My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

First WIP of 2008

My first project of the new year is this:

Wave Scarf 010208

Wave Scarf 010208

This is a wide scarf that I started New Year’s Eve. I’m knitting it in a traditional shetland lace pattern: crest o’ the wave.

Wave Closeup 010208

Wave Closeup 010208

(Great minds think alike — Judy at Smatterings posted about her Crest o’ the Wave Scarf yesterday and posted a free pattern. Mine is pretty much the same — just wider.)

The yarn I’m using is special. ๐Ÿ™‚

My friend Johanne send me a gorgeous pair of wristwarmers for Christmas, knit from some hand-dyed yarn.

Wristwarmers 010208

Wristwarmers 010208

Look at how beautifully the beads match the yarn!

Wristwarmers Closeup 010208

Wristwarmers Closeup 010208

Anyhow, she asked the artist to dye some laceweight to match and sent that to me for my birthday (yes, today is my birthday). Thanks, Johanne!

Laceweight 010208

Laceweight 010208

So I’m making a nice wide scarf to match my wristwarmers. That’s my plan for today: knit and watch television. Hey, it’s my birthday after all. I can do what I want.

Lucy wishes that I would want to turn on the heat — it’s gotten cold. I think I’ll oblige her.

Lucy 010208

Lucy 010208


  1. Happy birthday, and best wishes for many more healthy, happy years!

  2. Hippo Birdie Two Ewes, Hippo Birdie Two Ewes, Hippo Bir-die Two Ewe, Hippo Birdie two ewes.
    (Sandra Boynton)

  3. A very Happy Birthday, Wendy. May the next year be filled with love, happiness and good health. And yarn. Plenty of yarn.

  4. Happy, Happy Birthday to You! Hope you had a great day with lots of knitting!

  5. Time for some happy birthday wishes to be sent your way. Hope you celebrated warm and well.

  6. Happy Birthday Wendy and many blessings are wished your way! I love the new WIP!

  7. Happy Birthday, Wendy! Beautiful scarf!!!!! Happy New Year, as well!!

  8. HAppy Birthday!

  9. Wendy

    Happy Birthday and many, many more!!!!!

  10. Happy Birthday, Wendy!

  11. Super Happy Birthday Wendy!!

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I so enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with Lucy and, of course, all your gorgeous knitting!

  13. Happy Birthday, Wendy dear! You are such an inspiration to so many of us! I found the whole cookbook thing extremely touching; there are no coincidences. Loving smooches to lovely Lucy, who is gracing my refrigerator in her new calendar. Happy New Year to all at your house!

  14. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!!! Another year younger!!! YIPEEE

  15. How many stitches did you cast on & what size needles did u use? Thank u

  16. I hope you had the most splendid of birthdays! Wishing you only the best!

  17. Have a great Birthday Wendy!! And your fingers must be on fire!!! How do you knit so darn fast???
    Seems like you could run a generator to keep Lucy warm just by clicking your sticks! LOL!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Happy Birthday. Thanks for the link to the crested wave… I have some gorgeous laceweight yarn I got at the KnittersReview retreat… and haven’t known what to do about it.

  19. Happy Happy Birthday! Wishing you the best for 2008!

  20. Happy Birthday Wendy and Happy New Year. May 2008 bring you and yours an abundance of all things desired.

  21. Happy Birthday Wendy!!!

  22. For she’s a jolly good fellow, and so say all of us! Many happy returns Wendy.

  23. Happy Birthday !

  24. Lisa in Georgia says:

    Happy Birthday, Wendy!!

    May 2008 bring you health and happiness! I can’t wait to see what you’re going to knit next!

  25. Beautiful yarn and beautiful scarf.

    Have a very happy birthday!

  26. Happy Belated Birthday Wendy, I’m so sorry I missed it. After all these years of reading, I should know. Doh!

  27. I hope you had a nice cosy day spent doing just what you wanted to do. And spent with good company while you did it.

    Wishing you many more nice birthdays.

  28. Happy birthday, Wendy. Also, belated Happy New Year to you, KOARC, and Miss Lucy.

  29. Happy Birthday! Wish you many more…with health, peace and happiness.

    The scarf makes me ache. Oh, wow…

  30. Happy Birthday, fellow Capricorn! Enjoy your gifts and your day, and snuggle up with Lucy.

  31. Happy Birthday Wendy, May you have the best year yet, filled with fiber and fun.

  32. Happy Belated Birthday, Wendy

  33. Happy Birthday dear woman!! Hope your day was a wonderful one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Happy Birthday!!! I love the wonderful scarf!!

    Hope you had a great birthday!

  35. Happy Birthday, Wendy! It’s nice to know that on your birthday Lucy can do whatever she wants, too!

  36. Happy Birthday!!! Hope you had a great day knitting and relaxing!!

  37. Wishing you a very happy (and relaxing and warm) birthday!

  38. Happy birthday!

  39. Happy Birthday Wendy

  40. Happy Birthday! Lace and beads are a lovely way to celebrate.

  41. Beautiful scarf! And Happy Belated Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Wendy,
    Hope your birthday was just like you had hoped for. I love your scarf and also the yarn. It is dyed in such a beautiful colorway. Question, did you mention what size of needle you were using and the number of stiches you cast on? Or did I miss that somewhere? Yours does look more substantial than the one you linked to and I would love to know the specs for yours. Thanks so much!
    Keep warm!

  43. Barbara-Kay says:

    Would a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday, Dear Wendy” wake Lucy? I thought not. Consider it sung!

    Wow, such beading! I hadn’t even imagined that — raised the bar another step. And will you be beading a part of your scarf?
    Just askin’.

  44. I may not be the last one on the planet to wish you a Happy Birthday…but close! Hope it’s a good one!

  45. Happy birthday! and what a wonderful way to spend your birthday, knitting! I love the Crest of the wave, and I love a free pattern! Enjoy your day.

  46. Happy birthday and New Year. Love the new shawl. The yarn and the stitch pattern really bring each other out.

  47. Hope the birthday was happy and you got lots of Lucy lovin’!

  48. Wanda in AR says:

    Happy Birthday!

  49. A bit belated, but Happy Birthday! Hope your day was great!

    Love the wristwarmers, and the wide scarf!

  50. Happy birthday!!!

  51. Happy birthday, and many knitterly returns. ๐Ÿ™‚ The shawls are gorgeous!

    Thanks again for the tip about Nature’s Yarns. I’m really digging the place.

    Hope you have a wonderfully lazy day!


  52. Happy Birthday! That’s a lovely scarf. It looks like it can handle a variegated yarn too. I’ll have to remember that.

  53. Happy Birthday Wendy!! Getting in just under the wire, I hope your day was wonderful!

    I have a Diet Yoke Q for you….as a DC connoisseur, have you ever had Coke Zero and if so, what’s your opinion?