My current work in progress:

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


A Sad Story

But with a happy endng.

Remember the photos of the buttons I showed you a couple of days ago? Hmmmm? I got my order in the mail Wednesday. Opened up the envelope and the order was all wrong.

The buttons for Roscalie were Celtic crosses rather than round buttons with Celtic knotwork on them. And the buttons for Beadwork were the right ones, but there were two fewer than I had ordered, with a note on the receipt saying that’s all they had in stock.

(It seems to me that sending two fewer buttons than ordered rather than contacting the customer is not a good thing. Maybe it’s just me.)

I sent off an email to the place, telling them I wanted to return the order and within an hour, got a phone call from the proprietor, apologizing profusely for the problems.

So I mailed back the buttons yesterday and will be receiving the correct buttons for Roscalie, and the correct number of buttons for Beadwork, in gold instead of copper (which I think will work just as well) because they had enough of the gold ones. And she ain’t charging me for the extra two Beadwork buttons.

Doncha just love happy endings? Sniff, sniff . . .


Still plugging away on the first sleeve.


I see Joe is ahead of me on his Donegal sleeve!

Estimated Start Date for Beadwork

I’m thinking I won’t start this until I com back from vacation in early July. When I finish Roscalie, maybe I’ll work full time on the Dale baby sweater.

June Contest!

Will be announced Monday. Lucy is thinking about it . . .



  1. Lucy looks so pensive… what a pretty girl!

    How dare Joe pull ahead of you on Donegal? The nerve of some people… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sorry to hear of all your button problems. I can’t imagine why they would send two fewer buttons than you need rather than contacting you to see what you would like to do. After all, isn’t that why they take our contact information before an order is placed? They dhould try using it for something other than charging our credit card…

  2. I know!!!!! I think the button lady was having a “duh” day. She certainly moved quickly to make it right, so I’m happy now.

    But when I got the buttons n the mail I was thinking “Jeez! Could this BE any more wrong??”

  3. Kristin says:

    UGH! I’ll bet some employee there took it upon themselves to send it out like that without asking the owner. I always get ticked when partial orders are sent. I’d rather have it all or nothing. A quick phone call saying “We’re sorry, we don’t have your full order in stock. Do you want us to ship what we have and send the rest later or send the whole thing at once?” would have been the right thing to do. Well, I’m glad the owner was nice enough to make good arrangements. At least that shows a good gesture on their part.

    So, tell us Wendy, did you give ’em what for in your e-mail? LOL!

    I love Lucy’s “thinking” pic today. What cute little cross eyes. Just adorable!

  4. Nope, I was very nice in my email. I find you always get better results if you start out pleasant.

  5. BTW… I ordered the yarn for Catherine Parr today. I’m not doing it in the prescribed colours though–I’m using Loganberry for the body and Water Cricket for the contrast.

    See what you made me do? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Just call me the Great Enabler!

  7. Wendy is such a tease. I may be ahead at the moment, but it’s like when I’m in those 5K races and I start out all fresh and fast, and by the 2/3rd point everyone starts to pass me.

    You wait…next post for both of us will have her blowing past me like a gazelle…smooth and beautifully.

    As the Knitting Curmudgeon commented once: Wendy is to be worshipped, not envied. I wholeheartedly agree.

  8. Lucy gets more beautiful every day. Thanks for the photos!

  9. The Roscalie is GORGEOUS! I woudn’t expect anything less! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t wait to see what is the new contest! teehee!

  10. What will your vacation knitting be,Wendy?
    I have an image of all of you sequestered in the cabin working on secret Knitty projects! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I’ve no Knitty projects right now, L-B — completed, in progress, or even contemplated. Vacation knitting might just be socks. But it might be something else that will shock and astound you!!!!!! Mwha-ha-ha . . .

  12. I’ve been away from my computer for a few days, or I would have commented on this earlier–I am nearly finished with my first FI sweater–Catherine of Aragon from Tudor Roses. I’m working on the last sleeve now, so it’s too big to haul around with me everywhere I go. Soooooo, I started the Rosemarkie vest, even though the colors shown in Celtic Collection are definitely not me. After numerous swatches (just to get the colors right, really….don’t shoot), I am using the following substitutions, all in Jamiesen’s Spindrift:

    Eeisit (for the Rye)

    I don’t know the original colors names, but that’s the order in which they are used. I have gotten more compliments on this vest than on anything else I’ve ever made, I think. Everyone loves the colors.

    Anyway, just wanted to share. Also wanted you to know that after returning from my trip I kissed my hubby and kids and then turned on the computer to read this blog.

    Good night

  13. Hi Wendy–I really enjoy your weblog. You are such an amazing knitter! The other night, as I was plugging along on my latest WIP, I wondered if you’ve ever estimated how many individual stitches you’ve knitted in your lifetime?

    Also, I know this is way late, but I thought of a good car license plate, especially for someone who enjoy Aran-style knitting: CABLECAR

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi and thank you for sharing your knitting with everyone via the web.

    Sincerely, Mary