My current work in progress:

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


New Spinning Toy

Rossana was right — my new spinning toy is a Woolee Winder.

Psst! Rossana! Would it kill you to post to your blog? ๐Ÿ˜‰


I’d been wondering about the Woolee Winder and when Ann got one for her birthday a little while back, I was able to get a firsthand opnion of it. So I ordered it a couple of weeks ago and it arrived last week.

It works great, and I love it. It really is amazing the difference it makes not having to stop and move the little pinchie thingie on the Lendrum to wind the yarn on the bobbin evenly. The Woolee Winder does that for you, smoothly and easily. The winder comes with one bobbin, and I ordered three more with it, for a total of four.

What’s that on the wheel?

It’s one of Spinderella’s thrums, which I bought a couple of months ago. I have a total of 8 ounces of this color, which is sort of an iced mint green. It’s great fun to spin.


Sock News

I finished the green socks.


To recap, these are knitted from hand dyed sock yarn from Black Bunny Fibers using my Generic Toe Up Sock Pattern on US 0 (2mm needles).

I wore them Saturday and they were very comfy. I washed them this afternoon (machine wash and dry) and they came out looking just fine.

I started a new sock, of course.


This is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, in the Spanish Moss colorway. I love this yarn. It reminds me of the Socks That Rock yarn in how it feels and knits up. I am once again knitting using my size 0 needles.

Book Tour

I’ve gotten a number of comments and emails asking why I’m not going anywhere other than the places listed in my sidebar on my book tour. Remember, I am not the one who chooses where I go — that’s up to my publisher. They have a budget for publicity and are, of course, trying to get as many appearances as they can for what they have to work with.

Now if the book sells fabulously and we make a pile of money, there’s a very good chance I’ll be out on tour again!

Please note, also that I’ve amended my Maryland Sheep & Wool visit — I’ll be there on Saturday the 6th only, not Saturday and Sunday.

Why I Need a Keeper

I was mentioning to the King of All Remote Controls the other day that I thought it was funny that the remote for my new fan controls several functions, but to turn the fan on or off, you have to use the control on the fan itself.

King of All Remote Controls pointed out to me, very gently, that the big button in the center of the remote control was the on/off button. You know, the one with the universal on-off symbol on it?



Lucy is mortified.


  1. Have you seen Mary’s new electric spinner with Woolee Winder?
    Very cool.

  2. At least he didn’t howl with derisive laughter. You gotta give the guy credit for that.

    Nice to know someone else has drain-bamage. I thought it was just me.

  3. Well, it’s obvious, innit? After all, he is the King!

    ps. love the green sox

  4. Hee hee. Whoops… The green sock slook great!

  5. Thank you for posting about the Wollee Winder. I’ve esen them , but wondered about how they are form people that have used them. Good stuff.
    LOVE the green socks. But, I’ve said that before. Still do.

  6. I got a Woolee Winder for my birthday and love it, although now I have to remind myself to take breaks. If I spin for too long–since I don’t have to stop to adjust the feed to the bobbin–my hand cramps up. Not that I notice that until I stop and try to actually use it for something else! But really, there’s nothing wrong with pausing every ten minutes or so, right?

  7. It’s OK Wendy, when I was married I had to phone my husband at work to walk me through the steps to turn on the T.V.. Every. single. time.

  8. I’ve been thinking about getting a Woolee Winder for a while now. I’m glad you’re enjoying it – it’s giving me more confidence that I’ll enjoy having one on my wheel.

    As always, your socks look great! I really like the Cherry Tree Hill Supersock too – it’s divine to work with and to wear. The pair I’ve knit from it still bleeds copious amounts of dye several washes later, so you might consider washing them separately until they’re done bleeding.

  9. Too funny about the remote. At least he didn’t laugh at you.

  10. so glad you like your Woolee Winder – I found out that the generic term is a level bobbin winder. I am so in love with mine that I even ply with it!

