My current work in progress:

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


Knit a Hat for a Child in Need

In surfing the blog ring yesterday, I came across this entry at the Knit Happens blog, where Kristine is talking about a charity project to knit hats for the children of Safe Shores.

The same day I posted my quick and easy hat pattern.

The internet moves in mysterious ways sometimes.

I’m thinking my hat pattern can be easily sized down for a child. I’ll use worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles, and maybe make it a tad shorter. It’s done in a deep rib pattern so it’s very stretchy. I’m going to dig around in my stash for yarn for a hat and make one for this worthy cause.

Are you in the Washington DC area? Do you have a free evening or two? Consider making a hat yourself, using my or any other quick hat pattern — there’s a bunch of free ones out there. Kristine links to a good one in her Knit Happens blog entry.

I’m sure that there are organizations like this across the country. So if you’re not in DC, please consider knitting a hat for a child in need and donating it to your local charity.

I had a question in the comments about how to rework my hat pattern to use Silk Garden instead of Transitions. For an adult hat I’d add 6 stitches to the total number of stitches, and knit it on size 8 or 9 needles. That should do it!

And a question about my multidirectional scarf:

Anne asked:
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 corners of the triangles?
Your set looks great!

Thank you! Actually, I didn’t block my scarf, but Transitions is a much softer yarn than Big Kureyon, so it’s much more forgiving. I didn’t do anything different at the corners of the triangles.

I think if you steam press your Big Kureyon scarf, it’ll block out nicely. If need be, wash it gently in warm water with a little hair conditioner added. That’ll soften it up, if you’d like it a bit softer.

Spinning Update

Roi asked in the comments yesterday how many more spindles before I cave and buy a wheel. The answer is: at least one! I have a new spindle. Yep, another one! Meet Sonia, my Golding spindle.


Isn’t she gorgeous? And she spins like a dream!

But I’m still using Anya (and Betty the Bosworth, for that matter). Anya is right now spinning some silk cap. (Well, no, not by herself. With my supervision.) It’s the lovely stuff that L-B gave me at the retreat.


I’m pleased to report that my spinning is getting faster and more even. I started out laboriously predrafting everything. I’m doing less and less of that. Drafting is getting easier (duh, practice helps!) and more fun.

Liz asked:
Did you learn your plying from the web? What kind(s) do you do?

I have plied from a Lazy Kate, I have plied from both ends of a center pull ball, and I have done Andean plying, my favorite. That I learned from pictures I found on the internet, these pictures, to be specific.

I think I like the Andean plying best, because it’s so danged portable. You can do it anywhere. On my lunch break today I spun up some wool and Andean plied it. One of our contractors stuck his head in my office to ask a question while I was in the midsts of plying and looked mildly alarmed. Frightening the contractors. It’s a good thing.

And in answer to Ida, who asked:
You say you are spinning lefthanded, do you also spin the “opposite” way – that is to the right, making what is called S-spin?

Nope, I’m spinning my singles with a Z-twist, and plying them together with an S-twist.

Ingrid Update

I’m now this close to finishing. The second sleeve is all but done.


What remains is to machine stitch the steeks, cut open the neck, knit the neckband, and set in the sleeves. The end is in sight!

Though I’m not sure I’ll get to it this week. I have a couple of long days at work ahead of me, so my knitting time will be curtailed a bit. Oh well, more rest for the wrist.

As I mentioned yesterday, my wrist is feeling much better. This is a recurring problem that flares up occasionally and I think it’s on the downswing. I hope so anyway!



  1. Hi Wendy ~ glad your wrist is feeling better!

    Could it really be that I’m the first one to comment?

    Off to knit my hat for Safe Shores.

  2. So glad that your wrist is feeling better. What a relief, I’m sure. Perhaps I’m a dolt, but I can’t find your “quick and easy hat” pattern. Does it have an “official” name that I’m missing? I’m knitting hats for children here in the Seattle area and I’d like to try it. Thanks!

  3. oops, I’ve been busted by the knit-blog queen herself! *very cheeky grin* What can I say, everyone wants to imitate an icon, right?

