My current work in progress:

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


A Finer Peace

I completed the second sock of my modified Peace Socks pattern on Friday.


When I get a chance, I’ll write up this pattern and post it as a freebie. I think I’ll call it “A Finer Peace.” Why? Because it is knit with fingering weight yarn instead of sportweight, which is what the original pattern is written for. Yes, I do crack myself up on a regular basis.

In other news, I started yet another experimental circular shawl, this one in Ella Rae Lace Merino. The colorway is “The Deep End.”


The name of this yarn is somewhat misleading, as it closer to fingering weight than laceweight. It’s a 100 gram skein with 460 yards per skein and the stated gauge is 29 stitches and 37 rows to 4 inches on a US 3 (3.25mm) needle. Using a size 0 (2mm) I expect I’d get my usual 8 stitches per inch for socks.


But I’m knitting lace, and using a US 4 (3.5mm) needle.


So far, all is well. No leaching of dye, no atrocities. The yarn is quite nice, in fact!

Okay, back to the couch for me. I still can’t shake this viral crud that took hold of me over a week ago, so I have an afternoon of doing very little planned.

Lucy has an afternoon of looking adorable planned.



  1. Feel better, Wendy! *hugs*
    .-= Liz R´s last blog ..FINALLY =-.

  2. i also bought the same color from loopy ewe and plan to do a circular shawl as well. Will you be putting your shawl pattern up for sale or freebie? I think i’ll wait to see what you come up with before starting mine.Hurry up – I can hard wait to see what you do with this beautiful yarn!

  3. Love. Love, LOVE!! that sock pattern! Gorgeous!
    .-= Miss Knotty´s last blog ..My Fountain Pen – she is finished! =-.

  4. OMG that yarn color is amazing. Blues are my favorite.
    The Finer Peace socks look super! But you always do fantastic work!
    And Lucy, I just have one thing to say to you… “Awwwwwwwwwwww”
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..4th of July! Time to Dye! =-.

  5. What a coincidence! Yesterday, I pulled out my Ella Rae (same colorway, from the looks of it), but none of the patterns I looked at grabbed my attention.

    How many skeins are you using? Pattern name?
    .-= Nathalie´s last blog ..Happy 4th of July =-.

  6. Sorry to hear you’re still not feeling 100%….rest and mindless knitting will help …

  7. The socks are fab and that blue yarn is delicious!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Roll up, roll up! It’s giveaway time! =-.

  8. Gorgeous! Love the sock, love the yarn. And drink lots of healthy fluids, it stinks to be sick!

  9. I am always amazed at the way you can design socks so rapidly and now the circular shawls have your mind going-it is a wondrous thing to behold!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Spinning and Building =-.

  10. I have Ella Rae Lace Merino in my Ravelry stash – they had assigned that yarn a “Fingering” weight designation too. Mine will be a shawl some day as the colors are really too numerous to be socks except for a clown.

    Lucy is so smart – planning to take a lazy Sunday doing what she does best!

    Lots of wishes for feeling better soon.
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Life is Good =-.

  11. Well as usual, Lucy does look quite adorable. I hope you start feeling better soon, this thing has hung around long enough!!
    Love your new project and the color is great!

  12. Go away viral crud!!! I love the color of the Ella Rae yarn. Now it’s back to the recliner and knitting for me too.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  13. I gave Dani a skein of the Ella Rae yarn for her birthday or christmas – bday I think – she loves it and I noticed then that it was closer to fingering weight than lace – but it is a beautiful yarn and I know a handful of people who have used it for socks.
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Unimagined Kindness =-.

  14. Lucy´s adorable – as always!!!
    //Maria in Sweden

  15. Love the colorway of the new yarn! Hope you feel better soon. Lingering crud is the pits — especially in the summer.

  16. They look wonderful! I’d love to see a pattern for this as in NZ we only really have fingering weight sock yarn not sport.
    .-= Celeritas´s last blog ..Socks: Needlefood Martinborough Vines in Crazy Monkeys =-.

  17. Have a nice, peaceful afternoon. Lucy certainly has looking adorable down to an art!
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..I bought yarn! =-.

