My current work in progress:

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


Excuse Me While I Hibernate

I don’t know what’s with me lately. All I want to do is sleep, and sleep some more. And after that . . . sleep.

Hence, little knitting progress here. Last night I actually fell asleep before 9pm, and it’s been that way every night this week. L-B reported a similar phenomenon and wondered if we’re just trying to hibernate. Could be!

(She also had the extremely bad taste to suggest that we might be getting Old, but we shall gloss over that.)

However, I got this in the mail from L-B today, so she can say what she likes!


That would be a skein of lovely green Maggi Knit’s Irish tweed, and half a skein each of all the new KnitPicks yarns. L-B ordered a skein of each to try and generously split it with me. The yarns look and feel very nice and it’ll be fun to try ’em all out!

I do have a bit of progress to show you. Here is Kinsale.


This pattern is really quite easy. I memorized the chart before embarking on the knitting and have not once had to refer to it. I find that symmetrical designs like this are very simple. All I really need to do is remember what happens on two rows: the point where the diamondy bit is at its narrowest and the point where it is widest. The rest of the rows are leading up to those two events, if you know what I mean. I keep those two row numbers in my head so I can remember “Oh yeah. Time to turn back and go the other direction.”

Did that make any sense at all? Or am I babbling incoherently? Don’t answer that.

Kinsale is great and glorious fun to knit, despite the fact that the gauge is a billion stitches to the inch and a gazillion rows to the inch.

This morning before leaving for work I actually picked up my Corriedale sweater sleeve and did 4 rows on it.


Maybe I need to do a little spinning to perk me up.

But first, I think I’ll take a nap.


Before I do, check out my new purse:


It’s a Brighton bag. The cats are all needlepoint, and each one has an embellishment sewn on.

I love purses.


  1. That actually made total sense. With something like diamonds that go a certain number of stitches toward or away from a border, it’s fairly easy to remember when to turn, but my biggest problem is remembering when to cable, especially in the round. When there’s no wrong side and the cables are repeated every 6+ rounds , it seems like I often end up cabling a round early or late. Know what I mean? I guess I’m not paying enough attention.

  2. Usually whe I just want to sleep, that means my body’s trying to fight off coming down with something. Take your Airborne!

    Aren’t purses fun?

  3. Oh, yes, I’ve been a wee bear this week, too. I even took a nap after work Tuesday and woke up just in time for dinner. Then rested a bit before heading off to beddy bye. Pretty sad, eh? Yes, must be the weather. Such pretty kitties on your new bag! TGI almost F!

  4. Made sense to me!

    I love that bag. I love Brighton bags. It’s hard to pull me out of their store some days. :O

  5. I fell asleep last night around 7:30…It could be the weather.

    You’ll have to let us all know how the Knit Picks yarn is. They are making it hard to resist!

  6. Susan Maurer says:

    Ditto what Amanda wrote. Let us know your opinion about the Knit Picks yarns. With only half a skein each, however, what are you going to do with any of them? Just swatch each or maybe join those of similar weight for socks or gloves? Inquiring minds want to know! I just received Alpaca Cloud (color “Sunlight”) from Knit Picks to make Eugene Bueger’s Feather and Fan shawl from A Gathering of Lace. The yarn is MUCH nicer than I thought it would be when I ordered it. Really good stuff. I’m impressed!

  7. L-B has excellent taste in yarn, doesn’t she?!? Hopefully she’ll bring some of that scrumptious looking KnitPicks yarn to our Meet-Up next week (hint, hint, nudge, nudge).

    Now, off to take my pre-bedtime nap!

  8. I think the sleepiness is inherent to February. A friend of mine has decided to rename this month “Paxil & Tequila.” I think I’ll join him!

    Kinsale is beautiful–I love that color.

  9. I guess you could forget the pregnancy possibility? That was when I was at my sleepiest.

  10. I slept *16* hours today! What IS going on?? I fear L-B may be right…

  11. Yes, that makes sense. However… for some of us it takes more than just glancing at the pattern once. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This time of year is rough… I always think, “Wow, my birthday is in Slush Season.” Its hard to get enthused about much at this time of year.

  12. This is me drooling over the Irish Tweed from Maggi Knit… mmmmmm… yummy!

  13. Yup, the sleep thing makes sense to me too, and it’s summer so I can’t even call it hibernation! I had been blaming it on the stupidity – sorry that should say humidity, but it must more of a global phenomenon!

    Kinsale is fabulous – I love the contrast of the traditional texture and the zingy colour!

  14. I’ve been up since 3pm today, and it’s only midnight and I have seven more hours to go before I even get off work, and you made me yawn three times. I need a NAP! Preferrably with Lucy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Kinsale is looking lovely…the colour is so vibrant. I read your blog every day and am so impressed with your spinning. (two wheel and three spindle owner myself)!
    I’m in “sleepy” West Cork, a forty munute drive from Kinsale…..feeling tired here too.

