My current work in progress:

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


Another Thursday

And I’m still knitting away at Fulmar. Ooh! Ooh! Update pic:


It’s progressing — looks like I’ll have the first sleeve done by the weekend. And hopefully early next week there’ll be a pictorial on my website about knitting the shoulder strap onto the body of a sweater. Maybe on Tuesday.

Izzy continues to help:


I Love Knitter’s Review!

If you’ve never been there, please do check out Knitter’s Review. It’s an online magazine, a discussion forum, and more. Including a boutique. I just got my holiday cards I ordered from the Knitter’s Review boutique in the mail yesterday and they’re lovely. Gonna write some cards today. There’s lots of other great stuff there, including a 2003 “Year in Yarn” calendar. Too cute!

Old Stuff

A departure today: Not old knitted stuff. Though I do still have more old knitted stuff! Click here to check it out.

That’s my little tiny Christmas tree. The old stuff I’m talking about is my collection of felt ornaments. I made all those little suckers about ten years ago. I bought some kits to make them. All the kits said “fast and easy to make.” I’m here to tell you that those little bastards were neither fast nor easy to make. They were difficult and time-consuming. But they are cute, so it was worth the bother.

The moral of the story: don’t believe everything you read on a crafts kit!


  1. Are the ornaments knitted then felted or felted “from scratch”? At my site I posted photos of some knitted ornaments that I have made in the past 5 years or so. But I also have ornaments that my mom made more than 35 years ago and some that I made when I was 7. I love bringing them out each year.

  2. They aren’t knitted at all — they’re cut out from felt, sewn together, embellished with beads and sequins, and stuffed. And very time-consuming it was too!

  3. Lindsey-Brooke says:

    Fulmar! Fulmar Fulmar! I am amazed at how fast you are knitting it—your hands are soft and pretty on the outside, but they must be iron-clad on the inside! Izzy looks very protective of your yarn!

  4. L-B, I usually do pretty well for speed on sleeves. ๐Ÿ™‚ Izzy makes a very good yarn guardian!

  5. Oh I love those little felt ornaments. Made some quite a while ago, mostly those Santa heads, and I agree, they are somewhat fun to make, look real cute, but are not easy or fast!!! Lots of cutting out little pieces and putting it all together.
    Looks very nice your little tree!

  6. Your sweater looks beautiful. All the pictures of Izzy make me remember my Blacky, who died several years ago. The other cats would jump up on my lap when they wanted my attention, but I would get upset with them for disturbing my knitting. Blacky would chew on my yarn just a bit to get it wet, never breaking it. When the wetness reached my hands I would look down and he would be there waiting for me to give him the ok. I would sit my knitting down and then he would jump up to be petted. He was my yarn guardian too – I actually saw him take a ball of yarn away from a kitten that we had and put it back in a basket! Thanks for the memory.

  7. Sheryl, Izzy and I thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Wendy,
    The Christmas tree looks very nice. I like the ornaments you made. And you are making great progress on the Fulmar. You’ll be done shortly!

  9. Oh,Wendy…I have a coworker who truly appreciates handmade things, but believes she can never make anything herself. Last year she bought a felt ornaments kit and she’s excited about making them now—do I dare tell her of your experience? No,ignorance is bliss!

  10. Don’t you love it when the kitties help?

  11. And Izzy is such a BIG help!

  12. Ooh, such a pretty Christmas tree, Wendy! Did you stand on a ladder for that picture? It must be – what, 5 or 6 feet tall? I don’t know much about horticulture, but I’m guessing it’s a Douglas Fir? Hope the needles don’t drop. Just the right size for your condo, I think. Is that Izzy peeking out from behind the tree?