My current work in progress:

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


“M” Day

It’s all Mermaid all the time here at WendyKnits.

I estimate that I’ve got about two evenings worth of knitting left on the body of Mermaid. And I just went past the halfway point on the first sleeve in my commuter knitting.


So, the end is in sight. It’s pretty far down the road, but it is in sight.

Esther asked:
Would you do another one of Hanne Falkenberg’s designs?

A picture is worth a thousand words.


That’s Falkenberg’s “Ballerina” in the black and tan colorway.

I’ve not touched the Frostrosen mitten since Sunday before last. I’ve been tempted a few times, but have stood firm. I know if I get into mitten knitten I’ll want to abandon Mermaid altogether.

I have, however, allowed myself to do some spinning.


Speaking of spinning, check out this cozy family group:


Notice anything new? Hmmmmmm?

That’s a bouncing baby Majacraft Gem, which just arrived today. Isn’t she cute?


In celebration of the new baby wheel . . . a contest!

Guess the New Spinning Wheel’s Name

She’s got a name, but I ain’t telling what it is. Can you guess?

Send an email to The Official WendyKnits Contest Email Address by 5:00pm EST on Thursday, November 17 with your guess for the name. One entry per person, and only entries sent to that email address will be entered in the contest.

First person who guesses correctly wins. If no one guesses the exact name, I’ll select the guess that comes closest.

If the winner is a spinner, said winner will receive this:


4 ounces of yummy wool roving dyed a rich wine color.

Not a spinner? Then the lucky winner will get some of my crappy handspun:


This is a 2 ounce skein of my handspun wool, approximately sport weight. Enough for a small pair of mittens or a pair of fingerless mitts.

So . . . send those guesses in . . . to The Official WendyKnits Contest Email Address!


  1. It’s a first, I’m the first to comment. I should go play the lottery.

  2. Ummm… the email link doesn’t work for me. Am I broken?

  3. Stephanie – The e-mail links both work for me, but they use JavaScript to protect the address from spammers. If you don’t have JavaScript enabled, that could very well be the problem.

  4. Wow, three spinning wheels, beautiful yarn and amazing knitting talent… here come those feelings of inadequacy again! You rock!

  5. Ummm. . . Jenny? : ) hee hee

  6. Ummm…I know nothing abut spinning wheels but she looks like a Mathilda to me.

    BTW – your homespun doen’t look crappy!!

  7. Crappy handspun? That looks better than anything I ever managed to make during my short journey into spinning. I was pathetic, but then I had to give the drop spindle back, so I was put out of my misery. 😉

  8. Cute new wheel! How’s the takeup compared to your other wheels?

  9. I made Ballerina last winter. I always feel elegant when I wear it. I suspect you’ll find it’s a lot like Mermaid to make, only more so. Mine is in the black & green colorway. If I had to do it again, I’d make the smaller size.

  10. The new wheel is adorable–I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I came *this close* to choosing a Gem myself instead of the Lendrum I did buy. Nice, happy little spinning family you’ve got there!

  11. Susan Maurer says:

    How neat(-o) to see that you bought Ballerina. I wondered if you had seen that design because it reminds me of Mermaid. It will be interesting to notice the differences as you knit Ballerina. Cute new wheel. It’s nice for wheels to have company. But my favorite is the red one. That’s absolutely striking!

  12. Just, wow, I’m really jealous of your wheels. The yarn you’ve spun up on your Lendrum looks heavenly.

  13. I think the new wheel looks like “Magic,” (and your handspun looks beautiful to me!).

  14. Hi Wendy,
    Gorgeous, gorgeous Mermaid! It will be a wardrobe staple for sure.
    As for guessing a name–I keep thinking of Baby Luv. Or Chloe? You can ding me for guessing twice, and just use the first.
    And as a longtime spinner, may I say your handspun looks great–balanced and even. Is it fair to the rest of us that you can do so much so well????

  15. I just took a look at your Vårblommor Shawl. I must make it, it is so beautiful. When and in what form will the pattern be available?

    Such beautiful knitting!


  16. Unfortunately, the e-mail link doesn’t work unless you install a client mail program like Outlook on your computer. I don’t use a mail program like that, and for anyone who doesn’t, they won’t be able to use any of the mail links on your blog now. 🙁