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


In Like a Lion

Happy March! We’ve had a dusting of snow this morning and the WeatherDudes are telling me that we are getting some decent snow tonight. They are claiming between 6 – 10″ for my area overnight, depending on who you listen to. I am madly doing my snowdance so that I don’t have to go to work tomorrow, and Lucy is doing this:


I think she has the right idea!

Something New

If you’ve been looking closely at my blog, you will have noticed that I added something cool to the far right sidebar (scroll down to see): a map of LYSs.

This is the brainchild of Tracy, who emailed to tell me about it last week. She said:

I started this map of LYS over a year ago, and lots of people have added yarn shops to it all over the world. I do work for the website where I made the map, but I’m also really a dedicated knitter and sometimes designer.

The map can be added to any website, sort of like a Youtube video. If you register at Platial, you get extra options for what kind of map you want, but even without logging in, you can get the code by clicking on the embed link in the header. I’d like to share the map with other knitting bloggers, because I think it helps support local yarn shops, and maps are cool.

I moderate the map closely so junk or spam can’t get onto it.

Tracy, first off, I am in complete agreement that maps are cool. I’ve always loved maps. One of my favorite childhood activities was taking my dad’s huge world atlas (published by the Times in the UK in the 1960s) and opening it at random and dreaming about far-away places. I remember browsing through a map of the United States and seeing De Smet, South Dakota marked on it and realizing that yes, the place where Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family lived was real. Wow!

Pardon the digression. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I got the code for the LYS map and plunked it down in my sidebar. you can too. And you can add your own LYS to the map if it is not there already. How cool is that?

In Other News . . .

I started a new sock, from The Sanguine Gryphon’s Eidos sock yarn in the Minos colorway.


Teddy grudgingly agreed to model the toe. You know, he’s getting harder and harder to work with. You wouldn’t believe the demands he is making these days! He wants a cut of Lucy’s Wildside Salmon, hot and cold running honey . . .

Models. Whaddya gonna do with them?


  1. Will there be snow themed socks in honor of the occasion?

  2. It’s good to see Teddy – I’ve missed him. I wondered where the map came from – it’s cool. Hope we all have Monday off.

  3. I love the color of the sock toe…I’m sure the pattern will be awesome too…gee 10 inches and they cancel work??? must be nice…they hardly cancel school here for a lousy 10 inches…lol…they don’t call us big snow country for nothing.

  4. Tracy Rolling says:

    I’m really excited to see the map here! Wow!


  5. Thanks for the map of knit shops. I happen to be visiting my son in DC in a few weeks. I’m planning a side trip or 2 to some LYS! Good luck on that snow day tomorrow! As a teacher, I know that delicious feeling of anticipation!

  6. I wouldn’t worry about Teddy too much. Unless of course he gets himself an agent….

    The LYS map is brilliant. Tracey, (and Wendy, of course) YOU ROCK!

  7. I’d like to know how to add my favourite LYS to that map – Spinster Yarns and Fibers in Baltimore. Lots of the others in town are on there, but Spinster’s not. It’s on Harford Road, eco-friendly, owned by a friend of mine. I’ve learned a lot from the sit n’ knit girls there; and gotten up to many shenanigans with them, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Oooh. I live about an hour from DC (read: Martinsburg area) so we got a bit of snow this morning.
    I can’t wait to see your new sock! I’m buying new needles on your recommendation. ๐Ÿ˜€

    PMOYSs last blog post..Designing

  9. Love the map!… ’cause, you know, I’m almost out of places to spend my money on yarn and things! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As for Teddy, if he starts making demands for bowls of M&Ms, sorted by colors, or 23 different obscure brands of beer in his dressing room, you’re probably in trouble. (In the meantime, he makes a rockin’ model!)

    Angies last blog post..You’re Gonna Need a Good Imagination for a While

  10. Elizabeth says:

    If I knew how, I would add Carodan!

  11. The new sock is my fav color combination-it looks to be beauty!
    As for the weather, at least in like a lion means out like a lamb!

