My current work in progress:

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




From chugging around the knitting bloggers ring, I noticed more than one person mentioning that they have the blahs, so at least I’m in good company.

But I did get a nice surprise in the mail yesterday:


A lovely ball of Opal from Lisa K. Thank you Lisa!

Here’s something else in an attempt to spice things up:

A red wyvern!


I bought the kit in Wales, not surprisingly, if you can make out the word around the perimeter of the piece: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch. That translates into “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave.” For the uninitiated, that’s the name of a town in Wales that boasts of having the longest place name in Britain.

Sorry for the lousy photo quality — I might have been over-zealous in my file compression.

Yes, I’ve been to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch.

Lucy doesn’t care.


E-Mail Call

You should know that I’m currently getting more than 50 knitting-related emails a day. Yesterday I got 67. These are for the most part from people I don’t know, asking for help, advice, or free copies of patterns. Most of the questions can be answered by reading my FAQs, or simply by reading recent blog entries.

If I took the time to answer every message I get, I wouldn’t have time to knit.


  1. Wendy, I’m still enjoying Frida – perhaps that ball of Opal is an indication that some socks will lift your blahs…

  2. I hate the knitting blahs! A side project is sometimes just the boost I need to get back to my boring one ๐Ÿ™‚ Do I see some new socks on the horizon?

    FWIW, Frieda looks great! Grid & lattice patterns can get very tedious though, hang in there. You’ll be done soon.

  3. Frieda is so far my favorite thing I’ve read about you knitting. I wish the book wasn’t discontinued, I doubt I could knit it, but I would love to stare at the pattern.

  4. Thanks, Wendy, for the closeup of Frida today. I was wondering from some of the pictures whether there were 3-color rows where the lattice crosses, but now I can see that there aren’t.

    I’m at a boring spot, too — stockinette stitch sleeves (the cuffs have cables, but I’m past that now). I couldn’t help myself last night — I started swatching a new yarn in my stash. Not like I started a whole new project, but it helped to spice up the knitting a bit. I hope you make those socks!

  5. Frida is beautiful. I am so in awe of your tension.

    I am also in awe that you could spell the name of that town correctly – twice!!!

  6. I’m’ with you on the knitting slump. It’s the post-holiday slump. That, and too many gray days. But Spring is coming. Isn’t it?

    In the meantime, have a mug of coffee and Baileys. It always makes me feel a little less slumpish. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Well,
    You are the knitting oracle, you’ve got to expect some adulation from your fans. You need a chain of command–you know, make sure they’ve done A, B, and C before they come to you. You could always let Lucy field those–and sheesh, it cuts away from your knitting time.
    Also, you know, you’ve shown us your closet of boots, I for one would like to see your warehouse full of sweaters!!

  8. Hey Wendy, you may be bored with Frida, but it is absolutely beautiful and it looks like spring to me! It also looks like it might be a good project for a first Dale, would you recommend it as such? Also, are you using the little 12 inch Addi for the sleeves? Do you have two?

  9. Holy crap. Sometimes it sucks to be the expert, eh? I feel even more grateful than I did before that you answered my HoJo questions! I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy!