My current work in progress:

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



Happy Monday to all. Or not. Your call.

Questions From the Comments!

Marta asked about Spongebob. For those of you outside the U.S. who don’t know who Spongebob is . . .

Spongebob Squarepants is a cartoon shown on the Nickelodeon network. Ostensibly for children, but there’s something oddly compelling about the little guy. The cartoons are silly, quirky, and filled with contradictions.

There’s a Spongebob movie opening here in November. I am SO there!

But there’s something we’ve been wondering: Do you think Sandy Cheeks considers Spongebob to be spongeworthy?

Angie in E. TX (Angie, have you ever been to Timson?) asks:
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!

The short story is that Scottish Campion is the same yarn as Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. There are some colors that you can’t get anymore, though. But whenever I see shetland wool, my eyes glaze over and I get a little giddy. I do have a smidgen of Scottish blood running through my veins — that’s my excuse!

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

What’s a budget? Seriously, I have absolutely no self-control AT ALL. Clothes and yarn, yarn and clothes. That’s what it’s all about.

Okay, Lucy is bored.


She wants me to talk about my WIPs.

I got both the front and back of Lisa done.


No the front and back really are the same length. Honest. The front is just smooshed up a bit. Good thing I’m not a stylist for a photographer, eh?

And I started on a sleeve of the shrug. Kinda hard to figure it out from this photo!


But I’m coming down the home stretch. It’ll be completed at some point this week. Yay!

So there you have it.


  1. Thank you for the explanations about Spongebob, Wendy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rachele says:

    Wendy, we’re going to be millionaires. Millionaires in the Fancy Toilet Cover So Your Tush Doesn’t Get Sore business. I’ll start knitting a thousand Shrug Me Tender sleeves, and you spread the word.

    ::It’s early.:: ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rachele’s note is a riot, and yes, the shape of your shrug-in-progress does, err, remind us of such a thing.

    On another note: I’ve been surprised for awhile that you’ve had no problems with posting your AS completed FOs and now your wonderful Campion acquisition. Isn’t She Who Must Not Be Named still an issue?

  4. So I wore my bad-ass knitter t-shirt to my class Saturday at the other store. The reaction was an intriguing mixture of “I read Wendy every day” and “who’s Wendy.” I had a grand old time.

  5. Hey Wendy: Miss Lucy’s tail looks like a 10 from the back. All fluffy, soft. Your WIP’s are looking great.

    Have a good day.

  6. Never one to enable, but… Four Seasons often has Scottish Campion lots-go here- She has something called “AS Scottish Campion -6 skeins of neon red”-and often has other bits that come up! Go crazy (Canadian money, too!)

  7. Hi how many balls of yarn have you used so far on “lisa” I came to look at your page from a link somewhere on the knit happens blog and when I went to the store yesterday I realized just how incredibly soft the yarn is, except I noticed the price too :(. Just wondering how many balls you have used to get a idea how many I would have to buy. Your website is a great inspiration and you finish things so quickly!

  8. Timpson? As in “Teneha, Timpson, Bobo and Blair??”

    I’ve been to all of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m lovin that shrug. I can’t wait to see it finished.

  9. Hi,
    I just wanted to say that I love your Audrey. I bought the Pool also (gorgeous color) but decided on Drift for the lovely lady. It will go with anything and everything. I’m a little nervous though to knit her. I read through all the comments…not good. But I am forging ahead anyway! Lisa’s looking great so far.

  10. Wendy-
    I have scottish and irish and english in my bloodline.
    I suppose that’s why I like Dickens and traditional knits so much!
    I was going to say, I remember reading that your fair isle sweaters and cardis where too hot for normal wear. Have you considered knitting vests? Just a thought. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Bonnita says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only one looking forward to the Spongebob movie. I mean, how can you resist someone who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

  12. wow, lisa looks great! and gotta love that stash. i have to knit that noro silk garden from the new corneilia book and i’m knitting alex right now. such a quick knit. i really like the color you choose for it. And that calmer, yummy!

  13. Alice Starmore is such a wonderful designer. I wish what had happened hadn’t made her a recluse. But VY is a great place to shop (as we both well know!). I think I’ll knit Grant Avenue for this fall.
    Your knitting is looking great and glad Lucy is willing to ‘save’ you. You’ll have to see my little woos on my blog..he’s such a boob.

  14. who is alice starmore and how does whatever happened to her have anything to do with her yarn? Im so confused and curious.

  15. Joanna Root says:

    I’ve been to Timpson, Tenaha, Bobo and Bligh – are you an East Texas girl?