My current work in progress:

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


Snow and Deadline-a-Go-Go

As predicted, we’ve got snow here in the DC area. I’ll not be going anywhere.

Unfortunately I have another one of them thar work deadlines that wreaks havoc with the sanctity of knitting. I foresee working late this week with the prospect of working over the coming weekend looming like a big black cloud.

Don’t believe for a minute that federal employees don’t earn their pay.

So, much as I like a snow day to sit home and knit, I really need every day this week! However, if my boss makes it into work this morning and if our contractors deliver something they are supposed to, it’ll be emailed to me here at home, and I’ll spend the afternoon working, not knitting.

The Holy Grail!

Question: What does Wendy consider the Holy Grail of knitting needles?

Answer: A circular ebony needle, size 3.25mm (US 3), 80 cm long.

Some of you may recall that I have such a needle. And one day took it out of it’s package to use it and found a huge honking chip out of the tip.

I attempted to buy another one. I found a mailorder source (I’ve since forgotten where) that told me they had both an ebony and a rosewood in that size and length. I ordered them both, and was mighty peeved to discover that the ebony was 60 cm long, not 80. It was in a package marked 80 cm.

Imagine, gentle readers, how I felt when I came home this weekend to find a package in my mailbox that contained these:


Not one but two 80cm long size 3.25 mm ebony circulars, sent to me all the way from Germany, courtesy of Susan, who is in Germany.

Susan, not only have you made my day, but you’ve made my week. Heck you’ve made my month and year!


I’m finally working on the neck steek.


So it won’t be long until the body is done. Then I’ll do the neckband and the front bands. Then the sleeves.

You can see how impressed Lucy is.



  1. wow! susan is one nice virtual friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hello Wendy

    How is it that you don’t post all of your current works in progress on your side bar? We KNOW you are knitting a bear fairisle, so then don’t hide it! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Wow, Susan! What a wonderfully kind gesture. Aren’t knitters the greatest group of people? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey, Wendy, I just cast on for Luskentyre this weekend and I’m almost done with the garter stitch border. I look at your pics for inspiration…LOL!

    Stay warm and I hope you don’t get too bogged down with work.

  4. Wow, you have to feel so loved Wendy!
    Still enjoying your blog every morning with my cuppa. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  5. Hmmm, looks suspicious to me.
    On Friday, you tell us how mega-cranky you are feeling, and on Monday’s Blog, you have received a spectacular gift.
    Could be the next time you share your feelings, we’ll be asking, “Now what’s on Wendy’s wish list.”
    Well done. You deserve a treat. Stay warm.

  6. It is true Wendy, you are so loved by the knitters of the world. Your blog starts the day for all of us. You are so inspirational. Thanks.

  7. Cheryl F. says:

    What a wonderful cyber-friend!! I noticed the circs are Holz and Stein. Do you find a big difference between the HS and Suzanne’s needles? I tried the Suzanne’s ebonies for the Maidenhair shawl in Classic Elite Devon (silk/wool) and I found them a pain to use. The yarn tended to catch at the joins and they were very “sticky”. I had to switch back to the Inox greys.
    I’d like to give the HS a try if they are better, but don’t want to waste my $$ if there’s no difference.
    If it’s any consolation, I kinda miss the snow (having lived in DC), it was in the mid 70’s (F) here yesterday-tough to get up the energy to knit a super warm casmere sweater.
    Oh, and three kitty cheers for all you underpaid overworked civil servants out there!! (Wendy, I can tell you where all the ones that the jokes are about work, too–).
    Stay warm,

    Cheryl in LA (Lower Alabama)

  8. From one overworked civil servant to another, you have my total sympathy. Are you by any chance a non-exempt employee? That would make this situation a little more tolerable (says an exempt one).

  9. Hi Wendy,

    it was a pleasure for me to send the needles. Cause you have made a lot of my days in the last month and you advice me so kind and friendy on my first fair-isle-project.

    I’m happy that it has been the right gift for you.

    Go along knitting with your nice new needles.


  10. Forestbird says:

    Wendy – Sorry to have taken up your time with a foolish newbie question, like where can I get the pattern for the booga bag. I am new to your site and hadn’t explored all of it when I read your blog of a few days ago. I eventually found the pattern a little further on in your site.

    Lucy is so sweet. Is their sweet temperament found in all ragdoll cats?

    I just fell in love with birch needles. Now I’m going to have to try the rosewood. I know that it is recommended to use bamboo needles for slippery yarns; what about rosewood – good for slippery yarns, too?

    I live in the Northeast. We’re due for a foot of snow Tuesday-Wednesday. Yee ha!

  11. Hem ! it’s a private message from Mogwai, my cat, to Lucy :
    “here also, it’s s ssss too too co-o-old.!”
    Yes, so, i leave Donegal sweater for the moment and i am knitting Fern. It will be more warm, and after a lot of Dale of Norway.
    Take care of you my dear Wendy and don’t forget mittens for Lucy.
    He, he !