My current work in progress:

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



(That sound you hear is me, crashing upon re-entry to the real world.)

Today was my first day back to work after my wonderful fiber-filled weekend. All the issues and problems I was dealing with at the office did not magically disappear while I was gone. Imagine that. Reality bites. But, such is life. And it is actually not all that bad. Nothing too dire occurred while I was away. And hey! Friday is a federal holiday, so this is a three-day week.

But still. I had trouble concentrating at work this morning because I kept looking out my window to see if the body lying on the median strip was a homeless person sleeping or a dead body. I swear, the guy didn’t budge an inch for at least six hours. I finally saw him move in the late afternoon.

Ah, life in Washington.

So. Anyhow.

Last night I cast on for a Mermaid sleeve, so I’d have something a bit more portable to take for commuter knitting. Here it is:


I’ll not give you a progress pic of the body of Mermaid, because it’s not too far advanced beyond what you saw yesterday. Why? Because fired up with enthusiasm from the weekend, I actually did a little spinning yesterday.


This is a mixture of all sorts of stuff — several different wools, angora, silk — that I bought on eBay ages ago. I brought it and another pile of roving of similar composition (but in purple and brown) to the retreat for L-B and me to spin with. We spun only Black Welsh Mountain roving, though. Funny, because we both brought some fun colorful stuff with us.

We split up the rovings we brought between us, so I decided to spin up the pink stuff I brought home. I’m pretty proud of it, because the composition made it hard for me to spin. I think I did a fairly even job of it, though I did leave some slubs in it.

I am extraordinarily proud of it because it’s the best balanced yarn I’ve spun so far.


It does this beginner spinner’s heart proud. Okay — one more picture. Humor me, please!


More Knitting

I did start another project, even though I’m less than halfway through Mermaid — the Frostrosen Mittens.

One mitten is just barely started, as you can see.


I started it on Sunday morning at the retreat. The Sunday morning session was called “New Beginnings” and the idea was to cast on something new and make it something for yourself. So I figured the Frostrosen mittens would be the perfect project.

So during this session Clara suggested that as we start our new projects, it might be fun to ask invite other knitters at the retreat to knit a stitch or a few in your project. This mitten was perfect for that, as the cuff starts with garter stitch ridges — nothing too complicated as I took it around the room asking people to put in a stitch or two.

So this little mitten has the work of at least 30 amazing, talented, wonderful women in its cuff. I’m going to make this the left mitten because I am left-handed. And that way I’ll remember that this is the mitten that has all the good retreat vibes in it!

The Liam Sweater

Lelah said:
WOW- now LB is a *really* great friend. ๐Ÿ˜€ Was it a “just because” present, or for an occasion?

L-B knitted my Liam sweater for me as a gift to commemorate my book, so I could possibly wear it on a book tour. How cool is that?!

The First Rule of Knit Club

You don’t talk about knit club.

L-B and I were both very much amused by Karma’s comment:
As for this LB person, I’m beginning to think that she is your own alter-ego, sort of a Fight Club sort of thing. You two seem to be knitting the same projects quite often, and you are always sharing progress photos for “her”.

Heh! There are over 60 people who saw us both last weekend who can attest to the fact that we are two different people.

Or are we?

Lucy can tell her Momma and her Auntie L-B apart!



  1. Your spinning is beautiful!

    I laughed out loud at your reference to Knit Club… it reminded me of a movie parody I saw a while ago. You guessed it – “Knit Club”

  2. Your spinning is coming along beautifully! Slubs are not necessarily a bad thing — they really can help in the knitting sometimes, adding ‘personality’. Spinning the ‘perfect, commercial’ yarn is not necessarily a good thing!

  3. Wow, the yarn is beautiful! And that link to the video was just too funny.

  4. I can’t wait to start spinning my own yarn. Seeing it in your blog is such an inspiration. I also can’t wait for my Vinternatt kit to get here. My credit card says you’re a bad influence ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The yarn you spun is quite pretty. You knit great, you spin great, you write great…. Is there anything you’re not great at?

  6. Your DPN’s look as if they’re hollow with something inside. Am I right, or is it the sleep deprivation that’s out to get me? What brand do you use?

  7. The yarn you spun really is quite lovely. You did yourself proud!

  8. I think the spinning looks great! Did you card the different fibers before you spun them or just took random bits and added them end to end?

  9. I love the colors in your spinning. Thanks, Cyndi, for the great movie link!

  10. I know zilch about spinning, but am curious when I see the lovely stuff you produce! Have you worked yet with any non-animal fibers?

  11. And you make your spinning teacher’s heart proud to see how you have surpassed my skill in just a year! WOW!

  12. I will bear wittness to the existance of L-B as an actual seperate person from Wendy. It was great to meet both of them last weekend.

  13. Lovely yarn you have spun. What will you do with it?

    And love the mitten – can’t wait to see more of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Truth be known, Wendy has multiple alter-egos and Jayme is the one that tries to throw everyone offguard! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Your spinning is lovely and the close-up picture was a definate must. The sleeve looks good, for a sleeve. The mitten cuff is wonderful, what great memories in that one little article.

  16. That is a priceless pictures of Lucy, I swear she gets cuter every day.

    Have you ever noticed how things, such as spinning, in Blogworld seem to all come out of hiding at the same time. For instance, except for a few of the constant people who always write about spinning, I haven’t seen much talked about it in blogs, till last week when I signed up for my spinning class in january, then Bam everyone seems to be getting back on the horse. Of course maybe it’s just because I’m more interested in it now since I’ve actually signed up for a class.

    What size needles are you using on your mittens, I ordered the same pattern, but in gray and black, and I’m not sure if I’m going to use a 2 or 3, I’m curious to see what size you ended up using.

  17. Shh! L-B you weren’t supposed to tell them that!

  18. Good thing you didn’t flame out on re-entry. So easy to do.

  19. The spinning is beautiful. I really like the color!

  20. I could never let anyone else knit on one of my projects. I’ve often thought about having my daughter finish items I’m bored with, but I just can’t do it because I really want all the stitches to be mine. Guess that makes me pretty selfish. I am thinking about making an afghan with my daughter, but it will have individual blocks so she’ll knit some and I’ll knit some. I think I can handle sharing that type of project because it’s meant to be shared.