My current work in progress:

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


Weekend Report

A lot of fibery progress this weekend. I finished the front of Kinsale:


Tonight I’ll do a three-needle bind-off on the shoulders and then pick up the stitches for the neckband.

I also spun the second half of my Targhee roving.


I’ll probably ply it tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks plied. The singles are a bit slubby — there were lots of anomalies in the roving, but I think it might look quite nice. We’ll see!

And look at these beautiful rovings!


I’m thinking about plying the red with the variegated after spinning the singles. I think they look very nice together

About the GGH mohair . . .

Mari said:
Great minds think alike! I also want to knit that lovely green wrap sweater. But did you buy exactly the same yarns as in the mag? My monitor’s colors must really be off, because it looks greyish, not green. To make matters worse, at www., the shade card no 76 is grayish, not a light green as no 54.. I wonder if there’s something wrong with the pattern?

I bought color #76, which is the color used for the sweater in the magazine. Some of the confusion might stem from the fact that I lightened the magazine photo a bit, to show the sweater detail better.

And then, the color in my photo of the yarn is a bit off. I have a hard time getting good color representation, particularly when I take photos at night (which I often do, being at work all day). The flash distorts the colors somewhat, and if I take a pnoto without the flash, the slow shutter speed makes it difficult not to move the camera and get a blurry photo.

Here’s a photo of the yarn, taken under my Ott light. It’s pretty accurate on my monitor.


And it looks pretty much the same as the photo from last Thursday.


Rebekah asked:
Does your kitty let you kiss her belly? Well if you want to kiss her belly. I just think belly fur is so inviting, it seems so warm and snuggly. Yes I’m odd.

I guess that makes me odd too, because I am particularly fond of warm kitty belly fur. And lucky for me, Lucy does seem to like having her belly kissed. Unless she is in a playful mood — then I’m likely to get swatted by one of her chubby paws.



  1. Oh gosh, that roving is just absolutely beautiful. Just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year!

  2. Wendy that Kinsale is going to be gorgeous! I have you to thank for my checking (and I am going to have to buy it!) Alice Starmore’s The Celtic Collection out of the library. She has so many beautiful patterns!

  3. For Carolyn in England.
    Grits are what the French call Polenta, consumed in the USA usually in the morning with sugar and butter.

  4. I’m a fluffy kitty belly sniffer, too. Lucky for me Muffin tolerates it well. She LOVES to have her tummy rubbed!

  5. Hi Wendy! I love to kiss fluffy belly fur, also! Oh, I’ve got a picture of a Kitty Pi I made for my foster, Robin:

    She absolutely loves it. I took her home to socialize her and to get her to be less scared, and it’s been working well- though when she feel overwhelmed she runs to her Pi! She also takes all her naps in it. I made her a blanket with scraps of my handspun, too:

    (I still had to weave in the ends when this photo was taken, though I’m sure Robin wouldn’t have minded if I had left them dangling, the naughty kitty!)

    So, thanks again for the great pattern!! It’s made a scared kitty more secure.

  6. I’m all for tummyrubbing, although I don’t think my cat would like me kissing her belly. I’d likely get a scratched nose for my efforts.

    That roving is beautiful, and should ply together marvellously. I look forward to seeing the finished results!

  7. Geez, you didn’t have to go to all that trouble Wendy! *blush*

    But thanks! I’m going to have to order the yarn from Germany as there are no GGH distributors in Finland, so your reply really helps ease my mind.

    happy knitting & spinning -I’m in awe of your skills!

  8. Oh oh oh! Please, ply that red and variegated together. I can’t wait to see how it’ll come out. The colors are simply fabulous!

    P.S. I gotta batch of GGH yarn and the Rebecca mag headin’ my way from Deutschland. This looks like a good issue. I can’t wait to get it!

  9. Kinsale turns out great. And I cannot woit to see the reds spun and knit. I just love red.
    Have you ever used the handspindle again?

  10. I just listened to KnitCast 02 and I’d like to say congratulations on the book, can’t wait to have it in my hands.

  11. How can kitty belly be anything but wonderful? The Great Calvin had a real NEED to snuzzle Hobbes’ belly fur. Of course, as I recall, he got shredded for it, but Miss Lucy would never do such a thing to her mommy.

  12. Yea! A book, a book! Congratulations, Wendy. I can’t wait to see it! :)))

  13. Wendy, you’re a star !!!! I just heard your interview on Knitcast – great fun to hear the voice that belongs to the blog. I’m curious : was the interview done via phone or did you actually meet in person or via some wonderful high-tech way ?

  14. Penguin Rules! And they have excellent taste in authors! 🙂

  15. CONCRATULATIONS on the book! However did you manage to keep it to yourself so long?
    Nice interview.

  16. Kinsale is looking gorgeous! Oh, and that beautiful roving!!! Where did you purchase it if you don’t mind my asking? I love it!

  17. Just to speak up for Lucy (and all other cats), I am sure that she will tell you that her paws are not chubby but very muscular. The fur makes them look chubby. And ocngradulations on the book!

  18. Do you need to use binder clips to finish off that three needle bind-off?

  19. Hi Wendy,

    I always enjoy reading your blog so much! I have a quick question if you have a chance. I’m working on one of the fairisle coats from Norsk Strikkedesign, and it uses shaped sleeve caps that require decreases of more than one stitch worked on either side of a steek. I saw that you made a pullover out of the book and was wondering how you dealt with this. I’m thinking of just extending the width of my steek to cover the stitches I’m supposed to bind off, then cutting around the shape of the sleeve cap.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have!

  20. Kinsale is looking good Wendy! Mmmm, mango…

  21. My kitties like having their tummies rubbed, though I haven’t gotten close enough to nuzzle. When they were babies, though, I did like to pretend to bite their little feet… They were so little!

  22. That’s a particularly fetching photo of Ms. Lucy! Kinsale is going quickly; it’ll be fun to see it finished.

  23. Hi,

    I tried to leave a comment on Rowena’s blog concerning her fair isle problem, but I am not sure if it worked. Sorry, Wendy, for using your comments to leave this comment for Rowena.

    I cannot see any problem with adding the bind-off stitches to the steek, machine-stitch them and then cut them along with the rest of the steek. Actually, I think that is how factory-manufactured sleeves are made like.
    However, I have a second idea. Instead of doing extra stitches, you break of the yarn and join in the yarn at the beginning of the row. At the end of the row you knit the decrease stitches loosely, than you break off the yarn, turn the knitting, bind off the stitches by passing s over. Turn again and join the yarn on the right side at the beginning of the row.

  24. wendy, congrats on the interview & book! any chance that a transcript of the interview (or summary or somesuch) will be available for those of us who can’t hear?