My current work in progress:

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



This is the beginning of the cornbread stuffing I am planning on making for Thanksgiving.


A pan of cornbread. I was, of course, forced to eat a couple of pieces of it because the recipe I’m using (from a Cooking Light magazine a few years ago — here’s the recipe online) does not call for a whole pan of cornbread. It actually calls for two corn muffins.

But I love to make cornbread and I love this recipe in particular. It’s one I’ve used forever, and I got it from my mom.


3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk (I use fat-free)
1 egg, well beaten
2 tablespoons melted shortening (I use “I Can Believe It’s Not Butter” light sticks)

Mix and sift dry ingredients. Whisk milk, egg, and shortening together lightly and add to dry ingredients. Stir until combined, then pour batter into a greased 8″ square pan. Bake for 20 minutes in a 425 degree oven. Cool a few minutes in the pan before serving.

Spinning Beginning


Here’s the first bobbin of the Purple Rain roving. I love all the shades of purple here and can’t wait to see how this will look plied. I’ve got about 3.5 ounces total of this roving, so it won’t take long to spin up the second half.

I’ve no plans for the yarn — I need to wait and see how much I end up with when I ply it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Holly commented:
OK, I see a Lendrum and a Little Gem, didn’t I remember your having a Kromski?

I do have a Kromski — a Minstrel.


Sherri asked:
What kind of spinning wheel do you have? I’m considering buying one and am blog-polling people that have them. Pro’s and cons? Good bad and ugly?

My favorite of my three wheels is my Lendrum — I think I do my nicest, most consistent spinning on it. But I know people who have other favorites. Your best bet is to go somewhere where you can try out different wheels and find the one that fits you best.

Elizabeth Progress

I have made some progress on my second Elizabeth sleeve today, even though I did put in quite a bit of spinning time.


I took my car in for service and waited for it at the auto shop, so that was a good chunk of knitting time. I did endure some good-natured ribbing from the guys at the shop (Get it? Ribbing? I crack me up.) about my knitting. But it was all in good fun, and they treat my little Honda with TLC, so I’m happy to put up with it.


Tomorrow is the second weekly drawing for Heifer weekly prizes. Five wonderful prizes will be awarded — check the prize page for detailed descriptions of the November 21 prizes. I’ll be drawing the winners in the early afternoon and posting to the blog a tad early. I’ve got a family dinner to go to in the evening.

I would like to once again thank everyone who has donated so far — the total so far is amazing!

Lucy is pleased that so many of you have donated baby chicks.


Tune in tomorrow to find out who won this week’s raffle, for spinning and knitting progress, and for a recipe for a Key Lime Pie for diabetics!


  1. I look forward to seeing your Purple Rain plied, it is very pretty! I agree with your wheel recommendation. I love my Lendrum, it can do everything. My first wheel was an Ashford Elizabeth, very pretty, but not a production wheel and only single treadle. I like how much control I have with a double treadle wheel.

  2. I LOVE the purples! I need some of that!

    Hope Lucy enjoys her baby chicks!

  3. Great spinning! And the cornbread looks fabulous.

  4. Knitting *and* cooking… doesn’t get any better!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The spinning, the sleeve and the cornbread all look great! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I took my car in for service this past spring and was knitting, and one of the mechanics walked by and asked, “are you knitting that for your granddaughter?”

    I don’t even have kids yet!


  6. Your speed never ceases to amaze me! I just can’t believe you are that far along on the second sleeve. I just checked, on 3mm needles and fingering weight yarn!
    Thank you for your cornbread recipe.

  7. At Joyce Motors, they all ask, “do you know Phyllis?” I think they all think all knitters know each other!

  8. I also have a Kromski Minstrel, I love that wheel, mine is a clear linseed oil finish I did myself though. Yours is lovely.

  9. anne marie in philly says:

    ummmmmmmmmmm, cornbread (said in a homer simpson voice).

    my cornbread is the only one my brother-in-law will eat. sweet, moist, solid…so round, so firm, so fully packed…ooops, got off on a tangent there.

    can’t wait for the key lime pie!

  10. I don’t which looks better, Purple Rain or Fresh Cornbread from the oven. Thank you for sharing your mom’s recipe. {Lucy}

  11. That’s basicly my cornbread recipe, but my husband is a southern snob who thinks it’s not real cornbread unless it’s baked in a castiron skillet. Oh well. It is good that way.

  12. mmmmmm cornbread. I still can’t find anyone who knows for sure if I can freeze pumpkin pie! It is nice to cook ahead and knit while things are in the oven. Check our my yarn blog.

  13. Spinning, knitting, baking …….

    I’m thinking that a week off of work suits you very well. Very well, indeed.

  14. Mmmmmm… cornbread stuffing…. Hi Lucy!

  15. Wendy, you know I love you, but I just can’t see sugar in cornbread for the cornbread stuffing.

    (Southerners Against Sweet Cornbread)


  16. I love corn bread but have never tried it in a stuffing. Sounds really yummy! I start singing Prince’s Purple Rain every time I read about that gorgeous yarn!

