My current work in progress:

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


Clearing Things Up

Lately when I post photos of my socks on blockers, some of you think that the end of the blocker peeping out from the top of the sock is a knitted on edging.


Nope! It’s my pretty red sock blocker, purchased at The Loopy Ewe.



Lucy and Wildlife

And a couple of you commented wondering how Lucy slept through the brief encounter with the squirrel. Lucy was a good seven miles away from the squirrel!

I live on the 10th floor of a highrise condo. Lucy is an indoor-only kitty. It would be a very intrepid squirrel indeed that managed to show itself to Lucy! We do get birds landing on the windowsills from time to time. I have a large window in the living room:


Here’s the view from that window:


Lucy does go nutsy-cuckoo when a bird lands on the windowsill!

And she does sleep a lot:


She is particularly tired today because she spent a good part of last night waking me up to play with her.

New Sock

Here is the sock I just finished:


I did not put it on a blocker to avoid confusion. 😉

Here’s a side view:


The yarn is ShibuiKnits Sock in “periwinkle.”


The KnitNation website for the event in London next July has today been updated with the class choices. Check it out! I believe that registration opens on December 1.

Book Winner

And the winner of the Kristin Nicholas book is Linda in Chicago. Linda, I’ve emailed you.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment!

Tune in tomorrow for a “Name-the-Pattern” contest!


  1. Hey, my cats could spot “skwerl!” from that distance and would be kak-kak-kaking in the window at the sight.

    And that is one gorgeous sock!
    .-= HissyStitch´s last blog ..A Knitting Scholarship? For real? =-.

  2. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    It is true, I thought how interesting to have a red trim on a lavender/purple sock. Not necessarily a bad idea. If anyone could pull it off, it would be you.

  3. My cats are indoors too. We were in a drought situation in California and “lost” our back lawn, but the birds LOVE the natives (i.e., weeds) growing back there, so my cats hang out at the back window and patio door a lot now. When there are no birds, we put on their kitty DVD and they are treated to birds, squirrels, etc. They also like Animal Planet, esp a couple of days ago when Cats 101 was on. Lucy is lucky to have such a loving mom.

  4. New socks…just gorgeous !

  5. Periwinkle!!!!!! Beautiful!
    Thinking Lucy has Periwinkle eyes! 🙂

  6. Since the time change, my cat thinks that 5 a.m. is time to start sitting on me and purring for breakfast. NOT OK. I’m good at ignoring, though.

    The periwinkle sock is lovely!
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..As luck would have it… =-.

  7. The periwinkle socks turned out really pretty. Looks like you have a nice view of the fall colors out your window — nice!
    .-= annalilly´s last blog .."Ribbit" =-.

  8. Yeah, I thought for a second that the lavender socks in yesterday’s post had red tops, which I kinda liked. But I figured out about the sock blockers.
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Hatz. =-.

  9. I love the new socks and the view out of your window!

  10. Love the periwinkle sock – great job!
    .-= Barbara-Kay´s last blog ..Memories of Christmas past, and an honor =-.

  11. Believe it or not, in my last apartment I witnessed a squirrel on 2 or 3 occassions enter an open window on the 12th floor — the occupant had a bowl of nuts or candy sitting just inside the window and the squirrel slipped in through the small opening and took one and slipped out and back down the side of the buildin with his treasure. I saw him do it more than once and it took him ever so long to get up there and back down– it was unbelievable. Never underestimate a squirrel!
    .-= Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit´s last blog ..Happy Birthday, Mom! =-.

  12. margieinmaryland says:

    Cute sock blocker!

    I like the interaction between the bands of color from the yarn and the knitted geometric pattern.

  13. Love the new sock. When will the pattern be available. Must pick up some more Shibui yarn. Gorgeous colour. Cheers

  14. It was me, too…..I thought the blocker was a red picot edging or something….and I even have the same blockers-duh…must drink more coffee before responding to posts.
    Love-love-love the new sock and how the color slightly shifts with the pattern and the yarn.

  15. I knew it was the sock blocker, but I still needed to remind myself that it wasn’t a little lace addition. I think it would be quite the fetish (for lack of a better word) to top every pair of socks regardless of pattern or color with a little bit of red wavy lace.

    I like the new socks. They remind me of the diamond gansey socks from your book, only with a wide separation between the motifs.

  16. Love periwinkle sock. An original, no doubt! A pattern soon? Sally

  17. Beautiful sock – gorgeous colour!

  18. Izzy is an indoor-only kitty too but keeps sneaking outdoors the last week or so. She’s only gone about 2 feet from door and then is frightened usually by Debit who’s being the “kitty police” and runs right back inside. We live in a house (live-in fiber arts studio) so she can see wild life which she stalks. She sleeps all the time too.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Fee Fi FO WIP =-.

  19. I love Shibui periwinkle! I used that same yarn to make your diagonal rib socks and they are my current favorites.

    We call our windows ‘kitty tv.’ There’s always something interesting on!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Give Peace a Chance Project Bag =-.

  20. ohhh shibui! I love the subtle stripes. I’ve been going off random sock yarn recommendations in your book when i have the money and the cherry tree hill sock yarn is one of my faves right now. haven’t gotten to shibui yet! Guess that’s the next one!
    .-= PMOYS´s last blog ..What is this Yarn Diet you speak of? =-.

  21. Theresa in Italy says:

    Really lovely new sock!

  22. we knitters get confused so easily.
    And now for something completely different…
    You have a spinning wheel and spin, spin, spin. Did you start out with a drop spindle?

  23. Great blog. Love reading about your life, knitting and of course the great and wonderful Lucy.
    I will be posting a notice on my blog tomorrow nominating you for a Kreative Blogger award. You can like to it and get the rules and button after noon.
    Give Lucy a snuggle for me. If she isn’t sleeping of course.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..The Season Ends =-.

  24. Ok -I am a little embarrassed – but a red edging for the socks would have been pretty too!
    .-= danielle´s last blog ..Happy Thanksgiving! =-.