My current work in progress:

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


I Don’t Usually Do This Sort of Thing . . .

But my creativity is at low ebb ad I don’t have much to blog about. Also, I’m exhausted from the day-long hissy fit I threw yesterday with our IT people. I do believe that the hissy fit qualifies as both Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength for Festivus. Kind of like a two-fer.

Cindy tagged me for the Peeps I Want To Know More About meme.

1. What was I doing ten years ago?

I was working for OSHA in the directorate of Safety Standards and was in a long-distance relationship with a man who lives in Wales. Oh, and knitting.

2. What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:

What is this “To-Do List” of which you speak? πŸ˜‰

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Pretzels, tortilla chips, and most importantly, popcorn (or as I call it, The Staff of Life).

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Buy an apartment in the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Buy a small (preferably hybrid) but luxurious car and hire a driver. Hire someone to stand by Lucy’s litter pan and clean it immediately after every use. Buy a farm with a lot of land and start my own animal charity there. And so on.

5. Places I have lived:

Worcester, MA; Forest Heights, MD; Norfolk, VA; McLean, VA; Pinner, England; Sterling, VA; Reston, VA; Falls Church, VA; Alexandria, VA; Arlington, VA. I think that’s everywhere . . .

6. Jobs I have had:

Clerk typist for the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in Arlington, VA with Lady of the Loom, paralegal in a private law office, publications assistant at the American Psychological Association, editor of a monthly publication on EDP audit, control, and security, tech writer at a series of companies, publications manager and director of business communications, writer and public affairs person for OSHA, and my current job which involves screeching at labor unions.

7. Peeps I want to know more about:

Anyone who cares to respond. πŸ™‚ I am terminally curious.

In Sock News . . .

The Twisty Bits sock is coming along.

Extreme closeup!

Sheri did a shop update last night at The Loopy Ewe. Last time I checked, all my new patterns were still available (Alana, Costa, Spring Fling, St. Louis, and Twisted Logic).

Lucy Sez:

“Raise your paw if you like Wildside Salmon!”

Nah, actually she was just doing kitty yoga.


  1. Hee! Gryphon (of Sanguine Gryphon) got me with that one… my answers are here!

    CraftyGryphons last blog post..It’s not all about the socks. Really.

  2. Just wanted to comment on you being from Worcester, my old neck of the woods. I went to high school and college in MA and now live in Arlington. My sister lived in Worcester while she went to UMass med school and still lives nearby.
    Love your posts, I read them all the time. I aspire to sock knitting, but am still working my way there. When I do start (and I have sock yarn, wolmeise I got in a swap) I want to do toe up. It seems like the most logical way to go.

  3. ETA, Arlngton VA, we are neighbors.

  4. …”McLean, VA; Sterling, VA; Reston, VA; Falls Church, VA; Alexandria, VA; Arlington, VA…”

    They all seem like the same town to me!

    P.S. be kind to those IT people. I know it hurts to be down, but they do lots of thankless work.
    Signed, an IT people. πŸ™‚

    Mos last blog post..The Reel thing

  5. I really like this new sock you’re knitting.

    Lauras last blog post..Yarn sale!

  6. William says:

    It looks like Duchess isn’t the only salmon liking yoga doing girl cat after all!

  7. I really like those socks. I see a Loopy order in my future!

    I’ve lived in 14 states but never been to England. Lucky you.

    Elysbeths last blog post..The universe gave a little nudge.

  8. I peeked into Ravelry this morning, saw two ladies in the Wendy group chattering about the update, flew in to TLE, opened my account (never purchased there before but now that I actually am knitting SOCKS! gotta’ get some of my favorite Wendy patterns) and scored three πŸ™‚ Life can be good.

    10 years ago I was working in the engineering & h/r depts at a now-closed paper mill and was thinking of leaving the husband (did in 1999 but came back 1/2000 – he’s much better now thank you).

