My current work in progress:

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



Twas a bright and sunny day today, but rather cold. Still, most of the snow has been pushed to one side so it is business as usual. And it is supposed to be back up into the 50s this weekend — crazy weather.

Some of you have asked from time to time if I’ve turned my heat on. I’ve shoved the thermostats way down and was surprised on Sunday night to hear the heat kick on. Well, yeah, it was pretty nippy so I did let it run a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ It has kicked on a few times over the past couple of days, but when the outside temperature goes up later this week, that’ll be the end of that.

A couple of you mentioned having problems with how my blog was displaying in your browser the past couple of days. The only change I made was to add the LYS map in the sidebar. So I have temporarily removed it in hopes that will fix the issue.

My blog often doesn’t display properly for me in Internet Explorer. But I always figure that’s down to the fact that Internet Explorer is the Spawn of Satan.

Not that I have strong opinions about that or anything.

Pencil Cases for Sudan Update

Lifted shamelessly from Lumia. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Darfur group at Ravelry has been moderating the Pencil Cases for Sudan KAL/CAL since the beginning of the year. The results are great – by the end of January we had about 50 cases done and sent to HELPSudan, I don’t even know how many we have now!

But the KAL is not over yet. It will end on the 31st of March, so now’s the time for the last push (or better said knit).

To give you all a little extra incentive to finish your pencil cases, or cast on just a few more, there’ll be voting on the most beautiful pencil case in the KAL’s Flickr group with some lovely prizes!

Here’s how it works. To participate you just upload your photo to Flickr and share it with the group (there’s guidance on the group forum). To vote, just comment on the picture! Doesn’t matter what you say, maybe a little compliment, the number of the comments will count. Which ever photo gets the most comments will win! And — whichever photo gets the second most comments will also win!

The first prize will be a gorgeous Swift knitting bag in Cocoa/Pink from the big-hearted Andrea (Ravelry link). The first runner-up will get a $50 gift certificate to The Loopy Ewe, generously donated by Wendy (that would be me). There might even be a surprise for the second runner-up!

So please get knitting/crocheting and share your photos! The voting will end on the 12th of April 2009, so you’ll have time to post your pictures as well as comment.

You can find more information on the KAL/CAL as well as the list of available pencil case patterns at or the Ravelry Darfur group.

An added note: For those of you attending the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling in April, there is a knit-along for Spring Flingers for these pencil cases going on, spearheaded by Timmie (Ravelry link) — this is described in the Spring Fling Forum on Ravelry here. Every pencil case knit and brought to the Fling will earn you one raffle ticket, and I am donating a new Canon Powershot SD790 IS camera as the prize.

Hey, Look!


I finished one kneesock!


I had a comment recently (and I’m too lazy to look it up and see who it was from) asking me if I do a gauge swatch for different sock yarns or always use my size 0 needles. The answer is that I always dive right in with my size 0 needles. Every fingering weight sock yarn that I’ve run up against I’ve found I can knit at a gauge of 8 st/inch. I do think I subconsciously adjust my tension to compensate for differences in the yarns, though.

The brain is a scary thing sometimes.


Lucy agrees.


  1. That was me asking about the size O needles–thanks for answering. Sally

  2. deknits says:

    Love the new sock! I ordered some Sanguine Gryphon Eidos from TLE today so I can’t wait for the new pattern…

  3. Love the knee sock. With the cold weather my legs longs for higher socks. I think my summer knitting will include a pair. As I’ve said before, Wendy you are the most generous knitter ever. I’m sure your prizes will generate a lot of activity. Lucy looks especially sweet today.

  4. Lovely sock! And your ongoing generosity is wonderful! You do so much when you don’t have to. Thanks for making the world (knitting and “regular”) a brighter place for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    midgelings last blog post..Ugh

  5. What happened to the Flora socks?

  6. Come on Wendy…you really ought to put all these people out of their misery (wonderment?). Having spent time (sorta like jail) in a Northern Virginia condo…with no heat, your unit probably stays at 70 or so with the mega insulation between units and the units on either side of you being heated… It’s ok for a woman approaching that age of hot flashes to not turn the heat on but people worry about KOTRK and Lucy…let them know no need to worry :>)… (Of course my DH says I keep it cold enough to hang meat in here and I have bought him a room heater for his office/tv room….).

  7. YAAA, I got the emailed Wendy Knits again today! Love reading about Lucy, inaddition to the knit de jour ๐Ÿ™‚ Just about the first thing I look for in the evening.

  8. Great sock–do you always/often knit the matching sock for the pair?

  9. Thanks for mentioning the Spring Fling raffle/KAL. I don’t swatch for socks either. I figure swatching takes about the same time as the toe or cuff and generally I can tell by that point if I have a problem with needle size. I did have to drop a needle size as I gained sockknitting experience my tension relaxed.

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

  10. Yes, I do have to agree with Midgeling she is so spot on. It is so nice to see really good people in this world.

  11. My Mac is totally microsoft-free. I even deleted IE!

    Unfortunately DH has to use Turbo Tax, so he is running Parallels on his. And Word for school, although he mostly uses an open source editor. _I_, of course, use Pages!

  12. Internet Explorer is the spawn of satan. *snort* I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

    We just went to a mac last fall. Other than breaking 20 years of habits, I’m liking life just fine!!! I also haven’t been having any problems with viewing your blog. Maybe you’re onto something!

    shellys last blog post..One grey Minnesota afternoon in art class

  13. Kathy Sue says:

    I have wondered the same thing about different yarns coming out the same gauge even though I always use the size 0’s. Lucy is beautiful!!

  14. oh yeah, give me firefox anyday, anything but IE

    Aunt Kathys last blog post..Tuesday- Hemming and Hawing

  15. I use Internet explorer, and your side bar finally starts when your blog entry stops, no biggy, I can find it if necessary, but I was wondering what tool you use?

  16. I do the same thing – grab my favorite size 1 needles (Knitpicks nickel plated fixed circs) no matter what the yarn. My gauge will vary a bit but I just change the stitch count if it’s way off. I’ve only had a couple of yarns that didn’t work for (thin and loosely spun)

  17. I mostly do the same thing when I make socks. I pull a needle that is size 2 or smaller that is available. While it would be nice that the socks fit me, I’m OK with giving them away because the size 1 needles produced a sock too big for my foot! My long narrow feet pretty much require that I knit with size 0s, but I don’t have enough of them for all the socks I want to knit.

    Seanna Leas last blog post..on top of ???? mountain

  18. You mean Internet Exploder?

    Michelles last blog post..Do We Love This Guy or What!?!?!?

  19. Lovely socks!

    Thanks for the update about the Sudan update. What a great way to feel better in spite of the weather, news, and economy: helping others less fortunate! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Inas last blog post..Looking to make a difference?