My current work in progress:

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


Tennis Anyone?

Despite the fact that I spent way too much time last night troubleshooting why the heck my home phone is not working* and not enough time knitting, I’ve made some progress on the back of the tennis sweater. See?


And a close-up:


This is a fun, easy knit, and I am a fan of the Cotton Cashmere, so we are amused. It’s quite a short sweater, so I added an inch to the length of the body before starting the armhole decreases.

The only pattern anomaly that I see so far is that there are places where you are not told to swtich back to the main color after knitting with the contrast color, but it’s pretty easy to figure out that you are supposed to. So it’s no big whoop.

Reminder: I Hate the Time Change

And from reading knitting blogs I have ascertained that I am not the only one. My usual Sunday night insomnia coupled with trying to fall asleep an hour earlier resulted in a grand total of under two hours of sleep last night. Yawn along with me, if you like.

But I did manage to change all my clocks, including the one in my car (which always requires a look in the owner’s manual to figure out exactly how), so hopefully it’s downhill from here.

Lucy is not amused that I kept her up most of the night. This is what she looks like right now.


*So why the heck is my home phone not working? Beats me. The phone company is unable to ascertain whether it’s an inside or outside problem, so I had to schedule a service call (earliest one being Thursday) and will have to be at home between 8am and 6pm for said call. Knitting time!

I very rarely use my home phone (yay cellphone!) so who knows how long it’s been out of order? The last entry on my Caller ID is March 17!

In the “Alert the Media” Department

I plan to wear Deli tomorrow. Wheee! But not with the dress I pictured earlier in the blog — that seems a little too summery for early April. I’ve got a long navy silk dress Deli will look quite nice. I’ve also got . . . um . . . pink lizard Tony Lamas.

But the mauve Justins might match Deli better.

Thanks for all the nice comments about Deli, y’all!


  1. Girls,

    I’m with you on this time change except I couldn’t sleep last night so I was up knitting longer than ususal, and now it’s starting to “kick” in. :->

    Hopefully tonight will be better for all of us who had to change time.


  2. Claudia W says:

    Wendy – it appears that you have made alot of progress on the tennis sweater – it’s looking great.

    I have to agree – I hate when we ‘spring forward’ and loose a precious hour of sleep.

    It looks like Lucy is ready for another nap. I can’t say that I blame her one bit.

  3. 2 hours?!?! How are you able to blog coherently, much less work effectively? Aaack!

  4. I’m constantly amazed at your knitting speed – the sweater is looking great.

    I’m with you on the time change – it made my whole family cranky this morning!

  5. I’m in Indiana so we don’t have to change our clocks ever. I just have to remind myself and my out-of-town family members that for part of the year we’re w/ NY time and the rest we’re with Chicago. So, now we’re on Central time. I don’t know what’s more annoying…changing my clocks twice a year or explaining to my family all the time.

    The tennis sweater looks great!

  6. Your tennis sweater is looking great!! I’m with you about the time change, I could barely look at ‘Desperate Housewives’ without yawning and having to get up at every commercial break to stay awake. Thanks to my ‘special’ partner, I did not change a clock in the whole house. Thank goodness, because that would have taken a better part of the day and no real knitting time.

  7. I HATE the phone company! They always threaten me with an $85 charge for a service call if it turns out the problem is within my building (not even my actual apartment!). Of course, last time they were sending two different phone lines to my phone. The tech figured it out without even coming to my apartment, but the customer service (hah!) rep tole me there was nothing wrong with my phone.

  8. I hate springing forward, but love falling back! It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has to check the manual to change the car clock (you only have to adjust the time twice a year… it’s easy to forget!). The tennis sweater is really lovely!

  9. I hate the time change! Hate it, hate it. Despise having to get up an hour earlier EVERY SINGLE FRIGGIN’ DAY until we go back to real time. And it’s all thanks to a bad joke that Ben Franklin made on the French people. And the cats get all wonky, too, cause their feeding “schedule” gets thrown off. (Of course, their ideal feeding schedule is every hour, on the hour, round the clock.

  10. I’m loving the colors in the tennis sweater! I was eyeing that in the VK as well… I know you will look fabulous in it!

  11. The tennis sweater looks great! I better get to work on it! Also – I don’t know if this is your pattern – but do you have a pattern in the Daily Knitting Calendar? If so, it looks great, and I look forward to trying it. Congrats on being published.

  12. pink lizard Toy Llamas? I feel I must have missed something somewhere since nobody else has commented on this perplexing and cryptic moon talk. Wha??

  13. You are flying through that tennis sweater. Which is good, because I really want to see this one done. It’s gonna be fab!

    I’m with you on the time change. ARgh. I really hate it. My whole body clock is still acting wonky. And that is why I haven’t changed the hour on my watch yet. Hee hee.

    P.S. Deli is GORGEOUS. You picked the perfect color for it, too!

  14. It’s been a long time (to me, at least) since a cowboy boot reference has appeared here. I have to ask whether you have a favorite source of cowboy boots? There’s not much available in Boston, and I find the Internet to be overwhelming when shopping for them.

  15. I love Debbie Bliss’s Cotton Cashmere for cable designs! I was playing with Rowan Cashsoft last night and it’s nearly too soft for cables. I was swatching the Broadway cable and decided it looks much better if you twist the stitches just before and after the cables.

