My current work in progress:

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


Dry Spell

It was a dark and dreary morning . . .


I seem to have hit a bit of a dry spell with the knitting.

See, in less than a month I am embarking on the Unique Sheep’s Enchanted Wood Lace Shawl Knit-Along. We start January 10 (if I remember correctly). I’m sorta sick of socks for the moment. So what to knit?

Aside: I did finish my socks-in-progress, see?


They are sportweight, knit from Fiesta Boomerang in the “White Zinfandel” colorway (which is one of my all-time favorite colorways). I like the socks, but as I was knitting the second sock I thought of some ways I want to adjust the pattern a bit. So i shall be winkling it a bit at some point and knitting another pair.

But not right now.

I am feeling uninspired, so what to do?

Wollmeise to the rescue!


This is Wollmeise sock yarn in the “Rhubarber” colorway. I started knitting some lace with it last night, but I didn’t like my results — I was using too large a needle (a U.S. size 7 – 4.5mm). I didn’t have other needles handy just then, so I just frogged the bit I did and will start again today with a size 5, I think.

I tend to like more “solid” lace, particularly when I’m using a variegated yarn. While this colorway isn’t wildly variegated, there are definite shifts of color. If I knit on too large a needle, the open-ness of the fabric plus the shifts in color detracts from the lace pattern.

Tune in tomorrow to see how successful I am!

Before I start in on the knitting, I have some gifts to wrap.


And Lucy is getting ready to settle in for a long winter’s nap!



  1. adorable! lucy is so cute. I love the colorway your socks are in.
    Shawls are quickly becoming a source of interest for me, so thank you for posting about that KAL.
    .-= pmoys´s last blog ..What is this Yarn Diet you speak of? =-.

  2. Norma Horan says:

    I’m working on my second pair of socks in Boomerang and just love how it knits up. Originally bought the yarn to make a Baby Surprise Jacket – still might do it too since I should have about 1.5 skeins left. We’ll see. No urgency on that cuz there are no babies in sight at the moment.

  3. Oh my…I bought some of the White Zinfandel at a FABULOUS yarn store in New Orleans. I know which pattern I want to make with it…just haven’t done it yet. I share your fondness for the colorway. It is DIVINE!!
    .-= Nathalie´s last blog ..Back to Real Life =-.

  4. I think they dry spell is catching – though I did work on the gown last night – only 4 more repeats to go on the skirt now!

  5. I just want to snorgle that Lucy. She looks so adorable in that photo.
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Worldly. =-.

  6. OMG I love the rhubarber yarn…those two colors together make my heart go pitter pat…..must have some…perhaps a pair of gloves…hummmm

  7. I’m entering a bit of a dry spell in regards to socks. My new interest is in shawls. Knitting them is easier on the fingers. My fingers hurt while knitting socks. One has to pull the yarn so taut that I find it painful. Do keep us intrigued with future shawls. I hope someone wil answer this for me. Just how loose or tight does one keep the yarn when knitting shawls?

  8. “Sorta sick of socks.” I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, and that’s a phrase I never thought I’d hear you utter. Good thing you’re still into the shawls.

  9. Do I like the White Zinfandel socks so much because I like the color or because I like Zinfandel? Both!!

  10. Lovely!!!!

  11. Oh, I hear you. Luckily, with three very different types of projects I’m knitting on and some spinning to spell me off, I’ve been managing to keep the dry spell at bay. Have fun with that Wollmeise.
    .-= Booklassie Dee´s last blog ..Modifying An Afghan Square =-.

  12. I love the White Zinfandel colorway of Boomerang. Is one skein enough to do a pair?


  13. margieinmaryland says:

    I love that colorway of WM – I can hardly wait to see what you do with it….

  14. I am with Lucy on that long Winter’s nap!! It has been grey and dark here all day too. (KY) I love the WZ colourway! I like the wine too!

  15. I’m signed up for that KAL too (first one in a long time, but I do love the Unique Sheep’s yarn), and got my yarn about a week ago. It’s loverly. I’m looking forward to knitting with it, but there are several things to finish between then and now.

    Hmmm, I remember someone saying a few years ago how she wouldn’t do a mystery KAL because she was very picky about her lace! 😉
    .-= Cathy-Cate´s last blog ..Flower Salvage =-.

  16. there is also a clean eating magazine which I discovered when I got my hair cut. With all the processed stuff around this is great

  17. It will be pure torture watching you knit with that yarn! Aren´t you glad I didn´t let it “stay behind” with me?
    .-= Johanne´s last blog ..Knitted Kurbits =-.

  18. Love that Rhubarber – what a great name for it!! Can’t wait to see the lace you chose for it. It is so hard for me to pick a good lace for variegated – but what you say sounds right. Something not so busy. Thanks for sharing, Wendy! 🙂

  19. I get like that. After weeks of working on the same thing (or types of things) I will do nothing but read or cook for a day. Yesterday was a bit dismal and grey here, so I spent it alternating between cooking and knitting. A very nice day overall.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..speed wips =-.

  20. As an aside, the light-colored building in your top photo looks like a 12-pack of toilet paper in the small picture format.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Creature comforts, indeed =-.