My current work in progress:

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


Progress Photos

Before I get to the progress photos, I need to announce the winner of a copy of Charts Made Simple: Understanding Knitting Charts Visually by JC Briar.

Thank you all for entering the giveaway! The great and mighty Random Number Generator at chose Eileen Bunn to receive the free copy. Eileen, I have emailed you.

And thank you, JC Briar, not only for writing this wonderful book, but for donating a copy for the giveaway!

Knitting Progress!

The knitting progress is not mine, but is from some of my sample knitters who are knitting up the patterns from my upcoming e-booklet The Winter of My Discontent.

First up, mittens being knit by Leslie.

This pattern is knit in DK weight wool, and Leslie is using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. Kudos to Leslie, who has already found 3 errors in my chart (and had to rip back once because of one of them). She’s a great test knitter!

Next up, fingerless mitts.

Stacy is knitting these babies.

They are knit in fingering weight wool, and Stacy is using her own Tempted Good Grrl yarn in the “Moonlight colorway.

Isn’t Stacy’s manicure nice? 🙂

And of course we have socks.

Susan (link is to her Ravelry project page for this knit) is knitting this sock from Madelinetosh Sock in “Crow.” I love the yarn Susan chose!

I also love how these three knitters chose yarns in the same color “family” — total coincidence, as I did not specify yarn or colorway.

But wait! Here are the same socks in a vastly different colorway!

Beck is knitting the largest size of the same pattern (for her husband) in Ella Ray Lace Merino in “Navy Gold.” I love how the pattern looks in this yarn, too. And Beck had some help with her photo shoot:

That’s Otto, who apparently is in love with the sock.

Thank you to Leslie, Stacy, Susan, and Beck who made this blog post possible with their photos. 😀

There are three more projects being knit by three more knitters, and I’ll have photos of those to share with you soon as well.

Lucy sez:

“Is Otto single?”


  1. I love the pictures! I can’t wait for the patterns to become available. I hope your hand is feeling better.
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  2. just to let you know I’m making your ‘a finer peace socks’ and would like to say a big thank you for your free patterns 🙂
    love your blog x
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  3. Celestine says:

    hahaha..Good one Lucy….Hope you are healing well Wendy

  4. I’m looking forward to your ebook.

  5. Stephanie says:

    what lovely designs! i just love the cables!!! and now I’m wondering what it takes to get to be a sample knitter. that would be so much fun! hope you’re healing up and can get back to your own knitting soon!

  6. I am a LOT in love with those socks… May go so far as to say that I need them…

  7. Okay, as if the wait wasn’t hard enough, now you have to tease us. Of course, the beauty is that it’s all the patterns (sorta kinda) right now! Love what I have seen so far. Lucy, my Fred baby is a solid orange boy and he asked me to let you know he’s single…

  8. I want to make them all. Temptress!

  9. beautiful mitts I’m kind of a mitt fanatic in my chilly house they are wonderful for computer work or knitting. What cute kitties!
    brandi´s last blog post ..Goats Part 2

  10. You made me smile, smile, smile.

  11. Oh I am very excited about your e-book!! Those colours and designs are great!! Lucy if Otto is not single my Fred who is also a marmalade kitty is. Here in Kentucky we are really getting snow!!!

  12. OOH! Those projects are looking very yummy!! Can’t wait to see the finished book!!! Love the similar colorways…. must be the discontent! Love your kitty too!! And the little orange/white paw is adorable!!
    Cindy´s last blog post ..Repairs Check!

  13. Love those socks and the mitts too. As cold as it is spring is in the air the love bug has hit Lucy.

  14. Love, love, love the fingerless mitt. I’ll be tempted to learn to read a chart to make that one!

    I, too, have a male marmalade. He’s a big boy–about 17 pounds–but he’s pure love. (and fixed, to boot! No permanent biological souvenirs of any interaction ).

  15. Loved the photos! I cannot wait for the e-book to become available.

    Did Lucy ever find out if Otto is single? They would make a cute couple.
    Ezara Penning´s last blog post ..Another Day and I am Still Knitting on Kalmia

  16. Jo morgan says:

    I love the fact that your e-book title references both the bard and John Steinbeck (yes, I’m a recovering English teacher). So, now I have two reasons to buy it — the designs look scrumptious! Jo

  17. Wow! I love those designs! — Especially the…..I can’t decide! They’re wonderful!! When will they be ready?

  18. I REALLY need those fingerless gloves! I haven’t attempted cables, but this may be the project that does it. I like how Otto’s paw color coordinates with the knitting project!

  19. Lovely patterns, and I would love to see the rest of Otto.

  20. Sherri A. says:

    I love what I see…can’t wait for the book. Lucy, forget all those other guys. I’m a big handsome black and white ” tuxedo” cat. Purrrr…

  21. I love the progress pictures, especially the fingerless mitts. My cold hands are just itching for me to add mittens, gloves and mitts to the queue.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..4 day shawl

  22. Hi Wendy,

    I am so looking forward to being able to download your Ebook, the samples look great so far. I was lucky enough to get your first sock book for Christmas which I hope to start on a project soon as soon as I have finished knitting a pashmina which seems to be taking forever!

    Best wishes,

  23. Actually, Lucy says “Who let that other cat horn in on my blog?”

    Oh, and nice knitting!

  24. Love the photos and the yarn is yummy! Hang in there!

  25. I’m in love with Otto’s paw.
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  26. Otto may not be single, but I have a VERY handsome young ragdoll named Smoosh who is single (photo available upon request). Of course, he may be too active for Lucy . . . .

  27. Love the new patterns, but just like Lucy, I’d like to see the rest of Otto!

  28. Patterns look great! Can’t wait to buy your epatterns. I could be a test knitter – – I would be most honored – – just sayin’.

    Smooches to that darling pussy cat of yours!

  29. madonnaearth says:

    Way to go, Wendy!!! Those patterns look great!

  30. madonnaearth says:

    Dudes, the book is already temporarily out of stock on amazon!

  31. Kibbie says, “Lucy, I am single! And oh so pretty. You ladies always go for the “orange bad boys”…sigh!

  32. I’m always open to an enabler who will encourage me to make some really original socks. My latest splurge was the new Cascade Heritage Silk blend. Love the cable work!

  33. Just finishing up a crocheted pair of fingerless mittens. I must try knitting a pair and love your patterns! It must be horrid for you not to be able to do something you enjoy so much. Mend fast and mend well! Bess

  34. I don’t blame Lucy for her inquiry on Otto’s status, his paw is quite fetching.
    Could he be hinting for a cat toy made out of that sock yarn if any is leftover? (Surely, a slightly shorter sock could guarantee that this happens.)
    I like all three projects. Fingerless mitts are one of my favorite things to knit.

  35. Lovely patterns, all!

    If Lucy and Otto were on Facebook, I’m sure they would be Friends!

  36. Can’t wait to get the e-book.

    Hope you hand continues to improve. Swelling going down is always nice.

  37. Oooohhh … I had a kitty named Otto! One of his favorite spots was between my lap and my knitting! >^.,.^>