My current work in progress:

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


Second Verse, Almost the Same as the First

When you use two 4-ounce skeins of yummy yarn to knit mittens, you are gonna have half of each skein left over. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’ve started another project with the same yarn.

New WIP 101508

New WIP 101508

At this point, it looks quite similar to my Flower Power mittens, no?

But it is not very exciting yet, so we shall move on.

A Bunch of Random Stuff

1. Look at how nicely the Flower Power mittens match my pretty new tote bag.

Tote Bag 011508

Tote Bag 011508

This is a Ham’s Jams bag, and I got it last week when Sheri did a shop update at The Loopy Ewe.

2. I also have a matching Ham’s Jams Yarn Cruiser, a holiday gift from L-B. I am so matchy-matchy!!

Yarn Cruiser 011508

Yarn Cruiser 011508

3. Another thing I bought from the Loopy Ewe last week were these wicked cool “ball of yarn” earrings by Designs By Romi. Cute, no?

Earring 011508

Earring 011508

(My ear lobes are not always that red — the photo was taken shortly after I blow-dried my hair. I am a delicate flower.)

4. Sheri did another shop update last night and boy, was there ever a feeding frenzy in the Wollmeise section! I might have (cough, cough) scored some, but I know that many people didn’t. So as a consolation prize, I’m doing a giveaway.

Wollmeise 011508

Wollmeise 011508

This is a skein of Wollmeise laceweight in the Pfefferminz Prinz colorway. 100% Superwash Merino, 300 gr, 1739 yards.

Label 011508

Label 011508

Would you like it?

Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before 4:00pm Eastern time on Thursday January 17, 2008. The random number generator will choose the recipient and I’ll announce the winner Thursday evening.


1. One email per person.

2. Only entries emailed to the Official WendyKnits Blog Contest email address, above, will be counted. Entries in the comments will be ignored. But if the spirit moves you, you are free to leave a comment telling me what a sweet and generous soul I am, okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Anyone on Planet Earth with a mailing address where I can send a package is eligible to enter. You do not have to be in the United States — I will mail to Tahiti, if need be.

That is all.

Lucy 011508

Lucy 011508


  1. That’s one pretty yarn!

    I can’t wait to see what the new project is. Maybe mittens in a different pattern? Or are you being blasphemous and knitting socks top down? :p

  2. Ms. Wendy, you are a generous soul!!

    Talk about high scoring at The Loopy Ewe. I was hoping to get in on the Wollmeise lace — at least I could see what they did have….

    Great mittens!

  3. PICAdrienne says:

    Lucy, you have a generous Mommy. I am not real good with lace weight. It is beautiful and gorgeous and all sorts of nice adjectives apply to the yarn. I am opting out of this feeding frenzy. I would not do justice to its beauty.

  4. I didn’t get my sneakup email until 1/2 hour after it was posted. I missed the Wollmeiser yarn. I always seem to miss the wollmeiser. ๐Ÿ™

  5. You are a sweet and generous person.

  6. Melissa724 says:

    You are so nice. I tried to get some Wollmeise during the sneak up but I was unsuccesful. I love the mittens… green and brown together is so pretty.

  7. Wendy, you are indeed a sweet and generous soul, and you have a darned cute cat, too! (Hi Lucy!) I have entered your contest according to your rules, and am willing to go to Tahiti in order to win, if need be. (Wait–that’s probably more expensive than just buying my own skein of Wollmeise–if I could find it, isn’t it? Still, buying my own wouldn’t be as much fun.) Thanks for a great contest, and a great blog!

  8. Purrrrrrrrrrr!

  9. I love coming here and seeing the beautiful things you knit. I love the smaller projects as much, or more than the larger things. Your mittens are so classic and–what’s the word? Historical? They are beautiful. I love things that echo the past.

    However, I feel a little frustrated that something like mittens, in one color, in a larger gauge, would take me literally weeks to complete. I realize that you are an unusually talented knitter, and have been knitting for years as I have been knitting for only one year this month. Still, can I hope to complete an 8″x8″ afghan square in less than three evenings, eventually? I am completely self-taught so I am not sure if I need to change something. I am left-handed and knit continental, moving the right needle much more than the left, so I am not sure if this is slowing me down in an abnormal way. It’s not that I want to be FAST, exactly, but I would like to be more productive, I guess you’d say. I used to paint for many years and didn’t turn out a lot of pictures then; I also write and can take several days to produce a page I’m willing to show to another person. So maybe it’s me.

