My current work in progress:

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


Kitty Bed Along!

Kitty Beds for Petfinder!

Thanks for such a fabulous response to my request. We’ve got ourselves a convoy — excuse me — a charity knit-along!

As mentioned at the end of yesterday’s post, I set up a Yahoo Group for this project — rather than send me an email, click on the cute li’l icon above (or in my sidebar) to go to the group and join up if you are so inclined!

I think this is going to be a great project, and will be very pleased with the outcome.

Fern Report

Yesterday I started knitting the frilly bits of Fern — how fun! It definitely makes it a lot more interesting, much more so than plain reverse stockinette stitch.

Here’s the left front in progress:


And a frilly bit close-up:



I’ve had a number of questions lately asking how I knit so fast.

Truthfully, I don’t think I’m really all that fast. I’m just persistent. ๐Ÿ™‚

I knit for half an hour on the train going in to work. I knit for half an hour at lunch. I knit for half an hour on the train going home. And then I try to fit in a couple of hours each night. More on the weekends.

And it all adds up to a lot of time spent knitting.

I’ve been knitting for a very long time so from sheer repetition, it has gotten faster. I don’t need to look at my work very often, so I can knit while reading or while watching television. And I’ve got a good memory, so I memorize patterns and charts easily, so I don’t spend time referring back to them much.

Every little bit helps!

And a hair question from Miz CurlsandPurls the other day:

Just curious, now that you are up to 188 days and counting without a haircut, how are you feeling? If it were me, I would be in need of a hairclip, or maybe just one of those big rasta hats!

How am I feeling? It goes like this:

Monday: I hate my hair. I hate my hair. My hair sucks. I hate my hair.
Tuesday: I love my hair. I love my hair. My hair looks great. I love my hair.
Wednesday: I hate my hair. I hate my hair. My hair sucks. I hate my hair.
Thursday: OH MY GOD! My hair is so horrific, I cannot bear to look it (averts eyes as she passes the mirror).

And so on.

My hair has multiple personalities. Or else it’s like a box of chocolates. From one day to the next, I never know what I’m gonna get.

Lucy never has a bad hair day.



  1. Yes, you definitely ARE a fast knitter. I have been knitting for many years, now, but I cannot knit without looking at what I am doing. So I knit “watching” TV (hearing is also ok…), but I unfortunately I cannot read while knitting. And this is a pity, since I love reading and if I could do both things at the same time, I would do MORE of them every day.

    I can believe Lucy never has bad hair days. So fluffy!

  2. Marta, my solution to the problem you describe is audiobooks!

  3. I haven’t had my hair cut since the start of February. But my style is so boring that you would hardly notice. Even so – I still go through the – I love my hair – I hate my hair stages! Ugghh

  4. So much for our Ponytail Contest: I caved.

    The heat & humidity here in Mpls. got the best of me and I cut my hair to 1 1/2″ again.

    Maybe I could win a pie-eating contest.

  5. Fern’s looking LOVELY! Can’t wait to see the FO on you!

    I missed seeing you and the gals last night, too. Hopefully I’ll run into you all soon!

    Bimbo Soda?!?! Heh heh heh! You do have a funny bro!

  6. I have recently been quite envious of those who take the train to work, for a number of reasons, but the knitting especially. I can only get in a couple of hours (maybe) each night before I start to worry about repetitive injury strains. Alas, I guess I have to accept my own pace. Sigh.

  7. Fern is beautiful and I do love the color. I, too, was letting my hair grow. I only got to day 60 (or there abouts) and couldn’t stand it anymore—it’s gone now.

  8. Your Fern is looking lovely! She’s starting to make mine impatient, lol! ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course Lucy doesn’t have bad hair days – she’s a goddess, unlike us mere mortals!

  9. I love the color you picked for Fern!

    I haven’t had my hair cut for six weeks and it’s getting to the point where I feel like grabbing a pair of scissors and hacking at it myself. You’re so lucky that your hair holds up so well. I’d never make it to 190 days, no way.

  10. Yes, audiobooks are the only way I can read and knit. The skill of looking away just isn’t there unless it’s endless garter or stockinette. I hope to be like you as I grow up! LOL
    I love your Klaralund and Lara! Next time I’m at the LYS I’m checking out Lara.

  11. I’d love to use audiobooks when I knit, but … Wah. Nothing I read is out in audio format!

  12. It’s like typing, speed is good, but accuracy is more important. You have both! We can’t all be the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Joan in Reno says:

    Try The only thing cheaper is the library for books on tape. Great for knitting, but not as easy to ignore as the TV when you get to complicated knitting bits. Beats having to choose between knitting and reading for those of us who have to watch what we are doing.