My current work in progress:

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


I’m Just a Sucker for Pretty Yarn

It’s not like that’s news to anyone (least of all me).

Yesterday I spent the day at Knit Happens. (Back to work today . . . sigh.)

And some yarn insisted on coming home with me.


Ever since I first saw the Debbie Bliss Silk Alpaca in chocolate brown, I knew I had to have some. When I saw the new free pattern for Debbie Bliss Club members, I knew what the chocolate Alpaca Silk was destined to become.

While I was at the store, they got in a shipment from Alchemy yarns. The colors are incredible!


This is Synchronicity (wool/silk blend) color #36c (and it’s much brighter and prettier in person) and I do believe it will become the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I’ve loved that sweater since I got the book so now I might actually knit it. With mods, of course.

Kristine told me that there’s a shipment of Alchemy on the way to the online store as well, so check there in a couple of days if you need an Alchemy fix and you’re not in the area!

Stitch Markers

It was a very good day indeed yesterday. Lookie here!


These are Wallace, Shaun the Sheep, and Gromit stitch markers given to me by Liz — thanks, Liz!

Vårblommor Shawl

Holly tried on the shawl — doesn’t she look cute?




Phyl tried it on too — and she looks damned cute too!



An update on the fire that I blogged about Tuesday . . .

It started in a dumpster in one of the ground floor trash rooms, either arson or stupidity. I am hoping for stupidity. No major damage, but there’s a strong smell of smoke permeating all common areas (fortunately none in my condo).

I had a couple of questions about what I would do about my stash if I had to evacuate. The answer is, I wouldn’t even think about the stash. I certainly didn’t on Tuesday. In the event of an emergency I’d stuff poor Lucy in her Sherpa bag and she and I would beat a hasty retreat.

Stash is replaceable. Lucy is not!

Lucy Sez


Though Rowan Kidsilk Haze is nice,
Please keep it from the mice.
For yarn that’s chewed just can’t be knit,
It’s just a pile of sh*t.

Actually, Lucy didn’t say that. Her daddy, the King of All Remote Controls, did.

Lucy would, however, like to direct your attention to the Project KAT-rina button and link in my sidebar.

We are getting lots of information at work on ways to help with recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of Katrina, which is very much a good thing. As far as I’m concerned, for the present and for the forseeable future, I am donating matching funds to relief efforts for every yarn purchase I make.


  1. Interesting title today … “I’m Just a Sucker for Pretty Yarn” … but hey, who’s not, really? 😉

  2. For those of us not privy to the Debbie Bliss yarn club: enquiring minds would like to know WHAT is this pattern that the Silk Alpaca is destined to become? I’m sure you’ll tell us eventually but you know how we all hang on your every word. (what a bunch of minions we are.) wink

  3. Inquiring minds want to know what the alpaca silk is destined to be! I love DB Alpaca Silk. I can’t help petting it in the store and in my stash. Love the stitch markers. Too cute!

  4. Wendy, I just packed up two boxes of meds and supplies for Project Kat-rina. Thanks for posting that one.

  5. I’ve been doing the same thing with my yarn purchases. It makes me feel slightly better about indulging myself.

  6. This is my first time commenting, but I was just reading this entry and when I got to the picture my Oliver (who’s sitting on my desk next to me) started meowing and pawing at my screen.

    I think he thinks she’s hot. Think she’d be interested in an older man? He’s a redhead!

  7. Those stitch markers are so awesome! I soooooo can’t wait for the new movie!

  8. I adore those stitch markers. My son loves the shows.

  9. Wow the shawl looks fabulous and wonderfully modelled by Phyl and Holly, you get the idea of the size of the shawl.
    ‘King of All Remote Controls’, what a fantastic name for a block, what is it with men and remote controls anyway?

  10. Vårblommor looks great on both models – and is a stunner all by its lonesome. How wonderful of you to match donations… two of our friends lost everything in the hurricane, EXCEPT for their pets, a few photos, and some important papers. Like you (and I), the first thing they’d ever grab would be the pets! So I will say it for them – THANK YOU!

  11. Susan Maurer says:

    Matching funds! What a great idea! Very clever indeed. And a good excuse to buy more yarn (like one needs an excuse). But hey, victims get fed, you get yarn. Win-win! What WILL you think up next?? Have a great weekend!

  12. Ah, Alpaca Silk – it’s so pretty. I just bought a bunch of burgundy from the online store for Frieda and I just love that stuff. Chocolate sounds delish. And the Alchemy – oh so pretty. I. must. resist.

  13. Now that’s what I like to hear… the animal(s), forget the yarn! You are a true animal person.

    Lucy, you’re so lucky to have such a great person as Wendy in your life.

    You two have a great weekend.

  14. What a great idea Wendy! If we all donated as much as we spend the area would be rebuilt quickly;-)

    Every shawl you make is more beautiful than the one before!

  15. What a beautiful….beeeeuuuuuuutiifulllll shawl! I so love it. You are very talented.

    Lucy is cute too…

  16. I know what you mean about stash being replaceable. My cat is so completely stubborn when there’s a fire alarm, she runs under the bed. We’ve been working on blocking it, so there’s no place she can run under where we can’t reach. I can’t even imagine how I would feel in the event of a real fire if I had to leave her. No doubt if my boyfriend wasn’t there to force me, I probaly wouldn’t leave.

  17. Oooooooo, Ahhhhhhhhhh, ooooooooooo, ahhhhhhhh, I drool for your yarn, stitch markers and the BEAUTIFUL shawl!!!

  18. Hey Wendy! I love that chocolate yarn! And when you see Kristine next at Knit Happens, please give her a big hug from those of us who don’t live nearby!!!

  19. Chocolate yarn is as good as chocolate truffles!


  1. Cass Knits! says:

    Got that stuff done…

    a couple hours ago, at least. And, then, because I know you count on me to keep you informed (HA!), I surfed a bit. Todays news will warm your heart, make your hair stand on end, and…..whatever comes in the middle of those.