My current work in progress:

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


Hoggett Roving!


Lovely, ain’t it? This hoggett roving was a gift from L-B, a hand-dyed Lincoln/Dorset mix. The color is a beautiful deep teal, not unlike the color of the Mediterranean Sea. L-B said she got it at Earthsong Fibers.

Of course I had to start spinning it immediately.


Yesterday afternoon TCM showed Casablanca, immediately followed by the original King Kong. And then at night, The Country Girl. All great movies to knit and spin by.

So, I did get a little bit done on the Bohus. A bit of progress on the sleeve, see?


I’m not sure why it is that I can’t settle down to some serious knitting since I’ve got the time, but I don’t seem able to. No matter, I’m just going through a bit of knitting malaise right now.

Lucy, however, is spending her time doing some serious relaxing.


What’s the best way to combat knitting malaise? A knitting road trip! I’m off early tomorrow morning for a quick trip south for a couple of days, so hopefully much knitting will be done. I’ll be doing a Richmond yarn crawl tomorrow afternoon, then spending most of Thursday at Holly Spring Homespun. Can’t wait!

The blog will likely be back on Thursday night or Friday morning. See you then!


  1. Have a wonderful trip. You’ll be refreshed and revived when you get home. Does Lucy get to go or does she stay with friends? The roving and the handspun are gorgeous – what a pretty color. And despite your so-called “lack of progress”, the sleeve looks great.

  2. Hope to be able to get to Holly Spring on Thursday, too! Jane

  3. have fun!

  4. What better to do when on vacation and between holidays than fiber crawls!!! Know you’ll have much fun! Love the teal/azure blue — now, that’s a favorite colorway of mine!

  5. Oooh, a road trip! Have a blast!

  6. Gorgeous rovings and hand-spun. Teal is my all-time favorite. My sister-in-law makes fun of me for always gravitating to the teal yarns. No matter — they make me happy. Lovely job!

    Regarding the malaise, I’ll bet your brain is just fried on stockinette. You’ll get re-juiced at all our LYS’s. I hope to make it out to HSH on Thursday to say hello to you and the Bohus, but it is iffy. In any case, have a wonderful time and enjoy — we’ve got some great shops in and around town! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. kelly in new mexico says:

    since seeing the fiber you spin into yarn I have become quite interested in spinning. I have what may seem a stupid question, where do you get the roving? Do you order it or what?

  8. Aww, Richmond! The ladies at the Knitting Basket are the ones that taught me how to knit and got me addicted to expensive fibers! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy that yarn crawl! Also, the Bohus is looking so wonderful!

  9. A beautiful color combined with beautiful spinning. Just gorgeous!
    Enjoy yourself on your trip!

  10. Hey,Jane! It would be great to see you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. The malaise is normal, me thinks. When you have extra time you think of other things to do. When you have other things to do, you think of knitting. Enjoy your trip!!

  12. hoggitt…reminds me of Hoggle! Okay bad 80s reference! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday…and happy new year!

  13. Have a great trip– see you next year!!

    I’m working on a sweater, and I am on the last sleeve. Then I have to re-work the bottom to make it longer (just an extra couple rows w/ a cable). Then the button band. Then I’ll be done. But I’m dragging! It’ll be really cute when it’s done, and it’s on sz 11 needles, but I’m just in no rush. I guess all my fervent holiday socknitting got to me after all.

  14. Knitting malaise – I think it’s really after-holiday-malaise. You know, the getting-ready-rushing-around-whew!-it’s-over-malaise. I and some of my friends are feeling it too. My way to combat it is to just knit little things, like socks or whatever, until the feeling goes away & I feel more like getting back into the swing of bigger things. Enjoy the road trip!

  15. Whenever the knitting muses desert me, I resort to buying up all the books and magazines on the subject that I can afford. The fever returns! Can’t wait to be inspired by yours!!

  16. The color of that roving/handspun is just delicious! I have a (sadly store-bought) sweater in that color, and I just love it.

    Enjoy your yarn crawl!

  17. Have a great trip/yarn crawl! When you get back, can I ask for some technical specs of your niddy noddys please? What’s the length of the first one, and how much bigger is the second? Any other major differences?

  18. Hey Wendy – only just noticed that you have a book coming out next year. Congratualations and also hope you had a great trip. Annie

  19. I’m suffering from knitting malaise, too. I get it every winter; must be the holidays.

    Margaritas are a good cure, I’ve noticed. And cookies, too ๐Ÿ™‚


  20. Hmmmmmm….on my monitor, the roving color seems to match the color of Lucy’s eyes in the photo at right. Maybe that’s why you so love it!


  21. Hoggett ?? That makes me think of one of my favorite movies, “Babe”.

  22. I keep watching the Bohus progress and am amazed. It’s really lovely.

    I too watched “King Kong” and knitted! That TCM, it’s so great. Little thin on the silents, but sadly, I can’t knit during silents anyway. They just require a whole different kind of attention. Hard to knit during Gene Kelly movies or the Marx Bros., too, although I managed to get a lot done on a bag while watching “Singin’ in the Rain” yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And heaven help me if I try to knit during a movie with subtitles!