My current work in progress:

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


Still Like Buttah

Oh yeah.

This yarn is totally yummy. So very soft and delightfully non-splitty. I’m really liking the colorway (Topaz) as well. It’s got enough variegation to keep it interesting, but not so much that it obscures the lace pattern. Here’s last night’s progress:

I am now on the “body” portion of the pattern, so expect a lot of photos of this stole over the next couple of weeks, all looking very much the same, only incrementally larger.

In the interests of full disclosure, I steamed the edge with the trusty Rowenta steam iron before I took yesterday’s blog photo. I plan on steam-blocking this shawl anyhow. It’s a more “solid” lace than the last few things I’ve been working on so it doesn’t need to be blocked within an inch of its life.

About kitchener versus three-needle bind-off. Well, yeah, I will offer both as options in the pattern. Not like you wouldn’t do what you wanted to anyhow, now would you?

About teaching/book-signing events:

It is very gratifying that so many of you would like me to come to your part of the country (or world) — I so appreciate it!

Here’s how it works — LYSs contact me (or preferably they contact my event planner Aimee — look over in the left sidebar for contact info) to schedule events. So I go where I am asked to go. It is very gratifying that more places than I have time to go to have asked me to visit. (Okay, that sentence could use some work, but I’m tired.) We do our best to be fair when picking where I’ll go from among those LYSs who have invited me.

And I’m doing less traveling than last year. My schedule last year just about killed me — traveling every other weekend while working a full-time job is very, very tiring. At least it is for me. And since I’ve had a flare-up of my ongoing chronic back issues, I need to cut back.

Anyway, the bottom line is that I’m pretty much booked up for 2010.ย  I think there are a couple of things that are not yet set in stone but we’ve made verbal agreements at this point. If something falls through, we contact someone else who was interested in having me come out. As soon as stuff is confirmed and set in stone, it will go on the travel and teaching page. We won’t start scheduling 2011 until late in 2010.

I am going to some of the same places as last year, but some new places as well, in different areas, so that’ll be fun.

Lucy sez:

“Personally, I think you are nuts. I’d much rather stay home.”


  1. And just think…I get to see you at at least one of your engagements for 2010. Just how lucky am I?

  2. I love that yarn! It’s truly lovely. The yarn companies should totally pay you for such great advertising.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Week 11: Sherlock Holmes =-.

  3. Wow Wendy…you traveled weekends while working full-time and having trouble with your back? I can’t even imagine…you’re definitely a trooper! I like the idea of steam blocking too! Woot!
    .-= Roxanne´s last blog ..In the "D" w/ the Yarn Harlot. =-.

  4. Wendy, I do wish you could make it to Seattle/Pacific Northwest on one of your trips. Big hint to the publishing people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was lucky enough to get into the Loopy Ewe’s Spring Fling, so I’ll finally get to meet you live and in person. Hope your back cooperates with your schedule this year.

  6. Barb Harger says:

    OOH, I looked up that yarn online…it is pretty! I like the one that is dark purple, etc. Maybe called storm or something like that. Shawl is very nice so far!

  7. Jenifer Driscoll says:

    I’d just like to put in a co-shout with Colette, but a little further south, California, but West Coast and you could decide which is better weather that month. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I don’t know which part of CA Jenifer lives in, but my part has had 75-80+ degree weather this week. The garden has gone nuts. (See, we have seasons in the garden.) Actually, it’s a little too much too soon for me, but compared to snow and slush….
    Still, I’ve suffered from a bad back for years, and I say, take care of the back, or nothing else is much good.

  9. I understand how that pesky back stuff can REALLY slow you down! And traveling can make it flair up so much it can be all but life stopping. I am definitely checking out your schedule to see if you are going to be remotely close to me. All in all, Lucy has the right idea but one must promote ones work!!

  10. Bonnie H. says:

    This stole is just lovely.

  11. And I’m thinking Lucy prefers when you stay home as well! That schedule sounds incredibly grueling.

    I’m looking forward to watching this stole expand over the next few days. I have been working on the same scarf for a month. If my blog were knitting-focused, I would either have about 4 entries a year, or many entries showing incremental 1-2 inch progress. Since I am the world’s slowest knitter, I am living vicariously through you ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Back to the bigger guys =-.

  12. Sooo, a three needle bindoff would work in the middle of the shawl to join the sides? Seriously? Then there is hope…
    I’m the person who does a three needle bindoff inside my (standard) afterthought heel. But I don’t tell very many people. Some people might make me out to be a slacker because I will do so much to avoid kitchener stitching.

  13. I was hoping to see something on your schedule in DC since I can tell by your picture of the elephants that you work close to where I work (51 Louisiana Ave, NW). I would LOVE to watch you knit because you must be one of the fastest knitters alive (the way you turn out projects). It takes me weeks and weeks to complete anything even though I knit during my 4 hours a day on the MARC train. Anyway, I guess I could save up my $$ and come see you in London — that would be fun!
    PS — Are you a picker or a thrower?

  14. The stole is simply gorgeous! I’m sure my wife will add it to the list of things I need to knit for her. So you weren’t that off with the title, after all if you play with whipped cream enough it turns to buttah!

  15. For all that I’d love to see you in our part of the world, I tend to agree with Lucy. Especially with your back acting up (I know a bit about bad backs, myself!)

  16. Sending good wishes that your back straightens up and stops being a misery. Chronic pain is such a brain drain!
    .-= Diana Troldahl´s last blog ..Book Reviews =-.