My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.


As you may recall me mentioning last week, I went to TNNA last weekend.

I came home totally exhausted but happy. It was a great time.

I got to meet up with friends I don’t see nearly often enough, as well as online friends I’d never had the chance to meet in real life, as well as make some new friends.

On Saturday morning I took a class with Lucy Neatby on creative edgings for your knitting. Lucy is not only a great teacher, but utterly charming as well. Here’s my favorite of the samples I did in her class.

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I did a signing of my newest book (Toe-Up Socks for Everybody) at the Unicorn Books and Crafts booth later Saturday morning and that was a blast.

And then Saturday afternoon I was free-range and wandered around the exhibits. I got some freebies — always a nice thing!

Check out this beautiful green!

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This is Anne in the new “Apple Green” colorway, from Schaefer Yarn Company. I’m thinking shawlette . . .

And look at this little lovely:

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This is Honor, a new yarn from Lorna’s Laces. It’s 30% silk and 70% baby alpaca and is as yummy as it looks. I think I’ll make a little lacy smoke ring from this sample.

And a non-yarn goodie:

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These are needle inventory cards from Needlecards. They can be custom-designed for a LYS with their logo on them. Sarah was nice enough to give me several “generic” ones, so I’ll pass them along to you all. Leave a comment on this blog entry and on Thursday we’ll randomly pick 4 people who will receive the samples I got.

And here, the mighty hunter with her prey:

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  1. The yarn is beautiful! I could use those cards!

  2. Judith Smith says:

    Please include me in the drawing.

  3. That was a lot to experience in one short trip and lovely yarn to bring home. The needle inventory cards are a good idea. Lucy looks ready to ‘chase’ her prey a bit more.

  4. So, those are the freebies (always a fun thing). Are you going to reveal the treasures that caused you to part with some cold hard cash?!

  5. I always love a contest. And the goodies are a bonus. You rock.
    .-= Aunt Kathy´s last blog ..Are You Kidding Me? =-.

  6. Very nice freebies. 🙂

  7. 1arolinagirl says:

    Oohh, would love to see the new needles cards! I just love your books & I look forward everyday to seeing what you are working on.

  8. 1Carolinagirl says:

    Would love to have an opportunity to win a set of cards. Love you blog and your books!

  9. Peggy Kraham says:

    I enjoyed hearing about your trip to TNNA. The needle board could give me impetus to get my needles organized.

  10. What fun to be able to free range at TNNA
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Continueing with the mesmerizing Yggdrasil =-.

  11. Maybe someday I’ll get to go there too, but for now I would really enjoy some non-yarn goodies as well!
    .-= Lynn Bee´s last blog ..Excuse For Not Getting A Lot of Knitting Done # 72 =-.

  12. Apple green shawlette! Mmm…mmm! Can’t wait to see it! Love the “goodies”, too.

  13. Needle cards look very useful. Thanks!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Hello Stranger =-.

  14. I hope you signed many books!

  15. Those colors are so lovely! Glad to hear you had such a great time.

  16. Definitely would love one of those.

  17. I’ld loved to be there too!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  18. Wow, that Lorna’s Laces red is gorgeous! Can’t wait to find that in a LYS!

  19. Susanne says:

    I have seen something like this before but not as “compact”. Glad you had a great time at TNNA, that red yarn is yummy!

  20. I only get to TNNA vicariously, through you and some others that have blogged about it. So more details, please! And if only a card could help me inventory my needles…I may need an intervention, but I’d like to try the cards first LOL. Thanks!

  21. I just love the edging you made. Where can we get the pattern? And oh those cards would surely come in handy — I have all my needles in a bag together and it takes me FOREVER to find one I need. In fact half of the time I just buy another set of needles along with the yarn because I can’t remember if I already have the correct size — and of course — usually I do.

    Please congratulate Lucy on her kill. She’s quite the hunter.

