My current work in progress:

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


Greetings From Sleeve Island

Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here.


(The postcard was sent to me by my SP3! Thanks, Pal!)

No — really. Sleeve island can be a wonderful place, particularly when you are knitting with yarn that could be considered the nectar of the gods: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk.

Speaking of Debbie Bliss — have you seen her new website? It’s quite fabulous!

Here is the sleeve, reclining mysteriously in the shadows:


And just for fun, one more close-up of twisty rib!


Yarn Sniffers of the World, Unite!

It was nice to see so many yarn sniffers confess in the comments yesterday. It’s always comforting to know that one’s weird behavior is shared by others.

Lucy, by the way, is also a yarn-sniffer. Though she is not give the opportunity to sniff yarn without adult supervision.

Not if I can help it, anyhow.

This peeves her.


P.S. Go Sox!!!!


  1. Wow – check out the peeved look from Lucy! That is one unimpressed kitty! I’m trying a new route around sleeve island – sleeving first, I’m don’t seem to have fooled anyone though – it’s still v. sleevey….

  2. my goodness… you KNOW you’re a night owl when wendy’s new post pops up just as you’re about to GO TO BED. it’s a nice way to end, OR start your day i suppose!

    i, too, have tried to fool the knitting gods by knitting the sleeves for my audrey first. i’m not fooling anyone, i’ve STILL managed to get myself stuck! well, my cat’s enjoying the debbie bliss cashmerino aran ‘pillow’ at the moment. they have all the fun!

  3. Yarn sniffing? I sniffed yarn at Rhinebeck and one vendor asked me for my comments, as he’d never had anyone sniff his wool before.

    I thought I was the only one guilty of this, too!

  4. yarn sniffing is quite important, because you don’t want to wear a stinky sweater!

    wendy, if you think about it or get a chance, could you tell us where the scarf kit came from (like the brand), with the wooly bits for fringe? it’s so so cool!


  5. I cannot stop sniffing my yarn during knitting !!! Specially when it smells luxurioux lambs gamboling on a wet grass green !!!

  6. Wow — Pete sometimes has that super-peeved look and when he does, it scares me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    This is how I got off sleeve island: About a year ago, I started doing my sleeves first and it’s worked out pretty well. (A) I’m not as thorough a swatcher as I oughta be and (B) I can almost never get the right row gauge. So doing the sleeves first is helpful, especially as it’s easier for me to have a finished sleeve cap to work the armhole length against.

  7. I confess (belatedly) that I am a yarn sniffer. I have found that I prefer to sniff Tess Yarns.

    This discovery was made at Maryland Sheep and Wool and affirmed at Stitches East.

    I have some silk/merino blend..that is divine.


  8. Hail to the Red Sox!!! And I even have a present for Kristine to celebrate her Yankees. hee hee heeeeeee

  9. I’m not a sniffer…I’m a see how it feels against my neck kind of a gal! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I wish I could restrict Kali to sniffing with Adult Supervision only. She’s such a thief!

  11. I’m a sniffer, too! We need a button…

    Poor Lucy. My Isabelle can relate — no solo sniffing for her.

  12. I’m not so much a yarn sniffer…leather, on the other hand…*ahem*

    Padma (my kitten) loves to sniff the yarn…and then suck on it….all the while looking sweet and innocent and sleepy until I come to the wet, denuded section of yarn and then she looks guilty and runs away.

  13. Happy, happy, joy, joy! What a wonderful day in a Red Sox fan (or “anyone but the Yankees) neighborhood!

  14. I made a Yarn Sniffer button! (It’s my first; I’m very excited.) It’s on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Good yarn smells so warm and cozy. ๐Ÿ™‚