My current work in progress:

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


October Contest

(How’d it get to be October already, anyhow?)

October it is, and that means it’s time for the October contest. This month’s giveaway:


Three skeins of Noro Silk Garden in color#74

To enter the drawing to win this, just send an email to this address. You don’t have to write anything brilliant — no magic words required — just send the email ๐Ÿ™‚

Please send your email by 5:00pm EST, this Friday, October 8, 2004, to be entered in the drawing. Winner will be announced next Monday.

A Scary Story

Because it is October and Halloween is coming up, I want to tell you a scary story. A story about . . . my hair.

You may recall from a recent blog entry that I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. My hair has multiple personalities — it can look ultra-fabbo one day, and like complete crap the next. Without any intervention of any sort from me.

But it is consistent in one way. I shall explain.

I wash my hair every morning in the shower. I carefully shampoo and carefully rinse. I carefully squeeze out excess water, then carefully wrap my head in a towel. No rubbing whatsoever. Fifteen minutes later, I carefully remove the towel. And my hair always looks like . . .

(Note that I have put the hair photo in a pop-up window to avoid scaring innocent children who might glance at the screen. Sensitive souls, be forewarned.)


It really isn’t easy being me. And first thing in the morning, it ain’t easy seeing me either, lemmee tell ya. Elsa Lanchester got nuthin’ on me.

You suggest that I should use conditioner? Um . . . I do.


Yes, I finally sewed up Fern.



And I made good progess on Butterfly! Both side fronts and one sleeve nearly done.


I Got the Time, Baby!

And how! Because last week I got this in the mail:


A Spongebob wall clock, sent to me by the lovely Nathania.

But wait! There’s more!


This alarm clock was accompanied by a mysterious note:


Lucy scrutinized this note carefully and she’s pretty sure that it’s the work of some dear little longhaired dachshunds!

Lucy had a good weekend — she was pampered by her favorite stylist.


And then she helped me to knit!


Yup, that’s the same hair as in the scary pop-up picture! Photos taken about half an hour apart. Amazing.


  1. Hi Wendy, Fern looks perfect on you. I love this design too. Your WIP Butterful looks nice too. Can’t wait to see the FO.

  2. Ooh, Wendy! What a pic!
    I have the exact same problem with my hair. It’s just your Swedish-Finnish ancestry showing though ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mari from Turku, Finland

  3. Fern and Butterfly both look great. I find my hair is the opposite tho’ – I have to coax it with expensive products and lavish hours of attention to get it to do anything other than just hang … like a pair of curtains.You have a narueal volume !

  4. OOPS – I meant natural volume !

  5. fern looks great and your butterfly is wonderful too. love how you worked that color. and your hair story/pic is just hilarious! you’re a riot!

  6. Entry sent!

    Fern is gorgeous. You must stop making things that make me want to make them. Between you and Becky I will be an indebted graduate student… wait I already am… Maybe I should get me that Bad Ass button ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. How does Fern *wear*? Is it one of those sweaters you have to worry over or fiddle with, or is it comfortable and can you forget about the asymmetrical closure? It looks gorgeous; I especially love the length and drape of it. But the older I get, the more I am All About Comfort.

  8. Wendy, you obviously don’t see enough teenagers. Add a few badly placed pierces and you would fit right in. It is so in your face!

  9. Hi, oh your cat is so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the new project “Fern”. If I was you I would try out to komb your hair right after you washed it and that let it dry without the towel on your head for 15 min. That might help. But you are so funny to show this photo LOL. Greetings from Germany, Nicole

  10. I think your hair looks great; nice and shiny! Can you tell us what Ian is knitting these days?

  11. Multiple personality hair. You gotta love it.

  12. you need to try an antihumectant itll help tone your crazy hair down. aveda makes a great antihumectant pomade and all you need it a little bit before you blow dry. try it i think itll help

  13. Fern looks gorgeous ! Lara did, too. Have you noticed a similar pattern in “Vintage Style” ? It’s called Elise, and it uses Rowan Felted Tweed. Could you take a pic of your brooch ? It’s vintage, isn’t it ?
    I sympathise about your hair ; it does look lovely when it is dry, but maybe you should grow it a little to avoid these “shampoo issues” ; thus, it would be heavier. It might work.

    Isabelle from France.

  14. Hi Wendy,
    Atleast you got over a hundred days of copeing with your hair and didn’t cut it. Now that’s a srong will powered woman!
    Your work is fab.
    Have a great day,

  15. You crack me up, gal. My hair looks like that right after my shower and, sadly, doesn’t look much different after it’s dry. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Fern is super lovely!!

  16. You are sooooo funny. The Elsa Lanchester comparison is brilliant ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Wendy,

    Try Paul mitchell Skinny Serum while your hair is still wet and then wrap iy in the towel. You will need less than a dime sized glob. (I have ultra frizzy hair and this is the only thing I have ever found that does not give me brillo head…) ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Talk about Laugh Out Loud – I really did! You are too funny. I think it’s the 15 minutes in the towel. Maybe if you combed it out when it was wetter it would lie flat. Fern is beautiful and makes you look like a teenage waif.

