My current work in progress:

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


Delusions of Grandeur

I am working along on the second “Ida’s Delusions of Grandeur” sock.

Yes, I am knitting them one at a time. No, I do not like to knit both socks at the same time. Why?

My reasons are threefold.

First, 99.9% of the time the socks I’m knitting are my own designs. Sock Number One is knit while I make any adjustments to the pattern. Sock Number Two is knit from the pattern to test it.

Second, two socks at a time is less portable than one sock as a time. At the very least, I’d need a bigger bag to carry my work in.

Third, and most important, I don’t wanna.

Sara asked in the comments: Did I miss how you came up with the name?

No, you didn’t. I didn’t say. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ida is one of my Plurk buddies and she suggested the name upon seeing a photo of the sock in progress. Simple as that.

But I will not be naming my next sock design “Unspeakable Chicken,” as suggested by Turtlegirl on Plurk.

See the fun we have? I guess it is one of those “you had to have been there” moments. But I did get a good sock name from it.

As I said, I’m knitting along on the second sock. The pattern will be available eventually, but at this point it is still in development phase.

This is what I would consider a “busy” lace pattern and of course the busier the pattern stitch, the more solid you want your yarn colorway to be.

One of the things I really love about Dream in Color yarn is that there is a nice mix of shades in their colorways, but it does not knit up stripey or splotchy. At least none of the colors I’ve knit with so far have.

While this is a somewhat busy lace pattern, I do not think it is a particularly difficult knit. The only tricky bit is that it does employ a k3tog here and there — but not very often!

Meanwhile, Lucy is resting after a particularly stressful day of lying around doing nothing.


  1. I was trying to remember who suggested unspeakable chicken!

  2. cathy j says:

    Hello Wendy,
    Just had to share that I love, love, love Dream in Coor Smooshy!

  3. The sock is lovely. Being in the throes of trying to invent a lace pattern myself, I am seriously impressed. (Cable patterns I can invent. Lace patterns I find much harder, so far, anyway.)

    I thought seriously about naming one of my patterns Chicken Pox, but relented in time.

  4. I’m trying to imagine ‘unspeakable chicken’ as a sock pattern! I’m a big fan of Smooshy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. How does Blended Frog Scallopini sound? Thats what I named the Design your own sock I did for the June o8 Sockdown HEHE ๐Ÿ™‚
    My kittys are sleeping off their resting stress as well.

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..Hmmmmmmmm

  6. That clears up the “Ida” mystery! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucy, poor kitty! You must be EXHAUSTED from all your resting. My kitties do the same.

    Great colorway – great pattern! luv.m.

  7. Now come on, Wendy, do you know for sure that Lucy does nothing when you’re away? Have you seen mice or other vermin in your condo? You could have Mis Lucy to thank for that.
    Every time I see this pattern I like it more. And the Smooshy is such a perfect color choice.

  8. Love the new sock to pieces!

    What’s wrong with Unspeakable Chicken? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Opals last blog post..I have no words.

  9. Love the color of the new sock . From a distance it looks solid but those up close shots are so cool with all the different colors.

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  10. I must say, I covet your ability to knit socks. I am not that skilled. Scarves? Yes. Socks, no. Someday…

    Antonettes last blog post..Happy Birthday Mom

  11. Of course, this means now there must be some OTHER sock pattern named Unspeakable Chicken. It’s just too good a name not to use it.

  12. It’s good to be the Cat.

  13. I’m curious about your computer keyboard. I’ve never seen one with such shallow keys. Is it more comfortable?

  14. Love the color!

  15. Hmm. No sock named after Sandy, I notice! hahahahahahah! Oh, I slay me! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Where are the dancing bananas around here? Scheez.

    sandys last blog post..193. Christian the Lion

  16. Julie The Purple Chick says:

    Oooh, PURPLE ~ Yay! All this talk of the “naming process” makes me thing of those crazy, frilly names for the body sprays at B&BW ~ “Rainkissed Leaves”… as opposed to what, “Moldy, Mildewy Leaves”? Or “Sunkissed Raspberry” as opposed to just plain “raspberry” or even “ripe raspberry”. Let’s see… how can we apply this to fiber or socks? Um, “Gently Combed, Softly Plied, Lovingly Hanked Luscious Lavendar”?

  17. I believe that the time has come for a pattern named “Junior Stalker” in honor of – well – me, of course! Mwahahahaha!

    Tammy/DarthKnitters last blog post..Long Hot Summer

  18. I Love Dream in Color you are using but the one time I made socks from it my needles and fingers turned blue from the yarn. Did I get a bad skein or do they all do that? It is not easy finding nearly solid colors in my LYS.

