My current work in progress:

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


Everybody Into the Pool!

As I was knitting thew gusset and heel on my Halcyon Sock yesterday, I noticed something going on with the striping that usually does not occur for me.

One side:

The other side:

Usually if I get a pool on one side, there’s no stripe on the other. I think this is very cool. πŸ™‚

The sock is coming along nicely — I should finish it tomorrow.

Knitting Purls

Do you all know about the e-zine Knitting Purls? I found out about it recently because its creator is one of my Plurk buddies. It is delivered via email and contains all sorts of good stuff. To subscribe, send an email to infoATknittingpurlsDOTcom.

Music Contest

It is official. The winner has been chosen: Mindy, who in comment #248 suggested “Stranglehold”” by Ted Nugent. Thank you to everyone who offered music suggestions!

While I did not purchase “Stranglehold,” it reminded me that I wanted to get “Little Miss Dangerous,” so I did. πŸ™‚

I logged into the iTunes store last night, redeemed my gift cards, and purchased 52 songs. Wanna know what I bought? I posted the list here.

If that list looks lacking in a lot of areas, bear in mind that I already have a whole lot of music, and this is just what I got yesterday. Thanks again for all your great suggestions! I’ll probably not need to go on a music-buying spree for a while now. πŸ˜‰

Sorta scary story:

I recently got an iPod Touch and was showing it to a much-younger coworker who is into electronic toys. We were flipping through the album covers and came to one by the Rolling Stones. She said (I kid you not) “Isn’t Rolling Stone a magazine?”

Kids today . . .

Lucy’s New Toy

Lucy has a new toy, very kindly sent to her from our friendΒ Opal. It’s a canary:

I offered it to Lucy:

She likes it!

She likes it alot.

She might have gone a little nuts over it . . .Β 

Lucy sez: “Thank you, Ms. Opal!”

Opal recently opened an Etsy shop, by the way. Check out the gorgeous handspun BFL I got!



  1. Those canaries have been very popular at my house too! Even more popular at the home of a friend whose 2 Maine Coon’s went bonkers. Once the tail feathers are removed it’s proper name is “The Beaked Banana” πŸ˜‰

  2. Thank you for the plug, Wendy. And the socks are gorgeous. Personally I like pooling

  3. Excellent taste in music (Wendy) and in birds (Lucy and Opal!).

    That the sock is looking great pretty much goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Anyone Up for a Nice Warm Hat?

  4. Congrats to Mindy!!! I love the song selections.

    The Rolling Stones have a magazine??!!! LOL!

    FarOutMoms last blog post..quiz-a-rama

  5. I’m gonna have to try to find those canaries for our 4 fur children. Humi loves to throw stuff up in the air and catch it, I think he’d love those!

  6. HeatherB says:

    That reminds me of something I read on Crazy Aunt Purl a while back. She was talking to someone who was all weirded out because he/she saw/heard Will Smith singing. As far as the “young” person knew, he was just a movie star and they didn’t even know about his singing career or his t.v. career! Oy.

  7. Jeepers. Now I know I’m a relative young ‘un (just recently turned 24), and even I know about the Rolling Stones!

    Stuff like this just makes me feel older than I am. :p

  8. I have to say that’s an interesting music mix …. I like it!

    And ok, so I totally messed up the name of that song and called it ‘pale moon rising’ but at least someone else had the good sense to recommend the correctly named song! lol

  9. Great song selection! You must have a wonderful assortment of songs on your ipod.

    Love the sock!

  10. PICAdrienne says:

    On the same vein as your scary story, many years ago now, my kids and I were listening to the Concert for New York cd’s, one of the Paul McCartney tracks to be specific. One of the kids asked who the singer was, and I gave his name. Child looked thoughtful and pronounced, ‘He probably has a career in music ahead of him.’ I was driving, so I couldn’t actually roll on the floor laughing, I then went on to explain a bit about the career he already had. I think it was my middle child who made the astounding announcement, she would have been about 6 or 7 at the time.

  11. I’ve been thinking about getting something like that for Sadie and Oliver!

    Katys last blog post..Katy, Interrupted…

  12. Congratulations Mindy. Love the sock, the colorway is gorgeous. I’m sure one of these days I score some Wollemeise. I just love the pictures of Lucy and the canary. Great toy, Opal. Have a great weekend Wendy. Thanks for the links.

  13. Liz in IN says:

    Wow! I recognize almost all those songs! Do you find, after listening for a while, that you get an odd feeling in your chest/solar plexus. Kind of like an OD of nostalgia, ‘that-was-then’ feeling? Or is that just me?

    Since our cats are “indoor-outdoor”, we tend to steer clear of any toys with feathers so they won’t think we endorse birds as toys/auxilliary food sources. They do, um, have catnip mice, however. Just sayin’….

    LOVE the sock pooling! Oh, and you bought some lovely new *green* yarn? I’m shocked. Shocked.

  14. Lulu wants a canary. Where do you get such a cute little critter?

  15. In the Rolling Stones/Paul McCartney vein, a friend of mine related the story of a high schooler he knew saying “Wasn’t Paul McCartney in a band before Wings?”

  16. Love the new sock. Congratulations on selecting your new music. Looks like a good list.

    Lucky Lucy to have such good friends that send her new toys!

    Marions last blog post..Beginning of pair #3

  17. My scary story: I was talking to a guitar player that I was in a band with. He was, maybe, 22. I made a comment to the effect that I’d like to listen to some of my older music but I need to get a new turntable. He came back with, “What’s a turntable?” I said, “You know, a record player.” He said with a straight face, “No. What is that?” eye roll. I had to actually say, “THE THING YOU PLAY VINYL RECORDS ON!” To which he replied, “Oh. Where would you get one of those? An antique store?” No, I didn’t kill him. Yes, I was tempted.

