My current work in progress:

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



Thanks for all the comments you guys left on yesterday’s blog entry. It’s nice to see old friends and to meet new friends through the blog comments. Today’s blog title is the total number of comments as of this moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

I read blogs through Bloglines, so, I confess, I don’t always take the trouble to take the extra minute to leave a comment — it’s so easy to just skim through posts without doing so. But I know how much I like to hear from readers and I know other people do too, so I try to make an effort to comment more. Thank you for doing so as well!

The 30,000th comment was left by Dana M., whom I’ve emailed and will be sending a surprise in the next few days.

Thanks also for all the kind get-well wishes. Sinus problems are a real pain (literally) but fortunately I don’t have big problems too often. A couple of you mentioned homeopathic remedies, which I know about and practice to a certain extent. For some great information, check out this post by Norma that she wrote in October 2005. She linked to it yesterday, and I encourage you all to read it, if you haven’t already.

Speaking of sinus issues, a bunch of you spoke up in the comments and admitted that you, too, stuff tissue up your nose. Well, just to show you that I have no vanity at all, here is a photo that the KOARC surreptitiously took of me over the weekend (you know, in-between being sympathetic) — asleep on the couch, clutching my knitting like a teddy bear, mouth open, kleenex stuffed up the nose.


Well, I do have some vanity, as I made it pretty tiny. Otherwise, it was very fuzzy as he must not have used the flash (didn’t want to wake me up). But go ahead, laugh at my expense.

On to the Knitting

A bunch of you marveled at how much knitting progress I made over the weekend. It’s really not all that much. I started the sock Thursday evening, and by the commute home on Friday had the heel turned. I had more than half the red scarf done before Friday, and finished that up Friday night. It’s chunky yarn, knitted on 6mm (U.S. size 10) needles, so it goes fast.

The cashmere scarf was also knit on a 6mm needle. I tried the yarn single strand and thought it was too fine for a nice cushy scarf, so figured I’d try holding it doubled, with a large needle. (This was just trial and error — I used no exact equation for how thick finer yarns become when held double).

The red scarf was 31 stitches per row, the cashmere scarf 23 stitches per row. So you can see, this is quick knitting!. I finished the cashmere scarf on Sunday night and went back to the sock, which I finished yesterday.

There was no colorway marked on the tag for the Handmaiden cashmere, but the colorway is a combination of chocolate brown and black.

Current Project

Here’s what I’m working on now:


This is the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl, designed by Susan Lawrence. You can purchase the pattern here. It’s a smaller sized shawl that can be made from a 350 yard skein of Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool Quarters. I am knitting mine from my own handspun. I have a 4-ounce 360 yard skein of about fingering weight that I spun from Lisa Souza’s hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester roving in a colorway called “beachstone.”


This is a great pattern for a lace newbie or lace wanna-be. The pattern is easy and fun to knit, and can be memorized quickly. Experiecned lace knitters will like it too, as it’s fairly quick to knit — an instant gratification project. The pattern is very detailed and well-written and the charts are clear and easy to follow. For people who don’t like to knit from charts, the whole pattern is written out as well.

When will I start my next big project? I’m not sure — I think there’s another quickie or two I want to knit before I do.

Heifer Project

We are over $22,000! And don’t forget, the random number generator will be picking more prize winners tomorrow afternoon.

Lucy Sez


“Catnip? What catnip?”


  1. Was it catnip that Lucy got into, or your cold medicine? Cold medicine has been known to make people downright Loopy. ๐Ÿ™‚ But of course it was catnip. Lucy wouldn’t play in the medicine cabinet.

    Congratulations to you again on such astounding success with the Heifer Project. I’m thinking you can hit $25,000, what do you think?

  2. What beautiful handspun yarn! It looks sooo pretty knit up in your shoulder shawl. I hope more knitting means less sickness. Al knows I am truly sick when I am too sick to knit.

