My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

What’s Normal?

Leslie commented:

I’ve a question about sock height. You said you made the Sunflower Socks taller than normal – so what’s normal? I saw somewhere that height should be equal to length of foot – fold the socks in half on the heel and they should match. Is that right (or “usual” may be a more apt choice of words)? If so, then I’m unusual as usual – I prefer mine longer.

What I should have said is that I made the Sunflower socks taller than what is normal for me.

There is no rule for how tall you should make your socks, really. Unless the leg of the sock has a definite pattern that is “x” number of inches tall, that is. It depends on how tall you like ’em. If you like ankle socks, make them shorter and if you like mid-calf, make them taller.

As a rule of thumb, I generally make my socks so that the height is at least equal to the length of the foot, but I do sometimes make them taller. A lot depends on how much yarn I have. 🙂

New Sock!

I started a new sock yesterday.Shocking, no?

This yarn is Shaefer Heather, which is a lovely blend of 55% merino wool, 30% cultivated silk, and 15% nylon. The colorway is one of their “Subtly Solid Botanicals” in “Ash,”which is a lovely grey that has a bluish cast to it. It’s a fingering weight yarn, but a beefy one, so when knit at the gauge of 8 stitches/inch I get a nice solid fabric. It has a lovely sheen to it and is wonderfully soft. Here’s the sole of the foot:


This is destined to be a “guy” sock, so I worked up a design with some solid (but flat) cables interspersed with wide ribbing. So far so good!


Are You Crafty?

Check this baby out:


This is Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts, to be published by Potter Craft on March 31, 2009.

This book covers many many different crafts, including paper folding, quilting, rubber-stamping, candle-making, and many, many more. There are step-by-step instructions for many many projects. Enough to warm the cockles of any crafter’s heart. Here’s a shot of the Table of Contents (enlarge it to read):


And a page from the book at random:


And another:


Want my copy? Leave a comment to this blog post by 4:00pm EDT Thursday March 26, at which time the random number will pick a recipient.

And here is Miss Lucy, protecting her fuzzy rat toy. Awwwww!



  1. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    I have knit several pair of your Temptation socks for my husband and son. Both have size 12 feet. They love the way the socks fit. I am looking forward to your new “guy” pattern. I would love to have the new book. Thank you, Kristi

  2. Ooooo….I love Martha and I love to craft!

  3. You bet I want a copy!

  4. Enter me, pretty please! Thank you!

  5. I’d love this copy. Enter me in the drawing, please.

    Debbies last blog post..Home from Arizona

  6. I really like those socks. I’m always looking for something nice to make for the husband.

    Sandys last blog post..Sock Madness 3, Round 1

  7. Would love a copy!

  8. In an alternate universe, I’m Martha Stewart crafty!

    Marys last blog post..F is for. . .

  9. I like your ‘guy’ sock- very nice!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway for the MS book- it’s awesome! I’m sure I could find a few things to try

    Sarahs last blog post..Hoopdy loo

  10. Lovely sock.

    Thanks for offering the book. Please count me in the drawing!

    Inas last blog post..Knitting needle gauge tool

  11. Linda from Kansas says:

    Why, yes, I would like the book. (My birthday is Friday, but don’t let that sway you in any way.)


  12. Melissa from Austin says:

    I would absolutely love to have a copy!

  13. It’s so cute when cats are protecting their toys. 😀

    Janiss last blog post..our intentions always last that bit too long

  14. oooh, Martha crafts, AND a new guy sock. . . My guy is bugging me for a new sock that isn’t boring, so I hope you’ll make this one available for us somewhere. . . Soon?

    angelas last blog post..Ahhhh, Stitches. . .

  15. The new sock looks nice! I don’t think it is limited to being a guy’s sock! By the way, I would love to get my hands on the Martha Stewart book! It’s a good thing.

    KozyKittys last blog post..The week that was. . .

  16. Please enter me in the drawing for the book. Thank you.

  17. Minsiemom says:

    Do I need yet another craft book? YES!

