My current work in progress:

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


I’ve Been a Bad Blogger

More accurately, not a bad blogger, but a bad blog reader.

I had an email conversation with Norma yesterday about leaving comments. As you know, Norma had a contest where all you had to do was to leave a comment and she’d award a prize to the individual who left comment #1690. Great idea! I left a comment, as did a lot of other people.

But it made me realize how infrequently I leave comments on the blogs I read. Usually my blog reading is done in a tearing hurry (as is everything in my life). And, as Norma pointed out, using Bloglines to read your blog list makes it a lot easier to read through a lot of blogs in a minimum of time. Which is great for those among us who are spare-time-challenged. But it makes it easier to not leave comments.

So my pre-New Year’s resolution is to try to leave more comments on the blogs I read.

Spinning News

Last night I finished spinning up all my singles of the yummy blue Coopworth, see?


Plying will commence soon. But since I’m sick (cough, cough) not tonight.

I actually left work early because I felt ill — something I almost never do. Sinus issues and I lost my voice as well. I’ll probably stay home tomorrow and try to rest.

With Nurse Lucy.

Speaking of Lucy

A message from Lucy to Eklectika: she would like you to know that she still loves the mouse I made for her from the fiber you sent.


ScandiHOOvian Confessions

Our wonderful knitting blogring leader Julie (and thank you for everything you do in keeping the ring going) commented:

Okay, if we’re talking about Swedish Christmas, I have to ask about Glogg! Do you drink it? My mother-in-law makes it every year and I love it!

And then there’s lutefisk — she makes that too, and I have eaten it. Although mercifully last year she forgot to thaw it, so none was available ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week I’ll have to show my Tomtes on my blog!

1. Glogg. How I love thee! The only time I have glogg is when my parents have a holiday party. Of course, glogg is served there. It’s been a couple of years now, though. ::cough, cough, hint, hint::

2. Lutfisk. Why, thank you for bringing up this topic, Julie! It’s the perfect excuse for me to haul out yet another aged blog entry, The One Where Wendy Waxes Lyrical About Lutfisk. Sorry, Dad.

3. Tomtes. Yes! Please show us your tomtes, Julie! I do so love me a good tomte! And this is the perfect place for yet another segue — into my Jultomte blog post from two years ago.

Julie, I really need to put you on the payroll.


  1. We used to have a yellowed newspaper clipping of this poem that we read around Christmas – because my mother actually _likes_ lutefisk

    Lutefisk Lament

  2. Sorry for the double posting – here’s a link with author attribution (whether correct or not, I don’t know. But I agree they are plausable authors)

  3. Ooh! I like the comments about the comments. I do not have a blog, so I feel funny about you guys not knowing who I am, but I love all your blogs … so I am going to try to comment and let you know just how much fun I am having with all this knitting ( and spinning) stuff. I love the color you are spinning and I have told you before that I love your blog!

  4. Well, here’s a comment right back atcha. I’m still coming down from my adrenaline rush from that. I hope I’m not a one-hit-wonder, hee! I like your pre-New Year’s resolution. I think I’ll adopt it too. I try, but….you know how it is. Thanks for the mention!

  5. It’s true about Bloglines. I read 125 blog and leave maybe one comment a day. And I so appreciate comments on my blog. Thanks!

  6. Lutefisk-ulg!….the one time we were going to be able to have my parents and aunt and uncle with us for Christmas was in 1989…it was such a treat for my kids! With my dad being a minister, he was never able to take the time to come out. Finally..the whole Swedish dinner with relatives..something to teach my kids about…they’d never been near family to experience it. Rushing around I was able to get a lot of the necessary items…save for the lutefisk. While the ‘grownups’ were saddend…the rest of us were just fine…as the last thing I found was a sign my cousin sent me…NO LUTEFISK ALLOWED it said…that was framed and hung…and all had a laugh…when out of mom’s suitcase..came a jar of pickled herring..ulg..thankgoodness for California Christmas’ where you can open windows for airing out!
    off to make some pariswafers and swedish sausage for our dinner…skipping the fish…yet again! Pass the lingenberries, please?

  7. Wendy,

    Your spinning has so inspired me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for continuing to share your results. I’ve got a spinning wheel on my Christmas list (indeed, I think the box may be sitting in my kitchen right now) and look forward to playing with some of the fibers you’ve already showcased when I get a chance to fiber-shop at the fiber fests next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Like you I often read blogs all awhirl and so rarely comment. Good resolution – I wish I felt I’d be successful with that one myself!


