My current work in progress:

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


The Last Hurrah!

Today was my last yarn shopping of 2006.

As some of you cleverly guessed, my special guest was L-B, who came up for a quick visit.

Lucy was happy to see her.


“L-B, is there a gift in here for me?”

There was! A catnip mouse knitted from Handmaiden cashmere!


This cashmere was leftover from something gorgeous L-B made for me:


Fingerless mitts! Aren’t they wonderful? L-B made up the pattern (but she hasn’t written it out). I love the picot edges.

There was also gifting of yarn. Here’s what L-B brought me:


Clockwise from the top, that’s Fat Sheep bulky yarn (wool/mohair blend), Apple Pie sock yarn from Apple Laine (yum!) alpaca laceweight yarn in two colorways from Liisu Yarns, and more Fat Sheep. Woo hoo!

Today we went to Springwater Fiber Workshop and we both bought some stuff. My haul:


Clockwise from the top, that’s handpainted wool roving, The new Colinette sock yarn, some handpainted wool/tencel blend (Springwater label), and Cascade Ecological Wool.

So that’s it for yarn-buying for a while!

We had a great visit but it was much too short as usual. Still, we managed to pack lots of fun into a little bit of time. But Lucy now feels the need to nap.


I think I’ll join her!


  1. What a great start to your Knit From Your Stash project. See, good friends know what you need!
    I LOVE L-B’s mitts. They are beautiful. And I bet they feel lovely on your hands.
    Have a Happy New Year!

  2. You and Lucy did very well by L-B! Happy napping and knitting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. This post makes me want to rush out and buy some yarn!! But I’ll be strong and live vicariously thru you Wendy! I’m actually excited about Knit From Your Stash 2007! I just hope I’m not a drooling babbling mess by March ๐Ÿ™‚

    The P-Man sends many hugs and kisses for a happy healthy New Year at Chez Wendy!

  4. Oh can you send her to me for some napping? I sure miss snuggling with a warm kitty for naps, growing up we always had a kitty to snuggle. The labrador is good too, but he gets hot after a while and leaves.

    What a great haul. I went and did a last harrah today at lunch as well. PUrchased some Cascade for some felted hats as quick gifts for some family members.

    So I wonder who’s betting on who’ll make it the longest without buying.

    Oh and by the way the picture of Koko yesterday. Too cute! I just love siamese, although sometimes I could do without their yowls.

  5. So far I’m resisting the impulse to go out and score yarn before the deadline … and I’ve already started stash knitting. This burst of virtuos behaviour surely ain’t gonna last.
    and I have a feeling that the ‘knitting for gifts’ escape clause is going to get worked a lot this coming year :]
    but I’m trying

  6. Excellent strategic stash enhancement!

    Thank you for being such great and inspirational company in the blogosphere.

    I hope you have a great New Year and a great birthday.

    Give Lucy a scratch behind the ears from me.

  7. What a nice girlfriend! Those mitts are adorable. (No one can catnap like a cat, huh?) Happy New Year you guys.

  8. After coming inside from shoveling snow – the very start of Denver’s second blizzard in two weeks.. I had my last Hurrah too. I made my last yarn purchase of this year (and maybe all of next year if I can last ). I bought Daletta yarn to make the Dale of Norway Sapporo 2007 sweater in Red/Gold/Natural/Woodberry/Brown. Now I can sit back and admire my stash!


  9. I’m still trying to decide on my sweater I’ll buy the yarn for… Never mind the sweaters in stash. Need! Sweater! To! Buy!


    Still got three days left. And a gift certrificate to Knit Picks burning a hole in my pocket.

    I loooooove those mitts. L-B needs to write the pattern up!

  10. Those are beautiful fingerless mitts and yay for Lucy with her catnip mousie gift. Looks like you have a good start on the stash too.

  11. My last buy is this weekend, after I get paid. I’ve got my eye on 2 skeins of Berroco Keltic for socks, a skein of Mystical Creations Yarn for socks and 2 skeins of sock yarn from Crown Mtn.

  12. Longtime lurker; first-time commenter. I’ll be curious to see how the Jitterbug yarn knits up on your preferred size zero needles. The yardage is really low, I think, and they recommend size 3s. There’s been an active discussion on the Socknitters Yahoo group about whether this is actually a sockweight yarn (given the yardage, gauge and suggested needle size). Your thoughts?

  13. Oooh, I see Cascade Ecological Wool in that pile! I made myself and my hubby sweaters from it last winter. It knits up into cozy, cushy fabulousness!

  14. How funny – I did my last yarn shopping today too! Even better, I also bought some laceweight Liisu!

    I pulled all of my yarn out last week and did a complete inventory on it. I also planned out a few projects, and have decided that it’s going to be a lot of fun to knit from my stash over the next year.

  15. It’s wonderful getting together with friends> I’m glad you had a great time. Have a healthy and the happiest of New Years.

  16. Awesome fingerless mitts! What I want to know, since I’ve been seeing these all around blogland, is whether or not these mitts are as warm as the fingerless gloves…have you tried both? I made my hubby some fingerless gloves for Christmas and want to make some for me…we like to go on photographing adventures, especially at the ocean where it can be cold, so we want to keep warm but be able to use our fingers.

