
    “Summer in the City”
    Heat rolls on asphalt
    Children splash in the sprinkler
    And tan on tar beach

  38. I love this idea.

    Summer? Seattle?
    HA! Such an oxymoron;
    Sunshine take pity.

    Marys last blog post..When the Lights Go Out…

  39. Great Idea πŸ™‚

    It’s getting hotter-
    bathingsuits and suncreen-
    bees mosquitos trusty flyswatter.

    Melanies last blog post..New Yarns and Rockin Sock Club Arrivals-Warning Spoilage

  40. Heather H says:

    Now that Summer is here
    The socks fly off the needles
    Everyone will cheer.

  41. Kids laugh with glee
    Summers here for you and me

  42. summer sun is my
    enemy makes wearing wool

    kates last blog post..Knitter with a capital K

  43. Summer Knitting Haiku
    Sweaty hands, socks, lace,
    Cotton, linen, soy, silk, hemp,
    Sunscreen-slick needles.

    Lorraines last blog post.."After the Service"

  44. Blue, yellow, green, pink
    Colors seen from my window
    Flow from my needles

    Happy summertime! Our not quite summer has included record-breaking heat (97+F), followed by rain and thunderstorms. Weather in the Northwest is always interesting!

    Cindy (Maxfun)s last blog post..And that was the week that was!

  45. Golden sun, blazing
    hot. Watch the grass turn brown. Iced
    tea where I’ll be found.

    Emilys last blog post..My Carrot on a Stick

  46. Linda from Kansas says:

    The last time I left a comment it said I had 144! LOL. Not. So I am trying this “Linda from Kansas”.
    My haiku:
    Summer time is here
    time for scattered tornadoes
    quick, get to shelter!

    This is the Land of Oz after all. πŸ™‚

    Linda from Kansas.

  47. Summer – time to sail!
    Raise the mains’l, hoist the jib
    Wind and sun and bliss

    Christys last blog post..2008 Sailing Goal

  48. Stretching your fingers,
    Ready for Summer of Socks,
    How fast can you knit?

    Bubbless last blog post..Friday Fill-In and Sunflowers

  49. Knitting in the porch
    Mosquitoes buzz far away
    Thank goddess for screens

    kmkats last blog post..So what am I, chopped liver?

  50. Melissa says:

    Put the wool away
    UFO pile to grow
    See you in the fall

  51. Summer in Phoenix
    Hotter than hell in July
    Still I knit with wool

    Thanks Wendy!

    Amys last blog post..knit@love

  52. Kathy Harrison says:

    Plant basil and mint
    The birds chirp and bunnies hop
    How I love summer

    My first time to comment, love the blog.

  53. Long time lurker, first time (I think) commenter. Love your blog, and, of course, Lucy. πŸ™‚

    “Hot Cat”
    stretched out to full length
    occasional twitching tail
    cat days of summer

  54. ah, humidity
    a cool iced tea with lemon
    oppressiveness ends

    Jeanne B.s last blog post..Vote for Me

  55. Birds, trees, and flowers
    Children playing everywhere
    Help my knitting muse

    Loopykds last blog post..Next….Mud Season

  56. Beltway summer so
    Long in coming. Groom the
    dog. Knit his hair. Ew!

  57. Sun burnt skin flakes off
    Aloe and lanolin soothe
    Bra straps create pain

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..One More Mission Accomplished

  58. Suddenly, crisis!
    This wool is too hot to knit –
    I’ll finish come fall.

    Erikas last blog post..

  59. Knit words together:
    I can knit, but cannot write.
    Socks are easier!

    (OK, I flunked poetry in 3rd grade too)

  60. It’s been warm here since
    late February. I love
    North Carolina!

    michelles last blog post..And it’s already Thursday…

  61. Heat waves in Boston
    Make me want my Maine lake swim
    Must wait for August

    Kathode Ray Tubes last blog post..One Red Sox Sock is Done

  62. Heat haze in the sky
    Kids are shrieking in the yard
    Water toys cool all

    Gladyss last blog post..sock success

  63. Warmer days approach
    Cast the wool from my needles
    Pass me the cotton

    Windansea / Lydias last blog post..One Down, Two to Go

  64. SUMMER
    cats in the windows
    finches on the tree branches
    socks on my needles

    There’s my first attempt at a haiku ever! I think it pretty much sums up my summers here in Wisconsin!! πŸ™‚

    Karens last blog post..Mystic Light Shawl Clue 5 — ALL DONE!!

  65. Yellow sun shines down
    Sanctuary in the shade
    Hamburgers grilling

    Robyn Swordss last blog post..LOL Cylon

  66. Rhoda Besecker says:

    Summer strategy:
    My four cats lie on their backs
    On cool bathroom tile.

  67. beautiful season
    cotton, linen, lighter yarns
    sing their summer songs

    What a fun contest idea! Thanks Wendy’s mom! =D

  68. summer knitting means
    lace and socks. my cardigan
    will languish ’til fall.

