My current work in progress:

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


Are Ya Tired of Me Being Gobsmacked?

Too bad.

Because gobsmacked I remain.

I really don’t know what I did to deserve all these gifts, but . . . wow!

Yesterday’s surprise . . . a gift bag chock full of goodies from Lindsey-Brooke, who is one of my most loyal blog readers.

Odie claims that this bag just sort of appeared on her desk. The first thing I pulled out was this:

sock yarn

It’s Joslyn’s Fiber Farm 100% wool fingering weight, called “Dancing Feet.” The colorway is called “TreeBark” and it’s beyond gorgeous. And beautifully soft too. Odie begged me to give it to her and she doesn’t even knit! I think she got caught up in the moment.

The next surprise was this:


This is a little book about the Scottish Sanquhar pattern — its history and pattern for a pair of gloves. Now I’d never even heard of this book let alone ever seen a copy so this was a marvelous surprise. Since I’m such a sucker for traditional patterns.

Then there was this intriguing little box:


And inside the box were these:


Adorable kitty post-it notes and three sets of buttons! The buttons are celtic knots, round snowflake/flower pattern, and little cats.

At this point Odie and I were almost hyperventilating with excitement.

All I can say is . . . I’m not worthy! And, a huge, huge thank you to Lindsey-Brooke!

Another Birthday Surprise

I forgot to mention yesterday (and unforgivable of me too!) that when I got to work on Monday, there was a message on my voicemail from my very good friend Geane (the very same Geane who just finished SL 2002 and the very same Geane who gave me a whopping gift certificate to Bea Ellis Knitwear which enabled me to buy the Heilo for St. Moritz in colorway J, thank you very much) in which she serenaded me with “Happy Birthday” done in a clarinet solo. A beautiful clarinet solo, I might add, as Geane is a talented professional musician. Wow!

WIP or Lack Thereof

I was at a Dreamweaver (html editing software) training course yesterday for work, and will be today, too. I got home later than usual with a not-enough-caffeine headache (won’t make that mistake today!) so I didn’t make a lot of progress on the Virgin sweater. So you get this teaser as the progress pic:


I promise a better pic tomorrow.

I am really really loving knitting this! I feel about this pattern the way Teresa feels about Roscalie. I’m in lu-u-uv, baybeeeeee!

QueerJoe’s Scarf

Didja see the results of the voting on the scarf that Joe knitted for me? I’m getting colorway #2. They are both gorgeous, but #2 was my favorite. Thanks, Joe for your generosity!


  1. Maybe it’s time to teach Odie to knit,Wendy! Or,at least buy her a lovely skein of yarn to introduce her to the pleasures of a yarn stash! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I did try to teach her to knit a few years ago, but it didn’t take. She quilts beautifully, however.

    Though lately she’s been talking about maybe wanting me to try to teach her again, so there’s hope!

  3. It’s fun reading about your birthday surprises! You deserve every wonderful wish and gift that coming to you!

    This Rosecalie love thing…I think I may be smitten by a bigger love – Fair Isle love. And you and your blog are responsible!

    So I missed why you are getting a scarf from Joe…?

  4. Why am I getting a scarf from Joe? Because I shamelessly asked for one and he is a gentleman!

  5. I picked the #2 colorway, too, but I didn’t vote. Funny, part of the reason I didn’t was that the pix he put up didn’t seem to look like the way he described the colors, so I just went with the description. You don’t strike me as a “bright pinks” person as much as “green and oranges.”

    Convince Odie to learn knitting by showing her some of the GORGEOUS jackets that quilters have made using quilting and knitting together!


  6. You shameless fiber hussy!

  7. I AM a shameless fiber hussy, aren’t I? ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Hey, Wendy. If I grovel and bow and tell you again what a fab knitter you are, what great taste you show in knitting the lovely Virgin sweater, and how grateful I am for the photo updates of said sweater, could I maybe have that lovely Treebark wool to fondle and gaze at?
    Hmmm? Did I mention what great taste you have?
    Enjoy your gobsmacked state.

  9. As much as I’m a fan of the grovelling, Kathy, I don’t think so. ๐Ÿ˜‰