My current work in progress:

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


Q & A Day

There were some questions in the comments . . .

Sabine asked:

The definition in your picture seems excellent for being unblocked. Did you give it a little stretch, or is it a factor of the heavier yarn?
How’s the clean eating going?

I didn’t stretch it, it’s just the nature of the yarn to spread out nicely. Here’s the shawl in its current state:

I didn’t spread it out at all for this shot. It’s just sitting where I left it!

The clean eating is going very well, thanks for asking. I guess I’m in my fourth week, and I estimate that I’ve been 90 – 95% “clean.” No sugar, no white flour, no artificial sweeteners, and pretty close to no preservatives. I drink at least 4 liters of water a day. I’ve noticed results — I feel good, have lost 12 pounds, and my skin looks good enough that I’ve stopped wearing make-up.

There’s my dead-white self. No color added. 😉 (Can you see Lucy in that pic?)

Crazycrafter asked:

Is that pink the same pink you used on your Wimple a little bit ago?

Nope, but it’s close in color. For the wimple I used Alchemy Juniper in “Evening Pink.”


Today I braved the blustery day to spend some time at Fibrespace. The windchill outside was brutal, but it was warm and cozy in the shop. and there might have been some yarn fondling. Because I’m on a shawlette kick lately, I bought yarn for two more.

This is Dragonfly Fibers Dragonsock in the “Starry Night” colorway. I love it.

And that’s Madeline Tosh Tosh Sock in the “Baltic” colorway. I love that too!

While I was out having fun with other knitters, Lucy was snug at home, contemplating the wonderment of existence.

Or something.


  1. I was very excited to fondle both the Madelinetosh sock and the Dragonsock last week. Although I did end up buying more Malabrigo sock, just because my dear friend fell in love with one of their (very seductive) colorways.

    Nice choices!

    And I’m glad the clean eating is going well. I think I’m going to make another step in that direction soon. Especially after the holiday fried food and beer extravaganza we just went through.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog .. =-.

  2. I have some Tosh in that same color! Can’t wait to see what you make with it…mine’s sitting all ready for me to find the perfect project for that color!

  3. Love that Starry Night colorway! ::must resist::
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..Eating our way through the holidays. =-.

  4. Those new yarns look yummy! I think you’ve hooked me on shawlettes . . . the Ishbel is fun and easier on the hands than socks.
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Swinging in the New Year in NYC =-.

  5. kelly-ann (on ravelry) says:

    12 pounds?? And your skin is looking better? That is so awesome!!!! Hmmmm…maybe I should look into this. I have 2 kids that don’t eat unhealthy, but we do rely on some boxed mac and cheese or hot dogs every so often. Maybe I should shoot for 50%.

    Anyway, congrats and happy new year!

  6. myra Harrell Fleming says:

    Hi Wendy, you must really like the turquoise color, eh? Your shawl a couple 2 or 3 back was turquoise if I am not mistaken. I like it too and have several fibers sitting on my shelf of the same. IT IS SNOWING HERE IN PORTLAND, OR AS WE SPEAK!! Y’GOTTA LOVE IT!

  7. I must have missed the post where you talked about the “clean”living plan. I definitely need to get back on the weight watchers plan. I think I’ve gained those 12 pounds you lost in the same time! Aackk!
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Randomness on a Tuesday =-.

  8. You really look thinner, and healthier, too. Good for you–now the rest of you will be as healthy as your hair!
    .-= Suna´s last blog ..Bella Belleza! =-.

  9. congrats on the clean eating and weight loss! it gets easier the longer you are on it. Till this past halloween i had not had any refined sugar or flour in 3 years, back to it right after those reeses cups disappeared! have you seen they now have a magazine called clean food? their intro issue was pretty good, may subscribe. (lots of good recipes for unique grains)
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..catching up! =-.

  10. How was it coming off the Diet Coke? Are you caffeine free too?

  11. I didn’t realize Lucy was an existentialist!
    Do do is to be – Decartes
    To be is to do – Sartes
    To do be do be do – Sinatra

  12. Looking good, Wendy! And I know from experience how good the weight loss feels. Love Miss Lucy’s face!
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Swinging in the New Year in NYC =-.

  13. 12 pounds! That’s fantastic! Congratulations!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Rest in peace, Mom =-.

  14. Gorgeous colors, especially the Baltic.

    Perhaps you could offer advice for a friend of mine. She was given 200 yards of qiviut by a well meaning friend for Christmas. Is there anything she can make with that amount?

    Congrats on the clean eating. Giving up caffeine free diet Coke would probably be the hardest hurdle for me.

  15. Wow! Clean eating seems to be producing great results. I can’t imagine what my diet would look like (or my baking… oh my poor baking) if I tried that!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..a little rant =-.

  16. I was wondering what Clean Eating program you are following. After losing 30 lbs through exercise and feeling so much better this past year, I’ve decided to step it up and try a healthier eating program. I’ve looked at several options, and they each have a little different take on clean eating.

  17. Love both those yarn colors! I think you like the Starry Night because it has Lucy’s colors in it! LOL

  18. Wow, clean eating sure is working for you–congratulations! I will try to cut out some of the white stuff on your good example.

    I’ve got to find some of this Mad Tosh yarn–everyone raves about it! Very pretty shawlettes too.

  19. crazycrafter says:

    That Madeline Tosh is simply stunning–I want some! Blessings,
    Hannah, age 12

  20. I’m in the eat clean group on ravelry too, and I have to say your success so far is an inspiration. Its helpful that a real person is having such success so quickly. I can be a little cynical reading the stories in the book and on Tosca’s website, as I can’t be sure they are true. But you look great, and I’m excited to start seeing the same results when I start eating clean more seriously.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who found the eat clean diet book rather hard to follow and poorly organized. its a little hard to get through, but i do think the basics are sound, just hard to find in the book.