My current work in progress:

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


A Spinning Question

If I spin cookie crumbs into my alpaca, does that make it novelty yarn?

Why do I ask? No reason . . .

Pam asked:
Do you find the spinning is easier on your wrists? And have you tried switching back and forth between hands? Do you find one more comfortable and productive than the other?

Spinning is a lot easier on my wrist. It’s my right wrist that is giving me pain, and I’m lefthanded, so my left hand is the one doing the work. (But actually the wrist is feeling a bit better today.) I haven’t tried switching back and forth between hands — for now I’m just sticking with what works!

I did spin up two-thirds of the chocolate brown alpaca that L-B sent me. She got it at Holly Spring Homespun, by the way, and it’s great fun to spin.


Noro Transitions Fun

I finished my Noro Transitions scarf that I started a week or so ago. I had three skeins of Noro Transitions, but discovered that I could make a scarf that was plenty long enough according to my standards, complete with fringe, with just two skeins. (The pattern I used, you may recall, is the multi-directional diagonal scarf pattern available free online. Google and you’ll find it.)

So I used the third skein to knit a hat.


I made up the pattern as I went along. It’s very fast and easy — you can knit it in an evening or two, and it would make a great last minute gift. One size fits most adult heads because it’s quite stretchy.


Want the pattern (such as it is)? Here you go!

Noro Transitions One Skein Hat

Cast on 72 stitches on US size 10 double pointed needles, join, and work k3 p3 ribbing in the round for 10″.

Shape top:
Next round: (k1, k2 tog, p1, p2 tog) to end of round. 48 stitches
Next round: k2, p2 to end of round.
Next round: k2 tog, p2 tog to end of round. 24 stitches
Next round: k2 tog to end of round. 12 stitches
Next round: k2 tog to end of round. 6 stitches

Cut the working yarn, leaving a couple of inches. Finish off by threading the yarn end through the 6 remaining stitches and pull tight. Secure the end of the yarn on the wrong side.

Liam Sizing Question

I nanswer to a comments question on Friday, Liam is available in finished sizes 40″, 44″, and 48″.

Handspun Handknit


This is actually the first thing I knitted from my handspun — a little bag to put potpourri in. The bag is knitted from wool/silk blend and the handle and edging is Rowan yarn leftover from my Fern.

Lucy almost never messes with my yarn, but she loves her handknitted catnip mice. No doubt the aroma of catnip is what lets her know what can be considered her toys!

I decided to try posting my blog entry in the evening instead of first thing in the morning. Just for a change.


  1. What a nice surprise to get online tonight and discover your newest entry!

    Your spinning sounds so intriguing–makes me want to try. But first things first–too many UFOs in the knitting basket to branch out anytime soon!

    Also, belatedly reacting to your photo of your naturally curly self. Lovely! Thanks for including the photo on your blog. Glad you enjoyed the book. I love it!


  2. As Judy just said, what fun to find a new post from you in the evening. Hope it leads to a less frantic morning for you. Love the hat and scarf. Thanks for continuing to share your world.

  3. Cookie crumbs, eh? Did Carol “bake” for you (a la Keebler elves), too? Actually, I take that back…I know you make yummy brownies! Thanks for sharing your knitting goodies!

  4. Hi Wendy, The scarf and hat set is gorgerous ! Thanks for sharing the pattern with us.

  5. The scarf is just beautiful! And your spinning is coming along so well!! Are you beginning to look up spinning wheels yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love the little bag! What wonderful spinning.

  7. The scarf, hat and yarn look terrific – cookie crumbs and all. I wanna know how you can spin and eat cookies at the same time? Now that’s a trick worth knowing!

  8. That little bag has me asking what you do with leftover yarn from all of your knitting projects.

  9. Change is good. But,I’m still in a rut, reading your blog in the morning! Thanks for all of the eye candy on a Monday! Much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Love the hat! Now I have another small item I can send to people! Thanks! I’ll have to remember which scarves went to which person! How does one surreptitiously measure someone’s head?

    LOVE the alpaca! Such a rich color! Although I always love alpaca! The urge to try spinning is getting stronger… must… keep… wallet… in… purse!

  11. When I started knitting a few years ago I said I have no time to spin – until I saw the process on Claudia’s blog. I told myself I could get a better “feel” for yarn if I understood the process of making it.

    After mastering spindle spinning, I said I wouldn’t buy a wheel because I’d rather spend the money on yarn – until I attended a knitting/spinning get-together where I was introduced to Rose. I couldn’t get her out of my mind, and now one of her sisters graces my living room.

    So I’m wondering how long (and how many spindles) before Wendy caves?

  12. Hey, there’s more than one reason to call that “yummy” yarn!

  13. I love the hat and scarf combo! They are lovely!

  14. Awww, that little bag could just be a purse for Lucy!

    (although I have no idea – and probably don’t want to know – what a cat would carry in her purse).

    the hat and scarf look great, very warm.

  15. HI Wendy,
    I was the one who asked whether you found it helped to have a “live” intstructor for your spinning. You have confirmed my own feelings that it is :-). Actually, I’m left handed too, but was trying to spin right handed.
    I’m really impressed with your progress to date, especially your plying. I was under the impression that was very difficult.
    I’m feeling inspired!
    Did you learn your plying from the web? What kind(s) do you do?
    So glad to read that your wrist is getting better.
    liz ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hi Wendy! Great hat and scarf – looks like a good gift idea, too.

    I love all your pictures today – glad you’re enjoying your newest hobby!

  17. Hey, did I miss something? Did you get a haircut? Just wondering. ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. I have a question for you about the multidirectional scarf. When I tried it with Noro Big Kureyon it was coming out very mishapen. The whole thing got wider, and the triangles turned out more like half moons. If I do it again will I be able to block it into shape? What do you do at the coners of the triangles?
    Your set looks great!

  19. Ruth in Houston says:

    Thanks for sharing the hat pattern.

    I have one skein of Silk Garden left from an entrelac sweater I knitted and this will be just the thing to do with that leftover.

  20. Hi Wendy, been reading about your spinning which I find very interesting. You say you are spinning lefthanded, do you also spin the “opposite” way – that is to the right, making what is called S-spin?
    Best wishes – IDA (Denmark)

  21. Wendy, could you take pity on those of us who have knitted the multi-directional scarf with Noro Silk Garden yarn? I would love if if you could suggest what changes in your hat pattern we should make if we want to knit it with Silk Garden? I haven’t seen Noro Transitions in my LYS but from your photos looks much bulkier than Silk Garden… Thanks,

  22. So cuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!

  23. Isn’t it just the BEST feeling when you finally knit up some of your “own” yarn? Ah! Joy and happiness!!! *smile* I remember the feeling of amazement that my slubs, which I had been worried about, made it look wonderful, and now I have to make a bit of an effort to throw one in for interest every now and then. ๐Ÿ™‚