  3. Marie-france says:

    Have you seen the book “Victorian Lace Today” by Jane Sowerby? I’ve just acquired it and want to knit everything in it! I thought of you and all the wonderful shawls you knitted earlier this year (or was it last year?)as soon as I saw it.

  4. That will be a wonderful shaw. I love her patterns especially the Branching Out scarf.

    Congrats on the 22,000 and to the 30,000 comment winner.

  5. Whatta gal! Great photo of sheer misery! Love the new shawl in your handspun.

  6. i just wanted to come out of the woodwork and say hi, i read your blog and i use google reader. It really is easy to skim through and not exactly be all commenty-like on each journal.

  7. *giggle* I thought you were kidding about stuffing tissues up your nose! Thanks for the humiliating photo. It made me laugh out loud, always a good thing.

  8. I have no words to express how hilarious I think this picture is.

    There is a picture of me (floating around these United States somewhere) sleeping in nothing but my undies…with the longest strand of drool dripping ever so beautifully from my lips.

  9. I ALWAYS stick tissue up my nose when I’m sick. ALWAYS. I don’t care what I look like when I’m sick. It’s the only thing that works.

  10. LOLOLOL Omg Wendy, I am DYING laughing over here because my husband rags on me ALL the time and says he would NEVER plop a tissue up his nose and like I said….if you had sinus problems that caused you to have a leaky faucet, well, then you would HAVE to have a tissue…..or cork….up there!!!

  11. Wow, you are brave! I wouldn’t have posted that picture of myself! ๐Ÿ™‚ The shawl-in-progress looks very cool! Hee hee – Chaos and May have been indulging in a bit of the nip themselves this afternoon.

  12. Just ordered your suggested lace shawl pattern. Thanks again for your helpful info.I wanted to try an easy lace first time seeing I have somewhat of a memory problem… but it seems to be improving with more practice.
    I made 2 sets fo fingerless mitts and your hat this past week using your book. Wendy Knits is looking a little worn from all it’s use(:
    Hope you are feeling better!

  13. I have decided to knit a shawl as a surprise wedding gift for someone near & dear to me. Problem is, I’ve never knit lace! Can you recommend a good book or website or a good pattern to get me started? I’m very excited about this project and have given myself a long time before the wedding (next fall) so if I screw up (and I’m sure I will), I can frog, tink or whatever and fix it numerous times and still hopefully be done on time. Thanks!

  14. I’m sorry that you feel so miserable. Hope you get well really soon.

  15. Wow…I think we just found the inside jacket photo for your next book. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. I like the colrorway you are using on the shawl. I just finished my Forest Canopy shawl. I used 100% cotton and had to to up to 307 stitches to get the size called for in the pattern. That is a lot of stitches….they go on and on and on. But, I love it. It is still on the small size. Can’t decide if I want to gift it or keep it. Just goes around my shoulders, does not meet. I did it in Schaefer yarn…Billie Holliday colorway. It is sooooo pretty.

  17. Oh I’ve been wondering about that Forest Canopy shawl. It looks great with your handspun – I’m looking forward to seeing it blocked out so we can get the full effect of the shading/striping and see how the pattern comes out in it.

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who falls asleep holding her knitting and mouth wide open like that. heh And glad you’re feeling better now.

  18. I look just like that when I have sinus gunk going on!! I have such fair skin that my nose really glows too (what did I do before Puffs with lotion?????) Do feel better and better and I’m going to read the blog post on homeopathic stuff!


  19. Oh, Wendy…I thought about you today as I was teaching my kindergarten class. I looked up while reading a story and a little girl had a tissue stuffed up her nose just like you described. What a hoot! Jane

  20. I’m ROFLMAO at the pic of you with tissue stuffed up your nose! I, too, have resorted to just such a measure in moments of desperation. My sympathies are with you—hope you feel better!

  21. Lisa in Georgia says:

    Love that beachstone colorway. I almost did a spit take this morning when I scrolled down to the pic of you and the kleenex in the nose! What a hoot.

