My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Nimble Fingers!

Last Thursday afternoon my knit-bud L-B won the Nimble Fingers Contest at the Virginia State Fair — the contest for fastest knitter. How cool is that? Congratulations, L-B! What does that make — 5 first prizes?

There are photos of the contest on Kathy’s blog over at Holly Spring Homespun.

Raise your needles in salute to L-B, Power Knitter!

Q&A

Jacqueline asked:
with the onset of autumn, inching ever closer to winter and 2006 being the winter olympics… are you planning on knitting the dale of norway torino sweater? i love seeing you complete those olympics sweaters.

The answer is . . . I haven’t decided!

Torino is one of the prettiest Dale ski sweaters I’ve seen for a while, so I’m tempted. I think I’d do the light colorway if I did.

Kristi asked:
Are you still spinning, Wendy? It seems like it has been quite a while since you shared any spinning adventures with us! icon smile Nimble Fingers!

Sadly, no, I am not at the moment, due to back pain. (Not back pain brought on my spinning, but chronic back pain that precludes spinning.) Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to it soon.

Skye

This is how far I’ve gotten on the front:

skye100205 Nimble Fingers!

I’m up to the armhole shaping. I was hoping to finish the front today, but I got my book back from the copy editor and I’m in the midsts of reviewing the edits.

A tip for other writers:

lucy100205 Nimble Fingers!

Cats make very good editors.

I’ve got a busy week ahead of me!

Comments

  1. I love Torino, think it’s one of Dale’s nicer ones. Of course, all their team sweaters are pretty stunning. I have one of the patterns, but haven’t gotten around to making it. Come to think of it, it’s been a while since I did any color work . . .

  2. That’s fantastic news about L-B! Woo hoo! And I hope your back feels better very soon. I hear dark chocolate helps. =)

  3. I understand the back pain issue all too well, having been in a car accident in 2000 and dealing with chronic pain since. I was hoping to do much spinning this weekend, but a bit over zealous walk to capture autumnal photos has left me in a state that won’t allow for much spinning. So, I’m knitting instead while taking in movies.

    I *love* Torino, though that is far beyond my knitting skills at this point :-)

  4. Wow. Torino is a colorwork sweater I might actually wear. If I weren’t going to be living in Texas, that is. I may have to add the pattern to the stash, though.

  5. Congratulations, L-B!

    Get plenty of support for that back while reviewing the edits, Wendy. :-)

    Cats are really ever-helpful assistants. Especially for things on laps and on the floor. :-)

  6. Do you think Lucy can teach Igor to edit? He refuses when I ask.

  7. if cats are wonderful editors i better tell my two to get prepped for my work!

  8. Yup! 5 blue ribbons this year, including two in the agricultural division for my herbs! I may have nimble fingers in a 15 minute contest,but I’m still humbled by our Inishmore Challenge! ;-)

  9. Hey Lucy, that’s cool your greenies are shaped like fishes. And boy, what a stash. Can we come over? We were in the kennel all weekend and we sure hope our Mom gets us some greenie treats!
    Barks and Licks ~
    Bosco and Sophia

  10. Hey Lucy, that’s cool your greenies are shaped like fishes. And boy, what a stash. Can we come over? We were in the kennel all weekend and we sure hope our Mom gets us some greenie treats!
    Barks and Licks ~
    Bosco and Sophia

  11. Hey Lucy, that’s cool your greenies are shaped like fishes. And boy, what a stash. Can we come over? We were in the kennel all weekend and we sure hope our Mom gets us some greenie treats!
    Barks and Licks ~
    Bosco and Sophia

  12. Hi Wendy.

    I was wondering if you could help me. My 2nd anniversary is approching and I wanted to make this http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTanniversary.html

    I have a problem though….my husband is a 2xl and is 6ft tall! Can you give some advice on how to resize this sweater? Please? I’ll send Greenies if required!!!! :)

  13. I’m sure Lucy will do a marvelous editing job.

    Torino is calling my name, too. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything with color work. Hmmmmmmm…

  14. Ummm, how to say this – aren’t we a little worried about the placement of the towers on Torino right in the boobage area? Not as obvious in the dark colorway but a tad to much attention in the light one. I really like their sweater Peace, in their Olympic collection, but I can’t see a pattern for it, so maybe it’s just a readymade.

  15. How does Lucy put the cap back on the red pen?

  16. I know this is completely off topic but…you have a Kromski Minstrel right? I just tried one of these at the VA Fall Fiber Festival and I’m going to be getting one for Christmas. Where did you get yours?

    Thanks!

    PS Angie and Oni say ‘meow’ to Lucy.

  17. Knittykim says:

    Hope you work week isn’t too bad.

    I must comment on cats being “good” editors: If your definition of “good” is sitting atop or knocking to the ground the items to be edited, then my cats also make good editors.

  18. I love Torino — c’mon, Wendy. As a spectator is the only way I ‘ll get to experience this one though.

  19. Do you have an ETA for the book? Please let us all know when it’s available.

  20. i for one am hoping you end up making torino. it is too warm in australia for a colourwork sweater so this was i can live vicariously through you. anyway, i’ve got to agree with you – it is one of their nicest olympic designs.

  21. Alice in Richmond says:

    Congratulations L-B! I really should run into you sometime at Hollyspring Homespun. Kathy Oliver says Hi to Wendy as well!!! I was lured to her shop on Friday for lace weight alpaca, thanks to you Wendy the Enabler and your summer of lace. This right before I went to the Fiber Festival. Now that is not good, or really good depending. You do need to spin again Wendy!

  22. Wendy,
    There was a discussion about Heilo vs. Falk on “knittin on the hebrides” about a year ago. I asked the question and lots of people responded. Most people liked Heilo the best, but the Falk fans were strong. I found that for me, (weirdly) Heilo knits up to a little smaller gauge even though they’re supposed to be identical. I think Heilo is just “springier” & holds the stitch tighter because the wool hasn’t been treated. I like Heilo better. Good luck with your sweater. It will be fun! I just purchased a Dale pattern/yarn on e-bay that’s waiting for me to finish an aran for my son. Can’t wait! Laura