My current work in progress:

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


The Best Yarn Ever

Not the best yarn ever, ever. But the best yarn I’ve spun so far. Lookie here:


This is 4 ounces of what I think is Cormo (doh! forgot what it was) that I’ve spun and plied — it’s approximately sportweight. It’s my best, most even spinning to date.

Though I am very pleased with the blue Coopworth I did last week.


There’s approximately 8 ounces of that. Amie asked where I bought the Coopworth. I got it on eBay, from a seller called “jehovahjirehfarm.” They’ve got some very pretty dyed Coopworth roving.


For all your kind comments and notes last week. I think I’m going to live. I’ve still got a cough and congestion and feel crappy, but not nearly as crappy as I did last week.

Nurse Lucy, I discovered doesn’t have much of a bedside manner. She obviously didn’t want to catch my cold:


She’s on top of the wall unit in the living room.

Just kidding about the bedside manner. She slept snuggled up with me, purring happily.

I did haul my sorry butt into work on Friday. I hate being sick and hate taking sick days. I am in denial about being sick. The last time I called in sick was in 2001.

What to Do With Two Skeins of Koigu

And thank-you to everyone who entered the Koigu contest. I compiled my favorites among your responses and have posted them here. I’ll link to that page from my main knitting page, eventually.

And I chose a winner at random: Bonney in NH, who was one of several people who suggested the Caryl Kerchief. Bonney will receive as a prize three skeins of Debblie Bliss Alpaca Silk. Ought to be enough for a hat or a scarf. And if you don’t mind Bonney, I’ll mail it next week, (hopefully) after the frenzy of holiday shipping has died down.

Critter Knitters Challenge 2005

Katy has just started a new charity project — Critter Knitters Challenge 2005. For every knit or crocheted pet blanket donated between now and January 31st, 2005, she willl donate $1 toward funding a school art project of her choice, up to a maximum of $500.

The Yahoo group page for it is here.

So if you’d like to help out, head on over!

Knitbloggers Knitting Basket Project

We are still receiving donations for this project (details and donate button in the sidebar). Deb and I would like to once again thank everyone who has donated so far. An encourage anyone who is thinking about donating to jump on board!


  1. jen in orange says:

    verrrrry purty yarn! it’s amazing how quickly you’ve got the hang of it!

  2. Your yarn looks great. Your spinning is so even.

    Glad you are feeling better. Hope you feel completely recovered soon.

    Love the list of what to do with the Koigu. I have a few sets of Koigu that I want to use but didn’t know what to do with them. Now I have so many ideas.

  3. Wow! The yarn looks just wonderful – great job. Hope you feel better soon!

  4. My, my, that’s some evenly spun yarn. Sending plaudits your way.

  5. Meds + Chasers = Feeling much MUCH better soon! =)

  6. Oooo – I wondered how that Coopworth would spin up (I saw those eBay listings also…)…

    I selfishly can’t wait to finish my holiday gifts SO I can finally start to figure out my wheel…I’m a bad girl… *blush*

  7. Congragulations on the newly spun yarn. It has a lovely, consistent twist. I want to invite you to a little Christmas “thing” over at my blog, at your convenience.

  8. all I can say is ..breakout into song…she wore a raspberry beret…beautiful yarn! I love that color! Nurse Lucy is hilarious! I have to say again I love that ocean yarn! I can’t wait to see what you make out of it. Keep warm everyone! mb

  9. I’m so proud of you! A beginning spinner and look at the wonderful yarns you are producing! รœ

  10. I know exactly what you mean about being in “sick denial.” I’m sitting at my desk right now, coughing, having come through 6-degree temps to get here, rather than calling in and taking what would be only my 2nd sick day in 14 years.

    Anyway, your spinning looks great. I’m curious, though–now that you have the wheel, are you still using your drop spindles?


  11. Persistence pays off—gorgeous yarn! Have you hugged a penguin today?

  12. Yep, JJ farm has some really nice spinning fiber. I love the colors she comes up with and how quicky they ship.

  13. Very nice spinning! Can I ask how you ply? It almost looks like navajo plying … very rounded yarn.. usually two ply comes out looking a little flat.. just wondering!


  14. Wendy I’m just amazed at how quickly you’ve become such a proficient spinner. Your work looks awesome. I had this idea a person would have to spin for years before they could achieve that look. Maybe there is hope for me :-).
    Happy holidays,
    liz ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I miss the daily hair update. How many days has it been now? I envision your hair down to your waist.

    Love the spinning — your work is beautiful!

  16. I googled your seller & came up with this site for her: Pretty coopworth!

  17. Wow! That yarn you spun is GORGEOUS.

  18. Wow. Amazing spinning! I’m very impressed. I haven’t gotten anywhere close to that consistent with my new wheel yet, but I’m working on it! You are one of my primary motivators!

    If you don’t mind me asking, what type of drafting method are you using? I’m still using a short draw, which is okay, but feels a bit slow to me. I’m thinking of attempting a long draw, but I’m really nervous. Thank goodness for fiber friends who give you good “practice fiber”!

  19. Wendy…are you sure you didn’t buy that yarn? All I can say is Perfection. What a fabulous spinning job!

  20. Beautiful yarn, Wendy. You should be very proud of yourself! And yes, it would make a lovely beret… My cold/sinus thing seems to be just about gone — I used Cold-eeze zinc lozenges, and I think they may have worked (that is, to shorten the cold’s duration). I feel amazingly human today! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Gorgeous yarn! I hope I could learn to spin as quickly as you have.

    I hear you about sick denial, I am home on a sick day and still working.

  22. I’m a new spinner looking to buy an additional spindle. So far, I have one midi Bosworth which I like quite a lot. I noticed that you have a Golding. How do like it compared with your Bosworth? Do you have any others that you favor? How quickly can you spin 4 ounces on your wheel? What made you choose the wheel you chose? Thanks for any advice or opinions you can give. I enjoy watching your spinning progress.