My current work in progress:

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


Richmond Bound

I am not going to work tomorrow (Friday). Insert appropriate sounds of jubilation here. Instead, I’m heading down to Richmond, Virginia. I’ll spend Friday afternoon/evening with my good buddy L-B and other assorted knitting friends, and on Saturday I’ll be at The Yarn Lounge, signing books, from 11:00am til 1:00pm. I hope to see some of you there!

I did manage to find the time to turn the heel of my sock. See?


Said sock will accompany me to Richmond. As I mentioned yesterday, I do have another project I just started.


It’s a circular shawl of my own design, being knit from the Tilli Tomas Elsie yarn that I recently purchased. I like the yarn very much. My only beef with it is this:


Dye on the fingers! Since I began work on this I’ve been going around with blue fingers. Well, I can wash it off my fingers pretty well, but it’s not so easy to get it off the fingernails. I’ll just have to tell people that it’s a special new kind of French manicure.

The extent of my relief that this week is, for me, over, cannot be adequately expressed in words. Just sayin’.

Lucy appears to have had a rough week as well.



  1. Richmond, Virginia sounds nice… my first American friend is from Richmond, Virginia…lost contact years ago…

    Enjoy your trip. Give L-B a hug from me…

    Have fun completing the sock…Have a safe journey…

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  2. Yes, you have had an exciting/stressful week. Go enjoy some cool liquid refresments, IYKWIM!!

    Lisas last blog post..It’s All Wendy’s Fault

  3. Just tell people you’ve been strangling Smurfs. That should get them to leave you alone! }:->

  4. I’m fighting the urge to break out into a new rendition of Homeward Bound!
    Oh, heck, why not?
    Richmond bound…Wendy is Richmond bound….Richmond, where L-B’s waiting, Richmond ,where there’s books for signing, Richmond ,where The Yarn Lounge knitters are waiting anxiously for you!

  5. I love Richmond. My uncle use to have a place right off of Monument Blvd. when he was teaching there

  6. Cant wait to see what the circ shawl is going to look like….usually we see the picture first in patterns…even your socks we see rather quickly…but about the blue nails…have you tried nail polish remover??? that might help…have a safe trip and relax…it is what it is….

  7. I’m looking forward to visiting the Yarn Lounge again and having a chance to say “hello” in person for a change! Have a safe trip!

    Cindy Ks last blog post..Stash Room Re-do

  8. *Snort* A beef with the milk yarn. Gotta love it!

  9. catspaw says:

    Cindy and I will come bearing gifts!

  10. Have a wonderful long weekend! Linus says Lucy should get extra pampers because she’s had a long exhausting week tooβ™₯

    Carols last blog post..Can’t think of one…

  11. On the new manicure? Blue la la!

    Carols last blog post..Can’t think of one…

  12. Have a wonderful and safe trip to Richmond. I hope you find some time to relax. I ‘m sure that you and L-B will have lots of fun. Lucky people who live in Richmond are lucky to be able to attend the book signing..

  13. Maureen says:

    Have a great long weekend, avoiding the commute mess you’ve had for at least one day. I’m waiting for your book to arrive in the mail, along with some new circs to use for the 2 circs method. Yea!

  14. Most of us just enjoy a good circular shawl…………you design one!
    I am sure it will be a hit! Have a good day tomorrow!

    Cindys last blog post..Stucco Delay…..But It’s Okay!

  15. Love the new blue French Manicure. You may be starting a trend! If you don’t like it, sometimes well moisturized nails don’t pick up dye as easily. Ask me how I know!!! Have a great time this weekend.

  16. You’ve turned smurf??? It happens to the best of dyers and I guess to the best of knitters too!

    Please make sure Lucy gets extra lovings while you’re away. I assume her Daddy will be over to visit and make her feel as special as she really is.

    Leslies last blog post..Yesssss πŸ™‚

  17. Hey put some clear polish on those nails (I’m assuming you like bare nails like so many of us but the clear coat will protect your nails from absorbing the dye that is crocking off the yarn.)

  18. Blue dye is like that – always some extra left on the yarn, it seems.

    Hey, Lucy – remember when you were begging your Mom to turn on the heat? Well, here it is!

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..Ooh, a package!

  19. Oh I feel ya on the bleeding yarn-I’m having that problem with the yarn I’m using for your Lacy Rib socks. It has ruined my needles and I’ll have to set the dye before I can even wear the socks. πŸ™

    biomaj5s last blog post..Almost done!

