My current work in progress:

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


Hot Monday

The temp shown in my Firefox weather app:


I think the heat index was supposed to make it feel something like 105 degrees. But right now it is a chilly 96 degrees. Brrrrrrr!

I returned home last night from a great weekend in Minneapolis. Karen, the owner of Needlework Unlimited picked me up at the airport on Friday afternoon and we proceeded to have huge amounts of fun all weekend.

My classes at Needlework Unlimited on Saturday were great and I got to spend some quality time fondling yarn. What’s not to love?

Saturday night after classes, Karen took me out to dinner at Salut Bar Americain, a great restaurant with delicious food and a touch of whimsy. And late Saturday night, when we were back at Karen’s house, sirens went off in the distance. Something I have no experience with in my east coast life — tornado sirens! A tornado touched down not very far from us. It was all very exciting, since it wasn’t close enough to be really scary.

It was a great weekend — a fabulous yarn shop, good company, good food, and knitting. And kitties. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Since I got home fairly late last night I had arranged to take today off from work. A good thing too, because my respiratory crud returned last week and I haven’t shaken it yet. And the air quality today was bad, so I was just as happy to stay inside.

What knitting I did was on a stealth project, so no photos of that.

Hey, remember my Tilli Tomas bleeding yarn? It went to a new home with Sarah W. last month. Well, right before I left for Minneapolis, this came in the mail.


Sarah made this from the Tilli Tomas yarn. Isn’t it lovely?

Inside the pretty little pouch is a jar of apricot preserves. YUM! And thank you so much, Sarah!

Lucy Sez


“Can you make me some salmon preserves?”


  1. Glad the big wind was far enough away not to harm anyone…sorry to hear the bug is back…dang thing doesnt know when to let go….

  2. Joyce Riedesel says:

    I was so sorry to miss your classes at Needlework, but I was dutifully attending my husband’s high school reunion is Nebraska. I did, however, try to convince everyone in my knitting group that your book is THE authority on toe up socks!

  3. That blue bag is a great gift idea!

  4. Ewww…salmon preserves. Can you even *imagine* the kitty breath after that? Bleah…
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..I’m Falling Behind =-.

  5. Glad the package arrived safe and sound. Sorry, Lucy, I haven’t perfected my fish canning yet!

  6. Welcome home, nice to hear you enjoyed your weekend!

  7. D’oh. I knew there was something I was going to do on Saturday – stop by NU. *slaps forehead*
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Bullets’n’Tiaras =-.

  8. You poor thing, 99 degrees and what is your humidity?

    Sarah, great idea, so pretty!

  9. Well I am glad that you are okay, what would Lucy do without you. I love the little jar cozy, very cute. It is like 90 something here today as well, but it’s a little drier here. So it is a little more bearable. I am glad that you had fun.
    .-= LeenieBeenie´s last blog ..Monday Stinks =-.

  10. It’s hot down here too. Glad you’re home safe.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  11. I love Salut. Though I am ashamed that I had lived in MN for about 6 years before visiting that restaurant. Now it’s one of my favorite places around.

    Glad you had a great time here. It was lovely to meet you.


  12. Laura DeFlora says:

    What a lovely bag! Will Sarah share the pattern?

  13. I can’t believe you didn’t go to Sock Summit. Of course I wasn’t there so maybe that’s why you didn’t go.
    .-= Pat´s last blog ..Busy summer =-.

  14. NU is such a great shop! And the people who work there are lovely, too. Sorry I missed your classes. I really should time my MN visits according to calsses at the store. 😉
    .-= ruth´s last blog ..Yippee! =-.

  15. Hope you are feeling better! What a cute little pouch, and apricot preserves! YUM! nom nom nom
    .-= Daniele´s last blog ..Seaweed Socks, and …. Twitching =-.

  16. It looks like you had a lot of fun. Someday you will hopefully get to make it up to Boston for teaching etc. There are a number of really nifty shops up here!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..the long run =-.

  17. Lucy grows cuter every day! (So do you, of course).

  18. Wendy, I cast on my FIRST pair of socks tonight using your peace socks pattern. 🙂 I totally used Judy’s Magic Cast On as you taught us.

    I’m still working out whether I’m going to need to make XXL size adjustments, because I have such huge feet. I don’t think that just going up a needle size or even two will help all that much because we’re talking size 12 clown feet. Knitting for the math challenged.

    It was great to meet you and learn to knit toe-up socks.

    Lucy…Freyja, Odhinn and Usna all say HI!