My current work in progress:

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


I Fought the Stash and the Stash Won

It was right thoughty of some of you to offer to come and help me with me stash. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did make some good organizational in-roads into the stash yesterday, but got sidetracked by switching my closets from summer to winter. Still, I can see the bed in the stash room, so that’s a start.

But all this industrious organization means that little knitting got done. However, I’m about done with my first skein of Mini Maiden on the Two-Thirds Shawl.


I’ve got two skeins and each skein is about 550 yards. So at this point I’m more than halfway done with the shawl because I don’t anticipate using the entire second skein.ย  The shawl is measuring about 15″ (unblocked) down from the center back at this point. I don’t plan on blocking it too aggressively, and I don’t think I want it more than 22 — 24″ long. So I am poised for last minute adjustments to my pattern.

I did actually knit a bit on my Bamboo sock.


It is knit from Wollmeise 100% merino superwash, which has 575 yards per skein, so I can pretty much knit this baby with as long a leg as I want. I think I’ll keep going for at least a couple more inches.

I may finish this sock before I leave for Oklahoma on Thursday, in which case I’ll cast on the second sock and take just that one along for travel knitting.

The suspense is killing me.

When I got home from work today and picked up my packages from the condo office, this is what they handed me:


It was just one of those days . . .

Meanwhile, Lucy is showing off her fluffy little “cataloons:”


You can tell by the vacuum cleaner tracks in the carpet that my cleaning lady was here today. I love her.


  1. knittingvt says:

    Oh my goodness, all those packages in one day. Is it your birthday or something?

  2. BlondiKnits says:

    Dear Wendy:
    Celebrate your accomplishment! You can see the bed! Hoo-rah!
    I’m a big fan of the “15 minutes at a whack” school of organization. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Set the timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, STOP!
    And good luck!

  3. You sure you don’t want some of us to take some of that stash surplus off your hands? Just as a favor, y’know…
    .-= HissyStitch´s last blog ..Blog Action Day: Knitting and Climate Change? Really? =-.

  4. Can’t wait to see you!! Oklahoma has missed you. Now if only I could finish the edging on the “Order to Chaos” before Thursday.
    .-= Stacy´s last blog ..SATURDAY! SATURDAY! SATURDAY! =-.

  5. I wonder what’s in all those pretty packages ๐Ÿ™‚

    when you figure this organization thing out, let me know, I’m still trying to figure it out
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Rhinebeck Part 2 =-.

  6. Wow! That is a ton of mail.
    What have you been up to lately to make the US Postal Service work so hard?

  7. Hmm, lots of stuff in the mail. I bet it’s all lovely and was shopped for under far less crowded circumstances than Rhinebeck!
    .-= anmiryam´s last blog ..Do You Recognize This Woman? =-.

  8. WOW I wish I got mail like that. Unless it’s work. Then I’m okay with not having it. But that many packages have to be filled with good stuff.
    .-= Jessi´s last blog ..I’m not even trying =-.

  9. Linda in Chicagoland says:

    It’s cleaning lady day at my house, too. Fresh sheets tonight! If I were rich and didn’t care about the environment, I’d have my sheets changed every single day. Once a week is for peasants. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lucy is lovely from this angle.

  10. Lucy’s legs are the cutest things! Sure wish I had a cleaning lady!!

  11. This weekend is going to be a lot of fun!
    .-= biomaj5´s last blog ..Those pictures I promised… =-.

  12. I’m just happy to know you weren’t trapped under a yarn avalanche all weekend. I really don’t see Miss Lucy digging you out. ;^)
    .-= Cookie´s last blog ..Rainy Monday Love! =-.

  13. I used to love my cleaning lady too. I’d rather work less and clean it myself.

  14. 1. Lucy has IMPRESSIVE ‘tocks. Just sayin’.
    2. Every time you show a photo of that sock it reminds me of something but I’m damned if I can ever think what it is. I *think* it is the same color scheme as some corporate logo, but…
    3. If that’s a normal number of packages for you, then it is no wonder you need a whole room for the stash ๐Ÿ˜‰ (not that I am jealous or anything)
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Saturday silliness. =-.

  15. Are Lucy’s ‘tocks an indication of a cold winter?
    .-= Yarnlot´s last blog ..Een zondag in Oostende-A Sunday in Ostend–Un dimanche ร  Ostende =-.

  16. Love Lucy’s cataloons! More envious of the cleaner than the packages. (but it’s a close margin)

  17. Can’t wait to see what’s in those packages?

  18. for a second there I thought the mail bin was the really big kind with wheels coming up on a lift, obviously my sinus cold fogged brain isnt working so well.

