My current work in progress:

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


Stop the Presses!

Because we have yet another raffle prize for the Mouse-a-thon.

This prize is donated by the exceedingly generous Veronique in Switzerland and is this:


Yes, it’s the kit to knit Zauberflote! Veronique tells me:

The kit is for the medium size. All the skeins have been already wound into center-pull balls and put into closed freezer bags. All shades have the same dye lot and I even added the leftovers from previous VY projects also with the same dye lot just in case…

I only used some Pebble Beach and some Wild Orchid for the tiny little swatch I knit and can include it to the kit for the winner to see exactly what I used.
The VY pattern card is unmarked and everything is in the original VY brown package. Stored in a pet-free, smoke-free environment in my dark, cool and dry stash room.

And kindly note that the plate is not included with the prize. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can see photos of Zauberflote on the Virtualyarns website here.

A huge thank you to Veronique!

Cute Mouse-a-thon Photo of the Day


This adorable little doggie is Cheri’s Ariel, who was obviously a big help during the mouse creation process.

A lot more mousies came in yesterday! From Mihoko in Helsinki, Finland, Tanya in IN, Rebecca in Marietta, GA, Michelle in Thorold, ON, Canada, Childe in Houston, TX, Janet in Reynoldsburg, OH, Barbara in Zionsville, IN, Lisa in Indianapolis, IN, Barbara in Brecksville, OH, Pat in Tacoma, WA, Laura in Brookline, MA, Maggi in Richmond, VA, and Cheri in Cedar Park, TX. Thank you all so much!

And Lucy says thank you for the tidbits enclosed for her. She is now one spoiled kitty! Like she wasn’t before . . .

Guess What?

I finished Marina! I finished Marina!


That brown blur at the top of the photo is, of course, Lucy’s head.

And Doni, I no longer weave in ends. I tie square knots and trim the ends. I cannot begin to tell you how exhilarating it is to not weave in ends. I’ve done this on my last few fair isles and I highly recommend it.

Though I wouldn’t do it with a yarn thicker than jumperweight.

What’s Next?

The Poetry in Stitches kit I bought in May.

Poetry Sweater

Except of course I changed it. I decided to convert it to a pullover.

I’m making the smaller size. The pattern repeat is 19 stitches. The directions tell you to cast on 314 stitches — that’s the pattern repeated 16 times plus ten stitches for the front band steek. I cast on 308 stitches — 8 pattern repeats for the front, 2 “side seam” stitches to be done in the background color (my own idea), 8 pattern repeats for the back, and 2 “side seam” stitches to be done in the background color.

And then I’ll make it up as I go along. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow and Thursday are crucial day at work and I’ll need to be prepared to stay late as everything will likely to come to fruition at the end of the day on Thursday, so that’s when everything has to be launched on the website, etc. So I’ll be bringing this new project with me, as there’ll probably be some periods of time when I’m sitting and waiting. My sock-in-progress will languish at home.

This also means I’ll have even less time to respond to questions and email.

Lucy sez:

“Meow, meow, meow, Lucky! Purrrrrrrr, kiss, kiss . . . “


  1. Marina is another gem. Hope your new project helps you get through the long days at work.

  2. i love that poetry in stitches sweater (i love all of them) can’t wait for you to start! hope you give us a review of the yarn, esp. scratch factor.

  3. Marina is a beauty. I’ll be interested to hear what you think about the yarn for your new sweater. I’m doing the orange sweater, but still undecided as whether I like the yarn… I’ll decide after I’ve had a chance to block it and wear the sweater. Hope you get lots done on your sweater at work. Joanne

  4. Is that sweater in Hifa 2? I’ll be interested to know what you think of it. I started my Poetry sweater a couple of weeks ago (p.124). Since I have 4 WIPs it’s not going to progress as fast as yours will, though!

  5. Wendy, I am curious. Why are you adding one-stitch side seams? I want to know your thought process on this one.

  6. Your decision to cast on fewer stitches for the Poetry leaf sweater is a smart one.

    I made the smaller size for my mom who is none too small and it fits her perfectly. You’d have been swimming in it.

    I’ll be interested to know how you like knitting with the Hifa2 yarn. I loved it and found that it becomes silkier and drapier after washing/blocking.

    Marina is an inspiration!

  7. Can’t wait to see Poetry in Stitches in progress! Why is it that some patterns make a size small so large? Is it the knitting equivalent of how expensive stores make all their sizing numbers 3 sizes smaller?

  8. Karen Heinig says:

    Marina is just gorgeous. So. What is your favorite sweater to WEAR? Do you have a top 5 list? Just curious. I would be in heaven with a wardrobe of sweaters like yours.

  9. Marina is SO beautiful. Congratulations on the latest finished masterpiece!

  10. I couldn’t leave without checking in! Wouldn’t want to miss Marina! Stunning! Great new prize, you know what I’m thinking, right? ๐Ÿ˜›

    ciao for now, g

  11. Wendy,
    I just finished the PIS leaf cardigan. I love it! I substituted Brown Sheep Naturspun Sport yarn for it, so my gauge was a bit different but still very close to what was called for. I am a relatively small person and ended up doing 12 leaf repeats. I think that it’s about 38″ around and fits perfectly. You can take a look at it at

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it.

  12. Wendy, your finished Fair Isles are always so inspiring. Everytime I see one I think I need to get one started myself. Marina is gorgeous! Are you wearing her today?

    So here’s another question for you (because I am always interested in how people think, and what details help turn something into a good sweater): what elements of a Fair Isle sweater really draw you in and make you say “That’s going on my list!” ?

  13. Wah! Marina is so beautiful. It was the first AS I ever saw and I absolutely love it. Someday, maybe when I retire, it will be mine.

    In mousie news, there are approximately 75 mousies sitting in my kitchen, waiting patiently to be stuffed and sent on to Lucy. I am so impressed with everyone’s response to the mouse-a-thon.

  14. Renee in CO says:

    Ooh, I’m so excited for the Poetry in Stitches sweater. I wanted you to make it right after you bought the kit!!! Woo hoo!

  15. Jen in Orange says:

    Wow, Marina is SPECTACULAR!!! Along with Lucy of course ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, my THREE WHOLE mousies got mailed on Monday so hopefully you’ll be getting them soon!!

  16. I would move to an arctic climate if I had your beautiful sweaters to wear–that way I’d never have to go without a warm, woolly sweater!

    Marina is drop-dead gorgeous!


  17. Wendy-

    Marina is breathtaking!! You’ll look spectacular in it!

    I also love the PIS leaf sweater, can’t wait to see you do it!

    Great job on mouse procurement too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope your work project goes well!

  18. Marina = Pure Glory

    What a beautiful sweater Wendy. Yet another true masterpiece to add to your wearable gallery.

    I am very much looking forward to your PIS cardigan. I have an online friend who is bringing me the same kit home with her when she moves back to Canada in a few weeks. I’ll definitely be taking notes on this one!

  19. Marina is PERFECT..
    I am glad you are doing a Poetry in Stitches. I am working on the navy, pink and green one. It is working up beautifully. Will you be using the velvet trim? Will it be durable? I am uncertain if I will use it for mine.

  20. You are too funny when you are telling us about the next sweaters: “I’m gonna do this one… but I’m gonna make it this, and then I’ll do this, and then when it’s completely different from the pattern I’ll wow you with it.”

    Cracks me up! ;^)