My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

I Heart Ann and Kay

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I stayed up way past my bedtime last night but it was totally worth it.

Twas a long day yesterday. I left the office at noon for damage control at the Aveda spa. But I had the foresight to buy my copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting before my appointment.

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Okay, I hate how long it takes to get one’s hair colored, cut, and styled.* My appointment took three hours. But yesterday was the most delightful three-hour hair appointment I have ever had. And I have Ann and Kay to thank for that.

I read Mason-Dixon Knitting from cover to cover and those three hours just flew by. I loved reading about how these ladies met online and how their online connection blossomed into a real-life friendship. (Psst! Hey, L-B — does that sound familiar?) And the supporting cast were people I know! Ooh, there’s Polly! And Emma! And Becky! And Rachel, I saw you in Chapter 6! Ooh! Ooh!

This book is like a plate of wonderful cookies — but with no calories. An assortment of yummy treats, all different, all special, all beautiful, and all very, very tasty. The photography is beautiful and the patterns are alluring and compelling. How compelling? I now want to knit a cotton bathmat. And I can’t for the life of me imagine why that never occurred to me before. Just sayin’.

Meeting Ann and Kay at their book signing at Knit Happens was the icing on the cookies. Two nicer, friendlier, more charming women you could never hope to meet. I want to be their best friend and I’m betting I’m not the only one who was there who felt that way.

Speaking of friends you haven’t met yet, Jacinta was here visiting from London! I was so happy to finally meet her in person!

So here I am with my new best friends: Ann, Kay, and Jacinta.

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Um . . . Knitting Progress?

I did get a fair amount done on my second sock yesterday.

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But I confess that I have not touched Kerry in a couple of days. And tonight I have the joy that is laundry to look forward to.

But I’ll make some progress over the weekend.

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Lucy

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Lucy was very pleased that so many people missed her and asked about her. I got home late yesterday and she was all excited and needy, and was not in the mood to be photographed. That is all.

*Wanna see the hair? Click here for a pop-up!

Comments

  1. What a beautiful Lucy display! And the Wendy display ain’t bad either – the hair is gawjus, dahlin’, just GAWJUS.

    Any chance you’re coming to “America’s Yarn Store” (WEBS) in Northampton MA?? The Harlot’s coming, why can’t you?

  2. Love the hair!

  3. Laughed at the “spa” hours…..un huh….and M/D book looks exciting……

    I am counting the days til my WendyKnits arrives…..why?…..because we like you!…..publishing date is 4/25…..arrival date is scheduled for 4/27….and this is 4/13…..geez….this is like being a kid waiting for Christmas……

  4. Great hair! And thanks for the usual gratuitous Lucy shot; we miss her when she’s not here. :)

    Hey, I finished my first ever toe-up sock yesterday, from your generic pattern – I love it! Now the confession: while I was knitting it, I thought I must be missing something, or that maybe you were crazy. “How can the heel be constructed EXACTLY THE SAME as the toe? Not possible! I’m missing a step! Wait, there’s no gusset here! Crazy! Help!” But in the end, I trusted your knitting wisdom and ended up with a totally cool sock – and actually easier and quicker than doing it from the cuff down! I thank you. Now for the other one. :)

  5. I hate how long it takes to get my hair colored but I do love the way it looks when I am finished!!!

  6. I’ve oohed and aahed over Mason-Dixon Knitting at the bookstore…it’s definitely on the list.

  7. Cute spring hairdo! I just ordered the Mason-Dixon book and yours. Can’t wait to get my hands on them! If I don’t get to see you at MSW, I will try to make it to your signing at Holly Spring Homespun. >>hugs<< and I posted… Tee hee!

  8. Yeah, I know about that Mason-Dixon wanna-knit feeling. I’m currently knitting a cotton baby bib. Cotton? Baby bib? Two things I never thought would be on my needles. Geez.

  9. So, so jealous of your hair. :)

  10. Very cool hair!

  11. Yay for the hair! And a cotton bathmat! Good god … and here’s me with 200 balls of cotton (no, I’m not exaggerating. No, I’m also not well, why do you ask?)

  12. A new do and Ann/Kay all at once! How could you Even stand it!?! They probably would like to be Your Best Friend, too! Looking forward to Your book coming to my mailbox shortly ;-)

  13. A new do and Ann/Kay all at once! How could you Even stand it!?! They probably would like to be Your Best Friend, too! Looking forward to Your book coming to my mailbox shortly ;-)

  14. How cute is that hair?

  15. Your hair looks great. And I love the sock. I was not one of the lucky recipients in the sock yarn contest but I think I will go buy some of the yummy yarn you are using. I missed Lucy too.

  16. The hair?
    Sassy! Can I say that here? :)

  17. I laughed when I read you wanted to be Kay and Ann’s new best friend. I think there’s alot of us out there in blogland that would love to just be able to say hi to YOU, in person! I’ve learned alot from reading blogs, but, yours was the first one I ever read. Actually, read it for awhile before I figured out that I could read others.

    Looking forward to your books arrival (and Kay and Ann’s) at the end of the month. Maybe someday I can get to Knit Happens and will be lucky enough to have you sign it.

    Love the hair, just had mine done almost the same way. Lucy, as always, is adorable.

