My current work in progress:

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


The Winning Haiku

Here is Theresa’s haiku, which won with 22% of the total votes:

Lilacs scent the air
Memories of summers past
Floating on the breeze.

Congratulations! Theresa, I’ve emailed you.

Thank you to everyone who wrote a poem for the contest. I asked each of my two judges (thank you, judges!) to send me their five favorites and they both told me they had a very hard time narrowing down their favorites to only five.

Today I got nuthin’. I think I am in the throes of the summer doldrums, and it’s not even summer yet. Come August, I ought to be lots of fun, huh?

I just finished reading an engrossing book, though.

The Tenth Gift, by Jane Johnson.

I was given this book as a review copy because it does have some needlework worked into the plot. It’s been my lunch-time reading for the past few days, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s a novel with a dual story — one plot in the present time, and one taking place in the 17th century that is based on historical fact. It is an engrossing story.

I won’t tell you the plot — you can read the description (from the above link) if you like.

I finished reading it at lunch today. Who wants it next? πŸ˜€

If you’d like to get my copy of The Tenth Gift, send an email to the Official Wendyknits Contest email address (blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet). I’ll use the Random Number Generator to draw a winner from among the emails on Thursday afternoon (June 5) 4:00 pm-ish, my time. All are welcome to email for a chance to win, and you need not be present to win. πŸ˜‰

In knitting news, I’ve turned the heel.

Try to contain your excitement.

In other news, Lucy has a speck on her nose.


  1. Dorothy says:

    Well I was sure glad it was not only my computer not being able to poll. I never did realize you had corrected but that is okay because that Haiku is the one I was trying to vote for. I love the new sock and the colour and look forward to the pattern. And as always Lucy is a sweetie!

  2. JOANN-WI says:

    Lucy looks alittle cross-eyed – trying to figure out what the heck is on her nose.
    Your book looks like it’s been read a lot. I love to read, however these days I’d rather be knitting – and by bedtime, I’m so tired that I only make through a couple pages.
    The Raspberry Sorbet sock is looking yummy!

  3. The sock has a lovely stripe going on. Couldn’t see it before, but it intensifies the pattern. Love it.

  4. Lucy is so cute with a speck on her nose. Our kitty spent all night staring at the ceiling where there was either a little dust mote or small bug floating about.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..3OT

  5. Ann Rose says:

    How nice that my favorite haiku won! I was actually torn between the idea of lilacs and the fun haiku about being attacked by flying insects & knitting indoors, but the lilacs won me over. Sometimes I value softness over wit — but not often! πŸ™‚

  6. Yes, and Lucy would like to request that someone with opposable thumbs kindly REMOVE the speck from her nose!

    Book sounds fascinating and right up my alley; I signed up for the blogcontest; I’m trying unsuccessfully to contain my excitement at the heel turn; and again, I don’t envy the haiku judges (I’m sure they’re glad they didn’t have to pick just one).

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..First Weekend off in a Month, Woo-hoo!

  7. I love the way the sock is striping. I’m not much of a pink person, but that’s a really yummy color. Come to think of it, I’ve got some laceweight that color.

  8. Is it wrong I love Lucy’s crossed eyes and her speck all together? If it is, I don’t want to be right πŸ™‚

    bellamodens last blog post..a cat’s work is never complete

  9. Well, I ended up not being able to vote, because although I had no trouble with the first one (firefox!), the second one did NOT work on my iPhone!!!

    So much for “platform independant” software!

    Colleens last blog post..

  10. ooh I got The Tenth Gift as a review copy too! I have to get into it! I started it on vacation but didn’t get to far.. not the books’ fault, hard to read with volcanoes to look at!

  11. Hoo boy! Hot weather doldrums. Well, I don’t have doldrums with several Wendy patterns in my clutches and sock yarn on the way from TLE. I’m not much into pink either, but the current SIP is gorgeous!

    Sandra Ds last blog post..In Oklahoma

  12. Thats a Yummy Pattern and Yarn, cant wait till the pattern is available. As always MissLucy is the Prettiest little girl around but the Haiku was just almost but not quite as sweet as her πŸ™‚

    Danielle from SW MOs last blog post..Look Ma I Didnt Burn the Cookies!!

  13. Yay, a heel turn! There is something truly satisfying about heel turns…
    I’m really loving the colorway of these socks, the striping is very cool. πŸ™‚

    Ellens last blog post..Vanilla Spindle Socks

  14. Barbara-Kay says:

    Oh, come on, mommy, groom my nose. That makes my eyes hurt trying to figure it out!

  15. Hi Wendy!

    One of the best books I’ve ever read was a book called “The Eight” by Katherine Neville (in about 1995). If you can find a copy someplace it is well worth it. It takes place in the 17th century and “today”, with that being sometime during the time of the 70s oil crisis. There is murder, and an unbelievable mystery that is carried down through the centuries. It was a borrowed book, or I’d still have it and re-read it. (I’m not into mysteries. and I don’t think that’s what you’d call this. But a great story also based in historical settings. I bet you might like it.


  16. Yea!! Two of my favorite things, a heel turning and a book. Did somebody say book, I love books.

  17. Tina Rose says:

    Any chance to get Lucy to say which was her favorite?

    heehee (have a vested reason for my curiosity! LOL)

    Tina and the herd (LC, Casper, Zeke and Jack)

    (LC’s also a long hair (a Torbie – so Lucy reminds me of her since they look like cousins))

  18. It sounds as if each judge came up with a different five, too.

    Tans last blog post..Unofficial Summer of Socks

  19. Theresa in Italy says:

    Congratulations to the winning Theresa (and I like that her name is spelled the same as mine)! And congratulations to you on turning the heel! No wonder you’re in the throes of summer doldrums—once I’ve turned the heel, it always feels like the excitement is over.

  20. Bibliophiles attack!

  21. A speck of Wildside Salmon?
    I love turning heels.

    miss sandras last blog post..It Makes a Mother Worry

  22. Congratulation to Theresa for the winning Haiku. Love the sock and color.

  23. Snap out of it girl! It’s way too early for summer doldrums! What you need is an exciting new knitting project–maybe whip up a bikini or something. πŸ™‚ Have you ever read The Time Traveler’s Wife? It’s amazing.
    Love the sock. Love Lucy.

  24. Mary Mac says:

    Oh, a book! One to be read for pleasure? After 4 years of part time school to finish an accounting degree, I’m not sure I know what reading for pleasure is any more. Pick me!

    And the sock is scrumptious!

  25. I don’t think my comment posted, so here goes!

    Love the sock – U R a fiber artist! And thanks for the book giveaway!

    What is it about summer that makes you think of all summers past? Theresa’s haiku is so evocative of past summers. Congrats to her!

    The lovely Lucy looks so comfy sitting on Mom’s lap. She may have a bit of tuna or salmon on her sweet little nose! luv.m.


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