My current work in progress:

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


Train Delays Are Good For Something

There were some issues with track switching or something like that on my commute this morning so I had some extra knitting time. Behold the formerly unnamed sock:


Yes, this baby now has a name, courtesy of one of the suggestions in the comments: Catnip Socks. (Thanks, Andrea H.!)

And Finnian’s Gansey is coming along nicely, too. You can now actually see the pattern I’ve got going on:


For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “gansey,” you may want to check out this very informative website.

Will I make the pattern available for sale once I’ve finished it? It’s more likely that I’ll offer it up as a freebie because I don’t have the time or inclination to figure it out for multiple sizes.

Rivulets Socks Pattern Correction

Ida M. emailed me to point out what she thought was an error in the chart for size large of my free Rivulets Socks pattern:

I ran into problems on row 6 of the large chart…I’m thinking that the “stitch” that should be in position 25 on that row should be a yarn-over instead of a knit stitch.

You are so right, Ida and thank you for letting me know. I’ve corrected the chart and uploaded the new version of the pattern — it’s available from my Free Patterns Page.

Alchemy Juniper Sock Yarn

Within moments of reading the review of this new yarn at Knitters Review, I ordered some (from PurlSoho). It came today.


I’m sorry but I have to sign off now so that I can spend time with my new yarn. It is a spiritual experience.

Lucy Sez


“May I have some catnip?”


  1. That link was interesting. I had always thought gansey was another word for guernsey and that the sweaters were the same. How wrong was I! Thanks for setting me straight. I think I need to make another gansey. I made a couple of them years ago but the second one was navy blue, and I couldn’t see the design as it developed (or if I made a mistake) so it drove me crazy. I’ll make a light color this time! HA!

  2. I love the look of Finian’s Gansey so far. Can’t wait to get the pattern.

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  3. The Catnip socks are wonderful. I was train kintting the other day. I find that people stare! Do you get that, Wendy?

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  4. Alex Fagelson says:

    Ooo, nice yarn. Please post a review when you’ve knit it.

    BTW Miss Lucy looks like she’s already had some catnip. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thanks for the new Rivulet chart.

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  6. The Gansey is looking great! I’ll look forward to the pattern, freebie or no. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Muriel Correa says:

    Yes, catnip is a very suitable name, I agree. They are very pretty, train delays aren’t all bad are they? Can’t wait to see more of the gansey! He’ll look adorable in it.

  8. Yes, new yarn is good for the soul. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. oooooh, that yarn looks interesting. Please let us know what you think of it!

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  10. Wow, Lucy looks as though she’s really enjoying the catnip.

    We gave some to our new cat this evening, and I’m not 100% sure if she’s affected by it. She’s a bit hard to read since she’s hearing birds for the first time at our apartment.

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  11. Enjoy the “spiritual experience,” LOL. : )

    Does Lucy have the same burning desire for the Catnip Socks as she does for real catnip?

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  12. ::gasp!:: Alchemy! Such lovely yarns! I’ve got a Clapotis on the needles now in Alchemy Synchronicity, a wool/silk blend. I’m imagining how nice their sock yarn must feel.

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  13. Aside from knowing a gansey was a type of sweater and that you had designed gansey socks, I really didn’t know much about ganseys until today. I’m taking a sweater design class for the next few weeks and may incorporate some gansey-type stitch panels into my design sweater. I’ll be making raglan sleeves so won’t be true gansey. Thanks for sharing the website.

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  14. Catnip is such a great name for a pair of socks. If you were to rub the completed socks in catnip before wearing them, just imagine the fun time a person could have walking around the neighborhood.

    As for the new sock yarn … oh so pretty. I can see why it took you away from blogging abruptly.

    Have a great weekend!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ firefly

  15. Gosh. I love the few alchemy yarns I’ve gotten to work with (Silken Straw made my favorite summer tank) and Dragon is one of my favorite colors of theirs.

    Surprisingly it isn’t too pricey for a hand dyed yarn, even with needing 2 skeins!

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  16. Love the catnip sox. and the alchemy yarns looks so lovely, I can imagine it is just yummy to handle.

    Is the gansey for the same lucky little one that received the BSJ some time back? Whomever it is sure is lucky to have you in their life :^)

  17. Wendy – – what color is the blue Juniper pictured in your blog? I friggin’ have my hand on the “purchase now” button at purlsoho and want to know if the blue I have picked out is the same as yours. If it is, they look totally different from one site to the other. I selected ‘Blue Ice’. By the time I buy 2 skeins and then almost $8 for shipping – – I don’t know. My husband is gonna kill me!

    You are such an ENABLER!

    Oh, smooches to Lucy!!! My kitty had catnip this a.m. Too cute – – he makes these chirpy noises when he walks around with his “mouse” I knitted up and filled with catnip – – love him!

  18. Thank you for the historical knitting link!

    I love how much knitters appreciate something that drives everyone else crazy! Just more knitting time!

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  19. Wow! That Flamborough Marine website is great! Love your socks, too!

    Hi to Lucy >^..^<

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  20. Updates on Catnip Socks and Finnian’s Gansey, a sneak peek at your new yarn and a history knitting lesson. Can it get any better than this? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Love the new socks. And that new green yarn is so pretty.

  22. Sherilan says:

    I’m ready for some small gansey knitting – I’ll enjoy seeing this pattern develop. Regarding sock knitting…I’m wondering what size socks you knit generally when you are working on new patterns for sale or for your books. Perhaps you have already mentioned this. Just curious. I wear a size 10 shoe, but I bet if I were designing I would go for a smaller size.

  23. I love delays – when I’m not really in a hurry. If my activity bag is fully stocked with a sock, sudoku book, reading book and a snack, I’m all set! I can spend an entire day in an airport and not get all upset.

    BTW, I’m loving your sock book!

  24. OMG! I loved your socks! Unbelievable how one can even manage to take advantage of a delay! Thank you for sharing!