  17. Wow, a cashmere mouse – the lap of luxury, Lucy!!

  18. aloha wendy, and happy new year! i love your new yarn stash and the gifted fingerless mitts are beautiful! i have a quick question – i’ve just learned the short row heel technique per your knitty article (done 2 socks-my first toe-up and one cuff-down) after doing only heel flaps – is it supposed to be tight going over the instep when putting on the sock? after the sock is on it fits ok. i posed the question on my blog, but the few commenters were heel flap fans so they couldn’t help, so i thought i’d go straight to the expert…thank you kindly….

  19. The photo of Lucy peering in the bag is priceless.
    Enjoy your Stash!

  20. Cats can smell catnip a mile away! We have one toy that they like to lick to death and then they crash..hard! It’s funny watching the fat old cat go crazy on catnip.

    All that yarn looks yummy. Enjoy knitting from your stash!

  21. Wendy – Springwater Fiber is my favorite yarn store, probably because it’s in my hometown. I make a special trip to visit every time I’m in D.C. for work or whatever. Your last minute stash enhancement is making me think I need to do the same. Have a wonderful new year.

  22. Yummy yarn, you lucky girl.
    Vogue Winter arrived in the mail yesterday and there is an article on Northern Knits with a picture of a Bohus, among other wonderful jumpers. I like your colour choices much better.

  23. HA! I had a last hurrah last night too! I ran down to Knitty City and picked up some seasilk and kidsilk mohair for a storm water scarf (double-stranded silk and mohair on larger needles). This will go well, Wendy, it WILL go well! LOL

    I also gifted myself plenty yarn for christmas and plenty books to knit from. It shall be a BUSY year with MANY FO’s!!

    YAAAY for yarn diets!

  24. I can’t wait to see what you do with your Eco Wool. I pick it up at the LYS every time I go in, but never buy it for some reason.

  25. Happy New Year to Wendy, Wendy’s family and friends and the lovely Lucy (whose calender I did receive for Xmas and am enjoying!) An early Happy BDay to U Wendy. I hit the big 53 on Sat 12/30! Can’t wait to see your wonderful knitted stuff for 2007! It will be beautiful I’m sure!

    My kitties (Yoda and Buster) also say Happy New Year to all!


  26. I did some last minute stash additions too.
    I bought 3 skeins of Fusion ( mohair/acrylic/wool ) in a tan/burnt orange/golden brown/brown colorway that was on sale and got the last 3 in the same color lot!!! Am knitting a shawl ( don’t know how big it will be – am just knitting until I run out of yarn ). Also, bought 1 skein of a cotton/polyester mix that looks like fabric ( but isn’t ) that was regularly $ 10.81 on sale for $ 2.99 – was totally in shock over this but only bought 1 skein because I want to see how it works up before I buy more of this brand late next year.
    The knitting for the premies is going fine and using up my stash nicely.
    Happy New Year to you and Lucy.

  27. That is quite the stash enhancement! The fingerless mitts are beautiful and Lucy is a very posh kitty. She should have cashmere toys to play with.

  28. I’d love the pattern for the fingerless mitts if L-B ever decides to write it out (hint hint) although I suppose I would have to knit them with yarn from my stash :(. Great stash enhancement! and good luck between now and September 30th!

  29. I just got Alice Starmore’s The Celtic Collection and I was wondering how you know how much yarn to but for a progect?

  30. Catie Phillips says:

    I was wondering if there was a pattern for the mice that you make for Lucy. If there is where can I buy/find it?
    PS: all the best in the new year

  31. Hello again. In response to Debbie’s comment about adding some give to the instep, I’ve been experimenting with creating gussets on my socks. (Toe-up, short rows and magic loop all the way!) It might help – and I’m also interested in Wendy’s expert opinion:

    About 3 or 3.5 inches short of the total foot length, I increase 1 stitch on each side of the sole (k1, m1R, knit across to last stitch, m1L, k1), work 1 or 2 rounds plain, then repeat until the foot is 2 inches less than the completed length. (Your rate of increase will depend on how much ease you need, but from what I’ve read, you need at least an inch on each side of the foot when creating these mock gussets.) When I’m done with the short row heel, I decrease 1 stitch at each side of the heel (k1, ssk, k across to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1), work 1 round plain, then repeat until I’m back to my original total stitch count and proceed to work even – or in a pattern stitch – until the sock is the right height.

  32. That Colinette Jitterbug is A-mazing. I am knitting up a pair of socks in it now, as a matter of fact.

  33. Love the mitts!!! Encourage L-B to write the pattern! Yarn is luscious!

  34. Shoot!

    I just realized that you are probably down the street from my parents. I’m hoping to hit Springwater tomorrow since my plan to finally go to the Textile Musuem downtown has been firmly killed by all of the funeral events (Ford’s not any personal friend or family).

    Maybe I can entice you all out for something fibery next year around the holidays?

  35. I always love the end of the year, quick buy that yarn I’ve been coveting. It is the one time of year you really can buy guilt free. Good luck on the Knit From the Stash. I did the same thing last year with mixed results. And am trying again this year with a different outlook. Best!

  36. I will purchase as much yarn as possible from as many yarn stores as possible until September. I’ll buy in Clearwater, St. Petersburg & Indianapolis, Bloomington (IN) Westfield (IN) and Morgantown (IN). I doubt I’ll make it to the nation’s capitol..I’m also knitting from my stash…. but I’ll knit as much as I can, as long as I can… Julie