My current work in progress:

Roscalie Cardigan by Alice Starmore, knit from Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift  on a US 3 needle

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. 🙂

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! 😀

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. Kids are off from school
    They swim, I watch, I knit socks
    Before cool days come

    Heidi Nicks last blog post..always losing my Blistex (not anymore)

  2. Small needles – just right
    For summer knits and fending
    Off annoying kids.

  3. Pensguys says:

    Splashes by the pool
    Is the only way to beat
    Hot and humid days

  4. wow – a lot of knitting haiku…. mine is not about knitting. this is the first one that came to mind:

    Summer sun scorches
    As I’m stuck inside with a
    Screaming two-year-old.

    Leighs last blog post..The promised update

  5. Pools, picnics, sun screens
    Watermelon, lemonade
    Sun hats — summer things

  6. Summer time is here
    Full of fiber festivals
    Knitting and Spinning

    Melissa (Meliabella)s last blog post..Forgetful!

  7. knitting in summer
    brings me nothing but joy now
    happy place for me

    Debis last blog post..Moving on…

  8. Listening to birds
    Fresh breeze cooling my hot skin
    Napping in the shade

    Being more of a limerick girl myself–here’s a bonus for you

    There once was a knitter named Wendy
    Whose blog was very trendy
    She knit lots of socks
    Her patterns, they rock!
    And they’re not even very spendy!

    I never said they were “good” limericks!

  9. laceweight yarn in pink
    embossed leaves and garden path
    summer of socks rocks

    nikkapotamuss last blog post..New Pictures coming soon!

  10. Who has time to plant?
    Summer of Socks is at hand.
    Weeds, weeds everywhere.

  11. The breeze of summer
    As I sit outside and knit
    Just me and my yarn

  12. Carbon emissions!
    A.C. not the answer now
    Try an ice cold beer

    heather ts last blog post..New (Used) Toy!

  13. Philhellene says:

    The seagulls flutter
    I smell the salt in your hair
    Sloth is not a sin

  14. summer rain’s falling
    to my left i see the sun
    the rainbow floors me

  15. Oh! Green grasshopper
    How high you can jump,
    Yet you go nowhere.

    Heathers last blog post..Discovery

  16. Paula B says:

    How fun! here’s my offering:
    the sun blazing down
    time for seeking shady spots
    ahhh… trees are blessings

  17. Who can resist a contest? Why bother trying?! So, here’s my entry:

    Smart knitters know that
    sweaters knit in summer’s heat
    remember that warmth.

    LaurieMs last blog post..Like Nasty Medicine

  18. Not quite summer themed, but on my mind because summer is coming.

    My son’s eleven,
    He’s always on the go,
    The I-Pod is HOT!

  19. A Houston summer
    from April to November –
    A/C still working?

  20. How sweet of your mom! : ) Okay, here is my entry:

    Summer is to me
    Baseball games and lemonade
    sunflower seeds too

    Amys last blog post..

  21. Misty morning skies
    Burn off to intense blueness
    Puffy white clouds dance.

    Jennifer Robins last blog post..Back to Basics

  22. melissa says:

    basil-lime cocktails
    ice-chilled and breezy amidst
    lawn candles and dusk.

  23. noallatin says:

    Warm summer breezes
    Knitting in the bright sunshine
    A near perfect day.

  24. One day of Summer
    Complete with twisters and hail
    Now back to the cold.

    A haiku for Minnesota on Memorial Day weekend…

  25. Knitting while watching
    Vibrant Summertime Sunsets
    Pass the Sangria!

  26. Hot, sweaty fingers
    Put the wool away and knit
    cotton and linen

  27. Miserable heat
    There is no escape from it
    I long for winter

    beckys last blog post..Memorial Day

  28. An ode to summer
    Bees buzz, flowers bloom, birds sing.
    Water splashes, child laughs.

  29. Beaches and sunshine
    Kites, cabanas, sand castles
    Let’s load up the car

  30. Mercury rises,
    sultry waves of heat engulf;
    no sock weather here.

    Sues last blog post..Back from the Big D!

