My current work in progress:

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


Are You In Toronto?

Are you gonna be in Toronto the day after tomorrow?

Because I am.

And I’ll be at the Stitch ‘n Bitch Wednesday night with my knit-buds:

When: Wednesday June 25, 7:30pm
Where: 1984 Queen St. East
(In the Beaches a few blocks east of Queen and Woodbine)

So come on down!

Have I Ever Mentioned How I Hate Knitting With Cotton?

I’ve abandoned the Watercolor Camisole temporarily because of some some pretty severe pain in my right wrist. Due, no doubt, to the force I have had to exert to knit the blasted Ironstone Flake Cotton double. Ow! Ow! Ow!

I am no stranger to wrist pain — I’m an old hand at RSIs (no pun intended) so I know what I need to do to alleviate the problems.

So I started my Smooch tank on Friday night. The yarn I’m usng is Gedifra Wellness, 60% cotton and 40% acrylic (same composition as the called-for yarn, Rowan All Seasons cotton). It’s one helluva lot easier on the hands and wrists than that damned string I was using for the camisole.

Want proof? This is how much of Smooch I completed over the weekend:


That’s the front. I’ve got the back finished.


As yu can see, it knits up very fast. The bottom photo is more indicative of the true color.

Then, to make matters worse, I burned the $%&*@(# out of my hand last night, attempting to take a plate out of the microwave. Who knew a china plate with a Boca Burger on it would get so hot after a minute and a half? All knitting came to a screeching halt and I fell asleep last night holding a bag of ice. This morning the damage is not too bad — one finger is blistered. We’ll see if I can knit today.

Lucy would like to wish everyone a happy Monday!



  1. Hi Wendy, I know you are not a fan of inane questions, and I usually just read your blog with my mouth open in silent wonder at your knitting prowess. But I just have to torture myself and ask approximately how long it took you to knit that much of smooch (love the colour you chose)? Sorry to hear about your hand – hope it hasn’t slowed you down ;o)

  2. Me not a fan of inane questions? However could you guess? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I didn’t really keep track of my knitting — I knitted on Smooch Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday night for maybe three hours each night — and a little bit of daytime knitting each day.

    I was able to knit my sock on the tran this morning — but the burned finger made it not so comfortable …

  3. Smooch looks gorgeous and green and nearly finished! Now what will you knit on vacation? How about surprising us when you come back with, oh, say, a completed Cold Duck?

    You rock! I hope your visit to Toronto is wonderful . . . I’m glad I have your Wendy-Knits mug to keep me company while you are gone!

  4. Nice Smooch! You got so much done this weekend. Now, take care of those hands!

  5. Hey Wendy,
    Maybe you need to take vacation with a bunch of knitting women in a cabin somewhere north of Toronto? Just a thought.

  6. Sorry to hear about your wrist. I developed a wrist ganglia due to excessive knitting and was told to stop for a couple of weeks. The doctor doesn’t understand that he also could have told me to stop breathing!!!
    As “an old hand of RSI”, I and your readers would appreciate any and all tips you can offer.

  7. Theresa says:

    Sorry to hear about your hand Wendy, but I’m sure going on vacation will more than make up for it! Just wanted to tell you that Smooch looks terrific! Have a great time in Toronto and happy knitting!

  8. I avoid cotton for the same reason – I did a a few pieces in cotton, and convinced myself that my hands hurt more when working with the stuff. Now that I have moved to a warm climate, the back of my brain is telling me I should give cotton another chance. The knit guild ladies look at me like I’m kooky when I say I only use wool. I’m trying to stay in charge, and just say no.

  9. Wendy…you rock! Smooch looks wonderful! Can’t wait to see you in it! Great color for you.

    Sorry ’bout the hand and wrist. I know you’ll take care of yourself…maybe with a little… reading? ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Nice Smooch. Sorry to hear about your hand. I hate when I do stuff like that (more often than I care to admit). I hope it’s back to normal soon.

    Can’t wait to meet you on Wednesday. We’re having a heat wave so you’ll get to wear smooch (or something lighter).

  11. Hope you enjoy your trip to Toronto, Wendy.

    We ARE having a heat wave, to be compounded by high humidity and bad air quality staring mid-week.

    Your blog (my morning habit) has been a terrific motivator for me.

  12. Oooooh! Wendy, I did that same thing with a Veggie Corn Dog (what is it with meatless products?!?) My microwave has developed a “hot spot” and now I have to be really careful.

    As for Smooch — it looks lovely! Have you tried All Seasons Cotton before? And if so, how do you think the Wellness compares?

    Take care of that hand!

  13. I’ve not used the All Seasons Cotton (nor even fondled it in a yarn shop) so I can’t compare it to the Wellness. But Wellness is very nice!

