My current work in progress:

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



Brrrr . . . still cold here!

It’s days like these that make me glad of my extensive handknit wardrobe. I’m sure my sweaters are happy too — they don’t get to come out and play very often.

That said, I’m wearing a Liz Claiborne cotton sweater today. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m also wearing my shearling coat, which is incredibly warm.

Don’t ask me how many coats I have — I am a Coat Ho.

We’re supposed to have snow today, but nothing here yet. I don’t think it’s supposed to amount to much of anything — but you never know!

Nova Scotia?

Yes . . . Nova Scotia would be a sorta Valentine-themed knit, as Lisa pointed out. Actually, I was leaning toward knitting Norfolk before it, but I may think about moving Nova Scotia up in the line-up. I’ve got the Baby Silk in Cajun Rose and Butter Pecan. Without seeing a swatch which do y’all like better for Nova Scotia?

Cajun Rose:


or Butter Pecan:



Long time no update photo. That’s because there’s not a whole heckuva lot of progress. Not a lot of knitting time this week — lots of other things intruded. But, for what it’s worth, here’s the update.


Hopefully I’ll have more progress to show on Monday.

Another Booga Bag

The observant among you will note that there is another Booga Bag listed as a WIP. This one is for a friend of my mom’s, being knitted in color #95. A photo:


Kitty Bed Gallery

I’ve put a link to the kitty bed gallery in my sidebar. and there’s a new photo there!

January Contest

The January contest will be announced on Monday. You’ll have to be a little creative for this one, and the prize (a nice one!) will be awarded to the entry I think is the best, rather than drawn at random. Stay tuned!

Good weekend, all! Lucy plans on doing some mountain climbing and is practicing:



  1. Good Morning, Wendy!! The snow is coming your way..I am rudely awakened by a scraping snow plow..Hope your shearling coat has a hoodie. g

  2. hah! your idea of not much progress would take most mere mortals a year!

  3. “For what it’s worth” indeed!!! That amount of not much progress would take me a month and a half! I’m voting for butter pecan for Nova Scotia, but I can’t wait to see it, whichever color you choose.

  4. I have been hearing on the news that you people in the northern states are having some pretty chilly weather. Dan and I would love to be at our cabin in North Carolina right now enjoying the beauty of the snow…and the fireplace (knitting of course); but it’s beautiful here too, just in a different way.

    Count me as a vote for Cajun Rose for Nova Scotia. That is a really pretty shade of pink.

    Abalone looks to me like progress is going great, it would take me…well, I can’t even predict how long it would take. I’m slow and methodical.

    It’s fun to see the photo’s in the Kitty Bed Gallery expanding so nicely. It’s mulitplying as fast as the kitty’s do themselves.

    Have a great weekend, and keep warm! Toodle-oo!

  5. I vote for Cajun Rose. I think it would complement the heart pattern more.

    Isn’t that yummy yarn. Are you worried about it stretching and growing in a full sized sweater? since it’s so much alpaca?

  6. I’d vote for butter pecan – looks a little more delicate, and I think it would be really pretty. Very nice, but not too sweet with a pinkish and a heart on the same sweater.

  7. Hi there,
    New lurker here. I am making that exact bag. Just got my yarn yesterday from…
    Love your blog and your beautiful kitty.
    from the world of homeschooling and now knitting blogs :o)

  8. Hi! I’m hard at work on my ST MORITZ from the mouse-a-thon win! It is entirely too much fun and makes it hard to come to work in the morning. Finishing up sleeve #2 (i did the sleeves first to work out gauge and well- I HATE SLEEVES….) It is stunning – I switched the colors a bit.
    My vote: buttter pecan – but could just be the name- have a craving for ice cream!
    You and Lucy have a great weekend!

  9. TGIF! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Wendy. ๐Ÿ™‚ My vote is for butter pecan.

  10. I vote for the rose color in honor of Valentine’s Day, even though I don’t know what Nova Scotia looks like.

  11. I vote for the rose color in honor of Valentine’s Day, even though I don’t know what Nova Scotia looks like.

  12. My vote is for Cajun Rose – it’s a fabulous color! Of course, I’d always pick more color over less. You know, there are times when I wish it would get cold enough here to wear the woolens I knit, and then I realize (mainly from entries on northern blogs) just how many days it would be cold. Brrrr, indeed! Keep warm! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. Cajun Rose……..Oh so pretty. Keep the butter pecan, I think it needs to call on you for something else!

    Warmest Regards, from chilly FL….

  14. I vote for the rose color yarn. I don’t think it will be too much froo-froo with the hearts AND the pink color. It will be very Valentine-esque.

    I’m with the rest of the commenters: your “no progress” would be “kicking butt” on one of my projects. haha

  15. Oh Wendy, I think the Cajun Rose would definitely set off Nova Scotia to it’s best advantage. I’ve swatched for that sweater in Forsell Thistledown Silk in Ruby – and think this sweater absolutely has to be pink, rose or red!

    In the “It’s all Wendy’s fault” department: I received 9 cones of Frangipani (3 each of olive, aran and ocean deep) over the holidays from my nephew-in-law’s parents who had come from Britain to visit.

    I always chuckle when you say it’s cold. Here in Toronto it is currently -23 degrees Celsius, with the wind making it feel as cold as -35. Exposed skin freezes in about 3 minutes!

    Best, Leslie (knitting therapist)

  16. It’s currently -1 Celsius here. Not as cold as it’s ever been here by any means, but cold enough to need a coat and gloves.

