My current work in progress:

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


Move That Stash!

The observant among you might have noticed that my Yarn Diet button is gone. Uh huh. We all knew that wouldn’t last long, didn’t we?

In it’s place, I’ve got a new button, for the Great Stash Redistribution Project, which is the brainchild of Amy, over at Cyborgoddess. Go and read all about it! Deadline to sign up is tomorrow so run, run, run!

Yup, I fell off the Yarn Diet. Nope, I don’t want to talk about it.

Big Kureyon!

It came! It came!


How big is Big Kureyon? In the photo below, the regular Kureyon is on top, the big Kureyon is on the bottom.


I was planning on using a size 15 needle to knit the kitty bed, but I decided that would be way too big, even for something that’s gonna end up felted. So I settled on a US size 10.5.

Lucy’s Kitty Bed

I started it last night.

Cast on 9 stitches on dpns.
Knit 1 round
Knit 1 round, increasing by knitting into the front and back of each stitch — 18 stitches.

And here’s what it looks like at this point.


Knit 3 rounds.
Knit 1 round, increasing by knitting into the front and back of each stitch — 36 stitches.
Knit 6 rounds.

Does this sound familar? It should, to you Elizabeth Zimmerman fans. It’s the start of a pi shawl. It makes a nice flat circle. I’ll continue on with the pi shawl instructions until the circle is the pre-felted diameter I want.

Lucy IS Spoiled!

Look what one of our blog readers sent her:


Kindly note that this matches Lucy’s placemat, which has a photo of Devil’s Tower on it.

Lucy says: “Thank you, Ms. Jennifer!”


Lucy also says “Why does Mommy keep taking my picture?”


Practice makes perfect, so practicing with my new camera is what I’m doing. There’s not too much of a learning curve, as I’m fairly proficient with SLR cameras and with digital cameras. It’s a matter of putting the two together and figuring out what works best for each situation.

I have a great zoom lens that I’ve had for ages, but I don’t have a macro lens. So that’ll likely be my next camera-related purchase.

I Almost Forgot!

I finished the multidirectional scarf!


As I mentioned before, this is a Multidirectional Diagonal scarf knitted in Noro Kureyon in color #55, on size 8 US needles from Karen Baumer’s free pattern here. It’s 31 stitches wide, took exactly three skeins of Kureyon, and is about six feet long.


  1. We all know diets don’t work, anyway. Next month there will some other gimmick out there, an herbal supplement to reduce the urge to buy yarn or some contraption that gives you the feeling of buying yarn, but keeps you from making a purchase. Let the buyer beware. In the meantime, remember everything in moderation.

  2. Don’t suppose you fel for the Peruvian Collection Baby Cashmere over at Elann ? [evil grin] I did,and it’s so soft and generally delicious.
    The multi directional scarf looks good.A perfect pattern for Kureyon or Silk Garden – shows off the lovely colours without being too stripy.
    Noro yarns are so much fun.And we all need some fun in our lives. :0)

  3. Emma, I was looking at that on the Elann site just this morning, but I didn’t buy anything!

  4. I did go for the Baby Cashemere at Elann, as well as the Araucania Nature Wool. But I am back on the diet. I adhere to the Scarlett O’Hara philosophy…. Tomorrow is another day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The multi directional scarf is really beautiful. Someone is going to be very pleased with this gift! Just wondered…no fringe? My scarf is almost done and I am still debating whether to add some or not.

  6. No fringe. The intended recipient is not a “girly” girl — she likes things plain and functional, so I think she’ll like it better fringeless. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Wendy
    Love the colours in new Noro yarn for Lucy’s bed and the multidirectional scarf looks terrific. But best of all, just love the pictures of gorgeous Lucy… so photogenic. Kitties really do love having their pictures taken. I know mine do!

  8. the quality of the pictures from your new camera is amazing! Lucy looks beautiful, as does the knitting.

  9. I’m so glad you started the kitty bed; I can’t wait to see it completed…as for the diet, don’t worry, you can purge your excess yarn when the box comes around. I hate diets.

  10. Wendy…Life is awfully short for diets! Love the multidirectional scarf and am doing one in Silk Garden for a friend. I’m also working on St Enda which I love doing but the cable is growing a bit monotonous. I’m off to the Elann website after reading the fab comments above. I never went on a yarn diet! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I wish I could stay on the Yarn Diet, but I feel a little better, knowing that I’m not the only one who chooses not to resist temptation.
    Any idea what your next major project will be, after the completion of Lucy’s “lit de chat.”?