  22. stephanie reynolds says:

    If I win the needle inventory cards does that mean I will be able to find the needles I need when I need them or will I only be able to know that I have the right needles if only I could find them?

  23. chandra says:


  24. I would love to receive some samples. Love the pix of Lucy with her ‘prey’. My Pharaoh walks around with his in his mouth which muffles his meow. He loves to announce that he is parading around with one and then he deposits it near me and looks oh so proud. Love the kitties!!!

  25. Karen W. Marquardt says:

    Oh, I so want to meet Lucy Neatby and you. The needle inventory cards are a great idea especially for those occasions when one doesn’t have Internet access.

  26. Kathi Jobson says:

    Wow what a great idea, needle cards, I’m thinking that would be so wonderful and keep my growing knitting supplies organized or at least keep me organized. Love the yarn you got too!

  27. My needles need to be organized – I keep buying new ones of sizes I already have and then don’t have others I need. These cards would be perfect!

  28. Rebecca Zimmerman says:

    Another give-away ! You’re the best…put my name in the magic hat…

  29. Ooh, another goody! Thank you, Wendy, for the opportunity.


  30. Susan G. says:

    You are so generous!

  31. Ooh, what yummy looking yarn you acquired! The Lorna’s Laces picture made me want to reach right into my monitor. Please add me to the needle card drawing.

  32. maybe if I win I will organize my needles lol

  33. oooooh those yarns make me swoony. What fun!

  34. hey thanks! I’d love one of those.

  35. Glad you had a great time! Love the sampler & the green yarn. Yummy!

  36. Love the edging & freebies are always a nice perk. 🙂

  37. Needle inventory??? Wow. That would be awesome since my default position is to buy new needles for every project since I can’t remember what I have…..

  38. Sharon M says:

    Needle inventory….what a concept! Probably would prevent purchasing duplicates so frequently!

  39. Nice freebies! and I’m so jealous of your trip!

  40. It would be great to have a way to keep track of needles

  41. I love that little sample swatch!

  42. Catherine says:

    I just hope Lucy doesn’t put up as much of a fight for her mouse as my boyfriend’s cat, Whiskers, did for his when I tried to move it and him downstairs to the living room. But he apologized the next day and for the rest of the week with lots of lovings.

    Love the new yarns!

  43. needlecards sounds like a great help in organizing. Thanks for the give away.

  44. I would love a chance to win the needle cards! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  45. Sue Ann Schaus says:

    Oh…..nifty !!! Needlecards !!! Hope my LYS sees these !!! (I’ll do a show and tell if I get one!)

    Sue Ann

  46. Sounds like fun!
    .-= Elinor´s last blog ..Two Pair (and I’m almost done) =-.

  47. Those cards seem very usefull!

  48. How fun!

  49. Mmmmmmmm, that green yarn is just delicious. Can’t wait to see what you turn it in to. Your edging looks fabulous. Lucy is such a creative knitter.
    .-= josiekitten´s last blog ..In need of some instant gratification =-.

  50. Something I could use. Definitely, definitely.

  51. mncoralie says:

    It sounds like you had a good time at TNNA.
    Thanks for sharing.

  52. Jean Gilmore says:

    Thanks for offering your goodies up for grabs. Please include me. Might help me avoid buying needles I already have “just to be sure.”

  53. Oh – I’d love one of those cards…. then maybe I wouldn’t end up buying my third set of size 1 circulars.

  54. picadrienne says:

    Those needle cards look really interesting. What is the colorway on the Honor yarn?

  55. Sounds like you had a great weekend and very nice of you to share your swag with us!
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..WWKiP Day =-.

  56. Love the “freebie” yarns you got and especially love the pic of Lucy with her prey!

  57. Celestine Getty says:

    Hi Wendy,
    You are always so generous to us. Yes, yes,yes I do need a needle card. I think I do not have the size I need and go out and buy another pair. Of course I always find the pair I thought I had….;0)

  58. Brendaskt says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  59. One of these years I’ll make it to TNNA, in the meantime, I’ll have to live through you vicariously…
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Bet you didn’t expect this. =-.

