My current work in progress:

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


Knit for the Cure

Wow. I mean, WOW. I can’t believe the response we’ve gotten so far on our Inishmore Challenge Raffle. You guys are beyond awesome.

I’m keeping track of the total donated over in the sidebar, on the right. I plan to update at least daily, so check back often to see how generous y’all are.

And don’t forget to print out the receipt that Paypal sends you so you have a record of your contribution when tax time next rolls around.

I will post the list of contributors, with our thanks, at the end of the challenge but here is an interim thanks: THANK YOU!

Now, I noticed that L-B is shameless in campaigning for your votes. She even had her cat, Lucky, post a plea for votes in my comments. Da noive!

Well, we’ll just see who is laughing when the challenge is done.

mbd asked in the comments:
One other question about the Wendy – L-B contest: is it just about who finishes Inishmore first or about who knits it fastest? In other words: do you both keep real, close track of hours knitted? Or is it just who has the most knitting time, whether time is due to insomnia or other reasons?

It would be really cool if we could keep track of actual knitting time, but that is beyond my mathematical ability. (I can’t speak for L-B.)

So it’s really about who finishes first. But I think we are pretty evenly matched on how much spare time we have. We both have full-time jobs. L-B has a bit more freedom about coming and going and lunch hours than I do, I think, but I have commuter knitting on the train, which she doesn’t.

I briefly considered taking the second half of May off from work, but abandoned that idea. It shows poor sportswomanship and, more to the point, I’m sure my boss wouldn’t approve it. But I am taking Friday May 27 off from work, and so is L-B.

See how scrupulously fair we are?

And as L-B said: “May the best insomniac win.”

Some of you may not have noticed that the lovely Kristine donated a third prize: a $25 gift certificate to her Nirvana for Knitters: Knit Happens. I updated yesterday’s blog entry to reflect that, but wanted to point it out in case you missed it.

Speaking of Knit Happens, I plan to be there on Wednesday evening, May 18th, working feverishly on Inishmore. If you are in the area and voting for me, stop by to cheer me on. If you are in the area and voting for L-B, stop by to try to distract me. (Hint: Valrhona dark chocolate is a very big distraction.)

Are You Sick of Hearing About MDS&W Yet?

Too bad.

I finally got around to photographing my purchases. Here’s what I got:

1000 yards of approximately fingering weight handspun mohair in lime green. This I could not resist. I’m thinking a Kermit the Frog shawl.


1100 yards of a wool/mohair/silk blend from Firesong Fibers — worsted weight. Is this not cool yarn? Lolly was with me when I picked it out and she said “This might be your best purchase of the day!” I have to agree with her. I’m itching to swatch! I think it’s going to make a fabulous knitted fabric. I’m thinking a pullover of some sort.


1000 yards of a wool/mohair blend from Tintagel Farm. Thinking shawl here.


Approximately 12 ounces of wool/mohair roving, also from Tintagel Farm. How could I resist this colorway?


And the Cormo. My god, the Cormo!

This is almost 1500 yards of laceweight natural Cormo. Destined to become something lacy.


This is 270 yards of handpainted handspun Cormo. Scarf or hat, perhaps?


And this is 510 yards of Cormo/silk blend. YUM.


There was one other pile of yarn that I sent off as a gift for a friend, and I’ve already forgotten what it was.


Today was my lunchtime knitting group, and we sat outside because the weather was so pretty. I got a bit more done on the Mahi-Mahi tank.


I really need to suck it up and just finish it already.

The Great Communicator

I loved reading the comments in yesterday’s entry about Lucy’s communication attempts with the positioning of her toys. When I came home today I saw this:


Isn’t she clever? It did surprise me, because she usually does not touch my yarn.



  1. Warn us next time! Almost spit up coffee all over my keyboard when I scrolled to Lucy’s secret message!

  2. Claudia W says:

    Oh my God!!! How funny!!! I can’t stop laughing!!

    Lucy – you are too cute!! Wendy – too funny!!

