My current work in progress:

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


Morning From Hell

And I’m still frothing at the mouth over it, nearly 24 hours later. But I’ll spare you my rant on the stupidity of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and their inability to deal effectively and efficiently with the aftermath of a train derailment Monday night. (Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident.)

Suffice it to say, I was not feeling my best by the time I dragged into the office yesterday morning, very late.

So the lovely gifts awaiting me were a very, very welcome sight indeed. From Colleen H., the following:

sock yarn

Opal sock yarn in a beautiful colorway I’ve not seen before, Regia bamboo sock needles with adorable little sock point protectors, and some sweet little wooden hearts.

I can’t wait to knit up the Opal to see what the striping pattern looks like (is it one of the Opal 2002 Collection?), and to try out the new needles. Thank you so much Colleen! I needed that! ๐Ÿ™‚

(Note: one good thing about the major transit delay — I got a few inches done on my sock-in-progress on the morning commute. Some of my fellow commuters stuck on the train with me looked envious — they probably wished they had something constructive to do too!)

Fortunately they had mostly worked things out by the afternoon commute, so I was only fifteen minutes late getting home to this:


And I worked on this:


I’m now shaping the sleeve cap, working back and forth. Yikes! I don’t like doing color work back and forth, but there’s really no other way to complete this successfully. My backwards knitting isn’t at the same gauge as my forward knitting.

So I guess I ought to just shut up and knit the damned thing, eh? That said, I didn’t get terribly far on the sleeve cap last night. Hopefully I’ll do better tonight.

And I’ve still got some last minute touches to put on my Knitty pattern that I’d like to get done.

It’s way cold this morning so I’m not looking forward to venturing out. I’m wearing my Dale of Norway Sirdal cardigan today, so that should keep me warm in case the office is cold.

Here’s hoping the morning commute is better than yesterday!


  1. Wenday, you will look stunning in that gorgeous sweater at work today! In Montana it is snowing and -11. Have a great day!

  2. Thanks Robin. -11 where you are? I guess I oughta stop whining about 15F, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Gorgeous sweater! Is there a typo or did you REALLY knit it in less than a month??? Good heavens girl! AND you have a real job!?! Hats off to you- oh, no – guess I need my hat in this 4 degree weather in MA!

  4. Beth, Sirdal was a surprisingly easy sweater to knit. I think the pullover version is an excellent choice as a “first Dale.” Actually I knitted the pullover for my friend Odet last year for Christmas, so we have almost matching sweaters. While I was knitting my Sirdal, my mom broke her ankle and had to have surgery. I spent a lot of time sitting with her, so that was a lot of knitting time. I remember sewing the braid on while I was with her. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wendy, did that Opal yarn happen to have any info as to what colorway it was? I LOVE it!

  6. Hi Karen! No info at all on the ball band, but Colleen emailed me this morning with this info:

    The Opal is referred to as BLU3 or blau3, a very early shade of Opal. If you would like to see it knit up, the sock on the top line far right has
    used this color:

  7. I dislike purling with multiple colors almost as much as I dislike intarsia! Thanks for mentioning my site. I definitely got some new visitors. Stay warm!

  8. I can’t help with the Opal yarn colourway I’m afraid but I wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed your blog recently and to thank you for sharing Izzy. It’s lovely to come home to a cute cat at the end of the day even if she is just a cyberpuss!