My current work in progress:

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


Friday Friday Friday

Yuh-huh, it’s Friday.

And there’s a bit more progress to report on Frida — but I’m gonna wait til Monday to show you. Cuz I was too lazy to take a photo.

More Q&A

Have you considered Ingeborg as your next project?

No, it won’t be next. I’ve not bought yarn for it yet and don’t plan to immediately. Right now, the best bet for my next project (are you reading this, Vanessa?) is Flora. Subject to change at my whim.

Do you find the sweaters you felt were tedious in the knitting process end up becoming favorites to wear or do you end up NOT wearing them as often because they gave you such a headache during their creation?

There seems to be no correlation between level of tedium and popularity of my sweaters. Some of the more tedious to knit are my favorites to wear. And some I loved to knit I never wear. Go figure.

Apple Butter Sock

Here’s a progress pic of my first sock, in mid-heel-turning!


And that brings me to something I’ve been thinking about lately. What’s this?


The one on the right is a Brittany birch US size 0 dpn. The one on the left is a white birch toothpick. Exactly the same diameter as a US size 0 needle — 2mm. I gotta box of a thousand of them in my kitchen drawer.

Hmmmmm . . .

Reading about Lisa‘s glove affair every day is starting to wear down my resistance. I think I feel some gloves coming on. And you know what would make absolutely fab glove needles? You guessed it! I could knit the fingers with toothpicks!

As the glove-worthy Lisa pointed out, there’s a great basic glove pattern in Handspun Handknit, which I’ve knitted several times in the past. And it’s not like I don’t have tons of sock yarn I could use . . .


Kind of a theme going on — here’s today’s offering. Stitched ages ago! On 22-count fabric. Ga-a-ack!


Have a great weekend, and be sure to stop by Rachael’s Glass House to welcome her home — she’s all moved in to her new place, ya know!

Lucy’s pooped just thinking about it!



  1. You are SO gonna love knitting gloves. They’re terribly addictive, and they impress the hell out of people. ๐Ÿ™‚ The worst thing about them is that it’s hard to surprise people with gloves, since the fit is so vitally important. Socks that aren’t quite right are passable. Gloves that aren’t quite right won’t be worn.

  2. yeah for flora! thanks and have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Flora definitely deserves to be the next one! ;-D

  4. I haven’t checked in a in while so that picture of you has probably been there a while… just let me say AWESOME haircut and great picture! :o)

  5. Toothpicks? Toothpicks!! Now why didn’t I think of that. Good one, Wendy. Happy Friday!

  6. Ditto Janis on the gloves. There is absolutely nothing more wonderful than a pair of handknit, custom fit gloves. My favorites were made from Koigu. Second best are Kona Superwash merino from Henry’s Attic. Sock yarn works too.

  7. There are the last gloves I knitted:

    Over ten years ago!

  8. Have a great weekend, Wendy. I tried a glove pattern once but did not finish them. (The fingers were made of i-cord, it was an intriguing idea.) Toothpicks are an interesting idea for fingers, but I’m guessing they’d be too short for anything else.

  9. blue earth knitter says:

    Any chance of an Ingeborg knit-along??

  10. What cast off do you use for your toe-up socks? I’ve tried the EZ sewn cast off and it’s not quite what I’m looking for. Have you ever seen instructions for a tubular cast off in k2 p2 ribbing?

    I’ve knit mini socks on toothpicks before. I should warn you that the toothpicks were really “sticky” so you need to slick them up with wax or something before you knit with them.

  11. Who would have thought that a toothpick could be the same size as a knitting needle! It would take a lot of patience to knit with them as well. Gads..

    Have a good weekend Wendy and Lucy.

  12. I havent ever thought about toothpicks, but I have thougtht of BBQ spears (the sticks you make kabobs with). They would probably need to be sanded first.

  13. I once tried knitting with toothpicks. It didn’t work, because the surface was ways to rough.

    But there are 4″ dpns from Holz & Stein in rosewood or ivory …

  14. I *am* pooped, just like Lucy, but I’m sure glad to be home. Thanks for the cheering-on, dear. Hey, I have more room now! You have a place to stay in Oakland whenever you want it! Lots of yarn and two kitties will greet you.

  15. Wendy dear, did I dream you shut down your comcast email addy, or did it actually happen?Send me a quickie if you get a chance..