    Ooh, and I’ve got to say, LOVE that you’re spinning these days. Addictive, innit? And I’m ugly with jealously over your golding spindle *drools lustfully*

  4. What are the Vegas odds as to what month Wendy buys a wheel? My money is on December.


  5. Your knitting is fabulous. What happened to your “blogs I read and knit-alongs” page?

  6. wendy, if you go to ms$w next year you can play on a golding wheel. they are hands down drop dead gorgeous. and spin like buttah.

  7. Have you spun llama? We sold firewood to a family that is farming llama for the wool. They will be selling it too. If I can score some roving, its yours.

  8. I have never left a comment on your blog before now, but after reading about Safe Shores, which sounds like a wonderful organization, I wanted to also let you and your readers know about Project Linus, an org that distributes handmade baby and child blankets, be they knitted, crocheted or quilted, to children in need. There are local chapters in many states, so if there is no Safe Shore type of org near you, there may be a Project Linus. Bless you and all of your charity knitting work, be it animal or human.

  9. another Wendy says:

    I’m very intrigued by the spinning–any chance that you’d web-cam your spinning? I still don’t understand how it works.

  10. That’s a whole bunch of good news! Especially about the wrist.

    For hat patterns there are some cool easy ones in the new Knitted Gifts (Joelle Hoverson) book that I’m going to try. I’ve also made one for small children using the sparkle hat pattern in Stitch’n’Bitch which a lot of people have.

  11. having your hair cut today??? will there be photos???


  12. That Andean plying is bitchin’. I’m going to have to attempt that tonight. Thanks for the info!

  13. How about these beauties at Greensleeves Spindles?
    Spindles are beautiful things if you like wood.

  14. Rarely commment but noticed no HAIR picture. Same question as Heidi—or have you already cut it and it’s now a new countdown–uh, countup???

    Glad you’re enjoying the spindling. I’ve been spinning for about 3 years. Started with spindles and got a wheel a couple of years ago. My Kundert resembles yours……

  15. I love your new Golding. These spindles seem to breed while you sleep, eh? It only gets worse from here:) Drop spindles are a great break for your wrist from knitting and knitting is a good break for your shoulder from drop spinning…I think of it as cross-training. Toss some weaving and a spinning wheel in and call it a total body workout. Can’t wait to see Ingrid put together!

  16. I just wanted to comment on the MDS getting wider with the triangles looking like moons – mine did this when I missed decreases. Once I had my width, I counted my stitches and knew that I should maintain that number throughout the scarf – checking after each triangle. If I was off – I missed a decrease!


  17. Funny – it never occurred to me that a person would need more than one spindle at a time. But of course, you have different spinning projects just like different knitting projects, and you won’t necessarily wait until you finish one before starting another. (slaps forehead)

    BTW, I noticed on Safe Shores’ website that they are part of the Combined Federal Campaign, so any local feds who want to contribute that way can as well. #7777

  18. Nina Saulic says:


    What is your opinion on the crocheted steek? I have tried it and like it more than a machine stitched steek. I have found the crocheted steek is much more elastic.

  19. Wendy, your Lucy is looking gorgeous today – she looks very content. Also your new spindle is mighty purty. So glad the wrist is getting better. -Kirsten

  20. Heh – couldn’t resist the Golding any longer, eh? NAUGHTY! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. I had to make an emergency stop at BurgerKing today (not as interesting a story as it may sound) and I discovered that the kid’s meal toy is from the SpongeBob Movie. Plus, for $1.99 you can get a SpongeBob Movie watch, with it’s own little tin case. There are five of them coming out.

    My first thought after “Yippee Skippee!” was “Tell Wendy”.

    There will be twelve toys, including two Plankton ones. I love Plankton! Today I got Sandy Squirrel.

  22. glad to hear about the wrist… still trying to figure out the spinning stuff it is gibberish to me but the scaring the contractors now that is fun!

    I will have to sit down with a hat I think…

  23. Wendy I thought of you on my way to work today when I was listening to NPR. Terri Gross was interviewing Tom Kenny the voice of Sponge Bob Squarepants to promote the new movie coming out. It’s a hilarious interview… very entertaining.
    You can listen to it online at
    if you missed it.

    Your spindles and what you spin off of them are beautiful btw. What is that on top of your new spindle? Are they seeds?

  24. Why did you remove your Blogs I Read page? Just wondering.


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