My current work in progress:

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


Beware the Ides of March

The Ides of March will make you go all wonky, ya know?

Case in point: I was knitting along on Mel’s second sleeve when I suddenly decided I didn’t want to work on it now, and threw it aside.

Instead, I cast on for “Deli,” from the Rowan magazine Classic Cafe. I’m using the new CashCotton DK yarn in color #605, which they call Magenta but I think is Raspberry.


The recommended needle size is a US 6, but I went down to a 5 to get gauge.

The yarn is quite nice. Very pleasant to knit. Its composition: 35% Cotton, 25% Polyamide, 18% Angora, 13% Viscose, and 9% Cashmere. A DK weight, and has 142 yards per 50 gram skein.

Because Phyllis Asked

1. Do you knit continental or English? It’s more continental than anything but the bottom line is that my knitting style is just plain weird. But it works for me!

2. How long ago did you learn to knit? Ages ago. When I was a tiny tot.

3. First FO? Apart the requisite knitted squares? I started a raglan pullover in worsted weight yarn when I was 8 or 9 and finished it when I was 13 or 14.

4. Favorite yarn? I don’t have any one favorite — but give me silk or cashmere, please!

5. Favorite pattern? It’s hard to pick a favorite, but right up there is Alice Starmore’s Inishmore.

6. Favorite pattern source? Alice Starmore!

7. Favorite needles? Holtz & Stein ebony circulars

8. Nicest thing you’ve ever knit? It’s hard to picky any one thing when you’ve been knitting as long as I have.

9. Most hated project? I can’t think of anything I hated. Not right now, anyway.

10. Who are you going to pass this on to? Whomever wishes to answer it.

Lucy’s Training Schedule

Lucy is still in training for the Kitty Sleeping Olympics. Sometimes her Daddy helps her to train.


Hair Update

I sucked it up this afternoon and went to get my hair colored. What is not always evident in photos is that my hair has this odd two-toned effect because it lightens in the sun. However, it does not lighten evenly, hence the patchwork effect. And it also lightens to an unattractive shade of yellow.

So I went to Celadon Spa, so Garland could work his magic on the hair color.

And happily, I happened to run into Rossana outside Celadon, and she gave me a hug that conveyed good hair vibes!

The official photo in the bathroom mirror:


I only wish I could blow dry my hair like Garland can. I would be fabulous, dahling.

Speaking of Fabulous

I have a wonderful neighbor. Why do I say that? Because when I came home from work today, these were waiting for me, from her.


Just because I did something thoughtful for her over the weekend.


  1. > 1. Do you knit continental or English? It’s more continental than anything but the bottom line is that my knitting style is just plain weird. But it works for me!

    I found out talking to another knitter that I knit in a hybrid of continental and English (I throw the yarn from my left hand) and also knit backwards. So vive la weird!

  2. LOVE the hair dahling!
    What a wonderful neighbor you have!
    Great answers, thanks for doing as I ask. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Holtz & Stein ebony circulars? They simply sound heavenly!

  3. You added sparkle to my day, too, Wendy! I can’t wait to see the new color in person. It looks very pretty in the blog photo, but I’ll bet the shades of color come off very nicely in natural lighting. YAY for good neighbors! OK, I’m off to brush my teeth (I know you REALLY wanted to know that!).

  4. Is it just me, or does Lucy’s tail look exceedingly long in today’s photo? Don’t misunderstand – she always looks beautiful! Just thought she might have gotten tail extensions at the spa today!

  5. Love the hair color; beautiful bouquet! Enjoy both ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Gorgeous hair! And is Lucy’s tail really as big as she is?

  7. I was going to say the same thing as Lydia & Janet. It seems like Lucy’s tail is about twice as long as her body! Does she have extensions? Has she taken a note from Patons recent yarn “Bling Bling”? Will we see her with her “nails did” anytime soon? ๐Ÿ™‚

    The hair looks lover-ly! *mwah*

    Bob in Cincy

  8. your hair looks Fabulous, and I love the stylish photo shoot…teehee.
    Will Lucy have one of those Dale Olympic Sleeping sweaters
    designed especially for her?
    and, um….Ebony circulars?
    ACK! You Enabler, you!

  9. Your hair looks very pretty…and ya know what I just thought of? If we meer mortals had someone to do our hair every day, like the folks on the telly, we would all give them a run for the money in the glam dept.
    Don’t ya think?

    Spring flowers are the best!

  10. Love the new do! Everyone who has curls wishes for straight hair and visa vera. Mine is so straight and here you are having yours blown out straight. But we both look good and that’s the main thing, eh? Good hair karma indeed!

  11. A Liam sighting! Three cheers for neighbors who look out for each other! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You look loverly. All I could think of while I read your blog today is: Spring is coming! Spring is coming! The color of your new WIP, the beautiful color and cut of your hair and the color of the flowers.

    Question: what is your favorite Fair Isle sweater pattern?

    Many thanks

  13. Susan Maurer says:

    Angora and cashmere blended with the cotton? Ach, be still my beating heart! Shame on you, Wendy! Now *that’s* a cotton I gotta try. And drats, now it looks like I’m gonna have to get Rowan’s Classic Cafe, too! That looks like one cardigan I would actually wear. Can’t wait to watch your progress with it! Ciao, Bella! You and Lucy both look mah-veh-lous!

  14. Ooo, you bad ass knitter, you. Just flinging aside a WIP at the drop of a needle! Deli looks, well, downright yummy. I wonder if Calmer would also give gauge for it?

    And another WOW for Lucy’s tail. I hadn’t noticed it until other commenters mentioned it. It must have been the angle or something — it’s supernaturally long looking!

  15. ooh… your hair looks lovely in that picture.

    Love that’s a great colour. Are you finding much shedding with the DK? I’ve got the sticky tape beside me to pick all the angora off me when I’m done.

  16. your hair is great — I like it long. You are the second person who has mentioned Holtz & Stein ebony needles as your favorite (the other is Elsebeth Lavold (took a class from her last year). after an exhaustive search on-line last year, I came up with nada. Can you name the source you purchased the needles? Or did you have a knitting buddy pick them up in Germany?
    thanks for blogging & sharing.