My current work in progress:

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


New Stuff

About yesterday’s mystery project — some of you are correct. It is a gansey.

To be more specific, it is a wee gansey, for a wee person. From this point forward it will be called “Finnian’s Gansey” because the wee person for whom the gansey is being made is named . . . wait for it . . . Finnian.

I’m working up the design myself rather than following a pattern. The chest measurement will be 26 – 27″ when all is said and done.

In yesterday’s blog I pictured the two (front and back) bottom bands which I worked in seed stitch. I worked them separately, and then joined them to knit the body in the round. This way,Β  the bottom edge of the gansey has a little slit at each side.


The body of the gansey has an all-over pattern in seed stitch that is done in panels. You can’t really tell much by how it looks so far because I’ve done very little. I worked a couple of rounds last night before casting it aside to start a new sock.


Segue segue segue segue . . .

Behold my new sock-in-progress, which is at this point in time nameless:


This is being knit from Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn, in the “Euphorbia” colorway. This yarn is 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon and is one of the yummier wool/nylon blend sock yarns I’ve had the pleasure of flinging a needle into. In the immortal words of the LOLCats: “Nom nom nom!”

Why is there an emerald ring stuck in the ball of yarn in the above photo? No reason, except that I was wearing said ring today and it amused me to put it there. More evidence of my mad photo-styling skillz.

Here is the sock resting on my lap earlier today.


Betcha can’t guess my favorite color.

Lucy Sez


“My favorite color is catnip.”


  1. deknits says:

    Love the new sock – HazelKnits Artisan Sock is awesome!

  2. Cute!

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  3. Catnip is an excellent colour, Lucy! πŸ˜€

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  4. How about Ivy Trellis? That is what I thought of when I saw it, anyway.

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  5. Is it purple?

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  6. That is a beautiful shade of green…

    Look forward to seeing the end product…

    Sorry, I have no idea what a “gansey” is…

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  7. The new sock pattern is adorable! I really like the gansey for the baby. Will the pattern be available for sale? I know I would love to buy one and knit a gansey for the vet tech at our clinic who is expecting. I think “catnip” should be a color on the color wheel. Ear scrunches to Lucy.

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  8. I love the sock pattern and the color of the yarn. Reminds me of a granny smith apple. nom, nom, nom!!!
    The gansey is going to very nice for a little fellow. I can’t wait to see it completed.

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  9. Can’t wait to see the gansey as it progresses. πŸ™‚

    Hmmmm…the sock looks lovely. But I can’t quite get over the fact that spurges (one of the names for plants belonging to the genus Euphorbia) have sap that is generally caustic to skin.

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  10. I like the sock – but when I was first married everything everywhere was GREEN – cars, sofas, drapes, carpet, kitchen counters, refrigerators (guess my age?). The only vegetable my sister would eat was green beans – and I was pliable enough to eat most veggies, but guess what my mom would serve? Canned ones no less – grey-green.

    Sorry, not MY favorite color.

  11. Kym Hretz says:

    That new sock is awesome! Love the color and pattern.

  12. LOL I guess Lucy’s color is close to yours. I really need to start a wee gansey for my grandson.


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  13. The green yarn looks so nice! I’m going to have to check it out, because I’m not the biggest fan of wool/nylon blends. (Gasp!)

    I like the idea of separate bottom bands!! I find that sweaters don’t always have a lot of give at the hip area, and so having little slits kinda helps that problem! You are a genius as always!

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  14. christine says:

    Shhh! Don’t tell other people about Hazel Knits, there might not be enough for me!

    That sock looks great, I am a bit partial to green as well.

  15. The new sock pattern is gorgeous. Looks sort of leafy to me, and I’m a sucker for leaves.

  16. Your fave color is my fave color! Looking forward to seeing this sock.

  17. I love green and it is also my favorite color. I even just posted some new green yarn on my blog. I love the socks.

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  18. Nom Nom Nom Indeed!

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  19. You didn’t ask, but if you DID ask me to suggest a name for the fabulous new green sock, I’d name it “Trailing Ivy”

    Green = good!

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  20. Linda from Kansas says:

    Lovely color for the socks – looks like vines of some sort (the pattern).

  21. Muriel Correa says:

    Love the new project with the slits in the side…and the color of the new sock is definitely YOU!

  22. catspaw says:

    Ooooh, grenbrier socks – very pretty. I loves me some green!

  23. anne marie in philly says:

    “Betcha can’t guess my favorite color.” – uh, puce? LOL

    steven and meredith say: “cousin lucy, green catnip is the ultimate high!” πŸ™‚

  24. I love the green colour! I need a pair of socks in that colour!

  25. The new sock pattern looks like thistles to me, or maybe artichokes. But I can’t think of anything cutesy to make thistles into a pattern name, so there you go.

  26. I absolutely love the fact that you manged to get the words “nom nom nom” and “skillz” into the same post. Wendy, you are awesome. : )

    P.S. – I love that green colorway!

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  27. Willa Jean says:

    Hey! Did you know there’s a movie over at Netflix (and other places, I’m sure) called Wendy and Lucy?

    Whoda thunkit?

  28. Yeap! Green is the King!!! I love all shades of green but specially avocado green…

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  29. Danielle from SW MO says:

    I’ve recently discovered a liking for green as well, however Blue Yellow and Orange (not mixed together tho LOL) remain my favorite colors πŸ™‚ The 4 monsters (they have been using me as a racetrack at 3am lately) want to tell Lucy that Catnip is their favorite color as well πŸ™‚

  30. Andrea H says:

    I Think Lucy nailed the name of the new sock…”Catnip”

  31. Green is also my favorite colour. It draws my eye like a magnet, so much so that a friend calls me “Greenbean” :P.

    I recently posted pics of my stash on the Posh Knitters forum on Ravelry and it’s mostly green.

  32. best green evah!
    What fiber is the gansey?

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  33. Hazel Knits is my favourite yarn and Euphorbia is my favourite HK colour. I can’t wait to see your sock. I might finally find the perfect use for my growing horde of Euphorbia.

  34. Pretty green, pretty sock! Will we be privey to the pattern some day?

    Great expression on Lucy’s face!!


  35. Lynne D says:

    Mmmmm, Hazel Knits Artisan Sock. I’m pretty sure that was at the top of my list when you asked about our favorite yarns. Euphorbia kind of slipped under my radar, but it sure is pretty in your sock! I agree with Andrea above – I think “catnip” is a great name for the pattern!

  36. Catnip is the greatest thing in the world, except for a nice MLT — mutton, lettuce, tomato sandwich — when the mutton is nice and lean…

    I really need to get some of that sock yarn, especially if they make an equally yummy one in Blue!

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  37. Oh wendy, you would think I never had yarn in my hands before. I have your book, I have your instructions – and I have a huge mess on my hands.
    I live in Woodbridge, Va – is there somewhere nearby that I can go for a few private lessons??? I just can’t seem to get this sock off the ground!!!

  38. I love the colors of this post, denim blue and spring green. Yay, spring!

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  39. Pretty green – pretty pattern. Looks kind of celtic-y!

  40. Bonnie H. says:

    I have a weakness for that particular green.

  41. How about “Sweet Pea?” Loving your book:)

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