My current work in progress:

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


How to Torture Your Friends

In one easy lesson.



Force ’em to spin on a drop spindle. That’s what L-B and I forced poor Kristine to do. And what did Kristine do to deserve such treatment? Only bring me fabulous gifts!


Some loverly Kollage yarn!


And some loverly Inspirations yarn! This is their wool laceweight, called Expresso.

And of course L-B brought piles of gifts for Lucy and me. Lucy was very excited!


L-B made me this fabulous scarf!


Here’s a close-up:


It’s a hand-dyed wool/silk blend (my favorite!) that came from Holly Spring Homespun. I can hardly stop petting it!

L-B brought her spinning wheel (an Ashford Traditional) and we had quite a spin-a-thon! I spun this wool:


I’m sorry now that I didn’t take a picture of the top before spinning it — it was sort of ugly. But I really love the resulting yarn.

We Also Have Knitting

I started a very fun glove pattern — this one:


It’s a modular design — you knit lots of little diamonds and triangles to make the gloves. Generally I don’t like modular designs, but I give this one two thumbs up! It’s great fun to knit and it goes very quickly.

I’m making my gloves from Koigu KPPPM — here’s the start:


And a bit further along:


And unless I get sidetracked, I might very well have a finished glove to show you tomorrow.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go take some aspirin. I just whacked the side of my head very, very hard. (Hello, I am a klutz.) I saw stars and have a huge lump rising. Ow. Ow, ow, ow.

Maybe I won’t have a finished glove tomorrow. This feels as though it’s gonna be a doozy of a headache.


  1. Oueee…I’ll trade you my butt ache for your headache. Enjoy your time off…looks like you are already. That glove looks like a fun knit.

  2. Hi Wendy, The glove looks very complictaed ! Looking foward to see the FO comes out.

  3. I went to Holly Spring Homespun today! What a great yarn store. I don’t spin but was amazed at the beautiful room of spinning beauty. What a great store. Jane

  4. Hi Wendy! I read your blog a lot, but haven’t posted before. Anyway, I just wanted to talk about spinning wheels. I am in the process of ordering my first spinning wheel and I have decided on a Lendrum too (based on a lot of research, it looks like a really versatile wheel and everyone who has one seems to love them). It should be coming soon. It was a toss up between that and the Kromsi Mazurka, just because it’s so beautiful, but I think the Lendrum will be more verstile. How did you end up choosing your Kromski for yor first wheel? I am really excited about all the options that come with the Lendrum, too – have you tried your fast flyer yet? And are you eyeing anything yet for a third wheel? There are so many beautiful things out there!

  5. Wowie wow wow, as some would say. That yarn you spun is really beautiful. You just learned to spin recently and look at the results!

    I think you really can do anything. Happy New Year!

  6. yikes! hope your head feels better.

  7. Ouch! I hate it when that happens. I hope you fell better soon. Torture? If that’s how you torture your friends… sign me up. I love the yarns you made and the gifts you received. How wonderful to have such great friends.

  8. OK, that’s it…I must visit Holly Spring Homespun next time I visit my folks.

    Y’all looked like you were having sooooo much fun a-spinnin’ away!

    Happy New Year!

  9. Hi Wendy! I haven’t posted a comment in a while, but I have been watching! Your yarn is lovely! I love the gloves too! Where can one find that pattern? Oh yeah, I got a spinning wheel for Christmas! I have to put it together still. But I can’t wait to try it out. Where do you get your supplies for your wheels? Like oil, roving ect………Happy New Year!

  10. Youch! Watch that head — they can’t give you a new one if you break it! Movie trivia time: did you know that in the Lord of the Rings, when Gandalf turns around and hits his head in Bilbo’s little house, this wasn’t staged? He really bumped into the beam, and acted it so well that they kept the scene! (Yes, I’m a geek.)

    Great yarn, and great knitting! I love the gloves. Modular knitting has a lot to offer, especially if it’s designed so that you don’t have to sew everything together at the end. ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. Wendy, don’t worry, a lot of us are klutzs! But take care of your head. And I may be looking for the klutz lessons in spinning with a drop spindle in case you are interested in teaching them.

  12. Wow, what serendipity! Koigu for those very gloves is patiently awaiting my finishing up the baby blanket I’m working on. I should be done this weekend, and then it’s the gloves. It’s almost a glove-a-thon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Ouch – watch your head, there! Geez, don’t you know you don’t start drinking that much until New Year’s Eve, ya lush? *wink*

    I LOVE the colors of that coppery handspun – it reminds me of Colinette Prism! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

    Have a very Happy New Year (without bonking your head on anything)!

  14. You know, this is the second time in less than a week that Holly Springs Homespun has come up for me. One of the regular visitors to the park mentioned taking his wife there for a Christmas present. So now I’ve absolutely got to go.

    Hope your head’s feeling better.