  17. Key Lime pie! *drools* ;^D

  18. Looks kind of like what tomorrow evening will be for me – the cornbread anyway. I have had a heck of a time finding cornbread stuffing cubes at the store!

  19. I’m shamed – you make the cornbread for your stuffing? Isn’t it enough that you show me up with your beautiful, impossibly fast knitting, or your lovely designs? I bet you make your pie crust from scratch, too. I just bought 5 boxes of Pillsbury all-ready pie crust. Of course, I do have to make 8 pies, and a cheesecake, not to mention the rest of the meal…

  20. I am thankful to have met you and your blog. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. Have a Great Thanksgiving! Love to Lucy!

  21. I use a very similar recipe for cornbread although I use melted butter. It’s so nice having a little extra sugar in the bread.

    Your Purple Rain is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see it plied either. Your wheels and yarn are making me remember how much I want to learn to spin.

  22. MMMMmmmmmm…..That cornbread looks delicious. I’ve never had cornbread stuffing. Since I live in Canada and have already had my thanksgiving turkey about a month ago, I’ll have to try the recipe for my Christmas turkey.
    Just a quick question: I’m thinking of trying my hand at spinning, but I don’t want to use a wheel right away. How effective is a drop spindle, and have you ever used one?

  23. Thanks for the cornbread recipe, I can’t wait to try it. My whole family loves cornbread ๐Ÿ™‚ Your Heifer Project is awesome, the school I work in supports Heifer yearly and the Overlook Farm is their field trip – spreading the word is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Oh I just love cornbread, but I’m a purist, it can’t have anything extra in it, no cheese or chilies (that’s how my husband likes it). My receipe is very similar.

    Now I’m very interested in your key lime pie for diabetics. My father-in-law’s favorite pie is key lime, and I make a killer key lime pie, but we learned this summer he is now diabetic and so has to watch his sugar intake (and can control it by that so long as he actually watches his sugar intake). So I’m waiting with eager anticipation.

    Your wheel is beautiful.

  25. Gee…even tho’ I tune in for the knitting, that Key Lime pie for Diabetics will have me here for sure!!!

  26. I just love looking at that pan of cornbread. In the 90s, I moved to Tennessee for a few years for my graduate work. I will never forget my first (and last) batch of cornbread there. I was eating out after a long day of unpacking and took a bite of the cornbread I had added to my plate and practically spit it out. I thought that someone had made a mistake with the recipe. Took a few new southern friends to “learn me” on that one–maybe a teaspoon of sugar in southern cornbread, but definitely not “sweet” cornbread like we westerners (and northerners) eat. I never could could used to the southern variety. I sure did learn to appreciate Southern brewed tea–puts what most West coast restaurants served at the time to pure shame.

    Lucy looks like she has on her “fat face” which is what we fondly call the cats in my home who are so contented that they fluff all their fur, including on their face ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. OOOOh reminds me how much I love the cornbread that cooks with a layer of custard in the middle of it….ooooooooo – it is simply heaven on a plate. Good thing I remembered, so I can add it to the Tgiving menu (which is otherwise basic..well, whole-wheat stuffing that IMHO is a truly lousy idea, but one must humor the husband, esp one as great as mine.) If you’re interested: recipe is in Fannie Farmer, I think the FF baking book, “Custard cornbread”. You basically make the c-bread, and pour 8 ox of cream smack into the middle of it, put it in the oven and set the timer. Like magic – it makes a custard layer in the middle.

  28. OOOps – knitting content! This am, I broke out my Lacis wooden swift and my ball roller and I DID IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. What took me SO long?? Must wind more balls….mustwindmoreballs…mustwindmoreballs

    AND to add to the glory of the am, I found my Mary Tudor in progress which had been lost in my stash room!!! HOORAY, it’s only been on the needles in there for years. Now it’s going to be worked on this winter!!

    A glorious am.

  29. Dear Wendy, thank you for sharing your recipes. I am especially looking forward to making the cornbread stuffing. Yum. A tip of the Margarita glass to you for all your neat stuff! And a belly scratch to Lucy!

  30. I’m sure your cornbread is wonderful, but I thought I should point out that I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is not shortening, as your mom’s recipe calls for. Crisco is shortening, ICBINB is margarine. Of course, you usually don’t melt shortening, so maybe the recipe should say “butter or margarine.”

    At our house, the cornbread recipe is the one off the Quaker Corn Meal package. People think it’s some special recipe or something, but it’s not.

  31. Wendy – I am thankful for your wonderful blog! You inspire and entertain so many people every day. Knit long and prosper.

  32. i had your cornbread for dinner tonight–AMAZING.
    thanks for sharing all these recipies.
    i’m Canadian, so it’s not Thanksgiving for me, but Happy Thanksgiving to you!