    I love the Mahi-Mahi tank. Great color choice. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  3. Oooooh! Artful conversation with yarn…. veddy interesting ….

    Perhaps Lucy is trying to talk to you the way aliens communicate with crop circles.

    P.S. I am having yarn envy right now from your entry!!

  4. Question about the lime green mohair: whose booth did you get it from? I was at the festival and fondled a 1000-yard skein of lime green mohair at the Barefoot Spinner’s booth. It was lovely. Wondering if that’s the one you bought. In any case, can’t wait to see it knitted up.

  5. No wonder there wasn’t any cormo left (teehee)
    when I got to the booth.
    That Lucy is a riot!
    Off to make my contribution…what a Wonderful Idea!
    The poodles send smoochies….

  6. Nice yarn porn Wendy!! Oooo, aaaah, pretty…
    Can’t wait for the insane contest to begin– perhaps you can have Kristine (as the impartial third party) fire a starting pistol?

  7. Wow! That’s a pretty impressive total you’ve got going already. I lost my aunt to breast cancer 5 years ago, so I think it’s wonderful you came up with this idea!

  8. Lucy doesn’t seem to be messing around anymore! (my yarn spelled out a mother’s day message to make up for a late card!) I hope the “message” was followed up on…

    when you buy yarn for a top or sweater do you buy a certain standard ammout if you don’t have a set project in mind? I know it must depend on the fiber weight and such, but do you have safe “ammounts” that you try and buy?

  9. If you can, PLEASE bring the Cormo tomorrow night. I want to grope it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Somehow I missed it….

  10. Ditto on the “can’t stop laughing”!!! The talents of Ms. Lucy never cease to amaze me!!!

    I am wondering, Wendy, if you use the “cables without a cable needle” technique when creating such beauties as the Inishmore? That would certainly increase the speed!

  11. Oh man…that lime green yarn from Barefoot Spinner is totally sweet! I’m just now swatching with the other stuff from them that I hip-checked you to get at. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do so love me some nice soft mohair, don’t you? So, one last thing: is it rude to run a little side bet on the Wendy-L.B. Inish-Off? I’m planning on giving pretty good odds in your favor ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Sorry L-B!)

  12. Oh that brilliant little Lucy! And that Cormo is definitely so divine! I didn’t get any this year, but will make a point to nab some at MSW 2006!

  13. ROFLMAO re Lucy’s toys. I’m still trying to figure out why my cat collects shiny things…

  14. That Lucy is one smart kitty!
    The yarn is lovely yarn!

  15. One of my cats (Zoe)is a yarn stealer – pictures on my blog entry for yesterday prove it. She is so brazen she will jump in my knitting bag and try to take off with the ball I am using. We had an incident last night that involved scratches (me) and yarn tangled all over the place. I was trying to hang on to my knitting with one hand, untangle her with the other hand – it wasn’t pretty. The worst part is that she shows absolutely no remorse.

  16. ok – a little off subject, but a few months ago you spun up some lovely wensleydale fleece. i have somewhere in the neighborhood of 400-500 yards of wensleydale singles, but i can’t think of anything to knit up. any suggestions? i’m not sure what wensleydale lends itself to.

  17. Uh, I hope you fed Lucy her favorite cat food after getting that message! I’d worry that if she’s not catered to the next word you’ll see spelled out will be “REVOLUTION.”

  18. Wendy – did you see this?

    You are apparently the most popular knitting blogger out there! Congrats!

  19. Lucy is too smart and cute! Thanks for the chuckle.

  20. I love, love the tintagel wool/mohair. The colors are divine. Lucy is just brilliant. You better watch out, I see some serious scheming!

  21. Lucy always amazes me with her intellect. I have Cormoenvy.

  22. Wendy, what I’d like to know is are you planning to begin casting on at 12:01 a.m. Monday??

  23. I must have gotten to Firesong Fibers after you did. Because there were only two hanks of the wool/mohair/silk blend worsted left! It’s some of the loveliest yarn I’ve ever felt. Anyway, I bought the larger one for a lovely scarf for next winter. I’ll have to be quicker next time!