    I was wondering if too much catnip has made Lucy forget all about the baby chicks?

    Hope you’re feeling better today.

  22. I think that picture is adorable. If I looked that cute when I was sick, I’d show pictures!

  23. Your handspun looks gorgeous, better than Noro ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I ever start spinning, that’s how I want it to look, so many things, lets have some time please!!

  24. Judy in MN says:

    Wendy, you’re my knitting idol and now I know you’re human, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a member of a “shove the twisted tissue up the schnoz to stem the tide” club, too! Sorry to hear about your sinus troubles and hope they resolve soon. In the mean time, it’s good to know that you can produce so much knitting between naps. It gives me hope. –off to finish my
    Christmas knitting!


  25. I am currently working on the Forest Canopy shawl too! It has become all comsuming. I am making it much bigger then shoulder size for a pregnant friend. Just be careful with it. Because it is so easy, I find myself drifting and I have had to tink back twice. Very frustrating because it is so easy and you feel stupid for the mistake. Can’t wait to see your’s finished!

  26. Hi Wendy
    I am a faithful reader and fan. Speaking of fans, I am making your feather and fan socks and need to increase after the ankle for my “shapely” calves. How do you think I should go about doing this?

  27. LOL, I am such a tissue stuffer, especially at night, there is nothing like waking up in the middle of the night needing a tissue NOW. I am a newlywed and the first time my husband saw this marvel he just laughed and said how cute I was….I hit him with the pillow.

  28. Anthea Benson says:

    Coming out of the woodwork here….love your blog and read it every day. I believe the Handmaiden colourway is “Ebony”…hand dyed right here in Vancouver.

  29. Wow…the colors on Forest Canopy are stunning!

    (My grandmother stuffs tissues up her nose, and in weak moments I’ve been known to do it, too. Though if The Boy took a picture of me with a tissue up my nose, he’d be missing vital organs.)

  30. I surfed around to find a suitable site to share this with: I got tagged today and had to reach for the nearest book, turn to page 123 and write down the first 3 sentences, then tag 3 other people. I thought a bunch of knitting freaks would get a kick out of this. Also, check out my baby nurse’s cap at my blog. Here is what I reached for:

    “At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women who Knit too Much” by the Yarn Harlot. Pg 123: At the top (I’m not counting it) it says, “The Secret to Creativity is knowing how to Hide your Sources.” The secret to storing lots of yarn is expanded thinking. There is really no reason why yarn cannot occupy any space not occupied by anything else. Take a fresh look at your home, clostets, cabinets and ask yourself, “Can I fit a ball of yarn in here?”

    I can imagine a lot of husbands appreciating this! : )

  31. Wendy, glad you’re feeling better. I truly appreciate how bad sinsus/allergies can get in the dust kicked up by moving. Yuck!!!

    Thanks for the shawl pattern recommendation. Sounds like just what I was looking for – a lace pattern that doesn’t require too much thought!

    As always, I enjoy your blog. Thanks for all your work in keeping us (your readers) entertained and informed on some great knitting info!

    Carol in south VA

  32. OMG! I love a kitty on Catnip ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Having passed out in a cold medication induced haze with Kleenex stuffed up my nose before, I can sympathize and admire your cahonies in posting the evidence, but I must admit that I got a good laugh out of the knitting “blankie”.

    Love the new wrap, your handspun is beautiful all knit up.

  34. Your Forest canopy shawl looks beautiful! Quick knits or not, I still think you’re fast as lightening! Lucy appears a little electric ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. After that glowing recommendation, I too bought the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl patten! I’ve only knit small lace swatches before, and it’s time to try a real project. Thanks for the tip. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your blog!

    Get Well Soon!

  36. Tissue up a nostril? Oh BTDT! I feel for you and I hope you get better real quick. Good for you for posting that great picture.

    Your shawl is gorgeous and how marvelous to be using your own handspun.