My current work in progress:

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


I Hate Stripes

You probably did not know that about me, did you? But I do.

I try from time to time to like stripes, but I just can’t. I just can’t. I feel like a clown on the rare occasions I wear stripes (and my feelings about clowns are well-known amongst my friends).

I did used to knit with self-striping sock yarn when it was first introduced a few years back. But none of those socks were ever seen on my feet.

This is a round-about way of saying that no, I will not be knitting striped socks using the pink and green yarns pictured in last Thursday’s post. Even contrasting heels are borderline for me. πŸ˜‰

While I like the idea of fair isle socks, I wouldn’t use sportweight yarns for such a design — that would make a very thick sock!

So, I picked the pink. Even though green is my favorite color. No worries, I’ll get to the green eventually.

Last Friday I had lunch with a blog-buddy (betcha didn’t even know she was down here, huh?). She brought me a lovely little box of chocolates from her sister’s company:


Believe it or not, there are still 2 left. But not for long . . .

Public Service Announcement

Susan of The Rainey Sisters recently blogged aboutΒ  the Wrapped in Care program. The purpose of the program is to provide hand-knit shawls to women who have experienced the death of a newborn at United or Childrens Hospital – St. Paul.

She has links to information about the program on her blog.

Back here at Wendyknits, Lucy says she is too exhausted to come to the blog right now . . .


  1. ohh, great sock! πŸ™‚

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  2. Naomimimi says:

    Iz sorry Wendy doesn’t like stripes! They are a regular part of my wardrobe πŸ™‚ Does Lucy like stripes?

  3. Poor Miss Lucy. It’s hard being a kitty, huh? πŸ˜‰
    Love the socks!

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  4. Wow, that is one pink sock! I love the pattern thought! And mmmm chocolate!!!

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  5. (heh I started commenting in 3rd person, a la plurk!) I agree with the stripping, but for some reason, Trekking’s subtle striping/color changes I’m ok with. Either way, pretty pink socks!!

  6. The sock is beautiful. Wow, 2 chocolates left. That would not be me. Cats have a rough time don’t they. All four of mine are currently sleeping on my bed. Lucky cats when they are spoiled.

  7. I agree with stripes on clothing. But I dont care if my socks have em or not. I dont usually use the self striping yarns but that said if the yarn stripes while i’m knitting it i’ll still wear the resulting socks. If either of my boys had seen the chocolate it wouldnt have lasted πŸ™‚

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..Summer of Socks starts Tonite!!!

  8. Okay, you are officially excused from the striped socks and the colorwork-in-sport-weight requirement. That last type of sock would probably not me terribly useful in DC, would it? Only in the Great Frozen North, where I live. Your pink sock is very pretty.

    I am green. You got to have lunch with Norma.

    kmkats last blog post..Knitting for the future.

  9. Wow. That pink sock is looking super fantabulous and so is Lucy!

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  10. Lucy is really resting. I love this cat. The sock is looking great

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  11. What a beautiful pink sock!! And delicious-looking chocolates! Thanks, too, for the link to shawls for moms who have lost their newborns–I worked for years as a RN in neonatal intensive care and nursery, and think that this idea is wonderful.

  12. Poor Lucy. Calvin looks much the same right now. The bouncy ball wore him out. The pink socks are lovely!

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  13. Oh wow! That pink sock is looking fabulous! I’m dumb though…where is the pattern? I looked and looked and can’t find it!

    BTW, I’ve been a huge fan of striped socks…don’t know why…guess I’m a litle “off.” I’ve only recently started buying solid sock yarn. Maybe that means I’m getting more “normal.”

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  14. I really like the sock. And I, as a coulrophobic, appreciate the fact you don’t want to look like a clown.
    Are you working Lucy too hard? The poor little thing looks exhausted.

  15. Rose is happy you chose pink!

  16. I don’t know about self-striping yarns, because I’d rather knit my own stripe pattern in the colors that I like. I’m sorry to hear you don’t like striped socks, Wendy! But then again, you do great work with lace socks.