  16. Yes, we are all sleepy here in the Midwest. Even my high school students, so it’s not an age thing. (thank goodness). Ditto on the KnitPiks yarn, please let us all know what you think. I agree that they make it hard to resist.
    Long time reader here. Cheers to you and yours.

  17. And I thought it was just me! I’ve been having a nap before bedtime every night this week, too. Must be the season, because of course we will never get OLD!!

    Great blog, you inspire us all.

  18. wow I cant wait to hear about the knitpicks yarns! they are priced in my kind of range for once the “waiting for the contract” yarn diet ends! I keep wondering if it is too good to believe though ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Hibernation! That explains a lot. Last night I fell asleep before my kid.

    Love Kinsale- esp. the color.

  20. Kinsale looks like a sculpture,Wendy! Susan Maurer: the Alpaca Cloud was my favorite–perfect for a sumptuous shawl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I’ve been reading your blog for several months but never left a comment before, but Kinsale inspired me to leave one. It is beautiful! And I look forward to reading your impressions of the KnitPicks yarns. I’ve got my eye on their Andean Silk (drool, drool…).

  22. I can totally relate to the sleeping bug. I have FMS so am usually more tired than the average person. However, last October was weird. Like you, all I wanted to do was sleep. It was all I could do to drag myself to work every day, and as soon as I arrived home, I went to sleep. After a couple of weeks of this, I finally went to the doc. He ran tests and found — get ready — I had Epstein Bar! He and I were both a bit surprised as I am much too old to have “mono.” (I am in my forties.) Long story short, take care of yourself. Drink a lot of fluid so you don’t get dehydrated, and sleep if you want. The yarn and fiber will be there when you feel up to it.

  23. Don’t feel bad, I’m only 31, and often go to bed at 7:00 p.m. Sometimes ya just need a little extra sleep to make it through.

    Kinsale is gorgeous by the way. It’s encouraging me to start on the pattern 2 patterns before this in same book, which for the life of me I can’t remember, with some Irish Wool I got while visiting Ireland in November. But first I want to make my Silk Garden top.

    By the way, my sister and I love the pix of your kitty, it’s a nice Kitty fix throughout the day.

  24. the only problem with extra sleep, which i seem to crave, is that there is less time to do the things i want to do, and working is not one of them!!! so maybe i can take some “sleep” days off from work and get my teeth into my knitting projects….good to know i’m not alone…thanks

  25. It is the weather. Look at yesterday’s weather, what happened to the sunny and warm? I saw lots and lots of snow and I know you saw some in the DC area. But on the other hand, there is that bug going around. No, it is the weather.

  26. Please let us know what you think of the new Knit Picks yarns! I got the catalog in the mail and almost fell off my chair at how inexpensive it was. I thought, there has to be a catch. But maybe not. I love the scarf you are doing below. The colors are sooooo pretty!

  27. Friday at last! It’s all this working for a living that’s making you tired, that’s what I think. (At least, that’s my excuse!) Kinsale is lovely. Funny, but it doesn’t look like a billion gauge fabric, it looks pretty thick. I can’t wait to see the whole thing put together so I can see it in the correct perspective. Have a restful weekend!

  28. Another Wendy says:

    Love Kinsale — The color is daring and delightful. You inspired me to pop over to the library and thumb through the book. There’s so much I’d like to make in there, but I’m kind of intimidated… anything beyond a good felted hat intimidates me.

    After all, I fall apart after “Pinball Wizard.” I’m just not in your league.

    Bought a bunch of Knit Picks stuff myself, as it looked good for felting. Can’t wait to see the order!

  29. I can’t help but chime in about the new Knitpicks yarn. You won’t believe how wonderful it is! I have tried the Alpaca Cloud and Shimmer and am amazed that its even possible to purchase this fine a yarn for the price they are offering it. Take the plunge! You’ll be glad you did!
    P.S. Love Kinsale. I have the same yarn and am inspired. After the 4 projects I have going are done of course!

  30. That is one hideous bag. I mean c’mon, man. What..are you from a small town? Was the local florist/latte/consignment knick-knack joint selling that piece of crap in the window?
    God almighty Wendy.

  31. Wendy, Your Kinsale is lovely. Do you find it hard on your hands to knit the wool/cotton so tightly? AS says on her site that when she knits Ganseys she ends up with a red ring around her finger from knitting the yarn at such a tight gauge. I’m thinking of using a lighter weight (fingering) yarn so that I won’t have to knit so tightly, especially since I’m a loose knitter to begin with. I’m concerned, though, that the fabric won’t be quite right. Do you have any expert advice regarding that?

  32. Forgot to ask about the story behind your path back to Starmore’s? Can you divulge it now?

  33. Jane Marple says:

    Jezebel, I must disagree with you. That Brighton bag is quite lovely and tasteful. An immature college student like yourself has a lot of learning to do. By the way, would you like to buy a book? I have an Anatomy Physiology lab book for bi 231, 232, or 233 available. It’s brand new and I’m asking just $60.00 (it retails for 120.00).