My current work in progress:

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


Have You Noticed?

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Have you noticed that there is a decided lack of spinning content here lately?

I’ve not done any spinning at all for weeks. Weeks, I tell you. It started out because of back pain, but I think I just got out of the habit of it. Maybe it’s time to get back into the habit.

But not tonight.

I went to Kristine’s surprise birthday party earlier (were you surprised K? Huh?) this evening. Here’s the only photo I took at the par-tay:


As you can see, Axel was all dressed up for his mommy’s birthday. And it’s hard to get a dog to pose when he is in the midsts of his single-minded quest for T-R-E-A-T-S.

So I arrived home later than usual, and I’m behind in all the normal evening devoirs. Including apologizing to Lucy for coming home late.


She was just chillin’ on the couch, watching tv.

Just a bit of progress on the LaLuz silk top. But no photo as I’m distracted by other things! Tune in tomorrow for that.

This yarn is lovely and soft and I do enjoy knitting it, very much. I have to be careful, however, that my nails are filed and I have no rough spots on my hands, because the yarn tends to catch on everything. I’m using Addi Turbos to knit it. I bet it would catch on wooden needles.

So . . . the Inishmore Grudge Match Challenge starts May 16. Today is April 26. I’m knitting a short-sleeve top. I’ll probably get it done a few days before the start of the Inishmore Grudge Match Challenge. Yup. Need to do some spinning to fill in the blanks. Although I do seem to be knitting the LaLuz slowly. Even though the yarn is gorgeous, plain stockinette is plain stockinette and it does bore me a bit.

The front of the sweater will be more fun, as I’m adding a lace inset at the front neck. Ooh!

More details about this top: It’s got a wee bit of shaping at the waist, and will have a round neck and short set-in sleeves. I’m putting a little lace motif of a flower at the neck in the front. Well, you’ll see when I get to it. The bottom border is seed stitch.

For summer, I don’t like clothes that are too fitted. Washington DC has more than its fair share of heat and horrific humidity in the summer, so that last thing I want is a close-fitting knit, even if it is luxurious silk.

Depending on when I finish this top, I may sneak in a tank or something small before the Inishmore Grudge Match Challenge.


  1. Ahhh. Is this the same photo of Lucy that I saw on Sunday? (saturday??) I just wondered if she has moved since then and it looks very much like the last one.
    Love all your sweaters. They are nice, attractive without being too funky. Funk is good but not everyone is into it . Can’t wait to see the LaLuz Silk Top as well as the Inishmore.
    Staying tuned,

  2. What fun it was seeing you tonight! The Lacy Cardi is even prettier in person! And the drape of the fabric! Swoon! =)

  3. The trick to getting a T-R-E-A-T-obsessed dog to pose for a photo is to make sure you have some in your non-camera holding hand. (Trust me, I know!)

  4. Wendy

    I love your cardi and admire your impromptu pattern creations. It really looks nice on you.

  5. Ann in CT says:

    Have you stopped naming your original creations? I notice the recent ones have been sort of generic and the names were always so cute.

  6. Not that I doubt your honesty whatsoever, but what would keep one from starting Inishmore a wee bit early?

  7. Yes I had noticed. But I wasn’t mentioning it because hello, not spinning either. That was FINE as long as WENDY ISN’T SPINNING EITHER. Thanks a lot. Not only that but if I took a pic of my spinning it would make people faint in narcoleptic fits because of boredom. Also, I’m thinking, does anyone give a crap about my winding of sheep hair? No. You good spinners, oh yes. I think I’ll go delete all my entries about spinning, shall I?

  8. Lucy was watching tv? What programmes are her favourite?
    I will also get bored by st stitch … but unfortunately this is the only kind of knit my husband would wear. So, not too motivated to knit for him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Hey,Lauren! Lucy and my Lucky will be monitoring the honesty factor in the Inishmore Challenge!

  10. Hi Wendy ~
    The La Luz is la lovely. I started on addi turbos but switched to addi natura because of, what else, gauge issues. You had to be super careful when moving from the cord to the needle.

    I can wait to see your latest design. A flower at the neck. La Lovely!

    I want the Big Book of Wendy Patterns!

  11. Oh YES, the big book of Wendy Patterns, PLEASE! (a section on horrific humidity and What To Wear would be MOST helpful!)
    I am AGHAST at the thought of any unsportswomanlike conduct occuring during (or BEFORE, perish the thought) the Grudge match…teehee.
    Wonder what the Vegas oddsmakers have to say….

  12. Yes, Wendy and all, I WAS surprised. I was sooo busy yesterday apparently my keen suspicion sense was turned off.

    But all, Wendy gave me the BEST GIFT! The Rebecca Cardi she knitted!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You know, the wrap one! Now all join me in saying WENDY ROCKS!!

    BTW, I love the wrap cardi so much….I may just wear it to bed!

  13. Wendy, you just helped me make a decision. I bought some yarn which is 100% bamboo fibre. It tells me it wants to be plain stocking stitch (a la Eileen Fisher sweaters.) I have been telling myself that this would be “knitting below my skill level” (taken from an earlier comment to your blog.)
    Now that you are knitting a mostly stocking stitch sweater, I hereby give myself permission to do the same. Bamboo yarn and I thank you.

  14. I LIKE knitting huge hunks of plain stocking stitch. It keeps my hands busy while I;m watching baseball on TV or keeping up a conversation, it shows off beautiful yarn without fighting for attention, and if done smoothly and evenly is not “below” anyone’s skill level.

  15. The silk would definitely catch on my hands. I swear they are so dry from all the washing.

    I can’t wait to see the top when it’s done. The yarn looks gorgeous!

  16. I’m not sure if you productivity is inspiring me or tiring me. Off to Kristine’s!!

  17. Susan Maurer says:

    I got the email from KnitHappens just this morning and had to email Kristine back to congratulate her and wish her a happy belated (typo, I first typed bleated!) birthday. Thanks for sharing her party with us Wendy. Such vicarious fun! Now…. what to buy on-line at KH…? Hmmmm…
    Incidentally, you are inspiring me Wendy. To finish what I start. I’m becoming a one (or two) project at a time girl now. Gonna get those WIPs out of the closet and finish them! (That way, I can order more yarn! Oooooohhhahahahahaha!)

  18. Karen Blome says:

    New sweater name: LuLu