My current work in progress:

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


Knittin’ Class!

Yesterday at lunchtime I had my first class teaching my newbie knitter.

I had dug out a skein of pretty blue Sheepswool (left over from Ian’s Maximilian) and a 24″ Addi Turbo circular in size 6 and brought those to work. Fortunately a new Knitpicks catalog came in the mail Wednesday night, so I brought that along to give to my student. It has lots of pretty pictures and books and patterns geared towards beginners, so I thought it would be fun for her to peruse.

So we cast on 20 stitches and proceeded to learn garter stitch. In the space of 45 minutes she had completed two inches(!!) and was heard making comments like “This is so relaxing!” and “I love this!” and at one point she got up and ran down to show Monica how much she had done.

I feel like a proud Momma.

So I sent her off with her little swatch so she could work on it at home if she liked. We’ll see what she comes back with tomorrow.

I’ve taught many people how to knit, and this young lady is a natural.

Lucy Calendar

A question yesterday asking me how it’s coming. So far, all I’m doing is taking lotsa photos of Lucy!

I’ll wait a couple-three months before starting the task of going through the photos to choose the calendar-worthy.

Speaking of calendar-worthy:


Lucy’s Kitty Bed Goes International!

Thanks to Marit, who translated the pattern into Norwegian. The translated pattern is available here.


Thyere hasn’t been an update photo for a couple of days so here you go: Abalone relaxing on the couch!


Current temperature is 17 degrees F., with wind chill: 1 degree. I’m wearing St. Enda today. Stay warm!


  1. Reading about your newbie brought back not so long ago memories (from 1999) of learning to knit myself. My teacher used to make comments about my quick (and natural) learning ability like the one you made about your gal. I don’t remember the needles ever feeling too terribly awkward as I observe in some newbies. It all felt good from the first few moments.

    Kim used to call me her “Prize Pupil”, which made me beam with pride…but then she didn’t stop there. She would just go on about how perfect my gauge was, etc. (This was all done at the yarn shop, which she owned, in front of a room full of people), and then my pride quickly turned to embarrassment and I then beamed with the color red! Now it’s fond memories, but then I wanted to crawl under the table.

    I’m so glad your gal is a natural. It will make your part in teaching her, so much more relaxing and fun, and learning is more fun too when it comes easy. I guess once she learns to purl, then she’ll need you to tell her how to set up her blog so we can all hear about and see her first project.

    Have fun in “class” today…and tell her we all want to see her first swatch next week on your blog. We might as well give her a little group support too…after all she is your offspring.

    Hope you have a great weekend…knitting by the fireplace in those temps, Yikes! It’s currently 53F here, and the high today will be in the 70’s.
    Perfect weather to have the windows open and let the breeze blow through.

  2. Sounds like it was fun, Wendy! I bet St. Enda is nice and warm (the blue one, not the brown, right?). I actually opted for polar fleece today – everyone in my family wore one today! But I did wear my handknit socks for toasty toes.

    Stay warm!!

  3. BRAVO on your teaching knitting. Have a great weekend!

  4. I’ve also taken a new knitter under my wing — and am greatly enjoying teaching her all of the things that it took me years to figure out on my own. It helps that she is completely fearless. The whole experience has re-invigorated knitting for me in a big way.