My current work in progress:

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


Feeling Festive

Last night the KOARC, Lucy, and I decorated a tree.


Lucy got to pick what to put on top of the tree.


For maximum festiveness, I put a little tree in the dining room as well.


So as you can see, many seasonal hijinks took place last night. Still, there was time for knitting.


I started knitting the first sock from the Holly Spring Sock yarn. This yarn is quite interesting — it has a spongy, squishy feel. It feels more like 100% wool than the wool/nylon blend that it is. I had planned on doing a patterned sock but got mesmerized with the knitting and just kept going plain past the toe. I may do something patterned on the leg, though.

And I finished the Mountain Stream Scarf last night. Here it is, unblocked.


Cat included for scale. I blocked it this afternoon.


Cat included for scale.

And I cast on for my next project this afternoon.


Can you guess what it is? It’s being knit with yarn from my stash. ๐Ÿ™‚

Knit From Your Stash 2007

I see a lot of you have embraced this project and made it your own. Great! As I said before, use the rules that work for you, add or delete things, and feel free to download and use my button. I’ve glimpsed other buttons out there in blogland that are nicer than mine, so I may lift someone else’s button to use at some point. Feel free to link to my rules page, or to copy the rules onto your own page, modified or not.

I don’t plan to start another blog in conjunction with this. Those of you who are planning to knit from your stashes can report progress on your blogs. If you are blogless, please feel free to report in my comments.

A question from the comments: Will I post a photo of my stash? No. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s not nicely contained in one place, so it’s not at its most photogenic.

A Spinning Question

Lisa asked:
How are you creating the lovely stripes in the magic socks and the forest shawl? Are you navajo plying? Are you splitting the roving in 1/2 and spinning 2 bobbins in the same order and making a 2 ply?

How am I creating the stripes? Dumb luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am not navajo plying — this is simple 2-ply. For the yarn for the Forest Canopy Shawl, I divided the roving in half, one half for each ply. Then I took one half and split it into strips lengthwise and spun them in order. Same thing with the second half.

For the sock yarn, I divided the roving in half again, but I did not split it lengthwise because it was quite narrow to begin with (and incidentally was beautifully prepared — drafted like a dream). I broke each half into manageable lengths and spun them pretty much in order.

I did a bit more spinning over the weekend — but I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

We’ve made some great progess on the Heifer Project over the weekend. Don’t forget that the next weekly drawing is Tuesday — some great prizes to be had!


  1. Is that Bohus sweater?

    (I love Lucy’s decorations!)

  2. A chick on the tree, Lucy has been decorating too I see. I wonder if there’s a recent run on yarn shops?;)

  3. Hi there!
    I just stopped in to say hello as a longtime reader and lurker ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love your knit-from-stash idea. I’m sure my stash isn’t the same size as some others but it’s got plenty and I should get knitting with it. I may just take up your challenge as well!

  4. I just love Lucy’s chick ornaments ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Your tree looks great! And why am I not surprised that Lucy decided that a chick at the top of the tree is a good idea???

    I think the idea of a small tree in the dining room is excellent. And the stole is really so pretty – it looks very delicate, is it?

  6. It’s the “large lace collar” Bohus!

    I’m always amazed at how much lace “grows”. Gorgeous!

  7. Penny Tschantz says:

    I, too, am going to attempt to knit from stash through September. I don’t quite understand the exemption for spinning fiber, though. Isn’t that a roundabout way to enhance your stash? For myself, I’d ignore the exemption for sock yarn, since I have plenty already, and keep the exemption for spinning fiber (even though it seems counter-productive) because I’m a brand-new spinner with only a tiny selection of fiber. I hope that this new year’s resolution brings everyone, including Lucy, a happy 2007!

  8. Inishmore Time!? Am I right? I think I am right!

  9. I agree with Lene and Marina. It’s the Large Lace
    Collar Bohus kit from Solveig Gustafsson you’ve had maturing in your angora hutch the past few months.

    I’ve managed to misplace the pattern for my Rose Collar Bohus kit myself. This is after finishing the collar, back and almost one sleeve, and putting it down for a couple of months. I really… Must… Get… Organized! Thanks to you and L-B for motivating me. I’m off to either find the lost pattern or use Large Lace Pattern from my kit from Solveig on Rose.

    God Jul, Wendy!

  10. I have added the Stash button to my blog, and plan to knit from my stash as long as I possibly can (hopefully PAST September) minus yarn for projects I’ve promised to make. I have to make a sweater for my husband and one for a friend’s baby who will be born in April.

    Excited! It’ll be like a game; How much can I get from what I already have on hand? Lots of socks, for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. That Lucy – she sure knows how to decorate a tree!! (Oh, and Mom said I have to tell you the scarf is pretty.)

  12. I accept your challenge. I have a few project gifts that I have been putting off and I can’t imagine why. This will get them on (and off) the needles.
    I have enough lace yarn for a few years probably, and it doesn’t take up much room.

    Two years ago I had a read my own books year. I was allowed to borrow, but I was very strict, especially about used books which follow me home to sit with their kin.

  13. I know I’m late to the game, but I swear my first thought was Bohus. I bet it’s a ploy to distract Lucy from thinking about chicks by teasing her with bunnies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Man, that scarf really grows when blocked — it’s like twice as long!

  15. My stash is massive, so this will be great for me. I did start by getting out several UFOs that are far enough along that it would not be difficult to finish them. There’s always room for sock yarn. It is such a great take along. Which makes me wonder – if we all vowed to keep sock yarn with us wherever we go, how much more might we get done in a month or even a year?