  31. The Haiku

    Hot sun cool breeze slips
    through fingers like silken strands
    sliding twixt bamboo

    Susan Hurrells last blog post..Thursday 13 – Reasons I am More than Slightly Monarchist

  32. KnitterSpouse says:

    Gulf Coast SOP.
    97 in the shade.
    No winter woes here.

  33. The gaze of the bright sun.
    It’s he who makes the summer
    Gloriously hot.

  34. Jen in MN says:

    Lush green and verdant
    summer flowers bloom brightly
    and fade far too fast.

  35. Screened porch is open

    Birds sing and cat listens hard

    She sighs, summer’s back

  36. Ahem…a summer haiku, Colorado style:

    Snow in the mountains
    Hailstorms ripping up the plains
    You call this summer?

    Imbriums last blog post..Love is…

  37. anne marie in philly says:

    beach boys up real loud
    driving down the shore so fast
    summertime at last!

  38. Jacquie says:

    bamboo cotton lace
    breathing against my skin, mmm
    surrounded by love

    Enjoy the sunshine!

  39. Here’s my Haiku…

    Winter knitting done
    I dream of soft merino
    till snow comes again

    Sarahs last blog post..Another Year Older, and Another Prize

  40. Barbara-Kay says:

    Warm weather knitting time
    wind up skeins for vacation
    “Summer of Socks” begins soon!

  41. timothy russell says:

    echoing thunder ::
    a hummingbird in and out
    of the daylily

  42. Too be young again
    School is out for summer fun
    No more teachers rules

    Pats last blog post..Lot’s of stuff

  43. Texas summer hurts
    Vancouver Island is cool
    Can’t wait to arrive

  44. Warm breeze blows softly
    Through windows open to light
    Feel the joy inside

  45. How about:

    summer’s heat creeps in
    and it happens every year:
    patterns for wool call…

    Sheepish Annies last blog post..ZZZZZZ….

  46. Summer breezes blow
    Across the fields of flowers
    While they dance…I knit.

    Joannas last blog post..Wow Time Flies!

  47. My haiku:
    Summer sun shining
    Basil growing in a pot
    Lazy days- Enjoy!

    Thanks for the tutorial on sock holes!

    Nells last blog post..I Have Flat Feet…

  48. Bees attack my hair
    Bugs are flying in my face
    I’ll stay in and knit.


    juless last blog post..Sunday

  49. catspaw says:

    Fireflies flash their evening light
    Tree frogs sing their song
    May my yarn be as lovely

  50. A blatant and unabashed plea for an iPod which life seems to be in the way for me to obtain…

    It’s a cruel summer
    Without iPod in ears – oh
    The humidity.

    Dusas last blog post..Rumor has it…

  51. Okay here goes;

    Summer heat presses
    Humidity hangs in air
    Cool cotton knitting

  52. Haiku from Canada, land of the long dark winter:

    Sol kisses my skin
    You gotta love that feeling
    Plus Vitamin D!

  53. Summer Joy

    Greenest green wet grass
    Sweet sticky melted ice cream
    Dripping on my toes.

  54. Yum! Jack Frost Ice Cream
    Peppermint and Chocolate Chip
    In a Waffle Cone

    Sarah-potterknitters last blog post..Wow, Really?

  55. Camelama says:

    My entry!

    A night on the beach
    Knitting at the bonfire
    Needles down – S’mores!

    (went back and forth on this – some friends say it “sa-mores”, two syllables, I grew up saying it smores, kind of one syllable – so the last line can be as above, or “Needles down for s’mores!”)

    (mmmmmmmmmm s’mores! headed for the beach now!)

  56. I know summer’s here
    The backyard fountain’s bubbling
    The lilac’s in bloom

    My honey the “master” gardener has got the first fountain going today! While I worked on second sock.

