My current work in progress:

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


Another Spinning Question

If you find yourself, at 4:30 in the morning, dressed and ready to go to work, sitting on the side of the bed watching the early early early (early) news and spinning silk —

Does that make you hopelessly addicted to spinning?

Just curious. That’s what I was doing at 4:30 this morning.

So . . . I got nothing. Well, not exactly nothing, but not much, either. I’ve had a couple of long days at work so there hasn’t been a whole lotta anything else going on.

Here’s the silk in process of being spun.


You might notice that I’m using Anya to spin the silk, not Sonia. Why? Sonia is in the middle of spinning the rest of my chocolate alpaca.


And here’s the shawl I’m working on.


A bit more progress there. It gets slower and slower as you progress, because the rows get longer and longer. But the yarn is so pretty and feels so wonderful, it’s a pleasure to knit.

And in an effort to distract you from the pathetic lack of content here — something I got in the mail from Master Enabler, L-B:


Oooh! Look! Pretty mohair! Look! (Waving it about as a distraction technique)

Spongebob Movie

Are we going to see it? I’m thinking we’ll wait til it comes out on video.


Is still entranced with her handspun mouse.


One more thing . . .

In the wagering on “when will Wendy buy a spinning wheel?” who had November 17?


  1. I get to be first to comment?! What wheel were? Please tell. Love the blog hope the wrist keeps on getting better. Janet

  2. /insert evil cackling/

    That is all.

  3. You got a wheel already?! What sort? *grin* I love spinning… such fun ๐Ÿ˜€ And one of these days, I’ll actually make something with all the stuff I’ve spun ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. yayayayayayyayay!!!! I love spinning! What a nice Thanksgiving present to yourself…. or did Lucy get it for you???


  5. The silk and the shawl look and remind me of the sea. Very liquid and moving. Very beautiful.

  6. Wow, that was fast. I desperately crave a wheel or an electric spinner, but it’s looking like a birthday present (May ’05). That will make it one year from spindle to wheel for me. Do give us the details on your wheel.

  7. Woohoo! I win! I win! Is there a prize? What kind of wheel did you get?

  8. Ooohhh, congrats on your wheel! The mohair L-B gifted you is GORGEOUS!! I’m looking forward to seeing it spun up. You made me go look at the Golding spindles today…… I *need* another hobby :). (I was just browsing…..for now…..) -Kirsten

  9. No! You did it? Cool.

  10. Karen in MN says:

    Already? Wow! What kind?

  11. That shawl is looking like it’ll be a nice warm hug around the shoulders once it’s done, looking very good. Your spindling is very nice too, shouldn’t take you very long to get similar results with the wheel. Looking forward to pics of the wheel when it arrives. Will you be spinning the mohair on the wheel only? It’s a very lovely mix of colors, it’ll be interesting to see it spun up.

  12. Laura in Alameda says:

    To really amp up the cat toys, stuff them with both catnip AND a small amount of unwashed fleece. You don’t buy unwashed fleece? Oh, but you will….(evil laugh)

  13. That’s some real purty spinnin’ goin’ on over thar yonder! Glad you are enjoying yourself! Hugs to you!

  14. Rock ON! Details! What kind did you get? I went from the spindle to the wheel in about two months, and I only waited that long because I had space issues. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Lendrum, single treadle. Picking up a plying head for it shortly so that I can make BIG yarn, too.) It’s so addictive — if you think you’re hooked -now-, just WAIT ’til that wheel gets to you….it’s like fiber CRACK.

  15. Am curious — wonder if you got an Ashford Joy. That’s mine, and it’s really quite nice — folds up and is easily portable, a castle wheel so it’s ambi, and double-treadled. Spins like milk chocolate.

  16. Fab !

  17. that shawl is gorgeous! I had a feeling you’d get a spinning PDQ! I can’t wait to see spinning wheel pictures!! Happy day!

  18. spill sister, spill. and it’s a good thing you don’t live in a barn, cause wheels are addictive, don’t ask how i know this ;-0

  19. You’re obsessed. I don’t know that this is a bad thing because, well, there are much worse things for you to be obsessed about.

  20. Yay! Where’d you buy the wheel? Online or somewhere local? Please share. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. You tease.

  22. Ooh, ah, which one??? Yes the morning spinning is the indication of an addiction, as is multiple projects on multiple spindles. But it’s all good. Can’t wait to see the wheel.

  23. Re: Laura in Alameda’s comment, you know where to find two raw,stinky Karakul fleeces,Wendy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mwahhaaahaaa!

  24. I knew it! I was going to post yesterday to the effect of, “how do we know she doesn’t have one already?” but was too rushed. That’ll show me. Spinning really is addictive-I miss it horribly and plan to buy a new wheel as soon as I can (probably as a holiday gift to myself). I had an Ashford Traditional that was “borrowed” and never returned (8 years ago!) I am learning to drop spin using a cool drop spindle made from a recycled cdrom disc.

  25. Woo! I’ve been following along and vicariously spinning through you.

  26. Mwah ha ha

    Yep, we got you!! Hook, line and sinker! Welcome to Spinners Anonymous!!

    So, whadya get? huh? huh?

    By the way, the Guanaco is on it’s way to you now ~ you should get it tomorrow I think. And did you notice I put together an Exotics Fiber Sampler Kit? Llama, camel, yak, cashmere … ooh la la. Not to mention 3 samplers heh heh

    Another Evil Instigating Enabler ~


  27. So, now we need a pool on which wheel Wendy is getting – workhorse, beauty, traditional, portable???

    Roi – loving the suspense

  28. Being up, dressed and spinning at 4:30 a.m. beats what I was doing — cleaning my basement with my new shop vac. There are worse addictions than spinning (like knitting faster than you can spin), and your shawl is lovely.

  29. The suspense is killing me!
    Which wheel? From where? What factors prompted you to choose that wheel?
    Enquiring minds want to know.
    Welcome to the Sisterhood of Spinners. Pull up a chair and stay awhile…

  30. OK, the wheel is no surprise. Now you have to think about where you will put the sheep, the llamas, and of course the border collies!!!!

  31. L-B is evil incarnate! That bag is so pretty, it makes me want to (almost) spin!

  32. Harumph! You can’t escape Wendy and me,Kristine! We’ll have you spinning in no time! Knit Happens needs a cozy spinning corner,don’t you think?

  33. Whee, a new wheel. Be careful now, some have the ability to multiply.

    The shawl is a gorgeous color.