My current work in progress:

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


Inishmore Challenge Raffle Winners!

We have drawn the numbers, the results are in! Using a random number generator, we have selected the following winners:

Jan F. wins the copy of the book Fishermen’s Knits donated by L-B
Lolly McN. wins the Inishmore sweater donated by me
Linda F. wins the $25 Knit Happens gift certificate
Janice H. wins the ball of qivuit donated by Joanne
Julia M. wins the handpainted handspun donated by Jenny
Shirley G., Katrina T., Mary B., and Catherine K. each win a set of stitch markers, donated by Bob
Tracy H. wins 3 skeins of Holly Spring Homespun yarn, donated by Kathy
Maura P. wins the wool roving donated by Eklectika!

You can see all the prizes on the Prize page, with links to the generous people who donated them.

I’ve sent an email to the winners, to the email addresses they used when donating via Paypal, so if you think you are one of those folks listed above, check your email! The donator of your prize will be contacting you soon via that email address to arrange delivery of your prize.

L-B and I want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated. We had so much fun doing this (even though we might have whined a bit about overloaded work schedules, hand pain, and assorted other maladies) and we really appreciated and enjoyed the comments and encouragement from all of you.

The best part is that we will be sending a check within the next couple of weeks for over $3000 to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, from all of us. As I mentioned before (I think) here is the link to the list of contributors. Please check your name, and email me if you’d like it to appear differently. For example, if the Paypal account you used is in your spouse’s or a business name, and you prefer to use your own name, just let me know.

Also, if you’d like to list your contribution as being in honor of, or in memory of, an individual, let me know that as well. When emailing me, tell me the name that’s currently on the list, and the changes you’d like. Thanks!

And here’s some eye-candy: L-B’s finished Inishmore!




L-B asked me to point out that is not her husband wearing the sweater!

The Lace Goes On

But just barely. Yikes, I’ve been busy with one thing or another. Clearly, it is a bad idea for me to take a day off work (last Friday) because I return to a mountain of stuff. I’m slowly chipping away at the pile o’ work, and hope to return to “normal” knitting soon.

Here is what passes as “progress” on the shawl. But what an artisitic pose, eh?


And lookie what I got!


From the Knit Happens online store. Misti Alpaca Lace yarn. Yum.


This is to make the Tina Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting. Um . . . L-B bought the same pattern, and the same yarn (in the same color, and she bought hers first, so I am the copycat here) so we’ll be knitting it together. Are we going to race?


I’m sorry . . . what? You see something else in the bag? Oh, this:


Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. Enough for a shawl.

And when I looked at the packing slip, I noticed this at the bottom:


My Knit Happens order was packed by one of my real-life knit-buds!

I didn’t go to late night at the shop tonight. I stayed a bit late at the office. Why? To party with this lady:

Elaine Chao

This afternoon was the retirement party for the Deputy Director of our agency, who has been with the agency forever. He is well-liked and respected by all of us, and we’re very sad to see him go.

The photo above is of the Secretary of Labor, saying pretty much the same thing.


  1. L-B-your sweater looks great!-Can I now post on my blog? And congrats to all the raffle winners. This idea has generated not only a lot of money to breast cancer-but has generated a lot of warm fuzzies-feels good to contribute in some small way to the effort.

  2. Hmmm…I have some of that Alpaca laceweight yarn that I too ordered from Knit Happens. I love it~ so soft and yummy. I haven’t decided which shawl I want to use it for, but I am loving the one you linked. May have to go place an order. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Misti Alpaca is a wonderful yarn for knitting lace. If you haven’t used it before, you’ll love it.

    And thanks for the prize! I’m very excited!

  4. Annie Driscoll says:

    Congrats on a very entertaining challenge–and on the substantial donation to such a great cause. I love those stitch markers by Bob–do you happen to know if he sells them? I’ve been all over his blog several times, and I can’t see any way to contact him directly without knowing his email address. Which, as I think of it, may very well mean he does NOT want to be contacted by stitch-marker seeking hordes. Ah. I see. OK.

  5. No Lucy pic today? I’m having Lucy withdrawal symptoms.

  6. BABY ALPACA!!!! Well, enough said! Maybe there’s no need for a Lucy pic if you can pat a skein of that, although it does have the drawback of not purring. Scarey thought – purring yarn!

  7. Love Fiddlestick knitting. I am just working on the border of the Garden Shawl. Her patterns are very well written. The Tina Shawl is next on my list, but I hadn’t decided what yarn to do it in yet.

    At the risk of being a pathetic follower, maybe I’ll have to consider the Baby Alpaca.

  8. vanessa says:

    s sweater is lovely!!!!! and that alpaca/silk just shimmers ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Shelley says:

    L-B Inish looks great! Love the sheepie hanger! Congrats on your impressive and beautiful accomplishment.

  10. That sheepy hanger is SO cute….but the SWEATER…oooooo.
    Thanks, you two, for a great idea to raise money for a good cause.
    Now relax and knit some LACE.

  11. Love the sheep!!! It looks great with Inishmore–beautiful job, L-B. And no– I feel the lace shawl thing starting to tug– and the alpaca thing– oh no- this will be dangerous.

  12. Julie M. says:

    Oh my, it’s beautiful, L-B! and the hanger is priceless. Love those new lace yarns, Wendy.

  13. The enabling table has been turned on Wendy! Mwaaahaaahh! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ’twill be a lacy summer!

  14. You will love, love, LOVE the Misti alpaca. I would rather knit with this stuff than with cashmere. It’s that good. You’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Tragey B says:

    Luuuuuucy! (making kiss-kiss sound) Luuuuuuucy! Where’s Lucy?

  16. Adrianne says:

    I’ve knit two shawls with Misti Alpaca Lace and I love the stuff! It’s so easy to work with and it blocks nicely.

  17. I had fingers, toes, and just about everything else crossed to win your inishmore. congrats to all the winners. I am soooooo jealous. Thanks Wendy for sponsoring something so worthwhile and fun for armchair knitters.