  8. I’ve got Swiss, not Swedish, ancestry, and our holiday cookie tradition is this chewy stuff called Leckerle. Mmmm! When my grandparents were alive, relatives would mail it from Switzerland. Since they’ve died, my sister has been making it. This year, she decided to skip the production and order it on-line. The little box we all remember from our childhood cost a mere $140! They better be particularly chewy…

  9. Great comments about comments. Like Lindar, I don’t have a blog, so I don’t know what comments really mean to a blogger.

    I mean, sometimes I just think, wouldn’t you rather be browsing blogs, knitting, spinning, baking scones, playing with the cat – hell, even working! – rather than just reading another one of my lousy comments, which would usually just be lame love-the-yarn/sweater/scarf/spinning-type comments? But perhaps not. Perhaps I’m underestimating the value of the simplest comment to bloggers? Do tell for us lurking non-bloggers…

    Oh, and I love the spinning.


  10. I’ve eaten lutefisk every Christmas Eve of my life except the one that I spent in Norway! I love the stuff. But perhaps that’s because it is an essential part of our family celebration.

  11. O.K…being of Norwegian descent I must admit that I am a Lutefisk eater and I love it! Yes, I know, I’m a bit “different”, lol.

  12. Living in North Dakota and befriended by many many swedish and norwegian folks, I was constantly threatened with lutefisk, although never forced to do more than smell it. Blech! I was forced to eat great amounts of lefse, which I don’t care for (and is more norwegian than swedish anyway).

  13. Wendy, if you don’t stop flogging yourself, I’m going to have to pick up a whip and self-flagellate even more. You are amazing as it is with how much you seem to keep up with others. Truly. Now please, rest up and be kind to yourself! I send you get-well cyberhugs. =)

  14. I agree. Although I read a lot of blogs, time limitations make it difficult to leave many comments. Norma’s right, though, Bloglines is a great time-saver.

  15. Lutefisk is also eaten in Finland, among as well the Finninsh as the Swedish speaking population. Lucia, on the other hand, is celebrated almost only by the Swedishspeaking Finns. And we are all great consumers of glogg!

    Melissa’s lutefisk poem is wonderful!

    Since it also has been my bad habit to only read, and not comment, I decided to trying to change that. I have read your blog for about one year, and only commented maybe five times. Bad me! But I do really enjoy reading it.

  16. Dear Wendy

    Yours is the only blog I read every day – first thing when I get to work! If I commented everyday, it would always be along these lines so you’d just get bored!

    I love your style – and your cat.

    Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well – hope you get over it quickly. Also, very glad to ‘hear’ you back to your normal blogging self!

    Spinning is not one of the things I have an urge to take up – but I love your enthusiasm and love seeing what you have spun – and what you do with it.

    Love and Kisses

  17. Ugh– I think you have what ran through my family. Since we both live in the DC area, our bugs might be related.

    Took me two days off to get over, and about a week to get totally ungunked.

    Hope you feel better soon!

  18. your yarn reminds me of the sea early in the morning…I love that color it makes me go all peaceful and suff! I think I hear the call of the gulls! JOY TO THE WORLD…I love your lucy she is the silliest thing and makes me smile. I am also enjoying watching you turn into a yarn spinning master! How very talented you are. Thank you for sharing with us!

  19. I think I’ve finally gotten over the comments thing, but I hear ya.

    I hope you feel better soon! Do you have that sexy raspy voice thing going on, at least?

  20. Wendy, I love the color of the yarn you are spinning too. Marie’s comments are beauftiful in & of themselves and convey the beauty of the yarn.

  21. Wendy, I love the color of the yarn you are spinning too. Marie’s comments are beauftiful in & of themselves and convey the beauty of the yarn.

  22. Me too! Me too! I am so with you and Norma…I love getting comments, but I usually comment at only a few blogs a day. I think it’s called “speed blogging”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Hope you stayed home to nurse your cold and get lots of quality time with your knitting, spinning and Lucy. And that blasted thing clears up quickly so you can enjoy the holidays without a stuffy nose!

  24. I guess I haven’t commented on your blog, because it would have been “Love the color” or “Hi, Lucy” for the zillionth time (I tend to repeat myself about things like that…)

    And ok, you have been commenting on it, what is Glogg?

  25. I didn’t realize how much comments could mean to the person writing until I started blogging myself.

  26. Your resolution about comments makes me think, that maybe I have to follow you….I read but not leave comments. I agree with your opinion. I will try, even if it is not as easy as you all for me, to leave comments in English…

  27. We had a Swedish foreign exchange student when I was in high school. For Christmas, he gave each of us boys a tomte luminary. It’s the head of the tomte with holes and such in it for you to light a candle and the whole thing glows. I should rescue it from my parents house.

