My current work in progress:

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


Is it only Wednesday?


Monday morning on the train there was a guy who stared at me the whole way in. I usually get some interested glances as people check out the sock-in-progress but this guy never let up.

Yesterday morning as I boarded the train, I saw him again. I sat next to him, figuring it would he harder for him to stare that way. He looked at my sock-in-progress and said “Hey! You got a lot done — you had barely started that yesterday.”

Izzy again

And here is Izzy, modeling what all the chic cats will be wearing this winter. Though she’s not too happy about it.

Izzy one more time

Yes, it’s a scarf made out of handpainted pashmina. I ordered the skein of Pashmina from Patternworks just before New Years last year when they had it on sale. It’s made by the Great Adirondack Yarn Company (though maybe it’s discontinued and that’s why it was on sale). I made a seed stitch scarf out of it. It’s beautiful — luminous, glowing colors, incredibly soft. And I hated every minute of the knitting of it. Could barely stand to pick it up.

Yeah. I’m odd.

But when (if!) the weather gets colder it’ll be great to have. I can alternate wearing it with my qivuit lace scarf (the qivuit was a Christmas gift from a very thoughtful friend a few years ago).

In my continuing efforts to sock it to you (snort!) I have rewritten my generic toe-up sock pattern to incorporate double-wraps on the short rows. Ta da!

Hopefully I didn’t write in any errors.

In Valtos news, I’ve finished the second sleeve! So tonight shall be devoted to laundry and the picking up of stitches for the neckband. And the beginning of knitting the neckband. See what an exciting life I lead?

In Fulmar news . . . I’ve found an online knitting buddy who will be making it at the same time. How cool is that? Gwen (Hi Gwen!) from the Yahoo Aran Group is gonna knit along with me. Anyone else who wants to join in — come on down. The more the merrier!


  1. Hiya Wendy, I got a new ragdoll (Portia), knew you’d want to know anything cat-ish(see photo on my blog). What a good reaction to the guy on the train! Just goes to show, we can never judge by looks and such. He was just fascinated with your knitting and not so much with you (well, in a bad way). You’re such a wo-mensch! (is that the female version of mensch?) stay safe. marta

  2. That’s a great little transit story – I love that sort of thing!

  3. Wendy…Would you post a close up picture the Pashmina scarf so we can really see those ‘luminous, glowing colors’?

  4. Okay, Betsy, I’ll start up my “Tales of Transit Terror” again ๐Ÿ™‚ I got a million of ’em! I guess anyone who uses public transport in the city does, eh?

  5. Teresa, it was a little mean of me to post such a dark photo of the pashmina, wasn’t it? I’ll post a better pic tomorrow!

  6. Isn’t it funny how the men on your commute make interested comments on your knitting, but the grandmas tell you that you’re annoying! lol

  7. So what did you have about knitting with the Pashmina?

  8. Urrgh. What did you *hate*, even?

    That preview button is there for a reason, m’dear.

  9. Lindsey-Brooke says:

    Awww, I wish I hadn’t just started Inishmaan. I want to join ya’ll on Fulmar! Oh,well, I’ll knit it vicariously until I can get to it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess I have a serious case of the Aran-bug! No cure,I hope!
    See ya’ll over at the Aran group!