My current work in progress:

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


I Ate Supermarket Sushi for Lunch and Survived


Not only that, it was pretty darn tasty.

Wouldja look at the total for Heifer donations? Over $4600! In my head I had set a goal of hopefully raising $5000 and it looks like not only is that do-able, it is also surpass-able! Can I have a “woo!” and a “hoo?”

The first of the weekly prize drawings will be held on Tuesday, November 14 and announced in my Tuesday blog entry. There are some extremely nice prizes listed on the prize page. Just sayin’.

Fiber Stuff

I have done a bit of work on Elizabeth I, but not a whole lot.


This is the start of the front. There’s a way to go before the center panel starts.

I have been spending some time spinning the Lisa Souza BFL roving that’s been on my wheel for a while. I’m pleased to report that it is now spun and plied.

Here’s what the roving looked like:


And here’s the resulting yarn:


It’s about sport/fingering weight.


I’ve got about 360 yards.


I’m thinking I’ll knit Susan Lawrence’s beautiful Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl from this — it takes 350 yards.

Lucy sez:


Why anyone would voluntarily put wasabi on perfectly good fish is beyond me. Just sayin’.


  1. OH MY GOSH!!! A big WOO and a big HOO for you!

  2. Wasabi GOOD! Fire BAD! Kitty on Sushi REALLY Good! Me like kitty (with Wasabi!) Fire BAD!

  3. You know I like sushi but have been cautious of supermarket sushi. Might have to give it a go.
    Very big WOO HOO!!
    You know it’s nothing short of magic the way handpainted roving becomes an amazing skein of yarn… and love the shawl pattern, already added to my favorites for a future purchase.

  4. Okay, I just made my donation!

  5. Dude…good to know someone survived eating supermarket sushi.

    The yarn turned out sweet!

  6. Woo Hoo! I eat that for lunch frequently & it hasn’t done me yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yours looks pretty good.
    Your handspun is gorgeous! That will make such a beauty of a Forest Canopy. That’s got to be incredibly satisfying.

  7. Wendy, I’m really enjoying knitting a mystery rib scarf. I brought it to work and my office mate wrote down the instructions and was going home to rip out what she had started and go for the mystery rib.

  8. Wanna ask my DH about Sushi and then his new friend “Tapey”? Needless to say, he won’t eat Sushi now! It was homemade sushi he ate at a dinner party — his one and only time eating it!

    I recently finished spinning some of Lisa’s biffle in Mardi Gras — love it!

  9. Your yarn is gorgeous! I look forward to seeing it knit up, I know it will be very pretty. I think you spun that on your Lendrum(?) Any thing special going on your Gem? I hope it worked well for you on your trip!

  10. We have supermarket sushi all the time (usually Whole Foods because there’s doesn’t contain the dreaded high fructose corn syrup). We even eat their sushi w/ the raw fish. Bring on the wasabi!

  11. I love your cat, she is so cute

  12. I eat supermarket sushi all the time. But, they actually make it right there at the supermarket (Wild Oats). I won’t pretend it’s fantastic, but it works for me in a pinch.

  13. Looks like a lot of needy families are going to be happy this Christmas. It’s a shame I have no credit card and can’t donate right now, but I’m very happy that so many people have taken an interest in this. Helping others is something we all need to do more of.

  14. !!!!!!!Congrats of the donations!!!!!!!!
    love wasabi even had wasabi eating contest and love the sushi i get at PWmarkets (the evil truth of wasabi is i believe to kill of any worms that might be in the raw fish) Magaru is my cats favourite

  15. mmm Wegman’s has really good supermarket sushi – my mom and I used to eat it for lunch all the time!
    Also, that yarn looks lovely ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Congrats on the donations! I love to see how different the yarn looks from the roving. I would have never bought roving that looked like that, but the yarn is gorgeous! How do you determine yardage? I would like to eventually buy a yarn balance, but I don’t think my spinning is even enough yet for it to work.

  17. I’m getting so hungry now that I’ve seen your sushi set out so prettily on the gorgeous plate!

    I only have eaten sushi once since I’ve been in HK. But I got to eat it at least three times in Seattle, at a sushi-go-round (what I call the sushi that is on plates that go around on a conveyer belt) dive. Mmmm!

    How did you like spinning up the BFL?

  18. We don’t have these “supalicious” sushi here in France! They look really tasty!

  19. Well, I mean in supermarket…

  20. Well Lucy, I am a vegetarian and do not even eat fish … that probably sounds strangest of strange to you. The only Sushi I eat contains vegetables and avacado … never Wasabi on anything though.

    Your Mama is doing something very, very special for people in the world by collecting for Heifer Int’l. Give her a head butt for me.


  21. WASABI!!!!

  22. Wow, I’m really loving the Elizabeth. I especially love the blue one in the link. I guess that one is going on the list as well. Progress on my fir cone scarf christmas present is going well. I hate not being able to blog about it, I’m proud. After the holidays it will get it’s public debut. It’s amazing how fast it goes with all those stitches.

  23. It’s funny how we see things with new eyes as we expand our experiences and knitting/spinning knowledge. Your roving spun up beautifully – sometimes it’s impossible to guess what kind of results you’ll get from a colorway! That yarn will make a lovely Forest Canopy Shawl. I’m anxious to see how it knits up because it’s plied much looser than I have been plying my own, which I am also hoping to use for the same shawl. It seems that the loosely plied yarn would have a very nice drape. I have learned so much from watching others show their spinning on their blogs. Thanks for always showing such an interesting variety of fiber projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. You do like to live dangerously! Your spun yarn will be beautiful in Susan’s shawl. Good work on the Heifer project, too!!

  25. I’m with Lucy on this one. I tend to eat supermarket sushi when I go shopping hungry.

  26. How in the world do you get so much knitting (and spinning) done??? I know you have train time, but even considering that, I’m totally amazed!!!

  27. Long time blog reader here, but this is the first time I’ve commented!

    Glad you gave the supermarket sushi a try and liked it! Sounds like a great lunch to me!

    I was wondering about your handspun, it’s lovely of course! But in the close up picture of it the plies look quite lightly twisted?

    Is this a technique that you’re attempting with handspun for lace knitting? Or is it because the yarn was balanced with that amount of low twist in the plying?

    Thanks! I love hearing about everyone’s experiments in handspinning!


  28. your spun yarn is gorgeous!

  29. Congrats on the fundraising.
    Lucy’s expression is so eloquent.
    I would deny all knowledge of said wasabi.
    Cats…gotta love them !

  30. Mmmm… wassabi. I’m a big fan of budget sushi. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. “Why anyone would voluntarily put wasabi on perfectly good fish is beyond me.”–Lucy

    Move over, Lucy. Why anyone would voluntarily eat bait is beyond ME.

  32. That is such beautiful yarn! i’m spinning some of Amy’s stuff at the moment – can’t wait to ply it and see what it looks like but on a spindle it takes soooo long!