My current work in progress:

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



Yesterday Linda asked the following about Frida:

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?

Hmmmm, I’m thinking no, not a good first Dale project. You’d be better off with something that has a smaller design repeat. And I think fewer colors. The Sirdal pullover knitted in Heilo or the equivalent is an excellent choice for a first Dale.

Another good choice is, I think, the Fana cardigan. The now out-of-print book 109 has a Daletta version of it, and the new book 126 (which I got in the mail on Monday — thanks Bea, for the once again great service) has a Heilo/Falk version.

Why did I buy Book 126? For this!


Be still, my heart.

Oh . . . back to the question.

I started my sleeves on 12 inch Addi turbos, yes I did. I only have one in each size, but in the sleeves photo I posted the other day, one is on a size 1 and one is on a size 2. I started the first sleeve on the size 1, then switched to the size 2 for the yellow/red section as directed by the pattern. Then I started the second sleeve on the now freed-up size 1.

I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, you know.

Be all that as it may, I did not knit a stitch on Frida last night. Why, you ask? (You did ask, right?)

Because of this young lady:


This is my brand new, loaded with everything, Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop. Her name is Daisy. Isn’t she beautiful?

The display is awesome (dude). 15.4′ WUXGA display with a resolution of 1900 x 1200, thank you very much. The photos in no way do justice, but here’s a non-flash pic of her display.


I’m thinking about setting her up on a network with my desktop computer. She has a wireless card built-in. Or I may just sell my desktop computer and use Daisy exclusively. That would make more sense.

It warms my little geek heart.

But Wait!

I did do some knitting last night.

I started a sock for the “Wendy & L-B Sock-along.” We’re both knitting socks from the beautiful “Apple Butter” yarn from Apple Laine. This sock yarn is 60% wool, 25% mohair, and 15% nylon.

Here’s the start of my sock, in color “army surplus.” My yarn was a gift from L-B.


Lucy seems impressed doesn’t she?


A note to Rachael:

If you are here, reading my blog, stop it right now, missy! You are supposed to be packing, not surfing blogs. Move along now, nothing to see here . . .


  1. Oh, your last lines made me chuckle! And prompted me to put a similar message on my page. Sounds like she needs it.
    Thanks for the reference to the Apple Laine yarn. I wasn’t familiar with it and that colorway is gorgeous. I’m wondering about the mohair content. Do you have experience with how that holds up in socks?

  2. The Dell’s surely do pack a lot. I wouldn’t, however, dump my pc. I have had 3 Dell laptops in 18 months! If they had just replaced them when I told them there wasn’t any hope instead of making me jump through hoops and learn the names of all ( I do mean all ) of the customer service people at Dell, I wouldn’t be writing this. The list of parts I had replaced in each was staggering. I do, at this time, have a working Dell. It is wonderful and my fingers are crossed!

  3. I wish Dale 109 wasn’t out of print, it has the most beautiful sweaters. I ordered Dale 126 last night as well as yarn for Bjerk pullover. I want to make everything in 126, and can’t wait to see you make a sweater from it.

  4. Isn’t the AppleButter nice? When they first offered it on their website, I felt compelled to order one of every color, something I had never done before with *any* wool company. But what a treat when it all came in one fabulous boxful! (Mine’s for gloves, of course.)

    Congrats on the cool new Dell!

  5. Wendy, I’m taping my pattern together in preparation for starting Frida. I’m finding that if I start where they tell me to for the C S then I don’t wind up in the correct place for the center stitch. I had to move over two stitches. You didn’t mention anything and I’m wondering if I’m counting wrong. I’m sooooooooo insecure.


  6. Naomi — what’s the “C S”?

    I had no problems with the placement of the pattern — I’m making the adult size small pullover.

  7. C S is cardigan small, the same one that you’re making. I can’t figure out what I’m doing. I just finished Frogner and had no problem with the layout. I’m centered if I move two stitches to the right. How is that possible? I’ll go count again! (Sigh)

  8. Wendy, I wouldn’t dump my desktop just yet. We have the Inspiron 8500 and the hard drive just crashed two weeks ago. Dell was pretty good about getting a new one here in a couple of days but I was glad we still had our desktop. So were my kids.

  9. Wendy, Had to laugh at your last line. It was like you were looking over my shoulder and telling me to get myself in gear—-I too am suppose to be packing for a trip instead of reading your blog. We’re trying to beat a potential snow storm of from 2-6″ that is suppose to start here after midnight. But, hey,
    I have to get my morning Wendy Knits blog fix–just like my first cup of coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m currently knitting Rosendal with Daletta and enjoying every minute of it. That would be a realtively easy first Dale, don’t you think? It seems to be going together quickly for me and it is my first Dale.

  10. Kathleen, I have three other computers besdies the new Dell. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Naomi — I’m making the pullover, not the cardigan. Don’t have the pattern with me so can’t see if there’s a difference in the placmeent between pullover and cardi, though I suspect there would be.

  11. Okay, I feel better. I checked the pullover small and that was correct. The xerox is all laid out and I’m balanced on both sides. I’m just paranoid! Thanks Wendy.

  12. Naomi, the cardigan small does indeed start two stitches to the right of where the graph says to begin. The graph for the pullover is correct,but not the cardigan. Good luck!

  13. Lucy, I’m using today’s incredibly delectable picture of you as my new pin-up poster. And no, this has nothing to do with my person playing that nasty ’80s song “Centerfold” yesterday.

    all my love

  14. Wendy, that new Dale you covet is scrumptious!! I can’t wait to see you do it.

    Of course Freida is a beauty too, one of my favorite designs!

