My current work in progress:

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


Just Say No!


In an attempt to follow the good examples set by Steph, Kate, and others, I’m attempting to put myself on a yarn diet.

Uh huh. We’ll see how long this lasts. I an renown for my lack of willpower.

I’ve put this button in my sidebar.


Do you think that’ll work? I’ll let you know.

Kindly note that yarn sent to me by others doesn’t count! Mom, if you’re reading this, I still am yearning for that yarn I put on my Christmas list!

What also doesn’t count is yarn that’s on its way to me. I’ve got some . . . ahem . . . Kureyon coming to me via a trade.

I also have not mentioned some recently obtained yarn. Ahem.


Ahem, ahem.



Precious little knitting was done due to the lingering presence of my migraine of the week. But here it is. There’s a shadow over the top of it — the colors don’t change.


Lucy likes snuggling under it.


Ooh! Ooh!

Check out the Knitting Basket total!

Don’t forget — November contest entries are due today, by 5:00pm EST. Winner (drawn at random from the entries submitted) will be announced Monday.

Y’all have a good weekend, hear?


  1. Diet? What is this word you speak of? LOL! I have *no* will-power when it comes to yarn.

    What color number is the new Noro you displayed? I love that shade of blue! (Can you hear me drooling while rummaging for my pocket book?)

  2. Hi, Wendy!

    What number is that Noro? I love purple and blue and I really don’t need more yarn… aarrrgghhh, maybe I need to go on a yarn diet…. nonononononono hehehe

  3. It’s color number 80, guys!

  4. Araucania is my favorite yarn ever. I just love the stuff. The way it works up–oh, the subtle shadings—makes me feel faint to think about it!

    Giving up yarn purchasing? Holy toledo, I’ve given up carbs, alcohol and swearing–doesn’t a girl have to have *some* vices? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Kim, I’ve cut down on carbs, but I still drink and swear. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. does it count if I only buy roving to MAKE yarn? I just bought this spinning wheel, see… *grin* I wonder how many yarn-calories you burn spinning your own yarn, and if you can save up enough points from the exercise to splurge on a ball of Opal or something…

    That’s it. I need to sign up for Stash Watchers.

  7. Yeah, I like how this diet works….So, If I send you some yarn, it doesn’t count, likewise if you send me some back, it doesn’t count either…..hmmm.
    So, both our consciences would be clear, and yet our closets would be full!

    Bwahahaha….sheer genius!

    Oh, and for Noro, have you seen color #91? I am doing the booga bag in it and it’s got blues, greys and a gorgeous red. (like waving a cheesecake in front of a dieter!!) Hopeless!

    Have a great weekend–and try the bubbles with Lucy- they’re a kick!

  8. Glad/Sorry to have you on board (not buying yarn is a sad thing)! The Kureyon in colour 80 is fab–I’m using it for my entrelac coat.

    There might be some serious trading going on with the dieters–that’s my exception too!

    The diet is a good way to shop the stash–I’ve already found stuff I had forgotten about. And stuff I can’t believe I actually purchased.

    Hope you’re feeling better.

  9. Great work on the basket donations! What a terrific idea. Gotta support that. But I’m afraid that I just can’t support this yarn diet idea. ;0)

  10. Wendy, you’re a naughty, naughty girl. You talk about yarn diets and then wave these luscious skeins in front of us! Reminds me of the magazines that tout the latest diet on the cover along with a picture of a beautiful chocolate cake. As for me, I’m going to comfort myself that I probably have miles to go before I even catch up to the rest of you in regards to stash and will keep on stashin’ (at least as much as my budget will let me). I’ve yet to forgive you for introducing me to booga bagas and Kuryeon!

  11. Yarn Diet – never. Life is just too short for that kind of sacrifice. Me thinks – you need to rethink – that maybe a bad idea.

    Happy weekend.

  12. Wendy and everyone!
    Thanks to a co-worker of mine we just hit the 4 basket mark!!

    I put out an email to my work community via our Intranet telling them about the project. This week-end I’m going to send an email to my personal email list telling them about it.

    Thanks everyone!! Wa-Hoo!

  13. I’m here in the corner with Barb. When was the last time anyone heard of a diet that worked long term? The yarn diet thing is as if some puritanical fringe group is attempting a knitting coup etat. I already watch fat grams and carbos, so there is no way any bunch with a logo is going to hijack my one happy, wallow in the goodness of it addiction. No curbs on creative outlets! Don’t be fooled by the siren song of these left brainers! Let the creative right side of our brains rule!

    OK, I feel better now. Think I’ll just log on to Elann…just to check…

  14. tsk – is that nature wool in ‘charcoal’? that was going to be my last purchase (not including the psuedo purchase using my Elann dollars) but the colour was sold out – I went telling myself that if there was any wine or charcoal left I would allow myself the one last bit of naughtiness. It’s a good thing though (yes, trying to convince myself here) since i have nature wool enough for 4 sweaters already….

  15. Well, no yarn diet for me! I am a big believer in the fact that all diets are unhealthy and feed society’s unrealistic expectations of what a woman should be. THIS INCLUDES YARN DIETS!
    Come all, share with me in the celebration of our natural yarn sizes!!! Heehee.

  16. YARN DIET ???
    i think you pull our legs ! or try to fear us.
    all of us know that’s impossible;
    we are nuts about knitting, and that too good.
    doesn’t need to try in vain to get another subject of guilt !!!
    and just forget my bad english, i am a frog woman, french !

  17. Yarn Diet? Are you INSANE??????

    C’mon, ladies..let’s go to my house for a yarn PIGOUT!!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

  18. Well – I’ve been on a yarn diet. I was buying, buying & then I suddenly realised that what it was doing to me was causing stress as to when I would get around to all these wonderful projects (around 15).
    So, I bought up big in July in Bendigo (at the show & mills) & since then have only bought 3 100g balls for a test shawl. I have also only received the yarn for Wendy’s Beadwork & some sox yarn. And I can tell you, I’m really loving the sight of reducing piles of UFOs. I’m really looking out for next yr in July when I plan to make my next splash. I also don’t have the space & don’t want to find ways of adding to storage.
    SABLEs can often cause more angst than pleasure. Just an alternative viewpoint.

  19. Hi Wendy,

    you made me groggy this morning ! Yarn diet ? Unthinkable, inconceivable, the greatest utopia for a knitter !!! Worse than a (food) diet ! Do you imagine ? A groggy Frog needing 2 or 3 days to recover from THAT (you know ? ‘am better in French, sure !)

  20. Wendy – I need to join your Yarn Diet. I am in the process of TRUTHFULLY cataloging my stash.
    My J & S purchases alone – dating back to 1986 – are 40 lbs, and I have yet to knit a fairisle!!
    We won’t mention the balance of the stash.

    Problem is, I can’t get your button to work. Is it my computer?