  57. Sharon G says:

    knitting in the sun
    listening to my ipod–
    mini vacation

    bonus haiku (because I get started and just can’t stop):
    hot and humid nights
    need to buy laceweight and knit
    a mosquito net

  58. Shelley says:

    Here is my Haiku:

    Some may think I’m nuts
    Sitting on the sandy beach
    Knitting on my lap

  59. Good bye woolly socks
    Here comes the cooler cotton
    See you next winter

    Whew that was tough, hope its okay!

    Lauras last blog post..When Pigs fly…..

  60. No a/c at home
    That’s why I knit in public
    Seeking shade and cool.

    Erins last blog post..Lolcats: Is there anything they can’t fix?

  61. Hot sticky bodies
    Lemonade quenching parched tongue
    Hoping for a breeze.

    Fuji Mamas last blog post..Yuzu Euphoria

  62. Summer lap is hot
    Aran Afghan a bad idea
    should have knit some socks

    How I love haikus. 🙂 Can’t wait for the 6 pack pattern!

    Danas last blog post..I’m done…

  63. This haiku was composed by a friend I had in school, for a ninth grade class. It was right after the tennis match between two famous tennis players of the time, Billy Jean King and some guy named Billy Riggs, I think – not sure of his name.

    On a summer’s night
    while millions watched intently
    a King beat a Pig.

    Sorry, no knitting content there, but I have never forgotten it! I always regarded the girl that wrote it as a genius, which she was in many things. The only connection to this blog contest is the word ‘summer’, just wanted to share it.


  64. wilton’s icing glows
    on the summer cake and wool sock
    tangible and sweet.

    Mikis last blog post..Book Binding

  65. Thanks, Wendy’s mom! Thanks, Wendy! Maybe you can guess what I’ve been up to after reading my haiku! Here it is:

    Summer dyepots sing,
    Winter knitting fun to come,
    Putting color by.

    Julias last blog post..Little Things

  66. Whoa Wendy (and mom) how generous a prize ! We were just looking at these for daughters sweet 16 in early june! So hmmm…

    Seattle you see
    Needs extra sun and warming
    To block out the rain

    Tanyas last blog post..i got tagged!

  67. My world turning green
    I will knit green things to match
    Wendy’s best color

    and a gratuitous birthday one (not for the contest)

    My birthday in May
    Shared with Wendy’s dear mother
    Oh, excellent day!

    Give her my best wishes this Friday. Tell her I think all the most intelligent and refined people are born on May 30th. (I may be biased.)

  68. What a wonderful prize! A great kick-off to summer.

    Long days longer nights
    Gleaming sultry summer heat
    Lightning bugs abound

  69. Ok – keep in mind in live in Eastern NC where it will be above 90 for days on end in a few short weeks, and the thought of being covered in a wool fabric will make me shudder.

    The mercury boils;
    I refrain from knotting wool
    ‘Lest I wish to fry

    Megan S.s last blog post..Stars and Stripes.

  70. elleninindy says:

    sunshine days are here,
    lazy, peaceful summertime;
    wish that it could stay!

    a tip to help w/judging: try singing the haiku to the first few bars of “moonlight in vermont.” if it scans right, it’s in classic haiku form. this tip comes from a lawrence block mystery novel in the bernie rhodenbarr series. the “sample” bernie uses is:
    haiku’s just a bore;
    mere pedantic sophistry.
    stick it in your hat.

  71. Here goes. I have to enter or my brain will keep trying to think of other haikus!

    Frozen custard
    can you taste any better?
    Foe of my swimsuit.

  72. slimsdotter says:

    Quick! Knit hats, scarves, socks–
    We’re preserving the harvest
    Against the winter

  73. Hot time in DC
    There is no knitting with wool. . .
    Bamboo, by the pool!

    Kozy Kittys last blog post..Reflection

  74. Yarn: twenty dollars
    Gas to yarn store: four dollars
    Ice-free roads: priceless

    Kerrys last blog post..Bird Talk… and a contest!

