My current work in progress:

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


I Might As Well Face It

I’m addicted to Colinette.

L-B and I agree that Colinette is the Borg. Resistance is futile.

I’ve been slowly, but happily, working along on my Colinette poncho. This is my “lunchtime at work” knitting, so I don’t get a lot of time to work on it. But here she is.


The cool thing about the Colinette kit is that you can knit any one of four things using the yarns in the kit — a poncho, a wrap, or one of two different styles of vest.

And I just love these yarns!

I love them so much that I’ve pulled out my Colinette stash and I’ve been um . . . augmenting it with eBay purchases. I don’t have everything I’ve bought in hand yet, but when I do, I’ll have enough to make something using my kit pattern in the “leaf” colorway:


And in the “gold” colorway:


And in a “pastel” colorway — made up by me:


Oh, and last but not least, in my own made up “fire” colorway!


Like I said, resistance is futile. And now you know. I’ve confessed a dirty little secret. And since confession is good for the soul, here’s the rest of my Colinette stash:


And a close-up of “Skye” in the “Pierro” colorway for L-B:


April Contest Clarification

Yup, to enter the contest is email me at the address in yesterday’s blog entry. I received a huge number of entries yesterday — over 200! A couple of people asked if that’s all they had to do to enter. Uh-huh. If you want a chance at the book, all you gotta do is email me. No fuss, no muss.

Flora Update

I’m still knitting away on Flora’s first sleeve — see?


When I’ve got this sleeve done I’ll set Flora aside until April 14. And then on April 14 I’ll cut open the second steek and start the second sleeve, in front of anyone who cares to watch, at Knit Happens. As I’ve mentioned previously.

Critter Knitters Update

And I’m still crocheting on my second Critter Knitters blankie — this one larger than the first. And there’s a possibility I’ll run out of yarn before I have a square. I do have some Plymouth Encore Chunky in light blue that will probably match, though, so if I do run out, I’ll add a few rows of plain blue to each end.


Speaking of blankets . . .

Ingeborg Question

From my comments:

I need an Ingeborg consult. I just took my measurements and the largest size will be skin tight in the bust! (No cheering, please.) Do you think I could knit the body of the sweater to gauge 6.5 stitches to the inch and knit the sleeves to a gauge of 7 stitches to the inch?

That could work, but it might look odd to have the body knit at one gauge and the sleeves at another. Then again, the body and the sleeves are patterned differently, so it might look fine. But I’d want to knit a swatch of the body pattern to the 6.5 st gauge and a swatch of the sleeve pattern to the 7 st gauge to make sure they look okay together.

Can’t forget the kitty cheesecake!



  1. Oh. La. La.

    I am actually DROOLING over the pictures of your Colinette stash.

    (I am such a helpless yarn junkie.)

  2. Thanks for the Pierro pic! Very pretty! I foresee Lapis in your future! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Resistance IS futile!

  3. Johanne says:

    Hej Wendy!

    Is there ANY yarn left out there for the rest of us with an addiction to feed? Iยดm beginning to worry…

    I went to my LYS in my lunch hour and the shelves where there used to be Colinette looked suspiciously empty. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Barbara says:

    Thank you for the response. I have been thinking about that problem myself. While I have a large bust, I do have normal arms. Perhaps I could knit the whole sweater at 6.5 stitches per inch, but knit the the largest size body and knit the sleeve of a smaller size pattern. I wish my yarn would come so that I could put my thoughts into stitches!
    Thank you for all your help.
    I covet Flora!!

  5. Margaret says:

    I am so relieved that you can’t resist the Colinette stuff. I was actually worried about your showing no signs of caving. Unnatural in a knitter.

  6. Lucy is so fluffy!

  7. Karen in MN says:

    For those of us in the hinterlands who have never seen Colinette, could someone go in to more detail of the loveliness of this yarn, and should I hunt it out?

  8. Wendy – you know what I would like to see?? I would like to see your “entire” stash of yarns. You have impeccable taste when it comes choosing your yarns.

    I know, I know a stash yarn is sacred.

    Lucy is looking a “10” as always.

    Have a good day.

  9. Skye makes fab felted/fulled ‘stuff’.Just thought you needed to know that ! :0)
    I really,really love Colinette.Simple garments that let the yarn do the work – perfect for frazzled knitters – ,and all that colour…

  10. ooh! kitty porn! Lucy is so lovely! So, you’ve found the enticing millend shop at Colinette. I love the way you’re combining the yarns and colors. Next Colinette purchase for me will be one of the online kits…maybe the boucle’.

  11. No wonder your photographer calls you a Wack Job! Look at all that Colinette! Very impressive!

  12. Wendy,
    First – Happy Passover!
    Second – thanks for the colorful photos of your stash.
    Third – question – where do you get Colinette?
    Fourth – Lucy is a beauty!

  13. Yummy, yummy, yummy colors. I want some too!

  14. *Sigh* I’ve wanted a colinette kit to make the poncho for ages. I’m so jealous! What a great shot of Lucy too… ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Flora is gorgeous as expected (and Lucy too – which goes without saying). What do you do when you get to the smaller part of the sleeve? Do you switch to DPNs? Does that cause your gauge to go all to you-know-where? I’m doing a sleeve from the cuff up (Hardangervidda) and am having a dickens of a time keeping in gauge for the stockinette portion of it as it increases in size. 16″ needles are really hard for me to use, it’s almost too big for DPNs, and too small for a 24″ circular. Even using the looped circular method isn’t working. I haven’t tried two circs yet because I don’t have two in the same needle size.
    Looking forward to seeing flora finished!

  16. Such pretty pretty PRETTY colorways. Are they all spoken for projectwise or are you letting inspiration tell you what to make out of them?

  17. Ooooohhhh. Just when I was resigning myself to finishing something before shopping again. Thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not covet…I’ll keep telling myself this. I see the Giotto ribbon yarn in my future though.

  18. Colinette: yes, yes, yes, yes.
    I understand.
    I totally, financially-broke-from-buying-Colinette understand.

    Too gorgeous for words.
    Thank you for sharing your habit.

  19. Very early on in my knitting days I bought some Colinette yarn on a (expensive) whim, and fell so deeply in love. For a while, I couldn’t get enough of the Fire colorway.
    Since it is rather expensive, few yarn stores carry much of it, although I would love to know of anyone who has encountered it in bulk at any yarn store since it would be great to see some of the other fibers I don’t usually go for in person. I generally buy it off ebay, since it is nearly 1/2 the price of retail and have never been disappointed with how stunning the yarn, and the product I make with it, is.
    I have to say that my favorite to felt with is Prism, with the cotton thread twisted over wool. That contrasting cotton yarn when felted is just amazing.

  20. jocelyn says:

    Hello all just so you know i am still alive,love your colinette stash have been in oregon the past few days,bought the yarn to do fearless fair isle came to a grand total of 63 dollars wow, not love flora she looks great, does anybody have any old pics of thier own ffis??
    if you do could you please send them to me thanx so much ps lots of great yarn shops here will be fully back online on monday will see you then