    Thanks again for the exquisite artwork I enjoy every day–and especially the artistic Lucy!!!

  10. Well, obviously you’re sweet and generous, or would you have such a lovely cat keeping you company?

  11. As another who was too late to the Loopy Ewe last night, I will enter right away. Thanks for being so generous.

  12. You are a sweet and generous soul. And I missed the Wollmeise frenzy and consequently did not get any. Poor, poor me.

    Are you going back to knitting socks?

  13. I am one of the got the email 1/2 hour after it was sent and all the Wollmeise was gone! Thanks for being so generous; I have entered your contest. I have to say, I hope I win!

  14. Well you are so giving and generous :O) I love the mittens and the bags…..the earrings are adorable as well. I can’t wait to see what the new WIP turns out to be. Someday I am going to do colorwork. I tried it when I first started knitting and it was okay, but akward….I need to try again and just do it!

  15. You’re so sweet. I will abstain as I also scored in last night’s sneak up… One skein for me and one for my best friend. Not too shabby. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope all’s well!

  16. You are a sweet and generous soul! Your new mittens are beautiful – and Lucy is always a pleasure to see.

  17. Oh u kind and generous soul ~ you must be as speedy on the keyboard as you are on the sticks…. I sware I told Sheri I needed to knit myself a super-cape so I can get in quick enough to purchase some of that glorious yarn…. once again I missed out… thanks for the 2nd chance!

  18. You ARE a sweet and generous soul!! There is much supporting evidence to this and I have yet to come across a dissenting opinion!

  19. Aha! So now I know who bought that peppermint yarn right out from under my flying fingers!!! But I did manage to score a skein so I won’t be entering into the contest…..greed and karma ya know!

  20. JulieThePurpleChick says:

    Wendy ~ You rock! Your mittens are really cool; love the colors together.

  21. I missed the sneak-up by a matter of minutes (38, I think) and it was all GONE! Holy Moley! I was going to actually break a strict yarn fast (since I got so much for Chrismakwanzakah)! I presume that Wollmeise is going to be the newest Holy Grail in the Yarniverse!

    Oh, by the way, you have been declared the “Dali Llama” of wool, being the 247th incarnation of First Knitter! (Which explains how you knit so fast!) Your generosity and talent are boundless! We are not worthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Beautiful yarn, and what a good person to hold a contest like this. Of course, you could be hoping to appease the gods with this offering so that the disgruntled Wollmeise hunters will not find their way to your door …

    But no, I’m certain it’s because you are so generous of spirit.

  23. You are fantastic and generous!!

    Cute mittens. You are making me want to knit mittens now!

  24. Thanks for the contest.

    Your mittens are to die for! They are absolutely goregous. Did you steam and/or block them for the photo shoot?

    Hugs to Lucy

  25. Marianne Y says:

    Wendy, the Wollmeise lace yarn is absolutely gorgeous! It is so pretty, that I am amazed that you are willing to part with it! I do not have any Wollmeise yet. I have been a Loopy Groupy since April, but I have never managed to get on soon enough to snag a colorway that I like. Thank you for having this contest!

    Best Wishes for a Safe, Healthy, and Happy New Year 2008!

    Take care,

  26. I hit the Loopy Ewe first thing this Am and missed the wollmeise yarn also, not that I have any money to order it ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh well. I too entered your drawing for some of that glorious yarn. You are not only a very tallented knitter but also a very generous person, and I mean that very seriously. Lucy is one lucky kittie!!

  27. It’s such a warm and generous thing to do; no wonder you and Sheri are close, you’re both very thoughtful!

  28. Wendy, you truly are a sweet and generous person. Not only that you are so very kind and do so much for everyone. Take care and God bless. If only more people were like you. Love the mittens.

  29. thanks for volunteering up a skein! you are so nice! love the mittens btw!

  30. Go Wendy and Hugs to Lucy

  31. I missed out on the Wollmeise yet again. I figure I have a much better chance of making it into the Loopy sock club and getting a lone skein of Wollmeise that way than to continue watching for sneak-ups ๐Ÿ™ Your Pfefferminz lace is one of the things I was hoping to get, so someone will be a lucky soul.

    And YES, you ARE generous.

    Oh, AND you will be one of the designers for the Loopy Sock Club – yet another reason I’m joining ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Gorgeous bags and mittens! I also ordered the same large tote from Sheri last week, but I haven’t received mine yet (it takes longer to get up here to Canada!). Now I’m even more anxious for it to come. I believe Sheri said she had three of them, so I guess there will be one other person out there with the same bag. Will you be taking it to the Spring Fling? Just wondering because I’m going, too, and I’ll probably have mine so if you do bring it I hope you won’t mind having a twin!

