My current work in progress:

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


What’s a Trip to Yarn Shops Without Stash Enhancement?

Well, yeah, of course I bought yarn over the weekend.

When I got to The Tangled Web, I was pleased to see that they had some Claudia Handpainted sock yarn. so I bought enough for two pairs:


These are the Turquoise Jeans and Pink Clouds colorways.

And then at Loop I saw this:


Artyarns Silk Mohair. 70% mohair, 30% silk.


Each 25 gram skein is 230 yards and I bought four. Enough for a lacy shawl, I think. It’s pretty much the same weight and composition as Rowan Kidsilk Haze, so this will sub for any pattern calling for that, methinks.

At Loop, they gave me a gift, too:


This is a wee Lantern Moon silk tote — just right for carrying around a sock in progress! Inside:


Schaefer Anne sock yarn, rosewood dpns, a tape measure, and some woolwash samples!


Did I sew Deirdre together yesterday?

No, I didn’t. What’s my excuse? I got distracted.

So — what distracted me? This:


Can anyone guess what that yarn is for? I’ll give you a huge hint:

Sing it with me: “Lucy on the couch with fair isle.”


Back to Normal

So today marked my return to my “normal” life — going to work every day and spending weekends doing my own thing. The book tour is over. Thank you to everyone who asked if I’d be coming to a location near you. Please understand that my publisher arranged the book tour, so where I went was up to them. They, of course, had a budget for book publicity, and they did as many things and sent me to as many places as the budget would allow.

But it’s nice to be wanted!

Lucy is VERY happy to have her Momma home.


Tonight, Camille is being shown on TCM. I’ve got my knitting, I’ve got plenty of tissues, and I’ve got my kitty.

Life is good.


  1. Fair Isle! Would it be a Starmore or one of your own creations? Inquiring minds want to know…

    I’m sure Lucy is glad to have her mom back, even with the KOARC taking care of her while you were gone.

  2. I’ve been thinking I should upgrade my cable subscription just so that I can get TCM.

    Ooooh, fair isle! More details, please!

  3. If all the future yarn in the world spontaneously combusted, I’m camping at your door. I’m just saying. Nice haul!

  4. Hi Wendy — first-time commenter, long-ish-time reader here. I live in Richmond and I’m so sorry I missed you at Yarn Lounge and darlin’ Gutenberg (how cool is THAT place?) (who am I kidding: I’ve never actually been there) (but I will, I will!), but you’re a nearly-daily read, and I’ll be treating myself to your book in the next couple weeks.

    A question: I’m looking at that laceweight stuff, and I’m remembering the Harlot’s references to Rowan Kidsilk Haze (“crack”), and I have to ask what would be a good first lace shawl thing for one who has recently conquered an irrational fear of yarnovers (yophobia). (I’m actually fairly intrepid, but in weird ways.)

    Hankering after an additional UFO, I guess. Thanks.

  5. Kim Nico says:

    Love the Shaefer Anne – my personal favorite. Just a warning, though – I tried to use a very similar colorway and bought myself a treat of the Lantern Moon rosewood dpns – but couldn’t see the yarn clearly enough and switched to clover bamboo. Maybe someday I’ll get light-colored sock yarn…

  6. So, does that mean there’s no more driver? Are you going to have to open your own doors? The colors look lovely – one of my summer goals is to finish my fair isle vest. Maybe you can provide some motivation. =)

  7. What beautiful yarn! First the Claudia, and then the Artyarns mohair…I am so envious! They are gorgeous. And I’m curious to see what your new project will be…if I bribe Lucy with some catnip, will she tell? ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Priscilla says:

    It was great meeting you in Philly! I am curious about the canvas box you showed in one of the pictures above where you put the balls of yarn in. Where did you get it? It’s a perfect way to store yarn!

  9. I’m so bummed that I wasn’t able to make it to any of your book events, but I’m glad you had such a great time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hi Wendy and Lucy!!
    What kind of tote?! is the yarn for the fair isle in?

  11. for some reason, Cold Duck comes to mind …??? but then again, I might be dreaming?

  12. I feel the need to warn you that, when you decide to post about such lovely yarns all at once, you’re taking the risk that your blog will be covered with drool when you come back around to it…

    Oh, and OMG! Tell me about this organizer thingy that you have all your fair isle yarn in!!!!

  13. That appears to be MARA from the mythical Scottish Collection….. Lovely pattern.

  14. Another one here asking about the kewl organizer dohickey thingie… And my hubby is about to watch Camille, too. LOL (I would, but I promised a friend I would help her with her golf swing tonight – she practices once a year for her company tournament… silly one.)

  15. MamaLana says:

    Welcome home, Wendy! I just got home after a two-week trip to San Francisco and Monterey and my kitty Puma was SO HAPPY to have me home. I know Lucy feels the same about you. P.S. Lucy is just more beautiful than ever!
    -MamaLana in Arlington, VA

  16. Oh, darn……sorry the “cruising & signing” is over……..BUT wait: maybe, maybe……could there be another book……and then another book tour?…….oh, to hope…..cause if not, I might be tempted to stamp my foot…..and in CA…..THAT might cause an earthquake!……

    can’t wait to see the new project!……..

  17. Nancy J says:

    I’m sure you need the recuperation…but I surely wish you’d have been able to come a bit farther inland on your tour! Ahhhhhhh, fair isle. Luv it! And plese snuggle The Lucy for me, she just photographs so wonderfully.

