My current work in progress:

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


Happy Birthday to Me


And Happy Birthday to all the other January 2 babies!

(Tiara courtesy of Cara — thanks, Cara!)

Stash Enhancement

About time I reported on my stash-enhancing activities of last week. The following items are ones I bought at the Yarn Lounge.


This is an alpaca/merino/soy silk blend — super bulky weight — from Alpaca Fiber Exchange, a total of 80 yards. The color is called “Toasted Begonia.”


This is merino/alpaca/silk blend — worsted weight — from Terra, a total of 300 yards. The color is called “Black Walnut.”


And this is 100% wool — about dk weight — from Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co., a total of 800 yards. The color is called “Purple Storm.”

The rest of my acquisitions are being mailed to me, so they’ll have to wait for another day.

Final Birthday Contest Winners!

I got so many entries for the final installment of my birthday contest — thanks for all your good wishes. I decided one prize wasn’t enough, so I drew five names. Here we go!

Janet D. wins the first prize, which is 5 skeins of Koigu KPPPM and a pattern to knit the Charlottes Web shawl:


Annie D. wins the second prize, which is 3 skeins of turquoise Koigu Kersti:


Anna H. wins the third prize — 2 skeins of red variegated Koigu KPPPM:


Sallee E. wins the fourth prize — 2 skeins of tan variegated Koigu KPPPM:


Cathy B. wins the fifth prize — 2 skeins of turquoise variegated Koigu KPPPM:


I’ve just emailed all the winners — send me your snail mail addresses and I’ll send your prizes out asap.

If Lucy would wake up long enough, she’d say congratulations to the winners!



  1. Happy Birthday again! What beautiful colored yarn. Lucy looks ready to party all night long.


  3. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !!!!

  4. Happy Birthday! Love the tiara on you. What a great look! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rock the tiara, doll! Happy b-day.

  6. Happy Birthday, Wendy – you look fabulous, dahling!

  7. Happy Birthday, Wendy!

  8. That black walnut looks delish.
    Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to you!

  9. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Wendy!

  10. Happy Birthday! All your new yarns are beautiful, and those prize yarns are fabulous, too.

  11. Happy 35th birthday Wendy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ May you have many happy more!

    I got the Alpaca Silk this week, THANKS! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Happy Birthday, Wendy!!!

  13. Happy Birthday fellow Jan 2-er!

  14. happy birthday, wendy!

  15. Happy Birthday!

  16. Happy Happy Birthday, Wendy!

  17. Happy Birthday, Wendy ๐Ÿ™‚ The tiara makes you equal to The King, no?

    I hope he’s taking you out for a lovely dinner – each night this week – afterall, you shouldn’t have to cook on your birthday week.

    I hope the rest of today is happy.

  18. Happy birthday and happy thoughts for 2006!

  19. Happy Birthday and Happy 2006!!!

  20. Happy, happy birthday, Wendy!!

  21. Happy Birthday to you! Lovely yarn you bought. I didn’t know Grace of Plain and Fancy Sheep and Wool Co. sold yarn at stores. Just because I know she only does 3 wool festivals a year, I never knew other places stocked it. The yarn is very nice and I love the colors she dyes. When she comes to Estes (in Colorado), I always have to buy some.

  22. Happy Happy Birthday and a Merry New Year!

  23. Happy Birthday, Wendy !!

  24. Happy Birthday to you!! Your new yarn is lovely. Especially the toasted Begonia. Have fun!

  25. Happy, happy Birthday!! You are the Queen.

  26. Happy Birthday!

  27. Wishes for a Happy Birthday to a person who really deserves to have a happy one, especially when you take time out on the special day to let us in on it! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope Lucy woke up long enough to give you some extra special purrs and snuggles!

  28. Lucy looks exactly as I did on New Years morn…

    Happy Birthday, and a Happy New Year!

  29. Happy Birthday, Wendy!!

  30. Happy Birthday!
    You should keep the tiara as a wardrobe staple!

  31. Happiest of birthdays to you.

  32. Happy Birthday, Wendy! It was my 8-year old daughter’s birthday today, too. I guess good people are born on this day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Happy b-day!

  34. WOOHOO another Capricorn. I am on the cusp but still!! Happy Birthday!!

  35. I don’t commment often, but my mom’s birthday is on the 5th and I always try to make sure to make it special and seperate it from the rest of the holidays. I hate for her birthday to get lost in holidays, even though I’m sure by now she wishes I would. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So a happy special (non holiday)Birthday wish to you Wendy.

  36. Ooooh, it’s still your birthday in my time-zone, so I’m not too late! Happy Birthday, Wendy. I’m very glad you’re here.

  37. Happy Koiguday. I mean, Birthday! Yay!!!!!!!

  38. happy birthday, knitting goddess ๐Ÿ™‚



  41. Late to the party again. ๐Ÿ™ But Happiest Birthday wishes to you from Lucky and me! Now, Lucy needs a matching tiara,don’t ya think? ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Happy Birthday BBKF!!!! That Toasted Begonia yarn is to die for!

  43. Susan Maurer says:

    You are just the sweetest! It warms my heart to see you sharing so much Koigu yarn, and on your birthday yet! I wasn’t a winner, but I’m enjoying seeing all those recipients names. Hope your birthday was happy and warm as you bathed in yarn. Thanks for such a terrific blog! Blessings on you in 2006.

  44. Happy Birthday Wendy.

  45. Happy belated birthday!

  46. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulous year.

  47. Happy birthday, Wendela! Your tiara suits you to a T!

    That Black Walnut stuff is just the bomb. Gargeous.

    And happy new year, to boot. Think of all the Koigu joy you are spreading . . .

  48. happy new year and a belated happy birthday to you. I just love that tiara pic!

  49. Better late than never? Looks like you had a fabulous birthday! Hopefully you’ll be celebrating all week. Happy Birthday and may this year be fabulous for you and Lucy!!

  50. Darn, I missed it! But I’m glad you had a good birthday, and Many Happy Returns.

  51. Darn, I missed it! But I’m glad you had a good birthday, and Many Happy Returns.

  52. Happy Birthday to you! The tiara suits you!
    Wishing you ALLLL the Best in 2006!
    The Katz Family: Daffy, Jazz&Max, and Sam
    and HunnyBunny

  53. Happy (day late) birthday, and congratulations to the winners!

  54. Happy Birthday, Wendy. Bohus is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!

  55. hay, Happy Birthday Wendy, I’ll have to tell my husband about you…my hubby is a January 2 baby.
    What a yummy gift you have.
    I made hubby peanut butter cookies over the weekend (he’s favourite)
    Cooked him an American kosher dinner on Sunday, because we were at my dad’s and hubby is American, so it was hamburgers on a ban with chips…over the weekend I want to make him a Tomale Pie, another favourite of his and for a Pressie…Star Wars III on DVD.
    Many Happy Returns and keep those needles clicking.

  56. There’s no ‘hus like Bohus for the holidays! It looks beautiful.

    Happy Birthday.

  57. yo, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! dang, guess I havent been here in a bit, or I would have seen this post already and wished you a Happy Birthday when I saw you today!!! lame lara. poo!

  58. Happy belated birthday.

    I can’t stand it, you’re an INSANELY fast knitter!!!