    I have two questions…if addis are ok for sleeves, why not for the whole sweater? I know you’ve said you prefer the “grab” of the exotic wood so why not use bamboo circs for the sleeves?

    Ok, question two…(heheh) since you’re such a prolific and skilled knitter who gets easily bored with “mindless” knitting (altho the day I will EVER consider fairisle mindless, pigs will be flyin’ and hell will have frozen over!) why don’t you do some more intricate socks?

    Give that glamour puss Lucy a big kiss and thanks for all you share!

    PS – Rachel, YOU WILL BE FINISHED TODAY!!! Keep that thought in mind and go for it!

  15. Debbie asked about how the Apple Butter socks hold up—I’ve been wearing my first pair all winter and they still look terrific! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I may have missed it, but are there any details re: sock-a-long? Wendy how would you compare the apple laine to Cheryl Schaeffer’s “Ann”?

  17. I also have Dalegarn book no. 126 with that gorgeous sweater in it. I am currently working on 12606 Humle in aubergine for the guy in my life.

    Are you going to make Ingeborg in the dark colorways or the lighter version. I like the dark because it shows the pattern well. Are you going to keep it a cardi or go to a pullover?

  18. I love your newly coveted cardi–I suppose that wouldn’t be a good first dale (I do have some colourwork experience!). I love it.

    I’m also getting Dell Laptop envy–I get mine when I finish this PhD (and your photos of the ‘puter just gave me a nudge!) Have fun with it!

  19. Lucy’s “today” picture needs to be one for the calendar.

  20. I’m amazed at the similarity in our taste in sweaters. No, really — not just like I appreciate that you like beautiful sweaters, but whenever you’ve mentioned “I have to make this sweater” it’s been something that had already caught my eye, like Ingeborg. (Unfortunately, you actually MAKE them all, while I drool over the pictures.)

    That said, my guess is that this sweater would be a decent first Dale, just because the pattern is so regular and doesn’t seem to have super-long floats. (Since I’ve never done a Dale, this is not exactly an educated opinion. :\ )

  21. drool– Love Daisy!! — drool– I love my “toys” as much as my knitting! My cats love to watch the fish “swim” on my desktop too!

  22. Does anyone else adore the fact that Lucy’s eyes are slightly crossed? I do.

  23. Wendy, congrats on the new toy! I’ve been telling everyone in my life that the way to my heart would be a laptop — apparently no one is listening. Have fun with it!

    Frida is looking gorgeous!

  24. another Wendy says:

    I am so completely falling in love with Dales–especially, it seems, from the impossible-to-find Dale Book 109. Wendy, do you have any ideas as to how I could get my hands on it? Ever since I saw your “Frogner” I’ve been searching–to no avail.

  25. Ahh! Apple Laine is on vacation for the next two weeks! It’s probably better for my wallet, but I wanted to do a little stash enhancement today. *G* Thank you for pointing out the link to such lovely fibers!

  26. What a glamour shot of Lucy! Definitely one for the calendar. Those Lucy eyes are too cute.

  27. Speaking of searching for Dale booklets – I’m in search of the Dale retro Ski sweater booklet the one that had all the sweaters from around 1950-1990. OTOH, I’m also in search of another booklet whose number I do not know – I stupidly did not pick it up because the sweater in it that I wanted was in Kolibri, which they had literally just discontinued and I was in a snit about yet another staple yarn going up in smoke. Anyway, if anyone remembers it – it was in Kolibri, white lace over norwegian roses, mother and daughter sweater.
    Frida has always been one of my favorites, I am really impressed by how it’s turning out.
    If I find any of the above in my searching, I’ll post!

  28. As my dad says, wish you well to use it, about your new computer.
    Please educate a hediot, what is a turbo addi needle? I’m knew to all the knitting glossery and I learn something every day.
    Originaly my later mother, may she rip showed me how to knit when I was younger, like 10 or so…but I didn’t take to it than, like I do now…and with the WWW, I can really get in to it and it really opened my eyes. My mom mostly knitted off the top of her head…but I intend to follow patterns first.

  29. I would agree that Fana is a good first Dale to knit. It was the second fair isle sweater I knit (the first was Morven by Alice Starmore in A Scottish Garland). Fana is relatively easy since you’re only dealing with two colors and the patterns repeats a lot on most of the sweater. But it’s a true classic and you’ll be able to wear it for the rest of your life without worrying about colors going out of style or tastes changing. I also knit some Fana socks to match the cardigan.

  30. Another Judy says:

    Okay, so I’m in LOVE with the coveted-by-Wendy cardigan! That is SOOOOO my style!

    Could someone reassure me that it would be a decent first faire isle project for a somewhat experienced knitter who has worked with 2 colors on decorative borders, but not for a whole sweater?

    I LOVE that sweater!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration, Wendy–and for another great photo of Lucy.

  31. Nice new toy, honey..but is it faster than my Zeus 386. I don’t think so… (pfffft!):P

  32. I’M DONE! I’M DONE! I’M DONE! I’M DONE! I really am done. And this is hysterical. You crack me up, no end. I’ve had no sleep in the last day and a half, and this is just what I needed. Gawd, I love ya. Kisses to Lucy, and a big ole New House hug to you, too, for keeping me in your thoughts, doll…..