My current work in progress:

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


Twas a Dark and Stormy Day

But I headed out to Knit Happens nonetheless. Neither rain nor sleet nor dark of night (or day) keeps me from yarn and good friends!

And jocularity did ensue.

Phyl-Phyl brought in her Amanda backpack in its pre-felted state.


Some of us thought it would make a spiffy body bag.


Phyl-Phyl then showed us a sweater knitted from Point Five that had been marinating in her knitting bag for quite a while.


In a word, yikes.

An angel of mercy (Erika!) appeared with a homemade sachertorte.


Phyl-Phyl and Shelley seem to have ingested too much sugar, as they got into a little spat.


In answer to a question, my Klaralund swatch did take less than two skeins — the back and the front (excuse me — the first two swatches) was just over three skeins. Looking forward to seeing how much the entire sweater takes.

I started a sleeve — er — third swatch.


Secret Pal III Fun!

I got something in the mail from my new Secret Pal!


A lovely letter, a postcard, a little booklet of sachets, and a recipe for Madeleines!

I do know just enough French to be able to follow the recipe. And would you believe I actually own a Madeleine pan? Left over from my gourment cooking days.

Thanks, Secret Pal!

Lucy Wonders

Why would any one go out in the rain if she could sleep in the desk chair at home all day?


Back to work today. Sigh.


  1. Hi Wendy – you sure all look like you had a lot of fun at Knit Happens.

    I wish I could have been there instead of 10,000 miles away, working…or as I now think of it “that time wasting activity that funds my yarn habit”.

    Cheers, Sally

  2. I Klaralunded-along with you from afar. Sigh.

  3. Wendy, how the heck do you knit with Lucy on your lap. I thought of you two last night when my cat (Xena) crawled up on my lap while I was knitting. It was so hard though, she was in my way the whole time but I didn’t have the heart to move her from her purring state. Clearly Xena and I need more practice in the mom/cat knitting front!

  4. Wendy, it’s going to seem weird at the shop today without you there! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your swatches look lovely – and who knows, since they just happen to be the correct sizes for the individual pieces… you might have a seaming party soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Hi Wendy. You guys look like you have so much fun at Knit Happens. How do you get any knitting done? ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish I lived closer to your area. Would love to join you. I love your Klaralund “swatches”. The colors are beautiful. Curious to see how the stripes match up when you do your seaming or does it matter? Could a circular needle have been used and gone continuously from rt front, back, then lft front to avoid matching?

  6. Klaralund looks great. And tell Phyl-Phyl the colors of her Point 5 are beautiful — she needs to finish that sweater! Regards, as always, to Lucy.

  7. Lovely…glad I didn’t look last night! ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, I have good reason to start needle wars with Phyl now…I caught her gauge problems…got home and ripped…have to go to 9s…I knew I shouldn’t have sat next to her! Arg! If only I was more anal about checking gauge instead of everything else! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for all your help last night!

  8. PS…are sure you are knitting right?

  9. Yes, Shelley. You really should check your gauge. Perhaps if you weren’t so busy trying to put my eye out with your needle . . . .

    Is it possible to have more fun? I don’t think so. My third swatch of Klaralund is looking great! Wendy and Froggy, BIG thanks for hosting the Klaralund!

  10. I am green with envy over that beautiful knitting shop and all the fun you ladies have together! I’m hopeful since one of our LYS in San Diego is considering a once a week knit along…keeping my fingers crossed!

  11. My front & back Klaralund “swatches” also took less than 2 skeins each…and it looks like the sleeves are only going to take 2.5 skeins each…yay leftovers!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€