  12. Can’t wait to see the finished bed. I sent my sister’s cat a purple catnip mousie from your pattern. He is now afraid to play with it because the camera flash goes off in his eyes when he pounces, because his Mommy keeps taking his picture with the mouse. BTW, you have inspired me to tackle my first cardigan, Cabin Fever’s Braids. Just don’t have any yarn for it…

  13. Wendy – Wanted to add my 2 cents on needle size and big kureyon: I used size 15 circs and big kureyon to make a felted tote recently:

    Before and afters are at

    Worked up quick, felted to a dense, but not too stiff fabric, though I could have let it go longer for a stiffer construction.

    Love your site. It’s a daily read for me!

  14. Your scarf is a real beauty – I agree that diets are no fun and life is too short – thanks for sharing the ups and downs with your loyal readers…

  15. Hi Wendy! Since I discovered your site two weeks ago I cannot wait for coming home after work and reading your blog. I am a passionate knitter too and I am also owned by two cats ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I am knitting a booga-bag and one of my cats seems to be crazy for the material, so I am also thinking about knitting her a blanket, too….. I am looking forward to seeing yours ready.
    The pictures taken with the new camera are gorgeous!
    Greeting from an Italian woman living in cold Germany

  16. LOVE the scarf – a friend was wearing something from J Crew that was directional in a different way at our meeting group last night – so lovely, too – scarves are really coming out of the closet!

  17. Wow Wendy, you do sure have a lot of readers with stash they want to move! In case European and Cananadian readers were shying away due to location, it looks like we may have enough participants to launch a special European box and the main box will be making a Canadian detour.

    Amazingly enough, it seems like people want to contribute more than withdraw, so we may need to hire a freight container to move all this yarn around.

  18. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    Swapping around stashes is an EXCELLENT idea. Worry not about falling off the yarn diet, Wendy. Now you’ll get some yarn, then later raffle off more, or trade, then get a little more.. these things all come around. I just wish I had stash to trade, but I haven’t accrued much yet that isn’t earmarked…

    you’re new camera is GREAT. what’s funny is we benefit from it maybe more than you!!!

  19. I love the scarf, Wendy. My first post-diet purchase is going to be some Noro, either Kureyon or Silk Garden (or both). Not until at LEAST 1/1/2004, I’m still promising myself. (Besides, I have to wait and see whether I get any yarn or gift cert. for Xmas and Bday, right?)

    I’m this close to finishing WKAT — only 3 questions left, and they are killing me!

  20. Yup, count me in for cheating on my yarn diet! I went to elann and bought lots of baby cashmere (blue visage) and baby silk (butter pecan, Sept. leaf, cajun rose, deepest black and peridot) as well as some Austermann Marina (fuchsia and lavender)… (But it is all for the Diva! Does this still disqualifies me?!? SIGH.. I have never been good with diets. Tee hee!)

    Love your scarf, and I think (since I’m cheating) I might have to grab some BK for Maggie’s bed!

  21. The scarf is gorgeous! You should email Noro company and offer them the chance to sponsor you, hey you’re doing them a favor showcasing their yarns right?

  22. Love the scarf. The cat bad will be so cute. Lucy is a lucky little kitty.

    After you mentioned it, I decided that my little Olivia should have one too. She sleeps on the hardwood floor near a heat vent. I flipped through my stash book but then an idea came to me. I had knit a felted bag from a Knitters from a few years ago. It never felted (duh, check the label next time, superwash wool) and someone gave me the idea to line it and still use it as a bag. I never got around to it so it was re-washed and I brought it up and put it on the floor and Olivia now has a new bed. It is big enough for her to curl up in and she is happy.

    Your contest is fun. I was working on it yesterday and found some of them, fun to see which ones I knew from memory or remembered you posting about. But I decided that since I one a Poetry in Stitches kit in the Mouse-a-thon, I wouldn’t enter this one.

    Have a good day.

  23. Nathalie (Australia) says:

    I too am an avid and regular reader of your Blog! I have a small son which has curtailled my knitting a bit during the past year to say the least!

    In the past I have found that putting myself on a yarn diet just lead to me buying more knitting patterns, books etc (which in turn lead to a greater desire to buy more yarn etc)…

    It is better to just give in I reckon.

  24. Wendy, the scarf is just gorgeous, and the photo of Lucy with her tail betweenher paws is adorable.


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