  19. You and Lucy both look truly, lovely in the final photo.

    That should be the photo you use when you publish your knitting books and patterns.

    It would also look very nice at your sidebar!

  20. Wendy,

    Fern is soooo flattering on you! You look skinnier than ever, girl! And your hair sure styles nice;)


  21. judith rosa says:

    Were we separated at birth? That’s the say my hair looks and I have been trying to grow it out since May!!!!

    Love your projects.

  22. My dad who is 84 and has cancer just adopted a siamese from our local PetRefuge. She is 5 months old – kitty’s name? LUCY! And Lucy is helping him a lot already.

  23. Wendy, there is nothing wrong with your hair! But if you wnt to try something a little different, head over to Tyson Corner and go into the Elie Elie Salon on the first floor right outside Nordstrom’s. Get some of the Ouidad Tress FX and maybe some Curl Quencher shampoo and conditioner. It is made just for curly hair. I love the Tress FX. And if you want a good curly cut there is a guy in Springfield who used to work at Elie Elie but doesn’t charge the high prices. I have his number and address if you want it. I drive down from Frederick about every 6 months to let him cut my hair.

  24. Wendy–I have hair with multiple personalities, too, and wish it would be curly all the time. One thing I have found that helps a great deal is putting conditioner on the shanks (for lack of a better word) of my hair BEFORE shampooing, then just shampooing the roots and my scalp. Then you rinse it all out and condition all over again, but rinsing for only a few seconds.

    I know it sounds bizarre, but I read about it in a GREAT book called “Curly Girl” and it REALLY helped me control my hair. Honest. Give it a try. You have to do it for more than a day, though…try it for a week and you should see a huge difference.

    Good luck!

    Beautiful knitting photos as usual!


  25. Cheryl F. says:

    I’d love to get in on the style advice, but my hair is flat and straight. Love your work, as usual. Have you seen the new Adrienne Vittadini book? there are some really lovely lacy wraps and sweaters in there. Have you ever knit any of her designs? (we need to enable you once in a while, since you’re the GREAT ENABLER)!!

    Have a great week,
    Cheryl F. in AL

  26. Hi Wendy, a very entertaining entry today! I look like that after I towel my hair, too. But a little styling product and it behaves itself. (It’s still short enough that I don’t need to use a blowdryer.) Sounds like you’ve got lots of advice to try, if you want to!

  27. Fern is so beautiful – so sophisticated – so elegant. BRAVO!

  28. Fern is beautiful! I love the drape. She is rather elegant!

  29. Fern is stunning!

    I must agree with Mia . . . a Ouidad cut and the Humidity Gel work wonders on my curly hair.

  30. Great fiber photos, including those of your hair! My family loved the Italian saugage & butternut squash dish recently posted in your blog. I served it to them on a bed of baby spinach leaves, and they thought sausage never looked so very gourmet. I liked that it was so easy and I could get back to my knitting faster (Norah Gaughan’s beautiful bark-pattern sweater from Fall 1991 issue of VK).

    Thanks for such an enjoyable website–

  31. Is there a Lara-Along? I know Wendy jumped ahead and finished hers, but are any of you working on Lara? I am at the point where I am ready to bind off the right side seam. I am wondering the best way to sew the seams. Especially since my sister expects me to sew hers together, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I love Fern! I sympathize with the hair issues , but what I really want to know is how did you train Lucy to sit still for brushin

  33. ok, what ARE You using on that hair? If I could make that dramatic a transformation with mine, I probably wouldn’t be hacking bits of it off all the time! do tell! And Fern – is beautiful! I want to make her, but she appears not to be for people like me who are shoulder impaired though, n’est ce pas?

  34. Have you ever read “Curly Girl” by Lorraine Massey? It really changed the way I thought about and treated my curls.

  35. Hair with mulitple personalities must make life exciting. I am cursed with straight, flat hair myself… I can hear it laughing at me everytime I think of trying to style it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the way Butterfly is striping up. A small enough of a difference between the two sides to make it interesting.

  36. Giggle! I only wish my hair had that much body.

  37. travelita says:

    Hi…You’ve all helped me out so much I thought I’d send a hot tip your way. When I had much longer hair I followed tips from this site:
    My hair is shorter now, I tried Sun-In on it (don’t) and you can see my windblown look at:
    Tah tah!

  38. Amazing progress on Butterfly! And Fern looks great!

  39. WOW! I need some of your excellent knitting karma. Quick and lovely progress on Butterfly and Fern is, in a word, GORGEOUS. (You’re totally inspiring me to start my own already, but I’ve still got those manly jacket gorilla arms sleeves to finish.)

  40. That hair didn’t scare me….but I did get a little tickled :)!! I guess most of us have a war of wills going on with our hair. I have a natural part…down the back of my head….on the left side….I’ve threatened to staple it together…but not sure if it’d work.

  41. Donna Field says:

    I notice the EARLY hour of your posts. Don’t you sleep? How come you aren’t carrying extra luggage under your eyes? Really though, you look adorable………don’t worry about the hair unless it stays that way!!!!!!! Love your site, it’s a breath of fresh air!