My current work in progress:

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



I have been watching the news all week, but have found myself unable to articulate a reaction to the tragic results of the earthquake and tsunami in Asia and Africa. It’s difficult to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, and the millions of lives it has ruined.

Sitting in my comfortable home, surrounded by material possessions and good fortune, I decided it was time to get off my butt and do something. Today I sent as large a donation as I could manage to UNICEF, following Kristine’s example.

CNN has a list of organizations where you can donate money to help the victims here.

I checked the Heifer International website, and they are encouraging people to donate money to organizations that are offering direct relief, while they determine the best way they can help.

Deb and I are keeping the Knitbloggers Knitting Basket project open until January 10. We still encourage you to donate, even if it’s just a dollar or two. Every dollar you give will go towards helping devastated people get back on their feet and support themselves.

And our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have donated so generously already.

Fits and Starts

There were a couple of questions the other day about how I obtain a good fit with my designs. I think it’s a combination of experience, math, and good luck. If you are designing something for yourself, my best advice is to measure a sweater that you like the fit of (the fit of which you like) and use that as your guide for measurements.

Feeling the Glove

I did finish the first glove late last night. Like 2:00am.


I stuck my size 0 Brittany birch dpns in the remainder of the ball of Koigu and left it on the nightstand and fell asleep. When I got up this morning, it was gone.

I interviewed Lucy, but she feigned ignorance.


I found the ball of Koigu with the needles still stuck in it in the dining room. Here it is, all safe and sound.


Not quite. I discovered one of the dpns was broken when I pulled it out of the yarn. Good thing I have another set.

The pattern, by the way, is “Sonata Gloves” by Heartland Knits. I bought my pattern from The Knitting Zone. You need two skeins of Koigu KPPPM. I used about two-thirds of a skein for the first glove.

The pattern calls for size 1 needles, but I used size 0 to get the gauge of 9 sts/inch. There is a lot of fiddly knitting in the pattern, but the instructions are detailed and crystal-clear. And the knitting quite fun. I’ve started the second glove.


I’ve got three pounds of Corriedale top that I’ve just started spinning. With any luck, I’ll be knitting an actual sweater from my handspun at some point in the future.



It’s been a bad week.

On Monday I decided to install my poly drive band on Katarina, which involves meting the ends of the band and fusing them together. Did you know that dripping molten polycord on your thumb burns?


Then yesterday morning I whacked my instep on my rocking chair and gave myself a lovely bruise. Then last night whacked the side of my head on a sharp metal edge. Still have the honking big lump (and accompanying headache) from that.

I think I’ll sit quietly and knit for the rest of the day. Hopefully I won’t impale myself on a dpn.

Graceful I ain’t.


  1. I’m glad I was nowhere nearby when you hit your head or you’d be calling me your jinx! Perhaps it was the knitting-until-2am syndrome? Ah,but the glove is lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Well, we’re all sufffering from Holiday hangovers of some sort or the other. Susan
    has a lovely sock for sale and all the proceeds will go to Oxfam. There are many other places to give money, too. Thanks for encouraging everyone to do so. It is incomprehensible to those of us who are safe and warm.

  3. it is terrible what happened. i cant beleive how so many people around me act like it never even happened, especially in comparison to their reactions to 911. today i finally found out that you can donate to organizations and the money would be well spent on their purpose. i felt so terribly guilty sitting at work eveyday and doing nothing. i found a link to the red cross fund going on and did it! donating didnt change much for me, but i hope it does for someone out there.

  4. Yowch! Bad luck comes in threes, so hopefully your streak is over for a while. I’ve never had a yen to knit gloves, but those are so cool that I am tempted.

  5. hah! You sound like me, not to laugh at your injuries,
    When I got like that growing up my momma always told me “woah there big girl” as though talking to a horse.

    Happy New Year, Don’t hurt your self anymore, we like Wnedy you should be nice to her!

  6. Your finger will heal, the bruise will fade, and the headache will go away. But suspecting Lucy of moving the yarn, well, she will get back at you for that when you least suspect it! Of course, she may compeltely ignore you but would you notice the difference other than the extra long naps?

  7. That glove is gorgous, Wendy! I hope your thumb recovers soon. And thanks for the CNN link!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Kristi

  8. Your gloves are gorgeous! But all your *booboos* may be because of those Brittany’s stuck in your yarn ball…I believe it is knitting superstition that you never stick your needles in your ball of yarn, it’s bad luck! Just one of those legends like the sweater curse but why tempt fate? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Good golly, Wendy! PLEASE take better care of yourself! Am I going to have to put you all back together again a la Humpty Dumpty? Well, perhaps these “little” pains mean no bigger ones are in store for 2005. =)

  10. Beautiful glove!!

  11. Your spinning is so even and nice! Pretty inspirational there, woman!

    Think Kristine will get hooked? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. The tsunami has blown my mind with the amount of destruction it caused. Absolutely unbelieveable!

    I learned the hard way to put my knitting away at night– the first thing I ever made got frogged one night by some 4-legged feline around here. And then, the first thing I ever spun got mangled one night, too! Bad babies!

  13. That is one nasy owie! Love the gloves; they are very distinctive. Happy New Year!

  14. Thank you, Wendy, for the links to charitable organizations. It was just the little nudge I needed. Oh, and fab gloves!

  15. I’m blown away by the devastation and the photos on the front pages of the papers (New York Times on Wednesday) that look like rubble and debris at first, but upon closer inspection are the bodies washing ashore. Here in Westport, CT, the “Save the Children” organization has kicked into high gear to help. They have even lost some of their local staff in Indonesia to the tsunami and have others still missing. How awful. Thanks for organizing the knitting community.

    On to happy news… the glove is lovely. It looks entirely too complicated for 2:00 a.m. for me, but you make everything look so easy! Happy knitting.

  16. Love the glove. Hmmm. Haven’t done a project for myself for a while…. And be NICE to you, please!

  17. Hei Wendy! :o) The nurse in me wants to suggest using Tegaderm or some equivalent on that wound. Might be a bit late now, but that stuff is _wonderful_ on burns…

    Oh, and… love the glove – it’s gorgeous!

  18. All of you finally got to me. I have completed ten inches of a pillow cover in blue stripes. I shall make a pair, then start on a knitted afghan to go along with them. It has been so long since I used my needles that I am rusty. At one time, I could knit an Aran sweater. I shall work my way back to that.

    Thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Thanks for the link. Yes it’s hard to put in to words. If I had the finicial ability I would adoprt one of the Tzunami orphans. I’d also like to do something but I want it to come from my Country…I’ll go googling soon, I’m sure Israel is doing something.