    Sorry if that doesn’t meet your standards for “cold.” It’s all relative. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Love today’s Lucy picture! Such a gorgeous Princess cat!

  18. Cajun Rose — no contest. I cast on and knitted about 4 inches of Nova Scotia about 10 years ago. A soft green 1 ply tweed yarn (vintage Takhi, I think). I had it out the other and then wistfully put it away again….sigh…someday.

  19. Weighing in on Cajun!

  20. Without even getting out the book to check….the rose. Now, I like the butter pecan too, but that might be the atkins-diet craving talking….
    And shoot, I was happy with the 4 inches of plain stockinettte sweater I got done last night – no progress you say! GAACK!!! – to quote Bill the Cat.
    Only flurries here, just a lot of the usual DC snow panic.

  21. I know this is a dumb question, but I’ve never lived in a cold climate. How do you dress for work? I would imagine it is unbearably cold getting to the train, but then are you too warm on the train? When you get to work do you wear your beautiful wool sweaters in the office throughout the work day, or is it necessary to strip down to a lightweight blouse? How about going to a restaurant? What do people do with all their outerwear while dining?

    I’ve lived at the beach in southern California all my life. I love hot, bathing suit weather. I can’t imagine temperatures colder than 45 degrees F.

  22. I think I’m confused about what Nova Scotia looks like…everyone’s mentioning hearts, but the picture I checked had shells…if it’s the shell pattern, I think the butter pecan would be beautiful because it looks like it has a very slight shimmer/sheen that would mimic that of a shell. But if it’s hearts, I vote for the cajun rose.

    I’m in central VA and have a snow day today–about 2″ of snow fell overnight, but now it’s just above freezing, so it’s not too icy. But schools close for anything down here, so I’m footloose and fancy free–whee!

    The second sleeve of my husband’s belated Christmas sweater is calling…


  23. In walking past my knitting library bookshelf, I happened to notice that I had an Alice Starmore book (which rang a bell), and sure enough, it has Nova Scotia in it (the Fishermen’s Sweaters)…I have never even really looked at it before, and forgot I had it. Definitely Cajun Rose.

  24. cajun rose all the way — beautiful color. i think i need a speed knitting course to keep up!

  25. Cajun Rose! It’s a lovely color.

  26. Another vote for Cajun Rose. Definitely! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Joan in Reno says:

    Yes, Cajun Rose; although Butter Pecan is pretty, too. Generally, the pinks are more flattering to a lady. And besides, I like color.

  28. I can’t wait to watch you knit Nova Scotia. Fisherman Knits is one of my favourite knitting books.

  29. Josรฉe says:

    Well, I have no idea what the sweater Nova Scotia looks like, though my kids have been to the province to visit there with their dad one summer – lucky brats!

    The Butter Pecan would definitely be more of a traditional color and it’s what I’d associate the province with, from the pictures I’ve seen of the kids holiday there.

    But the Cajun Rose is just so pretty… I can’t decide!

    Have a great weekend!

  30. Catherine (in Brussels) says:

    I vote for Cajun Rose. It is the right colour for a sweater with hearts. Funny : I am knitting partly this sweater too : I did not like the squares on the body of Nova Scottia, so I knitted the body of Eriskay and I am knitting now the yokes of Nova Scottia. It is very nice to knit !

  31. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    Hey there cold girl! I’m sending warm thoughts your way.

    I vote for Cajun Rose, it’s so pretty. And a question (which I couldn’t see the answer to on the blog) – is that “baby silk” that “luxury” by Diamond? I have some of it in the olive color to do a tank and it is SOOOOOO soft. How fun to knit!

    stay warm!

  32. Michelle in Canada says:

    Hi Wendy;

    I’ve just been eyeing Nova Scotia myself because I’ve been introduced recently to the Brighton product line and their logo is the heart- so I’m “heightened to hearts”.

    I must admit, I’m an earth tone girl at heart but I do agree that the Cajun Rose would look great in Nova Scotia so that’s my vote. I wish Elann still had some. I’ll have to get some Rowan 4 ply soft for mine. Looking forward to seeing it on your site!

  33. Hey W.

    I just made some slouch socks to match your latest Booga J bag. Feel free to send the bag anytime, do you still have my address?? debster

  34. Definitely the Cajun rose for Nova Scotia – save the butter pecan for the shell sweater. BTW I made Norfolk last year and it is the most comfortable sweater I have ever worn and lovely to knit. I look forward to seeing them on your blog. I love Abalone but alas no pattern. But why worry – it will be on the Virtual Yarns site soon!

  35. Yet another vote for that beautiful Cajun Rose!

  36. Hello all! Wendy I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and I have to tell you I am so impressed with that Abalone. Just beautiful. And about the current poll — I’m in the Cajun Rose camp, even though I don’t know what the pattern looks like. Happy knitting!

  37. Another voice heard for the Cajun Rose — I don’t usually go for the pink family, but that color is gorgeous! Also love the booga-bags — any advise on felting if you own a front loading washing machine — is my only option to do it in the sink by hand?

  38. cajun rose cajun rose cajun rose cajun rose.

    butter pecan is pretty but kind of bland.

    (and hey, i actually just made a worthwhile blog update today! i was thinking, WWWD? Wendy would post pics of new additions to her stash and discuss what they might become.)

    also – godzilla movies on SciFi all day today! Perfect excuse to knit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ if you need one….