My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply, using 3.25mm needles.

Archives for April 2010

One of Those Days

It has been one of those days. It started out well enough, but went downhill from there.

Nothing dramatic, just one annoyance after another, and very little knitting time. So it was probably not the best of ideas to attempt to start a project on size 15 needles when I finally got a bit of time. This is as far as I got before I decided that life is too short:

I don’t think I’ll tell you how long it took me to get to that point. My hands are simply not built for size 15 needles.

So this project has been retired and I have backed away slowly.

Lucy, on the other hand, had a great day.

As you can see, she was very productive. Unlike her Momma!

And Now For Something Completely Different

Thank you for all the lovely blog anniversary wishes. I’ve just closed the comments on that post at (I think) 801 comments! I’ve randomly given away about 150 patterns to commenters, so I hope those of you who received patterns will enjoy them. 🙂

A couple of weeks ago I got my copy of the latest Vogue Knitting.

An issue about lace! What’s not to like?

It caused some odd behavior for me. First, I ordered this:

That would be a size 15 needle.

Then I ordered this:

That’s a bulky weight silk ribbon yarn. I have 4 skeins.

(I also ordered a big-ass crochet hook, but it has not arrived yet.)

What was the cause of this odd behavior?

This pattern:

It speaks to my inner Aging Hippie.

Lucy sez:

“Sometimes I wonder about Momma. I really do.”

Now We Are Eight

Eight years ago today, I starting blogging my knitting. While it seems like a million years ago, it also feels like it was just yesterday.

In honor of this auspicious occasion, if you leave me a comment and mention which of one my patterns available for sale in my Ravelry shop you might like to win, I will, throughout the weekend, arbitrarily and completely at my whim, send free copies of patterns to randomly selected commenters. Be sure you leave a valid email addy in your comment (email addresses are not displayed on the blog once the comment is published). Alternatively, if you tell me your Ravelry username in your comment, I can send the pdf as a gift through Ravelry.

This is for people who leave comments. Please do not email me. Please do not use the “Contact me” form from the link at the top of the page. To leave a comment, you must visit my actual blog (not respond to the entry emailed to you, should you be subscribed to my blog via email). Once at, if you scroll down to the bottom of the post, you will see a link that looks something like this:

Click on the link that reads “x Responses” and it will open up the single page for the post. You will then need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see the form that you need to fill out to comment.

(All this “how to leave a comment” instruction might seem a little over the top, but every time I have a contest that requires the leaving of comments I get many, many emails from people who don’t know how to leave a comment.)


Here is the state of the project I showed you yesterday.

Ooh, a lace edging.

The yarn is Tilli Tomas Demi Plie. The color is “Natural.” I picked this up a couple of years ago when someone was having a great sale (kpixie, perhaps?) along with a pile of it in the Parchment colorway, which became a Hanging Garden Stole (a birthday gift for my sister-in-law — last year I think).

This yarn is 100% silk and has 290 yards to 50 grams, so it’s sort of a heavy laceweight. I love this yarn.

Oh, what is that an edging for?

You’ll see. It’s either going to look fabulous or be a monumental fail.

Have a great weekend! I hope to see a bunch of you at fibre space tomorrow.

Lucy sez:

“I’m staying home. And I guess this means that Momma will be late coming home tomorrow. Hmmmph.”