My current work in progress:

The Throwback by Andrea Mowry, knit from Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted and Spincycle Yarns Dream State, using 4.5mm and 5mm needles.

Computer Open Heart Surgery

The operation seems to have been a success! We performed a heart transplant on my poor ailing desktop computer.

powersupply Computer Open Heart Surgery

Izzy was a big help.

izzy feb22 Computer Open Heart Surgery

So hopefully my computer is back among the living. So far, so good. But it’s nice to have the laptop available . . . .just in case!

Knitting Gift!

Look what I got in the mail on Friday:

knittingbag Computer Open Heart Surgery

A new knitting bag! This was a gift from one of my most faithful blog readers, Lindsey-Brooke. Thanks L-B!

A close-up of the logo:

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Appropriate, no?

That reminds me . . . several knitting bloggers have posted photos of their “knitting toolboxes” so it’s about time I showed you mine:

zipzapcase Computer Open Heart Surgery

This is a carrying case for “ZipZaps” and accessories — radio controlled cars. Ian gave me this for Christmas. Doesn’t it make a great knitting toolbox?

The case has two levels. The top:

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And the bottom:

zipzapcase2 Computer Open Heart Surgery

And best of all, it’s portable!

Oregon Update

Not a great deal of progress. It was kind of a crazy mixed-up weekend so I didn’t get a lot of knitting time in. But I am near the end of the first sleeve:

oregon feb23 Computer Open Heart Surgery

Hey, did y’all see that the Starmores have re-released Oregon and have it available in two colorways on the Virtualyarns website? My favorite of the two is the autumn colorway, but I like the version I’m knitting right now best.


  1. The new Oregon’s are very nice [ except for the price ! ],but I think the original is subtler ,and a little ‘cooler’ – i.e. more blue. I’m about to order the yarn for mine .I love it when you get all those little hanks of yarn .
    Fondly remember when J&S parcels were brown paper and string ,with a bit of red wax !

  2. I SO want Autumn. 🙂 But that’s because I don’t wear those lighter blues well. I love your little carrying case..wish my bf would get a clue and get me one for a holiday..or for that matter just for the heck of it! 🙂

  3. All in all, they did very well reworking Oregon considering their current range of colors is more limited, didn’t they?

  4. It’s Monday morning, do I know where my markers,t-pins, row counters are? Oh,scattered about amongst several knitting bags! Great box for organization,Wendy!

  5. Thank you L-B and Wendy… I just ordered a ‘Society for Women Addicted to Knitting’ totebag for myself. The Logo is great and I love totes that have a zipper closure.

    Wendy, what do you do with the leftover yarn from your numerous FO’s?


  6. Uh-oh. I’ve always been bad with acronyms, and SWAK is already taken in my head. Sealed With A Kiss, Inc. is a fiber studio in Oklahoma that publishes Intarsia: A Workshop for Hand & Machine Knitting. I really like the book, and I’ve been trying to round up some people to work through the sampler with me. They focus on getting a flat, uniform fabric by wrapping the yarn certain ways for certain situations. Anyway, with you being my new Fair-Isle and sock goddess :-D, I thought I might actually be able to tempt you into a little Intarsia. What do you think? (Isn’t flattery supposed to get you everywhere?)

  7. Yes, in my mind too, SWAK belongs to the intarsia people. I actually have one of their patterns I bought ages ago. But I’m sorry to say that I detest intarsia. Did a few intarsia projects in the dim and distant past and that was enough.

    I’m sorry I can’t be your intarsia goddess . . .

  8. I’ve looked at the Oregon cardigan on Virtual yarns, and other than pricing, my biggest obstacle is trying to figure out what size I am based on cm measurements. Any advise as to what size American a L and XL would equate to? I’m assuming I’m one of those but don’t know. Thanks!

  9. Karen, my best advice is to measure a cardi you have whose fit you like, then convert those measurements to centimeters. Then pick the size of Oregon that’s closest. 🙂

  10. I just wanted to pass on an intersting rumor I just read…

    “And I quote…..’There are no patterncards for St Brigid, Na Craga or Fulmar as a new edition of ARAN KNITTING is planned.’
    GREAT NEWS!!! Aran Knitting as a new edition! And one we can all(hopefully)afford!”

    Can’t wait! I’m sure I’ll have to have it too.

  11. I personally think “Aran Knitting” is a must have. It’s one of my favorite knitting books!

  12. Caroline F says:

    Karen: here are two metric converters:
    You can get inches for your centimeters.

  13. ‘There are no patterncards for St Brigid, Na Craga or Fulmar as a new edition of ARAN KNITTING is planned.’

    oooh, where did this rumor come from?

  14. Rumor source: A person on one of the knitting lists quoted an employee of VY.