My current work in progress:

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


We’re Getting There . . .

I am at the third corner of Tina’s edging, which means one more side to go — the home stretch!


In the meantime . . . stash enhancement!

At Knit Happens last night I bought a pile of Kaalund Expression mohair in the “wombat” colorway. Not exactly sure what I will use my wombat for, but in the meantime, it sure is pretty to look at!


I also purchased two more Fiddlesticks lace patterns, because Knit Happens is now carrying some of them. I got the Lacy Lattice Stole pattern:


I think this would be really pretty in Rowan Kidsilk Haze. And coincidentally, I just purchased some, off eBay.


And I got the Whisper Scarves pattern, which includes two different scarves. This:


And this:


Both of these can be made longer by adding pattern repeats.

And today, some patterns from Heirloom Knitting arrived.


And I got a pile of Cherry Tree Hill Suri Alpaca the other day (another eBay purchase):


Two colorways — Old Rose (I think it’s called) and Martha’s Vineyard.

Clearly, I’ve got a lot of lace knitting ahead of me.

And Lucy has taken up residence inside the knitting bag.


Life is good.


  1. That Suri Alpaca is gorgeous! Lucy looks so cute in that knitting bag. Our cats always like to hide in the boxes that yarn come in.

  2. Delurking to post a comment. All of that yarn looks just lovely, and I’ve got a soft spot for wombats anyway. Can’t wait to see the transformation of yarns and patterns into shawls and scarves. You’ve inspired me too – I just ordered the Creatures of the Sea kit from Fiddlesticks and will start my first lace project as soon as it arrives. Overambitious? Maybe just a tad. But all your stuff has looked so gorgeous, I had to join in somehow.

  3. OOOOOH I’m having knitter’s envy over here!! Your purchases are all divine! The yarns are fantastic (I love working with the kids mohair) and the lace scarf patterns are also just lovely. Can’t wait to see what you do with all this great yarn!

    Lucy is precious..just a gorgeous kitty.

  4. Drool. Droool. *ssssluuurp* uh, sorry! The patterns and yarns look wonderful.

  5. Wow, how do they come up with colorway names… wombat? Crazy.

  6. How cute and how wonderful! I was at my LYS tonight and carried around some Cherry Hill Tree yarns in similar colorways. Alas, some other yarns won out. My theory on Lucy’s recent attachment to said knitting bag — “take me with you mom!!!” “Pay attention to MEeeeee-owwww” Lucy’s such a sweetie!!

  7. Nancy J says:

    Wombat is gorgeous — my first thought was to make it into a scarf and, there, you bought a couple scarf patterns it would be really ‘fine’ made into! Ah-ha! Lucy in residence in knitting bag just has to be too appropos!

  8. You’re going to have so much fun with Dorothy’s patterns!

    I talked with her this afternoon, and she’s been busy keeping up with the demand for her patterns. Seems a lot of people are picking them up, thanks in part to you and others creating such a buzz on the internet!

    And the alpaca looks very drool worthy!

    Have a great long weekend!

  9. My head is spinning with all your wonderful purchases! Or….maybe it’s just envy. Perhaps! 🙂
    I can’t stop giggling about a colorway named WOMBAT! haha!

  10. Oh my! That’s some admirable stash and pattern enhancement you’ve got going on there! Lovely!

  11. Why, knit a lacy shawl that is appropriate for a wombat, of course! hehe!
    The 2 colorways fits my imagination of what the colors of secret garden (from “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, read about a decade ago) looks like. Ah, to be able to just sit and read all day, and now, knit!
    Lucy is just so adorable!

  12. Look forward to seeing what you make with the Expressions. I bought a skein last year, and it is pretty but I have not yet made anything succesfully with it. I keep frogging.

    Lucy in the bag, very cute.

  13. Brigitte says:

    Dorothy Siemens is a fabulous designer! I too am completely in love with her designs, and am currently working on her Gingko Leaf tunic.

    The Tina Shawl is going to be just beautiful when you’re done Wendy! You really do motivate me to expand my knitting knowledge!

  14. Gorgeous colorways you picked for the Suri Alpaca, enjoy them !

  15. Looks like you’ve prepared for a l-o-o-o-ng summer!

  16. Susan Maurer says:

    That suri alpaca is very drool worthy indeed! Have you knit with kid mohair before? I’m wondering if it differs much from regular mohair? I knit my mom a stole with a nice mohair yarn from Halcyon Yarns (very nice yarn), but it made somewhat of an itchy stole. It’s lovely on for a few minutes, but gets itchy really fast. Have you ever encountered that with mohair yarns? I’m wondering if kid mohair differs. The remainder of the mohair yarn I bought for the stole will probaby be combined with another yarn (doubled up) into a sweater to cut down on the itchiness factor. Have a beautiful lace-filled weekend!

  17. Such beautiful scarves and yarn! Have a wonderful 4th! Love to Lucy!

    Seriously — when you wind that silky wonderful Expressions yarn into a ball, you will need to have a friend help (or find the back of a really big chair), and be careful.
    But isn’t that yarn just something else? I have the colorway PawPaw. Mmmmmm.

  19. Bad, naughty, evil Wendy!! I am finishing a Dale sweater and need to start swatching for an Aran Class I am teaching in the beginning of August. I need to be disciplined and keep my nose to the grindstone to keep up and YOU keep waiving luscious lace in front of my nose. New scarf patterns I haven’t seen before, beautiful yarns and NOW the Legend of the Shetland Seas wrap kit I have in the stash closet is singing a seductive tune that can be heard throughout the house (only by me). You wicked girl, see what you have started! I will be strong, I will be strong…

  20. Wendy in CA says:

    Tina looks lovelier and lovelier as the days go by. Just curious: what type of needles are you using on her? They look wonderful, but I can’t tell from the photos if they’re just bamboo or something more exotic from Lantern Moon, for example.

  21. I love the yarns. But Lucy is just trying to make sure that you stay home for awhile is all.

  22. You are in for some fun lace knitting with all that beautiful yarn!!! Big thank you for the suggestion to put in MORE markers on my FBS. I cut up a soda straw into rings with slits. By placing them at the beginning of each repeat, I can at least “see” where I’m at on each pattern row. Which really makes it easy to count stitches and see where I’m at in the whole pattern row. And since I can pull them off anytime, they are easy to move around on the next pattern row if the repeat doesn’t line up with the previous. Looks like I’ll be keeping my hair instead of pulling it out!! Thanks for the tip!!