  33. Okay, Wendy we all know how generous you – just look at your free patterns and then go to Ravelry and see how many of us consider them the bible of sock knitting, etc. I really am curious as to what you got in last week’s and this week’s sneak up?? Did you, like me, snag the new colors of DIC smooshy – I already got mine and they are PERFECT! I did grab a couple of the wollmeise at Sheri’s last night, but only because I put caution to the wind and whatever shades remained in my cart – I bought. So I am trying the Isis something blue/yellow and Blue Suzanne and even got my Am Kaltan Polar – love, love than color. I know you are thinking MYOB about your purchases. When you announce the winner of the yarn, you should post the name with a photo of the beautiful shawl you made with the blue wollmeise. I am so in love with than, but I don’t know if I can do it (in my lifetime) you are like a machine, I swear the fastest knitter evah.

  34. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous mittens Wendy, such a balanced design,makes me want to knit them for the Winter.

  35. Wendy, you are a sweet and generous person, and you have a great name (my 2nd DD’s nickname is Wendy).

    Did you know that Firefox lets you click on the addy with “dot” and “at” and sends you to the mac email program and fills it in with the “.” and “@” in the right place? Does that still work as anti-spam?

  36. Leslie in SD says:

    The Flower Power mittens are simply lovely & my guess for the new project is: Flower Power mittens in the same colors but with a reversed color scheme. I can’t wait until you can put the pattern up on your website. I’ve not tried knitting mittens before but this style looks very doable! The Wollmeise is absolutely gorgeous & you are the sweetest, most generous soul for offering to give it away! Please give the lovely Lucy a hug from me! How in the world do you knit so fast?? Any hints you can offer novice knitters like myself would be greatly appreciated!! Best wishes from SD!

  37. You are a sweet and generous soul, Wendy. I swear I was going to tell you that before you announced the contest. Yup, I was. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. You are generous indeed! Thank you for the chance! You had a Christmas after Christmas! Niiiice ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. LOVE that tote bag.

    I was one of the unlucky souls who missed out on the Wollmeise. I had it in the cart…and then paypal crashed on me. For like ten minutes…

    I was sad.

    And I ADORE those mittens in those colors. Seriously.

  40. I’m so glad i stumbled upon your blog. I am two repeats into my own version of the crest o’ the wave. It’s my second lace project ever, and definitely the most involved. It’s going well. I’d love to start a new project with that lovely yarn!

  41. That’s so sweet of you Wendy to give that up! You ARE very generous!
    I Love all your projects, I think you’re so talented!! Those earrings are pretty cool too.
    I often wonder if Miss Lucy knows how big of a star she is….

  42. wendy, has anyone ever told you how stupendously generous you are? oh, well anyway. . .this rocks! that wollmeise is amazing!

  43. Jenn Kelly says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the mittens! Please make that pattern available for purchase!

    You are the best!

  44. Sunnyknitter says:

    Fabulous color choice, you sweet, generous person, you! And such a beautiful earring model too! (Okay, the sucking up will end now, even if it is all true!)

  45. Thanks for the shot at the Wollmeise!! If I’m lucky enough to win it I will love it and hug it and call it George!!! Thanks again!
    Amy in AZ

  46. Wendy, thanks so much for giving us a shot at that Wollmeise. Like an earlier commenter, I have even attempted to sign up for the sock club simply to try to lay my hands on some Wollmeise. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that you are one of the designers. I am currently making my second pair of socks ever using your Loopy Laces pattern. I just love that heel and the fact I don’t have to pick up any stitches!

  47. Sweet and generous is just a start! Sharing Wollmeise lace is grounds for beatification, I think.
    Oh, lovely Wollmeise, you make my eyes happy!
    Come home to me if the random number generator agrees. I will love you forever.

  48. You are indeed generous to a fault – I was too tired to check the what’s new last night – aarggh, that’ll teach me! And this is the colour I was eyeing when I looked at “previous” yarns.

    Chin scritches to Lucy, if she likes them

  49. Love the way the tote and mittens compliment each other. I’m also envious of your speed.

    The earrings are neat too!

  50. You are extremely sweet and generous. Snowballs chance though it may be, I’ll enter…officially via email, of course… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    By the way, I love your blog AND Lucy. What a beautiful girl she is!!

