My current work in progress:

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



As of this moment, no one has guessed the computer’s name. But I want to thank you for all the guesses and nice comments! You guys have some great ideas for names. But none of them happen to be the right name.

However, Della would have been a cool name for her.

But . . . I think you need another hint or two.

It’s not the name of a flower, nor does it have the syllable “Del” in it.

It is not a common American name, rather, it is a Northern European one.

I was actually going to give that hint yesterday but was convinced by someone ::cough::Ian::cough:: not to, as said someone ::cough::Ian::cough:: thought it would make it too easy.

If you would like to guess again (or for the first time, if you haven’t yet), send your guess to my blog contest email address. Please don’t leave it in the comments.

First person to guess correctly wins a fabulous yarn surprise!

Update: Several of you have guessed correctly! The first person to get it right has been notified. Thanks for playing — I’ll post the winning response tomorrow.

Tennis Sweater

Still happily knitting along on the second sleeve. I do believe I’m going to end up with a fair amount of the main color left over — two full skeins, it looks like, so if you are someone knitting this sweater who had slightly less yarn than the pattern called for, you should be okay. I made the body an inch longer, and am still coming in under the recommended amount. Neato, huh?


It’s Q&A Day!

Leigh asked:
I am doing a baby outfit with a bit of fair isle. Here is my question: how “twisted” is the new color supposed to be? I have a feeling I am twisting the new with the old too much.

Ah, the age-old question. To twist (or weave) or to float. Long-time Wendyknits reader will know that I prefer floats to weaves in my fair isles. However, Leigh mentions in her question that she’s making a baby outift. When I am knitting for a baby or a child, I will weave my yarns, because there’s less chance of little fingers getting caught in the floats on the wrong side.

How much weaving is too much? Isn’t there a method (Philosopher’s Wool, perhaps) that advocates twisting the yarns on every stitch or two? Anyone with experience in this want to weigh in with a comment?

Just So You Know What I Put Up With at Work

This is the remains of one of my coworkers’ afternoon snack.


His comment as I was taking the photo: “Well you could at least tell them it was from several people.”

Not on your life! Full disclosure!

Lucy Sez:

Why, yes, I am cross-eyed!



  1. What about Drew? Dru?

  2. Before reading today’s post, I was so sure you named him Delbert!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. OK, I was going to guess Moishe–definitely not northern European. Eric, then?

    (The only proper moniker for a machine is EPICAC.)

  4. OMG! That pic of Lucy had me ROTFL!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Wendy! I’ve used the Philosopher’s Wool method of weaving every stitch, which makes a nice smooth fabric on the inside as well as out. They have both a book and a video that explain how to do it two-handed. I liked the video a lot, although I also got the book later for the patterns.

  6. The Philosopher’s Wool website also has a free online video tutorial on the basic technique. A google search will find their site quite easily.

  7. Haha.. that photo of Lucy is great ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the photos of her.

  8. Beware of Dell. Had them crap out on me on an extended warranty. Said I hadn’t one, papers said I did. Still a dispute two+ years later. Keep a copy of all the paperwork, SSN & fingerprints of all Dell employees you deal with, DNA samples if you can get them. Good luck. Happy knitting.

  9. Ann at Philosopher’s Wool recommends twisting if you have more than three consecutive stitches in one color. It’s worked ok for me… For baby stuff, depending on things like yarn and needle size, I’d make it every 2, I think… *waves* ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I always wanted to ask that about Miss Lucy, but felt it was not proper to ask a lady that question.

    We love ya Miss Lucy~

  11. GASP…Lucccy is hypnotizing me!!! must get a kitten, must get a kitten…argh…allergies be durned…kitten..

  12. Is that a constant look for Lucy? Or only once in a while? Sometimes I feel as if I look cross-eyed after a long day at work.

    Similarly, does your co-worker snack like that on a daily basis? Or is it only once in a while?

  13. Lucy is still the cutest feline on the internet!

  14. I use the PW method for two-color knitting. I weave every third stitch if there are floats longer than 3 stitches wide. Works great!

  15. that cat is too funny:D
    I want a cat sooo badly, but I already have a dog and don’t know how they’re going to get along.

  16. I saw a photo of Lucy Liu (sp?) on the internet the other day and cracked up. Your Lucy really DOES look like her. Especially in that latest picture.

  17. THAT is a great photo of Lucy! I love your tennis sweater, especially the colors! I’m a slow knitter so I’m going to put that one on my list and maybe work on it in 4 years.

  18. I like the look of your new computer! Mine is being made as we speak, should be here by next week. This time no 13 year old boy will be using mine to search for video game cheats — that’s why the old one is all messed up. I’m interested to see what you named yours after all. Maybe mine will be Delilah.

    Miss Lucy is gorgeous as always!

  19. I really love that tennis sweater. The colors are awesome. Looking forward to seeing it done!

  20. that is a GREAT photograph.

  21. I love Wendy Knits, I must tell you, and my next project is two felted cat beds, from your pattern.
    And, I heard you on the radio, on line. Great.
    I was wondering if you have any tips with respect to how to knit so quickly. It seems like you have a fairly normal life–you sleep, have cats, etc. You spend alot of time knitting, but not 20 hours a day. So, you knit very quickly. When I knit very quickly, I get alot of mistakes. I find if I knit slower, I don’t have to concentrate so much. If I knit fast without concentrating, I get mistakes.
    Any hints you can give me? I would like to finish things faster.
    Thanks alot. You are a great inspiration
    to us all!!
    Cathy W