My current work in progress:

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


Tuesday at Wheel Central

Well, the new baby spinning wheel seems to be settling in nicely with the big wheels.

Immediately after getting her, I did a quick practice spin, but have not played with her since. Lack of attention to the new wheel is due to back pain and spasms of epic proportions, of which I am getting heartily sick. This too shall pass and I’ll be able to give her the attention she deserves. For the brief time I’ve spent with her, she seems like a sweet little wheel that spins nicely, but I haven’t got her adjusted perfectly yet.

I do like the fact that her little head moves from side to side so that you can spin right or lefthanded and from an angle as the spirit moves you. She’s a nice quiet wheel with smooth treadling. She also folds flat so you can pop her into her carrying case in a jiffy!

I forsee years of happy spinning ahead for the two of us!

Thanks for all the entries so far in the Guess the Baby Spinning Wheel’s Name Contest. Several of you have guessed the name, but not how I am spelling it. If no one guesses the name with the exact spelling, the prize will go to the first person who submitted the correct name with an alternate spelling. Winner to be announced Thursday afternoon!

While We Are On the Subject of Spinning

Lookie here:


These are rovings I bought from Nistock Farms— clockwise from top left: Plums and Berries(Cotswold), Beneath the Waves (Cotswold), Autumn Spice(Cotswold), and Brown Sugar (lamb and alpaca).

The lovely wine roving I’m offering up as a prize in the Guess the Baby Spinning Wheel’s Name Contest is also from Nistock Farm.

I think I’m going to have to spin up the Autumn Spice very soon. That should come as no surprise to someone, for I blame her for my current obsession with the color orange.


Ummmmm . . . notice the lack of knitting content today? See “back pain and spasms of epic proportion,” above. Here’s Lucy, waiting patiently for me to return to the wheel.


It’s the Process

Hey Margene, this woman is into the ultimate process knitting! (Link pilfered from Guy at My Vedana.)

And Now For Something Completely Different


Didja know that Spongebob rode the Washington DC metro?


  1. Some days just aren’t knitting days. I hope your back gets better – back pain can just make life unpleasant. That’s some beautiful fleece you have – great colors.

  2. feel better soon! and there is something seriously wrong with disappearing yarn.

  3. Hope your back feels better soon so you can get ‘back’ to your kintting. I too suffer from back pain from time to time and have tried stretches in the morning once the pain subsides. I love the roving that you purchased. It seems that the farm is totally sold out at this time. I will try later, so I can spin some this winter. Oh yeah, what happen to FALL, it was in the 70’s today and I had on wool.

  4. I am about to dive headfirst into spinning, and am already drooling over wheels. I think the friend who is going to give me my first wheel lesson this weekend has hopes of selling me a wheel, but I am also doing a lot of window shopping. So, a question — why buy the baby? Do the three wheels I see in the picture do very different things?

  5. Spongebob gets around! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you feel better soon. Surely a little spinning, with Lucy kneading on your back, would help? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looking at all that beautiful roving makes me think I may have to take up spinning!

  6. Oh.My. If I didn’t have bags very similar to that, I might have to be very jealous. BUT you threatened to buy orange yarn — you didn’t. You went about it the hard way, I see. I mean the fun way, come to think of it.

  7. And, you know, because of THAT woman, we tried to talk someone into brown & orange variegated yarn last Friday. That woman is infectious (or infected, whichever sounds skeevier).

  8. OWIE! I hope your pain goes away soon and fully!

  9. Hope you get relief for your back soon!

  10. Feel better soon Wendy, I know those wheels are calling to you!

    BTW, you homespun is not “crappy”, it’s Pumpkin approved ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Everything I love or am knitting this year seems to have an orange or coppery undertone!

  12. Must be the season of back pain. I’m on week 4 or 5 or I just am losing count. Knitting really sets the spasms under my shoulder blades off. Keep stretching. It gives me more relief than the pain meds. Loving Mermaid and your new Jem.

  13. Hope your back feels better soon. I have some of Nistock Farms roving and its wonderful stuff. I even like the way it smells.

  14. Delurking to second Rob’s question about the multiple wheels. I’m pretty much in the same situation she is, but with the added bonus of a wheel to borrow from a totally unexpected source. (oh, and please tell Lucy she’s responsible for my cat Dougal being completely hooked on Feline Greenies. To the point where he’ll walk me downstairs to get him some)

  15. I heartily approve of the orange of which you speak.

  16. Yikes! At second glance, after seeing Sponge Bob on the Metro, it looked like a headless man in the right of the picture! I was thinking, “Boy, that Metro is weird stuff!”

  17. I can’t wait to see Mermaid! How does Lucy stay so trim? Portia is, ahem, pleasantly plump. I thought it was a breed characteristic…I guess not. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Spinning is wonderful, no? ooohhhhmmmmm…. Welcome baby Majacraft!

  18. Knitting that shows no visual progress, only passing the time? Sounds like just about every project I’ve got going . . . they never seem to move forward, no matter how much time I spend on them….

  19. That Spongebob picture is one of the most surreal I’ve seen. I’d be doing double-takes through the whole ride, thinking, “Nah, that can’t be what it looks like,” even though it most obviously is.

    Hope your back feels better soon. There are few things worse than intense back pain. ๐Ÿ™

  20. I think ”Knitwork” is more interesting.

    Hope the back improves quickly.

  21. I am sorry to hear about your back! I hope you feel better soon.

    As for the “ultimate” process knitter, even for someone like me (who is still working on Inishmore eight months after I started it because I enjoy the “process” so much ;)), that is a bit much!

  22. Welcome to the world of ORANGE! I can’t wait to see that roving spun into yarn.

  23. Disappearing yarn?! Zen doesn’t seem to fit. Maybe nightmare? Hope you feel better soon!

  24. I’m sure Lucy will help you feel better when you get home tonight!

    A funny story about mittens….After seeing your mittens recently, I ran right out and ordered the Frostrosen kit. I started the first one this weekend, and thought the wrist/cast on edge seemed a little tight. I knit on, however, for about half of the cuff fair isle pattern.

    Last night I was thinking about the mittens, and suddenly remembered that you had done a provisional cast on, then a short lining on your last pair. “DUH!”, I thought. “That’s why my edge is so tight…I was supposed to do a provisional cast on!”. I promptly ripped the mittens out this morning, so I could start over.

    I was still curious about how I missed the instructions for the provisional cast on, so I looked at the pattern again. These mittens are different than your first pair, and don’t instruct for a provisional cast on! DUH again.

    Oh well, I think they’ll be much nicer (and springier in the wrist) if I knit them the way you did your first pair….you know, the one with INSTRUCTIONS TO KNIT THEM THAT WAY. ha! ha!

    The joke is on me.

  25. Hope your back feels better. Are you icing it? 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. I know it sounds dreadful, but along with an anti-inflamitory (motrin, tylenol, asprin, etc.), it really does help.

  26. Orange is the new black.

  27. I CAN’T believe you didn’t go over to Sponge Bob and get your picture taken with him!!!!!!!! Hrmmmphfff. One of my best photos, as a ‘adult’ (whatever the hell THAT is) is with Micky Mouse. Now where did I put that photo…..?

    I can’t believe it, no Wendy and SB pic. Sign.