My current work in progress:

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


A Day Out

I had a busy day on Friday. First thing in the morning I went to see my neurosurgeon (who said I’m doing fine — just need to take things easy while I continue to heal).

By coincidence, the day before, I discovered that there was a new yarn shop that had recently opened a mere 5 miles from my doctor’s office. So after my appointment I headed over to the shop, Nature’s Yarns Inc.

The shop is located in a small strip mall in Fairfax, Virginia. It was easy to find and there was plenty of off-street parking in the lot.

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NaturesYarns 111807

I arrived there just as they were opening and the owner, Amy, very kindly offered me a cup of coffee as I cam through the door.

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NaturesYarnsA 111807

It’s a very nice shop in a lovely space — there’s a table and chairs in the front, and a couch and comfy chairs towards the back of the shop. Amy told me that there is a classroom in the back as well.

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NaturesYarnsB 111807

The shop carries a lot of interesting yarns you don’t often see — some of them I knew about, some I didn’t. Did I buy anything? You betcha! But most of it is a secret.

I can show you this however:

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Lawres Laine Bag 111807

It’s a lovely Lawre’s Laine bag, the perfect size for a sock project.

Speaking of socks, I did finish the Van Dyke Lace socks.

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Van Dyke Lace Sock 111807

These are made from Dream in Color Classy yarn in the “Happy Forest” colorway, knit on 2.75mm needles. I used one 250 yard skein for the pair of socks.

There was a question in the comments a little while back, asking why Teddy hadn’t appeared on the blog lately. Well, you know the life of a sock toe model is a busy and exhausting one. But Teddy consented to model a sock toe.

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Sock Toe 111807

Ignore this sock — it’s something I was noodling with this weekend. I’ve decided the color is not right for the pattern so you’ll not see it again.

What Lucy did this weekend:

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Lucy 111807

She’s resting up to help me with Thanksgiving preparations.


  1. Glad to hear you are healing well. That is a lovely shop and I love the bag!
    The socks are terrific, and I love the color on your doodle socks.
    Does Lucy go crazy for turkey? My 2 beagles get so excited when there is turkey cooking.
    Please don’t strain yourself during Thanksgiving.

  2. I’m glad to hear that your surgery was a success and that you are on your way to being back to normal. Nature’s Yarns looks like a fabulous shop, how convenient that it is not too far from me. I’m surprised your Van Dyke Lace socks only used 250 yards, they are very pretty, another perfect pattern and yarn combination. I look at Lucy and what she is dreaming about, she is too sweet!

  3. Nice to see pictures of that new yarn shop — I’d heard about it, but haven’t been up in NoVa in about a month – no chance to check it out yet. And what a lovely Lawre’s Laine bag you have — love the fabric! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. anne marie in philly says:

    wonderful news! (does happy dance)

    there is something for which to be thankful this thursday – the fact that you are on the road to full recovery.

    regards to lucy and the KOARC!

  5. Hi Wenday,

    OK – too wierd. I went Nature’s Yarns for the first time on Saturday – it’s super close to my house. Anyway – they were showing me all the sock yarn and I said “Oh like Wendy Knits – cool.” I almost bought a sock book, the yarn, the 5 needles and then chickened out and just got yarn for a puppy sweater. But your socks will lead me one day to get up the nerve!

    Thanks for such a great blog and I’m glad you are on the mend! ๐Ÿ™‚ Neva

  6. Um – it’s Wendy… duh. I blame the puppy…

  7. why can’t you lift more than 10 pounds? recently (er, the past few days, i’ve only known about this site for about a week) i noticed you mentioning that a lot. sorry if i sound like a newbie, if you haven’t noticed, i kind of am! ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. why can’t you lift more than 10 pounds? recently (er, the past few days, i’ve only known about this site for about a week, sadly, i didn’t know what i was missing!) i noticed you mentioning that a lot. sorry if i sound like a newbie, if you haven’t noticed, i kind of am! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of love to you and lucy!

  9. oops, that posted twice.

  10. Happy to hear everything’s coming along nicely! The new socks are beauties, only 250 yds? I realize different patterning use different amounts of yarn, but on average, how many, generally speaking, yards do the average pair of socks use? Nice to see Teddy again too ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wendy, you have made 45 pairs of socks this year! I’m sure you already knew that, but WOW! I’ve made 6.5, maybe 7.5.

  12. Cathy jOHNSON says:

    Ohy my gosh: I Love Lucy. She is a wonder kitty
    I am so happpy you are recovering well. I feel you are a wonderful person and I so do wish you lived in my neighborhood….

    Cathy Johnson.

