My current work in progress:

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


Crikey! I’ve Found Me Mojo!

My spinning mojo, that is.

I had some lovely Lisa Sousa BFL roving in my stash, and pulled it out today. The colorway is “Beach Stone.”


I didn’t do much, but I did spin a bit of it.


It’s lovely stuff, and it will be very interesting to see what the yarn looks like once it is all spun and plied.


Here is the left side front.


In the photo, I’m at the point where I start decreasing for the v-neck. Shortly thereafter, I start the armhole decreases. Then things go quicker and quicker because, of course, the rows get shorter and shorter due to the decreases.

Washer and Dryer Hijinks

Many of you cleverly figured out that my hypothetical washer and dryer situation was, indeed, real. Jeez, you guys are smart.

At this point, I have the new 30 amp outlet installed. And I have been granted special dispensation from the Pope condo board president to have the new appliances delivered as scheduled, early next week. (Not only is sucking up a useful job skill, it works in these sorts of situations as well.)

My old washer and dryer owe me absolutely nothing. They were bordering on elderly when I bought my condo in May 1994. They have given me almost twelve and a half years of faithful service until last Sunday when the washer gasped its last gasp. So I don’t begrudge them a decent burial. They’ve served me well.

And if everything goes according to plan, I’ll be doing a lot of laundry next week to make up for being without a washer & dryer for a little over a week.

Lucy is exhausted just thinking about it.



  1. Good lord, I thought Lucy was gorgeous before, but that little fluffy paw sticking up has just about finished me off!

  2. Exhausting, indeed. I spend a lot of time attempting to climb Laundry Mountain, but I’ve never managed to reach the summit. A week without doing any laundry? Overwhelming.

    So the world wants to know: are you going to go out buy new undies to prevent running out of clean ones? (If you’re going to go commando, I really don’t want to know.)

    Keelan will be lovely when finished. I’m sure you told us, but are you planning on selling that pattern, too?

  3. sorry about the washer and dryer. Hope you do not have to use a laundrymat):
    please…Computer question if u do not mind..I have been wondering how you make a work looked crossed out like you did with “Pope “? Thanks…

  4. Kewl. We haven’t seen spinning from you in a while, so I’m curious as to which of your wheels (you have 2 or 3, right?) called out to be played with, and why that over the others.

  5. Sucking up IS a useful job/life skill. They really ought to teach it in school. The thought of a week without doing laundry is quite pleasant until you consider the week after the good week – it’s so bad I can’t even really get past the beginnings of that thought. Yipes.

  6. What kinds of things have you knitted with your handspun? Have you ever knitted a sweater or something…um….big? If so can we see a picture? I’m a new spinner and I love seeing finished objects made from the knitter’s own handspun.

    Thanks… and good luck with the washer and dryer.

  7. Hah! In the note I just sent you, I predicted that your spinning mojo was buried within a pile of handpainted roving. I was right!

  8. Nice spinning! I took my first class last weekend and I’m totally hooked. What type of wheel and other equipment do you have? I think there is definitely a wheel in my future….

    Lucy is adorable as always!

  9. Lisa sent me some BFL in Mardi Gras for xmas (being her webmaster has its benefits!) and I spun it up a few months ago. Spinning it was a real joy. My wheel is vintage — an circa 1850 Irish castle wheel — and not the easiest wheel to spin on. However, the BFL and it were a good match and I really enjoyed spinning it.
    I followed it with some lovely yellow roving that I got at the Maryland wool festival which hasn’t been as fun to spin. Lisa roving has me spoiled!

  10. Lucy looks remarkably unconcerned about the laundry situation. Oh, wait, that’s because cats don’t wear clothes.

  11. Beautiful roving and spinning! Maybe the soothing calmness of spinning is just what you need after your washer/dryer ordeal. I will spare you the woes of our car ordeal.

    Do you ever knit both sides of a cardigan at the same time? or sleeves at the same time? I like the way the ribbing turns into cables on Keelan, very pretty!

  12. You are an amazingly fast knitter — I’m stunned at the progress on Keelan’s front. How many hours do you spend knitting each evening?

  13. So glad you found your spinning mojo. I’ve been keeping my eye out for it, but hadn’t seen it–obviously, because you’d recovered it already. Good for you! (grin)

  14. So good to see you spinning again. Lovely singles!

    Every washer expires at exactly the same point; I’ve had to bail three so far. Do you think the machines are designed to fail right at that point of the cycle?

  15. Woohoo!

  16. anne marie in philly says:

    not only do cats not wear clothes, they can contort their little furry bodies into amazing positions to LICK themselves!

