My current work in progress:

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


Qiviut. It’s Not Just For Breakfast Anymore.

Don’t get me wrong.


There’s nothing wrong with the Poor Little Qiviut Scarf. It is actually quite lovely. Qiviut is the most glorious fiber it has ever been my privilege to fling a needle into. This particular qiviut is as glorious as any other qiviut it has been my great good fortune to fondle.

So why do I keep dumping this scarf in favor of other projects?

Good question.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am a one-at-a-time knitter. I am not happy with more than one project on the needles at any time. The only exception is if I’m knitting something that’s impractical to take as commuter knitting. Then a small project is acceptable.

I made the mistake of starting this scarf at the same time as a sweater. So I dumped the scarf for the sweater. (Size does matter, you know.)

Scarf is currently about 54 inches long. I’m thinking it will be done at 72 inches. Or when I’m out of yarn. I do plan to knit until I run out of yarn, and I’ve already cut the fringe. When I finish this poor little thing, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief!

That is, of course, if I don’t dump it in favor of another project.

Speaking of Another Project . . .

I got my mitten kit in the mail today, from Nordic Fiber Arts. Just in time for Sandy’s Warm Hands Mitten-Along!

Here’s the pattern:


And the yarn — natural and forest green:


Will I be faithful to the qiviut scarf? Will I cast on for a mitten? Tune in tomorrow!

Speaking of Sandy

Here is the sky at 4pm today. Forbidding, no?


More Ugg

I really liked the readers’ suggestion that one could knit another pair of booties switching the two shades of Berocco Suede. As you use less for the soles of the booties, there’s probably enough of that yarn to knit the tops of two more booties. Brilliant idea! Assuming I had any plans to knit another pair.

There was another question about the pattern — did I encountered any difficulties or make any changes? No, and no. At least I don’t think I made any changes. Sometimes I don’t pay particularly close attention to patterns, so if there was an error, I might not have noticed it.

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the King of All Remote Controls’ birthday! Yay! Yay! Happy Birthday, oh King of All Remote Controls! And he just got himself a new blog. If you are so inclined, head on over there and leave him a happy birthday comment!

And Finally . . .

Lucy is in good voice! She’s been practicing her song all day!


Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Daddy who give me treats, brushes me, and throws paper balls for me,
Happy Birthday to you!

I tried to get her to do a little Happy Birthday dance, but she refused to put on the tap shoes. Sheesh.


  1. Please Wendy, tell us all how to be one at a time knitters~ I have more things going and I’m running out of needles!


  2. Maybe not brekky, but it’s taken on the life of the between project manager! I’m gonna bet on mittens tonight! And Lucy might do a birthday dance for greenies!

  3. I forgot…..

    Lucy, that is great singing. Are you available for parties?


  4. I used a lace scarf as knitting therapy when the second of the fair isle mittens I just knit wasn’t starting well at all. But you’re an old hat at fair isle, so you probably won’t have that problem.

    I say knit the mittens as soon as possible. I’ve been looking at those patterns for a long time, and would love to see one of them knit up. Also, let us know what you think of the yarn. I hope to order some kits from them in the future.

  5. I think your next book should be all about Lucy and her adventures. There will be a second book right?

  6. Aaarghhh, thats MY yarn!!

    I used to work at the design office of the Rauma factory for more than 8 years. It’s situated only 1 hour from where I live, and they still make the most lovely yarn and patterns (even if I left them).

    I’m meeting up with some of the Rauma staff next monday, for a local S’nB ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy the small piece of Norway you’ve got there!

  7. speaking of greenies, my free sample has yet to come; so, broke down and went to PETCO where they can be had in all their 6-7 flavor glory – brought them home, the big one (Teddy Bear the largest of all purebred Siberians that are in existence) loveloveloved them – she hefted most of her 22+ lbs to beg for more – the little one (Nikita aka Kiki the destroyer) could have cared less –
    these were the chicken flavor – maybe I should try another flave for the Kikster?

