My current work in progress:

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


And Now For Something Completely Different

Thank you for all the lovely blog anniversary wishes. I’ve just closed the comments on that post at (I think) 801 comments! I’ve randomly given away about 150 patterns to commenters, so I hope those of you who received patterns will enjoy them. ๐Ÿ™‚

A couple of weeks ago I got my copy of the latest Vogue Knitting.

An issue about lace! What’s not to like?

It caused some odd behavior for me. First, I ordered this:

That would be a size 15 needle.

Then I ordered this:

That’s a bulky weight silk ribbon yarn. I have 4 skeins.

(I also ordered a big-ass crochet hook, but it has not arrived yet.)

What was the cause of this odd behavior?

This pattern:

It speaks to my inner Aging Hippie.

Lucy sez:

“Sometimes I wonder about Momma. I really do.”


  1. linda-kay says:

    Happy Easter Wendy & Lucy! That was an interesting issue of Vogue. I’m looking forward to watching you work on that pattern!

  2. Inner Aging Hippie, lol. Have a wonderful day Wendy

  3. LOL! They will probably feel like tree trunks!
    .-= Aponi´s last blog ..Whidbey Island Fabulous Fall Fiber Festival =-.

  4. Happy Easter! Looks really pretty!
    .-= Sarah (welshmillie)´s last blog ..Hello my name is Sarah โ€ฆ.. =-.

  5. Ah, the inner aging hippie — I am very familiar with her. She accompanies me everywhere and pops up at the oddest moments. Have a great egg day!

  6. As ‘they’ say, “Everything Old is New Again” Just goes to show that us hippies created timeless fashion. Who would have thought….? I happened across a lacy bolero I crocheted back in the day and it now looks like a doily. Either it shrunk or I grew. No matter, it looks lovely draped over my old lamp. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Lucy be sure that Mama relaxes! >^|^< Have a wonderful day!

  7. traceymae says:

    catching up …congratulations on 8 years …the Kitty Pi was my first knit , as an adult ,
    and reawakened my love for all things knit!!
    Thank you for that !!
    and I cannot believe you have 9 pages of patterns on Ravelry ! wowzers !
    visit ‘traceymae’ and you can see the babycat in his kitty pi ~
    xxx to miss lucy

  8. MissBunt says:

    What’s not to love, lace, big needles for a change and done in one piece! I look forward to seeing your finished project!

  9. Shirley. in PA says:

    Inner hippie indeed. I love that vest, and just might have to buy the magazine. I usually don’t like the summer knitting magazines, because I can’t see myself knitting a cotton tee shirt when knitting with cotton makes my hands ache. But lace, now that’s a horse of a different color.

  10. I am strangely drawn to that vest. Hmmm. Congratulations on eight years. That’s pretty amazing.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..I <3 my pillow and Bernard from Lebanon =-.

  11. my Vogue is still wrapped up. Thought if I didn’t look I wouldn’t add anything to my queue. Guess I’ll have to look now. I have some bulky ribbon in my stash that’ll work well for that vest. and I already have big needles.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Visiting the frogs =-.

  12. Happy Easter to you and Lucy! The vest is wonderful and you will look great in
    it. I must go buy this issue of Vogue!

  13. I love that issue of Vogue. It’s getting hard to find in this area, I know most of the LYS’s have sold out (at least in MS). Enjoy knitting with the big needles!

  14. Lynda Hitt says:

    Aging hippie? hmmmmm…that just makes me luurve you more!

  15. Robin F says:

    Your hippie won’t be inner if you wear that vest!! LOL! I remember crocheting them back in college.

  16. Ruth Ann says:

    Flashback—1968–first year of teaching—eggshell( think that is what it was called)–sure enough, everything old is new again. My how time does fly!

  17. Wow, that vest will sure go fast after all that fingering weight knitting! Several years ago one of my students told me in confidence “I think [a friend and fellow teacher] used to be a hippie!” in an amazed voice. Ah, youth!
    .-= Ariadne´s last blog ..Madness, of the April Variety =-.

  18. Groovy…..that pattern is faaaaar out….

  19. crazycrafter says:

    I like the vest! How will we know if we won a pattern? Will you e-mail us? Thank you,

  20. As one of the lucky 150 thank you for the ravelry shawl pattern! It is also reassuring to see that you are not casting on for the knitted short shorts.

  21. My inner aging hippie is always ridiculed by my kids. I wore a really pretty beaded lace shawl over a black turtleneck and black slacks to a meeting at my son’s school – when I got home, he complained – “why do you have to wear such weird clothes?” Just wait ’til I show him the vest!!
    This VK is the first in several months that has me itching to cast on… I think I’ll go laceweight with another beaded shawl.

  22. That vest is yummy! I like the scallop-y designs around the middle.

  23. Ah…I thought the same thing when I saw that vest. “Big assed crochet hook”…LOL!!!
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..See these? =-.

  24. Hmmm…I think it needs some big, wood beads in there (sort of reminiscent of macrame!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Easter to you and Lucy!