    Okay, all you people in Toronto — define heatwave for me please. 80 degrees F.? 90 degrees F.? On Wednesday when I leave here it’s supposed to hit the mid 90s — yikes!

  14. Heatwave in Toronto is usually around 32-26 degrees Celcius – I think low to mid-90’s. But the big thing is the humidity. Good thing you’ve got the shorter hair ๐Ÿ™‚
    I went swimming on the weekend – the water was great!

  15. I knew you’d pass me by on the Smooch knitting, but, holy sheep, you’re a green streak I didn’t even see! It’s beautiful, of course, and makes me want to finish mine swiftly — though never so swiftly as you, alas. Have a great trip, and take care of that hand —

  16. Soooo….Wendy, What are ya gonna knit on vacation? BTW, Smooch looks very cool, I love the green. Crikey you’re fast!!!

  17. Yikes – I meant 32 – 36 degrees Celcius! Somewhere in the 90’s and muggy : )

  18. I’ll post a photo of what I’m taking on vacation tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Sorry about your wrist and then burning your hand! I have a pain in my index finger aggravated by knitting. =(

    I bought the same color for smooch (haven’t signed up on Alison’s page yet) and also bought some purple for another t-strap tank next. Hopefully will get to start working on it soon. Have a great trip to Toronto! Love the city, wish I could join you…

  20. Daaaaaaaah!!!!!!!
    I spend eight months of the year in Toronto but I happen to be in Halifax right now. Drat drat drat double drat. It would have been great to meet you.

    Have fun, though! It’s a great city. And don’t believe everything you hear about SARS (laugh)

    Krista Jo

  21. Sorry about the hand…. I have carpal tunnel from working with a computer all these years (and bad eyes… wait a minute, could I just be getting OLD?!? :-)). I actually find knitting helps. I hope I won’t get slowed down by knitting too much with another wrist injury!!!

    Love Smooch, have the pattern. I have too many WIPs to have Smooch done by this summer… Oh well, next year. Have a fabulous time in Toronto!

  22. HI Wendy,
    An advance welcome to Canada!
    Why does Toronto get all the celebrities?
    Westerner who dreamt that it snowed last night, Ingrid

  23. I wonder how you hold your yarn … I’d love to see you knit in person. I’ve never had the slightest problem knitting with cotton and in some ways prefer it. However, I also get terrible puckers when I do wool colorwork, much as I adore it — and you don’t get that at all. I wonder if the same aspect of your knitting technique that enables yo to do such flawlessly smooth colorwork with wool gets in the way with cotton … ?

  24. Wendy, are you a danger to others or just yourself? Bwaaaaaa!

    Lovin’ Smooch, but..isn’t the neckline a bit..oh, I don’t know….DARING?

    I am really gonna miss teasing you for a week.

    We’ll be on the Cape the week after you leave, so I hope there’s someone out there willing to pick up the bloggin’ slack! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Yah, and I even raised the neckline an inch. Hopefully I’m boob-tacular enough to pull it off.

  26. Wow, Wendy, you’re a human knitting machine! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a couple of rounds past the lace patterning (I wonder if Smooch would knit up faster if I knit in pieces, but I don’t think I want to purl)…hmm…

    Take care of those hands & have a wonderful vacation!

  27. With you and Kathy only three hours from me, trust that I will be seething with envy–er–goodwill during your visit. Enjoy Toronto! And enjoy all of your knitting friends!

    Watch those plates… microwaves are notorious for crippling knitters.

  28. Mary from MD says:

    Hey! I forgot you were going to Toronto! I just got back from DRIVING from Baltimore to Sudbury, Canada and back. I spent some time in Toronto yesterday. The weather was great there, about 80-85. Everyone there was complaining of the heat. I thought it was great but I was a little disappointed to be coming thru Toronto on a Sunday when all yarn shops are closed. Good thing I’m already working on 4 projects. Enjoy Toronto! It’s a great city.

  29. Have a great trip Wendy! I was up in the Toronto area 20+ years ago during a heat wave of 90-100 degrees. It didn’t seem too bad to me but then I was 18 then and had just graduated and my gift was the airplane ticket to visit a friend up there.

    Smooch is looking lovely and will be nice to wear in the heat wave. I think I may have to make it for my niece. I bought some of the Plum Wellness to make a different summer short sleeved sweater.

  30. Afternoon Wendy. I hope you have a great time while you are visiting Toronto.

    Speaking of which, do you mind one more knitter dropping in for coffee? I can use this as a good excuse to not be stuck at work tomorrow, and to meet a hole bunch of new people!

    Keep well. I hope your hand and fingers feel better soon.