My current work in progress:

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



Unfinished objects — I generally don’t have many of those lying around. If something isn’t working for me, I rip it out and put the yarn back in the stash, or re-purpose the yarn for something else.

In the case of the silk ribbon and size 15 needles, I’m happy to give them away because I can tell that they are not going to work for me.

I do have some carpal tunnel issues and as soon as picked up the ol’ size 15s, I could tell that it was a Very Bad Idea. Instant pain and numbness ensued.

Yeah, I could keep the silk ribbon yarn and shove the needles into my needle stash, but it’s more fun to give them away.

And it’s interesting that some of you mention in the comments that the tiny needles are the ones that give you fits and make your hands hurt. Just the opposite of me.ย  It’s a good thing we all have different experiences or the world would be a very dull place indeed.

So . . . there is knitting going on, but I’m not sure if it is stealth knitting or not, so it is not currently appearing on the blog.

But look — I finished my cable swatch:

And the wide shot:

As I mentioned yesterday, I will use this as part of my class on cables that I will be teaching in various venues over the next few months.

It is seriously unseasonably warm here. (We are talking upwards of 90 degrees). The heat is supposed to break tomorrow, but Lucy wanted to show you how she feels about it now.

Can’t say that I blame her.


  1. We could use some of that heat here. Wanna share?
    .-= Ana´s last blog ..A New Beginning =-.

  2. Laura47 says:

    I’m with Lucy. I’m just a few miles away from you in Maryland, and I was in bed last night with a fever, too sick to get up and close all the windows and turn on the AC (plus I have a powerful aversion to turning on AC in early April). So I just lay there and sweated. Miserable weather — I can’t wait till it breaks.

    I’m with you on the fat needles. I keep going back and trying them, but I simply *cannot* knit comfortably with anything over a 5mm needle any more. And although I used to do all kinds of crocheting, I can’t do that any more, either, because of the pain. And yet I know people who only crochet because they feel no pain there, as opposed to knitting. You’re right, it’s good we’re all different.

    I’ll give away some of this heat to anybody who wants it! Please!

  3. Leslie F says:

    My “kitty thermometers” were stretched out full length this morning before the temperatures even got out the 70’s. They are probably going to be limp noodles when I get home tonight…and stretched out downstairs!

  4. I’m with Lucy. Can’t wait until the heat wave breaks tonight!
    .-= DPUTiger´s last blog ..Another Wednesday, Another Boring Post! =-.

  5. Don’t let Lucy sandbag you — she is LOVIN’ the heat. #15 needles make my hands hurt, too; that’s why I didn’t chime in yesterday.

  6. this heat bites. i feel as uncomfortable as Lucy, but dont look nearly as good. but my daughter in Idaho had a snow day yesterday, so the weird weather is all over.

  7. I’m definately one of those who can’t use tiny needles! Anything under a size 5 and my poor pinky fingers get angry! I’m in Richmond and it’s pretty darn hot here too! I have to say I still prefer it to the inches upon inches of snow we had before!

  8. Sometimes I think it is the type of needles. I can work on size 0 dpns without a problem, but I am testing out a pair of size 0 circulars in the 9-inch length for socks. I love them, because I don’t worry about the stitches getting pushed off the needles or the tips jabbing through my bag. However, I do find that they are harder on my hands.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog poor little bug =-.

  9. Celestine Getty says:

    Lucy, I agree with you, I just do not have much energy when it is this HOT.

  10. It’s hot in Norfolk too, kind of early for these temps. Very nice of you to gift the yarn and needles, maybe I’ll go through my stash and do the same soon.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Spring Break: Day Three =-.

  11. I don’t have many UFOs either. I have one sweater coat that’s been off the needles for several years now and unassembled. I tend to re-purpose my yarn too. Sometimes I re-purpose it before I even cast on. The DIC Classy I’m knitting into my FLS was going to originally be a design sweater to match a pair of socks. I have a green pullover and decided that it needed to be a cardigan.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Visiting the frogs =-.