  60. It sounds like you had a great time a TNNA! Enjoy your samples (I look forward to seeing your creations).
    .-= Breanna Sackrey´s last blog ..Spring in the Woods =-.

  61. crazycrafter says:

    I’m in! Oh, great and Mighty Random Number Generator, PLEASE pick me! =)

  62. Rowan Falar says:

    Ooh. I’ve been looking at those needle cards for a bit. I would love to have them. I sooo wish I lived somewhere closer to participate in TNNA. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself.

  63. that green skein is scrumptuous! I’ve been thinking of getting a needle card for my wallet. Should I not win, next time I see one, I’ll be picking that bad boy up! 🙂 glad you had fun @ TNNA!

  64. Jane in PA says:

    Oh, I wish I could have gone to the show – I’m jealous! That new yarn from Lorna’s Laces look scrumptuous!

  65. Lucy Neatby is almost as charming as your Lucy. What colour was her hair this time?

  66. Ooh, ooh, ooh! Goodies!! Pick me!

  67. TNNA-I’m jealous! Lucy Neatby and freebies too!

  68. Needlecards. One of those Awesome, “Why didn’t I think of that” ideas!! Too bad my Texas needleshop doesn’t have them yet.

  69. jennifer Barron says:

    oh they look interesting!

  70. JL Bach says:

    needle cards neat

  71. I would love to have those in my purse!

  72. Love the yarn. Do you know of any events in or around the Lexington, KY area?

  73. I get so jealous when you post your hauls 😉 But seriously, awesome!
    .-= Bronwyn´s last blog ..TV- Maybe something I’ll talk about more? =-.

  74. TNNA sounded great. Lovely yarn you got!

  75. Sounds like you had a lovely time at TNNA!

  76. Deborah Myers says:

    The show must have been fun for you – and your goodies look like fun also. I could use these when shopping be it on the internet or in a LYS. Thanks so much for sharing.

  77. The needlecards look cute. I would love one. I also really like your edging!
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..Should we try to clean the birds? =-.

  78. Don’t we all just love freebies! The knitting sample is cool!

    Sheri from KY

  79. Love those cards – would love to have those cards!!!

  80. Your sample you knit up is so pretty! I’ve been thinking of trying a pattern with that element. I might just have to find one for my next project.

  81. Myrna J. Bell says:

    Those yarns look awesome. Please include me in the needlecard drawing.

  82. nice bunch of freebies… and so kind of you to share them with all of us!

  83. Wow, those needle cards look neat. . .

  84. I love the needle card idea!
    .-= Silverlotus´s last blog ..A Dolly for Mommy =-.

  85. One of these days I may make it to TNNA. If I get needle inventory cares, does that mean I’ll have to actually get organized?

  86. Needle inventory cards. Now why didn’t I think of that?

  87. Judy H. says:

    Wish I could have been there.

  88. stephanie says:

    hi love your blog

  89. inventory cards – it will take about 10 to list my needle holdings!

  90. That seemed like so much fun.

  91. I often think those cards would be a good idea. Sign me up for a chance at them 😉

  92. Those cards look handy!

  93. So nice of you to pass the sample cards along to your fans.


  94. Looks like you enjoyed your time at TNNA, nice!
    Thx for this giveaway 🙂

    Iknitcupcakes on ravelry

  95. Karen K. says:

    Hi Wendy! Love your blog and the photos of Lucy – your new designs are always inspirational.

  96. Just love your contests! Thanks!

  97. Ooh pretty yarns!
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Introduing the Instant Human mitts! =-.

  98. If it’s not too late, please enter me in the drawing for a card. Thanks.

  99. I wouldn’t mind having one of those nifty needle cards!

  100. thanks for the chance to win.