My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



Alrighty then. I changed my time stamp back to EST so y’all don’t think I’m some maniac who gets up at 3:00am to post to her blog.


In today’s entry, we will feature both pop-up and embedded images. So here’s an embedded image:

Izzy models Valtos

Yes, it’s the ever-photogenic Izzy, modelling Valtos for you all. It always amazes me how agreeable she is to letting me drape my knitting over her and photograph her. Shes a good girl.

And for all you pop-up fans, here is my early evening progress on Valtos. I believe that I’m now about two inches from shaping the neck on the front.

This is a very straightforward design. Nothing tricky, unless you find having your stitches twisting and travelling daunting. Doing the increases on the sleeves will probably take a second thought — incorporating the stitches into the pattern, that is. But this is a very fun design to knit!

Sock Banter

I’m socking along on the second sock of the pair for my brother Dave. Got about five inches done on the foot, I believe. Miles to go . . .

Oh, and I gave Odie the Mexiko socks yesterday. Today’s her birthday but she’s off work for the rest of the week. Upon receiving them she said, “Wow! they look Mexican!” — so the yarn is well-named, eh?

Yesterday morning on the train going in to work I saw an older gentleman who I used to see every day when I took a later train. (I call him a gentleman because he is one of very few men on the train who actually steps back and lets me exit the train instead of shoving in front of me. A rarity.) He greeted me like an old friend and said he missed seeing me and my socks and enquired about the state of my sock-in-progress.

Allergies — bleah!

Yeah, they are in full force and effect. Today I had a choice of staggering around sniffling and coughing and sneezing or taking allergy meds and shuffling along like a zombie all day. I chose the zombie-like state.

I think I always prefer a zombie-like state.


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Good Morning, Wendy. I like the look of the new and improved blog! The embedded and the pop-up, both, seem to work out very nicely; and, guess what? I found out how to print the pop-ups and the embedded pictures. This is quite an accomplishment for one who is “computer challenged”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Valtos is beautiful. I love the color and pattern. Hope you feel better soon. Wendy, where is the best place to purchase the Dale patterns? Do they come as kits, or do you purchase the patterns and yarn separately? In my travels to Canada and back, I looked in every knitting store I could find along the way and none of them had Dale. In all your spare time, you should write a book one day about your experiences on the train—would make for good reading, I would think! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m very computer literate and I’d like to know what technique you discovered. Are you using Internet Explorer? Spill the beans, please!

  3. Hey Elizabeth — congrats n your pop-up printing! Good for you!

    You can buy Dale patterns and yarns separately from — no affiliation, just had great experience with Bea. Every month she has a yarn of the month that’s 20% off retail, so you can get some good deals. Sign up for her mailing list on her website.

    There are plenty of other online vendors too, and a bunch who sell Dale as kits. A google search will turn them up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lola, in IE make sure you have the pop-up window selected and press Ctrl-P for print. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the info on Dale, Wendy. I’ll take a look and see what goodies I can find. I couldn’t do anything as easy as Ctrl-P to print the pictures. I right clicked on my mouse, after the pop-up window came up; and, then, clicked on “print picture”. Oh well, it got the job done! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Elizabeth, as they say, “same horse, different jockey.” If it works, it works, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. The photo of Valtos and Izzy is gorgeous! I’m in the midst of sinus hell too. If I don’t load up on Tylenol Allergy Sinus then I’m in pain. If I take the pills, I’m in a fugue. Today I’m in the fugue : )