My current work in progress:

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


Computer Open Heart Surgery

The operation seems to have been a success! We performed a heart transplant on my poor ailing desktop computer.


Izzy was a big help.


So hopefully my computer is back among the living. So far, so good. But it’s nice to have the laptop available . . . .just in case!

Knitting Gift!

Look what I got in the mail on Friday:


A new knitting bag! This was a gift from one of my most faithful blog readers, Lindsey-Brooke. Thanks L-B!

A close-up of the logo:


Appropriate, no?

That reminds me . . . several knitting bloggers have posted photos of their “knitting toolboxes” so it’s about time I showed you mine:


This is a carrying case for “ZipZaps” and accessories — radio controlled cars. Ian gave me this for Christmas. Doesn’t it make a great knitting toolbox?

The case has two levels. The top:


And the bottom:


And best of all, it’s portable!

Oregon Update

Not a great deal of progress. It was kind of a crazy mixed-up weekend so I didn’t get a lot of knitting time in. But I am near the end of the first sleeve:


Hey, did y’all see that the Starmores have re-released Oregon and have it available in two colorways on the Virtualyarns website? My favorite of the two is the autumn colorway, but I like the version I’m knitting right now best.


  1. The new Oregon’s are very nice [ except for the price ! ],but I think the original is subtler ,and a little ‘cooler’ – i.e. more blue. I’m about to order the yarn for mine .I love it when you get all those little hanks of yarn .
    Fondly remember when J&S parcels were brown paper and string ,with a bit of red wax !

  2. I SO want Autumn. ๐Ÿ™‚ But that’s because I don’t wear those lighter blues well. I love your little carrying case..wish my bf would get a clue and get me one for a holiday..or for that matter just for the heck of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. All in all, they did very well reworking Oregon considering their current range of colors is more limited, didn’t they?

  4. It’s Monday morning, do I know where my markers,t-pins, row counters are? Oh,scattered about amongst several knitting bags! Great box for organization,Wendy!

  5. Thank you L-B and Wendy… I just ordered a ‘Society for Women Addicted to Knitting’ totebag for myself. The Logo is great and I love totes that have a zipper closure.

    Wendy, what do you do with the leftover yarn from your numerous FO’s?


  6. Uh-oh. I’ve always been bad with acronyms, and SWAK is already taken in my head. Sealed With A Kiss, Inc. is a fiber studio in Oklahoma that publishes Intarsia: A Workshop for Hand & Machine Knitting. I really like the book, and I’ve been trying to round up some people to work through the sampler with me. They focus on getting a flat, uniform fabric by wrapping the yarn certain ways for certain situations. Anyway, with you being my new Fair-Isle and sock goddess :-D, I thought I might actually be able to tempt you into a little Intarsia. What do you think? (Isn’t flattery supposed to get you everywhere?)

  7. Yes, in my mind too, SWAK belongs to the intarsia people. I actually have one of their patterns I bought ages ago. But I’m sorry to say that I detest intarsia. Did a few intarsia projects in the dim and distant past and that was enough.

    I’m sorry I can’t be your intarsia goddess . . .

  8. I’ve looked at the Oregon cardigan on Virtual yarns, and other than pricing, my biggest obstacle is trying to figure out what size I am based on cm measurements. Any advise as to what size American a L and XL would equate to? I’m assuming I’m one of those but don’t know. Thanks!

  9. Karen, my best advice is to measure a cardi you have whose fit you like, then convert those measurements to centimeters. Then pick the size of Oregon that’s closest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I just wanted to pass on an intersting rumor I just read…

    “And I quote…..’There are no patterncards for St Brigid, Na Craga or Fulmar as a new edition of ARAN KNITTING is planned.’
    GREAT NEWS!!! Aran Knitting as a new edition! And one we can all(hopefully)afford!”

    Can’t wait! I’m sure I’ll have to have it too.

  11. I personally think “Aran Knitting” is a must have. It’s one of my favorite knitting books!

  12. Caroline F says:

    Karen: here are two metric converters:
    You can get inches for your centimeters.

  13. ‘There are no patterncards for St Brigid, Na Craga or Fulmar as a new edition of ARAN KNITTING is planned.’

    oooh, where did this rumor come from?

  14. Rumor source: A person on one of the knitting lists quoted an employee of VY.