My current work in progress:

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


Stash Enhancement

Is it a sign that you acquired too much yarn in one day that your arm is sore from carrying it home?

Uh-huh, that’s what I thought.

Yes, my pretties, I outdid myself on Wednesday.

But Spongebob Stashpants is ready and eager to display my new acquisitions. And Lucy is so excited about it all, she’s climbing the walls!


Up first, more of the yummy yummy Hana Silk, this time in black.


I bought it to make a short-sleeve top in the new Corneilia Tuttle Hamilton Book 2. This one:


Picture that in black, worn with white pants. I also have a black & white print linen skirt it will look fabulous with. With which it will look fabulous.

While I was choosing my Hana Silk, it briefly occurred to me that knitting a black sweater was very blog-unfriendly, as it will be a bitch to photograph well. Oh well, the blog will simply have to suffer.

In the same book is this pattern:


This is knitted with Noro Silk Garden, and I happen to have a pile of Silk Garden not yet earmarked for anything.

But please to continue with the stash show. Spongebob is impatient.

Here is a pile of Rowan Calmer. I love Calmer. Dunno what it will become. Yet.


And here is a pile of Rowan Wool Cotton. This will most likely become Alex, from Rowan 31.


And from the yarn swap.

Here is the pile of Scottish Campion I mentioned in yesterday’s blog entry.


And here are five skeins of Rowan All Seasons Cotton, in silver.


And some lovely Green Mountain Spinnery cotton.


Here endeth our stash enhancement for the day.

Just so you know, I contributed 30 skeins of yarn to the swap and took 26 home. My contributions — a bunch of laceweight icelandic wool, a whole lotta Mission Falls 1824 Cotton, and several skeins of Tahki bulky merino wool in a blue-green colorway. Hmmmm, what that it? Oh, a bunch of Dale of Norway Ara and some other cotton as well.

Q&A Time!

Some comments questions:

I love the Rowan designs. Are they difficult?

It depends on the individual design. Some are difficult, but there are many many lovely Rowan patterns that are very easy, too.

This knitter wants to know if you wove in ends or knotted when switching yarns for your Colinette ponchos.

Good question! Kristine knitted her poncho before I made my first one, and she pointed out to me that there were a million ends to weave in! So I was forewarned. I wove them in as I knitted — when I started a row with a new color, I carried the ends along the back of the work for the first few stitches. This worked great, and there was minimal finishing work when I was done knitting.

And by the way – have you decided on your Red Hot neckline and color yet?

Funny you should mention that. I tried on the shop sample of “Red Hot” at Knit Happens on Wednesday. It’s the size small, which is 34″ around. While it fits nicely through the waist, it’s quite tight through the front porch, so I believe I’ll make the 36″ size. It’s also way way WAY low in the front. I think by wearing it in the shop I may have converted a couple of heterosexual women who happened to be browsing in the shop at the time. Ah, the power of the front porch.

Just kidding.

The back goes down in a vee as well, though not as deep and someone suggested that I knit the front the same as the back — great idea! It’ll still be a nice deep vee without being obscene. Another thing — it falls off my shoulders because the shoulders on the sweater are like 1/2″. I think I’ll make them a little wider, so I don’t spend the whole time I’m wearing it pulling it back up onto my shoulders.

My “coffee bean” Calmer has been selected to knit Red Hot. It was suggested to me that I ought to rename my version of the sweater “Hot Coffee.”

Tee hee.

You knit alot tell me how you keep your wrists from aching, it is driving me crazy, but they hurt so bad a times i can’t knit at all and please don’t tell i am just old lol. Really is there a secret to this?

My wrists almost never hurt from knitting. If I attempt to knit with a particularly rough cotton, my hands might hurt, though.

My best advice to you is to take frequent breaks from knitting. If it’s bad, consult a doctor. Not something you want to mess with!

Lisa Update

I’ve started the raglan decreases for the armhole shaping on the back.


And here, for Cat, the state of my hair as of last night!



  1. Wow ! Great yarn haul.Some fab stuff there.Swaps are such fun.
    I love my yarn exchanges – it’s great fun picking wonderful yarn to send to a friend and delightful receiving surprise packages.A chance to try out new stuff,or get more of what you really love.The swap night = a larger scale event.Bet it was just as much fun.
    You’re really having fun knitting the sexy,fashionable wearables,aren’t you ? :0)

  2. Lindsay says:

    Wendy, you are outrageous – your purchases were more than my entire stash.

    Red Hot will sizzle in Coffee Bean.

    Spongebob is hilarious sticking out of your yarns. More Spongebob, please.

  3. Wendy, your stash enhancement is so exciting! I am looking forward to seeing what you will knit with the yarn. Especially with the Rowan Calmer. And I LOVE spongebob. Is it a cartoon figure? I have never seen it here in Europe.

