My current work in progress:

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


Looks Pretty Much the Same, Doesn’t It?


Yeah, progress is just ootching along, ever so slowly.

Not helped by the fact that I spent a lot of my evening last night spinning. I’ve spun and plied about two-thirds (I think) of my Cotswold Lamb, and have 300 yards or so of yarn to show for my work.


So . . . I was looking at the photo of Kinsale and thinking that it’s longer than I’d like (I linked to the photo of Kinsale on the Virtual Yarns site last week, so if you don’t know what it looks like you can check it out there). I was toying with the idea of shortening mine, as I don’t want a tunic length sweater. I measured a sweater whose length I though would be good for Kinsale. It’s 26 inches long.

How long is Kinsale? 26 inches long. Alrighty then.

I’m guessing the model wearing it in the photo is either shorter than I, or she’s wearing the largest size, which is 28 inches long.


Lucy is unconcerned.


Lookie what I got in the mail today, sent to me by Kate, the winner of the weird spinning contest:


This is a cookbook, published in 1929, from my birthplace, Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s a compilation of prize-winning recipes sent into the local newspaper, the Worcester Evening Post. Every recipe has the name of person who sent it in, along with her address.


Okay, I just flipped it open at random and found, on page 233, a recipe that was sent in by my grandmother, Mrs. Ernest Audette. The recipe is for Mock Lobster Salad.

This is too cool for words . . .

Hey Mom. I bet you just loved Mock Lobster Salad (made with haddock) when you were a kid, huh?


Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But isn’t it nice of me to share?

This morning when I was on the train coming to work, a couple got on and sat in the seat in front of me. They immediately locked in a feverish embrace and began what I can only describe as tongue wrestling. I mean, they were literally poking at each other’s tongue — with tongues extended a remarkable length. Ew! Ew! Ew! Jeez people, do you really have to do this at 5:30am? And if you really do have to, have the decency to go to one end of the train car where you have a bit of privacy and don’t gross out the other passengers.

I felt sorry for the people who didn’t have reading material or knitting to distract them.


  1. kinsale just makes me want to go out and buy a haul of orange yarn. that is really a cool pattern too. beautiful color you’re spinnin’ there. that’s going to knit up beautifully.

  2. Wow is right about the cookbook with your grandmother’s recipe in it. What a happy coincidence- yay for grandmas!

  3. Not fair that you can look good in orange. Between you and Claudia and your orange sweaters I am completely and totally jealous! Kinsale is going to be really lovely. Someday I need to go back to my Starmore books…

  4. I love the orangey color of your Kinsale, but it wouldn’t like me. Your beautiful pinky handspun is more my color. My husband and his mother were born in Worcester, and both my MIL and FIL went to college there. I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that my MIL also has a recipe for a wicked excellent Mock Lobsta Salad.

  5. Hi! I just found your blog last week (via a comment someone posted at about knitters and cats). I love how the Kinsale is coming out (even if I’m not a fan of orange), the yarn you’re spinning is lovely, but most of all, I love how you include pictures of your cat in every post. Such a gorgeous Himalayan (?).

    – ‘Alix’ (my Internet nickname), marveling at your spinning skills, still-developing knitter, and devoted cat-mom of two pure bred Turkish Angoras who like helping mom knit and getting in her knitting progress pictures

  6. The cookbook is an amazing bit of history, esp. considering your grandmother is represented.

    People slurping at each other in public has got to be one of my all-time pet peeves. I’m not a prude but I have no interest in watching anyone do that.

  7. The disgusting factor aside, who has the energy for that kindof behavior at 5:30 am ? I mean before breakfast even? Blech!!

    The spinning is lovely, I never would have guessed it would come out as pretty as it is by looking at the roving. I’ve found that a lot with my own spinning. Some things I think will be gorgeous and then blend too much upon spinning to look muddy, and things I am skeptical about in roving that end up GORGEOUS! That pink roving is one of those, as are a number of my own skeins. I honestly think that’s a fair bit of the fun in spinning is seeing how it all “turns out” no pun intended… Ok, pun intended… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I also agree with theresa, I envy your ability to wear orange. There isn’t enough makeup in the world….

  8. Mmmmmm mock lobster! Do you think dessert was that mock apple pie made with Ritz crackers?

  9. Ick–do people not understand there is a basic code of acceptable behaviour in public?? EEEEEW!

    Oh a happier note, your spinning looks yummy!

    And I’ve never heard your Worcester accent. Is there such a thing? Kind of like a Doahchestah accent?