    Cindys last blog post..Hawk-eye

  12. Well you gotta trake care of your models, but I don’t know if Lucy will go for sharing here stuff. LOL

    I am going to add that map to my blog as well.

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Saturday- CONTEST Day #28- You Are My Sunshine

  13. Good to see Teddy back; I’ve missed him.

  14. I want Monday off, too! …and I love the color of that sock! …and the bear….and the map….sorry – the prospect of measurable snow makes me all giddified!
    Belly rub to Lucy!

  15. The Weather Channel is referring to it as a “Mega Storm”! I’m out in Ohio currently where we will miss this exciting weather event altogether ๐Ÿ˜€ Back home in NH my sons are gearing up. Good luck.

  16. The map is really cool.
    I love Teddy. Certainly you should knit him a little pot of honey!
    We’re getting 6 to 10 inches of snow here tomorrow in Connecticut, too.
    My three college and one high school kid are all hoping for the day off. As for me, there isn’t anything better than shoveling, followed by drinking hot chocolate and watching the snow fall. And then knitting a bit, of course! And maybe a nap, which Lucy would probably say should be done first AND last!

  17. My sons have had good luck producing snow days with inside-out pajamas…

  18. cool on the map! Hubby laughs as i have a list on the computer that covers BC, WA and OR. I have it broken down by city then with name, addy and phone number and any info that may be important. I find it very handy if we are heading out for the weekend!

    turtles last blog post..quick link!

  19. I think the LYS map is a FABULOUS idea!

    I don’t know if you ever look at children’s books or not, but one of the Caldecott awards this year went to a book about a boy who dreamed of faraway places as he looked at the map his father hung on their wall. It’s a really good story, actually. The map fed his imagination and let him forget they were refugees without food or much of anything else.

    Melissas last blog post..What Makes a Good Blog?

  20. Lee Cockrum says:

    I love maps too! I was a home health physical therapist for many,many years. I have the ADC book maps of Baltimore city and all the surrounding counties. Although a GPS can be helpful, I still love maps.

    I am hoping for enough snow to keep me out of work as well!

  21. I was going to go running this morning, but it is blustery and snowing (or at least looks like it is snowing, sometimes it it hard to tell when it is really windy). I’d love it to be snowy enough that today’s a snow day, but I’m not going to hold my breath!

    Seanna Leas last blog post..march 1st, snowing again

  22. Theresa in Italy says:

    Hope you get your snow day! Here we are having a fog day. No time off and ugly to boot. It’s nice to know I wasn’t the only kid who was fascinated with maps—thank you and Tracy, this is brilliant!

  23. This is great…I love finding new yarn shops, as a side note, my seven year old has a map on his wall, where he keeps track of all the places his dad has been/is going (Navy) and it great for him to have a little perspective.
    As for the models, I think you will be fine, my models all can walk & talk and will toddle off the “job” if bored…lol.
    Can’t wait for the new book!

    Shelleys last blog post..My eco-green-organic Children

  24. We did get 5 inches of snow here. I love Teddy’s hat. I don’t have much Sanguine Gryphon in my stash but love the colorways you’ve shown. I think Eidos is gonna have to be added to my wishlist.

    Timmie Bs last blog post..A trip to the farm

  25. I got my snow day over here in Maryland – hope you got yours (altho’ my daughter informs me DC schools are open). My other daughter just hooked me on this great blog:

  26. We in beautiful West Michigan know a bit about snow days (115 inches here this season and counting!) and in addition to inside out (and backwards)pajamas, try ice in the toilets and then flushing them simultaneously. Just another “snow day myth”!

    Laura from beautiful West Michigans last blog post..One week old!

  27. My mobile showed that as 6 to 104 instead of inches – I was so excited you were going to get more snow than up here in Buffalo… ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Maps and Teddy?!? How did I manage to miss this post yesterday?

    I could send you a picture of Hobbes who has a lovely homemade tiger sweater complete with tail to knock him down a peg or two, if you like……

    (Or would it be easier if I were just less drooly and Teddy-philic?)