My current work in progress:

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


Binder Clip This

Okay, this morning Lucy was happily asleep on the couch. She had one little paw over her eyes and was completely relaxed.

Then I picked her up, stuffed her in her carrier, and took her to the vet for her annual check-up. Anyone want to imagine how un-amused she was?

Fortunately, by afternoon she had forgiven me my transgressions and consented to lie in my lap again.


And the vet gave her a clean bill of health.


Marie posted the second of her Knitcast series on the Knitcast blog this morning. Go check it out. Check it out, that is, if you wish to hear Marie’s interview with yours truly.

And thank you to those of you who have listened to it and have commented on my big news! Well, it’s big news for me, anyhow.

Productive Day

I love Monday holidays. Today, apart from tormenting poor Lucy, I plied my targhee singles, thusly:


And the beautiful rovings from yesterday? I spun some of each of them, and plied them into this:


The rovings were purchased from an eBay seller: “spinner115.” She has lovely rovings, and these were a dream to spin.

After that, I did my taxes and filed them electronically.

Then, I finished the neckband on Kinsale.


I’ve picked up the stitches for the first sleeve, and have started knitting it, just barely. I’m knitting down from the top, as I mentioned I might last week.

What? I have to go to work tomorrow? Rats.

But tomorrow night I’m teaching an “Introduction to Cable Knitting” class at Knit Happens, so that should be fun.

Speaking of Knit Happens — check out Kristine’s blog. She’s starting a knit-along for the pretty little mohair sweater in Rebecca 29 that she and I have both blogged about. I’m in, though I’ll be starting later than the March 1 start date, as I want to finish Kinsale first.


  1. A fantastic interview on KnitCast! Really really great, and what fun! So, was it funny to be interviewed? ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Knitting!

  2. I really enjoyed your KnitCast interview, and congratulations on the book. Can’t wait to have one for my very own.

  3. Lucy, I feel your pain. I hate the rectal thermometer bit. Next time let’s bite the vet. Meow.

  4. How lovely to hear your voice, Wendy! And a huge congratulations on your upcoming book! A “must have” for certain. :o)

  5. Loved your interview! Can’t wait to see your book; that is really exciting news!!

  6. I’m unable to download the interview as I don’t have the appropriate equipment — a book? Can you elaborate on the news a bit more?

  7. Karen – Find where it says “…You can find it here”, then right click on the link and select “Save Target as…” you’ll download the MP3 file. Once you’ve done that, simply double-click on it and it’ll open in whatever media player you’ve got as your default MP3 player.

  8. I always love hearing the actual voices of people who’s thoughts I’ve been reading. Now we all know you’re actually a real person, and not just some super knitting robot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Congrats about the book!

  9. Very interesting interview! I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to the follow-up.
    Thanks for a wonderful blog. Good luck on the book. I am sure it will be a best seller.

  10. Great to hear a live interview, and the new book sounds very interesting. You amaze me with your energy – knitting, spinning, blogging, working, taking pictures AND writing a book!!

  11. Very nice knitcast! The book sounds wonderful. When *did* you find the time to write it, between blogging, knitting, and spinning? I’m in awe. By the way, after you finish plying, do you set the twist? How many wraps per inch are two that you plied today?

  12. May I place an advance order, please? Congratulations, Wendy, and your voice is as lovely as your knitting!

  13. That was a super-productive Monday! Puts me to shame as I spent much of the evening sitting in front of the telly knitting. There just aren’t enough Monday holidays, agreed? =) Wonderful knitcast, by the way! Congrats!

  14. Congratulations on the book, Wendy!

    It was fun to hear your real voice after all this time of reading your blog and ‘reading/hearing’ your ‘written voice’. I was struck by how comfortable with the interview process you were…do you do a lot of public speaking? I don’t think I heard one ‘um’ or ‘uh’ from either you or Marie…

    I’m looking forward to Part II!