    We visited friends in Falls Church VA one Easter weekend. We went on the train from Hartford CT, it was exceptionally hot for Easter , the a/c on the train down was broken, the a/c in their new condo was without compressor and the ride back was stalled with two breakdowns. Memorable and my only trip to that part of the country…

    Back to the double eyelet rib sock! It’s just so darn much fun! I don’t know why they’re so much better now but can only link it to mastering Judy’s magic cast on and finding you had heels that are not short row. Someday I will figure out wrapping short rows, in the meantime…

  9. I really love how those socks are coming out. Really cool! Like the Koolhaas hat, but in a sock!

  10. Ordered my Costa pattern today and can’t wait ’til twisty bits is available. Hmmm, I guess that sounds a bit pushy and naggy. Sorry! πŸ™‚

    saras last blog post..My Quest: The Perfect Pair of Socks

  11. Wendy, Wendy…… it’s mercury retrograde! Of course you’re having issues with your computer and IT people! All together now… OOOHHHMMMMMMMMMMM πŸ˜‰

    Love the new sock and sock color – 2 gorgeous.

    I wasn’t sure about the Peeps thing and if you were asking your readers to reply, but then I thought “What the hey!”

    If I had billions:
    Save a lot of needy animals and probably some people too.

    Past Jobs:
    File clerk, Data entry, tape librarian, DP supervisor, transcription manager and finally medical librarian. What a long strange trip it’s been!

    Places I have lived:
    New Haven, CT, Southington, CT, West Palm Beach, FL, Northridge CA, Reseda, CA, Van Nuys, CA, North Hollywood, CA, San Pedro, CA

    Jelly Belly jelly beans, DOTS, Pretzels, popcorn…not necessarily in that order.

    10 years ago:
    Managing a transcription dept, celebrating my 25th year of marriage and probably a lot of other stuff too.

    Wendy is a yoga queen, isn’t she? Hope you have a better tomorrow. luv.m.

  12. Hiya, Eloise! Bean’s current goal in life is to live at The Plaza. She’s going to need a better job than making her bed and feeding the dog for a buck a week! And, she’s got stripey toe-ups. You are a great teacher!

    lizs last blog post..Grey’s Anatomy Finale

  13. I love the twisty bits…I have some alpaca sock yarn that I’ve tried 3 different patterns on, and none of them work. I think the alpaca’s too soft or something. What do you think about trying this one in it?

    Kathy in KSs last blog post..Blue Jeans socks finished!

  14. Kitty yoga on the edge of the sofa is a bold move, Lucy!

  15. Patricia says:

    That blue sock gets better lookin’ every day!

    10 years ago I was working on my MS and being an agroforestry extension agent in Paraguay (peace corps). It would have been autumn heading into winter. Places lived: western U.S. mostly, Falls Church when I was a tot. Jobs: recreation forester, firefighter, housecleaner, writer/editor. Billions: a not so big house, people and critter charities, travel.

  16. 1. What was I doing ten years ago?

    10 years ago was 1998…in 1998 at this time, I was graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Getting drunk with my family and planning my move to CT.

    2. What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:

    My “to-do” list exists in my head, and though not always reliable, consists of:
    – a 90 minute massage (awwww yeah…)
    – change the spool in my wheel and start another spool
    – Gin & Tonic (or beer)
    – bed

    3. Snacks I enjoy:

    Vegetable flavored chips and hummus, popcorn, sparkly water, JELL-O fat-free chocolate pudding (for being fat-free, these bitches are pretty good)

    4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

    Buy a bike; buy a one of a kind non-hybrid, earth friendly vehicle; a house in Monterey near the water; an apartment in Manhattan upper east side; one in L.A. too, just for fun; keep my family in whatever they want for life; build a state of the art recording studio and hire musicians from all over and record music for the rest of my life.

    5. Places I have lived:

    Boston, MA
    Arcata, CA
    Branford, CT
    Jamaica Plain, MA
    Greenbelt, MD
    Sunnyvale, CA
    San Jose, CA

    6. Jobs I have had:

    Manger at a Blockbuster
    Shoe sales
    Admin Assistant for assorted Dr’s.
    Macy’s lackey
    Lounge singer…yes, they used to pay me for that…it rocked!!

    7. Peeps I want to know more about:

    I don’t know anybody here really, so….everyone!!

