My current work in progress:

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


Stash Enhancement

L-B paid a visit to Holly Spring Homespun on Friday and boy, did I ever luck out! Because look at what she sent me!


This is alpaca laceweight, 1200 yards, hand-dyed by Kathy, owner of Holly Spring Homespun. It’s even more beautiful in person!

It’s not yet available on the Holly Spring website (and I understand that Kathy is on vacation this week), but look for it soon.


And this is her hand-dyed superwash merino dk — 230 yards per skein. One skein makes a pair of socks using the Simply Socks pattern Kathy has for sale.

L-B got me two skeins, so I’m thinking a long cosy scarf.

Oh, I do so love new yarn! I am going to need to knit up that laceweight alpaca soon!

More Needle Talk

Lorraine asked:
How is the cord on the Inox circular? It looks like the stiffer type. Does it impede your knitting or do you have some secret trick to straighten stubborn circulars?

It’s actually pretty flexible. No problems. As for tips for straightening out stubborn circulars, try steam — boil water and hold the cord of the circular in the steam from the water. Some people say to actually boil the needle in water. I understand you can microwave circs to straighten them out, but I’ve never tried it. Don’t try it on a metal needle!

Kelly said:
I’ve been using Pony circulars all this while. Is Aero better?

I confess to never having tried a Pony circular. I heard several negative reviews of them shortly after they came out, so have never sought them out. But I think I should — in the interests of scientific experimentation, you know.

Also in the interests of scientific experimentation I ought to try the Country Crock Cinnamon spread that Heather mentioned in the comments. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ll spare you a photo of Inky Dinky. Look at yesterday’s photo and picture it a bit longer.

Five Things I Miss From My Childhood

(Swiped from La who swiped it from Margene)

1. Going “up to camp.” My maternal grandmother owned a summer house on a lake (a reservoir, really) near the town of Spencer, Massachusetts. We’d go there in the summer and we always called it going “up to camp.” (I dunno, is that expression a New England thing, or did we make it up?) That place was always simply “camp” to us. Picture a house on a small cove in the lake, so that in late summer there’d be a small beach. My brother and I spent days fishing, feeding ducks, hunting for wild blueberries, rowing the ancient rowboat out to the island, chasing chipmunks, collecting pinecones . . . well, you get the idea.

Camp was sold ages ago so it is but a memory now. The movie “On Golden Pond” makes me homesick for camp.

2. Watching “The Wizard of Oz” on tv with my brother. It was an event: we’d count down to it, my mom would make us popcorn, and we always suffered great anxiety over whether Dorothy would escape from the wicked witch. Though we knew darn well that she did.

3. Pinner. When I was a child we lived for several years in the U.K., specifically in the village of Pinner, northwest of London. We lived close enough so that we kids could walk in to the village center, we played in the beautiful park, and caught tadpoles in the River Pinn.

4. Hot buttered cinnamon toast. YUM.

5. The Easter Bunny. He used to show up every year, showering us with chocolate and small toys. I wonder what the heck happened to him?

Lucy wishes he would visit just one more time . . .



  1. “Camp” is what they call cabins in the Northeast. You didn’t make it up. Here’s a really famous camp in the Adirondacks. It’s more like a camp-mansion.
    Great job on the lace projects.

  2. Well, out of the five things that you miss, you can still make hot buttered cinnamon toast. Unless, of course, it has to be made by someone else. That might make a bit tricky.

    I’m in awe of your lace projects. They’re so beautiful! But I know they would drive me stark raving mad if I attempted them, given that I have serious problems knitting a pattern that is described as “moderately engaging.”

  3. Nice acquisitions there Wendy!

    I tried Pony Pearl circs at knitting group once and they were ok. Decent points and light. The best part is the built in row counter. Worth a looksee!

    Told ya about the Aeros and the Inox ๐Ÿ™‚

    Pumpkin’s lonely, tell Lucy to come for a visit!

  4. Toast again, eh? What’s with the toast, I wonder?

    Hot buttered cinnamon toast was always a favorite of mine, too. Sometimes I’d just get a nice spreading of butter melted on there, and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar ever so lightly over the whole surface so it would only just kiss the tongue when you ate it.

    Sometimes, I’d put a generous amount of butter, and cover the whole thing thickly with cinnamon sugar until the butter had soaked up as much of it as it could.


  5. Hi:

    I’m not a lace knitter but it seems that lace yarn has many many yards to a skein. Will that one purpleish skien make one of your beatiful shawls? I just love Lucy. I have three cats one older lady and two babies and feel the need for more. I guess that brings me to the question are cats like potato chips, can’t have just one?

  6. Thanks anyway, Wendy!
    In the interest of science, I checked out their site and was buried under an avalanche of knitting pins and accessories. As far as I know, I got the Pony aluminium circulars, but that doesn’t do much for a review. I guess I will be purchasing a pair (or two) when I next drop by the store….for scientific experimentation. ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. Couldn’t find the AERO site. Sorry. ๐Ÿ™

  8. Cheryl F. says:

    Aaah, The Wizard of Oz! What memories that brings back. It was always shown on a Sunday night and we’d go to my godfather’s tavern (bar-which was closed on Sundays) and watch it there (because of course, they had a big COLOR TV!!) Thanks for that flashback!!

    Cheryl in GA (formerly AL)

  9. Don’t put anything with lots of sts on your experimental Pony ride. They are such a pain to knit with (the join is evil), you will be (or at least I was) crying uncle after 10 sts.

