My current work in progress:

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


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?”


  1. I’ve been hiding out in the “iLove my iPhone” group on Ravelry for months now – lots of great suggestions and information there. And just joined the Google Wave group – hoping someone there can help smarten me up about that thing….

    Enjoy the Dream in Color – I love their yarns and colorways. 🙂

    The designer scavenger hunt sounds like fun! I’m tempted to drive up for it!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Rest in peace, Mom =-.

  2. Ooh, that event sounds like so much fun! Wow. I’m trying to figure out if I can make it back down to DC so soon after Christmas.

    Mebbe I can ask for it for a present. Hmm.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  3. I don’t have an Android (nor do I play one on TV), but I saw this over at Gizmodo today. It may interest you:
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Fun with food. =-.

  4. I love the diamond socks pattern, would you consider offering it free, selling it online or is it going in a book?

  5. My goodness! I used to work at the corner of 25th and M and would walk down that street on the way to the Metro, but I don’t think I ever realized that place existed.

    Sounds fun if I still lived there, but California is a bit far away.

  6. Oh my! I’m now seriously plotting as to how I can get to DC on January 17th! That sounds like it would be an amazingly fun day. Hmmmm….now off to scout out cheap airfares… 😉
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Jackson’s Aviator Bear Hat =-.

  7. Wow that O Mansion day certainly sounds unique! Hmmm tempting, though figuring out the logistics of travel and leaving two little boys complicates things as usual…
    .-= Jaime´s last blog ..Strip Twist Quilted Runner =-.

  8. What an awesome event! Almost makes me with I still lived on the east coast – if I did, I would go!
    .-= Aponi´s last blog ..Whidbey Island Fabulous Fall Fiber Festival =-.

  9. I really love the idea of smart phones and it sounds like you are getting great use out of yours. My Treo mostly exists for easy text messaging (which I’ve only started using) and the phone, but I used to have the Diet and Exercise Assistant on there, which is one of my favorite apps for the Treo!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..zzzzz…. =-.

  10. Glad you ‘re loving your Droid….it’s on my list of possibilities when I renew my cell contract, but giving up my CrackBerry might be a little hard-lol. Your new shawl (ette) looks very interesting – can’t wait to see more…..and I sincerely hope someone will quickly find you in the Scavenger hunt -we’d hate to have you sitting in that big mansion all alone! 🙂

  11. CathieJones says:

    You may remember how I drooled over the Droid. Well, being an only child (still the baby at age 62) has its benefits. Mom is giving me the Droid for Christmas. And because she’s so upset that I have shingles, I get to have it now. It should arrive today!!! Is that a “Squee” or a “Whee?” Maybe both. See you at Ravelry!!!

  12. They need to video all of the workshops and then the teachers can take everyone else’s after the fact! It sounds like a fun day. Thanks for the Droid info–my husband’s phone is due for a renewal mid-December and he has his eye on one. I’m thinking maybe the next kid up for phone renewal will inherit my current phone (an LG enV) and I’ll get one too. 🙂

  13. That event sounds awesome! I doubt I can get my DH to spring for it, though, since we’re doing a knitting cruise in a few months. I bet you’ll have a blast!

    And don’t feel bad about not knowing about the Mansion. I lived in a condo literally right around the corner for a year (21st & N), and had no idea it existed! I thought, “Oh, it’s probably new since I left in 1999.” Nope – I don’t even have that excuse! 4 years at GWU, all spent in ignorance…. 🙂

  14. Theresa in Italy says:

    That event sounds like so much fun! I wish I weren’t so far away. And I’m going to be in London that weekend (nothing to do with yarn or designers, unfortunately) so the logistics would be very challenging in any case. But I will be green with envy.

    Love the color you’ve chosen for your shawlette (and can’t wait to see more of the shawlette, too).

  15. Wendy, after much coveting I received my copy of your Socks from the toe up book yesterday. It was supposed to be my Xmas gift to myself, but I couldn’t wait that long! and I love it! I think I will knit every sock there.

  16. About the Droid…how are you finding the battery life? I would really like to get one, but that is the one thing holding me back. I keep hearing that the battery dies really quickly and has to be recharged a lot. What do you think?
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Woosh… =-.

  17. What is the name of the dc metro app you have? It sounds like a good one, but I’m finding a few witrh the same name in the app store.