My current work in progress:

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


Still Life With Gloves



Last week it was freakishly warm. This week it is mercilessly cold. If we all don’t sicken and die from the fickle weather changes it’ll be a miracle.

I brought my recent handspun to work, so that I could enjoy the colors. And the merino screamed at me all day “Fingerless gloves! Make fingerless gloves from me!”

Smart yarn, to know that my hands are freezing in my office. I’ve got one wall that’s entirely plate glass window. While it’s nice to have a view, it’s danged cold in the winter.

I have 100 yards of the merino, and it will knit 4.5 to 5 stitches/inch I believe. That oughta be enough, if I don’t make the cuffs too long.

But think of the longer, elegant pair I could make from the rainbow mohair . . . I’ve got 200 yards of that.

I bought the rainbow mohair roving on eBay, by the way. Sorry, don’t remember who the seller was. And it’s simply 2-ply. I’ve not tried Navajo plying.

Vines! We Have Vines!


I have entered into the vine portion of the Grape Arbor Shawl. Whee!!!

Of course, the rows are getting longer and longer and longer. So the shawl is now growing slooooooowly . . .

But growing it is. And it’s still great fun to knit. I’m thinking about the lace edging I’ll put on the bottom — something that looks a bit like leaves, I think.

Speaking of Vine Lace

When I had my Grape Arbor Shawl vision early Saturday, I cast aside the poor Corriedale sweater. But I picked it up and did a couple of rows on it before leaving for work this morning. Here is some vine lace in a larger gauge!


I keep typing “vince lace” instead of “vine lace.” Who the hell is Vince and why does he think I want to use his lace pattern?

Kitty Bed Gallery

I’ve added a bunch of kitties to the kitty bed gallery over the past few weeks, most recently, three kitties today. If you haven’t visited in a while, check it out! The link is in the sidebar, over on the right.

Lucy sez:

Hoo yah! It’s kitty bed weather, fer shure!


Another Way to Beat the Winter Doldrums?


Yarn from France in your mailbox. Glitzy raspberry sorbet yarn! Thanks Becky!


  1. Once I saw your Sonata gloves…..I had to have a pair myself. I ordered the pattern and some Lorna’s laces sheperd sport in “Tuscany”. Can’t wait to start them. I’m not a fast knitter like you, so I hope to be wearing them NEXT winter.

  2. i absolutely love the colors in the yarn in grape vines shawl. its so pretty. every time i look at it i want to ask for some of that yarn:)

  3. How about adding a bobble or two near some of the vine bits near the shoulders (so they don’t press in to your back at the back when you lean back) – as another grape-y looking thing?

  4. I knitted that bed for my new cat. Worked my little fingers to the bone knitting it up in two days! He hates it, the dog on the other hand loves it..only problem she is 120lbs! LOL! But, it was fun knitting it..just wished the stupid cat would use it. Oh..the cat…prefers the dog bed! Why me?

  5. having completely nothing to do with today’s post, but I was wondering if you knew that you had 666 blogline subscribers??? You little devil, you…

  6. I think you should do the fingerless gloves in the rainbow mohair — think of how much happier you’ll be at work looking at all those fun colors!

    Just my 2 cents…

  7. The gloves and the shawls are gorgeous, Wendy!

  8. Those gloves look so nice and warm. Are they very thick?

  9. Morning Wendy,
    Everything you’re knitting is just scrumptous!!
    LOVE the raspberry sorbet yarn!!
    Was wondering if you could share how to knit vine lace?? Absolutely beautiful!!

  10. Brrrrrrr. Must knit faster, need warmer sweaters.
    What a good idea to bring yarn to work for added color! I need to do that myself.
    The Vine Lace is looking lovely!

  11. Wendy, if you’re looking for a nice leaf edging, the best one I’ve found is in the Reader’s Digest Encyclopedia of Knit and Crochet Stitches. It’s REALLY pretty ๐Ÿ˜€

    Your work is beautiful!


  12. Hi, it’s snooooowwwwwinnng! I have to go out of my freezing cold cave and find a window! (I’m in DC 2 blocks from the White House)

    This should add nicely to the inaugural traffic nightmare!

    At least you have a window and a view–I don’t and I still need handwarmers.

  13. It was near 50 here yesterday! What happened to January? The vine lace is beautiful on both projects and tell Vince to leave you alone. I’m still lovin’ your handspun.

  14. Harkening back to a previous day’s post – I got curious about mercury poisoning and found some symptoms listed on the web: Psychological Disturbances include Irritability, Nervousness, Fits of Anger, Memory Loss, Lack of Attention, Depression, Low Self Confidence, Anxiety, Drowsiness, Shyness/timidity, Decline of Intellect, Insomnia, and Low Self Control. So when I’m too old to qvetch about PMS, by golly, this is what I’ll go with.

  15. Wendy,

    I have been a lurker for some time now and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site.

    I have something you might want. I have a huge bag of roving for spinning. I was doing quite a bit of needle felting and it was donated to me by my LYS. I will never use this bag and in the spirit of the new year I am getting rid of stuff.
    I believe it is merino…yellow, white with some brown.

    Let me know if you could use it and I would be so happy to send it your way. ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. I hear you on the cold office thing! I have a giant Harry Potter scarf (Slytherin colors) that I drape across my lap, as well as fingerless mittens that I wear at work. I find that a lap blanket like that really helps.

    Oh, and I think I have found out your secret to fast knitting– Lusy is a master knitter, isn’t she? She helps you knit, I *know* it!!

    I started my 5th Kitty Pi tonight– this one is for my Mom’s cat (she hates me, so I’m trying to win her over!! I doubt it’ll work!!) Thank you for providing the pattern for all of us, you’ve undoubtedly made hundreds of cats *very* happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. I cannot believe I just spelled Lucy’s name WRONG! Please forgive me!

  18. Wendy,
    Your shawl is so gorgeous. I love the vine pattern and the colors are beautiful!