  18. I don’t want to love Martha.. but I can’t help it! Please enter me in the drawing, thank you.

  19. Would love a copy. Thank you very much for your kind offer again!

  20. linda-kay says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I love Shaefer Heather also. It was a joy to knit with. I used it for my Swallowtail Shawl.

  21. Please put my name in for the book. I have a friend who would love it.

  22. Martha Rocks! So do you!

    Sams last blog post..Sew Sweet

  23. OOOH a Martha Book! Consider me please oh random number generator!!

  24. I would love that book! And a visit from Miss Lucy

  25. Kimberley Rea says:

    You my dear– are a sweetheart! Always giving, and such lovely things too! I’d love a copy of MS’s craft book. please tell Lucy that she is looking particularly beautiful today!!!

  26. I love Martha and would love the book.

  27. That book looks interesting! Please add my name to the drawing. Oh and love the new guy socks. I’ve often wondered what would make a good guy sock pattern without being just miles and miles of stockinette and ribbing…

    TrishD in MDs last blog post..Is It Soup Yet?

  28. I would like to enter. Thanks

  29. I had a chance to look through our library’s copy today (we get them early for processing), and I was just thinking this would be a great book to own. Love the new sock!

    Nissas last blog post..New Book Group Update!

  30. Please count me in for the drawing on the book!

    I just ordered my first sock pattern along with some yarn from Three Irish Girls. I also have the DVD ‘Sock I’ by Nenah Galati. Is there anything else I should know before starting my first pair? My sister-in-law is an avid sock knitter and has me intrigued so I decided to try it myself!

    I’m a very experienced knitter. My last few projects have been cabled Doberman sweaters to benefit Doberman Rescue. This recent one is purple and gold ( Best Of Breed Colors! ) with baby cable ribbing and a large Persephone Cable down the back which will be auctioned off at the Doberman Nationals!

  31. Marie Wilson says:

    It’s nice of you to share your things. If your random number generator would cooperate, I would very much enjoy having Martha’s book.

    I enjoy reading your blog. I seldom comment, but then I am by nature a quiet person.

    Marie in Georgia

  32. Love the new socks, very manly :).

    I’m a sucker for Martha, so I would love the book! Thanks!

    jessies last blog post..Super Summery semi-solid Sock Club sign-ups!!!

  33. That ash colorway is perfect, I will have to investigate that yarn. Your designs constantly awe and inspire me.

    Beverlys last blog post..Cross-stitch

  34. That book would be a great addition to my library.

  35. I like the new look of the site!

    Jill B.s last blog post..Converting soles

  36. Like your site revamp. looks like a fun book. Jane

  37. Yes please, I would love to own that lovely book. I hope you make that “manly” sock pattern available too!

  38. That would be a great book to have – if only for the pix!

  39. Ooh yeah, sign me up!

    Martha Stewart’s a cow to be sure, but dang, she does pretty work! 😀

  40. Angela B. says:

    Ohhh, I’ve been eyeing that Martha Stewart book on the Crafter’s Choice website. Looks good to me! 🙂

  41. Holy Cow 140 responses I guess everyone wants that book. I actually looked at that book preview yesterday online when I pre-ordered another copy of your book, but decided to wait on Martha. Maybe I’ll get your copy. Good Karma and all. LOL

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Monday- Maddness I tell you, Maddness

  42. BlackMagicMuffin says:

    Hmmm…Stealth projects? Sounds intriguing.

  43. Ooooh! Count me in. That’s a book I would love to have.

    I really love the color of those socks. So nice.

  44. Love that man sock! And the Martha Stewart book looks very interesting 🙂

  45. I love Martha and can’t wait to see that book!

  46. I love the color of that new yarn. Ash sounds so boring, but the hue is gorgeous! And I’d love a shot at that book, too, if I may. I’m a Martha obsessive and I can’t get over how many different things she covers in that puppy. Looks interesting.

