My current work in progress:

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


Ingrid, Up Close and Personal

Just for grins, here are some gratuitous shots of Ingrid.


And a full shot:


If the weather is cool enough (and according to the forecasters it will be) I think I’ll wear her to work tomorrow.

I counted up the number of skeins it took to knit Ingrid — 7 in the solid color, and 6 in the variegated.

Today was my first day back at work after being off for a week. Yikes. I repeat, yikes. I knew that today was going to be a busy day so I was ready for it, but that doesn’t make it any easier, really. But I got done what I needed to get done. And returned home thankfully to Katarina.

I’m currently spinning some Black Welsh Mountain/Border Leicester mix (I did wax lyrical about Black Welsh Mountain already, right?). It is wonderful to spin. If I’ve got anything worth photographing, I shall photograph it tomorrow.

This is destined to become part of my striped handspun shawl. I’m using the same shawl pattern as for my Spirit Trail yarn shawl, and will use all natural colored wool and alpaca, and knit it in stripes. It’ll either be beautiful or gawdawful. Time will tell.

I didn’t mention that I snapped my drive band, did I? Friday night. A week of spinning and the drive band snapped. Hmmmmmmm. It was a hemp one, which seemed somewhat fragile to me at any rate. Necessity being the mother of invention, I fashioned a new one from some heavy white string I had. I tied a very careful square knot, but I can still feel a slight bump as the knot goes over the whorl. But I’m getting used to it.

However, I did order a stretch poly drive band for Katarina.

And I’m still plugging away on the AbFab afghan. It doesn’t look much different from yesterday’s photo, but here’s another pic, just for grins. This time, the afghan is draped artistically (play along with me, please) across the couch.


I am keeping the yarns for the afghan in my big knitting bag. See?


Obviously I’m not the only Colinette fan around here!

I just updated the Knitting Basket Project total — huge thank yous to everyone who has donated!


  1. This may be my most favorite Lucy pic yet!

  2. Cat’s in the bag! Hee hee hee! Thanks for all your positive thoughts and energy, too!

  3. Hi Wendy, Ingrid looks great ! beautiful design. Your new Colinette throw in Nightfall colourway is gorgerous. I think it is the most beautiful amongs the new colours.

  4. Hey, there may be a better way to attach the drive band– go to and you will find thier .pdf spinning catalogue. Under one of the links is a way to make a tight loop, not a knot,a nd it might work better.

  5. Awww…Lucy and Simba would get along famously. They are both bag kitties. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have I mentioned I think Ingrid is amazing?!

  6. Hello Wendy.
    Do you know the knot called “Spinner’s Knot”?
    Try to google this, it is almost a normal square knot but with a twist that will make no bump. And yes, hemp is fragile. Waxed cotton thread that will not ‘grow’ is the way to go, or an elastic drive band as you have ordered, but personally I prefer cotton as it makes the wheel go smoother (Mine is a double drive)
    Good luck anywhoo.

  7. Now there’s a cat with good taste! The Ingrid looks even better close up and the Ab Fab is looking… well… fab! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. ingrid is absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Alice in Richmond says:

    I love that Ingrid! I also am requesting Santa (insert husband’s name here as I have been disappointed on occasion by the real Santa) to bring me some Black Welsh Mountain… he can choose full strength or a blend, I am not picky. Oh yes, and some silk caps please.

    I solved the drive band snapping/slipping problem by using regular heavy white string and waxed it myself. You can buy a plastic disc with a wax wheel in the quilting dept. at most craft stores. It has grooves for the string/thread to slide through.

  10. I’ll be interested to know how you like the poly drive band, I’ve been considering getting one. I have also had a drive band snap. Are you spinning scotch tension?

  11. Ingrid is sooooooo ABSOLUTELY beautiful. I can’t wait to buy your pattern. It will definitely look good on my sister or my mom. Perfect X-mas picture of Lucy!!!

  12. Ingrid really does look great. Do you think you’re having too much fun if you already broke the wheel? ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are very creative to come up with an way to keep going. I’m resisting but know it won’t be too long before I have to learn to spin.
    Thanks for hosting the button for the Knitting Baskets.

  13. If I tilt my screen just the right way I can see the variegated colors, and if I squint just right I can see the light green – what a gorgeous idea for colorwork! I have been using solids in all my fair isle sorts of things, but you have made me want to break out and try some variegated!

  14. Love the Bag! I see you and Lucy have the same taste I do in Knitting Bags!! Your Ingrid sweater looks great – Nice Work!

  15. Wendy your afghan looks wonderful with your couch. Colors are perfect.

  16. Hi Wendy! I just love Ingrid’s pattern, but I’d really like to see the colors in person. None of my monitors is giving me pale green, although I can see variegation in the dark yarn. I like the striped edges, too.