My current work in progress:

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


Home Again

I’ve spent the day resting up. ๐Ÿ™‚

I returned home last night from a fun and very busy weekend in Charlotte, NC. As is usually the case, I took no photos, but I was pretty busy the whole time I was there — classes, book-signings, informal get-togethers and meals, and even one radio interview. It all passed far too quickly, but I was pretty happy to return home to a happy purring kitty who has been doing her best not to let me out of her sight.

A big thank-you to Charlotte Yarn for hosting my events. This is a great shop staffed by a group of wonderful people who made me feel right at home. Another big thank you to my friend Aimee who not only invited me to stay at her house, but her two kitties Rozz and Eva did their best to make me feel at home.

And thanks to all the knitters who came out to see me. A bunch of you have been my online buddies for a while, so it was wonderful to see you guys in person, and it was wonderful to meet new friends.

I’ve got very little knitting progress to report. I’ve done a bit on the gansey.


And a bit on the second Catnip Sock.


I did get my yarn for the Girasole KAL from The Loopy Ewe while I was gone:


Indigo Moon fingering weight merino. The colorway is MyroGreen Lite.

Doesn’t Lucy look happy now that her Momma is back home?



  1. Aww Lucy looks very happy. I am so glad you are back safe and sound. It was great fun meeting you, what a blast you are.


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  2. Love that green for the Girasole. Mmmmm.

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  3. It was fabulous to meet you in person! I’m glad you had such a great time while you were here!

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  4. Thank you again for coming. Rozz and Eva miss you terribly!

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  5. Glad you had a great time with the guys in Charlotte, NC.

    Yeah, Lucy does look happy to have you back…

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  6. Lucy looks like she’s purring and smiling.

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  7. I love the color you chose for your Girasole! It’s beautiful and not too busy!

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  8. Michele In Maine says:

    Wow, that Indigo Moon yarn is gorgeous! And yes, Lucy looks most content!

  9. I’m sure Lucy is SO glad to have her Mama home with her!

    And the Indigo Moon… wow that stuff looks YUMMY.

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  10. Lucy is a pretty damn adorable cat. She looks very content in that last photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. My nephew spent the weekend in Charotte…I wish I was closer I could have bummed a ride with him…I live so far away from any event and book signing that I will probably never get to one…but I hope to someday…great color choice on the yarn…cant wait to see it…and yep Lucy looks very content….What do you have planned for the knit in public day this weekend…we are having one at our local candle store and coffee shop…

  12. I love the color you chose for the Girasole AL – can’t wait to see how it knits up. I would love to knit mine in the IM Goddess Gold, but even with the discount i can’t swing it, so I shall be a KAL lurker knitting with the kettle dyed gold fingering yarn by Knit Picks. I’ve loved the Girasole since I first saw it.

  13. I love your yarn choice for Girasole! That is going to be a fun KAL ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. That is a very contented cat!

    I was very tempted to go with greens for Girasole (my, that is a number of Gs all in a row) but ended up going with a sassy Sunflower gold: Malabrigo Sock in Ochre. I think it will be a lovely fall and winter shawl. Should arrive Wednesday for the KAL!

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  15. Patricia says:

    Lucy looks blissed out!

    glad you had a fun trip!

  16. It was great to meet you. You’ll have to come back to Charlotte again for a more relaxed time! Loved the class and can’t wait to start my first toe up socks.

  17. Ooooh! Very pretty color for Girasole. I’m guessing a shawl? Enjoy!

  18. Ooooh, I love Indigo Moon yarn! And that green is delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. We are so glad you came to Charlotte! Thank you for making toe-up socks the preferred way for me with so many great patterns!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. I’m glad you were able to relax today. Thanks so much for your class. It was great. I enjoyed looking through your book and am looking forward to starting some socks as soon as school is over.
    Thanks again~

  21. It was wonderful to meet you! Thank you for coming!

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  22. Great Lucy photo.

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  23. I really enjoyed spending time with you Friday and loved your workshop Saturday morning.

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  24. That is SUCH a happy cat face ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. Lucy looks blissed out! And turtlegirl76 had some great pix on her blog. I loved seeing all your sample socks!

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  26. Welcome back – so glad you had such a fun trip! : )

  27. I am glad you came our way! It was wonderful day!!

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  28. Muriel Correa says:

    I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time. And yes, Miss Lucy looks VERY happy!

  29. Hi Wendy
    Ooooo I just love the Myro green…can’t wait to see what you’ll be knitting up with it. Actually funny thing is that the dyes I use to get that colour – all natural dyes of course- smell so good! Well at least they do to me ๐Ÿ™‚ …not everyone would find the smell of indigo enticing but I just love it! The myrogreen is dyed with a tamarind fruit that tastes sweet when you smell it cooking (yes I wrote that right though it sounds weird…when I’m dyeing with it the smell is sweet but so is the taste it leaves in my mouth…a bit weird but I’m an artist so I can be eccentric!)
    Since the Myro green is dyed with real indigo I suggest that you add vinegar (maybe a tsp per skein) when you wash/block the yarn…this way you restore the pH balance and allow the yarn to be at it’s best for the longest time. You may notice a bit of indigo on your fingers and needles when knitting…that will stabilize with time…and is part of the glorious nature of indigo! Real indigo ages beautifully so with natural colours they just keep getting better and better…..oops I’m a bit long winded I know…but I love to talk about natural dyes!
    Oh and just a quick mention, as of January 09 all naturally-dyed yarns will only be available directly through me ( though you can still find many of the colours at The Loopy Ewe …and the best news is the price has gone down by buying direct…so now more people can try the natural dyes!
    And what a beautiful Lucy girl! My two are curled up together on the bed….it’s just so rough being a cat!…cheers

  30. I should have thought that the yarn you chose for your Girasole (hope I spelled it correctly this time) would be a pretty green. So nice, so soft looking.

    I am trying to type with a squirming, hiccuping baby in my lap and arms, so will end my comment before my typing goes too haywire … have a great day, you and Lucy!

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  31. Wendy, glad you had a great weekend! Knitters seem to be good company no matter where you go :>

    I need some knitterly advice/opinion regarding yarn for the Girasole pattern – I’m thinking of using Helen’s Laces Glenwood – it’s 1/2 silk, 1/2 merino with several colors in it. What are you thoughts for using this with Girasole? The only examples I’ve seems are with solid or semi-solid yarns. Thanks!!

  32. Lucy does indeed look happy. I love the shot of her with the catnip sock, too.

  33. OH! The Girasole is going to be a stunner. That yarn is gorgeous!!