  4. I’ll trade you Mary Maxim for Knit Happens.
    BTW, you aren’t a member of the Church of Spongebob are you?

  5. Are you sure Lucy’s not climbing in a jealous rage to get at all your Spongebobs? 😉 Great stash enhancement!

  6. Front porch.
    Gasp. Wheeze.
    That was too funny, doll.

  7. Angie in E. TX says:

    Hey ya’ll! Now, I’m not one to point fingers (points at Wendy), but somebody’s been acting a hog at the yarn trough! Not to mention, they’s got little yaller critters a-livin’ in it! hee hee hee…. (that’s my “Sandy Cheeks”)
    Seriously, that is one cool pile of goods. I have never even seen that AS Campion. Is it vintage? If so, are there any yarn companies making anything remotely similar now? Tell tell tell!
    P.S. Love the “Badass” SpongeBob!

  8. I, too, love that new booklet by Cornelia. I haven’t purchased it yet. Soon I will. Looking forward to reading your comments on those beauties.

  9. Beautiful stash of yarns!!! You are going to have a new wardrobe. Lucky you.

    Calmer is wonderful to work with as you know. The more you work it the more you want.

    Congrats on your stash.

  10. Ooh, I might have to get my hands on that Tuttle book, for the Silk Garden pattern! So purty.

    And Spongebob is really working that yarn. I like the one where he’s peeking out coyly from behind the Wool Cotton. What a scamp.

    As for “front porch”…cleavage is awesome. Flaunt it.

  11. As a beginning knitter becoming more and more overwhelmed with my stash, how do you budget your fiber purchases? Do you at all?

    I found that once I used the nicer yarns I can’t go back to the acrylics. For shame!

  12. Stash Enhancement: If you’ve got it flaunt it!!!

    Spongebob: I chuckle to myself thinking of you posing the Spongy-One and what fun you must have.

    You’re a hoot!

  13. Wendy — I’m growing out my hair too and I have to say that it’s a real b*tch in this humidity. It looks like I have a big tumbleweed on my head! I think this is why so many women have short hair. You cut it once and then can never stand to live through the growing out phase. I’m committed though — maybe I should knit a few hats — lol!

  14. Love that dangling preposition “save,” Wendy! And it’s fun to see all the new stash.

  15. Wow! Looks like you’ve struck gold!
    The Noro pattern is absolutely beautiful and Calmer yarn in any color is fabulous!

  16. I love that Corneilia Tuttle Hamilton sweater – the one you are going to make in the Hana silk… Its wonderful!. I also get a giggle out of the Spongebob swimming in Campion picture!

  17. Ann Marie says:

    Hooray for porchage! Maybe that’s the real reason Spongebob is grinning?

    But I know what you mean about hauling up the shoulders all the time – that’s why I have to add lingerie straps to almost every wide- or low-necked top I buy. Showing bra may be okay for teenagers, but not for this thirty-something.

  18. GAH – how did I NOT notice that Silk Garden pattern…I am SO going to make that!!!!

    I see Lucy likes to do that wall-climby thing too – Remy does that ALL the time. Usually when he wants my attention since he does it whilst slightly scraping his claws on the wall to make that nice screechy chalkboard/nails sound…brat…

    Have a great weekend…

  19. I see you like Calmer a lot. I have some that I got on sale, and I don’t know yet what I want to use it for. Do you have a favorite source for Calmer patterns?

  20. Oh man, if I lived anywhere near Knit Happens I’d have to get a second mortgage on the house. How FUN to bring home such great yarns! You lucky chickster you!

  21. Wendy, I forgot to mention that I can open the site of Knit Happens now. Do you remeber that I could not do it for long time? Now it suf´ddenly works. Misteries of the internet….

  22. michele says:

    whatever happened to the elastic tank?

  23. I can’t wait to go to Knit Happens. A few of us are plannig a trip there. We are in MD. I just bought the Corneilia Tuttle Hamilton Book 2. I love the long sleeved sweater with the blues & greens in it. Love the v-neck on it and the flared sleeves. Very, very cute! Thats what I’d like to make. But I’m going to make Audrey first after Pagan!

  24. Wendy, My friend made Red Hot a while back and she believes it was designed to fall off the shoulders! And recommends a strapless bra underneath! She thought about adding things in the shoulders to hold bra straps in place, but because of the design of the sweater, it just meant that the bra straps AND the shoulders of the sweater slipped off together! It is gorgeous as a finished item though!!!

  25. That Noro pattern is gorgeous, and your stash enhancement is a wonder to behold. As, I’m sure, is your front porch. 😉 Work it, Wendy!

  26. Hi Wendy! I wanted to know if I could download and use on my blog you I’m a Bad Ass Knitter? LMK. BTW I love your blog. Thanks for pointing me towards the Colinette Poncho. I had never seen it. Finished only a few weeks after you. It’s fab….

  27. Now that is my kinda stash enhancement! Love, love, love what you got. Such pretty colors, too. (And are we channeling the same Calmer vibes, or what? In addition to the Coffee Bean, I’ve got a sweater’s worth of Calmer in the same color you’ve got.)

  28. Hanna Silk in Black is cool ! I never knit with black colour yarn before. I think I should have a try soon.

  29. LOL – Stashbob seems ludicrously happy buried in his pile of Scottish Campion – that has to be the best photo of Spongebob out there! Nearly drowning in yarn yet so so happy!
    Lynne of Oz who is running a bit late on the comments…