  28. You aren’t going to tell us where you got that lovely coopworth (and what colorway) What a great sky blue on a dreary winter day (what is WITH this cold snap we got!??)

  29. I lived in Sweden in High School and also am Swedish decent….I can’t tell you how much I hate Lutfisk. My grandmother made it EVERY Christmas and you had to eat it. I believe it was made some lye that you had to soak out of the fish. Ick. Also, being a good Swede that I am (besides knitting), I have a collection of Tomte. There is a 3 foot one on my balcony protecting my condo from all that is evil in the world.:) Wendy, please post your Tomte!!
    God Jul!

  30. When I moved to MN 24 years ago I had never heard of lutefisk. My boss explained it as fish jello, probably the best description I have ever heard. Never touch the stuff myself.

    Take care of yourself. A good nurse cat always helps

    Kathy Owens

  31. I am not Swedish, but have very very Swedish relatives through marriage way out in the hinderlands of Minnesota . . .

    I, of course, wanted to learn HOW exactly one would create such a dish and followed the recipe link from the old blog entry. My favorite part?

    Allow 1/3 lb per person.

    That’s a lot of fish jello for one person to handle.

  32. How funny you should post this. I noticed you a bit yesterday in the comments on a few blogs. Every time I see ‘Wendy’ I do a double take and check to make sure I didn’t write something I forgot about! Anyway, it’s a good reminder. I too cruise through bloglines and often leave without commenting.

  33. *smiles at Lucy’s joy*

    Ya know I think your sinuses and mine are conspiring together (3 days of rollercoaster headachiness…grrr….though it’s a lot better today since I took some Tavist Allergy Nighttime last night…zzzz…..)

  34. OK, I think it’s not fair to tease us. You mentioned Glogg, but didn’t say what it really is.

  35. OK, I think it’s not fair to tease us. You mentioned Glogg, but didn’t say what it really is. Can you enlighten us (or me)?

  36. Glรถgg is very very delicius and we drink it hot and with almonds and russin. Lutfisk is very very ugly… but we eat a lot of other things at Christmas…look at this sites:
    (espacially Wendy who got swedish ancesters!!)
    and we love our Tomte. We dont use any christmasstockings, because tomten came to us at eveening the 24th of december

  37. I love to read about the Scandinavian Christmas traditions. I’m 1/4 Swedish but my family isn’t exactly “practicing.” There is a lot of stuff involved in my Grandmother’s Christmas that I didn’t realize was overtly Swedish. Particularly the straw goats! Every year we knew Christmas was coming because out came red candles, straw christmas tree ornaments, ginger cookies of all kinds, and straw goats.

    I went to Ikea with friends a few weeks ago and saw with delight that Ikea has a whole line of stuff for Christmas with the straw goat on it! It made me happy and weepy and nostalgic, and I got a HUGE roll of wrapping paper. It’s all I can do not to make the 2 hour drive back down there just to buy some goat tins.

  38. I, too, read so many blogs but don’t comment that much – but I love getting comments! So I will join you in your “more comments” resolution ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve also inspired me to show my Tomtes. Hope you feel better soon!

  39. Ahhh. . .Swedish Christmas! I’ve been bogged down with work, but as soon as I come up for air I will be taking photos of my Tomtes and posting them on my blog!

    One other thing. . . do you eat potato sausage and bondost on Christmas Eve too? My MIL introduced me to these too and I love the bondost with the caraway seeds eaten on Wasa. (I’m not much for the sil though.)

    Feel better soon!!

  40. glรถgg I love thee so much I stood at the bloody systembolaget for 45 minutes to get a bottle to bring home with me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lutefisk I make faces at and let my dear freakish friend Eero eat. It was avoided on all of this past Swedish trip- thankfully. Ranks up there with Baccalao, but not as much in my memories of childhood, being that my Spanish grandmother did not make Lutefisk that often.

    FYI in Seattle there was an uprising of Swedes and Weegies (Norwegians) as they are prohibiting Lutefisk imports due to that whole Lye is not good for your intestines factor.

  41. It seems like everyone in the DC area has come down with the same bug! I *never* call in sick, but I sure did yesterday. And I *never* take naps, but again, I sure did yesterday. Still no voice to speak of (ha!), but I’m hoping to coax it back with lots of hot tea. Is glogg hot? I don’t know, but cider is! Love your blog and love the comments!


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