My current work in progress:

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



I love prezzies!

Look at this dear little book:


It’s a journal, sent to me by Sue of A Chick With Sticks. The pages have grids instead of lines, and Sue suggested that I could use it for sketching out fair isle motif ideas. Isn’t that perfect? Thanks Sue! And thank you for the chocolates, too! Yum!

And speaking of fair isle ideas, I also got this book in the mail:


It’s a Swedish book of historical knitwear, sent to me by my friend Johanne, who is in Stockholm. This is a topic in which I am intensely interested. I’m planning on doing a sweater design based on old Swedish sweaters, and this book is chock full of interesting pictures and photos. Yes, the text is in Swedish, but I still find it very inspirational.

I got yarn in the mail as well. Three different yarns from three different places. All greens!


For those who care, they yarns are Koigu KPPPM, Rowan Cotton Glace, and Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in the impossible-to-get-in-the-USA shade of Marjoram.

(No, don’t bother to ask where I got the Marjoram. It was a gift from a friend who went to a lot of trouble to acquire it for me. I ain’t telling!)

Added to the rest of my Marjoram stash (I’ve got both Campion and Jamieson’s) I have enough to knit any and all of the Starmore designs that use it.

Ah, wealth.


I did some commute/lunchtime knitting yesterday. Here is Lucky, reclining gracefully on my desk at work.


But I felt majorly crappy last night due to some sinus issues. So much so that . . .

I did not feel like knitting.

That should tell you just how majorly crappy I was feeling. I never do not feel like knitting.

So I draped myself on the couch in my best Garbo/dying Camille pose. Here’s the view:


Lucy will not be amused by this photo. It makes her butt look huge.

I read a book of essays on cooking and felt oddly comforted.

And truth be told, I did knit a few rows on the Hana Silk scarf.

Silk is very comforting too.

But this morning I still feel crappy. Bleah. So off to work I go.


  1. Hope you feel better as the day progress. Maybe its this on again off again rain. That is a wonderful knitting journal. And how perfect with the grids instead of lines. That yarn is fab. All in green, my favorite. Koigu, ohh, ahhh! And Grace is lookin’ good. I don’t have anything that color and I just love it. I should get some of that yarn.

  2. Wendy, a good book on historial patterns that is relatively new [2001]: “Treasures from a Ragpile”,ISBN 82-994657-1-0. It was published by Torridal Tweed. It is the adventure in history experienced by a young Norwegian, Annemor Sundbo. She took over a factory that shredded [the horror!] old woolen sweaters to make wool quilts. She got interested in what she was shredding and began to catalogue the sweaters she found and their patterns. It is an amazing story with great photos and graphs. I can’t remember where I found the book, but it is a great one.

  3. Pubah, I have that book and you are right — it’s very good. But what I’m looking for is books on historical Swedish sweaters (not Norwegian), and there are not too many of those. I do have the book “Swedish Sweaters” by Britt-Marie Christoffersson, which is a good source for historical Swedish patterns, but I’m always on the lookout for anything else there might be.

  4. Hi Wendy! My sympathies on your sinus issues. I keep four different gel sinus masks in my refrigerator at all times. Then, sometimes, I am able to wear a sinus mask, and peer through the smallish eyeholes and knit! Then I look tres chic! I am in awe of your knitting. I am much , much slower, and am right now, knitting mundane I-cords to tie up my tomato plants, haha! I hope you will feel better, and tell Lucy she looks great in her “shake your bon-bon” pose!

  5. vanessa says:

    feel better soon! love the marjoram.

  6. Love the greens – is there a specific project in mind for these yarns?

    Hope you are feeling better by the weekend – I used to hate being sick on my days off!

  7. Nannette says:

    I don’t think Lucy’s butt looks huge; it’s just a bad fur day.
    I hope you are feeling better, but it’s better you are sick on a workday than a weekend! You will be turbo-knitting by tomorrow, I have no doubt.

  8. Hope you feel better, Wendy. It’s probably the weather — I think we’ve been having wild barometric swings with these on-off storms. Not to mention D.C.’s infamous pollen (too bad cicadas don’t eat pollen).

  9. Laurie Colwin by any chance? I learned of her from something I read by Nigella Lawson at some point.

  10. Suzanne says:

    I hope you feel better soon. I can sympathize with you. My allergies have really been bothering me this season. I experienced that rare phenomenon for me yesterday, too, where I didn’t feel like knitting. That almost never happens! At least I was in good company.

  11. hi wendy, if you have a chance and you think of it, can you tell us more about the hana silk scarf? it looked so great in the last picture, i want to know is your scarf going to be very long and is it just one skein or two? sorry for the trouble, it’s just so pretty and the red is so striking!


  12. If you can’t find yarn for Starmore designs, you might want to try Ann Bosch at Blackberry Ridge yarns. They have wonderful yarn and she can help recommend colors to match the designs.

  13. Hope you’re feeling uncrappy by tonight so you can get in your regularly scheduled knitting. And Lucy’s butt has nothing on my Alice. She’s the queen of huge cat butt.

  14. Wendy Esteffania says:

    Hello, my name is Wendy, I’m brazilian.
    I not speak English, sorri…I understand little of english…
    I’m so happy because knew mamy new people with my name…wher do you live?…how old are you?…tell me about you…
    Wendy, student journalism, 19 years, São Paulo – SP, Brazil.

  15. I know it’s in Swedish, and it probably means something like “Diagrams for Stitching” or “Stitches Shown,” but the title of the book – Sticka Monster – made me chuckle.

  16. Awww…. But it’s a nice butt!

  17. Feel better soon.

  18. Great mail day – yarn and books! But … no photos of the chocolate?! Did it not last that long? 😉

  19. Sticka MONSTER?? OOOOOH NOOO!!!! I thought we HAD all the Monsters already. OMG, I hope Donald doesn’t hear about this one..he’ll say “why do I not have Sticka Monster?” “Will you buy me Sticka Monster on eBay?”

    Whut, did the Allies drop an H-bomb on a Swedish yarn shop years ago, and we’re just NOW hearing about the Sticka Monster??? 🙂

    Feel better sweetie.

  20. Essay on cooking…how cool! What is the book title?

  21. Well, if “stickning” is Swedish for knitting, then “sticka monster” must mean KNITTING FIEND! I think that book found the right home. ;D

  22. janet d says:

    I just love that chocolate color — yummy, yummy.
    hope your sinus clears up for a fun weekend.