My current work in progress:

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


Archives for November 2009

O What Fun

I’ve posted my first event of 2010 on my Teaching Schedule Page. Here it is here as well, shamelessly lifted from Fibre Space’s email announcing the event:

Designer Scavenger Hunt

Featuring Jared Flood, Catherine Gagnon, Tanis Gray, Wendy Johnson and Courtney Kelley

Sunday, January 17, 2010, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Mansion on O Street: 2020 O St NW, Washington, DC

Join fibre space™ for our most creative event yet! We will gather at the unique and historic Mansion on O Street for a day long scavenger hunt, featuring some of our favorite designers. Participants will start the day with a luxurious brunch at the Mansion and the opportunity to explore the Mansion’s 100 rooms and discover some of its 32 secret doorways. Among its many rooms are four workshops, featuring five spectacular designers: Jared Flood, Catherine Gagnon, Tanis Gray, Wendy Johnson and Courtney Kelley. Each participant will experience four one hour workshops in a variety of different skills. Read more here.

Register online or by calling 703-664-0344. Cost is $275 and includes four one hour workshops, brunch and goody bag. Supplies not included.


It amazes me that although I’ve lived in the Washington DC area for my entire adult life, I’d never heard of the Mansion on O Street before Danielle contacted me for this event. It sure looks like a fun place and I understand the food is wonderful. I hope I’ll see a lot of DC area knitters there.

My one complaint is that I won’t be able to take the workshop that the other designers are giving!

In With the New

It’s new project time here. Whee!

It’s lace. 🙂


And it’s a “shawlette.” Triangular in shape and shorter than a full sized shawl. Just a little something to throw over your shoulders.

I’m knitting it from Dream in Color Baby in the November Muse colorway.


This is a great laceweight yarn — not too heavy and not too fine. It’s got 700 yards per 4 ounce skein. This project will take under one skein (unless I’m very very wrong). I’m using a U.S. size 5 needle and chugging along nicely.

I Still Love My Droid

I’ve had my Droid phone for three weeks now and I still love it. Over the weekend I discovered an Android group on Ravelry, for people who have smartphones with the android operating system. There are some very helpful posts there, including a thread for your favorite apps.

A few of my favorites:

Dockrunner — I mentioned this one before — it puts your phone into multimedia mode without a multimedia dock, thereby saving you the $30 that the multimedia dock costs.

Contact Owner — puts your contact information on the locked screen of your phone. So, if you have your phone locked for security purposes and you lose it, if an honest person finds it, he or she will be able to contact you. The information you put on the locked screen is customizable. I have my name, email address, and office phone number there (since I no longer have a landline at home)

DC Metro — well, this one is only useful for people who use the Washington DC subway system! It tells you next train arrivals and service alerts. Very handy if you are on a train that’s sitting in the middle of a tunnel and you want to know what the heck is going on. I’m betting there are similar apps for other subway systems

Calorie Counter — a nice app that keeps track of your daily caloric intake and exercise, and syncs beautifully with a website where you can also enter data.

USA Today — great little news app, with the lead news stories every day, plus weather and photos.

Battery Widget — an icon that gives you a graphic representation with percentage of your  battery status.

Lucy Sez


“Where’s that leftover turkey?”

And That Is the Weekend That Was

How is it possibly that holiday weekends can whiz by so quickly?

We had a lovely Thanksgiving and the turkey was yummy. Lucy had her own little plate on the floor next to the table and she enjoyed her turkey dinner as much as we did.

I finished my diamond lace socks:


A close-up:


As I mentioned, there are knit from ShibuiKnits Sock in the “periwinkle” colorway.

And if you look at them side by side, you can see the difference in the yarn, even though it is the same colorway and same dyelot:


One sock striped and one didn’t. It’s always weird when that happens.

Name That Mitten!

Thank you to everyone who suggested a name for my mitten design. There were so many wonderful names you guys offered tht it was hard to narrow it down. But we finally have and we have chosen a name: Celtic Frost.


Several of you mentioned this name, but the prize goes to the commenter who offered it first: Cathie Jones. Cathie has been emailed and will receive a kit to knit these mittens.

As you recall, I designed this mitten for the Dye Dreams Four Seasons Mitten Club. The kit will be available soon, so if you like the design but did not win, you can still make ’em!

New Project

I started something new. Here’s a sneak peek:


More later!

Lucy Sez


“Why can’t we have Thanksgiving every week?”

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s a very foggy day here — and seems to be getting foggier by the minute!


In a couple of hours I’ll kick into Thanksgiving dinner preparation mode, but I wanted to stop by and wish you all a happy Thanksgiving — or a good Thursday, which ever applies.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • I have a good job and a comfortable home. While neither are perfect, I am very fortunate that I really don’t need anything.
  • The contact lenses the eye doctor gave me yesterday to try out are much better than the ones I had been using for the past year. Yay for good vision!
  • I did most of the Thanksgiving prep yesterday so I can relax and have fun for a good part of today.
  • Lucy. It’s amazing how much joy one small kitty can bring to my life.
  • Every knitter who has bought and enjoyed “Socks From the Toe Up.”
  • My amazing circle of friends, both “imaginary” and real. I did a lot of traveling in 2009 in support of my book and every place I went, there were friends to meet me at the train station or airport. You all have no idea how much this means to a girl who does not travel well.

Lucy sez:


“I’m gonna sit here and watch for the turkey . . . “

Lack of Knitting Content

There has been a decided lack of current knitting progress here lately, have you noticed? That’s because I’ve been doing some stealth knitting this week.

I did start my second Diamond Lace sock — see?


That’s what it looked like on Sunday, and that’s what it looks like today. But I ought to be able to return to it later today.

In other news, my car had an important milestone today.


And I visited the eye doctor this morning and my eyes are still dilated. Makes it difficult to blog, so I’ll sign off with a photo of Miss Lucy:


She is obviously thinking about turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to everyone who celebrates!

A LYS Visit and a Contest

Hey, guess where I went today?


If you said Fibre Space, you are right.

Fibre Space is a new-ish (opened last summer) yarn shop in my hometown — Alexandria, VA. And I finally made time for a visit. It’s located on North Fayette Street in Old Town. Great location — there was plenty of street parking within a block of the shop, and there is a Five Guys across the street. 😀

Here are a few images of the shop. The street view:


They just decorated their front window for the holidays:


They have excellent taste in the books they have for sale:


They have a great classroom off the main room:


And they’ve got lots of yarn!




The owner, Danielle, kindly allowed me to photograph her behind the counter:


I’ll be doing an event in conjunction with Fibre Space in a couple of months (more on that next week) so it was about time I stopped by to check out the shop.

A Contest!

Y’all remember that I did a sock design for the Dye Dreams Four Seasons Sock club — right? What you may not know is that the lovely ladies at Dye Dreams have also started a Four Seasons Mitten Club — and they asked me to do a mitten design for the first club offering — the winter mittens.

And I need your help.

I’ve created the mitten pattern and love it but I have one problem — I can’t for the life of me think of a good name for the pattern. Here’s the mitten design:


Another view:


We want a winter-themed name. Any ideas?

Leave your suggestion for a name in the comments to this post by noon eastern time this Sunday, November 29. We’ll pick a name from the suggestions and the person who suggested the winning name will win a kit to knit the mittens!

Lucy sez


“Those of us with floofy feet don’t need mittens.”