My current work in progress:

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


Awwwwwww . . . You Guys . . .

Well, I sure did get a lot of entries in the Sock Yarn Giveaway. 968, to be exact.

I did read every single email, but there’s just not enough time to send a personal response to each one. But thank you all for entering. I recognize some old friends, and it’s lovely to meet so many of you lurkers. While I did not ask you to write a personal note in your email, I loved reading the ones that some of you wrote. So . . . a big blanket thank-you to you all!

The winners are . . .

Well, before I announce the winners, I have to admit that I’m sending a skein of sock yarn (not one of the six set aside for the contest, but a lovely skein of handpainted blues from Cabin Cove Mercantile) to one of my blog readers without making her enter the contest. But she gets special treatment because she is my mom. See, my mom made the mistake of mentioning that she’d like to try making toe-up socks (she’s made top-down ones). So naturally, loving toe-up socks the way I do, I’m enabling as best I can. Heh heh heh.

Where was I? Oh, right. The winners. The winners were chosen entirely at random, using a random number generator. They are:

Shelagh in Manitoba, Canada
Mandella in the U.K.
Heidi in Oregon
Mimi in Maryland
Becky in Texas
Helene in Norway

Thank you all for entering. I’ve emailed each of you winners to alert you of your status. ๐Ÿ™‚

Didn’t win anything? You’re gonna get more big chances for fabulous prizes in the near future. I’m cooking up some fun and will be announcing it in early November. I’ll give you a hint: it involves doing good for a great cause. And the prizes are going to be great, I guarantee.

But before that, Lucy is going to announce her own charitable cause. She’s been working on a project for a while now and can’t wait to show you. I think she’s planning on making her announcement a week from today, so be sure to watch this space.

Speaking of Excellent Causes

I ordered this calendar last Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of Excellent Causes, Part Deux

If you haven’t already, check out Rabbitch’s project to knit hats for the homeless of Vancouver. I happen to know that she’s offering some fabulous prizes. Deadline to knit a hat is December 1. The address for sending your hats is on Rabbitch’s blog here.

I know I’m gonna make at least one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy Sez


Thank you for all the nice comments about my movie debut. I’ll try not to let it go to my head!

The little video of Lucy was done spontaneously by the KOARC with no thoughts about sharing it. But I suggested we put it up on YouTube, so one thing led to another . . .

We’ll try to plan out our next video a bit more. ๐Ÿ™‚

Me? I’ve got miles of stockinette to deal with.


But I didn’t knit on it this afternoon. Roseann and her husband Al came over for a couple of hours. Roseann had very kindly offered to help me figure out my Majacraft Gem spinning wheel, which I’ve always had a bit of trouble using. Al came along to play with Lucy.

While Roseann fiddled with the Majacraft, I finished spinning half my Lisa Souza Blue-Faced Leicester singles on my Lendrum.


Roseann made some adjustments to the Gem, and advised taking the spring off the Scotch tension and replacing it with a rubber band. Great idea, because now I am spinning much better on it.


See? I tried several different fibers and actually made yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks, Roseann!


  1. Hahaha.. oh my, that many lurkers? Well, I guess I’ve been lurking for long enough ๐Ÿ˜‰ I loved that Lucy video by the way! Good luck with the stockinette.. I have about 75 cm more to go on my Rowan Click knitting wrap o__O so I am definitely feeling your boredom. Just keep thinking of how much you’ll love the result!

  2. Way to snag your mom and the lurkers!

  3. Oh, hello good cause calendar!

    I have a brother who served in Afghanistan for Canada – and I know he’d want me to purchase this in support of US Troops and their families.

    And because he realizes it will make me happy.