    (shakes thinking about that possibility in humans)

    cats DO like a warm clothes dryer upon which to sleep. also warm laundry from the dryer in a basket. precious dears!

  17. She spins, she knits and she remodels…What a woman! What a kitty! {Lucy}

  18. Oh cool.. that’s a very interesting colored roving and it WILL be interesting to see what it looks like plied.. I love that part of spinning!

  19. Lovely colors in that single-that’s a Lendrum bobbin, right?

  20. Barbara-Kay says:

    Congratulations on the progress! Oh, and be sure to sequester Lucy when those delivery men start their invasion. Strangers pushing heavy objects around in front of them and leaving doors open can be a recipie for feline disaster.

  21. I see you have many patterns you have created on your own. I would love it, if you would stop by and see if you would be interested in featuring any of your patterns on my website: You have beautiful work!

  22. Hate the change the subject, but uhhh back to socks. I started your toe-up F&F socks in Koigu painters Palette merino from my stash. Oh my. I made the toes and heel from Regia. The KPPM is blues/greens/purples with the streak of yellow. The Regia is purple. Oh my. Only problem – the KPPM is strangely thick, or maybe it’s just me. The F&F didn’t work out, so I’m ripping and decreasing (I do 64 sts around at 8 sts/inch) and will use a ribbed pattern up the leg. Maybe a spiral or a seaweed rib. I had knit socks until my drawer was full and now……uhhhh it’s been over 7 years….a few of them are finally wearing out. THANK GOODNESS. I must also start a blog…you are such an inspiration. Carol

  23. You had my washer sympathy yesterday morning. Then, yesterday evening, after taking our washer apart, you had and have my cameraderie. Mine does drain (yay!), but won’t agitate or spin.

    Too bad shopping for appliances isn’t nearly as much fun as shopping for yarn. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Ohhhh.. I so want to learn to spin.. what type of wheel do you use? I’m trying to find a used one. and congratulations on the new washing machine. I’m sure you chose according to it’s felting abilities?

  25. I’m still trying to figure out the reason the condo loading dock can’t be used for, you know, loading and unloading? Are they saving it for some special event?

  26. Ahh … the return of mojo. Such a splendid feeling!

    Of course Lucy never misplacers her mojo. To be a cat, oh such a cat.

    Warm regards,

  27. Virginia Kessen says:

    A week without laundry is a week with lots more time for knitting. Next week will come soon enough. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m doing my first knitting with qiviut and so far am not happy with my fabric. I’m going to need some smaller needles so I thought I’d ask what type needles you prefer when working with qiviut. Thanks.

  28. Virginia Kessen says:

    A week without laundry is a week with lots more time for knitting. Next week will come soon enough. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m doing my first knitting with qiviut and so far am not happy with my fabric. I’m going to need some smaller needles so I thought I’d ask what type needles you prefer when working with qiviut. Thanks.

  29. All hail the MOJO!

  30. Hi,

    I’ve been searching high and low for someone who sells qiviut mittens/gloves and socks and have yet to find anything. Does anyone know of a store/individual who might be able to help? I’m also interested in Sylvia’s (Oct 27, 2005 archive) suggestion of mixing the qiviut with Rambouillet so if someone out there is interested in earning some extra money while helping me save my hands in the cold Alaska winters please e-mail and let me know.

    Thanks much!

  31. Ooops – my e-mail address didn’t show up in the last post. Let’s try this again. You should be able to just click on my name to send a message. Thanks!

  32. Hope your washer troubles are cleared up soon.

    Very pretty yarn spinning going on there.

  33. You will love the new washer I am sure. Top loader? Does Lucy realize she is the most photographed and admired feline on the planet?

  34. Wow, your yarn is wound on the bobbin so evenly! How did you do that? Is it a Woolee Winder?

    I wouldn’t have guessed that that roving would look like it does on the bobbin. Can’t wait to see the yarn.

  35. One should be able to put “sucking up” on one’s resume, it’s so useful! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    What brand of washer/dryer did you end up buying? I got the Whirlpool Duet – front loaders. Kinda mod-Euro looking….

  36. That furry brown foot! To die for!
    I purchased a Zoom Groom. If you need any Tootsie/Brynn/Chloe roving, I’m your girl. I have about a room full by now.

  37. Your kitty is so adorable! And I love the cable knitting! That is something I really need to learn again. I made a sweater eons ago with that – but I have no idea how to do it anymore.

    Best wishes with all your projects!’