    Sheri in GA

  18. Adorable hair! Also, I’ll have to keep an eye out for that book. Everyone’s been raving about it. :)

  19. Your hair looks lovely. And it’s nice to see Lucy again.

  20. Love the hair!

  21. Whoa, Lucy – work it, baby!

    Sounds like a fabulous day – spa, meeting very cool knitters, getting a fun book signed…

  22. (I’m not the one who missed Lucy so much. Wilbur, though, was devastated.)

    The hair is downright fabulous, Wendy.

    I guess I’m going to have to acquire a copy of Mason-Dixon knitting.

  23. Great do! So fetchingly tousled!

    I never get the good book tours :(

  24. I agree about the MDK book. I’ve been hooked since getting it. I’ve already whipped out a dishcloth and baby kimino, and am searching for yarn to do a bathmat also. I ordered some Euroflax to do the handtowel also. This is very unlike me, to be such a follower. I think they may have hidden subliminal (?spelling) messages in the text like some suggested were hidden in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. It may not of been true of that song, but I think Kay and Ann have turned me into a MDK Cult zombie.

    Oh well, there could be worse things to be addicted to. Although don’t be surprised if Oprah decides to do a special on Mason-Dixon Knitting Cults popping up around the country.

    Just kidding – I love the book and am very jealous of your having met them.

  25. Your hair is adorable, sweetie. Your cat is cute, too!
    –MamaLana

  26. Yay! I’m glad to hear that they’re awesome. I’m planning on going to one of their signings next week. I fell in love with the book as soon as I picked it up a couple of weeks ago.

  27. omg – you, kay and ann in one photo. i need to make a poster of that one. the high priest-esses all together.

    btw, your hair is totally sexy and awesome. the the King loved it – it is that kind of “bed head” style that they love (and we love to have).

  28. Nice hair! Those three hours were totally worth it.

    I’ve been reading on the blogs that Ann & Kay were going to Loop and I was just about ready to go out and buy myself a ticket to London. Of course, it was Loop in Philadelphia, not Islington (London). We are so neglected on this side of the Pond. But then we have Rowan and Jaeger as compensation.

  29. the hair looks great…perfect for spring!
    I love Ann and Kay too.

  30. How lucky to be able to get together with these wonderful, warm-hearted ladies! And your new hairstyle suits you very well.

  31. You’re giving Lucy a run for her money with that new hair do. Love it!

  32. Hair? Love! It!

  33. The new hair do is great. Gotta love that tousled look.

    I just finished my first toe up sock and I’m having a hard time trying to decide what sock to do next. Have you ever tried to convert a cuff down pattern to a toe up one? Does it work? There are lots of really cute cuff down patterns but toe up is more logical and way easier to try on as you go to get the right fit.

  34. Fab Doo Miss Wendy!
    Missed my Lucy fix yesterday. Her pose is what we call Kitty Collapse. A kitty faint if you will.

    Aside to Leslie–see ya at WEB’s!

  35. Hair looks fabu! I love curls…and that look is so hot! messy yet sexy… :)

    Looks like Mason Dixon was so much fun…

  36. Very cute hair. I love how cute and flirty it is. I have to go to the hair place tomorrow and I don’t have my MD book yet. Not until Monday. I’m glad KH was fun.

  37. So glad Lucy is back, your blog is great, but still Lucy I’m sorry is the star in my book. But I’m a little freaky about animals, freaky in a good way, I mean I don’t live in a trailer with 73 cats, 82 dogs and 47 parrots, not yet anyway.

  38. I had my hair cut and styled at an Aveda salon a few weeks ago—my hair smelled so *good* the next day. I love their products. Can’t wait for the new book—
    Brenda.

  39. I’ve knit a couple of cotton bathmats from an old Family Circle Easy Knitting (maybe the first one I ever bought?) While it seems pointless (what with all the other things to knit), I have to say, I will never buy another bathmat: they feel really nice on my toes! Mine are just doubled Sugar & Cream, garter stitch on U.S. 10.5 needles.

  40. And don’t forget that Lucy and I made an online purr-connection,first!

  41. nice do :-)

  42. Hey, nice sock. I have a friend that would go ballistic over those colors. And speaking of socks – I’ve been struggling with the darned things for over a year, but had never tried either toe-up or short row heels before. I’ve got the first of a pair of your toe-up socks on the needles right now, just finished the heel last night, and I’ll be darned if it doesn’t look and feel just like a sock. Wearable, even! I’ve got a hole in the heel, though, where I went back to knitting in the round, and I was wondering if you could explain the proper way to pick up a stitch? I’ve taught myself to knit because I don’t know anyone else who does, and that’s one of the things I never could figure out!

  43. Great hair!! Mine also takes about that long for highlights, cut and styling – and my long time stylist is still always interested in whatever I’m knitting. She can’t get over that people knit and actually make usuable items.

    Thanks for the Mason Dixon review – I haven’t been sure I wanted to spend the money. (I’m a frugal soul at heart :>) Although I’ve been looking forward to your book coming out – no buying reservations there!!

    Carol in Prince George

  44. I don’t usually go to the spa but for three hours of uninterrupted reading I may have to change my mind.

    Your haircut looks great, Miss Lucy looks fab, as always.

  45. Great hair!

    Btw, I received the sock yarn package! Thanks so much! I have posted on my blog.