  51. Ok, I’m off to Tahiti then ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the Matchy mittens and bags, very cute!

  52. Although I hunger after that skein of Wollmeise, I will not enter. . . I will not enter. . . I will not enter! I’ve never scored any Wollmeise from Loopy, but I have been able to order it directly from the Wollmeise Shop in Germany. If anyone is interested, the screens display in English after you click the little British flag next to the German flag. The shipping costs aren’t too bad, and you can save time by shopping from the in stock list.

  53. Kathy Sue says:

    Wow, how lucky you were to have gotten enough yarn that you felt the need to share! And you sure picked a beautiful skein to share. I can see a really gorgeous shawl growing from it. Thank you for being such a thoughtful and generous person.

  54. yes, you are a very generous person…but i’m wondering you’re up to knitting with the leftover yarn – chocolate mint socks?

  55. You are indeed a sweet and generous soul.

    I’m not entering the contest because I’ve just realized that if I start knitting ~now~, this very instant, and knit 15 hours a day until I die … if I live to be 103 there is little chance I will use all of my yarn.

    I. Do. Not. Need. More.

    (Please note that I am having a brief moment of sanity here, and this will in no way stop me from buying more yarn in the future.)

  56. Theresa in Italy says:

    Wendy, you are a sweet and generous soul.

    Enough of that. The Wollmeise trail was cold before I even knew Sheri had put it up, and I can’t afford to move to Tahiti after all the other yarn I bought to console myself. (Tahiti probably has a more efficient postal system than Italy, too, but that’s another topic…)

    New project involves ribbing, I can see that much.

  57. You are awesome. It takes a generous soul to give away Wollmeise.

  58. Your mittens are awesome and I am amazed at how fast you knit them. I just finished my first ever pair of stranded mittens (Manly Mitts from Knitty) which took a week. Any chance of showing how you knit the corrugated cuffs? And yes, you are a very sweet and generous person to give such gorgeous yarn away!

  59. That is so sweet of you to part with that gorgeous yarn!!

  60. Lisa in Toronto says:

    Thanks for thinking of those of us not so quick off the mark.
    I am just starting to try knitted lace projects, and I know better tools lead to better results.
    I don’t even have a lace stash yet!
    Happy New Year!

  61. Lee Cockrum says:

    I am echoing someone above who mentioned both your generosity as well as your gorgeous cat! Somehow perhaps one is linked to the other?! Who knows!

  62. Aw, you are a generous soul! Ah, to be in Tahiti…

    And I’m a delicate flower too… Just look at my skin the wrong way and I turn red.

  63. Michele from Minnesota says:

    I thought you were going to say that you would, personally deliver the yarn to Tahiti.
    You are a thoughtful person and you do us a great service with your wonderful explainations and patterns.

  64. Really enjoy your blog and you are a generous person. Nice of you to share. on a side note, because of all the awesome video/pix of miss Lucy, hubby and I got a little ragdoll boy we named Linus.

  65. OMG, what a generous prize. Lured me out of my “no new yarn shall enter this house this year” mode. Hey, I lasted, what, two weeks? That’s not bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. The matchiness is wonderful! I’m intrigued by the new project.

  67. How kind and generous!! I went to bed early, didn’t see the sneak up until morning, by which time, the tumbleweeds had begun to blow in the Wollmeise section of the Loopy Ewe site. I keep wondering when the Wollmeise folks will catch on that there are scads of anxious knitters waiting to shower them with money for more of their lovely yarn offerings!

    Thank you so much for your contest. I, too, am hoping to get into the Loopy sock club. Many things for which to cross fingers this week!

  68. You really ARE kind and generous! The yarn is beautiful, and oh how I love

  69. Now that I see how quickly everything disappears from the Loopy Ewe site, I realize just how sweet and generous you are to share your stash! Perhaps it’s for the best that I missed out, I probably saved a bundle.

  70. Michele In Maine says:

    I simply love the delicious mint-chip mittens! I have the yarn on order from Hazelknits and anxiously await your pattern!

    I logged on to TLE about an hour into the sneak-up and there wasn’t a hint of wollmeise left….soooo generous of you to share!

  71. Your post is giving my some serious mint chocolate chip ice cream cravings. At 10:00 am, no less!

  72. You are indeed sweet and generous (and talented!). I’m looking forward to meeting you at the Spring Fling. The mittens are beautiful!

