My current work in progress:

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


Snow Again

Enough already! Izzy may never come out from under the covers!


It snowed all day yesterday – not much on the roads, but there was a good 2 inches of snow on my car in the afternoon that I had to clear off. I keep hearing conflicting reports of how much snow we’re getting. The predictions range from 6 – 12 inches by tomorrow morning. We’ll see. Right now there’s not much of anything going on, weatherwise — just flurries. But we’re supposed to get a significant amount tonight.

Yeah, we need more snow.


Last night I managed a photo without screwing it up.


Ebony Needles

I was asked what brand of ebony needles I use. I’ve only ever seen two brands — Holz & Stein and Suzanne’s. I’ve got some of each brand and I like them both. But I gotta tell you — they can be hard to find. For some reason the size 3.25mm (US size 3) doesn’t seem available anywhere anymore. Glad I bought mine when I did. And I hope I don’t break them!

A number of retailers do carry them (if they have any in stock) but I bought mine from JKL Needles. No affiliation, just a very satisfied customer!

Happy Thursday everyone and stay warm!


  1. Holz & Stein used to be available selectively over this side of the pond, but I don’t know anyone carrying them anymore. I’ve about given up on owning rosewoods. You’d think with the increase in knitting that fine tools would make a come-back too…

  2. You’ll find some gorgeous knitting needles here:
    Expensive, though… But at least you live in the right country. It would cost me an absolute fortune to import them to duty-full Norway…

  3. At the knit-in the other night for the guild I had to go down a size and I didn’t have any needles with me, so I got to use baleen (sp?) circulars. They were SO light and slick..I loved them. I wish I could find a pair somewhere, but I think those are environmentally incorrect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m with Izzy!!!

    Stay under the covers if you can! NO MORE SNOW!!!

    I moved over to the new server – thanks Wendy – am still adjusting my settings but it’s very user friendly!

    My friend has invited me to go biking in Scotland this summer – do you know of any special places to visit for this Knittin’ Fool’s agenda? Shall I try and visit AS herself???

  5. Glad you got everything squared away server-wise Bonne Marie!

    Biking in Scotland? Ooh! I’m jealous! Anyone got any ideas for must-see knitting venues? I’ve never been to Scotland ๐Ÿ™

  6. I haven’t had a lot to say this week but wanted to say ‘Hey!’

    I’m wit ya and the ‘enough already!’ ’bout the snow. Monday we had another 4 inches. When it quit snowing I took Sade for a walk…it was quite beautiful, not too cold, a blue, blue sky, the new snow and spring birds singing. But I’m ready for to move on to Spring- definately!

  7. If you can, go to Shetland Islands (plane or boat, from Aberdeen). Lots of good bike riding, but it is quite hilly, narrow roads, and oh yeah, on the left side. There are ferries that go between the islands, so you can go as far as Unst.
    There are several shops and designer workshops to visit, but the main reason to go there, is the pilgramage to J&S.

  8. Ruth Dennis says:

    Love seeing your knits. I’m on the Norge list too.
    Haven’t done a norge yet. I’m still putting together my FI. The sleeves were too long and the button band too ugly. But love 2 stranded knitting. You are always an inspiration to me thanks for taking time to share.
    Houston TX

  9. Mmmmm Rosewood and Ebony needles. My dad does a lot of woodworking and after listening to me talk about knitting needles for a while and seeing some of my Brittanys and some others on the web, he decided that it would be cool to figure out how to do the precision lathing. He’s taking a class soon and we are going to get him a midi-lathe for his birthday.

    I hope that sometime in the Spring/Summer I will have my first pairs of beautiful needles. We picked out some purpleheart wood (it is really purple), some yellowheart wood and some wood that has a beautiful almost blood red color. I can hardly wait to work with these — needles handcrafted for me! We saw ebony at the woodcrafting store, too, but it’s incredibly expensive, so Dad decided that he would try some after he’d mastered working with some of the other stuff.

    I’m trying to convince dad that there is a market for such things out there… I need to make sure he comes here and reads this blog!

  10. Theresa, make sure he learns how to make circular needles! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oh yes, I hope to have him thing about circulars too, but since the joining part could be a little difficult, I thought straights would be the place to start. I have to figure out what kind of cable addi uses for their needles, because it does work really well and I like it a lot better than the cable on my Crystal Palace and Clover needles.