  18. I can’t believe these kids these days. Geesh. It’s not like we’re talking the Glen Miller Band!

  19. True scary story: a work friend told about going into a record store years ago and overheard a teenage girl going thru Beatles CDs and commenting to her friends, “wow, Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings”.

  20. Hmmm I wonder if that Canary is singing the blues or a Rolling Stones song, lol

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Thursday- Talk To Me and Sock It To Me

  21. Those are all truly excellent songs. 90% are ones that, if I don’t already own, are on my ever-increasing list of things to buy when I can afford it.

    Also, don’t judge us “kids today” by the one person. She may have been sadly musically deprived, but I only just turned fifteen and have loved the Rolling Stones since I was six. πŸ˜‰

    I feel kind of sorry for Lucy’s new toy. It seems to me that it’s fate is similar to the other feather toy you mentioned a few posts back. πŸ˜€

  22. Lynne E. says:

    What am I missing? You don’t have a stripe on the side opposite the pool. There is an “empty” area that corresponds to the pool on the other side, except for just the tail of the pool.

    How could Lucy not love that fantastic canary?

  23. Thanks for the heads-up on Knitting Purls. I have subscribed, and told them “Wendy sent me.”

    Can you get me into the speak-easy, too? VBG!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Fat Man’s Misery

  24. Timmie B says:

    added Opal’s shop to my faves. I love etsy. Love the Halcyon Sock. Wollmeise colors are so beautiful.

  25. Theresa in Italy says:

    Re: your very young co-worker not recognizing The Rolling Stones—
    1) I am shocked. Shocked.
    2) I blame the parents.
    3) I am proud to say that even though my kids have been raised in Italy where, God help us all, disco still rules, I have brought them up properly, and they would recognize and even enjoy nearly all the songs on your list. (Because I like them too.)

    Enough ranting, the sock is luscious, have a good weekend!

  26. Very interesting pooling! I will definitely check out the e-zine. And Opal’s yarn is beautiful, and Lucy’s new toy is great!

  27. Wendy,

    The Rolling Stone comment by your younger co-worker reminded me of a similar incident a couple of years ago. I play in a community band that is directed by the head of bands at a major brainiac university. For the graduation ceremony each May, the music is provided by a band composed of members from both the university band and my community band. The director has a quirky sense of humor and usually choses very ‘interesting’ music for the prelude and recessional music. As we were rehearsing a Beatles medly, one of the students turned to me and asked in a surprised tone if I had played the piece before. (I think she was surprised that I was playing it rather well as some of the bits were tricky.) I had to answer yes, that I had played it before, and I’m saying to myself……and I know all the words too!

  28. Great selection of music. I can’t believe that I had forgotten about Madonna!

    I often find when I’m knitting with a variegated sock yarn that I spend a lot of time wondering if I was supposed to get a pattern or striping and if my gauge is disrupting the intended vision for the yarn, but I love the results anyway (excepting the one pair of Opal socks I’m working on that look like particularly sad zebras).

    Seanna Leas last blog post..intarwebs!

  29. OH! That’s a “pool” ! Duh… At least I’m admitting I didn’t know, right? Also, I won last week (at our firm picnic) an Ipod Touch. Of course, being me, I didn’t know what it was. Paul and I took it back last night and got a DVD Digital Recorder, some blank DVDs, and some black and color inks for our printer. That thing is expensive, whatever it does!! (insert, OMG, you don’t know what it is…. here). πŸ˜‰

    P.S. – don’t tell me either or I might have to kick myself!

    Danieles last blog post..More Sock Talk…

  30. Oh – plus, that canary is the cutest thing besides Lucy. Thanks for the entertainment Opal!

    Danieles last blog post..More Sock Talk…

  31. Great to see Ian Dury on the list. He is sadly missed.

    KnitCaves last blog post..Books Meme

  32. Hey Wendy! Your toe-up book is now listed on Amazon πŸ™‚ Gonna be a long wait until April, but I’m excited to see that it’s a Potter Craft book. They have published some of the BEST new knitting books – high quality with great photos so I’m really looking forward to this.

  33. Hmmm. From what I can see, I humbly suggest that these socks are *not* striping; they are spiralling. And that’s not a pool; it’s the spiral slowing down and changing directions as the stich count changes in the gusset. I had a pair in Claudia’s Handpainted do that, and I love them to distraction.

  34. Daniele – just cutting in here – I’m sorry to tell you that what you won was one of the most awesome pieces of music playing technology that exists in the world today. Several of my friends have gotten one, and – no lie – when on of my friends dropped hers and broke it, she sat down and cried for three hours. It’s that awesome. In case you want to feel even worse than you probably already do at this point, there is the official Apple page with all its features here:
    Sorry, but I consider it my duty to shed light on unanswered questions. πŸ˜€ No worries though – the price is due for a cut soon.

  35. Mary Pat says:

    Did I miss you mentioning that your book is now available for pre-order? I just saw the link – is this you own little “sneek-up”

    Amazon – here I come!

  36. Bonnie’s comment is almost the exact same story I was going to add. In my case a friend of mine who is a librarian was asked by one of her young patrons if she knew that Paul McCartney had been in another band before Wings.

  37. Great list of music! Enjoy your new tunes!

    Lisas last blog post..Go away…