My current work in progress:

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


This Has Nothing To Do With Anything

But take a look at this entry at the Going Underground Blog. At the time that photograph was taken, I was living in Pinner in the U.K. Boy, does that picture bring back memories!

Also, something else I keep forgetting to mention is this:

This is Toe-Up Socks in a Box: Essential Sock Techniques and 20 Toe-Up Patterns from Wendy Knits and will be available on November 2, 2010. Just in time for holiday gift-giving. ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s a box of 20 sock patterns, taken from my two sock books. The patterns are printed on cards so that you can easily slip a card in your knitting bag. There are also cards with step-by-step instructions for techniques.

I’ve got something else knitting-related coming down the pike (she said mysteriously), the manuscript for which is due to my publisher at the end of this month, so this is a very busy week for me, as I plan to get it off my desk by the end of the week. What is it? All will be revealed in the fullness of time!

The Pi at Hand

Debbie asked in the comments if a 39″ needle will be long enough to accommodate all the stitches of the pi after the last increase. The answer is yes, it will. I have all my stitches fairly comfortably on a 32″ needle, and did so for the last pi I knit.

Karen asked:

If you were to do extra repeats in any given section, how many would you do to make it uniform to the other sections?

I’d say you could do a couple extra repeats in any section and keep the uniformity of the design.

Here is Lucy, spending quality time with her fuzzy rat.


  1. Congrats on the sock box ๐Ÿ™‚

    In 1966, I was still a glimmer in my parents eye – hehe

  2. Socks in a Box–very cool!
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..I test-knit AND give stuff away Fun! =-.

  3. The long-awaited lace or shawl book?

  4. …love the Going Underground link… hehe ;).. fantastic! .. and the sox in a box ๐Ÿ™‚ fabulous… good for you!!

  5. Boy, Lucy isn’t letting that fuzzy rat get away with anything! She’s been guarding it non-stop.

  6. Maybe a shawl book by chance? Congratulations on the sock box patterns, such a great idea.

  7. i think i remember reading in Knitting Almanac that EZ did her Pi on a 24″ needle.

  8. congratulations on the sock-in-a-box — a great stocking stuffer for someone just getting started on socks or trying toe up which personally i think is the only way to knit socks

  9. I can hardly wait for the sox box! I hate carrying pattern books around, so I end up photocopying the individual pattern, but a nice little card will be great!

    Regarding Lucy’s fuzzy rat – is it my imagination or is the rat getting fuzzier???

  10. oh, sox in a box in time for an early birthday present for myself! Can’t wait! and I love the colors of your Pi.

  11. Mary Roach says:

    Best Idea Ever – sock patterns on individual cards… Congrats

  12. Congrats on the Sock in a box release!
    I’m lovin the Pi knit, but just started on part 3 today, so I may just be a tag along.

  13. GREAT idea…sock in a box cards to slip into knitting bags! LOVE IT! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. But has Lucy actually made friends with the mouse yet? Or still checking it out.

  15. How exciting!! Congratulations!!
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Decisions- decisions =-.

  16. Toe-Up Socks in a Box….it will definitely be on my Christmas wish list this year. Your designs are awesome!

  17. Thanks for the answer about the needle length, Wendy. I love the color choice for the socks in a box! It IS a great gift and reasonably priced, too. I hope it sells a lot!

  18. WOW! I used to drive through Pinner now and then–my husband, a U.S. Naval officer serving as an exhange officer with the Royal Navy and I lived from 1977-19890 in Bushey, near Watford. Loved almost every minute of our three years in England. What fun to see Pinner referred to. Congrats on the new publication.

  19. Congratulations on the upcoming Toe-Up Socks in a Box Wendy. Look forward to purchasing this one as gifts and one for myself too Wendy!

  20. Wendy, I love your sock patterns, and am looking forward to the mysterious new book. Maybe it’s shawls!

    I remember EZ saying she preferred 24″ circulars because you can knit back and forth on them without the long cable getting in the way, and they were long enough for anything. This may not be an exact quote, but is merely how I remember it. I took her advice and have not bought a circular longer than 24″ since, but have sometimes felt the stitches were packed in too tightly. I can really see using a longer needle for a Pi shawl. Of course, EZ was in the era BML. (before magic loop.)

  21. I absolutely love, love, love the socks in a box idea!! I truly believe all knitting books should be published in this format. Or perhaps I’m the only one who photocopies every pattern I make just so I can fit the pattern into my project bag…? I can’t imagine that’s the case….but stranger things have happened. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Love hte idea of hte boxed cards.

    Lucy must know I have spied her fuzzy rat!!!! She’s keeping her eye on it.

  23. Karen Carroll says:

    I do luv reading your blogs, Wendy, and seeing the pictures of Lucy. How does she feel about all this picture taking?

    Hugs, Karen Carroll

  24. Karen Carroll says:

    Forgot to ask you, Wendy, Do you have pretty tube sock patterns for women? I broke my foot about 3 years ago, and putting on regular socks, and wearing them still bother my foot. I have a small foot, 9 inchies from big toe-nail to end of heel. I have an easy plain tube sock, but would like some pretty ones. KAREN

  25. I need another serving of pie, my dear! Love the shawl so far – great directions both written and charted. You’ve finally got me to the point that I rarely read the written part!
    .-= Kyrana´s last blog ..Insanity =-.

  26. Aaahh! Aaaah! squee, squee! Good thing I have a November anniversary. Much better than flowers.

  27. Congratulations on the socks-in-a-box project!
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..Me-O- My-O- Mojo =-.

  28. I just realized that you wrote my very favorite sock pattern! I use the structure of TRADITIONAL GANSEY SOCK for just about every sock I knit! Thank you so very much.

  29. would love a box set of your shawl patterns, even if the box was an 8.5 by 11 size. The transport-ability of the cards i like!, or even spiral bound for ease. Looking forward to what you have new! Haven’t got to start the pi yet.
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..Did i miss summer Feels like fall! =-.

  30. Ah – glad the post bought back memories. Apparently the garden at Pinner Tube is still looking lovely ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Annie Mole´s last blog ..Tube staff set dates for strike action =-.

  31. I was wondering how you are going to join your yarn. I am using the same yarn and am not sure what to do since it is single ply and superwash. Thanks.

  32. I tried starting the Shetland Pi Monday night, but was thwarted by my long-ish slippery needles. I have since acquired shorter needles in an appropriate lace weight size and hope to get some catching up in today!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..10 Tuesday college dreaming =-.

  33. Amazon knows me so well. They notified me as soon as pre-order for the new sox-in-a-box was available. And, of course, I ordered it. C’mon November 2!!

  34. We have to work something you so that your publisher doesn’t make things available while I’m deployed. Makes new acquisitions so much more complicated, you know. But seriously, congratulations Wendy!
    .-= Shanti´s last blog ..A Full Day =-.

  35. You lived in the UK?? I didn’t know! Interesting! Congrats for the Socks Box ๐Ÿ™‚