My current work in progress:

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


Full Steam Ahead!

A number of you requested more info on how I steam blocked my mittens.

I have a Rowenta iron that I’ve had for years. It gives great steam (sounds somewhat obscene stated that way, doesn’t it?) and it has a “shot of steam” button that’s fantastic.

I gently iron the knitted piece while pressing the “shot of steam” button. The iron touches the knitting directly — no damp towel or nuthin’. Remember, I’m using superwash wool, which is pretty sturdy, and I am very careful. If I were using a delicate fiber I’d treat it a heck of a lot more gently.

Here’s the progress on my glove:

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Glove 011708

As you can see, I did not put in a lot of knitting time last night. I had other assorted things to deal with so only knit for a short while.


We had a bit of decent looking snow today. Here’s what it looked like as it was starting:

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Outside the Office 011708

Big fluffy flakes, caught in the act!

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Snow 011708

It was sleeting when I came home and is probably turned to rain by now. But it was pretty while it lasted.

Little does Lucy know what was going on outside while she was snuggled up warm and happy.

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Lucy 011708

Wollmeise Laceweight Giveaway

I got 1343 emails for the Wollmeise giveaway. That’s after I deleted the duplicate emails. I know — sometimes your email program belches and spits out two identical emails. No worries. But the people who tried to fool me by sending emails from two or more email addresses, but with the same contact information? Shame on you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I wish I had 1343 skeins of Wollmeise to give away, but as I don’t, I had to draw a name.

I exported all the messages into a spreadsheet and sorted them in order of date and time received, then used a random number generator to pick a number within the range on said spreadsheet. The winner is:

Shelby in Vermont, who sent me email #1280!

Shelby has been notified and has responded. Thanks to everyone else who sent me an email to be entered in the drawing. My favorite thing about doing a drawing like this is to see all the emails. Some are from “old friends” and some are from lurkers I never “see.” As you can probably guess from the number of emails I got, I can’t respond to them individually. But I do try to open and give a quick read to all of them. Thanks for all the smiles you give me!

And those of you who offered to go to Tahiti to receive the yarn are just too kind and obliging.


  1. Whenever I try to take pictures of snow in progress, the flash on my camera just gives me a black background with many spots of white dotted all over it. Pretty, but not very practical for showing off. :p I need to get better with my photography skills.

    And lucky Shelby; that yarn really looked wonderful! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Congrats Shelby! Thanks for the steamy info, you’re the 2nd famous knitter (i know) who uses that iron. I’m really loving the colors for your new gloves and mittens. Have you seen the new Piecework? All about the mittens! As always, it is good to be Lucy.

  3. Hooray for Shelby! Better luck next time 2 me!

    What lovely weather for knitting, Lucy-cuddling and hot tea or chocolate! Have a wonderful (warm) weekend! luv.m.

  4. Congrats,Shelby! You should play the lottery tonight! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Carol Lee, you made a good point, but don’t hold your breath for a blog from me!
    And, yes, Wendy is kind and generous, but I’m convinced that her beautiful, thick head of hair is her version of a swelled head from all the compliments and I still sit here with my long, straight hippie locks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I confess to being a “lurker” but am such a newbie knitter I’m hanging in the background as to not disturb the universal knitting aura. The mittens are gorgeous and maybe, someday, I will progress past dishcloths, scarfs and mistake-laden socks. Something to aspire to!

  6. knittymonster! says:

    i wish i could make mittens like your’s! they look really good! are you going to have the pattern on the website? long live queen lucy!

  7. Thanks for explaining your steam block! I would have never thought you could do it that way! Your newest glove is fantastic, as usual! Can’t wait to see the next one!!

    We’re getting a ton of snow tonight in to tomorrow — if you’d like to see pretty my offer still stands…forever in fact ๐Ÿ˜‰ Come on up — and tell Lucy I will have catnip or I do have some salmon in the freezer that my brother just caught — it was frozen within 6 hours of being pulled out of the water — think that would tempt her?

  8. Congrats to Shelby in Vermont! We also had a dusting of snow and icy cold temps today, nice day to stay inside in fleece loungewear a cup of coffee (decaf since its afternoon) and my knitting! Lucy…dont you think its time to snuggle up with your mama and chew on her knitting:-)

  9. Yay for Shelby! Durn it for me! :o)
    Thanks, Wendy, for the fun contest (the anticipation is half the fun.)

  10. Karen in Oregon says:

    Congratulations to Shelby! Thank you for the contest, they are always fun. I am a lurker – and really enjoy your blog – it’s always interesting.

  11. I’ll go to Tahiti if you pay my way. I’d take Lucy with me and we’d have a nice vacation.

  12. Snow here in Iowa today, too — and really cold temps!!! That trip to Tahiti sounds like a good idea.

    Thanks for the steam tips. I’ve had no luck with steam blocking in the past, but it sounds like maybe I’m a bit too gentle.

  13. Congratulations to Shelby!

    I like your pictures of the weather.

  14. Hey! I live on Kauai (sort of like Tahiti) If you bring me that Wollmeise, you can stay with me! (Sorry Shelby, but I just had to try….)

  15. Thanks for posting the details on steaming mittens and gloves. I’ve been knitting for a long time, but I’m new to stranding. I tried a pair of mittens as an introductory project and they worked out well. I tried to steam block them on the narrow end of a sleeve board, and that worked reasonably well. Do you use anything inside the mitten or glove when you steam it?

    Both your projects–the mittens and gloves–are just fantastic.

  16. We’ve got weather here today. I do like winter. Thanks for the information on steaming. I’m always curious about how others do it.

  17. I love your gloves! I can’t wait to get my hands on that pattern. I have just started knitting fair isle and can’t get enough of it. Any sort of color work has me ga-ga, and your colors are especially beautiful. I think Lucy needs a blankie in the same design and colors.

  18. This is my first winter in Iowa, and I’m loving the snow! While shoveling the driveway yesterday it looked like flakes of mica were sprinkled on top of the snow. Looking closer I realized they were giant snow flakes in all their beautiful, intricate, symetrical crystal snow-flakey formations!

    Love your blog, and have been thinking about knitting gloves. A friend has a pattern that has you knit the fingers first, from the tips down, and then hook them together and continue with the hand. Have you ever tried this? Sounds interesting.

  19. Congrats Shelby! Definately great knitting weather!

  20. Shelby called and said to send the wollmeise to me!
    Ok, Ok, can’t blame a person for trying. Congratulations shelby.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Congrats to Shelby! Such fun, a contest like this is. Wendy, you’re the best, and I am loving the new gloves. I’ll have to take the plunge with them one day. I wonder if fingerless gloves would be any easier for a first timer? Hmmm…

    Have a great weekend!

  22. Congratulations to Shelby, and thanks again Wendy for your generosity and for spreading a bit of good cheer around the blogosphere.

  23. Thanks everyone for the congrats, and thank you very much Wendy for the yarn! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, the steaming info was great. I’ll be putting that to use this weekend on a project.

  24. That’s some pretty heavy snow!

    Lucy is a lucky kitty. No going out into the elements and braving the cold for her.

  25. Help, I am trying to knit my first pair of socks, I am doing toe-up, magic loop, and using your Fingeringweight sock pattern ( I found it is the best for me to follow so far). Anyway, I am wondering how do you do the M1 on your gusset increases? I am using the ‘make a stitch from the bar below’ technique, and the side of my gusset is full of holes, which I never seem to see in other people’s socks (or yours either). I am guessing that you use a different tech. to make a stitch? What’s the best looking in your opinion? Or, if anyone else reading this has an idea- help! I am new to sock knitting:) I am using size one addis with Smooshy yarn and just plain stockinette so far, I have a lace pattern to put on the leg when I get there. I had to rip back the heel turn once because the sock was too long for me, so I started that part over again once already. I used the magic 8 cast on to make the toe. I love this so far, and have planned on having this pair done by the weekend, since it is three days!! Thanks in advance!! Maybe i’ll post to Ravelry too, more ideas the better:) JB