My current work in progress:

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


I’m a Big Girl Now

I would like to point out to you all that my experience with Abby proves that I’m All Grown Up.

In the past, if I started knitting something and didn’t like it, I would shove it in a plastic bag, hide it in a closet, and have a tantrum.

Yesterday, instead of doing that with Abby after I decided she was too big and unflattering, I ripped her out and (gasp) started knitting something else with the yarn.

I’m so proud of myself. I’m such an adult.

One of the worst knitting tantrums I ever threw was when I was in college, over a pair of Scandinavian 2-color mittens. I was making a pair as a gift for a friend, and had painstakingly modified the pattern chart and charted her name above the wrist.

And I knitted two right mittens.

I was so mad I ranted and raved and jumped up and down on the completed mittens (yes, I was childish). Then I went out and bought a gift for my friend.

But the good thing is that I’ve never made that mistake again!

So anyhow, here’s the Tina progress for the day:


I’m in Love!

With this:

storage tower.jpg

This is a 10-drawer plastic storage tower I bought from Staples (the photo is from their website). It is my new knitting needle storage solution.

I have a lot of needles. I’ve had them stuffed in baskets, crammed in file folders, etc. Nothing worked very well, so I’ve been on the hunt for something better. This critter is the answer! It has ten drawers, so the top eight drawers hold all my needles — circs and dpns — from size 0 to 7. The second to last drawer holds sizes 8 and 9, the bottom drawer holds everything larger.

I do have a bunch of dpns smaller than size 0 — I’ll figure out something to do with those.

Here’s the fullest drawer — the size 3 drawer:


Yahoo! I’m in needle nirvana!


From my comments, it sounds like I’m not alone in thinking that Kolibri is a b*tch to knit. That makes me feel better. And now that I’m in plain stockinette it’s much easier to knit. Knitting a lace pattern with it was just plain nasty. Kolibri has a tendency to split as it’s made up of a bunch of plies, so you have to be careful not to miss a tiny ply while knitting.

But the resulting sweater is going to be nice, I think, so on I knit.

See? This is another sign of my mature attitude, no? I’m sticking with cotton yarn even though I don’t enjoy it, because I know the results will be worth the effort. Get me.


Fortunately the Lana Grossa Point that I’m using for Tina is a dream to knit. The teeny bit of elastic added to the cotton makes all the difference. I wish it came in a lighter weight — dk or sport!

And thanks to you all who left thoughtful comments about sizing and self-perception yesterday. I see I’m not the only one who has issues with this!

Lucy sez:

I have no issues with self perception. I am perfect. Full stop.


She also wants to know if she can borrow the car tonight.


(You can get a pet driver’s license from ChloeCards.)


  1. I had to laugh as I read about your new “adult” attitude…. I exactly know the feeling!
    And the pet driving license is soooooo fun… I absolutely have to get one for my cats.

  2. I don’t have an adult attitude. I sulk ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And I think my rabbit can get into enough trouble without a drivers licence too!

  3. I admit that I am still sometimes guilty of, er…”putting away” a mistake. I do think that quick, sure, heartless frogging is a sign of an experienced knitter. When I started I kept everything, wrong size, wrong colour, wrong pattern. It’s all so precious and hard to come by in the beginning. Now, if my knitting offends me it’s outta there. Gone. Congratulations on reaching the next level.

  4. LOVE the pet driver’s license – now I really have to get a car so all four of my cats can get behind the wheel!

    Changing the subject – are you going to MD Sheep & Wool?

  5. I love your new needle storage solution,and your lovely draw of 3.25mm needles.My collection isn’t as big as yours,quite,and is scattered through the house attached to bits of knitting !I enjoy flitting from project to project as the mood takes me. ;-]
    I,too,have learnt to be mature and honest about my knitting,but reserve the right to pout ! I always rip if I spot a mistake – well,’tink’ a few stitches down if at all possible.I know that,however small,if left it will drive me crackers !
    So,where does Lucy go in the car ? Clubbing ?

  6. Hi Wendy:

    Your stitches in Haiti are as perfect as ever! Pretty pretty color.

    I think we all know the frustrations of mistakes in knitting or rather, something that doesn’t meet our expectations. Frogging can make one humble, but I would like to think of it as a “broadening of our horizons” thing.

    Lucy looks great on her driver’s license. Such a pretty kitty.

    Love your storage box. Great idea.

    Have a good day.

  7. Thats great enjoy your new adult attitude and lucy are you by chance going to a grocery store to purchase some fancy feast have fun in the car just return it with a full tank o gas

  8. Not just maturity, Wendy, but wisdom. You’ve taken the spilt milk theory and flown with it — not only did you frog with grace, but instead of resenting the yarn, you immediately launched a better project. ACCOLADES!!!