  16. I forced myself into stash only about a month after MDSW, when a moment of yarn sobriety grabbed me. Stash only until May. So far so good! The only problem is that I am a relatively slow knitter. Gotta work on that.

    Speaking of spinning: I am going to follow your method of splitting the roving. I tried that, but then I got confused as to where I was and what I was doing. The mind is the first to go, ya know?

    Another spinning question! Do you still have the tiger (or was it leopard) fiber??? Are you going to spin that soon? Combine with another fiber and spin?

  17. Oh dear… what if you own a yarn shop, and that is your stash? After all, I have to knit samples and swatches (yes, it really is a very tough life, to knit all day!) I can swear off buying more yarn, but it is so very tempting – no matter how much I have, I can never stock it all!

  18. If I could put up a tree, the chicks would be great, that message is for Lucy. Unfortunately, ’tis the year of no tree’ because of a new batch of kittens. Maybe, since I’m knitting from the stash this year, I’ll just knit a tree and then they’ll be in kitty heaven, yarn and tree to mess with all at once. Hope you have wonderful holidays and Merry Christmas to Lucy.

  19. Knit from my stash? Could I? would this end up being one of theose”I’ll start a diet in January “things? It would certainly sve a ton of money and make my husband happy as could be. Of course there is the permisasble sock yarn. So much beautiful sock yarn!Need more, need more.Will have to give this more thought.

  20. Just came across your Knit From Your Stash 2007 idea and rules. I have the same thing going for myself, only not for yarn but for books. No book purchases in 2007. Period. (I may have to be lenient and do the 9-month thing instead.)
    BUT, I just have to ask you, since I’m wondering with respect to myself…
    Does that mean that one is free to buy, buy, buy in the remainder of 2006? I have a few books I’m pondering and since I can’t buy them in 2007, well…
    So are you hoggin’ up the yarn now before the new year? Or lusting? Or both?

  21. oh, pretty yarn. I love to knit plain jane socks. The rhythm and the feel of the yarn just lull me as I knit. In fact, I think I need to go cast on right now.

  22. Oh wow! You have a dinning table that looks soooo much like mine! Is the pedestal fluted half way up? Is it mahogany and weighs fourteen hundred pounds? Does it have 7 leaves, and is it eons old???

  23. Still pining away for theose chicks, eh Lucy? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. I like Lucy’s choice of decorations. Very cute.

    The scarf turned out beautifully.

  25. Oh boy!

    I think I recognize another Baby Bohus…

    I’ve decided to be “good” and so I am signing up for your Stash 2007 project (with a few tweaks). Great idea!

  26. I love the chick ornaments! My tree has folk cat ornaments and after 3 days without power in Seattle (I count myself lucky I’m not one of the folks STILL in the dark & cold) I finally have the tree lit again!

  27. The color of that latest sock is right up my alley! *drool*

    Your scarf looks gorgeous too!

  28. I just burst out laughing when I saw what Lucy picked out for the top of your tree! I loved it – – PURRRFECT. Does she leave your tree alone? We have a kitten this year and he is a rascal. We put our tree in a room that has a door because I know I would come home with that tree down in the middle of the room if we hadn’t.

    I’m excited to start my mountain stream scarf. What did you use for your provisional cast on. I’ve never done one before. I think I may try the crochet chain provisional cast on. I can’t believe you already finished yours.

    Your knitting needles are on fire.

  29. I love reading your blog but…

    Okay so I don’t knit – but I sew. I am a one woman fabric acquistion department. Heck I even found fabric at Stitches East last month.
    So I’ll take the challenge but tweak it to my own rules – I will work through the over 15 boxes of stash fabric for the coming year.
    If I manage to get even 2 boxes of fabric used, my husband will be both thrilled and amazed.

    thanks for the challenge.

  30. I’ve taken you up on your stash-busting challenge!! I vow to spend the next 13 days buying as much yarn as I can possibly afford before 2007 starts (I’ve had a great start at both ebay and Hollyspring Homespun and her Scarlet Fleece…I just adore Kathy Oliver and am lucky enough to live 30 minutes from her gorgeous store).

    Thanks for the great idea!! (I think)

  31. You should definitely have this for your next kleenex-in-the-nose situation!

  32. Thank you so much for giving us a place to donate to the success of others through Heifer International. Blue skies, Lark

  33. I’m a longtime lurker (very long time) and decided to come out of the woodwork to say hello and thanks for such a great blog. I love your trees and Lucy’s choice in decorations. She is one cool kitty.

  34. Ah…the magic of blocking…the scarf looks lovely. As do your trees. Lucy has great taste in tree-toppers. If I don’t get to comment again before the holidays (lots of knitting left to go) Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas to you and your family (including Lucy of course!)

  35. hello wendy
    i am a german knitter, and i thank you for this great idea. Jinx and me called other germans, to follow this challenge, it seems, we are successful.
    greets from germany and excuse my schoolenglish. Its 30 years ago i learned it.


  36. Wendy, I love this idea! I had already promised my girlfriend I wouldn’t buy any more yarn, because mine’s exploding everywhere, but I forgot recently. However there were 2 skeins of sock yarn amongst it…

    This gives me time to redeem the yarn put aside at my LYS, thus meeting my commitments, but not to go mad ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks heaps, all the way from New Zealand where it’s mostly warm for Christmas.