  47. Susan Scott says:

    It looks like a great book – count me in!

  48. Hi Wendy,
    I really look forward to reading your blog and I’m not even a sock knitter (yet!) Happy to see you’re having a signing at Knit Happens – I look forward to meeting you there.

    Random number generator thingie – pick me, pick me! I’d love Martha’s new craft book. Destined to be an essential on anyone’s craft book shelf, I’ll bet.

  49. Mary Beth says:

    I’m what clothing makers call “petite,” but I consider myself normal for me.

  50. Lucy is such a beautiful cat, and I’m sure not spoiled any more than she’s meant to be. I’m still shocked that she doesn’t ‘help’ with your knitting to the point of distraction!

    Sherris last blog post..King Of The Lost World: a.k.a. ‘Poor Bruce Boxleitner’

  51. Kate Hesser says:

    The twisted logic socks are a joy to knit. I am using Chasing Rainbows in the Lagoon color-way. I hope the random number generator picks me!

  52. Looks like a fun book! While I can certainly appreciate the difficulty in abbreviating such crafts for a format like this, I’m apalled by the lack of yarny crafts. 🙁

    Tabbys last blog post..A Day for Sumo

  53. Oh I adore Martha. In Highschool I thought that she might be the Wicked step-mother of the crafting world.. but now I realize that she is a Fairy Godmother with a rambo streak.

    I love how the rat and Lucy look equally fuzzy.. no wonder she loves him.

  54. Oh, gotta love Martha’s big books!

  55. I would love to receive a copy of Martha’s new book.

  56. I love Martha Stewart!

    and the schaeffer Anne heather!

    and your new socks.

    you are amazing.


  57. Free books are almost always welcome. 🙂
    Also, I’m digging the “man socks”.

    Teresas last blog post..Squirrel Feeders…..

  58. Cindy Decker says:

    I’d love to have that one, Martha has pretty good books. As usual, you’re so generous!

  59. Please add me to the list.

    Pats last blog post..Spring Fluffing

  60. Bridget Rickard says:

    Love the new sock…that might be my fav so far.

  61. Oh a man’s sock, I am so excited, I really think we need more of them. I was asked recently to knit a pair for a friend and had a hard time finding something in the right size and style. He doesn’t live near me so I had a hard time with knitting them without having a guide.

  62. Wow, new book by Martha. And you have it before publication. Too cool. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  63. The book looks like a lot of fun!

  64. I want the Martha book! Pick me!

  65. I would love a copy of this book, although Martha and I have quite the love/hate relationship ( Love your blog! Jill

    Jills last blog post..Another Reason I Heart My Husbeast

  66. I usually make mine as long as my foot. I’d actually like them a little taller but with a US9.5 foot I usually run out of yarn before that.

    E to the Ms last blog post..Orchid

  67. Ooooh a craft book!

  68. I love those guy socks and the book. =]

    YuLians last blog post..Emotionally Wrecked

  69. Teresa K says:

    Looks like a GREAT craft book!

  70. I like the guy socks, and the color is perfect!
    The book looks great too.

    Shells last blog post..Juliet Hand Painted Corriedale Roving

  71. I watched the Martha Stewart show on Monday, since it was the yarn show. She gave Mo a copy of her book then. I would dearly love to own it myself. Love the new socks–the pattern and the color.

    Ednas last blog post..Very little

  72. I love Martha…and I totally love the new sock pattern…

  73. Wendy, HELP; I am hopelessly addicted to double pointed sock needles. I realize I am an old dog–and not one for new tricks, I get it. My question: what double pointed needles do you use? I have tried metal (painful), bamboo (snap like twigs) and plastic (blasphemy! ) Tell me what you use. My LYS said that magic loop was the ticket for me. i am beyond skeptical, but my fingers are numb from the metal INOX needles.Can you give me some of your insight? Thank you.
    Desperate in Minneapolis,
    Cathy Johnson

  74. Virginia says:

    That’s a mighty nice sock for a man or a woman. I loved Martha’s show yesterday with Mo Rocca making a knitting bag.

  75. Oh, I would love to win the Martha book! Thanks for the giveaway. I just pre-ordered your book from Amazon…I’m excited!

    Lisas last blog post..Sue’s House, Part Three

  76. KC Monet says:

    I do enjoy reading Martha Stewart’s books, even though she sets a standard that I could never hope to live up to!

  77. Love all your socks, I knit 2 pairs of the baby socks that were published last year, I have 10 1/2 month old boy/girl twins so forgive me for not remembering the name of the mag. I have a bad habit of shrinking my socks and they end up going to my sister or mother so now I am down to one pair. I even accidently shrunk my husbands. Book looks great, would love a copy.

  78. If Martha’s craft book is a comprehensive as her Homekeeping Handbook, it will be a very nice resource to have. How generous of you to offer to share it.

  79. Annie Driscoll says:

    I would love the Martha Stewart Craft book! Fingers crossed.

  80. Diana White says:

    I’d love a copy of Martha’s new book. I have one of her first books on entertaining, a constant source for ideas for my catering business. Although I no longer cater, I do find her esthetic about all things domestic very appealing. And I love the new socks and yarn – I may see some in my future.

  81. I came here today with the intention of telling you I’ve taken the plunge and am knitting my first pair of socks. I’ve made Christmas stockings before, so the concept isn’t new, but making a wearable pair is. Seeing the chance to win the craft book sealed the deal on posting a comment today.

    Thanks for providing enjoyable reading and inspiration.

    Knittys last blog post..Anyone having a birthday?

  82. Darla Jones says:

    I would love to win a copy of the Martha Stewart Book….count me in.

  83. I love the guy socks! My guy loves handknit socks…if the pattern becomes available (please!) he’s definitely getting a pair. I love crafty stuffs! Hope I get picked!

    Amandas last blog post..Snow Days

  84. Martha never does anything half way. Would love to have her book and especially for free.

  85. Martha is my hero!

  86. I love martha! Please count me in. It would help with my new house and my new husband! haha. Well, technically that’s… later in May, but never too late to read!
    Those socks are great! Will you be selling that pattern too?

    PMOYSs last blog post..Book Reviews

  87. I wasn’t going to comment, but then you had to go and show a page with beaded jewelry…….you know how to get right to my heart.

  88. I love your sunflower sock. The new one is very nice also. Manly!!

  89. I love the sunflower socks. Your new blog look is great. I want to thank you for always keeping it fresh.
    We all want to be like LUCY and show how timeless we are. She is beautiful everyday of the week.
    My goal is to complete my current sock project and start a new sock.

  90. Definitely something I need on bookshelves.

  91. Would LOVE this book! Big fan of Martha and crafts.

  92. I love this sock! I can’t wait for the sunflower sock to be available as well! Did you see Martha’s yarn show yesterday? She mentioned this book and that yarn crafts would be in the next one?

    Great job! I enjoy your blog very much!



  93. I’m in for the Martha book! 😉

    Bets last blog post..Eldridge Bagley, folk artist

  94. martha’s book would be a big help for my daughter’s up coming wedding.

  95. Kathleen says:

    Wow! Another great sock for either “man” or “woman”. The color really shows the design off well. Please hurry and finish it so I can make another of your wonderful sock patterns.
    Oh yea, pick me oh random number picker!!!

  96. It looks like a great book! How nice that you’re random-ing it off! 😉

  97. I would LOVE that book!!! Eee!

    yoels last blog post..Re-FO: Urbane salvage vest

  98. Wow – I would love the book!

    Can’t wait till the sunflower sock pattern comes out!

    Aponis last blog post..Three Inspirations, One Adventure

  99. That book would get a lot of use in our house!

    Laura N.s last blog post..5yo math

  100. Samoofish says:

    I love the guy socks. My guy might even wear those!