    My DD says, “Oh, Lucy is beeeautiful!”

  9. Hi Wendy,
    I was so thrilled when I frogged a mistake from last year that I had completely finished knitting. I liked the sweater but the turtleneck was too itchy for me (and unrealistic for Florida). Now I have all that yarn available for a new project that I might actually wear. Its such a liberating feeling to boss your knitting around (Chic Knits?).
    Best, Linda

  10. remember when we thought being able to drink legally was a sign of maturity?? now it is looking our mistakes square in the eye and taking care of business — then drinking.

  11. That pet driver’s license is a hoot! I might just have to do that as a gag gift for my mom and get one for her new Seeing Eye (TM) dog, Gaston, LOL!

  12. I like your storage idea Wendy, and it has inspired me. We have one of those sets of drawers on wheels like hairdressers use, to put curlers and the like in and wheel them to each customer. I was thinking it might have to go out, but you know, it *might* fit the bill for needle storage?!

    Lucy’s licence is great – I’ll bet she takes a good passport picture too

  13. I beat you to the plastic drawer thing for needles! (wink) But you are in a totally different league than me. I have a TWO section unit that opens up at the top and then has a drawer underneath. The DPs are in the flip top area and all of my circs (that are not holding knitting, I’d say maybe half of them) are in the drawer. When I NEED all those drawers I’ll know I’ve “arrived”. haha

    If you think the Kolibri is irritating and bad to split, you should be glad you didn’t use the Svale that Haiti calls for. I think the silk mix just makes it worse as far as stickyness and stiffness and ALL THOSE tiny plies….argh. I’m guessing you’ve used Svale before and that’s why you didn’t use it this time. hehe You’ve inspired me to do Haiti. It looks even better in closeup than on the pattern.

  14. OH, Haiti is looking so lovely. Can you give us gauge info, please?

    I’m working in Rowan Calmer (on the Vogue Knitting cover tank) and loving the cush and stretch that the microfiber gives it. It’s heaven to knit with.

    I don’t think I want to get Alice a drivers license. She’d be out causing trouble in no time.

  15. Dear Wendy

    Following your example, I thought I’d un-knit some socks – had a clever thought and measured stitches per inch thinking what a clever girl I am, no swatch to knit – then realized I have absolutely no idea which needles I knitted with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Does this make me idiot of the day?)

    Love to You – Tickles to Lucy

  16. I’m sorry your #3 drawer is too stuffed full to close! um…If you are forced to unload that 3.25mm H&S ebony circ on me in order to close that drawer, I won’t grumble a bit…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    There is NO way I’m getting Damsel a driver’s license. She’d cost waaaaay too much to insure! Hee Hee!

  17. Just wanted to compliment Lucy on her common sense approach to driving – she doesn’t bother to include her weight on her ID!

  18. dragonridermom says:

    How did you know I was searching for a storage solution for my needles before my cats have chewed the ends of them all. I used to store my needles upright in a beautiful clay vase. That is until my new kitties decided to use them as teething toys. Since then I have stuffed them in dresser drawers and in knitting bags, but then I can never find the correct needle. So now I can either purchase a small drawer unit (i wish i needed 8 drawers) or get my cats a drivers license and send them on a road trip!!

  19. Hey,Lucy! Congrats on your driver’s license! Now,if you can get hold of the keys and drive Xena down here, we could cruise on down to Key West for the weekend! Purrrrrr!

  20. Joan in Reno says:

    Lucy is right; she’s gorgeous!

  21. Very efficient idea for needle storage…..and on wheels already!!!!! Borrowed an idea for dpn needles storage from a friend, good ole Walmart tooth brush holders, DH closed up the ends with drop of solder, stuck a size label on and viola’…..they travel nicely, fit in drawers or bags…..
    If frogging makes one mature, then I am really, really OLD.

  22. Hey! My *&#@ person just rainbow dyed me and said “no way” to a kitty drivers license. Bitch.

    But yours lets you drive! Can I move in?

  23. And I thought I was the crazy cat lady!

    The kitty licensce is the funniest thing I ever saw. I can’t wait to get them for my cats.


  24. LOL, that sounds like someone I know…Oh yeah ME…I’m now learning to bottle my tantrums b/c I don’t want my young son to see my bad behaviour.

    WOW, you sure have loads of knitting needles.
    I’d like to get my self a needle case but it’s too expensive for me.

    BTW, any ideas on what I could do with Cotton Tots…as it turns out it’s completely the wrong gauge for what I wanted to use it for, so I don’t know what to do with it. It’s kind of sticky on my bamboo needles also.