My current work in progress:

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


Friends of Colombian Orphans Auction

Friends of Colombian Orphans, Inc., is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in Colombian orphanages. Established in 2007 by parents who adopted Colombian children, the Friends focus on orphanages in need that are open to outside aid. They organize and supervise improvement projects using donated funds. 100% of donations go toward projects.

It was founded after seeing the conditions the girls live in while they’re in orphanages there.ย  They started by cleaning up the buildings, fixing windows and the like, but they’ve moved on to vocational training.ย  Specifically machine knitting as opposed to broom making, which is what they were being taught before.

The organization has established an online auction of mostly hand-made goods in order to do some more fund-raising. The auction is live now, and the items are on eBay, here. There are a lot of lovely handmade items, as well as some knitting kits. This would be a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping while supporting a great cause. I believe the auctions went live yesterday, and are all 10-day auctions, so you have time to browse through the offerings there. I’ve bid on a couple of the items there and I hope you will consider doing so as well.

Book Giveaway!

The Random Number Generator has spoken! The winner of Haiku Knits: 25 Serenely Beautiful Patterns Inspired by Japanese Design by Tanya Alpert is: Angel!

Thank you to everyone who left a comment!


Today I am venturing into the stash room to try to do a bit of much-needed organizing. If you don’t hear from me after, say, three days, send help, okay?

Lucy sez:


“It’s chilly in here and I don’t think Momma’s gonna turn the heat on anytime soon!”


  1. Wendy, thanks so much for linking to Jane’s auction! Progress on the machine knitting initiative to date is amazing, and this auction will help keep it going – so these kids can build themselves a future.

    The most covet-worthy item of all is Shanti’s handmade quilt:

  2. Shirley. in PA says:

    Wendy, I’ll be very happy to go into your stash room with you and do some clearing out for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love stash organizing! It’s almost as much fun as shopping for it!

  4. My cat looked much the same today — nose tucked deep into her fur. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thank you for the information on Friends of the Columbian Orphans. This is truly a worthy cause. Have fun in your stash room.

  6. Tie a lifeline to your ankle……….
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Quilt Ta Da =-.

  7. Well, if you organize it into LB, Dani and Aimee sections it will be much easier when you will it to us ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..New Coffee Cozees! =-.

  8. Thanks so much for mentioning this Wendy – I love the idea of helping those young ladies learn to support themselves.
    .-= Shanti´s last blog ..Gray Sunday =-.

  9. anne marie in philly says:

    remember to leave a trail of breadcrumbs so that you can retrace your steps back to lucy…

    and your legion of fans will be happy to remove any unwanted skeins from your stash room ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Gosh. My stash needs organizing too! I spent part of this weekend trying to find needles that weren’t in projects. I think it is time to give up on a couple of them and just pull the needles. The yarn is still good even if I am not interested in the knit anymore.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..meeresrauschen (on vacation) =-.