  4. Hello Wendy (from an every day lurker here). Don’t tell me Lucy is starting a family!!!

  5. Wow, picked out among 968, now that’s lucky ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. NICE calendar!

  7. Man oh man. Yer just one popular lady.

    Makes me kinda feel like a shlub with only 5 or 6 readers on my blog. roflmao I guess if I actually posted something interesting once in awhile it might help. heh

  8. The calendar? Way to be supportive of a good cause . . . because I’m sure looking at it will be SUCH a sacrifice! (grin)

    And–your Mom deserves the good yarn, she does.

  9. Glad I have my 1st hat almost done! I KNEW it! Lucy is doing some of your knitting, isn’t she? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Looking forward to your and Lucy’s surprises! I KNOW they’re gonna be good…

  10. lurk?? your sock yarn post never even showed up on my bloglines at all! glad to be back tho, missed ya!

  11. Do you like the delta orifice that comes with the Gem? I had a less-than-enjoyable time spinning on it and was considering selling it, but after I swapped the delta orifice for a WooLee Winder it worked much better for me. (this may be due to the particular way that I spin though – not straight out from the orifice)

  12. That’s so nice that you are gifting your Mom the yarn to make her first pair of toe-ups. Do you think she feels the pressure, being your mom and all?
    Miss Lucy is looking awfully adorable. She must be getting ready for her Big Announcement.

  13. 968 people–geez. I just knew there was no chance of getting the sock yarn! ๐Ÿ™‚

    What I’m shocked at is that your mom has never tried a toe-up sock. Your mom. When you have the one of the most widely circulated toe-up sock recipes around!

  14. Oh, my, I saw that calendar (and some of the studs) on the news the other day. Yum. I’m buying one the first chance I get.

  15. Sadly, my e-mail entry failed, or rather hotmail bounced it on me. Awesome job in getting yer Mum in on the toe up knitting!

    Calendar? I didn’t see a . . .oh, drool, the boyz? (dreamy sigh)

  16. The calendar is a great cause. And if I order it it will cause me not to get much knitting done with all the stareing I’ll be doing.


  17. Ummmmmm
    I was in the military for TWENTY FIVE years and I NEVER saw anyone who looked like those guys. I would DEFINITELY remember!

  18. Thank you! I never usually win anything.

    You know why we read your blog? Because it’s well-written, informative, inspirational and because you say what you think, regardless. The Lucy pictures help, too.

    Sorry if this seems a bit sycophantic, but there you have it.

  19. Hi,
    I am just now starting to spin (ordered a top whorl spindle) and was wondering how you got your start spinning, what was your first fiber, etc?


  20. I feel your pain re: spinning wheel woes. Over the weekend, I managed to not only snap the drive band (string) that was the tension for my wheel, but also the main drive band (string). I’m trying to spin sock yarn and was told it needs a lot of twist. I tightened up my tensions so much I broke the bands. Sheesh!!! Oh well, a trip to IFA and the purchase of a ball of twine, and I’m up and running again. Guess I don’t need quite that much twist (LOL)!

  21. Ann in CT says:

    So is Lucy pregant? Or a massive hair ball? Those are the only two projects cats I’ve had have ever worked on. And the calendar is lovely, but as I gave my DH a major attitude for looking at a girly one over the weekend, I’d better pass. sigh.

  22. Yumm. I ordered one of those calendars, too. It will go as a gift to a single lady I know as a Chirstmas present, but I wouldn’t mind getting one myself!
    Nice spinning, BTW.

  23. You’ve got a little of everything today. Some pretty spinning, hot men, good causes, knitting, people winning great stuff and a very pettable picture of Lucy.

  24. Lots of mysteries await us … how fun!


  25. Just finished every word of your book your “Wendy Knits ” Wow ! Great !
    It went back to the library , now I am looking for the quivet pulse warmer – here or anywhere.
    Musk it be left off because the origional was done by your friend ?
    My hands are too cold to knit ~ indoors , and it is only October .Meanwhile I will try the 2 that are offered here for D K of alpacka & bulky weights .
    Are there directions out there for 2 cuffs simeltaneously with 2 circular needles ?