  13. That looks like a really nice shop and that bag is awesome.

    I’m glad you are recuperating well and your prognosis is good!

  14. Thanks for the wondrous blog. It’s now a part of my day. I too am owned by ragdolls: two boys, Harrison and Hobbes (brothers born 2/5/02). Harrison is a sealpoint lynx and Hobbes is a bluepoint mitted linx. Both,of course, are fabulous.

    You have inspired me to return to knitting after a long foray into counted cross stitch. I am in the process of knitting a kitty pi bed for the boys out of icelandic wool. It will be interesting to watch them fight over it!

    Best of luck to you as you recover from your surgery and get ready for the holidays. Many thanks for your energy and inspiration!


  15. So glad you found one of my talented sister’s beautiful bags! I’m addicted to them! Jane

  16. No coincidence at all the Universe is pointing you to the next Sock Project. Lovely socks.

  17. Theresa in Italy says:

    So glad your surgeon is pleased with your progress and so envious that you have found a new LYS (mine is closing and no replacement in sight). That’s a great bag!

    I really like the Van Dyke socks—well, I really like all your socks, let’s face it, but those look especially nice.

    Smart of Lucy to rest up now. You never know.

  18. I just saw that yarn store thirty minutes ago on the new video podcast, Knitterati! Very funny….

  19. Looks like a nice store–ROAD TRIP!!
    Don’t you love Lawre’s bags? I have one of each size. They are all perfect sizes for different projects.
    So glad you are continuing to improve healthwise.

    Don’t let Lucy stress out too much before Thanksgiving!

  20. I am so glad you like The BittyBag (it is the BittyBag, isn’t it??) and a BIG thank you for blogging about it. You are helping to keep knitting new and interesting.
    Hope your recovery continues- my husband is dealing with a herniated disk, so I can relate!.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  21. Judy in MN says:

    I love the diagonal lace socks but would never have thought to knit Classy on 2.75mm needles–it’s so close to Aran weight! I’ll bet those will be *very* cushy and warm on the feet of the wearer.

    I’m glad to hear you’re healing well and I hope your future is pain-free and uncomplicated by back problems. I hope you’re planning to have KOARC do the standing and lifting for Thanksgiving dinner! You and Lucy would probably be better off lounging, keeping each other warm, and directing the action.

  22. Wendy- So glad to see you’re doing your civic duty and patronising the local shops.

    The bag is adorable.

    Glad you’re on the mend.

  23. Great Dr’s report. And dang, how come there’re fun knitting shops in the area now that I don’t live there. I think there were three in the early 90’s (ok so we moved 15 years ago but … back then there was nothing interesting on Lee Highway.)

  24. I like that blue yarn, that’s a good blue.
    Glad you’re still improving healthwise. A good dr visit and then yarn therapy, what more could a girl want?

  25. Glad to read that you are mending well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the sock bag and the new socks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I’m so glad you’re on the mend! I adore that bag! Yum.

  27. Barbara-Kay says:

    Ah, Lucy and Thanksgiving. She reminded me of the first Thanksgiving we were married, and our adolescent Siamese, Sebastian. It was his first Thanksgiving. My MIL had been thawing the Turkey on the unheated back porch (Illinois). When she brought it into the kitchen and slit the plastic, Sebastian became very excited, and climbed her leg and skirt with his little boy Meezer claws!

    I believe that was our most exciting Thanksgiving in family history!

  28. I’ll have to look for that yarn shop the next I am up that way visiting family.

  29. Coincidence, eh? Looks very spacious. Continued good wishes for your continued recovery. Teddy’s toe looks lovely, but I’ll take your word on the not-rightness. I do hope to see the yarn again, such a great blue.

  30. Love the Van Dykes! And that Chinatown Apple is gorgeous. It’s cool to see Nature’s Yarn. I rarely get to see the shops where my products are. Looks like an awesome store!

  31. Hi

  32. Hey Wendy ~ can’t wait to see what’s coming up on the food blog. Does Nature’s Yarn encourage sitting and knitting? Seems like they have good space for that. Will have to check them out. LOVE your bag!

  33. So happy to see Teddy again!

  34. *laugh* I find the report of a new LYS in that particular location exceedingly amusing. See, when I lived in Centreville, my friend Jenn and I would often be driving down 29 going to one thing or another. And we would always peer into that little strip mall, because it looked like exactly the sort of place that some sort of craft store should exist… and never did.

    I’m glad to see that we were only a few years early in our expectations. Next, I she and I will take to believing that we are independently wealthy. I’ll let you know how that turns out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again for the wonderful blog!