My current work in progress:

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


Benefits of Blogging

An interesting question in yesterday’s comments, from Roi:

I wondered if and how you’ve benefited from reading other knitting blogs? I know you use patterns designed by other bloggers, but do you also pick up knitting techniques from other bloggers? Have you ever changed something about the way you knit due to something you’ve read?

Yes, I do knit patterns from other bloggers, most notably the wonderful Julie’s Booga Bag, and the equally wonderful Bonne Marie’s Bucket o’ Chic.

Knitting techniques? Hmmmmmm . . . I’ve given that some thought. I can’t think of any right off the top of my head. I’m a pretty opinionated knitter who has been knitting for a long time. I do things a certain way and I like it that way. (wasn’t there on old man character on SNL a few years back who used to say that? “And we liked it that way!” Gawd, I’m getting old.)

Yeah, you can keep your magic loop, you can keep your knitting on two circs.

But one thing I have gained is an appreciation for yarns I would never have bought B.B. (before blogging). Thanks to Julie’s Booga Bag, I fondled Noro Kureyon for the first time. That’s a yarn I never would have considered buying, because it does not coincide with the types of things I like to knit.

I’ve also been influenced by knit-alongs. I never would have knitted Smooch without Alison’s knit-along.

But the most important benefit of blogging is friendship. Sorry to sound sappy here, but it’s true. I’ve got a huge number of friends I never would have known without the knitblog community.


I took some time out from sleeve knitting to put the buttons on and finish off the bands.


Lucy feigned indifference.


Dales in Stash

Yeah, you guys did make me check my stash to see what Dales I have, didn’t you?

I have this:


Design #10903, in the light colorway, in Daletta. I plan to make the pullover version.

And this:


Lotus, in the raspberry pink colorway, in Daletta. Sigh. Isn’t it pretty?

And this:


Beito, adult sweater in the blue colorway, in Daletta.

And this:


Empire Canyon, in the white colorway, in Heilo.

Okay, you asked for it, you got it. Vote on your favorite to influence which Dale I should knit next! Please, no stuffing of the ballot box.


  1. Love both Dale #10903 AND Lotus, and – oh my, how exciting! – I have patterns for both of them. (By the way, according to Bea Ellis’ current newsletter, there’s only one last copy of the 109 book in her stock left, seems it won’t be available anymore once this one is sold.)
    I silently hope #10903 wins, might be doing it as my very next project. Would be fun to knit along with you, Wendy, even if mine would be the cardi version.

  2. Wendy, the buttons look fantastic on Abalone! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Looking at Abalone this a.m. and seeing how you used a perfectly contrasting color thread to sew the buttons on reminded me of Meg’s article, “Fussy Knitting” in the last VKI. Would you describe yourself as a fussy knitter?

    Being fussy is the bane of my knitting. I redid the ribbing on my 2nd baby Dale 3 times before it looked good to me. I keep telling myself not to compare my knitting with yours, but it’s hard not to want things to look perfect. Viewing your knitting is like a double-edged sword – I feel so inferior, and it also gives me much to strive for.

  4. Before you get your skeins in a row for that next Dale, check out VY. “Flora” has been added in 2 colorways.

    The Glen colorway with your red hair … Katie, bar the door!

  5. Thank you Cat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    L-B pointed Flora out to me yesterday and I immediately fell in love with the cardi in the Glen colorway. I will probably order it in the very near future (like tomorrow maybe?).

    But I think I’ll do a Dale next, before another fair isle.

  6. I was torn between Lotus and Empire Canyon and I have to admit, the idea of you working on such a sweet, pinkish sweater around V-Day swayed me ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a very February project, looks rather romantic, short (like the month!), very feminine from what I can tell in the picture.

    One of these days I’ll make something like Beito or Empire Canyon for my sister who is moving to Wyoming with her husband in a year. Probably after I make baby norgi for my nephew ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Well, all the patterns are nice but I vote for #10903 first with Lotus as first runner-up. Can you tell me which pattern book design #10903 is in? I had seen it somewhere a few months ago and made a mental note to buy the pattern but, of course, now I can’t find the link I thought I had saved.

  8. It’s in book 109. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Lotus is pretty! It gets my vote. All of the sweaters are gorgeous. You have wonderful taste Wendy. I think that Lucy’s pose is one to consider for the Lucy Calendar – its priceless. Just how comfortable can a kitty get?

    How long are you going to let us vote? I hope it is just a one day thing so we will know what you will be knitting tomorrow.

  10. I see I’m in the minority voting for Beito, but that blue colorway is just gorgeous.

  11. Suddenly, I don’t feel so bad about my stash anymore. Thanks for the review of the Dale’s in the stash!! If there are that many Dale’s, I’m sure there’s more!?

  12. I voted for 10903, just love it. And as for you being old, NOT! I remember that same sketch, it was Dana Carvey doing the old man telling the youngsters how it was in the “old days”. It still cracks me up! “….And we liked it that way”. I’m laughing right now!
    By the way, thanks for a great blog, it’s what gets me going every morning.

  13. Loved the voting poll–and am absolutely impressed with how many people have voted…the numbers who read your blog are amazing–but then again not that surprizing. Thanks for a great blog–even for us readers it brings friendship.

  14. I voted for the Dale 10903 – but I look forward to seeing whichever one you do – and thank you for what you said about friendship and blogs – as the commercial says – priceless.

  15. Thanks Wendy! I’m so flattered by your comments on the Booga Bag. And you are right about the Kureyon. I could never see myself knitting a sweater out of it. I guess that’s how I ended up making a Booga Bag in the first place. Loved the colors, but had no idea what to do with the stuff.

    And I just want you to know how much you have inspired and influenced me! I’m going to try to knit a Dale sweater for goodnes sake!

  16. I also voted for 10903. I just love the colors in that one. (Lotus is a close runner-up, though, as pink is my favorite color.)

    But someone mentioned Valentine’s Day… what happened to Nova Scotia???

  17. Josรฉe says:

    Hey there!
    Patric stole my vote at home this morning (he likes 10903), so I had to vote from work. He says hi to you and sends a hug to Lucy. We’d like to know, how are the pictures for the Lucy Calendar coming? We really liked yesterday’s Lucy pic, though she’s adorable today.

    Have a great day!

  18. Didn’t you learn some sort of knots vs. no knots thing from someone’s blog/e-mail last fall?

  19. Joan in Reno says:

    I voted for Beito because I loved the crispness of the blue colorway. It should bring out the blue in the lovely Lucy’s eyes when she inspects it. As a non-blogger, I enjoy the vicarious friendships, too.

  20. Ooh, I voted for Lotus, what a beutiful Dale!
    Ilook forward to see which one you will start on.

  21. Jenny (in Davis) says:

    Hi wendy!

    I vote for beito – I just love that blue! But they are all gorgeous… do you buy them in kits?


  22. Definitely Lotus! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Miss Pickwick says:

    Oh, if only I had a stash like that…..:)
    Lucky you! I love lotus.

  24. Design #10903, I love it.

  25. In the proud tradition of my people, I voted early and often. Lotus go braugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Have you ever been to Stitches? (I tried to find the answer using your search engine, but you can imagine how many hits I got when I used ‘stitches’ as a keyword!!). If you have been to Stitches, what did you think of it?