  18. All your new yarn is dee-lishious Wendy! Have you used the Anne before? I’m interested to hear what you think of it, I hear it’s yummy but alas it’s an experience that eludes me ๐Ÿ™

    Glad you had fun on your book tour, are ya writing volume 2 yet?

  19. The yarns are great, and it sounds like both you and Lucy are in a state of nirvana right now. But what I’m truly drooling over is the cubby container for the fair isle yarn. I WANT ONE!! How, where, is it even possible??

    Congrats on the successful completion of the book tour. I’ll just have to schlep my copy with me next time I’m in Virginia and hope to “catch” you at a LYS near you!

  20. I fell in love with Claudia’s HandPaint at MS&W and had to buy two hanks of her Caribbean Blue. And then I found out that Claudia lives in Harrisonburg, home of my alma mater, and where I stayed last weekend for SoXperience, (pictures for that finally posted on my blog, by the way). Way cool! Gorgeous stuff, isn’t it?

    Now what is that way-cool container with all the pockets for your yarn? Is that some nifty knitter bag I’ve not seen yet? What’ll they think of next?

  21. The Silk Mohair is so pretty — what’s the colorway? And Simon is so happy that Lucy has you home again…. he’d type it himself, but he’s asleep, drooling on the laptop….

  22. The colors for the Fair Isle are beautiful. I know whatever you make will be gorgeous.

  23. The honeycomb thing looks like a sock organizer from The Container Store. They’ll likely go on sale soon from Target/Wal-Mart (if they sell them at those stores), etc., what with the ‘decorate your dorm’ thing that happens every July-August-September. Keep an eye.

    I have one from The Container Store, but it’s a hard plastic, rather than canvas.

    Hope that helps and/or is reasonably close to the truth.

    Missed you in Texas. Hope we’ll get to see you here for Wendy Knits II: Attack of the Sleeves…
    Wendy Knits II: Tales from the Stash? Oh, nevermind. (…Wendy Knits II: The UFO-files? – of which you have none, because you’re such an awesome starter and finisher.)

    Glad you’re back safely, and hope your life returns to (relative) normalcy. And I’ve had a paroxysm of envy over here looking at all that beautiful yarn. (yes, I looked it up, and yes it is too the right word.)

    I must say, though, everywhere you’ve gone, you’ve gotten beautiful stash enhancements. And the bags. Oooh The BAGS!!! (I’m a purse fiend. I’ll admit it). Congrats on being wanted. It’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it?

    Regina/The Whimsy in TX

  24. LOVE your fairisle, can’t wait to see it’s progress!! how nice of Loop. Just for that, I will visit them when I am in Philly in Nov.

  25. I’ve been searching local yarn shops for some nice lace yarn but haven’t found anything I like yet. I’m anxious to see what you’ll knit with yours!

  26. Ah! That Claudia handpainted is gorgeous!

    Also, I wanted to thank you SO MUCH for something you wrote in your book. I finally bought a copy last week and read it this weekend. Can I tell you how excited I am to learn that you don’t carry your yarn through your fingers?? That you pick it up for every stitch?? I do that too! And EVERYONE tells me it’s wrong, and that I would knit faster, and have better tension if I wound the yarn through my fingers. I have tried and tried, and it never feels natural to me, and slows me down considerably. So I went back to doing it my way (and feeling like a rank knitting amature for not being able to do it the “right way”). Now I don’t have to feel guilty, and anytime someone tells me it’s “wrong,” I can tell them “Well that’s the way that Wendy does it, so it’s good enough for me!” ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Congrats on getting a book tour under your belt ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s awesome.

    The colors for the Fair Isle look stunning, but that’s a lot of colors! Can’t wait to see what you’re thinking =)

  28. I love the Claudia Handpainted, and you’re one lucky lady to get the Lantern Moon bag full of goodies. I’m green with envy.

  29. I’m looking forward to seeing your fair isle project since I’m knee deep in an obsession with fair isle right now.

    Darn – I got all excited thinking Camille was coming on TONIGHT. Poo. I need to keep a closer watch on what TCM is playing.

    Delicious stash enhancement – especially that mo/silk four skeins – can’t wait to see what it becomes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. The Claudia Handpainted Pink Clouds is just beautiful. I have been feeling pink lately. Not normally a color I would pick for myself.
    I am sorry I missed you book stops in Virginia, but I love your book

    Welcome home

  31. Speaking of Fair Isle , I’m knitting the sleeves from shoulder to wrist for the first time. It seems so uncomfortable. Do you use 1 or 2 circulars, dpns? Any help appreciated!

  32. Wendy, I can’t wait to see Dierdre seamed OR what you’re working on next! I’m teaching at a summer camp program with 230 arty 14-17 year olds so whatever distraction you can provide will be GRATEFULLY received.

    I always want to bury my fingers in Lucy’s soft sides when I see her in the “cat loaf” position (paws tucked under). ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Ah, nice to be back to the comfy, happy routine!

  34. The yarn is so lovely. I’m glad you enjoyed your book tour. We wish you would have made it to North Alabama (The Knitting Zone or Yarn Expressions), but understand you couldn’t make it everywhere. Perhaps with the next book, eh?

  35. Tell us where the canvas organizer is from? Do you knit from it?