My current work in progress:

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


On My Desk


What’s that on my desk? A new bag!

What’s inside? My sock-in-progress, of course.


I purchased this sweet little sock bag from OliviaKnits on Etsy. As I write this, she has a number of them for sale, in a variety of very pretty fabrics.

One of the things I like about this bag is that it is completely reversible. It’s like two, two, two bags in one.


I’m not making a lot of progress on my sock just now. My commute this week has been disrupted by the horrific metro accident that occurred Monday afternoon. I have been leaving home earlier in the morning (if you can imagine that) and changing trains at a different point to a different line so as to avoid the Red Line, which is a mess right now. The earlier train is more crowded than the one I take, so I can’t knit, and then I have a half-mile walk, during which I don’t knit.

Well, I could knit and walk (particularly since my new little sock bag has a strap that slips conveniently over my wrist) but in the morning I am more concerned about being aware of my surroundings and moving quickly (downtown DC before 6:00am — just sayin’). And in the afternoon, well, it is well upwards of 80 degrees out there. And humid.

And once I’m at home I’ve been working on something else . . .

Jennifer asked:

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….)

Ooh, that gives me an idea too!

Remember the Jerry Seinfeld stand-up routine where he asks what’s the deal with those little hangers that socks come on? Like you have a little sock closet at home where you can hang your socks on their little hangers?

In answer to the question . . . I keep some, I give some away. 🙂

Lucy Sez


“More belly-rubs, please!”


  1. I’m so glad you like your bag Wendy! It looks great holding those socks.

    Olivias last blog post..Project Bags

  2. I love the idea of a sock closet.

  3. KiwiSooz says:

    I really expected to see Lucy on your desk. I am disappointed but I do love the bag!

  4. Just wanted to say that I just picked up a copy of your book from the Yarn Lounge in Richmond, and it is gorgeous! The photos took my breath away. I’ll be there Sat. a.m for you to sign it in person!

  5. I was sorry to hear of that accident..and now sorrier that you have to put your life in danger to leave home so early and walk so far…but what happened at lunch?????

  6. In today’s picture Lucy looks like she is wearing knee socks! I’m knitting your Sunrise socks right now and recently received some of your patterns from Loopy Ewe. Because of the clarity of your instructions I was able to learn how to knit toe-up socks on my own. Thank you for sharing you creativity and ability to describe and instruct. I so enjoy your blog, too.

  7. HeatherB says:

    Yeah that train wreck was horrific. I wondered if you took the red line, although I knew you wouldn’t be on the train that crashed because of the location. I remember when I worked in D.C. the locals were always saying avoid the red line because it always had problems. I think though, that this was somewhat more than they meant. It’s very sad.

  8. The idea of all those socks hanging on their little hangers cracks me up. 🙂

  9. Debra I says:

    I saw the news about that accident, but I think you posted after it had occurred, so I figured you weren’t involved. Sorry to hear it’s still a mess. I’m so glad you are aware of your surroundings during the street portions of your commute. Being oblivious in the city isn’t a good thing at anytime.

    I haven’t really gotten into knitting in public yet. I often take a wip to my sister’s when we have a family gathering, but I can’t work on anything too demanding in that situation.

    Like your Dragon sock!


  10. Rubs for Lucy!

    You are an ebil enabler, but you already knew this. Please don’t walk and knit in the mornings. You will worry me.

    Megan S.s last blog post..Rawr!

  11. A particularly nice photo of Lucy!

    Earins last blog post..

  12. So sorry that your commute is such a PITA now. So glad that you were not on that line. l am sorry it was so horrific and pray that you will be safe.


  13. lol, i’m picturing a very narrow built in closet like the old medicine cabinets for socks. I do both, wear and give away…though i seem to keep more than give away!

    turtles last blog post..My Happy Place

  14. Bag ho that I am I’ve added OliviaKnits’ etsy shop to my faves. Give Lucy a belly rub for me.

    southparknitters last blog post..On the go

  15. Lovely sock, yarn and bag♥Is a new knitting bag equivalent to a new purse for you?
    Linus says hello to Lucy♥

    Carols last blog post..Can’t think of one…

  16. Ooooh, that bag is lovely; I’m off to visit OliviaKnits!

    yarnpiggys last blog post..It’s raining, it’s pouring…

  17. Maybe if you had a Barbie (American Girl, whatever) wardrobe, you could hang all of your socks in it (after lining it with cedar of course!)

  18. You’re leaving even earlier in the morning??? Whoa….

    jannas last blog post..Checking in

  19. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Your socks match your bag 🙂

  20. Ok, you may have answered this in a long past post, but I have a question. With your prolific portfolio of projects (finished ones) I think you must be a “picker” instead of a “thrower”. Am I correct? Do you change your style of knitting once in a while to reduce the risk of repetitive motion strain?
    And you have my condolences about your diminished knitting time, and the awful commute change. This too shall pass.

  21. Living in Europe, I imagine walking in downtown Washington like a very brave thing to do… Take care!

  22. Be careful on those am walks! hope it gets better soon.

  23. The bag is gorgeous. I love the fabric colors!

    I’m a big fan of knitting (and other crafts) on public transit. I always feel a bit more aware of my surroundings while I am knitting than I do when I am reading. It stinks that the more crowded train is putting a damper on this time for you.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..boggled

  24. Great looking knitting bag! Your readers must have been busy, as Olivia’s shop is sold out just now! Great for her! 🙂

    What a week you’ve had! Having survived early train commutes in a Philadelphia summer years ago, I can definitely sympathize with the safety issue and the heat! Please stay safe!

    Inas last blog post..Dish towel knitting instructions: Where are you?

  25. Would give Lucy a belly-rub right away if I could!! She´s adorable, and she knows it!!! //Maria, Sweden

  26. Looks like she put up at least one more because I just grabbed it! Sold out again – but SOO cute – thanks for sharing.

    Amy O’s last blog post..Paper Crafting, Really?

  27. Glenda Brown says:

    I’d love to work with your “blue around the fingers” yarn. Just dyed my hair burgandy this weekend. There was a small hole in the index finger of one of the plastic gloves. Yeah, I have one red finger, so I could mix that with a blue finger and the other white ones for a 4th of July tribute!
    P.S. Ordered a bag from Olivia–love it! Thanks for showing her bag.

  28. Right now, I have a migraine, so I’d love to have a small trouble like leaky dye to give the stupid thing a reason to be. Hugs.

  29. Do you have a closet full of little sock hangers? or do you treat your socks like sweaters and keep them neatly folded in a drawer with cedar chips? 😉

    (it was a very Seinfeld thought in my head… and funny.)