My current work in progress:

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


Lazy Monday


No doubt this is what Lucy does every Monday. Tough life.

Me? I took full advantage of my day off. Took Xena (my car) for oil change and safety inspection, did some cleaning up at home, went out Christmas shopping and to lunch with my dad, then to the grocery store.

Then back home to spin a bit.


A close-up of what I done spun:


This is a 50/50 blend of Black Welsh Mountain wool and alpaca. I loves me a good Black Welsh Mountain wool!

I got my two sampler packs of natural colored wools and British/NZ breed wools in the mail today from Spirit-Trail — Thanks for the great service, Jen!


I want to spin enough to make a shawl (same type as the one I’m knitting now) and knit it in stripes of the natural color wools.

Speaking of the shawl I’m knitting now, it’s nearing completion. Remeber the silk roving from yesterday? It’s all spun and plied into yarn, and I’m knitting it held together with mohair on to my shawl. A close-up:


I love these colors!

Embarrassing Photo From the Knitter’s Review Retreat


Yes, tis I. With Maggie the Sheep.

Is the sun over the yardarm? I think it’s margarita time.


  1. Wow, Wendy, I’ve never been the first to post a comment on your blog. Ha. Love the wheel – I’m green with envy, but in a good way. I want Lucy’s life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Hi Wendy,
    I’m enjoying your evening posts, they give me something new to look for when I settle in to do some homework or other evening computer activities. Hope its working out well for you. The spinning and the shawl knitting look great, glad you are finding something rewarding that doesn’t seem to hurt your wrist too much. Enjoy your week off and your holiday,
    Linda M
    ps, after two years I’m just about finished with AS’s Norfolk in the milk chocolate fleet that hit the market back then. I can’t wait to wear it this winter.

  3. that’s hardly embarassing! now, if one or the other of you were smoking a cigarette and looking smug, i’d be worried ๐Ÿ™‚

    i am, let me say, insanely jealous of your spinning abilities! i bought a roving and spindle kit and my cat promptly chewed the spindle beyond saving. so now i sit here with one single bag of roving, wondering if i could make my own spindle from things around the house… heh.

  4. Lucy really knows how to take care of herself. =)
    I’m glad you are enjoying your spinning and look forward to seeing your continued adventures with the spindle. Have a fantastic holiday week!

  5. I love the picture of your spinning wheel with Lucy observing her on the chair!

  6. I love the way your silk is knitting up. That shawl is going to be beautiful.

    I’m curious – now that you have a wheel, do you think you’ll do any more spinning with the drop spindle?

  7. Wendy,
    Your spinning looks wonderful and your wheel is beautiful.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the lovely Lucy.

  8. Alice in Richmond says:

    Hey Wendy, I just cannot believe how uniform your spinning is, especially with the drop spindles. I need to get another one in a lighter weight I guess and try again.

    How much yardage did you get from that silk cap after it was plied? Is the plied gauge about DK weight? I would like to try silk spinning. Also I love love love the Black Welsh Mountain sheep wool. I may have to get some of that fleece!

    The shawl colors are lovely and the silk compliments it.

    I am hand carding together some of the alpaca and angora bunny that I purchased at the Fall Fiber Festival…very very soft and easy to spin.

  9. Katarina is beautiful! (love the name, too) It’s exciting to hear about her: from tracking it, out of the box, to using it! I have no clue about spinning, but I’m intriqued and like reading about it! ..and as always I love your pictures! You always keep everything fresh and keep the readers the readers clicking-thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. So…did Maggie go home with you??? ha ha

    Is your “links” page of bloggers gone?

  11. Welcome to the fold, Wendy! Have you bought a copy of “The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook” yet? I’m sure it will send you over the edge—but in a good way.

    What is better than a week off PLUS a new wheel?


  12. I read “Xena” as “Xanax.” I gotta get some new specs.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving and happy spinning/knitting over the weekend. Drink those ‘gritas!

  14. Hey Leslie & Wendy…Well, depending where you drive, a car named Xanax might not be a bad thing *wink*

  15. Good god, woman. You spin like a dream. Sometimes I think you can fly, and you’re just not telling us, yet….

  16. Wendy – I can’t figure out how to order the pattern for the Aran hat, and I LOVE it! Can you reply with details please? Love your website. Barb.