  10. Oooh! We did your #2, too. Wait, that sounded wrong. But we did! With popcorn even. I also remember Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” every year. When I was 4 I thought my dad looked just like “Prince Charming” and I went up to him after Cinderella was over and announced “Daddy, you are my Pastrami!” At my wedding, the father/daughter dance was done to the instrumental version of “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” from R & H’s Cinderella, and I dedicated it to “My Pastrami”. Dad and I BOTH had tears in our eyes.

  11. Mary Martin in Peter Pan, too. We had a playhouse in the backyard, we used to pretend it was the little house that Peter and the Lost Boys built for Wendy.

    Cinderella, absolutely, with Leslie Ann Warren looking magical. Her princess dress with that full tulle skirt and all the gathers and everything was, in my young mind, what every fairy-tale princess looked like. The earlier Julie Andrews version was amazing for its time, but not nearly as magical. And the later Disney version tried so hard for ethnic diversity that it distracted from just enjoying the performances. I actually loved Brandi as Cinderella – she has the right ethereal beauty for the part, and Bernadette Peters was okay as the Wicked Stepmom. But adding in “Falling in Love” served only to let Bernadette show off her singing, not to enhance the story.

    (Mind you, I love Bernadette Peters! But this production was about Cinderella, not her.)

    We had an odd cycle of a few years when I was growing up in Syracuse where The Wizard of Oz always seemed to be on TV the same night that the Harlem Globetrotters came to town to perform. We always stayed home for the Wizard, of course.

    These shows are among my most cherished childhood memories. It feels good to think about them. I may need to pull out the tapes and DVDs and watch them again…

  12. I do miss playing with my brother!! We used to look for crayfish in the creek, and swing on vines from trees.
    I guess I am among the few….I don’t like “The Wizard of Oz” and never have! I would make myself busy elsewhere in the house while my kids watched.
    Those colorways are so pretty!
    I am a big fan of my Denise Needles. It’s too bad they are unable to make them smaller than #5. Otherwise, I pretty much only use my Denise needles. Unless of course, I have too many projects on the needles at once!

  13. #5 really took me back. My sister and I always stayed up and watched it when it came on TV every year.We ate popcorn and drank rootbeer. We usually watched it in my parents room so they could watch something else. It was an event every year.


    Oh and I stil eat hot buttered cinnamon toast (and peanut butter and honey sandwiches) from time to time. I’m a grown up,no one can stop me ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I, too, am from the Northeast, and my family has a camp in the Adirondacks (Lake George). It wasn’t until I left the area that I realized other people thought I was talking about a whole compound, as in a kids’ summer camp!

    My husband, whose family is from farther upstate than mine, also uses “camp” to refer to a very rustic cabin on the St. Lawrence River, so I guess it’s a northern thing.

    And someone mentioned the Harlem Globetrotters–I have very fond memories of watching and laughing in front of the TV for those games.

    And I even watched the Harlem Globetrotters/Scooby Doo cartoon! Those were the good ol’ days!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.


  15. I%n the interest of scientific experimentation… class elite yarns lists a “susanne’s” rosewood and ebony needles on their site. I have not ever seen them anywhere for sale and wonder if they are the H&S needles you mentioned at the beginning of the needle quest under a us distributor name? Unfortunately there is no picture for comparison of jons etc.

  16. “Up to camp” sounds New England to me ‘though I’m not sure why… We spent summers going “down the beach.” Sounds like the starting point is somewhere on the beach, and you’re going to the other end, right? But no – “going down the beach” was New England for “going to the beach,” and “See you down the beach” was “See you at the beach.” Homesick now!!

  17. The Easter Bunny is one of the best reasons to hang around with kids. You get to play with their toys and steal from their Easter and Halloween candy. It’s why I had mine in the first place.

    I sometimes wish that the Wizard of Oz was such an event to my kids. We loved it! My big sister still says she’ll get the flying monkeys after me if I don’t listen to her.

  18. Now you’ve added cinnamon to the toast…I’m telling you it’s brandied honey, that’s the best!
    Lucy does the best cheese cake.

  19. In Louisiana, they call a weekend house a “camp house”; it could be on a lake or pond or bayou, or just out in the woods. I’m not a native of that state, just lived there for six years. So I guess it’s not just a northeast phrase.

  20. OMG, I so remember watching the Wizard of Oz every year (no VCRs of course). It was the one time my mother would buy Jiffy-Pop popcorn and we always ate pizza in front of the TV; a definite no-no the rest of the year. too funny.

  21. I lived in Pinner very briefly when I studied in London several years ago. I miss England.

  22. I love cinnamin buttered toast! Although I do add a fair share of sugar to the mix. And really, when isn’t toast good?

  23. Beautiful yarn, Wendy. Your inky-dink spider stole brings up a question (at least to me): how do you go about deciding when a multi-colored yarn will work for lace-work – or even aran/cable work? Some multi-color yarns are so distracting they take away from all the fancy stitches…. but not so with your stole. Do you have some criteria such as gradual color changes or colors that last at least so many inches before changes?

  24. Kathy in San Jose says:

    …I’m heading for the toaster!

  25. We still stay at “camp” on a lake in Maine. I just can’t think of it as a “summer cottage” because, well, it’s camp.

  26. Catherine says:

    “Up camp” was the way I knew it growing up in NH, and the un-grammaticality of that expression annoyed my Maine mum no end. But her family all refer to their vacation cottages as camps, too!


  1. It’s meme time!

    Remember when NadaJ tagged me for the Idiosyncrasies meme? I joked that I don’t have any idiosyncrasies and didn’t get around to cooperating with the tagation (probably not a real word, no) until just now. Can I count my inability