  75. Summer time- hooray
    Bring out my cotton and hemp
    Stow the wool away

  76. The leaves are full green.
    The breezes are warmer now.
    Relax in the shade.

  77. Summer comes at last.
    The winter was far too long.
    I am happy now.

    ccr in MAs last blog post..Pan in the shower

  78. Summer sure it hot
    No A/C in my dwelling
    I will sweat a lot

    Sorry….this is what came to mind

  79. Vancouver summer
    with flowers blinking colour
    and beaches weary

    : )

    Leones last blog post..All the Cheezy Song Titles Here

  80. Melting brain on fire.
    Missouri humidity
    Rots all; not yet June

    Yeah, I suck too!

  81. My mom knits, and I just look at this site for Lucy photos(fear the power of the fur), but I am an AWESOME poet and I had to make one. Plus she won’t buy me an i-pod so I’ll just have to win one.

    School is out right now
    My mom finishes projects
    She makes me new socks

    Please, pick mine for all the i-pod less middle schoolers out there. Thank you for your kindness.

  82. Wow, lots of haiku poems already!

    Here’s my shot at it:

    Socks are the perfect
    Hot weather knitting project
    Knit from cuff to toe.

    Hatties last blog post..Socks That Rock Overload

  83. Bursting with laughter,
    soft fingers cover my mouth.
    Spirit from within.

    Leslies last blog post..Haiku

  84. Ha! I can never think of haikus, but I think I’ve got one.

    Fire up the grill
    My husband finally cooks
    Summertime has come

  85. Summer in the south-
    Hot, sweltering, but wait-BOOM!
    Thunderstorms approach.

    At least that’s what we WANT to hear right now. :-p Bring on the rain!

  86. In Minnesota
    Summer is heralded by
    Less snow than winter

    Chriss last blog post..More purr-sonalities

  87. Knitting lighter now
    Gin and tonic to inspire
    Summer heat and fun

  88. Music fills the air
    Children running joyfully
    The ice cream truck’s here!

    Tifffanys last blog post..

  89. I despised the cold
    But now it’s too hot to wear
    my lovely beret.

    Kelseys last blog post..Finished socks

  90. watermelon rind
    dropped onto the porch table
    seeds fall in the yard

    Cathys last blog post..Easy Come, Easy Go

  91. roses love sunshine
    kids play and splash in the sun
    warm sunset evenings

    Sharons last blog post..An afghan and some socks

  92. Lazy days time to knit,
    Heat and Wool do not mix.
    Linen will be the fix.

  93. red bloom the poppies
    icy beverage trickles down
    sand and surf and sun

  94. Cotton, Linen, Cool.
    Refreshing In Summer Heat.
    Sublime, Ethereal.

    It’s been a long time since I’ve written a Haiku, I hope Lucy approves. I looked at my first sock yesterday and there were huge gaping holes where I had picked up stitches. I could have used this post back then. I love the colors on the six pack socks, and the pattern is lovely. Happy Knitting!

    Kelseys last blog post..In Which the Slacker Returns

  95. No more professors
    Exams and papers turned in
    Hibernating mind

    Phew! Now that my work’s done I can delurk too!

  96. Vicki W. says:

    Blue green lapping waves
    Salt air cooling ocean breeze
    Bare skin warm sand bliss

  97. Here’s my summer haiku-

    Gets hot in summer

    knitting is still fun for me

    sweaty hands and all

    Love the new socks! The blue yarn looks cool.

  98. kids are out of school
    long summer days spent at home
    when do they go back?

    Sherry Ws last blog post..Book thing the girls are doing

  99. fluffy cat shedding
    fur combined with wool and sweat
    will not stop knitting

    marys last blog post..$$ = Class

  100. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Too hot to knit, and
    Mosquitoes love my fair skin.
    I prefer winter!

    Thanks, Wendy, and thank your Mom for such a great prize!