My current work in progress:

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


Just So You Know

The Grape Arbor Shawl was draped over my office chair just long enough to be photographed. I only brought it to work long enough to photograph it in natural light, then it went back in a bag, and back home.

It’s not that I don’t trust my coworkers . . .

Okay. what am I up to now? Not a whole lot.

I did start knitting a scarf, using a simple eyelet pattern, from my handspun “Autumn Afternoon” mohair. I’m really liking it so far! This was my commuter knitting today, and I got a fair bit done.


And a close-up, sans kitty head:


I’ve also got a good part of the back of the sweater I started from my handspun Corriedale, though I’ve not worked on it since Sunday. I really ought to get back to it and make some progress. It’s a fast knit.


That is, if I actually knit on it.

But to be honest, what I’m really yearning towards is more lace. It’s been several years since my last “lace period” so I guess I’m due. Hmmmmmmm, shall I go with a pattern or shall I design my own? How lazy am I feeling?

Clearly, I need to give this dilemma some thought.

But at least Lucy seems to approve of my WIPs.

Some Questions From the Comments

Julia asked where I buy my fiber. The answer is: almost exclusively online, and most of the time from eBay sellers.

Sally asked whether the edging on my shawl was knitted on or knitted separately and sewn on. Sally, your guess was correct — it is knitted on.

Laura asked me if I ever use a drop spindle, now that I’ve moved to wheel spinning. The answer is . . . uh . . . no. My spindles have not been used since I got my wheels. Well, except for the teaching-Kristine-to-spin incident at the end of December.

And Timothy asked:
Btw, will you keep your hair to spin into human hair yarn? ๐Ÿ™‚

The answer is:

“Eeeeek! NO!”

Which leads me to a question for you spinners: what is the most unusual thing you have ever spun? Intentionally, that is.

Hey, lets make this a contest. Send your answers to my Official Contest Email Address by 4:00pm EST, Friday, January 28, 2005. The person whose answer is deemed by moi to be the weirdest, most bizarre, and/or most creative, will win a fabulous prize.

Please, only one entry per person.


  1. The ‘Autumn Afternoon’ mohair is gorgeous! The top photo of the scarf makes it look self-striping…is that something that the roving’s colorway was meant to do, did you spin it with the intent of making stripes or did the stripes just sort of happen as you knit it?

  2. The shawl is just perfect gorgeous!! I’d do my best to steal it if I could.

  3. I love the scarf, Wendy! I’m curious: are you knitting with the mohair plied or as singles?

  4. Love the kitty head. Love seeing her pictures; my goal is to be just like her! Cute, well-groomed, and sleep a lot.

  5. The scarf is gorgeous, Wendy! Yet another time I wish we had Feel-o-monitors. Yikes, it looks SO soft!

  6. autumn afternoon is GORGEOUS.

    Lady you got taste ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. That Autumn Afternoon colorway would look great with your Lara!

  8. Kitty heads make the pictures. Mine turns around when she sees a camera to present her rear. Definetly not a nice shot. I love the colors on the scarf.

  9. I haven’t spun anything, but I did see possum made into yarn. I can send you the website to prove it too! Now that’s just downright wrong!

  10. I took a “Beyond Basics” class in the fall that ended up being about custom blending and designing your own fiber. The instructor brought mohair, solk, tencel, soy, flax, and cotton for us to put together in different combinations, but there was a side offering of such things as angelina, milkweed, yak, and possum (pre-blended with new zealand wool). I tried them all. I loved the possum blend.
    Here’s a link to the sample card I made that day:

  11. ACK – not even that beautiful Golding??? Shame, shame…LOL…

    I actually was spinning on one of my spindles last night after not having spun for awhile…sigh…the joy of Margaret Peel’s stuff…