  25. margieinmaryland says:

    Never thought I’d see YOU buy #15 ! I like that issue too…

  26. Or, might that be your “inner L-B”? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. I, too, have an Inner Aging Hippie. However, even she hates giant needles and bulky yarn! I bought the issue just for the grey lace on the cover.
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Miss Me? =-.

  28. Happy Easter & Happy Knitting! Totally understand the aging hippie thing…

  29. Theresa in Italy says:

    Happy Easter Monday! I’m with you on the inner aging hippie (the trick is to keep her in—mine wants to come out a lot more than she used to)! That must be some pattern if it caused you to order a crochet hook…

  30. This has nothing to do with your post (sorry) – but I was so stoked – had to post it ๐Ÿ™‚ Living Social had a great deal for tea and scavenger hunt at the Mansion on O Street – and after reading your post about your time there – I snatched up tickets for myself and others for a friends b-day! So – at the end of April – 4 of us are going to tea and fun at the Mansion on O Street (I’ve lived in the area for 16 years – never heard of this place until you wrote about it).

  31. YOU are using bulky yarn and size 15 needles?? I think I’m going to faint…. (thud)

  32. Paulette says:

    I haven’t won anything in a long time (I can’t say I never win anything, because I’ve won some nice raffle prizes in my life). It made my Monday morning to see that I was one of the lucky 150 to get a pattern.

    Thank you Wendy—have a good week!

  33. Kathy S says:

    Your inner aging hippie should throw that vest over one of the new dresses you ordered! With appropriate sandals, of course.

  34. Congratulations on the anniversary, and Happy Belated Easter to Lucy and you both. Hmm, inner aging hippie, interesting. The vest does look pretty and made of silk ribbon yarn should be awesome.

    I think with those large needles it will take you about 2.75 minutes to work it up, at your knitting speed.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ firefly

  35. So funny — I was in my local knitting store — which, by the way, is Wendy’s Knit Shop — this weekend and bought the yarn and needle (HiyaHiya Bamboo) for this exact same pattern. As soon as I opened my Vogue magazine and saw it I couldn’t wait to get to the yarn store. Just as you say — it brings out the [aging] hippie in me. (I wonder if I’ll start “twirling” again when I wear it?)

  36. I have spent the entire weekend drooling over the new toe up sock book. I think I like every pattern, but where to start… We are going on a motorcycle ride/vacation for a week, and I need a sock in process to knit on while I ride. Any suggestions as to which one – cables are out. Too hard with any bumps in the road. Thanks for writing the book I love, love, love it.

  37. Wendy, I just blogged about this (along with a picture!) but you received a glowing review in my local paper on Sunday. What a surprise it was to see someone I “know” reviewed!

    Congratulations! (And if you’re keeping some kind of scrapbook, let me know as I can scan it into a pdf and e-mail you or send you the actual copy if you’d like).

    And happy blog anniversary, late. Work’s been creeping up on me again, so haven’t been able to visit daily — I have to catch up in chunks a few times a week.
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Famous friends =-.

  38. I looked at my copy of the latest VK and have to admit that despite loving lace and cables (and lace with cables) that I didn’t find a lot of things that sucked me in. I’ll have to give it another gander after I finish some projects.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog poor little bug =-.

  39. tootwisteddonna says:

    I finished it Friday April 2. It is just spectacular!!!!
    I am ready to start my second…….

  40. Heather says:

    Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!!

    Love the design looking forward to seeing pictures in progress. : )

  41. That’s a great vest. Maybe you can find something similar that doesn’t use cooking utensils! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Belated Blogiversary, Wendy. (I chose not to do your contest because I have more patterns than I can knit in a lifetime, but I love your generosity!)
    .-= Karen in Toledo´s last blog ..Now Appearing On Stage… =-.

  42. Dee McGrew says:

    Sign me up for this one. I really like that pattern I want to try it and I already have the Vogue Knitting. So all I need is the yarn and the needles.

  43. Jenny Tuomi says:

    HI There – I’ll gladly adopt that silk yarn and “big ass” turbos!!!! And you won’t hear anything more about it!!! After all – I am a product of the 60’s and 70’s and my Inner Hippy is always just below the surface! Thank you

  44. Camille says:

    This is kinda ironic. I bought the magazine, fell in love with this pattern but the purse strings were a little tight for the yarn. If I win I do have enough to cover postage (it’s the least I can do) and I’ll never ever mention it again! LOL! Thanks!

  45. Wendy, I already have the mag and have fell for the vest myself. I’ve started on the shawl from the cover. Love the big lace too. My dear friend is a carpenter and has carved me some of the most awsome BIg Ass Crochet Hooks.

  46. Honking big needles is where I started many years ago. Now I’m down to using 1’s for socks, what an evolution.

  47. Mimi Fan says:

    Loving your blog. I’m also responding to your “now we are eight” blog. I would love the easy faroese shawl. Ravelry ID is mimifan. Thanks for the entertainment!

  48. Wendy Peterson says:

    i just got your Toes Up Socks and am totally intrigued. But need to finnish some projets before I start something new. I love sock knitting and really want to try this toes up thing. Wendy