  16. Yep, me too on the time change. Plus the kids are on spring break this week, so I don’t have to get up QUITE so early. That translates into hitting the snooze bar about 10 times too often and being late for work. Gotta get myself whipped into shape. Course, the good thing is, unlike the Harlot, I don’t have to be at home with them while they’re on spring break! I just get to come home and clean up the house.

  17. My children were on break LAST week. So in addition to the normal amount of hatred all right thinking people have for Springing Forward, they had to get up Monday after sleeping late for a week and a half. We were all hating life.

  18. Yep, I detest Spring Forward, too! I can’t figure out WHY we are still doing this?!?!

    Ah well.

    Deli is GORGEOUS!! Love it!

    And so is the tennis sweater! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Christy says:

    If your phone company is a Bell company…I am pretty sure they were sued…and now have to give you a 4-hour window if you request it. Just a Happy Tuesday, FYI.

  20. Love the little tennis sweater! Cables, cables, cables — whoo-hoo! Do you use a cable needle? I’ll bet not.

    Spring forward is a killer for us. I’m a middle aged insomniac anyway, and my younger son is one of those kids who reacts badly to any change in routine. I was zomby-ing around the house yesterday and the school called and said he was in the health room and I should come pick him up. Turns out he wasn’t sick, just in a sleep-deprived fog.

  21. I also officially hate this particular time change. I detest losing an hour. Plus, I always forget how to change the time on my stove, microwave, and car. I practically have to get out the manuals twice a year to figure it out. That’s why I love my atomic clock; never have to touch the thing.

  22. Hello Wendy!

    I’ve been lurking a bit, and enjoying your site immensely. Thank you for all the good work that you put into it, and so frequently! (I will confess that I especially like the Lucy pictures, but that might inflate her ego. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I was wondering if you’d ever tried the yarns at I’ve been bitten by the felted kitty bed bug, and I was wondering if anyone had tried to make a kitty bed from their kettle-dyed bulky merino. I have some Noro Big in a solid gray I found in a clearance bin that I was trying to spice up a bit with some color. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Web sites:

    Thanks again!

  23. So why do they make the clock inside the car so difficult to change? I’ve had Honda Civics for the last 14 years (I’m on my 4th and the husband is driving my 2nd. 3rd was totaled in a head on collision.) And I have to look in the owner’s manual *every time* that I need to change it. I’m an intelligent girl. Why can’t I figure this out?!?

  24. I’m in Indiana too and FOR NOW we don’t change the time. I love that we don’t, but a lot of people are gung-ho that we should be like everyone else and change times. There is a lot of legislative stuff going on that could put us right in the same hateful situation as the rest of you. GACK!

    Sweaters look FAB as usual. I see that your “claws” are out. ha I’ll never know how you compute and knit all day with those things, gorgeous as they are.

  25. Your tennis sweater is looking great. That pattern caught my eye, too, I may need to give it another look! And I agree about the time change–yuck! I’m almost grateful that I’ve been feeling so miserable the last couple days with my allergies–it’s made going to bed earlier easier (so that getting up at what feels like an hour early isn’t so horrible). But then, maybe that’s just me trying a little too hard to find the silver lining!

  26. I hate the time change, too- I have a kitty that wakes me up at 6 every morning to be fed wet food, but now that the time has changed, it’s 5am! Nooo! She wakes me up by using my butt as a trampoline (good thing she’s only 7 lbs!)

    I just love the tennis sweater- verrrrry cute. Reminds me of the town I grew up in (very preppy and this was in the 80s). Pink and green were so in back then, nice to see it’s still cute!

  27. Am I the only one who’s too lazy to break out the manual for the car clock? I just know that, for half the year, it’s one hour off. I’m so glad it’s back to being right!
    I love the tennis sweater. You’re so speedy, it just kills me.

  28. Wendy,

    I am right on with you on the nightowls. I am one of those who operate better at night; especially with the timezones since it’s morning over in America when it’s nightime here.

  29. Gosh I am really in the minority here… I can’t wait each spring for the time to change! No more dark at 6:30 in the evening YEAH!!! Now in October when it goes back and and is dark so early, THAT makes me cranky!

  30. Must….see……boots!!!! Pretty please???

  31. You’ve gotta take a pic of Deli (beautiful BTW)with the Tony Lamas. I was just looking at a cute pair of pink ostrich cowgirl boots on the Sheplers site (good boot source Susan) earlier today and wishing they had them in bigfoot sizes! In ref to Trista’s comment, I just got my second order from (to add to my earlier “sample sized” order so I can actually make something). Their kettle-dyed bulky looks and feels like Manos (soft and gorgeous!) so it probably felts similarly. I also got some boucle to try and can’t wait to see how it knits up.

  32. Wendy, I have *never* seen anyone cable as fast as you. Never. It is a sight to behold. Someday I must meet you and actually watch you do it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. I love the color of Deli. Hope to see it modeled with the dress and boots you wore. I too am not a fan of the time change, except for fall. I like fall back and gaining an hour. But losing an hour always throws me off. Glad the cable modem is working. Can’t stand to be without my internet access.

    I love the colors of the VK sweater. They look great, although at first I thought the colors were coral and green.

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  34. In second grade (1987), I had the most awful outfit I’ve seen since. It consisted of purple trousers (pleated-front) and a bright yellow button-down shirt with a whole bunch of big purple triangles on it, and purple plastic triangular buttons! I had my class picture taken in it that year, but it’s at my mom’s house in another state, so I can’t post it.

    Liz Claiborne apparently loved triangles because of her sorority affiliation (delta delta delta), but this is one place where I wish she had laid off!