    Jeshs last blog post..Blue Tweed

  69. My Haiku – love your blog; kisses to Lucy

    Lace looks dreamy; cotton divine
    I’m sweating just thinking
    Of the good ole Summertime…..

  70. connie byrne says:

    the sun is hot now
    today the garden calls me
    I sweat and pull weeds

  71. Miss Lucy’s fur coat
    Glorious tawny and brown
    Kitteh hot! Shave her.

    Carols last blog post..Wherein I discover a new setting on my camera

  72. connie byrne says:

    I work part-time as a gardener in the Gardens at UNC-Charlotte, also tend the gardens at my DGD’s school and here at home. I’ve given myself permission to work in my yarn room this year and knit up some stuff…not many weeds here at home ’cause I mulched really heavy last year. Now if I can only organize the bags and piles of yarn before school lets out in 2 weeks…hah, good luck with that
    connie, your average Knitter and WeedPullingFool

  73. My first Haiku –
    Summertime is work
    For a waitress at the beach
    Autumn needs to come!

    Loris last blog post..Not that I blog alot…

  74. Summer on the farm
    critters everywhere you look
    work from dawn to dusk

  75. Ah, summer. Must be time
    To cast on for yet another
    Big heavy afghan

    (because nothing says ‘summer knitting in California’ like afghans)

    Jenipurrs last blog post..Hot weather knitting

  76. Three babies are due
    Each needs a sweater or two
    Wool knitting in June?

  77. High skies and knitting
    make wonderful summer
    nights spinning fine yarns.

    Thanks for that wonderful idea, I love poetry, and especially haiku.

    Chris 😎

  78. Ah, summer. It’s time
    To cast on for yet another
    Big heavy afghan

    (resubmitted because apparently I cannot count – sigh).

    Jenipurrs last blog post..Hot weather knitting

  79. Oh cool, I love haiku, they’re a great way to break things up on road trips (or grocery stores) and I’d like to think I specialise in silly penis related haiku, but here’s something I saw yesterday from my window while I was spinning and the bird was so pleased with himself.

    A western scrub jay
    flits into the eaves and plucks
    the wasp nests of spring

    The mud daubers build their nests in the spring and the jays rip them out of our eaves once they are big and juicy ripe with pupae.
    The original version of that haiku ended “go scrub jay go!” in an homage to one of the world’s greatest literary works, πŸ˜‰ but I thought I’d end it with a more seasonal and cyclical reference to suit your theme.

  80. Oops, I meant paper wasps, not mud daubers. I just like saying mud daubers…

  81. Savannah summer
    Head out to Tybee Island
    Knitting on the beach

  82. crias in the sun
    eating up the dandelions
    how cute you shall be

    fun contest!! and your mom rocks!!

    Vickis last blog post..and Lucy is her name-o!

  83. Nightless nights are here,
    and summers endless passion,
    my hours of knitting.

    muoriskas last blog post..Valokuva/runotorstai

  84. Here goes something….

    Socks are for knitting
    In the late night cool breezes
    Of Summer watching

    Jens last blog post..Beanies for Brother

  85. Summer is knitting
    fine lace with cotton yarn
    and zero needles

    Martha Freys last blog post..

  86. London’s bloody wet,
    raining on this May morning –
    turn the heating up!

    Gennys last blog post..Plans and lists, for I’m obsessive like that

  87. Wendy – can you post the Boston Creme Pie recipe? I need more calories (-;

    Only way to cool?
    To eat ice cream ev’ryday…
    And dream of autumn!

  88. I love summer time
    Except for one major thing
    I can’t wear sweaters

  89. What a fun idea for a contest! Can the judges be bribed with fiber-y gifts??

    Oregon Summer treats
    Flowers bloom, beaches beckon
    Bring your umbrella

  90. Sunglasses, bright sun
    SPF thirty applied
    Bright white complexion

    Carols last blog post..Hell Square

  91. Days I nap on grass
    Hibernate in shadows blue
    A bunny in clouds

  92. It is so cold here!
    Does the summer really come?
    I do hope so much!

  93. Summer’s fun and yet
    Brings bugs and critters out so
    Cool inside I knit.

    Dee Porterfields last blog post..No Use Crying Over Spilt Juice

  94. Knitting by the pool
    Knit one, purl two, sip of drink
    Knit a bikini!

    Phyls last blog post..Back From Zurich

  95. one sock in progress
    two fans stirring the hot air
    three sweet teas on ice

  96. Summertime city
    Beautiful outside work
    But inside I sit

  97. fresh air (often hot)
    on bare limbs (sometimes sweaty)
    is summer (knit socks!)

    Wendy, thanks for the hole tutorial! If Lucy does come up with any haiku, could you post them please? LOL

    auntiemichals last blog post..Easy & Fast Beans & Rice

  98. warm air passing by
    heating up the city streets
    time to get outside

  99. Too hot to knit much
    except for gloves, socks, and hats
    Sweater patterns wait

    dorkyquiltss last blog post..Box Jellies Quilt

  100. Golden summer light
    fades, loosing fireflies that they
    reflect its glory.