My current work in progress:

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


If Stephen King Knitted . . .

His knitting might be possessed — like this.

Nah, that’s just wrong — it would look like this. Eeeeek!

Okay, enough of this silliness. Let’s look at a sedate photo of Izzy to calm down.


Yes, Izzy is back to normal — I made her lay off the catnip last night. And took away her computer privileges.

Many of you reacted favorably to seeing some of my older, pre-website stuff. I appreciate your interest! So without further ado, here is the first in a series:

Wendy’s Old Knitted Stuff



Here is a gansey. It is from Traditional Sweaters, edited by Debbie Bliss. (Note: This book is out of print, but the link there takes you to its listing on, where they have several used copies for sale. All at exhorbitant prices, though. But it’s an excellent book, and if you can find it anywhere at a reasonable price, I recommend that you pick it up!)

I knitted it in Bovidae Farm sportweight wool, rather than the 5-ply guernsey wool the pattern called for (though I knitted another of this same sweater out of 5-ply guernsey wool — you’ll be seeing it eventually). I love this sweater — it’s one of my all-time favorites. It’s oversized, cuddly and warm, but not too bulky, as it’s knitted at 7 st/inch. and I love the color, which is much prettier in person — a golden brown.

I’m a big fan of Bovidae Farm wool and have used it for years on a number of projects. As a matter of fact, I used their sportweight wool in the old Fulmar I showed you yesterday. Their wool is reasonably priced and comes in many glorious colors. I use their fisherman weight wool as a subsitute for AS Bainin.

Bovidae Farm doesn’t have a website, but you can email them at

Tell ’em Wendy sent you!

Tales of Transit Terror

I forget. Did I tell you guys the one about the man on the train who changed his clothes completely one afternoon?


  1. Caroline F says:

    I think knitters all over the world would recognize your couch if they saw it by the side of the road!!!

  2. Transit Tales — no I don’t remember the one about the guy who changed his clothes. Completely. Everything?

  3. You are so right about the couch! lol!
    That gansey is what hand knitting is all about to me! Beautiful wool, so real… the traditional design, comfort, and wearability for years to come! I am going to pull out my copy of that book and take a better look at the pattern. I just love it! More, More, More!!!

  4. Hi Wendy, I made the same gansey, in Valurugai Mimosa, now sadly discontinued. It’s one of my favorites, a cuddly, soft, curl-up-in-front-of-the-fireplace type of sweater.

  5. No, we haven’t yet been told the tale of the man who took off all his clothes on the train one day – do share this lovely story with us dearest Wendy!

  6. Geane Helfrich says:

    The face in fulmar! That’s just disturbing! I know I asked for it…. :)Love the gansey, Wendy! You’ve been holding out on us! Can’t wait to see more! Geane

  7. I don’t think I’ve heard the one about the guy changing his clothes.

  8. Look on the blog of 5/29/02 for the story of the man changing his clothes.

  9. Lindsey-Brooke says:

    Thanks,Jenny! I found it and had a good laugh before I go home (thankfully not by train after reading it!) I think I would have dropped a lot of stitches when he dropped his pants! LOL