  8. Wow, that is one heck of a shot of Lucy! I can only imagine how many tries that took. Happy Birthday to the KOARC!!

  9. martha in mobile says:

    What impeccable oral hygiene! Those mittens look good, too…

  10. Just call me four-at-one-blow-Anita, or five, or however many I don’t want to piece together once I have knitted them! Why is the thrill gone once the knitting of the piece is finished?

    I’ve been too busy to read your blog for a few doays, so I didn’t get a chance to say “Yay! Your book is for sale at!” I will be FORCED to buy a second knitting book to make the super saver shipping! (Yay again!) Oh, and “Yay for you!”

  11. I used to be a one at a time knitter. Used to be. Really. I was, for a couple years. Then… someone who shall remain nameless corrupted me. Horribly. However, I have to admit what I keep on needles is one bigger project, and several socks. I’m so guilty about socks… I just cast on for another pair tonight!

  12. You post things like that mitten kit just to see what type of foolish lemmings we really are, don’t you? Well, it’s not going to work this time. Ha! I’ve got too damned much Xmess knitting to follow you down this slippery Nordic mitten slope.

    So do you think it would offend the king to be referred to as Mr. Wendy? Because I think that’s the true test of a man.

  13. I love those mittens. Is a colour phase coming on?

    The most difficult things to keep focus on knitting are scarves, especially long one in dark colours. Does matter how lovely the fibre is, one just wants to stop at about 12 inches.

  14. Lucy looked like she put a lot of effort in her singing, but I bet not as much as her mommy did in getting her picture!

    Can’t wait to see the Little Quviut Scarf getting modelled. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. That is one HELLUVA picture of Lucy. You know, cats are so fuzzy and cute, and then they yawn and you see this mouth full of pointy stuff, and it sort of hits you that this is a predator with a capital ROWR …

  16. I’d say – bet you cast on the mittens and leave quivit to languish in the wings… however, you are quite capable of being contrary and finishing the quivit in one sitting AND starting the mitten.

  17. I love to knit Norwegian mittens. They are so quick and fun to knit!

    Good luck.

  18. And then there’s this matter of a Mermaid-in-progess…

  19. Love the yawn-y Lucy! I love Norwegian mittens (have never knit a pair myself though, but have enough books on mittens), so looking forward to your progress shots.

  20. Yay, you’re going to knit my mittens, the T-for-Tamara mittens! ๐Ÿ™‚ Those are on my list too.

  21. I hate to be the voice of reason, but someone has to say it. You have to finish the scarf before you start the mittens. You know you’ll be pissed at yourself if you start those mittens before you finish the scarf. Can you live with the constant guilt of neglecting the scarf? I don’t think so. We one project knitters can’t handle guilt, that’s why we’re one project knitters ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovily mittens and yarn though. The motivation to start them will make the scarf fly. You’ll be finished before the end of the week!

  22. Igor, if he were here, would be mighty impressed.

    Come up to Boston for your book tour, K?

  23. Maybe if you knit her tiny “Lucy colorway” Uggs with tiny sequinned taps on the soles…..

  24. Lucy has more talent that most of the rest of us;-)

  25. OMG! What a picture of Lucy! *laugh*

  26. ok- glad to hear the quivit is beautiful……i always get hung up on a project for someone else- usually with a deadline— then my personal knit goodies have to wait- even if i do love them… though- i do hav a ball of 100% cashmere that i’m just petting without casting on— maybe i’m afraid i’ll wreck it? not sure- but now will have to try the quivit- thnx wendy!;)

  27. My, what big teeth you have Miss Lucy…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I second the comment re: birthday shoes. Lucy doesn’t want stinkin’ tap shoes, she wants “match-me” Uggs!

  29. That sky is downright scary.
    And you with a link to mittens I had never heard of. Shame keeping it to yourself!
    Pardon me while I do some shopping!

  30. LUCY!! So cute!!