My current work in progress:

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


Stash Enhancement

Here’s something I got in the mail the other day:


Ten skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton, color “safari.” Very nice stuff. I’ve not decided what I’m gonna do with it yet. All suggestions will be considered.

And here’s my olive Noro Lily that I got in the mail yesterday. Yum! This may well become a Haiti with short sleeves.


Another Knit-along!

Didja see the pattern for the totally adorable Fiona bag that Brooks has created and posted?

Kristine at Knit Happens is hosting a Fiona knit-along. She’s started a Yahoo Group for it here. The bag takes a total of four skeins of Mission Falls 1824 Cotton (three of the main color and one contrast) so it’s not a budget-breaker. And it looks like a fun knit. So of course I’m gonna be knitting along! It starts the same day as my Ingeborg Knit-along — May 15. So I’ll have my main project and my commuter projects all set for me.

Cotton . . . the Horror . . .

In yesterday’s comments, Tam conjectured that I must have used Svale at some point in the past, and that’s why I’m not using it for Haiti.

Yep. That’s right!

Anyone remember back to Summer of ’02 and the Svale Tank? I started knitting it in June maybe? And abandoned it in disgust. I hated that stinking yarn. Shoved it in a bag and never looked back.

Which brings me to an interesting topic. A commenter yesterday conjectured that ripping out rather than putting away a mistake was the sign of an experienced knitter. And congratulated me on reaching “the next level” because of my recent ripping.

Now, I found this mildly offensive, though no doubt it was not meant that way.

If I’m knitting something and I hate the yarn and hate the way the project is turning out because of the yarn, I’ll dump it and not bother to rip it. Why should I? I’m not going to use the yarn again. (See comments about the Svale yarn above.) It has nothing to do with how experienced a knitter I am, or reaching some level.

Really, the only reason I bothered to rip Abby is because I like the yarn and wanted to reuse it. And I may have mislead some yesterday with the comments about having a tantrum or not. The point was that I surprised myself with how little it mattered to me that I had wasted a few precious knitting hours on something I decided wasn’t going to work for me. Knitting time is my most precious commodity. Hence the comments about adult attitude.

I reserve the right to shove anything I want in a bag and abandon it, without offending the gods of knitting or screwing up my karma.

By the way, I forgot to take a progress photo of Haiti, so as a consolation prize, here’s a progress pic of Tina:


Almost to the armhole decreases on this puppy.

Okay. Have a nice weekend, all. Lucy says “relax!”



  1. I bid on that color myself awhile back. Lost the auction, but still liking the color.

  2. Bad juju is bad juju. Sometimes projects must be shoved to the back of the closet for the sake of sanity. Berroco Cotton Twist drove me to the edge last week – I finished the project, but I will never again work with that yarn. Ever.

  3. Love the colors of Safari and Noro Lily. They are very soothing. What weight is the Noro Lily, it looks so shiny in your pic.

    Hope both you and Lucy have a good weekend.

  4. Hehe, could it be possible that you were so entranced from knitting Flora that you are saying that instead of “Fiona”?

    When I read it though, I thought, “Wow! Someone made a bag using the Flora pattern repeat!?”

    Have a great day, Wendy! I am completely addicted to checking up on your knitting every morning! I’m not a stalker; I’m a “Wendy enthusiast.” ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. Green WoW
    I am not a big olive green person but that lily just looks decadent have a nice weekend,
    Say hi to lucy for me shes gorgeous

  6. Oh yeah, and as if knitting a million complicated fair isle sweaters doesn’t qualify you as an “experienced knitter.” That guy’s talking out of his bum.

  7. Oh yeah. Not only are there those projects that should just get shoved in the back of the closet, but there are those that should be put in a dark trash bag and taken right out to the dumpster. Without guilt, without one look back.

  8. Yikes! I did call “Fiona” “Flora” didn’t I? ๐Ÿ™‚ Chalk it up to me blogging at ungodly hours of the morning.

    Fixing it now . . .

  9. Thanks for the reminder, Lucy! Relax it is.

  10. Oh, I was wondering what happened to that Svale tank! Too bad that it didn’t work out, I really liked the color and the pattern.

  11. I was interested in your comments about how little it bothered you to rip, considering your knitting time was such a precious commodity. Sometimes I get pretty upset when I have to rip, but I also remind myself that I’m a process person as much as a product person. Although I really love the finished product (and certainly wouldn’t knit unless I produced something nice!), I also accept that I just love the process. If I knit all night and have to rip, at least I’ve had an enjoyable night doing what I love. Some little consolation when you to rip a night’s work!

  12. Wendy, I couldn’t agree more – there is NO reason to knit a project if you hate the yarn or pattern, just to do it. Life is too short and time is too valuable.

    and Rockchick – I HATED HATED HATED Berocco Cotton Twist also. Ick. Never again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Lovely lot of ASC! Maybe a cardi? I really like Grace and Ice from Rowan 27…

    If I don’t like a partly-knit project I won’t put it in a bag and forget about it, though I’ve been tempted to do that. I always rip out. But it’s no sign of an experienced knitter, ’cause I’ve been a-ripping since I started knitting!

  14. I didn’t read that comment about “going to the next level” as offensive at all, but I do agree with you about abandoning without guilt a yarn that is just too grumpy to deal with. Especially as long as it takes ME to finish something, I have to choose my yarn carefully. A large project is a LONG TERM relationship for me and if I can’t get along with the yarn I just toss it aside or give it away to some innocent victim. (evil laugh)
    Thanks for the hint about cotton twist from a fellow commenter. I’ve got a drawerful. My “yarn from hell” warning is for Sirdar Snowflake. I used cusswords I didn’t know I knew trying to make a baby sweater with that crap.

  15. Come on, tell us REALLY how much you liked Svale. [grin]

    Actually, it sounds like you had a tough time and you’d like to warn others to anticipate similar problems.

    Please feel free to post a review of it in the on-line yarn review collection at wiseNeedle. There’s a “review this yarn” link of this basic info page:

    Reviews for this an any other yarn are ALWAYS welcome. I for one have been lusting after Lily for a while and would love to hear about other people’s projects using it.


  16. Greetings. First Time Poster, but I have a life time of experience opining and commenting – haha!

    What’s this about being mature AND a knitter. Banish the thought! Hurrah for the gal that puts up EVERYTHING about her knitting on the internet. How many of the readers are that brave?

  17. OK, so I do understand both theories- bag it or rip it. If I hate the yarn, I bag it for a time, and eventually get around to a rip fest, with my daughter at the ball winder. Then, I SELL it on ebay. Nothing like making some change on something I didn’t like. Then I just score more fun stuff I like. No regrets or higher levels! Just fun knitting to remember.

  18. Hi Wendy! (and the rest of the fan club!) ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have really enjoyed reading your blogs and checking out your works in progress! I have to say I didn’t give the Giotto tank (Vogue)a second look until I saw yours! I love it!!! Our local yarn store does not carry Giotto….do you think Sari (by S R Kertzer) would be an acceptable substitution? I haven’t worked with ribbon yarn before, so any advice would be appreciated!

    I’m not a fan of the colour green but I have to admit, your newest acquisitions are quite lovely!

    Thanks in advance!