My current work in progress:

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



You may remember that immediately after Clara reviewed the new sock yarn from Alchemy, Juniper, in Knitter’s Review, I ordered some. When I got it, I wasn’t disappointed.

I just started a sock in some of my yummy yummy yummy Alchemy Juniper. Did I mention it was yummy?


I’m knitting a sock using my favorite Alchemy colorway: Dragon. This yarn is pure pleasure to knit. It is very very soft and nicely sproingy. Read Clara’s review, linked to above, for a description of the superfine merino from which is it made and the yarn’s cabled construction.

I’m knitting up a sock that has a similar design to my freebie pattern “Peace Socks” — a similar leaf motif, flanked by some traveling stitches. I wanted to see how Juniper did with both lacework and cable twists.

I’m executing k3tog and k3tog tbl decreases on this design and am having absolutely no problem doing so. The yarn is bouncy and resilient and very easy to knit. The traveling stitches are equally easy to execute. Although the yarn is a multi-ply, I’ve not snagged it anywhere.



Girasole Q&A

Thanks for all your kind comments on Girasole. In answer to a comment question, I do not know how to pronounce it. Ask the designer. 😉

And there a number of questions asking what I was going to do with it now that I’ve finished it. I do not plan to use it as a shawl, but a throw for over the back of a couch.

And in answer to another question, the way I’ve seen circular shawls worn the most is with about one-third of the shawl folded down and the resulting more-than-a-half-circle thrown over the shoulders.

Lucy Sez:


“Fluffy tummy available for scritches and kisses!”


  1. ahhh so it IS for Lucy…lucky kitty gets to lounge on it all day while mamma is at work…8)

  2. I snagged this from Sheri’s blog in regards to the pronounciation: How do you pronounce that? I called it “Geer – a- sole” (hard G) for a long time, but the actual pronunciation is “Jeer-a-SO-lay”. Or “jeed-a-SO-lay” as the online “listen to the pronunciation” guide states.

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  3. Upon further inspection of the above mentioned and photographed sock…I have just noticed that your photo #2 has no v stitch look…another girl that came to our knitting in public day also did the same thing..we can’t figure out for the life of us how this happens…we thought perhaps it was the way she picked her stitches or maybe the way the yarn was spun…could you enlighted us???

  4. Frances says:

    That yarn looks very yummy! Trying to resist . .

  5. A couch throw is a great idea! 🙂 It’s so pretty!!

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  6. Ooooh, the Dragon is beautiful!

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  7. Hurray for Lucy she will get her turn on your beautiful Gerasole. Thats a good idea for a couch throw. I’m not sure I would wear it as a shawl. Socks are lovely.

  8. anne marie in philly says:

    I wish I could reach my hand thru the computer and scritch that fluffy tummy!

    but steven and meredith would be so NOT amused!

  9. Have to admit I love the different shades of green and brown tinge in that Alchemy Dragon.

    I can think of a few items I would like to make in the same yarn…

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  10. patricia says:

    be right there Lucy!

  11. margieinmaryland says:

    oooooh LOVE those cables and the color

  12. Scritch, scritch scritch

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  13. Gretchen says:

    Since that beautiful yarn is called Dragon, how about the socks being called Dragon Scales? I love the different shades of yellow and green!

  14. Girasole is the Italian word for Sunflower. (That Jared Flood is so clever!) So, it would be “jeer-a-SO-lay” with the slightly hard rolled R on the Italian pronunciation, which is why Sheri reported hearing it as “jeed”.

    I couldn’t think of a prettier sofa ornament. It’s what I plan on doing with mine… someday when I get it done.

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  15. Dorothy says:

    I really like the sock design and the colour is gorgeous. Looks like they are sold out at the site of that particular line. 🙁 I will ask the designer how to pronounce Girasole. 🙂

  16. Because most Latin based languages have similar root words, here is my 2 cents: (I didn’t know that was how you pronounced sunflower in Italian TrishD 🙂 ) in Spanish girasol (without the “e” at the end also means sunflower but is pronounced hee-ra-soul

    You say tom-A-to, i say tom-a-to, either way your shawl is beautiful! 🙂

  17. Dorothy says:

    Hi again, I went back to Sherri’s blog and on June 5th she explains how to pronounce. Girasole means sunflower in Italian! jeer-a-SO-lay that is how it is pronounced!

  18. Willa Jean says:

    That’s how I wear mine…. sort of folded over, then worn like a stole. It can go over my shoulders, or just drape across my elbows. A fingering weight shawl is also a throw for the sofa (the way you intend to use it) or a lap robe in a drafty room, or a bed jacket for reading yourself to sleep, or a pillow for when you’re trying to sleep in a car or plane. Endlessly useful.
    Beautiful work, Wendy.

  19. the pattern and yarn are just delish. my baby “Frankie” has a crush on Lucy.

    You can see him on Ravelry – kae1217.

  20. I love that new sock; it’s beautiful. So is Lucy!

    I’m trying to resist the Girasole. Too many projects and ideas zinging around! I’m enjoying watching yours come to life.

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  21. Scritchy-scritch!

  22. Can you fax her my way? I’m happy to oblige in tummy rubs

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  23. okay – 1. I’m glad you weren’t on that train last night. I worried about it until this second when I pulled up the blog. Whew…2. Love the sock. If I weren’t in stash reduction mode I’d be snagging up some of that yarn too. I heard it was yummy…

  24. For the pronounciation of GIRASOLE (Italian word for “sunflower): go to this link:
    – on the left side, next to the word girasole, click on the audio symbol and you will hear how it must be pronounced 🙂

  25. *kiss-scratch-snorgggggggle* Love that tummy <3

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  26. I love that sock – the yarn, the pattern and the color. Thanks for all the great comments about the yarn. When I make a dent in my current sock stash, I’ll have to get some.

    Inquiring minds want to know — Do you wear all your socks or do you give them away as gifts? Perhaps you have a small guest room that doubles as a handknit sock closet? (Ooh – that gives me an idea….)

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  27. Give that pretty kitty some tummy scritches for me please, and lots and lots of kisses.

  28. I love Dragon. It is one of my favorite Alchemy colors. I love how the new yarn is working up for the socks. Time to save my pennies for more yarn!

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  29. Wendy W. says:

    My favorite Lucy picture yet!

  30. Dr. Jackie says:

    Looking forward to the “peace” pattern in fingering…the previous one was in a little heavier yarn if I remember correctly…

    And wayyyyyyyy looking forward to getting my little mitts on some of that Juniper!

    BTW…am knitting the socks I designed at your Fling class…coming out nice so far…I’ll send photos when done…

  31. Lovely sock pattern and yarn. Love all the subtle nuances in that colorway. Lucy is a doll.

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  32. I agree with Karen. Love reading your daily blog, Wendy.

  33. For just a bit more fun trivia, the literal translations of the two roots of girasole are — gira: it turns and sole: the sun…loosely together — it turns towards the sun. If you’ve ever watched sunflowers, you know that they not only look like a blazing sun, but they keep their heads turned towards the sun all day long. And there you have it, the reason the girasole is the called girasole!

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