My current work in progress:

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


The Mansion on O Street

The event I taught at yesterday, the Designer Scavenger Hunt put on by fibrespace was great fun. It was held at the Mansion on O Street, in northwest Washington DC near Dupont Circle.

The Mansion on O Street has to be seen to be believed.

The event started with a brunch. Here’s the room where we had brunch.

And the other end of the room:

After eating we did a little exploring, and I snapped a few pix of some of the rooms. Like this:

And this:

And this:

There are a bunch of bedrooms, and you can stay in them, like a hotel (for a large price). I lost count of how many huge flat panel televisions I saw as we went through the rooms.

The students had clues and had to search the mansion to find the classrooms where the teachers were teaching. To reach my classroom, they had to go through the kitchen (where people were working!), and open a secret door behind pantry shelves. Up a few stone steps and lo and behold!

My classroom. I taught my classes in the wine cellar. How fun is that?

I kept eyeing this bottle of champagne on one of the shelves:

My favorite champagne. It was still there when I left so you may now applaud my restraint.

I had a great time, but boy, am I tired today!

I’m not doing much knitting here today, but guess what I finished on Saturday night? A hint:

I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Lucy sez:



  1. How lavish those rooms are! I would so not have been able to concentrate on class in the wine cellar! I admire your restraint. Sounds like it was a great event. I’m looking forward to more details about the blue shawlette. 🙂

  2. Oh, my! Lavish is one way to describe it . . . I think I would have had claustrophobia in some of those room. Was it actually that — um — “decorated” when people lived there?

    Love the Tulip Shawl (aka Argus) and I’ll be ready to start it soon. Still have a bunch of rows of bird’s eye on the Aestlight, and then your lace. And, of course, the seemingly never-ending socks.

    What did you teach in your classes?
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party =-.

  3. I would like to be you every once in awhile.

  4. A knitting class in a wine cellar–in my dreams!

  5. Manon Charpentier says:

    You have great taste! Perrier-Jouët is my favourite champagne too. I think a bottle or two would have disappeared from the room if I had been there. I admire your restraint.

  6. anne marie in philly says:

    the wine cellar…someone had you pegged just right!

    looks like a wonderful place to tour!

  7. crazycrafter says:

    I can’t wait for the pattern for the lace shawlette! Glad you had fun at your classes! What were you teaching about? Blessings,

    Hannah, age 12

  8. What a great adventure…and such a beautiful place to have a getaway…I bet it hardly seemed like work…enjoy your day off…I know I am…

  9. Wow! What an utterly amazing place to teach in! I like the look of what you’ve just finished knitting, so shall pop by again to see it in all its glory! My cat ‘helps’ me with my knitting too!
    .-= josiekitten´s last blog ..One hundred =-.

  10. That is so utterly awesome! I wish I’d been able to make it down for this event.

    Thanks for all the pix!
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..First Finished Object of 2010 =-.

  11. Lavish is right! I’m glad I don’t have to dust that place!

  12. Lucy, you are right! She is a tease.

  13. Lavish is right! Wish I could have joined in the class.

  14. The class was wonderful and the location was a hoot. (Eclectic to say the least. Nicey from Clean House would faint! Not that the place needed cleaning; it’s just that there was so much stuff….EVERYWHERE!)

    Thanks for making learning so much fun :^)

  15. knittingdigits says:

    The class was great! Love the magic cast-on and resulting toe cuppage! Hard as it is to believe, in my opinion these photos actually understate the lavishly varied decor of the hotel, which spreads across multiple interconnected former town houses. If you needed champagne afterwards I would totally understand!

  16. The class was awesome and toe cuppage has been achieved! (along with enough actual knitting to cover my toes). Thank you…

  17. That looks so cool!

  18. Wow. That’s a huge price. I really shouldn’t have clicked the link! It looks gorgeous, but it is definitely out of my price range. It sounds like a fun place to have classes certainly!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog family member =-.

  19. Love the Mansion, reminds me of Tea Rooms I’ve known…..and bravo on the restrain with the Champagne bottle, I, for one, might have embarrassed the whole room that night with my lack of… hehee!

    Shawlette Ideas: Baltic Bliss, or Mediterranean Nights~ but I’m sure you’ve already got that one figured out-what else would be going through that mind whilst knitting something so magical! That is soooo Beautiful, Wendy!

  20. Wow, that really looks amazing!

    Some day you really should come to New England (I’m in RI) and teach a class so I can partake.
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris =-.

  21. Astonishing rooms, but I kind of go along with the claustrophobic reaction. like much of Victoriana. Still, fun to see. Was anyone checking the wine count after the class?

  22. That place looks really amazing!

    Just curious, are you planning on publishing your 2/3 shawl soon?

  23. Is it still a wine cellar if it’s *up* a few steps?

  24. I think I could live there.
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..A Quick Update =-.

  25. That is so cool! It looks like great fun. And I love the pic of Lucy today, she looks very regal.
    .-= Muriel´s last blog ..Baby It’s Cold Outside =-.

  26. That looks like an amazing place to teach and I do admire your restraint at leaving the champagne behind.
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..A very Big Thing! =-.

  27. Wow, what a cool looking place.
    I hope it wasn’t too chilly in the wine cellar.
    .-= Ann in CT´s last blog ..Forward, Sock! =-.

  28. I feel so fortunate to have attended the O Street Mansion. I met you and the other incredible designers and was walking on a cloud when I departed. Now, to cast on for a toe-up sock, and to knit a fair isle project, and a cable project where I don’t use a needle, and photographs of all of them. Oh, yeah, and then there are the gazillion calories that need to be worked off.

    What fun. Thanks for the great blog post that perfectly summed it all into a single post.

  29. That’s my favourite champagne too!