    Now I’m just curious what is in those packages.
    .-= Sarah O G´s last blog ..Lydia Underfoot Oldencia, June 2008 – October 2009 =-.

  19. Oh, Lucy, those are some lovely legs you have there!

    Wendy, I bought your toe-up sock book today. I’m very excited to start playing around in it!
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..First Taste of Rhinebeck =-.

  20. Every little bit of organizing helps! love the new shawl color…lol at lucy’s cataloons, will have to remember that term. I would love a mail day like that, as long as the bills were not going to show up later! smile
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..18 years ago today =-.

  21. Oh my, I had not noticed before that Lucy had “cataloons.” How cute are they??? Talk about being the “cats meow!!!”

    Looks to me like you will have a lot more yarn to organize soon! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Sandie Knapp´s last blog ..Talk About Surprises! =-.

  22. Yea!!! I work for the post office and we just love delivering packages like that !!!! I hope you enjoy opening them all…8)

  23. I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.

  24. Hmm, I just organized my own small stash and shared it on my blog for all the world to see — good luck with organizing yours. I don’t suppose those packages are gonna help the situation any. And LOVE the cataloons!

  25. Wendy you don’t sound excited by all those packages. I just loooooove my mailperson, UPS person, FedEx person….I’d be more than happy to help you open and then play with the contents…unless the bills that come with such packages would be mine to play with too…nope playing is worth it! Have fun…feeling jealous I only had junk mail today.

  26. I can’t wait to be able to get a cleaning lady! I’m hoping once I go back to work I’ll get to have one too.

    Love the wimple and Lucy’s pantaloons.
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Happy Thanksgiving Canada! =-.

  27. Yeah, Oklahoma !!

  28. Can’t wait to see what loot the P.O. brought you in those packages — not more YARN!!?!! What fun!

  29. What kind of goodies did you get in the mail? hmm? All yarn and fan mail, I suspect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. picadrienne says:

    Could the mail be the reason for organizing the stash? Looks like some major stash enhancement, and I was under the impression you were already SABLE.

  31. That may be the only cute cat butt I have ever seen. I think we need some pics of the stash so we can get an idea just how bad it is, and to show us those packages but not what’s in them? Torture!!
    .-= Heather Kinne´s last blog ..Setting Up Accounts =-.

  32. But does Lucy like the cleaning lady? Mine do not and hide while she is there.
    What surprises did you get? cecilia

  33. Did you find any forgotten treasures in the stash?! The possiblility is always a good motivator. Lucy is pretty, no matter the view!
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Plans….. =-.

  34. There’s nothing like a good mail day! One of my personal favorites….
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Crazy Blue Daisies Project Bag Set =-.

  35. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Looks like you’re doing your part to keep the USPS in business! lol Enjoy your trip to OK.

  36. I wish I got packages like that, even though I cannot afford that much mail order yarn. Maybe I can find a group that is doing yarn exchange. It would be nice to get something new in the mail just for sending some of my loved but unknit yarn along to someone new.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..meeresrauschen (on vacation) =-.

  37. What did you get, what did you get???? You can’t show us all those packages without telling/showing us what you got!! I have to live thru others’ packages right now, as I am on a credit card diet. ๐Ÿ™ Good news is that I have a ton of yarn and patterns to keep me busy for a long time.

    Those cataloons are the BEST! Our Pharaoh has those and I just love them.

  38. I love my cleaning lady too, and she was at my place yesterday. I always feel good about life when she’s been at my house.

    I love Lucy’s cataloons. Priceless.

    And I especially love that box of packages. Were any of them yarn, perhaps?

  39. CATALOONS! Perfect! I have a cleaning retired husband. Love the shawl and the sock. I think I’ll suggest to my LYS that it would be wonderful if Wendy could come out and visit us here in SoCal. I’m sure I’m not the only SoCal knitter who would love to meet you. Luv. m.

  40. was all that stuff from the post office stash enhancement? Are you going to share? — photos I mean. ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t done much stash enhanement lately so I must live vicariously through others!

  41. those mini foods are amazing

  42. I love the idea of winning that book. I’m sorry to say, I love the idea of a cleaning lady, more. Is Jackie available via the random number generator?
    Michelle in Florida
    .-= Sewbeads´s last blog ..9.28.09 =-.

  43. Lucy, we all have to love those Cataloons you have there.

    Good luck with the attack of the stash Wendy.

    .-= firefly8868´s last blog ..So here we are, here we stand =-.