  10. That is the coolest thing-the cookbook. The universe is a mysterious thing, no? I’m loving the knitting too. BTW-thanks for the tips on knitting a Dale cardigan. I have received my yarn and cast on, but only for the mindless knitting of the bottom hem whilst sitting at a concert. It is waiting for me to finish the Dale baby sweater in it’s final mile. I hope to wear the sweater when I go away with dh at the end of the month. Alas, I am not the speed knitter that you and harlot are. May not happen. May die trying. Thanks again.

  11. And that’s why I prefer the metro at night to metro in the mornign. Of course, metro at night means loud drunks who occasionally become ill…

    And I don’t understand how anyone would make out at 5:30 in the morning. Just… ever.

  12. First – Kinsale is looking fabulous. I love the colour and knowing and loving Wool Cotton as I do I can imagine how well the stitch definition is showing up. It’s going to be stunning!

    Second – Who are these people on the train that are so foolish as to be caught without a book, knitting, an ipod, even a newpaper?? I feel sorry for them doubly, one for the gross out of early morning tongue dancing and two for not having the sense to never leave home without something to do!

  13. Hi Wendy,

    I love your new yarn your are spinning! I’m really in the mood to spin something light and fluffy and your roving is beautiful. I’m looked through some of your previous posts, but I can’t find if you mentioned where you purchased it. Can you please tell?? All I have to spin right now is llama, cashmere, and silk. I really want to spin something that wants to be thinker than fingering weight and is fun! Thanks, Tamara

    P.S. I think you are very lucky you get to knit on your way to work. No trains here, and everything is a long drive – I’ve thought about it, but I don’t think it would be a good idea to knit and drive.

  14. Like your knitting! And your cat’s laid back attitude. As for the gross people, they probably do it for the publicity factor. My mom, with her 7 daughters in tow, used to tell couples doing that kind of stuff “That’s how I started out.” An effective wet blanket. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Yuuuuuuccckk!!! I hope they aren’t on the same train with me when I go home.

  16. That’s really cool, discovering your grandmother’s recipe!

    Love, love, love the pink yarn. (Granted, it’s really hard to find a pink yarn I don’t like, but it happens occasionally.) I really am impressed by the ability to make yarn; I guess non-knitters are just as impressed by my ability to make sweaters/socks/hats/etc.

  17. Hi, Wendy. I just love the Cotswold lamb. Where did you get it? Colors are really nice.


  18. Hmmm, I’m not sure which grosses me out more: your tongue-wrestling story or the concept of Mock Lobster Salad. Let’s call it a tie!

    That pink roving, on the other hand, is making me drool.

  19. Hi Wendy – just wanted to give a big shoutout from Woostah!! i wasn’t born here, but have adopted it as home. my friends and I have a weekly knitting group, and are regular readers of your blog.

  20. How nifty is that, that your Grandmother’s recipe was in there!

    I’ve got a spinning question for you–what drafting method do you use? Short- or long-draw? I started about a month after you, I think, and right now I’m struggling with the long-draw method and you seem to be tearing through a lot more yarn than I am! (But then, you seem to be preternaturally fast at knitting, so why not spinning, too? I’m in awe.)

  21. So, I’m dying to know, does that cookbook also have a recipe for Mock Apple Pie made with Ritz crackers??

  22. NovaScotia says:

    I live in lobster country. I didn’t know that haddock was used as mock lobster. Monkfish tastes pretty close if you can stand to look at it.

    I love the Crew dress. I hope you will take a photo of it with the scarf.


  23. What a nice gift with a bit of your family history. Ew, is right. Glad I can drive to work and not deal with the grossness of others. Glad you have some knitting to distract. Your spinning is fabulous and Kinsale is the ‘tits’!

  24. Wendy, I think I have that cookbook somewhere!
    We New Englanders pronounce Worcester to rhyme with “vista”! Wendy’s grandmother was my mother – true, I don’t like fish! Love that sweater, tho!

  25. Inquiry minds want to know! I’m sitting here with an itchy credit card finger dying to hear your review of Knit Picks yarns. I just got the catalog, but with a 4 month old bouncing baby boy my time is not my own. So the catalog sits in the bathroom and I steal away in there to read a page or two (or three) at a time. Hubby watches baby while I’m in the potty…with that catalog he must think I have the stomach flu ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Hey Wendy! Your Grape Arbor Shawl is to die for!! Hope you will be selling that pattern sometime in the near future. Tried to find comments on this in the blog archive, but comments weren’t there anymore, so hope this isn’t terribly redundant.

    Have a great day!