My current work in progress:

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


Summer in Washington

The weather report for the foreseeable future:


It’s thunderstorm season!

And here is Girasole, being worn as a hat.


It’s looking pretty much the same as it did yesterday — just a few more rounds done. (The color is off because of the lighting in the room.)

Meanwhile, check out this yummy yarn I got in the mail yesterday:


This is Tilli Tomas Elsie, which is a silk/wool/milk protein blend. I purchased it last week at kpixie — they had it on sale. Isn’t the color yummy?

I’m toying with the idea of putting together a circular shawl design. This is a worsted weight yarn, so it’ll be more of a blanket or throw than a shawl. I’ve got ten skeins of the yarn — 1350 yards, so it’s enough to make something fairly large.

And here is Lucy, looking somewhat Sphinx-like:


She reiterates that she loves the a/c!


  1. I find it amusing that the yarn is called Elsie, and it has milk protein in it. Remember Elsie the Borden cow?

  2. Take care in the rainy/stormy weather…

    The Girasole looks like it’s coming along nicely…

    Hmm. never heard of a milk protein blend yarn before… I love silk/wool yarns… made my first knitted jumper in a silk/wool yarn…Still have the jumper tucked away in a draw…

    Look forward to seeing the shawl you’re planning to make with your silk/wool/milk protein blend…

    Yeah, Lucy is looking Sphinx-like…:-)

    Thanks for the update and for sharing your news…

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  3. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Oh My! The Gingerbread Man Girasole lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. A circular shawl in a heavier weight would be great. We’re having a cold start to winter in Australia – would be perfect for now! Glad you have air conditioning with that weather forecast.

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  5. humidity off the charts…lol..great hat…a small pony through the hole in the top…

  6. catspaw says:

    Very becoming, I must say.

  7. Have you played with the custom white balance at all? It’s a pretty neat trick to get good color in any lighting.

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  8. I love thunderstorm season… we’ve had several great ones here in Ontario.

    That is a beautiful colour….. and milk protein? what are the benefits of that?

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  9. Marissa Shindell says:

    I’d love it to be 80 degrees. Here in the Northeast we have clouds, rain, clouds, rain, and in the 60’s. I was quite shocked this morning when I came down the stairs and it was ACTUALLY SUNNY! I think this is it for the week, though.

  10. Penelope says:

    On Saturday I was watching Perpetuum Jazzile (a Slovakian choir) sing this song:
    & a thunderstorm erupted overhead, here in Tartu, Estonia.
    I just wanted to let you know that my husband bought your book for me when he went to Boston. I love your patterns & I also like knitting socks from the toe-up.
    Thanks for such a wonderful book.

  11. Danielle from SW MO says:

    Hate to say it but here in the midwest (MO) we have been having an extended T-Storm season this year. Cross your fingers that they dont stay around as long for you as they have for us!

    Miss Lucy, My kitties have been LOVIN the a/c this past week as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Adrienne says:

    I’ve seen several yarns with milk protein lately- does it have any great qualities or is it just something new to make knitters go “oooooo milk, I’ve never knit with milk before!”?

    Re: the weather- puts that thunderstorm symbol on their site whenever there’s a 30% chance or greater… IMHO a 30% chance doesn’t merit the thunderstorm symbol, it’s a bit misleading for that small a chance. Yep I’m picky about the details. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Susanne says:

    Oh, Oh, Oh, a circular shawl design??? Would you sell the pattern????? pleeeease?????

  14. Darn you to heck, Wendy! I’d never heard of kpixie before, and now it’s in my bookmarks. >:( Good prices, I must confess.

    Wearing Girasole like that will keep your hair from frizzing in the humidity!

  15. We too have rain in the forecast until Sunday.

    I’m loving the “hat”!! Very cute.

    Also, a circular shawl sounds wonderful for that yarn. A new design???? oooooh

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  16. Soooo………you don’t turn on the heat during the winter, but have no such hesitation regarding the AC!?!

  17. Oh no! Now I’ve looked at the weather in my area and it is showers for the rest of the week and through the weekend!

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  18. Marissa Shindell wrote:
    “Iโ€™d love it to be 80 degrees. Here in the Northeast we have clouds, rain, clouds, rain, and in the 60โ€™s.”
    I would like to add that I would love for it to be in the 80’s also — here in Texas, we are supposed to be in triple digits by the end of the week. I am trying to finish a lovely shawl (in worsted weight yarn which will be great this winter) but it is too hot to have in my lap!

  19. LOL – love the shawl-as-hat photo! The Tili Thomas yarn does look yummy.

  20. Patricia says:

    Are there any patterns for socks that can be knit up in 2ply?

    Really cute alternative for the Girasole! Love the Tilli Thomas. Hello to Lucy.

  21. What camera did you use to photograph your knitted item on your head?