  18. Ooh, the sock came out quite nice! The viral crud doesn’t seem to be slowing your knitting down! Snuggle up with Lucy and get some good relaxing in.
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..Hoorah! Dragons for the 4th! =-.

  19. It’s pretty cool to crack yourself up regularly. And you often manage to crack me up too, and I suspect I’m not alone.

    And I’m SO glad to hear your yarn had no atrocities. We like that in a yarn! (giggle)

  20. very adorable!

  21. And she does look adorable!. Sally

  22. I, too, am anxiously awaiting the pattern — very pretty socks!!!

  23. Just adore those socks adn the colour.
    The colours of the Ella Rae are just wonderful. Cannot wait to see you perform your magic.
    Get better soon. Those viruses are mean
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Singer Model 13 Treadle Sewing Machine =-.

  24. I hope you feel better soon.

  25. Beverly says:

    It is no fun being sick, especially in the summer. Get Well Soon!

  26. Lucy’s plans have come to fruition. She is adorable. I hope you recover soon!
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Busy Daze =-.

  27. Sorry you’re still feeling icky….darned bugs! The Finer Peace socks are gorgeous – can’t wait to add them to my queue!
    .-= Cindy K´s last blog ..WIP Mania – one down for the count =-.

  28. Theresa in Italy says:

    Great title for the new socks! (You crack me up, too.) Hope you’re feeling better soon, there’s something so unjust about being sick in the summer, even if one is no longer able to enjoy long summer vacations….And yes, Lucy, you are adorable.

  29. I love that shade of blue. I wonder if my local yarn shop has any of that yarn in stock. I feel like I’ve been good for the past month or so, because I haven’t bought any yarn at all!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..searching for new running routes =-.

  30. Beautiful yarn. Hope you feel better. When you get sick, you don’t fool around do you? You always seem to hang on to the nasty ones.

    I’ve started a pair of socks with a skein from Enchanted Knoll Farm. I’m loving it.

  31. I’m using the same yarn and color for Lace Ribbon Scarf and I love how it is turning out. So far no dye on hands.
    Feel better soon – summer bugs are always worse than winter bugs.

  32. Love the socks and the name. Deep End is a beautiful color. Hope you feel better soon.

  33. Love the color of this yarn! How many skeins do you think it will take to do the shawl?
    I’ve been wanting to knit a lace project/shawl for a while, but would like to find a dainty lacey shawl that’s geared to the adventuresome beginner or rookie intermediate…something triangular perhaps, or circular. I just haven’t seen THE ONE yet.
    Lucy always looks adorable! She’s doing the very thing my three are doing at the moment, just looking cute and wanting a hug 😉

  34. That Ella Rae is quite lovely. I hope that your afternoon of doing very little helped!

  35. A Finer Peace, very cool name. The Ella Rae Lace Merino is very pretty. I’ve got a huge hank of a lovely silvery violet based lace weight yarn from Fiber Optics that I’ll be using for the in the round shawl I plan to design for my daughter. Hopefully I’ll be able to get started on it before the end of this month. Yours will be an inspiration, I am sure.

    Sorry to hear you have a virus … my husband was sick all last week, it was so sad to see because he is never sick. Hopefully yours isn’t as bad as what he had to go through.

    Hope you and Lucy are having a beautiful summer anyway.

    Warm wishes,
    .-= firefly´s last blog ..Some kind of ‘ectomy or other =-.

  36. Looks so great!
    .-= .k´s last blog ..paikoillenne-valmiit– =-.

  37. Cathy Smith says:

    Hello Wendy,
    Forgive me here for taking advantage of your good nature, but can you suggest a good sock pattern from your collection or anyone else’s for a young man with very, very large feet? His feet are reminescent of Fred Flinstone’s–i.e, very flat and wide. He is a delightful guy, my daughter’s boyfriend age 24, so please don’t think I am disparaging him, but my goodness, his feet are something else. He will be moving to Chicago this fall for grad school and will really need and use hand knit socks. Thank you for any suggestions.
    Cathy Johnson
    Thank you