    Juanitas last blog post..Teeth, Indy and a little knitting…

  17. I don’t know why, but “Twisty Bits” just cracks me up!

    I am guessing that you worked at the one APA at the same time my husband worked for the “other” APA in the DC area …

    Bridgets last blog post..

  18. I must keep making socks so I can get that good…I love them…
    1. What was I doing ten years ago?
    Quiting my job at the bank and starting my job at the post office.
    2. What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:
    1. Clean Kitchen after dinner
    2. Finish golf club cover
    3. Take a bubble bath
    4. Start second golf club cover
    5. Relax
    3. Snacks I enjoy:

    Chips, cookies, crackers and chocolate
    4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

    Something for health care in Upper Michigan, St. Judes, live on a lake, cedar line a closet just for my wool yarns, make sure my kids and grandbabies want for nothing, travel and knit uninterupted.
    5. Places I have lived:

    Bessemer, MI
    Ramsay, MI
    Wakefield, MI
    6. Jobs I have had:

    Office manager, Bank teller, proof operator, postmaster replacement, part time clerk, waitress.
    7. Peeps I want to know more about:

    Anyone who knits

  19. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    I like your new “Twisty Bits” socks and the name is pretty cute. I bought all of your new patterns at the Loopy Ewe this morning…Twisted Logic, Alana, Costa and St. Louis. Had to have St. Louis since I saw you knitting them… St. Louis. πŸ™‚

  20. Kitty yoga is so entertaining to watch! Ah, Twisty bits is right up there with Costa in my “must have” list. I snagged Costa today in the Sneak Up, along with others. Thank you so much for such gorgeous designs!

    Sandra Ds last blog post..In Oklahoma

  21. 10 years ago – My youngest of four sons was 15 and the oldest was 22. I was the principal of a small Catholic elementary school in Columbus, Ohio trying to earn enough money to pay everyone’s tuition and still have enough money left over for groceries. I was still in my forties and did not need to color my hair nearly as often as I do nowadays. My hobbies were quilting and cross stitching – no knitting and tinking for me.

    Places I have lived (in order):
    Watertown, MA; Belmont, MA; Billerica, MA; Columbus, OH; Reynoldsburg, OH; Upper Arlington, OH; Columbus, OH; Hilliard, OH; Columbus, OH; Billerica, MA; Lowell, MA; Merrimack, NH

    Jobs I have had:
    Department store clerk; chamber maid for a Travelodge motel; middle school teacher; director of a teacher resource center; babysitter; 4th & 5th grade teacher; principal

    Snacks I enjoy:
    Popcorn lightly salted with plenty of butter; crackers and cheese or peanut butter; guilty secret snack….handfuls of chocolate chips straight from the bag

    Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
    Buy original art to enjoy in my home; live in a house that looked out onto the ocean; travel to wherever I wanted ,whenever the notion struck me, and take along any of my friends or family who might want to join me; pay for the education of all my grandchildren; fund research for cancer, epilepsy, diabetes, and heart disease; go to concerts and theater performances; grant one wish (that money could buy) for every person I know; get my bum liposuctioned, my tummy tucked, by varicose veins stripped, my nose bobbed, my liver spots bleached, my teeth whitened, my boobs reduced, and all stray hairs permanently removed.

  22. Oh, god, the Lucy foot is cracking me UP!
    I love it when you meme.

    sandys last blog post..147. Green Day

  23. We share favorite snack foods. Popcorn is also Debit’s (dog) favorite snack food. (She only eats knitting patterns when she doesn’t have a “lap.”) She sat in front of the microwave one night and howled because I didn’t get the popcorn out fast enough to suit her.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..Fiber Festival in the Back of Beyond

  24. Pensguys says:

    My boys LOVE Lucy’s yoga! LOL They got quite the chuckle.

  25. and, um, if you DID buy that apartment in the PLAZA, who would you use as your broker? please please let me know … πŸ˜‰

    be cool,

    margarets last blog post..Finally, A Foot of My Own!

  26. I actually had no idea you worked on the other side of the Labour Relations fence until today – I work with a union and am the one often screeching. heh.

