My current work in progress:

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


My Dark Secret

There’s a design I like in the Spring issue of Knitters.

I know. No one was more surprised than I.

It’s “Delta Blue” by Kathy Zimmerman. This link may or may not take you to a photo of it, depending on how screwed up the KnittingUniverse website is at the moment you click on it.

Pattern calls for DK weight cotton and as it happens I have some DK weight cotton, in a lovely chocolate brown. I purchased it for next to nothing off eBay in a moment of madness. It’s Conshohocken Cotton Company yarn (did I spell that right?)


Yeah, I know I’ve said that I detest knitting with cotton. I’ll never learn, will I?

Hank 8

Got home late so I didn’t get much done.


This working for a living nonsense is cutting into my knitting time.

More Yarn Will Do the Trick

I listend to my Jean Moss CD — a lot of fun! There are three songs — the first one, More Yarn Will Do the Trick, has sort of a bluegrass feel to it. Four Loom Weaver is a traditional English folk song, and Mama Don’t Allow No Knitters is Moss’ version of a “traditional goodtime rag.” All in all, very pleasant listening, even for a non-knitter.

In these stressful times, remember Moss’s words:

“Why pay shrinks and doctors
When more yarn will do the trick?”


  1. Yeah, I almosted hated to admit it, but I liked that sweater in the new Knitters, too. Nor am I a cotton knitter. But I remember fondling Conoshocken Soft Ball Cotton waaayyyy back when. I used to stop at the yarn shop next to the subway before getting my bus home from university, just to torture myself with all the yarn I couldn’t afford to buy :-).

    One more row and I put in the armhole steeks!!!

  2. Woah! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a sentence with “This working for a living nonsense . . . “! How cool is that?

  3. I think we all have. 🙂 I have about 800 yards of cotton that I’m trying to figure out what to do with..I think it’s destined to become a summer shell but I haven’t decided for sure yet. 🙂

    I keep trying to explain this yarn thing to the man and he just doesn’t get it. I mean, what more could a girl need than a few hundred bucks and a yarn store????

  4. LOL i think i’ve found my new motto…why pay shrinks and doctors, when more yarn will do the trick? thanks for the smile!

  5. I couldn’t get a feel for the sweater with him sitting like that and the bottom all bunched up but I am madly in love with the fabric texture shown in the st patt. close up. It’ll be fun if you make it and we get to hear you bitch about all the cotton downfalls throughout, and, of course, watching the superstahhhh make a sweater from ‘knitters’ will be funny too – you’ve come a long way, baby!

  6. Yah, well Kate . . . I haven’t committed myself to it yet. 😉

    I’m sure I’ll be able to talk myself out of it given enough time!

  7. Hank is gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I think I’m going to have a hard time finding other words to express how beautiful Hank is as your knitting progresses.

    …and I’ll admit I liked the Shady Lane Cardigan…I’m a sucker for strips AND cardigans (when you knit your Rosecalie cardigan – I’ll be lusting after it all the way) and I like the different colorways to knit it in. We all have our dark sides.

  8. Last time I knitted with cotton I swore never to do it again. But I love the sweater that was the result, so… It´s a bit like giving birth I think. You forget the labour once it´s finished.
    By the way, I have to ask – what is FO short for, I have tried figuring out but to no avail (my excuse for being so thick: I am Swedish).
    Anyone, please help!

  9. FO stands for “Finished Object” — not something you’d be able to easily figure out, I think!

  10. holy crap! wendy’s going to knit with cotton! i think i’m going to faint.

  11. Give Squib air! She’s gonna faint!

    Okay, now I gotta knit that. Hmmmmm, maybe I’ll take it on vacation with me this June . . .

  12. Well it’s a Kathy Zimmerman design, so that makes it OK : )
    It’s funny – the one stashed yarn that I’ve had the longest and haven’t done anything with is DK cotton. I look forward to seeing what becomes of yours.

  13. I didn’t find much in the Spring mags this year, either Knitter’s or Vogue Knitting, but there’s always *something* that I like. I liked the rectangular shawl pattern in Knitter’s, though not necessarily in the yarn they used. I just like the blocky-turny-construction technique they used. (How’s that for technical talk?)

    I’m learning not to reject any yarn or pattern out of hand – a perfect example is Bonne Marie’s Sitcom Chic in Knitty. I used to think Lion Brand was too “cheap” for me, but she used the Cotton Ease and it looks fab. How wonderful to make a sweater for only ~20 bucks!

  14. hi wendy, i’ve lurked here often. i agree, that v-neck cardi is quite fun looking. but i think it’s way too easy for you! you’ll either be bored or finish it in like two days!

  15. More likely I’ll be bored and abandon it. I really ought to stick to buying cotton sweaters from Eddie Bauer!

  16. I have to admit that the only sweaters in Knitters that I actually liked were the mens sweaters. I don’t have a SO to knit for but if I did, one of them might actually get made. I am making my mother a sweater out of some Phildar cotton now and it isn’t too bad. I am in a cotton mood lately, and have the yarn ready and waiting for 3 more. They are lacy summer designs, one from the cover of FCEK and one from the latest Jo Sharp book and one is a Reynolds Saucy pattern.

  17. Selma Kaplan says:

    Not only is Wendy going to knit something from Knitters — the LINK ACTUALLY WORKED! An all time record….one hit and I was in. This may bode well for the project.

    Hank Rules!

  18. Reading your blog is hazardous to my checkbook – I just visited Jean Moss’ web site and ordered her CD. Until now, my favorite CD with a ‘fiber’ theme has been Carla Sciaky’s _Spin the Weaver’s Song_.

    In addition, over the weekend, I purchased fabric to sew some needle cases. I am even contemplating cross stitching the needle sizes on linen for the front of the hanging circular needle case.

    Finally, you not only convinced me to knit a toe-up sock (thank you very much) but also to try Pony Pearls – which I love.

    You have a lot to answer for… thanks!


  19. Once again you have inspired me to action. You inspired my Luskie and now I’m am going to stop imagining Hank 8 and go find that yarn! It is so fun to watch your sweater develop. When some of us got together at Stiches West we had a little show-and-tell. I said, “here is my Wendy Johnson shrine” and showed off my Luskie and all my notes (which include copies of all your Luskie notes). Everyone cracked up because they knew exactly what I meant by that. Now I’m off to locate that elusive Marjoram and Almost Autumn. If I can find all of the DLT for Donegal, I guess that I can find these too.

    Maureen Miller

  20. Patricia says:

    Oh my goodness – I thought I was the only one who couldn’t stand that knitting universe website!

  21. Damn! I saw pale beigey dk cotton for $1AUS a 50g ball. I like the design, so please Wendy, don’t make me go out today & buy enough to make that jumper. As a fureigner, I’ve always been frightened to buy cones off of ebay. What if i get stuck with 2000 yds of sewing cotton thickness or stuff coarse like carpet yarn??

  22. Yeah, that’s the problem with buying on eBay — scary, ain’t it? Gotta read those auctions really carefully and only go for the ones with really clear descriptions of what’s involved!