  15. Woot! Wendy. You rock. (Your poor hands.)

  16. Busy day! You put me to shame. And don’t you think Lucy is just biding her time? I don’t think animals forget the vet injustices that easily…..

  17. 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.

  18. I look forward to hearing your interview, Miss W. Congrats!

    I’m so glad you showed a picture of the roving you spun. It is even lovelier than I thought it would be. Nice spinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Great Knitcast! I’m looking forward to your book. What good news to start the (work)week!

  20. Could you PLEASE stop being so darn productive on your days off? It makes the rest of us look bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Loved the interview, Wendy! I’m feeling a tad prescient, since I remember I commented months ago that you could make a book out of all your Wendyknits patterns. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Congratulations! This is really wonderful. What great news.

    I also love the red roving spun up. : )

  23. Hi Wendy,

    Congrats on a great interview. Your written “personality” is articulate and clever, and your voice exudes the same warmth and humor. Further, the book is wonderful news, I will be anxiously waiting to pick it up (stitch humor). Maybe the folks at Penguin will show they love us by using a spiral binding??

    Best, Lisa

    PS A visit to the vet requires special “make up” snacks… Hope Miss Lucy got something tasty!

  24. Congrats on the book! And your handspun is amazing – I hope someday to progress to something resembling your plied loveliness (as opposed to the lumpy, twisted singles I’m producing right now.)

  25. Congrats on the book deal! I’ll look forward to seeing it on the shelf.

    As for hints, perhaps the plethora of listings for original patterns on your pattern page all with the notation “pattern will be available soon” – and all with names beginning with L. A set? But perhaps you’ve already explained why the original patterns (mostly) begin with “L,” but did so before I wandered into blogland…

    Then there’s the haircut… A publicity tour in the offing? [raises one eyebrow]

    Again congrats! May your royalties be copious and free-flowing.


  26. Marianne Frรถding says:

    Looking forward to see your new book in the store, but will it be able to buy in Sweden?
    It maybe be possible to buy from you directly with som nice word written in it?
    I wish you good selling!/remember when you read this, that I am an forigner)..//Marianne

  27. Wow Wendy! Congratulations. I have been wondering about your patterns and when you would make them available. Kinsale is really looking good and will be a wonderful sweater. You knit so fast!

  28. Congrats on the Knitcast interview and on the upcoming book – can’t wait to see it!

  29. Susan Maurer says:

    Ahhh, a book! Good to hear that! I mean, read that, because I couldn’t actually hear it in the interview. I was cut off after about a minute, but it was wonderful to hear your voice! I’ve loved your blog ever since you started it, so I’m happy to hear your voice. Btw, can you elaborate on the topic of the book, besides, knitting, I mean. Norge knitting? Inquiring minds….

  30. Love the Kinsale neckband. That is the one I used on Norfolk instead of ribbing. It worked out great. Can’t wait for your book! You are so multi-talented and prolific! Good luck.

  31. A Wendy book?! Terrific! My mother doesn’t have Internet access, and I’ve been telling her about your blog for the past year. Now she’ll be able to share in your creativity and sense of humor. Will there be any Lucy pictures in the book? I’ll have to buy several copies for all of my knitting relatives. I hope you’ll do a book signing at Knit Happens – this is great!

  32. Oh, I just adore that Kinsale neck….wow!
    By the time you have the book signing at Knit Happens, I imagine you’ll have a dozen or so new knitted garments to choose from….but this does look like a very *WRITERLY*
    sweater so far….

    Hooray for you and the BOOK!

  33. Oh, I’m SO excited about your new book! Couldn’t happen to a better person… So proud! And so proud that y’all mentioned me on the knitcast — seriously, it just made my day. ls pfj (And Digit just stepped on the keyboard, just for you.)

  34. Damn, you’re productive. I can’t get my thumb outta my ass…

  35. Your sweater looks great. I will be knitting that sweater, as soon as I finish Clapotis. What type of pattern did you use for the neck band and did you knit your sweater in the round?