    Trishs last blog post..Under Pressure

  27. anne marie in philly says:

    1. What was I doing ten years ago: working for the dept. of education as a tech writer (read: beltway bandit) in falls church VA.

    2. What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today: say what?

    3. Snacks I enjoy: anything chocolate, cheese, smarties candies, licorice all-sorts (brings out the brit in me), cashew nuts, vanilla caramels.

    4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: buy a condo in center city philadelphia, fund several cat rescue organizations, travel, give the money away responsibly.

    5. Places I have lived: PA, NJ, VA

    6. Jobs I have had: dime store floorwalker (my first job), cafeteria cashier, book manuscript typist, computer programmer (hated it!), technical writer, travel organization clerical work, office temp, office manager for a small manufacturing company (my current job).

    such a life!

    lucy, you look so pretty today doing your kitty yoga!

  28. I love that Twisty Bits pattern! I’m going to have to make that one for sure. πŸ™‚

    Sheri at The Loopy Ewes last blog post..Late Night Owl or Early Bird & a CONTEST!

  29. I really enjoy your site and your projects. I am now finishing my projects before starting new ones thanks to your good example!

    I have a question re sock knitting. I’ve made a few pairs now, but have not worn them yet. All of them have been made with luscious sock yarn which is 100% merino. I’ve never heard you mention using reinforcement yarn at the heel or toe. Wendy, what has been your experience with the longevity of the heels of socks made of 100% merino? No, I certainly won’t wear them for heavy duty stuff, but I was just curious what your experience has been!


  30. Hi Wendy! Love your site! My Mom grew up in Forest Heights, MD. South Huron Drive. It’s a small world.

  31. Meribeth says:

    Those socks are so stunning. The color could not be more elegant for the pattern. darn, I don’t need another Wendy Pattern on my list… πŸ˜‰

    Ten years ago: Working for a semi-conductor fab in Richmond Va. Loved the work, hated my racist/sexist boss.
    To Do: Don’t have one, they depress me.
    Snacks: Black olives, low salt potato chips, Chees-its
    Billionaire: Land, land, land. Just let it grow and stay undeveloped. Safe harbor for critters. I also would have a shotgun for those who feel they can come on my land without permission. Needless to say, any critter would be welcome. 4 bedroom house…totally green and off the grid.
    Where I live: Except for MA and England, my list would be like yours. Add Bay Village, OH (Dr. Sam Sheppard fame), Richmond and Louisa VA.
    Jobs: to many to remember! Bookeeper/accountant for many years. Then after getting my degree in chemisty: drug testing horses for the Maryland Racing Commission, chemist in nuclear power plant, failure analist for semi-conductor. Now..SAHN (stay at home nothing) and I love it.

  32. Just answered your meme:

    (formerly) no-blog-rachels last blog post..Small Stuff

  33. 1. What was I doing ten years ago?
    Working Technical Support at the same Publishing company I currently work for and going to school nights at GMU.

    2. What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:
    (Made up on the spot; I never write this stuff down) 1) Order a Wendy pattern and yummy yarn on Loopy; 2) Run dishwasher; 3) Knit; 4) knit; 5) knit.

    3. Snacks I enjoy:
    Pretzels and chocolate (dark only, as if there were any other kind)

    4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
    Buy a condo in Clarendon and buy a house on a lake with a screen porch; hire a personal chef who’ll cook wonderful food for me and maid who’ll do the after dinner clean up.

    5. Places I have lived:
    Pearl City, HI; Charleston, SC; Maine; Gales Ferry, CT; Memphis, TN; Va. Beach, VA; Fairfax, VA; Reston, VA; Arlington, VA

    6. Jobs I have had:

    Newspaper delivery; restaurant hostess; waitress; librarian asst; secretary; technical support; technical writer; software developer; IT Project manager

  34. I’m constantly amazed by Lucy’s abilities with Kitty Yoga! That’s a great shot, btw…
    And you have been a busy lady in your life.

