My current work in progress:

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


St. Patrick’s Day

At 5:30 this morning, four drunks got on the train, all wearing green paper top hats. That is just wrong.

Because I am knitting along on my boring stockinette, I’ll answer some questions to distract you.

The other day, Peg asked:
What is your favorite Fair Isle sweater pattern?

That’s a tough question! I don’t think I can point to one particular favorite. All my favorites are Alice Starmore designs, though. I have particular fondness for Marina, Luskentyre, and Oregon.

Lisa asked:
Have you ever met yarn you didn’t like? I have a large stash of Rowan Summer Tweed that I bought for a summer cardigan and tank, but I hate it! I forced myself to make one short-sleeve sweater and knitting with it was miserable. I can’t get gauge with the $%#$%#$ yarn–I go up a needle size, down a needle size, but it’s the same gauge continually.

Have I ever met a yarn I didn’t like? Oh yes.

I’ve never knitted with Summer Tweed, so I can’t comment on that. But a yarn I detested was Dale of Norway Svale. I bought it to make a summer sweater and ended up abandoning the project in disgust. (Long-time readers of this blog might remember that incident.) I hated the Svale, the way it felt, the way it knit, everything.

So there.

Here’s an extreme close-up of the boring stockinette.


Who Knew?

Who knew that this little sucker was so sought after?


It has recently come to my attention that pink Chibis are very much in demand. I’ve had this little fella for ages.


Lucy is still in training. She has a rigorous weekend of napping ahead of her.



  1. Remind me what the Chibi is for? Because it looks, well, obscene.

  2. Wendy,
    are the chibi needles the ones that are sligtly bend for easier sewing together of pieces?
    If so I have been looking for them for ages and do not know where to get them.
    In response to the person who said they didnt like summer tweed, I agree, its really not nice to knit with,,,,,but,,,,,
    if you really want to get rid of it, make up a poncho or shawl ( large needle very quick) and give it away fast
    I did that made a shawl last year .,,,looked up the spider rose in the Nicki Epstein book of embellishements,( original one , great book!) made one out of that,,, and the recepient of the gift (who lives in Florida ) liked it as she could wear it after beach time etc it being cotton and all, she even tossed it over a suit like a sarong,,,,,( it worked out nicely for that,)
    see if that helps
    I just didnt like it either and there arent too many yarns I meet that I dont like,,,,wish there was!!!!!!!that of course is MY problem~,

  3. How funny you don’t like Svale! I love that yarn and think it is just gorgeous. Hmmm, well, to each her own– ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. PS, if you still have it in your stash, you can unload that Svale on me any day!

  5. Rowan Summer Tweed Sucks. I made my sister a sweater of it last year and every moment was agony.

  6. I finally got my pink chibi. Stacey brought it to me all the way from Colorado. I gave my old green one to Jen, who recently lost hers in a movie set mishap…

  7. *I* would like to take a sincere stab at rigorous workweek of napping! ;-p

  8. Boring stockinette, perhaps, but at least it’s nice yarn. I acquired some of that Cashcotton last weekend, and am looking forward to making something with it. I think it’d be nice in a Lucy-type sweater, although I’m still at the point in my knitting where I’m pretty sure I need some sort of pattern. Maybe I’ll wake up in the morning and you’ll have it suddenly available? A girl can dream, can’t she? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Hi Wendy

    Stocking Stitch may be boring, but I do love the way the yarn you are using has such a beautiful sheen/texture (cant think of the right word) to it and each stitch has its own irridescence. Definitely going to be one of those boring to knit but exquisite to own items

  10. Amanda Worthington St. Clair says:

    Susie, that Chibi does not come with batteries.

    It holds needles.

    But also see this other definition of Chibi, in its more well-known context:

  11. Pink Chibi owners unite! Lucky for me my recent burglers did not realize the value of my pink Chibi case.

    Lucy, I think you’re onto something there.

  12. A few years ago I went to three yarn shops hoping to find a Chibi case that *wasn’t* pink (I’d seen the teal cases somewhere) and had to settle for the dumb pink one.

  13. Aww, I only have a teal Chibi. Sigh…

  14. Forgive my ignorance but why are pink chibis special??

    I have 4 pink ones, can I retire? ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I had no idea pink Chibis were so hard to find until I tried to get my mother in law one. She had to settle for a green one, but you can be sure I’ll be hoarding mine from now on.

  16. Oh, they were just having fun! There’s nothing wrong with that.

  17. Rename your pink chibi to “chubby” and you’ve got yourself a snazzy marital aid that has a dual purpose! sorry – never seen one of those and it just made me giggle.

  18. I hadn’t a clue that the pink Chibi was so desirable either. I’ve had mine for years too, tucked away in my knitting bag. Go know.

    Duchess, Earl and Baron say hi to Lucy.

  19. I didn’t like Svale, either but I did enjoy my Summer Tweed and it’s even better to wear.

  20. Oh NO!!!!!!!!! My pink chibi has been missing mysteriously for about a month now and I have NO IDEA where it is! I must search for it desperately today!!!

  21. Wendy,
    Many thanks for responding to my question. You are the best. Have a great weekend. Give my love to Lucy – hope she has some great naps.

  22. I have no idea what a Chibi is – and it looks like some of your other readers have dirty minds, too – except I think it looks more like a suppository than anything else! (What the heck is that thing?) ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Ingrid Clark Zavadoski says:

    I, too, have had a pink Chibi for years, but am now realizing I haven’t seen it for a while . . could there be a secret pink-Chibi thief on the loose?
    — Supicious in Wausau, WI

  24. Should we let Anne-Caroline in on the secret? The second post gives it away — the Chibi case is used for holding tapestry needles. The Chibi needle itself is gold colored and has a slightly bent, blunt end. It is perfect for doing mattress stitch seams. The Chibi case looks rather large and imposing in the photo, but is actually only a couple of inches long — large enough for the intended purpose, but certainly not big enough for much else!

  25. Mine’s green, too. I guess they must have changed the color in recent years, because mine is not very old. I bought it last year after I [thought I] lost my notions bag w/all my little doodads like tapestry needles. (Now I’ve found it.)

    Have a great weekend, Wendy!

  26. Look what you started! There a pink chibi on ebay that already has 12 bids and is up to $42!

  27. pink chibi are sought after?
    faith and begorah! i have a green one that i’ve had for probably 15 years at least!
    : )

  28. Knitterlady says:

    Found link to your blog on (fabulous shop in Cumberland, MD) and had to write in on two subjects: I, too, was unaware that the pink Chibi I’ve had for years was such a hot item. I can’t believe one is on eBay for $42!

    Second subject: Lucy looks just like my Sunny!! Birmans rule the cat world, IMHO.

    Have you worked with Manos Cotton Stria? I just finished a spring wrap (I adapted the pattern for the Shape It! Scarf in Sally Melville’s Knit Stitch book) in aqua Cotton Stria and it’s gorgeous! Comes in wonderful colors.

    Sunny sends kitty greetings to Lucy.

  29. i Wendy:

    What’s a chibi?

    it looks scary!



  1. A lovely suprise.

    Do you all remember this?

    Well, last week I received a wonderful thank you note from a couple in Florida. It seems they adopted a senior pet (dog in this case) about 2 years ago from, and the organization sent them a bed. If you remem