My current work in progress:

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


Ah, memories!

I stumbled across these photos on the web yesterday.


This is the tiny village in the U.K. where I lived as a child. Picturesque, no? These photos were taken in December of 2000.


The village is Pinner and it’s just 12 miles or so from London — it’s even on the London subway system.

The first written reference to the village of Pinner was in 1231. In May 1336, King Edward III granted a Royal Charter to the village permitting it to hold two markets and one fair each year.

I’m feeling nostalgic, remembering Christmas in this cosy little place.

Ye Olde Knitted Crappe


From Vogue Knitting in the early 1990s. Knitted in Jamieson & Smith shetland wool.

Ye Newe Fulmar

Second sleeve:


And right now the sleeve is almost done. Gotta knit the shoulder strap to the body, pick up neckband stitches and knit, then sew this rascal together. It’ll be done before Christmas. Yee haw.

Izzy said to tell you all hey.


  1. Good morning. What will you be starting once Fulmar is done?

  2. Ah, good question. I need to do some work on my Knitty design submission, and after that, the Virgin Jacket from Norsk Strikkedesign.

  3. Wendy, please add Pinner to the itinerary for Wendy’s Knitting Blog Tour! And,arrange for the snow,too! Oh, and, Hey,you!, Izzy!

  4. I should warn you . . . I don’t think there’s a yarn shop in Pinner! But it sure is picturesque! The last time I went there for a visit was around 1986 and I’d love to go back. Been too the UK several times after that, but never made it over to Pinner. What was I thinking?

  5. That’s okay–it’s near enough to London—I wonder if that nice yarn shop off the Picadilly underground stop is still there….

  6. If you’re talking about the shop with “Creativity” in its name, it’s not.

  7. I don’t recall,but there’s probably a new crop of shops since I was there last—just add them all to your “tour”! And,don’t forget Frangipani! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hi Wendy! I love the village pics, but where’s the daily shot of Izzy? Was she hiding this morning?

  9. Izzy was doing her Garbo imitation — “I vant to be alone.”

  10. Wendy…Jamison and Smith should be catering to you as a VERY VALUED customer!!! Do they send you a Christmas card every year?

  11. Pinner looks similar to the town where i may be staying in my house exchange next summer. Those old timbered buildings are so incredible!

  12. Ooh! I’m jealous, Kathy! Can I come with? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Love today’s olde knitted crappe (which makes me think it’s a chocolate milkshake since it looks like frappe) (is that just a New England word?). Anybody know what issue it’s from? I just bought some Harrisville Shetland really cheap on knitswap that would look pretty in a pattern like that.

  14. Now I want a chocolate milkshake . . .

  15. Hey, I lived in Pinner briefly a few years ago! I studied in London for a semester, and my first homestay family was in Pinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Wow! Really? Small world, ain’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Sure you can come along Wendy – but I think a trip to Toronto has to be in your future first : )

  18. ooh! I’ll consider that an invitation. You, Kate, and Amy can draw straws to see who’s stuck with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Of course it’s an invitation! And I have an empty guest room : )

  20. Great! I can be packed in an hour. How will Suki feel about Izzy? ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Thanks for the lovely picture of Pinner. Isn’t that Elton John’s hometown too?
    Did you say that it’s on the tube line? If so which one. I’d love to visit it next time I’m in London.
    Happy Christmas,
    Mairin (Maureen)

  22. Yes, as a matter of fact, it IS Elton John’s hometown, you clever girl!

    It’s on the Metropolitan line — a couple stops further out from Harrow-on-the-Hill.

  23. Suki will like Izzy – but I’m allergic to cats : (

  24. Pretty! I want to go back to England.

  25. Good lord, Wendy, I think you can knit an intricately cabled sweater faster than I can knit up a pair of fingering weight socks! (In my own defense, I’ve been knitting for about a year and have a 3 1/2 year old…) In any case, the Fulmar is *lovely*.

  26. janet riley says:

    i grew up in pinner too. i can’t get the photos tho……. just a blank. help

  27. Shalomkkll