    I just LOVE Twisty Bits…

    Knitnanas last blog post..Mid-Week Blues

  35. Will answer the meme on my blog today!! Sounds like alot of fun! I got the 2 patterns I wanted yesterday and am waiting for the 6pack/Twisty Bits to show up at TLE πŸ™‚ Lucy…The spot you chose for Kitty Yoga seems to be a bit on the dangerous side, sure hope you arent like my kitties and are much more graceful πŸ™‚ FYI…My cats woulda fell off of your perch had they tried to do Kitty Yoga there HEHEHEHEHE!

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..Pictures? I Haz Them…Socks? They are on the way!

  36. I’m looking forward to trying this pattern.
    I loved reading everyone’s meme answers, so I have to add my own.
    1. Ten years ago I was learning how to be a semi-adult. Still working on that.
    2. Only five?
    3. Snacks? Strawberry Licorice is a new fave. And dried mango slices. But anything salty or sweet would work.
    4. Fish everyday. And knit.
    5. Burgess Hill, UK; NYC; Katonah, NY; Providence, RI; Warrenton, VA; Gurnee, IL
    6. Flower shop girl, coffee pourer (pre-Starbucks), picture framer, college post office, liquor store clerk, teacher, graphic designer.
    7. Knitting peeps in my area, and anyone else!

    samoofishs last blog post..Wisconsin Trip #7: March of the Mosquitos

  37. Kristin says:

    Let’s play along, shall we? πŸ™‚

    1. What was I doing ten years ago? I was working for a French bank, programming Access databases. Exciting…you bet! (note the dripping sarcasm) :p

    2. What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today: Who in the heck has a To-Do list? I’m not that organized!

    3. Snacks I enjoy: tortilla chips w/salsa, cashew nuts, popcorn, goldfish crackers & barbeque potatoe chips

    4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Buy as much yarn as my heart desired πŸ™‚ Buy the PBA and take over the management & marketing of the sport so the players would finally earn a decent salary. (My boyfriend is a PBA bowler, so that’s a gimme). Buy a house in the Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Australia, Italy, Germany & Japan and spend my time traveling around to “visit” them. And last, but certainly the best…never have to come in to the office and work!

    5. Places I have lived: I’m a military brat and I’ve moved 36 times, so this is going to be a long list – Travis Airforce Base (CA), Fairfield (CA), San Diego (CA), Vallejo (CA), Mission Viejo (CA), Memphis (TN), Oil City (LA), Shreveport (LA), Jena (LA), Virginia Beach (VA), Key West (FL), Homestead (FL), Orlando (FL), Cudahy (WI), Park Forest (IL), Lockport (IL), Washougal (WA), Vancouver (WA). There were many moves to different houses in those cities. Never went to one school for longer than 2 years when I was a kid.

    6. Jobs I have had: I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to be, so I’ve had several jobs – fast food (highschool), retail clothing (college), waitress (college), veterinary nurse, primate trainer (chimpanzees & orangutans), veterinary manager, receptionist, secretary, music teacher, foreign language tutor, database programmer, LAN Administrator, product manager, process manager and currently, project manager.

    7. Peeps I want to know more about: Everyone! It’s fun reading all the responses πŸ™‚

  38. I love your cat comments. What a personality

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Thursday, Tried and True

  39. This labor union girl is curious about what kind of screeching you do at labor unions all day long? And which unions?

    1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
    Working as an audiovisual assistant and having a long distance relationship with a man in Ohio who is in the Air Force.

    2. What are 5 things on my to do list for today? Go to the grocery store, go to the vet for more prescription cat food, get a mocha, knit and knit.

    3. Snacks I enjoy: popcorn, any baked goods, ice cream, mochas, any sort of salty junk food.

    4. Thigs I would do if I were a billionaire: pay off all my bills and my family’s bills, buy a house in Tuscany or someplace that sounds exotic, buy a new house here, while I’m at it, quit my job and travel and buy a new car.

    5. Places I have lived: Oshkosh, WI and Sheboygan, WI.

    6. Jobs I have had: library cataloger, library circulation person, library bindery worker, audiovisual assistant, factory worker, office worker, short stint as a retail worker, and my current job where I am in charge of the Music Library.

