My current work in progress:

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


Business as Usual

The Big Pow Wow at work was concluded yesterday, and successfully, according to all involved. Lucy was very happy to have Mommy home from work on time yesterday.


And I was very happy to get back to knitting.


Here’s the first PiS sleeve, in all it’s barely started glory.


In answer to a comments question the other day, I am doing floats rather than weaving, and it seems to work just fine.

And another thing . . .

Beth asked:

What do you do with all the leftovers from your fair isle and dale sweaters?

And Geane responded:

I know what I do with my FI leftovers! Label them with the name of the sweater knit and put them away for when your friends need a ball or two!!

Geane’s absolutely correct! She’s sent me shetland wool from her leftovers stash. So has Veronique is Switzerland.

I do the same thing — hang onto extras for future reference. I sent my leftover Gedifra Wellness fro Smooch to Geane, who had bought the same color. And I always hang onto extra shetland and Dale of Norway — never know when I or one of my friends might need a bit.

Leftovers make great catnip mice, and leftover sock yarn makes baby or child socks.


I was pleased to find out that Araucania felts well — thanks, Jenanne!

I got a KnitPicks catalog yesterday and saw in it a bunch of pictures of felted stuff. “Cool,” thought I. On closer inspection I determined that the patterns for these were all in the Bev Galeskas’ book Felted Knits, which is already on my Amazon wishlist for Christmas.

Lookie here!

Jen updated the mousemaps! Thanks Jen!


  1. Wendy,
    Your blog is wonderful and I have learned so much already. I’m wondering how you hold your yarns when knitting with two colors in a round. Do you drop one and pick up the other or do you hold both on one hand or one on each hand? I am just learning Fair Isle and would like to learn the fastest way right now in the beginning. Any other tips?
    Thanks so much,

  2. Wendy – I echo Janet’s question. I’ve read in your archives a description of how you hold your yarn, but can’t quite picture it. Any chance of a picture of how you hold the yarn? I knit continental, but when I do color work, I hold the main color in my left hand and throw the lesser used color with my right hand – it really slows me down!

  3. I’m a continental knitter, too. I’ve tried & tried to get the hang of knitting with one yarn in each hand but my tension suffers with the yarn in my right hand. I’ve resorted to just dropping one yarn and picking up the other. I keep the background color on the right hand side and keep this strand on top. The foreground color stays in my left hand and is stranded on the bottom. It really makes the motif pop out when I strand this way.

    So, Wendy, if you have a tip on how to hold both yarns in the left hand without them getting tangled, I’m all ears! The dropping & picking up is what slows me down.

  4. Hi Wendy, I just discovered your blog and am enjoying everything. And I am very disappointed that I missed the Mouse-a-thon. Are you planning another one soon? Also, I am wondering what kind of knitting bags you recommended, for taking with you during a long commute (I go from Philadelphia to NYC every day). Thanks!!! Priscilla

  5. Wendy (and all!) – thought you might be interested that Hook ‘N Needle ( is having a “going out of business” sale (NAYY). Right now there is a 40% discount. They have Dale of Norway and Noro yarns (guess what I got?), as well as a lot more. Definetely worth a look!

  6. This is completely the wrong season for the project, but I was wondering if you ever completed the Watercolor Camisole I saw you started a while back? I remember you commenting that the cotton was a pain on the hands to work with, but I didn’t know if you finished it up anyhow 🙂

  7. Just wanted to shout out yet another thanks for making so many kitties soooo happy. Think about it – how many micies are out there in the world because you’re around? Not just the mouse-along mice, but all the personal mice, eight in my immediate family alone! You RAWK, W. Adah sends you a drooly kiss and Digit gives Lucy a high-six.