My current work in progress:

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


Second Socks

Several of you have asked me if I knit the second sock to socks I show on my blog. Yes I do!

I’ve taken to not documenting the second sock process because I often cast on for a new sock project at the same time and work on both old and new. Then I just blog about the new. But as it happens, I’ve not got a second project going on right now, so I’ll blog the second sock of my current pair:


The as-yet-unnamed kneesocks. Ta-da!

Hey, look what needles are in the as-yet-unnamed kneesocks:


These are my 20″ Addis. I got them last Friday and immediately switched over to them. The needle length on the 20-inchers is exactly the same as that for all my 16-inch needles, and the joins on these Addis are superb. (I’ve actually had a couple of issues with joins on Addi Lace needles being rough — anyone else have that problem?)

The tips are indeed more rounded than on either the Knitpicks or Hiya Hiya needles but so far it’s not a problem for me.

Speaking of Kneesocks . . .

I neglected to alert you that the pattern for the Catriona Kneesocks is now available for sale over at The Loopy Ewe. Sheri also restocked the Sign of Spring pattern. As I write this, they are both still in stock . . .

And I added the Catriona design to Ravelry, here.

In Other News

Miss Lucy is angry with me. She doesn’t look angry in this photo:


Why? Because I took it before I vacuumed.

I have upset her delicate psyche.

To further casue confusion in the world, I’ve put the LYS map back in the sidebar. ๐Ÿ˜€


  1. Love the sock picture!! Hope that Miss Lucy can find it in her to forgive you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Natalies last blog post..Navajo Plying! Spinning fun!

  2. catspaw says:

    Those look like Green Arrows to me. Time to plant the peas.

  3. Marion, on Long Island, NY says:

    You know, Wendy, I’d like to add my favorite LYS, Granny’s, in Islip, NY, but I am just not getting the concept. My bad boys Billy and Neil sent love to Lucy.

  4. I had a problem with my Addi size 2.0s that I bought and one of the pair of circs had a rough join that drove me nuts. I tried to smooth it with some rough paper for metal, but really didn’t have any luck. My Addi Lace are all smooth tho.

  5. I haven’t had any problem with the joins on my Addis, but after reading your blog today, I’m thinking I might wanna change my needles. The Addi 0’s I use just aren’t pointy enough for me. Are hiyas pointier? Do they come in long lengths(like 40 inchers) for magic loop?
    I love my needles pointy, like ultra pointy. I come up with excuses to use my 00 addi lace needles all the time ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I like having you on Twitter…I always know when there is a new post. My google homepage doesnt always update your blog posts. So thanks for letting me know on Twitter…

  7. Must be vacuuming day. Mookie fled the room. All better now, on all fronts.

    Why finish that second sock, when it’s a perfect hat right now? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    pdxknitteratis last blog post..Little Sky Sox

  8. so how many pairs of handknit socks do you own!

    BJs last blog post..03.01.09 Busy weekend in Florida

  9. Annette says:

    Yes; sometimes the 20″ Addis have a glitch on the joins. Not always though. I own 8 or more of the 20″ Addis.

  10. Lynette Holzer says:

    The map does indeed slow down loading when I navigate to your blog. And I have found it of no use… wanted to add my favorite yarn shop, Keep Me In Stitches in McCall, Idaho, and can’t get there from here. It shows me a map of McCall but doesn’t give me an option to add the shop. Just sos ya know.

    I have a Lucy question for you, too. I’m assuming that she enjoys being brushed. So does Izzy, and I bought him a Furminator comb a few days ago. Does Lucy have one? Have you used it for long? He allows me to use it for five minutes or so at a time before he grows impatient with it, and my hope is that if I stay with it, eventually I can catch most of the stuff that he would otherwise shed. It’s either that or change from a black to an off-white wardrobe, and it’s just not the same!

    Lynette, tired of giant, hairy dustbunnies

  11. To Miss Lucy, (“Diva Extraordinaire”): Give your momma a break! At least she’s not making YOU do it..

  12. deknits says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I was able to add a shop to the map with no problems… Still loving the new socks!

  13. I just bought the Catriona pattern! They look gorgeous! I hope I can do your pattern justice!

    PMOYSs last blog post..Knitted Card Suit Vest

  14. Since you brought up the nasty task of vacuuming, it must be cat shedding time because I’m finding fur all over the place. And, don’t the short metal part of 20″ needles cramp your hands? Do you eventually get used to them? I found I had to hold the needles differently than the 24″ and longer ones. I really want to make them my tried and true, but haven’t been able to get used to them yet. Sally

  15. Sarah W. says:

    How many hours a day do you knit? It seems you finish socks at lightening speed. Are you just fast? I must be slower than molasses. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. LOVE the sock. Instantly made me think of Spring.

    Jeans last blog post..Front to Back Warping Tips

  17. What a gorgeous second sock. And so fast. I’d still be working the toe of the first one.

    Hollys last blog post..Spinner’s Delight

  18. Jennifer says:

    I have to review my husband’s schedule prior to vacuuming so that it can take place while he is either: out, or in the shower. My mom told me that my dad is the same way. I guess the sound really rattles some people. So, given my full-time job, I don’t vacuum nearly as often as I should. Suits hubby just fine.

  19. Have you/LoopyEwe thought about making your patterns available by PDF download? They’d never be out-of-sock, er, I mean, -stock that way.

  20. Not that you asked for sock names…but Kelptic Field sprung to mind with a play on the word Celtic (hmmm, am I thinking of St. Patty’s day?) and colors of ocean vegetation.
    Lucy works so hard making nesting material on the rug, couch etc. just to have momma vacuum it all up and she must start over!

    miss sandras last blog post..From A Pile of String

  21. You must have read my mind. I was going to ask how you liked the 20-inch Addis. I’ve contacted my LYS to order me 2 pairs. I like the “speed” gained from the shorter 16″ cable but find them tedious when working heel/gusset “intersection” so am very interested in the 20-inch needles.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..A trip to the farm

  22. Wendy, have you heard any comments about the new Addi Turbo set (at least I think it’s new) like the KnitPick sets – several different sized needles that can be attached to different lengths of cable (24″, 40″, etc.). I saw an ad for this set just recently and it’s the first time I’ve seen this product. The only other Addi “sets” I’ve seen are just a collection of Addi needles in a variety of sizes – the price is less than if you bought each needle seperately. I love my Addis, but I also love the KnitPick set I own – it’s easy needle storage.