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  17. Bless you, many times over. I find stripes repugnant too; they actually make me feel as if I am going to hurl–I’m not exaggerating. I get the most uncomfortable feeling when I see that going on with yarn. I feel badly for having this extreme aversion, but it is what it is … and for me it is big time yuksville.

    Thank you Wendy, for bringing up the subject and being so forthright. I feel relieved, very relieved.

    Lucy is too comfortable to have even a care about striping.

    Have a great little bit of weekend left.


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  18. There may be a connection between clowns and stripes. There is a famous photo of John Wayne Gacy (perhaps the creepiest clown ever!) wearing a red and white striped clownsuit. I have been afraid of clowns my entire life. I think they are evil.

  19. Nice electric pink sock. What pattern/stitch dictionary are you using?

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  20. I too love the pink socks. Is that a new Wendy pattern? Plus, I have to ask… what’s with the clowns? Scary?

    Danieles last blog post..Chestnut Ochre Socks

  21. I’m glad I read your public service announcment. I happen to know a shop that is having a sale right now on Dream in Color Baby if a knitter joins their knit-a-long. Great shop, great yarn, great cause. What’s not to love.

    You amaze me with all of your socks. Each one is better than the last. Will you be knitting socks exclusively this summer??

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  22. Is Lucy all tired out from Norma? Did Norma try to get Lucy involved in gardening? I’ll bet she did, she of the super green thumb and raised beds!

    I pretty much only wear stripes on socks – nobody can see them but me! It’s sort of like wearing sexy undies – nobody knows why I’m smiling πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the link to Wrapped in Care. I especially feel for moms who loose their wee ones today when technology is so “all over the problem” – for some of us it just wasn’t there.

  23. Hi Wendy,
    I just would like to let you know that this week I am leaving for vacation and finally I decided to bring your “Twisted Logic” sock pattern for vacation knitting. When it is released at Loopy Ewe I bought it immediately because I have been waiting so long, it is really neat and class design I find. I will knit it with my own handdyed yarn. Thank you so much for creating such a intriguing pattern!

  24. ksigman says:

    I just made your “peace” socks and I LOVE the pattern!! It was the easiest heel I’ve ever knitted!! Thank you for the pattern!

  25. Margie from Maryland says:

    Those pink socks are looking great!

    As a confirmed stripe lover, it’s hard for me to fathom NOT liking stripes. However, vive la difference!

  26. No stripes, eh?
    This makes me wonder a little bit about your Swedish heritage since stripes are so inherent in Swedish and Scandinavian culture – look at historical photographs of interiors and you’ll see wallpaper, upholstry fabric, folk costume skirts, towelling fabric, handwoven curtains, and more – all stripes! And our neighbors to the east, the Finns, have almost made stripes their signature pattern through their beautiful Marimekko fabrics.
    Maybe you just haven’t encountered any good Swedish stripes yet?

    Best, Susanna

  27. Stripes aren’t for everyone but I do love them and I like knitting with the self-striping yarn. Its always fun to see how they turn out.

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  28. Great sock! I’m glad you chose the pink. Thank you for the link to the Rainey Sisters Wrapped in Care project. Am a retired NICU nurse who knows all too well the devastation this loss causes. Wrapping in love helps.

  29. Thanks, Wendy, for the link to the Wrapped in Care Project — you are the best!

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  30. I’m like that about polka dots. This doesn’t matter much for knitting, but I also sew and dots are often popular for woven garments–but not for me. I hope to do “jogless” striped socks someday just for the experience, but I like some texture or lace in my socks, just like those fabulous pink ones.

  31. You know you’re a talented knitter when you can make bright pink yarn look great – and they do!

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  32. Thanks for the links! I love the pink socks. That’s interesting about the stripes, I never really associated all stripes to clowns before. It makes sense though. I really do like the self striping sock yarn, I get so excited when a new color comes along.

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  33. I love the chocolates from Vermont Nut Free! My oldest boy is highly allergic and we’ve purchased treats for him from them in the past.
    Love the socks too πŸ˜€

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