    7. People I want to know more about: everyone, because we’re all more alike than we think.

    Saras last blog post..Playing catch-up

  40. 1. Ten years ago I’d been married for 14 years with 8 & 6 year old kids. I was working for Lucent Technologies and doing needlework when I had spare time.
    2. Change into jeans, cuddle my grandson Noah, watch the Cubs, get in a few minutes of knitting, go to bed before 11P.
    3. Snacks…dark chocolate raisinettes
    4. Quit my job, buy a house on Puget Sound and an apartment in downtown Chicago, travel to cool knitting destinations and teach more knitting classes, pay cash for my kids’ college educations, start a college fund for Noah, get a hybrid SUV, a second greyhound and a second cat, hire a housekeeper (to clean, change beds and scoop litterbox), go someplace warm in the winter for the first time in my life, and fund some worthwhile charities/missions work. Oh-and hire a personal trainer to whip me into shape! πŸ™‚
    5. This one’s boring I’m afraid…I’ve lived in 3 Chicago suburbs (mostly 1) all of my life.
    6. Public library (book shelving), fast food worker, personal banker, computer programmer, administrative assistant and quality admin/analyst (+ all mom responsibilities)
    7. Bring it on! It’s fun to read about all y’all. πŸ™‚

  41. 1 – 10 years ago in 1998 I was dating Dexter, making road maps for a living, hiking and learning to telemark ski. I was also doing a lot of contra dancing. It was 3 years before I started knitting.

    2 – 5 non-work things to do today. Meet with two potential housemates. Finish packing for a vacation to Alaska. Get stuff ready for the dog-sitter. Do some laundry. Water the plants.
    3 – Snacks I enjoy – graham crackers, almonds, smartfood type pop-corn (but organic), carrots, apples
    4 – Things I would do if I were a bilionaire – Take my dad out of the nursing home, and get him set up in a house with compassionate, dedicated, round the clock care. Some remodeling and landscaping on my house. Have a child. Travel all over the world. Go to nursing school.
    5 – Places I have lived. Ottowa and Montreal Canada. Strasbourg France. Lake Mohegan NY, Cincinnati OH, Northfield MN, Baraboo and Prairie du Sac WI, Naches Bellingham Renton Mukilteo Everett Green Lake and Olympia WA, Redlands and Huntington Beach CA, Missoula MT.
    6 – Jobs I have had – wildlife biologist, GIS analyst, cartographer, beer bottler, home health aide, tutor, ice skating instructor

  42. I think that is one of the best pictures (and captions) of Lucy ever!

    I have to tell you, in poetic fashion, however:

    Fat cat on my lap
    Overflows on the keyboard
    Makes it hard to type

    I trust you don’t have this problem….because of course, Lucy’s not chubby like some orange cats I could name. And much too ladylike, no doubt.

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..I Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

  43. Okay, here’s my meme:

    1. 10 Years ago…
    Living in a southern Chicago suburb, getting ready to move to Charleston, WV. 2 daughters in middle/elementary school and full time job eating my brain.

    2. Five Non-working things to do today…
    1. Plant annuals purchased last weekend
    2. Finish homework for Knitter’s Connection in two weeks
    3. Color my roots!
    4. Take dog for nail trim
    5. Clean my car

    3. Snacks…..
    Trying WW for the 39,000th time, so they have to be healthy

    4. If I were a billionaire….
    Quit work!, buy a home in the WV mountains, a condo in downtown
    Chicago, a home in Louisiana, and a beachhouse on the Gulf of
    Mexico. would have to most complete, over the top, well
    equipped craft room ever. Would plan at two cruises a year, would
    travel to Europe, India, Japan, etc.

    5. Places I’ve lived….
    Born and lived in Baton Rouge till early thirties, Chicago suburb,
    Charleston, WV, now Dublin, OH

    6. Jobs….
    Babysitter, grass cutter, file clerk, drafter, manufacturing scheduler,
    customer service manager, construction estimator and project
    manager, manufacturing consultant, custom drapery fabricator,
    currently sales manager for large wood company

    7. Peeps I’d like to know more about….