My current work in progress:

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


New Spinning

I hadn’t done any spinning for a while, but I started spinning some pink mix Cotswold Lamb at the end of last week. Here’s the roving:


What a fun yarn this is going to make! Here are the singles.


I plan to use this to knit a scarf to go with this:


Purchased a little while back from the J. Crew “final” sale on their website.

Kinsale Update

Last night we watched the movie Troy, which afforded me lots of knitting time! The results:


Janet asked:
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?

Even though I’ve gone down quite a bit from the recommended needle size for the Wool cotton, it’s not at all hard on my hands. Surprisingly.

You could certainly use a lighter weight yarn to knit a gansey, if you find the gansey wool knitted tightly hurts your hands. But you’ll want to do a guage swatch in the pattern stitch first, to make sure that the pattern shows up properly in your finer yarn. One of the things that makes the stitch patterns show up so nicely in a gansey, I think, is the tight gauge.


Lucy doesn’t care whether we watch the Superbowl or not, as long as someone is scritching her neck.


  1. Your Kinsale is just lovely. If only it were a different color so I could steal it.

  2. Looks like Lucy’s daddy has the scritch down just right!

  3. Yeeees, Troy WOULD give you a lot of time to catch up on stuff, what with it being so appallingly boring! I went to see it with the Bald Man, and slept through the middle part of it, woke up, and (soap-opera-esque) picked up the story again within about 30 seconds.
    Though those boys DID look rather cute in their leather skirts. ROTFL… irreverent little sod, aren’t I? But, I’ve always loved mythology and legend, and really didn’t like the story adjustments they made – completely unnecessary, and detrimental to the overall experience.
    Loving your spinning adventures – how’s that for an addictive hobby! Some nice stuff going on.
    X Monica

  4. Wendy,
    Kinsale is gorgeous. I love the pattern; and, as usual you are doing a fantastic job.

  5. your Kinsale is beautiful as well as your spinning! speaking of wheels, I have high hopes of getting Onslow back at the end of this week! fingers crossed!

  6. Echoing other comments already made: The Kinsale is gorgeous! I love the color, and I’m impressed that you memorized the chart. Maybe someday I will be a gifted knitter like you!
    I also understand about hibernating. Under doctor’s orders, I was confined to my bed for 4 days. I finished 2 wips (legwarmers for me, a hat for a friend) while laid up. Now I’m back to work and dreaming of the next project – a scarf for my bf. Happy knitting!

  7. Oh Carol, it’s because of the color that I want to steal it. Kinsale is just lovely.

  8. that yarn you are spinning is gorgeous, and I love the shocking pink of the coat. It will do DC some good to have color injected into the heart of town 🙂

  9. I love the roving/spun yarn, but then I love anything pink. Kinsale is really pretty but nothing compares to Miss Lucy.

  10. I have to say, the only reason to watch Troy is ATTRACTIVE MEN IN SARONGS!!!! Didn’t know that men in skirts could look so hot!

  11. Just wondering….all this talk about spinning makes me want to join in. What is the best way and what is the start up expense to do so. Thanks :)…thanks for your great site!

  12. It should be legal for a person to marry hand-spun yarn.