My current work in progress:

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


Miter Love

I’m still knitting along on the back of my miter sweater. But really really enjoying it.


What’s not to love when the longest row you knit is 25 stitches?

And what’s not to love when you get to change colors every 2.25 inches?

It doesn’t make for terribly exciting blogging, though.

But look at the cool little needles I’m using to knit this.


Yupperdoodles, straight needles. I have a whole set of these — Aero needles, 6 inches long. They are just perfect for knitting little squares!

I bought these eons ago at a knitting convention. While I don’t use them terribly often, they can be extremely handy at times.

Ann, This One’s For You


This sweet little porcelain piggie hangs right above my monitor in my office, so I see it every work-day. It’s about 2 inches long. I’ve had it for close to ten years, and I freely admit to stealing it from a former coworker.

I used to work for OSHA national office, and one year during the holidays the OSHA front office announced that they would be holding a holiday tree ornament contest for all the directorates in the OSHA national office. I worked in what was then the Directorate of Safety Standards and the job of creating the Safety Standards ornament was foisted upon me and another standards writer. We created a mobile that had symbols of all the industries and occupations that were covered by OSHA standards. Another coworker brought in the little pig to represent agriculture. After the holidays when the ornament was dismantled, I (cough, cough) ended up with the little piggie. Now that I think of it, I also have the little wooden ship meant to represent the maritime industries. Oops.

The ornament? It was huge and very, very tacky. A masterpiece of kitsch and crap and hot glue. And festive bows. We proudly carried it down to the Assistant Secretary’s office and hung it on the tree while everyone stood by, aghast. I think it was fully one-third the size of the tree. Even the Assistant Secretary came out of the Inner Sanctum to see it. He was speechless (a rarity for him.)

We won first prize — a very large tin of decidedly inferior cookies. The following year they instituted the door-decorating contest and I noticed I was not asked to participate.

Lucy Sez


“Momma bought me a box! I wish she’d hurry up and open it for me.”


“Yikes! She’s taking pictures of me! Quick — strike a seductive pose!”


  1. I just wanted to be the first to comment once. I have nothing interesting to say except that Lucy looks very cute posing next to the box;-)

  2. Just wanted to restate my love for the miter.
    Can’t wait to see how the neckline turns out.

    Miter on ….

  3. What’s in that box that we are all going to want? Lucy looks magnificent!

  4. I love the OSHA Christmas mobile story–it made me chuckle. Sounds a little bit like something that could happen on The Office (heads up, another TV show reference). The miters look fabulous!

  5. I also love the Aero needles. I’ve got a mishmash set of them. Some dpns, some longer single points, a few circulars and even some afghan hooks. Every time that I come close to getting a full set on eBay, I loose the darn auction. hehe

  6. Heh, sounds like a great ornament! Wish you’d taken a picture! I love the miter sweater. It’s going to be lovely. Lucy is definitely striking a seductive pose – you’ll have to keep your eye on that one. Make sure she’s not sneaking out and catting around… *cough* sorry *cough*

  7. Sherilan says:

    I like those little straight needles. Even though I knit with one long straight under my arm I can see some good uses for these. I appreciate that you share equipment, yarn, and book ideas on the blog.

    As I was looking around the Heirloom Knitting site today, I remembered that you purchased a number of patterns there. Any plans for them in the near future?

  8. What a fun story! I’m still giggling.

  9. Miters are definitely much more interesting to knit than to photograph. But yet, I’m still enjoying the way your colors change in your sweater.

    Lucy does those seductive poses well. Perhaps a little too well…

  10. I like the way your sweater is coming out. How reversible is it? Can we see a picture of the wrong side? Or a close up of where the squares meet each other? I ask since I’m thinking about doing a garter stitch mitered blanket, and I really like the idea of a blanket being reversible. Thanks!

  11. Wendy, that miter sweater is gorgeous. I LOVE the colours. LOVE. THEM. I can’t wait to see it complete!

  12. Wendy- Maybe they were afraid you would whiz their door ornament.

    There’s a little larceny in all of us.

  13. Juliette says:

    So…”What’s in da box, goose?”

  14. The Directorate of Safety Standards sounds just a little bit Kafka-esque to me. Great story, though.

  15. You know, when it is not laid out all flat your sweater reminds me of flying over the mid-west with rolling hills all planted with varying types of crops…

  16. Were your ears burning this morning? I fell into conversation with three lovely knitters on the subway; one admired my shawl, and when I said it was from VLT she told me she was working on one from the book too. I mentioned that I had just started on Alpine, and she replied, “Oh, that’s the one Wendy [we all genuflected] just blocked!”

    Good times. ;-}

  17. You can buy all the cat toys you like and they’ll still turn their noses up at them in favor of a box ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. aero needles — I have a pair of #4’s that were part of a huge batch of needles from Germany that my friend’s mother doesn’t use anymore (lots of inox, no Holtz & Stein ebony, however)so she donated to me. The lower 25% of the needle is thicker than the upper 75%. Are they supposed to be like that? I’ve never seen that before. I’ve been meaning to bring to ask…. thanks!

  19. Nice box!

  20. This is the most fun I had all day! Nice box Lucy!

  21. Fabulous little piggie – I would have stolen him too!

  22. Meribeth says:

    The more you do on the sweater the more I like it! Gotta make one…

    I know you didn’t plan to eliminate yourself from future decorating projects…or did you? Way to go! And you guys managed to silence the bosses too.

    Early morning Lucy Belly shot is terrific. I can hear her singing “I’m so pretty, oh so pretty”

  23. Hope you like what’s in that box better than I do! I have one of those and would like to throw it out the window (except I have no other printer). Tell me if you have trouble with the default settings (mine defaults to glossy photos 4×6).

  24. The colours in the mitres look lovely. I have ben trying to avoid kntting those lovely little squares but I think I might see an afghan in handspun in my future ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. love the story.. I am currently under house arrest for excessive glittery confetti while setting a lunch table! Offices can be so mean!

  26. I have one of those printers and it is FABULOUS!! Love, love, love it!

  27. Loven the miter goodness. Those look like my colors. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done. Watching the progress.

  28. The 6″ Aero needles used to be sold in the UK as glove needles – this is what I used mine for in my pre-dpn days

  29. martha in mobile says:

    Can you stand another miter question? Do you knit back backwards or turn the entire project each row?

  30. Ah bean wonderin’ :: are you knitting back backwards, or do you turn the whole thing around and around and around?

  31. Loving the mitered squares, and I’d like to learn how to do one for myself. Is there a pattern you can recommend, or a book?
    Lucy is sooo adorable (and she knows it)!

  32. Surely you have a photo of the finished holiday ornament to show us, don’t you?

    I’ve been resisting the lure of the miters, but that’s starting to look awfully tempting.

  33. I have to say, I would rather have a mitered blanket than a sweater…I am afraid of how it is going to look when it is on..But I cannot judge until it is fully complete and modeled.

  34. Libbysmom says:

    It doesn’t look like a clown sweater at all.

  35. I have the Pixma MP500 from last year. Love it!!

  36. I’ve actually knitted socks with Froebe Fibers in the Melon Ball colorway. The first socks, actually. Becca is the moderator of our SnB group here in Chicago’s south suburbs. A picture of the yarn in sock form is here: