My current work in progress:

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


Tuesday is Q&A Day

It is — I have spoken. 😉

So without further ado . . .

Marianne Y asked:

I love how the Tempted yarn is knitting up! That is so cool! I’m curious–is it too early to tell if it might be scratchy or itchy, at all?

It doesn’t feel scratchy to me. The tiny thread of silver doesn’t seem to have any effect on how the yarn feels.

Jane in London commented:

We’ve been debating: will the silver tarnish over time? Please, keep us posted!

Good question! Does anyone know? These socks are going to be a gift, but I’ll certainly ask the recipient to report back from time to time.

And some non-knitting questions:

Sarah asked:

What is that Lucy’s drinking?

That is Peach Fresca with green food coloring in it. Say it with me: “Eeeewwwww!”

Lucy did not actually drink any. (She is too smart for that.) I put the glass on the dining room table to take a photo for the blog, and Miss Lucy hopped up to check it out. Instead of shooing her off the table like a sane person, I snapped some photos of her — for even better blog fodder.

Kinda makes you want to come over for dinner at my house, doesn’t it?

Tracy asked:

I keep wondering and maybe you’ve mentioned this at some time….you post so regularly during the week even when you work…and I know you take public transportation. Do you work a staggered shift so that you get home before 5?? Seems like you usually post between 5:30-6:00 your time and that just seems so darn efficient to have a blog posting done, dinner ready, etc. not to mention a terribly fast commute if you were an 8-5er!

On weekdays I get up at (groan) 4:00am. I am at my office by 6:00am, and I leave in the afternoon between 3:00 and 3:30pm. Even with stopping to run errands on the way home, I’m home by 4:30pm. That’s the beauty part of this schedule — it’s early enough in the afternoon so that I can get most errands and “business” taken care of after work. The sucky part of it is getting up at 4:00am.

And lest you think I had abandoned it . . .



I’m still knitting on my shawl. Each row is now taking upwards of 20 minutes, so there’s not a lot of progress during the week.

And if you’ve read this far, you will be rewarded with a giveaway!

Last week I participated in a very undignified scuffle to buy bought some Wollmeise from The Loopy Ewe. The entire stock of Wollmeise that Sheri ordered sold out in 5 minutes!

Because of the urgency of the situation, I freaked out and bought a skein in a color I already had: Frosch.



I can well understand why I chose it, because it is a great colorway! But I don’t need two skeins of it. So this skein of Wollmeise sock yarn, which is 150 grams, 510 yards, 80% wool, 20% nylon is free to a good home. Here are the roolz:

1. Only Wollmeise virgins are eligible to enter — I’d like this skein to go to someone who has not experienced the Wollmeise love. So if you have no Wollmeise but would dearly love a skein, feel free to enter the contest. No, I have no way of checking if you are in a Wollmeise-free zone. But if one were to lie about it and win the skein, I’d like to think that Karma would follow that individual and smite said individual. Eventually. Mills of the gods, and all that.

2. Send an email (ONE email per person, please) to the Official WendyKnits Blog Contest email address: blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet to be entered in the drawing. You do not need to put your mailing address in the email, but you certainly can if you want — it’ll speed things up getting your yarn to you.

3. Any Wollmeise-wannabe with a mailing address on Planet Earth is eligible to enter, be you in Zurich, Zimbabwe, Zaire, etc.

4. All emails must be received by me by 4:00pm United States Eastern time on Thursday March 20 because I will randomly select the winner shortly after that time and announce said winner in Thursday’s blog entry.

Lucy sez:



“What??!! Momma’s giving away Wollmeise?”


  1. Geez, 20 minutes to finish a row. Wowie Zowie. I have to hand to you for your stick-to-it-tiveness! It’s really a lovely shawl! The project I’m working on, so far, takes me less than 5 minutes to finish a row – but that will change as I have to add lots and lots and lots of stitches as the pattern progresses. I do find myself drifting off into the land of nod in the evening.

    I used to have a job that rolled me out of the sack at 4:00 a.m., got me on the SoCal 405 freeway at 5:00 a.m.,then to work at 6:00 a.m., (Lord willing – anything is possible on the 405). Then I left at 2:30 p.m., spent at least an hour (sometimes more) on the 405 retracing my steps. Usually I was home no later than 4:00 p.m. However, I have a different job now and a LOT nearer my home too! 🙂

    I entered the Wollmeise give-away. I swear, I SWEAR I have never owned nor handled this yarn!! I believe in karma too, so I wouldn’t risk it!

    EXCELLENT pic of Lucy! luv.m.

  2. I had a skein in my cart about 3 times. They were all stolen. Oh well! I am hoping to score a skein at the Spring Fling! I can’t wait to take your class, btw.

  3. Sharon G says:

    I entered the contest but, if someone else wins, then it was just not meant to be.

  4. Karen Frisa says:

    I have a couple of skeins of yarn with (real) silver in them that have been aging in my collection since September. They aren’t in plastic or anything, and the silver is still shiny — no sign of tarnish.

  5. I love Tuesday question day!

  6. Thanks for having another lovely contest!

  7. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “cousin lucy, you look purr-fectly loverly today!” 🙂

  8. Ugh, I don’t know how you get up at 4 AM. You are a high energy, amazing person.

    Would you believe that I actually was on the Loopy site during the 5 minutes that Wollmeise was available? The day before I checked the site a few times for the sneak-up. Then the next day, I clicked at the right time & snagged my first ever skein. Naturally (because the Loopy Ewe has great service) my Rittersporn was in my hands 2 days later.

    Yes, Lucy, your Mom is giving Wollmeise away. She is a sweetheart!

  9. Getting up early sucks. I have to get up by 4:30 to get to work by 6, and I only work till ten. So it’s not horrible, but I’m NOT a morning person. I’m up till 11pm every night no matter what, so I really drag on those days…

    Lucky whoever gets the coveted Wollmeise! I’ve got three skeins on the way from Germany, so no entering for me. 😉

  10. There’s a four AM?!

    My husband thought it would be cool to give the kids green milk for dinner. My younger son took one look and said, “Bleah! I’m not drinking that!” No way I was making him. It made me feel all oogy just looking at it.

  11. Technically, all my Wollmeise belongs to me!
    Can Rose enter? And Molly and Lucky and Clancy and the woodpecker and possum….

  12. Wollmeise!!! I’m not really sure there *is* such a thing! If so, I have yet to catch it on the net anywhere, let alone getting it in a color I would have tried to order! And, by the way, I love your Lucy. heh heh heh

  13. I’m a Wollmeise virgin, unfortunately. How do you know when it will be available at Loopy Ewe? I get the heads up emails, but they never seem to involve the Wollmeise. (Not that there’s not a ton of other stuff to entice me…)

  14. Egads, you must get into bed early at night. Last time i was up at 4ayem I had a newborn to attend to. Not. any. more. thank God. I’m a Wollmeise virgin, pick me! pick me!

  15. As for Lucy being on the table……

    Have you never heard that no meal is complete without cat hair?

    I am sure that I have swallowed enough to cover a whole cat!

  16. Lucy by the drink doesn’t bother me….but green food coloring in peach fresca….ICK! Well to fresca’s defense, I have never tried the peach, but I wasn’t too keen on the original….do you like the original fresca?

    Also, I have to know, do you know how to pronounce Wollmeise? I thought it might be “wool-me’s” but I am not sure…could you clear that up for us?

    4 in the morning…I feel for you, I had to do that yesterday and I didn’t function well the rest of the the day. What if you aren’t going to work, how “late” do you sleep in?

  17. If you’re worried about Lucy dirtying the dining table, here’s a little fellow who can clean that right up for you:

  18. Has Lucy recovered from her shock? Perhaps a bit of corned beef will help?

  19. Egads, I guess that’s what I might have guessed on your alarm clock time in the morning – more power to you! I worked a temp job once where I had my 8 hours in by 2:30 in the afternoon (I think I’ve blocked out what time I had to be there but it must have been 6 or earlier). That’s a brutal schedule if you have to have a lot of sleep to function (I’m an 8-9 hour/night gal so I had no evening life).

    You are *so* generous on the Wollmeise. I entered because I have been trying completely unsuccessfully with TLE and whenever I visit Claudia’s site she is also sold out. Frosch was actually one of the colors on my list – I crave those bright greens (and yellows and oranges) this time of year with the gray skies.

    Great pic of Lucy’s baby blues!

  20. Lucy is so beautiful.

  21. I’m delurking in honor of the contest. I’ve heard tell of Wollmeise, but haven’t even seen a skein in person, so I’m entering. Like Heather, I was less bothered by the Lucy on the table than by the awfully green color of that drink. I’m used to cat hair on everything, but that’s a color I’ve never seen in a beverage before.

  22. Theoretically, silver will tarnish on exposure to air. Generally in jewelry purposes, it is alloyed with other metals to help it resist tarnish. (Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals.) So pure silver would (in theory) tarnish more readily than sterling.

    However, a good way to polish silver is to rub it with a cloth (treated or not). So the mere act of walking on socks made with silver would help to keep that silver content tarnish-free.

    Or so the theory would go. I used to manage a sterling silver jewelry store, but I’ve yet to knit with silver, so I have no first-hand knowledge there.

  23. Theresa in Italy says:

    So that’s where the skein of Frosch that hopped out of my cart ended up! Never mind, I’m sure you will give it a good home. (You’re being very generous. There’s a ton of stuff in my stash that I’d let go before releasing the Wollmeise!)

  24. Liz in IN says:

    How is dyed green peach Fresca any more revolting than some of the Kool-A*d colours routined poured down kids’ gullets? That stuff dyes yarn, people!

    I have a couple of skeins of W, casually purchased from Sheri way back before it became the holy grail of yarn, so I’m ineligible. Game on, Wollmeise virgins! I say “woll-myz” or “voll-myz”, both probably wrong. 🙂

    Lovely shawl-in-progress! And I’m sure every one of the 20 minutes spent per row is a pure joy! (Hey, just trying to help future pattern sales. Y’know. 😉 )

    Lucy, you are so beautiful! You can sit on my dining room table anytime–just don’t let my dh catch you.

  25. I entered your contest, I want you to know how enjoyable you and Lucy are every morning. You two make my day.

  26. Hi Wendy! You scored some Wollmeise that crazy day!! Thank you so much for giving one of your coveted skeins away in a contest. I’ve sent the email – -keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

    Love your shawl – – gorgeous.

    As ususal, Lucy is picture perfect.


  27. Wendy- Some people would give their firstborn children for a skein of Wollmeise.

    Me, I’d rather have the yarn. Much less messy.

  28. 4am!?! Whoa, that’s hard core!

    That shawl is goregous and I bet you love every minute of it!

    I entered the Wollmeise contest, being Wollmeise-less. I just love greens!

  29. Hi, my name is Susie and I’m a Wollmeise Virgin!

  30. ReneeinCO says:

    I’ve never even heard of Wollmeise. I think I should get extra credit.

    Also, Zaire no longer exists. It’s Congo now. I don’t know why I feel compelled to inform you of this important fact, but I do.

  31. Aha! I knew I was still a virgin in SOME category! You have no idea how much better I feel just knowing that! T

  32. Ann in CT says:

    Oh my gosh! I don’t have any Wollmeise! Honest. And all my sock yarn is in my Raverly stash so you CAN check.

  33. JOANN-WI says:

    Your Tempted socks sound very tempting. I must get a skein to try!
    I will not be entering your contest (I own 2 skeins), but I hope some lucky person gets to add this generously-given skein to their stash.
    I love Lucy’s expressions – it must be hit & miss capturing those – either that or you’re always carrying a camera around.
    I also feel your pain with 4:00 am – I’m ready for bed by supper time!

  34. Dr. Jackie says:

    Not a Wollmeise-free zone here, so I will follow the roolz and let someone else win.

    Wendy, might you be able to answer a previous question…what do you use foam blocks for in blocking shawls? Thanks…

  35. All entered! Thanks for the contest.

    I know someone who(ha, it’s not me, I promise) is AT WORK by 4 am! Insanity. She claims she gets more done without co-workers around…I imagine it must be true…

  36. No fair, I’m a Wollmeise virgin and I can’t seem to get myself entered properly. It keeps telling me that it isn’t recognized or something. Someone please help

  37. lol, yup a virgin here! I did not have to hide the green food coloring from hubby this year, dragged him to vegas instead and we had fun exploring the green filled fountains!

  38. It looks so preeeeettty. I wish I could touch it (maybe I can… I entered the contest! Heh)

  39. Dinner isn’t done until there are a few cat hairs in it! I was too late to enter the contest. Phooey. I would have loved to have that yarn. I am a Wollmeise virgin, too.

  40. I agree with Beth P. – No meal is complete without cat hair. Or outfit. I have cat hair stuck to my computer screen at this very moment. And I have worked cat hair into my knitting on numerous occasions. And I only have ONE cat!!

  41. Oh! You are really nice person to offer such wonderful yarn; and this color I would like to see it on real. I send you the mail assap! Thanks!

  42. Oh!!!!!! I jusst noticed the contest is closed, I will go back to check if it’s more contest soon ;-)))))


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