My current work in progress:

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



Ah . . . I spent a nice relaxing weekend with very little time spent near a computer. It was just what I needed after last week. At one point on Friday I fully expected the top of my head to explode from the force of my blood pressure. This week will be just as busy, but hopefully without as much stress as last week.

On Saturday we dropped more mousies off for Barbara. A local pet shop, Pro-Feed in Bradlee Shopping Center on King Street in Alexandria, VA, is selling some of the mousies for her, with all the money going to Capital Animal Care. They are charging $4.99 per mouse, which is a nice profit for the rescue organization! They have the mice prominently displayed in a large basket that you see as soon as you walk in the store.

And of course, Capital Animal Care is selling mice at their events too.

Barbara is going to bring a bag of mousies out to West Virginia this week, for a shelter there to sell to raise a little money for themselves. That shelter is the one that originally took Lucy in when she was mauled by dogs and abandoned by her prevous owners, so I’m happy to see them receive some mousies.

Since last we spoke, I received mousies from Thora in Newburgh, NY (and I really appreciate the extra you put in your package, Thora!), Angela in Tyler, TX, Victoria in Lake Arrowhead, CA (and a huge thank you for the sock yarn!), Carrie in Placentia, GA, Lisa in Richmond, VA, Rosane in Levittown, NY, Patsy in Sylvania, OH, Jennifer in Orange, CA, Swatchy in Houston, TX, Teresa in Dayton, OH, and Colleen in Overland Park, KS (and thank YOU for the extras!).

Remember the Lace Contest?

Pamela, who won the Douceur et Soie yarn from the lace contest emailed me over the weekend — here’s a photo of what she’s knitting with her winnings. It’s beautiful!

Marina, Revisited

We did the photo shoot for Marina — photos on the Official Marina page. I was having a bad hair day, so off with my head.

Lucy never has a bad hair day.


Poetry in Stitches

And I’m PiSsing along.


I was asked Friday about doing a provisional cast-on for hems. I don’t like doing them — I find that I can see a line on the right side of the work when knitting the edge of the cast-on back with the body. Sewing by hand a regular cast-on edge doesn’t show nearly as much for me.

Have a good Monday everyone!


  1. love the colors of the pis! and marina looks even more beautiful when worn.

  2. You probably hear the word “beautiful” often, but it fits… the Marina is beee-you-tee-ful! A question: I’m doing the orange PiS sweater and I am still undecided if I like this wool. I’m hoping that it softens up with washing and wear. Do you have a suggestion for another yarn to use for my next project from that book? Isn’t J&S just a bit thicker? I’m also working on Dale’s Kashmir. So many sweaters.. and so little time!!

  3. Thanks ,guys!

    Joanne, I think the Hifa is a tad thicker than J&S jumperweight — it feels a bit more robust. The gauge is 7.5 st/inch on size 3.0mm needles — any smooth wool that gives the same gauge is a possibility. You could possibly use Daletta.

  4. Oh WOW, Wendy! I didn’t think Oregon could be beat, but if anything can eclipse that sweater, it’s Marina. Your Marina was stunning on the needles, but the difference when you model it for us is really amazing. I guess it’s because we finally get a sense of the scale of the motifs–or maybe it’s just that anything looks great once Wendy puts it on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’m sure I’ve said this before but, wow, Marina is stunning! It’s another design that made me said “eh, maybe” when I first saw it in print but seeing it (almost) in person on your blog, it just looks fab! Photos in knitting books can be so deceptive sometimes, can’t they?

    Marina is definitely a masterpiece ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I concur — Marina looks incredible on you! I do hope you’ll wear it this winter, rather than go through the others that haven’t had a turn first. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope this week is less stressful for you.

  7. Such lovely pictures of you in Marina! Beautiful!

    And the mousie news you have to report warms my heart. Think of all the happy animals who will benefit from the generosity of so many people. I hope the sales are good, and lots of money is raised for these fine organizations.

  8. Interesting how much better Marina looks “on.” I am fascinated to see how many people had the same response I did.

    And it’s lovely to see the mousies going out into the world. I got waylaid with mine, but I plan to send some eventually.

  9. Ah another beauty… Marina is lovely on you! PiS is fab! I was already in love with it when I got the book , now I am loving it more and more…

  10. Your Poetry is beautiful – I’m past the border into the body pattern on my Poetry sweater and it’s got such a tapestry look to it, as does yours – you can tell she’s inspired by fabrics.

  11. Karen in MN says:

    Wendy, I’ve been reading your archives and am idly wondering whatever happened to the Watercolor Camisole you started before your vacation? I know you had to quit work on it (I believe) because of repetitive stress injury. Did you ever finish it?

  12. Karen in MN says:

    Another question? — are you floating or stranding the unused yarn in the leaves & background on your PiS? There seems to be big blocks of colors (of more than 5 stitches) at a stretch.

  13. Wendy,Marina looks splendid on you! Don’t let her disappear in your closet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Mr. “Knit One, Purl Two” was on _my_ subway today, so I hope he didn’t bother you in your commute. I don’t know why he was so amused with himself, but it made me think of you and your lovely blog, so that’s the silver lining. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Shirley, in PA says:

    I have used Kureyon for heavy, warm socks and made a sweater of it (the one in Vogue where you start at the bottom back and increase for the arms and decrease for the neck and just keep going through the front, all in one piece – makes lovely vertical stripes). I buy it at my LYS and go through the skeins to find several that start at approximately the same place. It’s not uncommon to find a different stripe, as you did. The light blue and the light green were supposed to be the same, but the dying process wasn’t as carefully regulated as we are used to in other brands. It’s wonderful stuff, and I put up with it, but I don’t buy it mail order. HTH