  20. Wow! I had never had a yarn bleed like that! that’s awful! just imagine how much it will bleed when you wash it… and forget about wearing white with that shawl… I heard that if you put salt on the first wash it would help the dye set and it will no longer bleed in the future washes… but I haven’t try it yet. Good luck with that…

    Marlenes last blog post..Fleece soaker

  21. Careful where you wear that shawl. Don’t be sitting on any white couches, don’t wear it over white shirts (just take all colours lighter than it off your list). Salt may work as a dye fix and you can actually buy dye fix (check into Rit or Dylon) but if it comes off onto your hands it will transfer to other things as well (you sweating ups the possibilities too). My old boss had to recover a couch after one of our silk dresses transferred to a white couch (read all disclaimer tags attached to garments they’re there for a reason)

  22. I’ve recently had the dye thing happen to me too, only with green yarn. Green fingernails weren’t so cool. But I have to admit that it made me laugh to have a green thumb.

    Hope you have a lovely trip.

    Clestials last blog post..Distractions

  23. Wish I could make it to your book signing on Saturday but we’re having out-of-town guests who have other plans. πŸ™‚ Welcome to Richmond anyway….we are happy to have you! Best of luck with the event.

  24. I’m having the same “fun” with some red dye on my fingers this week. Once everything is knitted up, it’s getting gently rinsed & soaked for a while, and set with something. Probably vinegar, if I can figure out how to get the smell out afterward!

    CraftyGryphons last blog post..UFO report: I finished something!!

  25. Kay in New Mexico says:

    I’ve had the Dreaded Blue Hands Thing too. I got very good results with washing with Synthrapol and using a little fingernails scrub brush all the way around. One of the things Synthrapol was designed for, I understand is exhausting all the dye out of freshly-dyed fiber. I can’t get along without the stuff!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I’m thrilled you’ll be in Richmond tomorrow!! I’ll be there with another friend. We’re both looking forward to meeting you and having copies of your book signed. the only disappointment for me is that sweet Lucy, alas, cannot be with you.

  27. Have a good time. Wish I could be there to get my book signed.

    Judy Bs last blog post..UFO’s

  28. anne marie in philly says:

    shout-outs to L-B!

    with the metro as messed up as it has been this week, you deserve to get outta town. and that will give lucy quality time with her daddy!

    have a great time!

  29. oh no! That looks like it’s going to be bleeding blue for a while!
    Please have fun in Richmond!

    pmoyss last blog post..Drawing and Embroidery

  30. Gretcheng says:

    Ditto on the other comments regarding the blue yarn coming off on your fingertips–that means it will likely rub off onto needles, furniture, damp countertops, light-colored clothing, etc. I’d be tempted to rip, re-skein, and wash to set or remove the excess dye before I knit much further. Good luck–it is a lovely color and sounds like great yarn otherwise– Gretcheng

  31. I’m jealous of Lucy’s week. It looks a lot like Saru-chan’s week (sleep, move to food bowl, chase a toy around, sleep, move 3 feet and sleep, lose a fight with her tail, sleep).

    Seanna Leas last blog post..nostril breathing

  32. I so wish I still lived there or was visiting now ~ I’d be there. Enjoy your visit and weekend!

    Dawn ;)s last blog post..Wow ~ its gonna get hot

  33. It was fun to hang out with you, L-B, and the rest of the gang tonight. :o) Hope to see you again tomorrow. Tell L-B I plurked but I don’t know how to add friends so I’m not sure she knows. Oh well.

  34. mwknitter says:

    Lucy looks hot! The bleeding seems to be a problem to one extent or another with almost all dark blue yarn. I had some Opal Hundertwasser rub off on my feet which surprised me – only lasted thru 2 or 3 washes. And don’t even ask about Rowan Denim – it’s supposed to fade & bleed. Never had a yarn turn my hands & needles blue so fast!

  35. Hi! New to your blog and I *LOVE* it. Love your new book too! As for the blue fingers, I can identify. I ate a blue popsicle with my 2 year old yesterday to see who could get the bluest tongue… My lips, tongue and teeth were blue. I couldn’t brush or floss it off. I’d much rather have blue fingers from knitting than blue teeth from popsicles! Just sayin’!

  36. A few days ago, I was speaking with a dyer about the problem of getting excess blue dye out of yarn/fiber. It seems as though blue loves to hold onto the fiber–at least until it gets into one’s hands!

    Idas last blog post..Plunging in . . . to Knitting

  37. Can’t wait to see the shawl blossom!

    Danieles last blog post..Stash Police, Sprucey Lucy and Ready for Round 2

  38. Yes! Yes! I would love the color shedding yarn. I know Just what to do with it

  39. Jade is a favorite color, whether it bleeds or not.