My current work in progress:

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


Binding Off

There were a couple of questions in the comments about the bind-off I used for my pink sock.

It’s Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Cool, eh?

I tried it out on my last pair if socks — the Diamond Lace socks. Here’s a close-up:


Here’s a close-up of the bind-off on my pink sock:


They look different because, of course, the periwinkle sock is fingering weight and the pink sock is sportweight.


Is it stretchy? Yes it is!

Is it stretchier than the Russian bind-off I usually use? Not noticeably, I think.

Do I like it better than the Russian bind-off? Well, no. My major beef is that it takes longer to execute. But if you need something really stretchy, and you like the little pattern it creates, this is the bind-off for you!

In the “You Need to Know” Department

Lucy would like to share with you that I have not turned on the heat yet.

It occurs to me that because I have embarked on a regime of Clean Eating, I ought not to call Lucy my “Little PopTart” anymore. Seriously, how unhealthy can you get?

From this point forward, when I an feeling particularly sappy and wish to call Miss Lucy by a pet name, I shall refer to her as my “Little Bowl of Organic Oatmeal Cooked with Dried Organic Blueberries and Dried Organic Fuji Apples and Sprinkled with Organic Flaxseed Meal.”

It’s just not the same, is it?

Here (because Sharon asked) is a picture of the new glasses I just got:


And here is Miss Lucy, on the move!



  1. Wow, I go away for a couple of days and come back to lots of changes! I like your new glasses! At least the heat’s not on yet.

  2. Why don’t you just call her “da bestest widdle kitteh girl in da WORLD” and let it go at that?? Sure is easier to say…
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Halloween Tale =-.

  3. Well maybe I should stop calling my cat “Krispy Krames” (Krispy Kreme). Fried sugary goodness but so bad for you. I should start calling him bran muffin, or Mr. Ginko Biloba (improve memory). When I’m mad at him I just yell out ‘hey, fur face!’.
    .-= Kramer’s mama´s last blog ..Monster Socks =-.

  4. How about “My Little Grapenut”?

  5. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    I think Lucy’s wandering off to pout about not being a pop tart any more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I’ve discovered that I like the Russian Bindoff worked on a needle about 3 sizes (at least) bigger than the project needle. Guess I tighten up too much during the execution. But, yeah, once you get the rhythm of it, the RB is pretty fast to execute and stretchy enough.

    I was caught calling my miniature poodle “Peanut Pie” at a dog show once. Here I am, putting the last finishing snips on her hairdo, when she does her cute little sparkly wiggle thing and I end up taking a little too deep a snip (hunk) off her chest. Whatcha gonna do but love ’em?

  7. You could call her your ‘Little Toasted Tart”

    Vague in the food category. Great in the laughs category, because there are SO many ways to interpret it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. My kitty had quite a few names: Kitten Chops, Little Girl Kitty and, if she did something unseemly, Stink Face!! LOL! All bestowed with the most love possible!
    .-= Aponi´s last blog ..Whidbey Island Fabulous Fall Fiber Festival =-.

  9. Thanks for the bind-off review. I really like the Russian now that I’ve learned how to do it (thanks to your book). I have a tight bind off and the sewn bind-off which also works for me requires a tapestry needle (which I don’t like). Any pattern I can knit without use of tapestry needle gets high marks from me.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Christmas Knitting C minus 30 =-.

  10. Yeah that “clean food” name just lacks something!! How about Sweet Pea? I think Flowers are refreshing and Spring like Just like sweet little Lucy!!

  11. I think “Little Miss Fluffball” is organic and clean.
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday: family edition. =-.

  12. How about “My little organic toaster pastry?”

    Hee hee.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  13. As someone who has worn glasses since she was 3 years old (and therefore considers herself an experienced expert) let me say those a great glasses for you. Good choice!
    .-= Barbara-Kay´s last blog ..Just for me! =-.

  14. Love the glasses and might I add your hair is looking fabulously shiny with the henna!

  15. “My Little Pop-Tart” is still an acceptable name. I wouldn’t change it. Lucy might get peeved.

    I like JSSBO, too. It really does stretch! I’m not sure I love the little bumps you get on the row underneath the bind off, but I love everything else about it.
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..Christmas sweaters =-.

  16. Speaking of ends to knitted things, do you have any hints/tips on knitting the edging for the Girasole shawl/afghan? I’ve tried twice to get that started, and I think I’ll be bald before it gets finished! Seriously, any advice would be appreciated very much.

  17. Lucy has a quite excellent floofy tail there. Nice specs!
    .-= LoriO´s last blog ..Fantasy Vacation – Day 3 =-.

  18. Actually you can get organic Pop Tarts. Well, of course, that is a trademark but they are organic toaster pasties. You can buy them at Costco & they are really yummy. I could never stand the brand name things – tasted like cardboard with cheap jam if I remember correctly but the organic ones are very tasty. My daughter used to buy them for the grands for snacks.

  19. How about the classic French ‘mon petit chou’ meaning, ‘my little cabbage’? Do not understand why this should be adorable to the French, but it is. Now, my little brussel sprout, maybe!

  20. I second the ‘mon petit chou,’ or perhaps, my little granola bar? I dunno, I think she might put up with anything if you’d just turn the heat on!
    Great glasses! And thanks for the new bind-off link. I will try it on my serpentine socks!

  21. A few days ago I ordered your book for my husband to give me for Christmas, since I’ve made a lot of top down socks and want to get proficient at toe-up. After reading your post, I did a quick check in the book and was glad to see all the bind-offs there. (Good thing I hadn’t wrapped it up for myself yet!!!) Love your blog, as I have two cats myself, love to knit and am attempting clean eating as well, and looking forward to loving your book!

  22. newjerseylaura says:

    Love the glasses! Very organic:)

  23. You could call Lucy something like ma petit choux. Cabbage is healthier than pop tarts paws down!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..we must all worship Buddha =-.

  24. I made a pair of socks for a rather large, diabetic aunt who asked me to make sure that the bind off was “roomy”. Solution? I used the s1, k1 for one round, then knit the next round and carried on for an inch.

    I don’t know that the way I bind off is called anything in particular – it’s just the way I’ve been taught by my nan. You k2, then pull the first knitted stich over the 2nd, continue. The outcome was so nice I use it all the time now and have had rave reviews. Just a suggestion that seems to work.

  25. I vote for My Little Fluffball.

  26. I think “Poptart” suits Lucy better than “organic thingamajigg”. Unless Lucy is Clean Eating as well?

  27. Jasmin Nyack says:

    My kitties name is Oreo, so she’s stuck being an unhealthy rat ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’ve had to go organic due to an allergy in alot peserves they use, which sucks when you are paid minimum wage and you’re boyfriend is addicted to all things bad.)

  28. The question becomes: what will Lucy answer to?
    .-= Elysbeth´s last blog ..Seams to me =-.