My current work in progress:

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


And the Word of the Day is . . .

/’bärf-gläb/ noun (plural -s) A wad of tangled yarn that comes out of the middle of a center-pull skein of yarn when you are attempting to knit from the skein.

Do you all think I should notify the Oxford English Dictionary?

This word came into being in my comments on yesterday’s post. It seems that I am not alone in my hatred of and disgust with barf-globs. There were some good tips for avoiding and dealing with barf-globs in the comments. Thanks, guys!

Frogner Update

I’m at the point where I am doing the neck shaping. At last!


In answer to Caroline’s question in yesterday’s comments, I’ve not yet found any problems with the pattern for Frogner. No errors that I’ve noticed.

So far, so good!

Lucy likes to lie in my lap while I knit on Frogner. One rather large, very furry, warm kitty plus the entire body of a wool sweater plus my continuing low-grade fever equals a somewhat warm and uncomfortable atmosphere in which to knit, even in my air conditioned home.

And that slows things down a mite. But there’s no way in hell I’m going to shove Lucy off my lap. As soon as she sees me pick up my knitting, she makes a mad dash for me and happily curls up in my lap, purring loudly. Sometimes she even sighs in contentment.

Sometimes it’s tough being a mom!

Lucy Sez

Have a great day and may all your skeins be barf-glob free.



  1. Another muggy-fest along the NE corridor today; I share your thoughts on knitting with little long-haired loves in your lap…imagine Lucy in triplicate. Woof! Wishing you a cooler day.

  2. Woohoo!! I coined a phrase..LOL. 🙂

  3. Kristin says:

    Awww, there’s absolutely no way I’d kick Lucy off my lap either. She’s just too cute 🙂 I hope you’re feeling better soon, Wendy. It’s no fun feeling blah.

    Thanks for the sock pattern update. I’ve been contemplating some cabled socks from Elsbeth Lavold’s “Viking Knits” but I’d rather do them toe-up than top-down. I immediately thought of your toe-up pattern.

  4. I love it when animals curl up in your lap. When I’m visiting my parents and bring out my knitting their (my) 70 lb. golden retriever makes a mad dash for me too. It is a pain, but it is just so precious!

  5. Katie, my little tortie, usually tries to sit in my lap, but I have little legs, so there isn’t much perch room. Instead, she’ll curl up right next to my hip, on top of anything I might have sitting there. She _only_ does this when I’m knitting. It’s sweet, but I wonder why she doesn’t do it when I’m just watching TV. Or reading a book?

  6. Oooh, so dear sweet precious a cat! My Moka looks longingly at the yarn but restrains herself admirably – saint kitty. A nice well-iced glass of water nearby for sipping helps me with the shared-bodyheat thing.

  7. Oh, you guys really make me want a cat. I love them, but my husband doesn’t. Without a cat, we are free to travel more, but I really miss having a cat.

    Gail, cats are intrigued with anything that moves, yarn, feather, mice, wadded napkins, foil balls, etc. Reading is too ‘slow’ for a cat, tv is just plain un-interesting unless you are watching nature shows.

    Happy knitting all.

  8. OK here’s a question: Do Barf-globs occur more frequently in yarns of a certain fiber (cotton?) or perhaps in yarns with a certain # of plies… or perhaps in yarns with a certain twist configuration? Maybe it has something to do with packaging and shipping. What causes Barf-Globs?!?! I bet there’s a barf-glob gnome that goes around and hooks together the yarn in the center of the ball and causes it to lock onto itself… I’m almost sure that’s it. 🙂

  9. The Oxford English Dictionary should certainly be notified, especially if there is a knitting edition. 😉

    I wish my cat, Emma, was as cuddly as Lucy. She doesn’t particularly like being petted, but she sure doesn’t want to miss any action. I can hardly do anything without her getting her nose right in the middle of it so she doesn’t miss anything. She’ll sit beside me and purr, but if I pet her, she just moves. If she gets a chance, she chews on my wool yarns; they fascinate her. She has severed more than one strand of yarn for me, not to mention chewing the points off of three of my birch double point sock needles and leaving them all splinters and snags.

  10. Fellow barf-glob hater here. I find that the hated things lurk in cotton and cotton blends most often. Not only does cotton seem to get more barf-globs but the ones cotton gets are almost impossible to untangle. GRRR! I have a whole bag of cotton baby yarn that was nothing but barf-globs so I finally just gave up and tossed the whole thing in a bag.

  11. elizabeth says:

    Did you change the pattern for frogner? I love the checkerboard pattern and I can’t find one like that!

  12. I once got a barfglob with some mohair yarn I was using. It took forever to get it untangled, and I had to break the yarn in a couple of places just to do so.

  13. The work IT system is a shambles, so in case you haven’t got my email – Beadwork has arrived & I was up to past 11pm last night swatching & casting on. Like I needed a new project right now!! hehe

  14. Kim in Oregon says:

    Disembowel is what I call it. Pulling out that big clump-o-yarn reminds me of that episode of the X Files when Scully was doing an autopsy and the organs kept slip-sliding their way out of the hanging scale (the episode with Luke Wilson and the vampires). I have found it particularly prevalent with all things Rowan.

  15. oh, dear wendles – try some echinacea tea for that low-grade fever. i have one all the damned time because of my fibromyalgia/chronicfatigue. i drink a lot of celestial seasonings “wellness tea” in the echinacea variety, and i take 8-hour tylenol and sometimes aleve as well. (it’s safe, was recommended by my doctor.) i also make sure i drink a lot of water and the occasional glass of Emergen-C (which is a tasty vitamin C powder that you mix with water). some or all of the above usually bust my fever.

  16. I love your term! At one point in my life I was a 4-H knitting leader for about 30 girls, aged 8-18 but mostly 8. One of their first projects was a cotton potholder, and each girl had to ball her yarn, most of which was purple, given the age of the girls. I wish I had a photo of the day we ended up with a huge purple cobweb of yarn all over my living room and the girls, plus my black cat Ambrose. Barf-glob is a mild term for that situation.

  17. Barf-glob. To barf means to throw up so I suppose a barf-glob is a globule you throw up. Wouldn’t liketo fish one of those out of the middle of a skein of wool -:)


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