My current work in progress:

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


December Contest

(I’ve blatantly stolen the idea for the December contest from QueerJoe, who had a similar contest . . . last spring, I think.)

WendyKnits presents . . .

The WKAT (Wendyknits Aptitude Test).

Here’s what you gotta do. Answer 20 questions. All answers to the questions are available in one form or another in my online world. Some are easy, some are tough.

WKAT Questions are located here.

Email me (use the “Contact Me” link in my sidebar) your answers (numbered in
order, please) by 5:00pm EST this Friday, December 12.

Whaddya get for your trouble?


Ten skeins of 100% worsted weight wool — Handsome Harry’s Hanks. The color is a sort of grey tan.

The individual with the highest score wins this:

In the even of a tie, we’ll draw a name.

Wendy has a new toy!

Yesterday I bought a new camera! This.

I did mention that I got a whopping big performance bonus at work recently. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am beside myself with joy. I own a traditional film Canon EOS Rebel SLR camera, and this digital version of it is very similar in operation. Also, the lenses from the traditional SLR camera fit the digital! So I can use my incredibly expensive zoom lens with my new toy! Woo-hoo.

I did a side-by-side comparision of my new camera with the old one.

This is the back of Fern taken with the new camera:


And this is the back of Fern taken with the old camera:


These two photos were taken in the same location, same time, same light. In my photo editing software I cropped and reduced them in size, and compressed them exactly the same amount.

The color on the top photo, taken with the new camera, is near perfect — unretouched.

The bottom photo taken with the old camera is lightened up considerably because it was so dark. The color is way off.

The photos were taken in far-from-perfect conditions, so I’ll get better results with better light.

That’s the back of Fern, by the way — I’m more than three-quarters done with it.


And of course, I took several shots of Miss Lucy.


And this:


And this.


These were taken with the flash and Lucy was moving in all three photos, grooming herself. Look Ma, no blur!


  1. Cool camera.
    Quality difference is amazing,and no blurring…me want !
    Fern is looking fab.

  2. I have been hemming and hawing over the Canon EOS Digital. Thanks for helping me make the decision. Clearly!

  3. Hey Wendy, glad I could give back in some small way for all you do. If for no other reason, your blog inspired me to knit my current Fair Isle project and I am LOVING it.

    Now, to see if I can get all the answers correct.

  4. Wow! What a difference the camera makes! Good for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    oh no… a test! I will give it a try for the prize is yummy!

  5. The wkat was tempting, but I haven’t been a reader long enough to know all the answers…or where to find them. It’ll be fun to watch and see who wins though. LOVE the new camera proformance. What a difference in detail and color from the old one! Lucy looks beautiful…as usual.

  6. My hubby & I swear by Cannon cameras. My husband is a photography enthusiast and had the 35mm Cannon and when the digitals came out that could use the lenses he jumped at the chance. I love Cannon lenses! Great choice and great pictures! Thanks for sharing the comparison photos.

  7. Wow, Wendy, that camera takes amazing pictures! Enjoy it.

    Fern is beautiful, and I bet the only reason you didn’t finish it was that you were playing with your new toy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Stay warm today!!

  8. Cool camera…and I love how we all benefit from your good fortune too!


  9. Good for you, Wendy! It’s fun to have a new toy. And all of the rest of us benefit too. What could be better? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Oh! Oh! Oh! I’ve been DROOLING over that camera! Yay, you!

  11. Ooh, add me to the list of people drooling over that camera! I also have a Rebel in it’s SLR formand it is great camera. Knitting speed I can merely admire, but _now_ I’m really jealous!

  12. Excellent picture quality! My husband and I just went this weekend and finally bought a digital camera (mostly so I didn’t have to fiddle with laptoms and webcams to try to get pics of things) – an Olympus Stylus 400. Not even remotely as swank as yours, but I’m pleased with it. The EOS looks amazing, though! I don’t do quite enough photography to justify the interchangeable lens stuff, but I want it anyway.

  13. Karen in MN says:

    Okay, I believe I have two questions left to answer on the WKAT … if I absolutely can’t figure out the answer do we get extra credit for how creative we make the answer?

  14. Last week you talked about a cowl – might I suggest a mobius strip scarf? You can wear it as a scarf, or doubled around your neck as a cowl, or leave one side up on your head to keep the warmth in. They are amazingly flattering on, and knitting one is really fun and astounding to people watching, since you’re knitting a knot. Way fun!

  15. oh wow…. I surrender. I am failing miserably at the test no doubt, and I have been reading for a long time! Bad bad memory apparently!

    If I get some time tonight I shall “review”…lol

    Good job on the test, it’s hard!

  16. Do keep me (and all the others interested) up to date with your Digital Rebel expereiences! I used to do a lot of wedding/portrait/event photography with medium format cameras and have been wanting to get back into it on the side, so I’ve been shopping. I’d love to get the Canon10D, but as you know the Rebel is about $600 cheaper. I already have a Canon EOS Elan IIe with two lenses, so I’m covered for lenses, but I’ve really been wondering about the ease of use and versatility of the Digital Rebel. I’m doing a wedding in mid-January, so I’ll be buying one or the other very soon!

    Enjoy the camera, most of all – and it looks like you’re doing well with it already!

  17. I just got one of those cameras myself and love it but have been too sick to play much with it. Lucy and Fern look great though ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on the new toy

  18. Ooooooooh…cool new camera that takes such wonderful pictures! Congratulations!

    P.S. Don’t you love new toys? And Christmas bonuses? Sometimes I feel like going back to work just so I can get a Christmas bonus.

  19. Hi Wendy,
    Just a quick note to let you know the deadline is set: Deadline for entering the great stash redistribution project is Wednesday, December 10th @ 11:59 pm. I will need a snail mail address. Thanks, Amy

  20. Hi Wendy
    The new camera is great. Love your work, so this means we will see more of it! I still cannot get over the amount of knitting you get done. And Lucy. I love Lucy. She is just so gorgeous. Looking forward to lots more photos of Lucy, and of course your knitting too!