My current work in progress:

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


Pashmina, baby!


Here’s my pashmina scarf.

Here’s a closeup!

Pashmina Closeup

Why didn’t I enjoy knitting it? It was too soft and silky with not a lot of body. I did the whole danged scarf in seed stitch and the little rascal writhed and squirmed all through the knitting. I’m a wool snob — I hate knitting cotton and silk, and this felt very much like knitting with silk. It was a difficult birth. But a beautiful baby, no?

Izzy helped me pick up my neckband stitches on Valtos:


And here is a better pic of Valtos.

The pattern calls for an 8cm neckband, but I may make mine a little shorter as I don’t have a long swan-like neck. I think I’m at 5cm right about now, and that may be enough. I’ll see how I feel about it when I get to it tonight.

Ooh! Ooh! I’m wearing my Fearless Fair Isle today.

I shall leave you all with a photo of The Sock Yarn Hall of Shame. Would you believe I ordered 8 more skeins of Regia yesterday?

The Hall of Shame

Sigh. If only I would use my power for good.


  1. Winter is coming so it’s a good idea to stockpile the sock yarn. It’s like having a mini store in your house! The scarf is beautiful. And I am with you…. I rarely knit with fiber that’s not wool.

  2. Hey! Good excuse to stockpile, I think. Didja notice the little stripey tail in the upper lefthand corner of the photo?

  3. I’m all agog at your pile o’ sockknitting goodness. Wow! I considered myself well sock stocked simply because I have a couple-three dozen skeins sitting about waiting for needles to free up … but I now bow before the master. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I love the Opals! I never get to see these in “real life” before I buy so I’m always hesitant about ordering them online – but they look darn fine in that pile there…)

  4. The scarf is beautiful! Thanks for the pic! It’s a sad thing when yarn is this beautiful but not fun to knit with ๐Ÿ™ but you stayed the course ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you will get loads of compliments when you wear it!

    And Wendy…you ARE using your powers for good! I’m sure the Knitting Goddess is very happy with you!

  5. you could donate the sock yarn to those less fortunate college students (points to self) who can’t afford to buy anymore. ha ha. just an idea.

  6. The scarf is gorgeous! But yeah, all that seed stitch could be quite tedious : ) Lovely to wear though.

  7. Lindsey-Brooke says:

    Your Sock Yarn stash is a work of art, Wendy! I think Opal should develop an Izzy yarn–wouldn’t his markings make a lovely sock?

  8. I think Opal Izzy yarn is an excellent idea. But I won’t tell Izzy that you called her a “he.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Beautiful scarf.Well worth the angst.
    Sexy sock stash ! BUT … [whisper] mine’s ,um ,bigger !!! I just have it hidden in some lovely hat boxes I bought in a cancer relief charity shop. Stores the balls on end 17-21 per box.
    There ,I’ve confessed.Well ,there’s more… I’ve a box of 18 100gm balls winging it’s way to me [in the U.K.] from Germany.
    Well ,you can only buy navy,grey or brown sock yarn in England ! My excuse,and I’m sticking to it .

  10. lindsey-brooke says:

    Oops! My sincere apologies to Izzy! My Molly gets very indignant when she is called a he, but Lucky doesn’t care about anything as long as he has a full tummy and a warm bed of straw and wool leftovers!

  11. Ah Wendy, if I didn’t already adore you I could easily hate you. Good thing you won my love early on, eh? xo

  12. Hate me? Mercy me, I don’t see how. I’m so lovable! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Haha! I think I have more sock yarn than you – a small laundry-type basket with lid. And I keep buying more, too. I love your Valtos, what a beautiful green.

  14. but you are using your power for good… ๐Ÿ™‚ impressive stash!