  11. OOOHHHHHH!!!!! im a longtime lurker but i have to thank you! i was reading your back entries while trying to avoid my ancient greek homework (i go to st johns college, the crazy one, in annapolis, next to the even crazier naval academy) and i found mention of a knitted neckwarmer beanbag thing! now you may not beleive this, but that had never occured to me! and my moms brithday is coming up, and she has a bad neck and i have a small quantity of the loveliest softest wool ever (malabrigo merino) and that it the PERFECTEST birthday present for her EVER! anyway. now that you know im crazy….. i love your blog. knitting blogs are the best and i thought (cause im sure you care so much) that you might like to know that you get the credit for my moms happiness.

    anyway..ya im crazy

  12. Wow! I used that very same yarn and same colorway for my first toe-up socks (Cherry Tree Hill, Spanish Moss), with your pattern. Love the socks and great fit, but I wore through the heels way too quickly, and I usually wear them with clogs… you might want to reinforce heels. Enjoying your blog and inspired by all your productivity!


  13. Well, that is why he is the King of All Remote Controls. And that’s one good reason to keep him around. Can you send him down here to figure my remotes out?

    Love the Spanish Moss colorway.

  14. Sometimes those Kings can be so smug about stuff like that. Don’t you just hate it?

  15. Ian’s moniker is clearly well deserved ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your green socks are lovely!

    Spanish Moss is my favorite colorway of CTH! I have a skein in the stash I gaze at lovingly from time to time.

    Can I ask what gauge you get with the #0’s for the CTH? I’m getting 8.5 on a 2.5mm addi and I don’t *think* I knit tight, I imagine on a #0 I’d get 10sts/inch and that’s some tight knitting!

    Hopefully, the book will be a best seller and you’ll come on your tour to South Florida next winter when you need our Florida weather most! You can even stay with me and the P-Man!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. gotta love the size 0s, mine get used more than any others, my other high traffic size is 3 as I get a great gauge on them.

  17. I just ordered my first CTH in that exact colorway! I’m glad to see how it looks being knit up.

    I’m glad you like your Woolee Winder. I’ve thought about one, but I spin so thin that I hardly have to move the yarn anyway. I’m looking at a lace flyer instead.

    I know I don’t comment very often, but I do read your blog and enjoy it. I hope to get you to sign my copy of your book at the S&W!

  18. Oh! That winder looks fantastic! I have an Ashford Elizabeth that will be getting set up as soon as I clear the room she will be living in. I’m still very much a newb at spinning but I almost think having one less thing to worry about is a good thing. And the iced green is gorgeous.

    Can I say how cute your bear looks with a sock-toe hat? ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. I *love* the green socks, and I have to say that I agree with you on the Cherry Tree Hill…I love mine! I just got some socks that rock and can’t wait to knit with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. So exciting about MDS&W as I’m planning on going Saturday. Hooray!

    Also, that Cherry Tree yarn looks fabulous. Might have to go hunting for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. wow, the spun yarn is beautiful!
    I need some advice, since I have the sock thing down–thanks to you–I’d like to try knitting lace, a scarf perhaps. What kind of yarn(weight, brand) should I be looking for? I’m thinking something smooth versus fuzzy so when I have to frog it, and we know I will, the process will be easier at least the first time. Anyone? Recommendations?

    Lucy-forgive mom, she’s only human.

  22. I also love cherry tree Hill supersock yarn and my Legare sock machine loves it too! Beautiful green socks.

  23. Ha ha ha! =)

    You caught me red-handed, Wendy. Yes, I do owe a post and will do so within 48 hours. Pinky swear.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your Woolie Winder! I tried one out when I took my spinning lesson and really liked it, so D gifted me with a Woolee Winder last month. Yay! Alas, it’s still in the box.

    Hmmmm…update blog or spin??

    Happy Monday!

  24. Aren’t Lynn’s thrums fun to spin. No need to be careful ’cause the singles are supposed to be kinda bumpy and textured. No worries.

  25. Your book publisher/s should send u to (Sydney) Australia – we’d love to have u!