My current work in progress:

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


A Red Scarf

No doubt y’all know about the Red Scarf Project. Here is the description, shamelessly lifted from the Red Scarf Project blog that is maintained by Norma:

The Red Scarf Project, a project of the Orphan Foundation of America, or, collects red (and other unisex-colored) scarves to send in Valentine’s Day care packages to college students who have aged out of foster care. These brave young people are going it on their own and trying to improve their lives and the community by attending college. The care packages are welcome tokens of encouragement to young people who otherwise receive little to no mail. Your scarf should be soft (any material), unisex design, and approximately 60 inches long by 5 to 8 inches wide. Machine washable is a plus, but it is not absolutely necessary.

(If you have questions about the project, hie thee to the Red Scarf blog, where there is an FAQ section.)

So my new work in progress is a red scarf, to be donated to this worthy cause.


I bought the yarn specifically for this — it’s Lorna’s Laces Chunky Swirl in the Cranberry colorway. It’s chunky weight, 87% merino wool and 13% silk and man oh man, is it ever soft and cushy! While it is not machine washable, it is hand washable.


I started out knitting a scarf that had cunning little cable twists on each side — a very nice pattern indeed. I knit about ten inches and stopped to critique. The variegation in the yarn was totally obscuring the cables, so I ripped it out.

(I’m getting a lot more mature about things like this. I used to never be able to rip out without a tantrum of epic proportions. I ripped out the start of this scarf with nary a whimper. Get me. I’m an Adult.)

So last night I was in search of an appropriate pattern. I thumbed through Scarf Style, but nothing seemed quite right. Then I remembered that I had seen that there were links to scarf patterns from the Red Scarf Project blog, so I headed on over for a look-see.

I found a link to a pdf for two patterns for Bias Scarves, available from Maia Spins. I’m making the first of the two scarves.

I’m using fewer stitches (31) than the pattern directs because my yarn is a heavier weight. I’m knitting on a 6mm needle and am getting a fabric that pleases me.

This is not exactly exciting knitting, but the resulting scarf is pretty and I’m thinking will make a college kid happy. That’s what I’m hoping, anyhow!

Office Move

As of today, I am ensconced in my new temporary office.

On the plus side:

1. Brand new furniture and carpet which is in major contrast to the appalling conditions we were working in.

2. When I got to work this morning (at 6:00am) all my stuff had been moved, my computer was connected to the network and my phone was working.

On the minus side:

1. The temperature in our temporary space fluctuates between 80.5 and 85 degrees during the day. Because we are temporarily sharing space with another division (whose permanent office this is) and they actually like it this hot, we are stuck with it. Not good.

2. I miss my window. Waaaaah!

But hopefully we won’t have to stay in this temporary space too long. We have a move-in date of early February for our renovated space. Here’s hoping they get us in there sooner rather than later. But I’m not counting on it.

Heifer Update

Look at the total so far! How cool is that?


Lucy thinks it is wicked cool.


  1. I bet you’ll be over $20K by the weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Go Wendy!

  2. I’m thinking you just might be over $20K by now!

  3. I’m with Lucy on the ‘wicked cool’ department! Hey, since you are entrenched without your window, maybe now’s the time to take your leftover leave — extending into January or whenever!!! (Use it or lose it, and we must use it!)

  4. Lucy’s right! RSP is a great thing. It was my 1st charity knit. Good luck on the office move. I just found out I’m moving to a new dept on Friday. Not too bad, except I was on vacation since last Friday. Such is life.

  5. An Adult? Aw, come on. Snort!

    We know better.

  6. Forget winter woolies, you need tank tops!

    The red scarf is beautiful moreso because of the sentiment!

  7. Oh, la-la! Sumptuous Lorna’s will grace the neck (and warm the heart) of some fortunate student.

    Re: the office move, I’m with you on that. Renovations have forced my Fed office group to move to the basement from a bright, airy upper floor. They say it’s temporary. One can only hope.

  8. The Red Scarf project is a wonderful one. My knitting group wondered what the next charity project would be. I think this is it! As for Lucy…she is just dreaming of chicks.

  9. I’d recommend getting a little fan to stick on your desk. I have a 12″ fan that cost about 20 bucks, if you can find one in the middle of the winter.

    Here’s a little guy for your USB:

    Haven’t used one of these myself but I’ve had a lot of good experience with this company.

  10. just a fyi, my local newspaper featured the most popular name for pets and Lucy was in the top 10.

    I participated in the Red Scarf Project last year, it was pretty neat…. this year I’ll have to try the bias pattern.

  11. Well, I’ve got some red Cascade 220 and since it’s summer here I won’t be needing it for a while – so red scarf it is! Thanks Wendy. x

  12. The scarf looks lovely and so soft! Hope you get into your new office space quickly!

  13. I like the looks of that scarf!

    I am going to make another one from my stash yarn for Red Scarf Project.

  14. Hey, that’s the same scarf I made – quick and easy. And the Heifer donations are over $20,000. I agree with Lucy – how cool!!!

  15. The scarf is looking quite pretty. The girl who gets it will be very lucky.


  16. The scarf is gorgeous. Oh, and I just noticed the tiny Lucy pic on your URL – sweet!

  17. Christine says:

    Hmmmm…. an anonymous note to whomever pays the heating bill for that floor should do it.
    I had friends who set their dorm room to that temperature and wondered why they were soooo sleepy. Global Warming anyone?

    Maybe it’s a conspiracy against woolen handknits…

  18. Hey, Wendy, there’s also I Red Scarf KAL ( that’s affiliated with the Red Scarf Project, and is just getting going. I’m sure they’d love to have more members. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. nicole/sweden says:

    we had a mini fan club meeting at the hantverksmassan at the solsilke booth over here today.

    unfortunately all my emails to you get bounced back to me as undeliverable spam. must be my ridiculously old ibook oper sys or outlook express version. whatever. i’m resorting to your comments because i just had to let you know how much fun we had raving about your site. all we need is a song, or perhaps a secret hand shake.

    this globe is soo small, nicole/sweden

  20. Thanks for publicizing the Red Scarf Project and Caps to the Capital. I love these quick charity projects and I can feel like I’m helping someone while I’m neglecting the housework to knit!

  21. I have a window.. it only overlooks a parking lot, but it’s a WINDOW! and during the rainy season I get to watch the little creek that runs next to the parking lot flood. You take excitement where you get it. Your red scarf is very lovely.

  22. I always chuckle at the concept that there IS ‘exciting knitting’. I had no idea Lorna’s had anything so chunky. I’m learning lots today. xoxo Kay

  23. Wendy,

    Since you are a delicate flower, have you ever considered purling the bottoms of your socks? (Or even the entire foot?) That way, the knit stitches would be on the inside, and smoother on the bottoms of your feet. I saw it somewhere recently, referred to as a ‘Princess’ sole. Personally, I’d go wacko doing that much purling.

  24. Well, I just drove home in our first “wicked” snow storm of the year, and I feel like a fraudulent Vermonter for even complaining, but it’s been one helluva WEEK. Imagine my pleasant surprise at finding this post and gazing upon that lovely-lovely scarf up there. I didn’t know about that particular Lorna’s yarn, either, and it’s wonderful. There is an exciting new development in the Red Scarf Project that I’m not sure if I can broadcast yet, so I’ll hold it close to the chest until I am given permission. But suffice it to say, THANK YOU for joining in!