  73. Your mittens are really gorgeous. Also it is very generous of you to give away a skein of Wollmeise lace.

  74. Love the mittens- Flower Power is a great name and the colors dispel the winter gloom a bit. Like everyone else, I appreciate your generosity and sweetness. The lace yarn is gorgeous- such lovely colors!

  75. What beautiful laceweight….
    You are so generous

  76. You are a sweet and generous soul. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I’m diggin’ the matchy-matchy.

  77. I would personally deliver it to Tahiti, but that’s just me.

  78. Anyone who GIVES AWAY YARN is definately a saint (or an enabler/pusher… but that’s another story) I have officially entered. I LOVE that colorway! Love the earrings, and all that matchy matchy stuff going on. Thank you for your generosity, whether or not I win, you are a sweetie!

  79. Wendy = Sweet & Generous Soul.

    In accordance with my no-yarn-in-2008-no-exceptions resolution, I shall not be e-mailing you. But if you should happen to mail it to me (unlikely, as I am pretty sure you don’t have my address, let alone a contest entry from me) I promise to give it a good home. Forever.

  80. I agree … you are very generous! I’m another of those who missed the sneak-up after checking Sheri’s site all day and part of the night. Thank you for giving us the chance to still score some Wollmeise!

  81. Teresa (NC) says:

    Wendy, you truly are a generous soul, whether it is Wollmeise or another yarn you are giving away.

    Poor Loopy, I was in the midst of that frenzy. I do hope he recovers soon.

    Love you, Lucy, you are a cutie.

    (kmkat, no-yarn-in-2008-no-exceptions???? Oh you poor thing. Although I might need a lesson from you).

  82. You are so sweet for having a Wollmeise consolation contest! That color is really beautiful.

    And speaking of beautiful, your mittens are amazing!

  83. You are a very kind and generous soul, and not just for hosting this contest. Every time I look at Lucy I am reminded of how you rescued her and it warms my heart to know that there are people like you who are ready to give an animal a good home.

  84. Tasty looking mittens…….like mint ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce……..yummy

    Yu’re very kind to give yarn away.


  85. Wendy- You are a kind and generous person, with your knitting advice as well as your yarn.
    But I’m not entering, as I happen to have that exact yarn, which is highly covetable. It would be greedy of me.

    Usually with Wollmeise, all bets are off. Someone is going to be a happy bunny.

  86. knittymonster! says:

    you are a generous soul wendy! i entered even though i dont need ANYMORE yarn (yeah right!:-) ) long live queen prima ballerina lucy!

  87. You are a sweet and generous soul.

    And don’t you think we need pet-o-vision? I always want to pet Lucy.

  88. Wendy, you are indeed a sweet and generous soul.

  89. I was on-line while Loopy was rolling over!

    You are a sweet and generous soul and I’m not even trying to bribe the random number generator ‘cuz I know I won’t knit lace any time soon so I’m not going to try to snag your great gift. Bet Lucy thinks you’re a sweet and generous soul, too.

  90. As always, you are a kind and giving lady, who thinks of the poor unfortunate souls who didn’t get to The Loopy Ewe in time. May your days be woolen, and full of Lucy snuggles.

  91. Love your site–even though I never comment! You ARE a generous soul…not only with this contest, but with your sharing of knowledge. As a relatively new knitter, I so appreciate that! Thanks much!

  92. You ARE a generous soul! ๐Ÿ™‚ What gorgeous yarn! I’m joining in since you said you’d send it anywhere. Whoever gets it has something quite beautiful to look forward to.

    LOVE the ball of yarn earrings. So pretty and fun.

  93. Joan Callaway says:

    I missed the Wollmeise frenzy, too…but I must tell you that the Frog Warts socks in green Wollmeise that I gave for Christmas were a Huge hit! Thanks for creating patterns we can all enjoy.


  94. fabulous mittens – and thanks for running a great contest!

  95. Sharon knitting in California says:

    Ok, thanks for the adrenaline boost. Blood pressure has returned to normal and I’m coherent enough to have entered the lottery and hate that I want to gush and blather, so I’ll just say thanks again. Off to pray to the number generator fairy godmother.

  96. Take it from a lurker, anyone who puts themselves and their work out there to share with the world on a blog is a generous soul, contest or not.

    And just what I need, another pair of inspiring mittens… Too many projects, too little time. At least I’ll never be bored.

  97. Wow! You rock! That’s awesome yarn, and you have skeins and skeins of good karma piling up for giving it away like this!

  98. Yay! A contest! ๐Ÿ™‚