  19. I have got to get more familiar with the PLURK thing. I am a little intimidated.

    But I really am anxious to knit these socks for my mom, Ida

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Monday- We are on week 3 of the CONTEST already

  20. And please do not name the next design Sloopy Chicken Fanny. Just sayin’.

  21. I will forever call them “The Socks of Love.” Matter of fact, when I get the pattern, I’m gonna cross out “Delusions of Grandeur” and write “The Socks of Love” across the top.
    They are, as always superb. And I am a very big fan of purple, so the color suits me just fine (like I have the final say or something!).
    I appreciate the fact that you included a review on the DIC yarn. I have a hard time matching up multi-color yarns to patterns, because I just never know what the color repeat will look like. Now I can make Mental Note to Self #456,208 in reference to DIC yarns.
    Thanks for being such a great blog-ista. Your posts always make my day!

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  22. Love the purple color, and the pattern. You do come up with some great stuff! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Danieles last blog post..Spun Goodness

  23. You shouldn’t have said “never”. Now we all await an “Unspeakable Chicken” sock pattern. You know we do!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..A weekend of knitterly surprises!

  24. C.Harms says:

    Hey Wendy,
    Do you ever use reinforcing thread on heels or toes? I’m not that fast at knitting, and after donating at least a week’s worth of evenings to make a pair, I’m wondering if the reinforcement would make them last longer? Does the thread affect the feel of the sock when you wear it?
    And, for the record, I would purchase a “chicken” pattern….

  25. beth bentley says:

    There are many times when i love you; any reference to South Park and the simple “i don’t wannna” are merely a sample. i am often asked why i knit a sock at a time and i can never explain. i am , from now on, going to say “because i wanna”.

  26. margie from Maryland says:

    Lovely, Wendy!

  27. Fine then. MY next sock pattern will be called “Wendy’s Unspeakable Chicken”.

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..More Crochet Graffiti

  28. Timmie B says:

    Ummm! I loved the close up of the sock. The colorway is so yummy! I don’t like to knit 2 at a time either. I’ll just take meticulous notes and do one at a time. I am moving back to 2 circs for toe ups and looping top downs.

  29. I love that yarn.
    Like others, I wonder what sort of pattern would be called “Unspeakable Chicken”
    I’ve tried plurking, but I end up with sensory overload. I’m not very good at it ๐Ÿ™‚

    saras last blog post..Yay For Workshops!

  30. please, please reconsider your Unspeakable Chicken stance! imagine all the fun we could have.


    anns last blog post..fleece!

  31. When I grow up, I want to come back as someones beloved pet. Lucy looks exhausted.

    Elysbeths last blog post..Chewing the ?Fat?

  32. Great pattern, lovely yarn … and an unsurpassable name for beautiful socks – wonderful!
    And Lucy is so charming … just as my six kitties are, too! Sleeping in the sunshine, sleeping when it rains … but always looking very busy, after all …
    Have a nice day!

  33. Love the texture on the Ida sock … I’m half asleep from one of a several hard to sleep through nights, haven’t had tea or coffee, yet, eyes a bit blearly still … but the texture on the Ida sock shows up beautifully inspite of all of my shortcomings this morning.

    You don’t even want to know how long it took me to type up this comment, tinking back and correcting all kinds of weird mis-spellings along the way.

    I’m going to stumble down to the kitchen now, but I’m sending a scratch between the ears to Lucy through the monitor … see my fingers coming through?


    fireflys last blog post..A little something for the planet

  34. LOVE it. And the Purple!!! Everyone seems to be knitting purple right now…(ok, not Chris – she was knitting blue stripes – and blissing out the Mayhem)

    Knitnanas last blog post..Progress on Socks…

  35. I love your socks. I have quite a few skeins of Smooshy but none in the coloreway you are currently working on – – sigh, now I want that one too. However, I will refrain due to the overflowing baskets of yarn I have at home with very yummy yarn from The Loopy Ewe that I want to knit up first.

    Ahhh, to die and come back as Lucy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I can’t believe you don’t like Unspeakable Chicken. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. 1) I love the color
    2) I knit my socks two at a time I don’t think I ever will for some reason
    3) You’re awesome, I love Plurking with you!

    Alyssas last blog post..Woo Done!

  38. I love Dream in Color too-I’m in the midst of Knitty’s Jeanie in a gorgeous blue/purple blurple? colorway. I think I may never finish it, but I love working with the yarn… Hey-guess what I did on Sunday? I had a chance to try spinning for the first time. I liked it, but would need a lot of instruction to do it well. It’s one of those things I think I would love, but am afraid to due to the time/cost of yet another activity in my life.