My current work in progress:

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


April Showers Bring May Flowers?

That’s what they tell me, anyhow. Today was a gloomy, cloudy, day, but we’ve gotten so little precipitation here so far this year that I was hoping for rain. But by the time I got home — blue skies.

There is a tornado warning in effect for this area though. C’mon — send rain, not tornados!

Annette asked a couple of questions:
What’s your favorite sock yarn?
Any hints on how to avoid leaving a hole when doing wraps?

I don’t really have a favorite sock yarn. I tend to like yarns that have some percentage of nylon mixed in, versus 100% wool, because I think the socks with the nylon will last a bit longer.

About holes and short rows, check out this blog entry from last month.

Laughingrat asked:
Last weekend I tried a bunch of toe-up cast ons, occasionally working from the Knitty article you did. The one I haven’t tried yet is the short-row toe. How do you feel that works for, say, self-striping yarn? Do the short rows mess with the stripe pattern too much, or is the effect so slight as to be barely noticeable?

Check out the blog entry referenced above. There’s some photographic proof of what short-row toes and heels do in self-striping yarn.

ASC Aran

I finished the back of the All Seasons Cotton aran.


And started the front.


So far, this has been a pleasure to knit. All Seasons Cotton has enough microfiber in it to make it pleasant to knit . . . unlike pure cotton, which I almost never enjoy.

Thanks for all the kind comments on the handspun. I bought that roving last may at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, from Tintagel Farm. I started spinning it right away, then abandoned it for months. Then I plied the first two ounces in January, and started spinning the remainder. And abandoned it for months.

So I sucked it up and finished it last weekend and am very happy I did. I like the resulting yarn very much and I have no excuse for taking so long to spin it.

It’s possibly the best spinning I’ve done to date — pretty darn even and just about fingering weight. I really ought to spin more often to get more practice in. But I need more hours in the day.


Lucy Sez


What does she keep in this damned drawer, anyway?


  1. Well, what IS in the drawer?

  2. I think Lucy secretly gets in there when you’re at work and just plays at being inept when you’re watching. It’s part of the whole movement for cats to rule the world. The aran looks great, and the spinning, well, it’s just fabulous.

  3. Wendy, I don’t know if you mind people leaving links in your comments, but Sarah at (the now sadly defunct) Knitwerk pulled together a handy list of short row links and tutorials available on the web. Since you seem to be fielding a lit of short row questions lately, I thought it might be useful for your readers:

  4. Annette says:

    Thanks, Wendy. I “knew” I had read that somewhere lately, heh. I’m knitting Fortissima on 0’s for my first pair, also started another on 1’s with Baby Cashmerino. The 0’s take forever. But these socks are great for portable projects! And your pattern is easy to memorize.

  5. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous handspun!

  6. Come on, Lucy, get the drawer open so we can all see!

  7. The aran is beautiful! I love that color. And Lucy, oh so curious!

  8. oooooo, that handspun is GORGEOUS!
    these tornado watches, meh,

  9. Spinning and knitting are what we do for enjoyment. If we want to move on, that’s our perogative.

    If a darling other gets puncture marks do to the fact that your home is a gauntlet of unfinished objects, well their perogative is to make us/buy us some ceder lined closets isn’t it?

    The homespun is such a pretty colour, how can you stand to wait to cast on with it?

  10. I also used your Knitty tutorial to try out toe-up cast-ons recently, and I really like the Figure 8 cast-on — I love that there’s no waste yarn to mess with! But how do you decide how many stitches to start with using the Figure 8? Since you used 8 per needle for 16 total and ended up with 48 stitches, I guessed that you cast on 1/3 of the desired total, split between the two needles. But since that was totally a guess — how do *you* figure the number to cast-on?

    Simon and Harley say hi to Lucy – Simon could help her open that drawer!

  11. Belated congrats on your 4th Happy BlogDay! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years…Seems like yesterday you were just getting started and I was FAR too intimidated to actually speak to you via a comment!

    Love the pattern on the cotton aran – very nice stitch pattern with the cables. Nice proportions between the two, also.

    Time to quit gritting my teeth and go watch the FL-UCLA game…being a Gator fan is too nerve-wracking to work on my Mendocino at the same time. I bet Wendy could do it, tho!

  12. My kitty is sure that any closed drawer is the one hiding the kitty treats.

    The yarn is gorgeous, my favorite colorway.

  13. I never get tired of seeing what Lucy is up to.

    My cat Jamie accidently opened a kitchen drawer once – stood up, grabbed the handle, then started backing up. We’ve never been able to get him to do it again.

  14. Ann Carpenter says:

    What an adorable Lucy! Has she figured out how to get into the drawer yet or has she figured out how to get into it and now is figuring out how to close it!? Kitties are clever beasts, ask me how I know. At the moment I have six inside and a couple dozen outside, and I do mean dozens. I’m going to try your toe up sock. I like it, I like it! And your spinning is luscious too. Best of spring wishes with the tornadoes from Tornado Alley.
    Ann in Dallas

  15. Suzanne says:

    The yarn that you spun looks wonderful. I would love to try spinning some day, but like you, I find there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit in all of the fiber-related pursuits in which I want to engage! Your yarn is an inspiration, though.

  16. When I looked at your lovely green cotton Aran a question came to mind. When you are doing a large project like that and you look back to find a hole or mistake, how willing are you to go back and frog it?

  17. Yep, our Roosevelt (he’s a ragdoll too) is a stinker like that – we’ll be just waking up and hear that “thub-thub-thub….thub-thub-thub” sound of a nosy kitty trying to get into one of any number of cupboards.

  18. heh Oh that Lucy. Too cute. I’m glad to see the good report on All Seasons Cotton – I’m getting ready to make a sweater with it and was hoping that it wasn’t yuck to feel in your hands for an entire sweater. I guess that kind of thing varies from person to person though.

  19. Tornado?!? Yikes – the idea scares the bejesus out of me. I’ll take a blizzard any day.

    Lucy! What is in the drawer?

  20. Call me weird, but it actually makes me happy to see that we’re knitting seed stitch at the same time. It’s like an overseas knit together. Hee!

  21. I’ll happily send you all the rain I can muster, if you can hunt up those extra hours and send some my way. I think instead of springing forward and falling back with the stupid DST, we should get an extra hour both times. Yeah, the seasons will be totally screwed up, but oh! An extra hour!

  22. Lucy makes me laugh!! My cats do that too!! I can’t leave anything open . . . not even an inch! Especially if it has yarn in it.