  12. Linda in OK says:

    It won’t last. It was 90 here a couple of days ago. We’ve got a freeze warning up for tonight!

  13. It’s short needles that send me to crampsville. I can’t use Addis shorter than 24 inches.

  14. My kitties looked exactly like that when I left home yesterday. I’m pretty sure they were stretched out on the floor near the AC vents all day today, too, but I wouldn’t know for sure since I am in (not nearly so hot) Texas this week.

    And I’m with you on the big needles hurting hands. I can knit socks all day on tiny DPNs, but hand me size US 10 and up needles and my hands cry out for mercy.
    .-= Rosemary´s last blog ..Knitting Olympics! =-.

  15. It’s very interesting listening to everyone’s tales.
    Since, I suppose, we are a cross-section of the knitting/crocheting community it proves one size does NOT fit all.

    Luckily, I am still able to ‘work through’ any pain the change of needles causes. I’m so happy because I love to knit and crochet ! ! !

    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..Thanks to All ! ! ! =-.

  16. I’m with Lucy on wanting the cooler temps – summer is NOT my time of year. I prefer the 40-75 degree range. Ah well – thank God for air conditioning! And Wendy, I don’t like the big needles either – didn’t like the fat crayons in kindergarten either! LOL!

  17. Ginny M says:

    Count me in- LOVE 15 needles and things that can be made on them.
    You’re very sweet to “raffle” them off. Thanks for doing that!!

    Knitters hate heat and hot weather – can’t show off our “wears”


  18. Isabelle says:

    Hear, hear! on the large needles – 6mm and higher has me running for the ice pack in minutes. Since I can’t go a day without knitting, I try to keep multiple projects at different gauges in the rotation to prevent both boredom and pain. I’m loving the latest sock book! Scritches to Lucy.

  19. I’m with you on the big needles. My hands are large but my favorite size needles are 2mm to 3.25mm. I just made the Farmer’s Market Cardi on 8s, couldn’t wait for it to be over!!
    I also agree with Lucy re: the heat! Hope you both get through it OK.

  20. Annette says:

    We here in Nebraska were blessed with about 4 days of 70-90 degree weather. Then the bottom fell out, and we have enjoyed cold temps with high winds, rain, hail and tornados. There’s a bright side to everything!

  21. I’m one of those who prefers knitting with dpns, and the tinier the better. I’m a Closet Crocheter and dearly love the intricacies of lace doilies, having done dozens. So, working with #2-3 dpn’s came easy to me when I resumed knitting after a 30 yr haitus.
    I too, feel the heat when I work with big needles, even though I can work up a shawl in about half the time, but yeah, the holes are as big as dinner plates LOL!..

    It’s gone from 73 yesterday to 48 today, and rain/snow tomorrow.. Miss Lucy will have relief again soon as cooler temps reach you’s girls~ โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ
    .-= Sandra´s last blog ..ManyhorsesMane shares Fettuccine con Asparagus Bon Apetite! =-.

  22. I’m in DC and can’t wait for more normal temperatures. My little kitty has gone quiet since the heat arrived.

  23. Metal needles make my hands ache and the bigger the needles the worse it gets- throw in acrylic or cotton yarn and I’m in agony. I practically count the stitches until I can get back to my tiny bamboo needles with wool yarn. I’ve done a few things with bigger wooden needles and it’s okay but not comfort knitting

  24. I find that those times my hands start going numb that I just need to change my position. If my hands are cramping, heating the house up a bit tends to help with that as well. I do much better with larger crochet hooks, but have dome to love my 2.25 mm, 2.5 mm & 2.75 mm addi circulars for socks. My favorite was the 2.75 mm & when I first got the 2.25 mm I thought I would never grow to like them & they were causing a raw spot on my left index finger from pushing on the tip of the needle. But now it has healed & I am actually loving them almost more than my other 2 sizes.
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Hppy Easter! =-.

  25. I’m with you on the big needles. The larger the needles the worse my carpal tunnel symptoms. Give me a size 0-2 and I can knit for hours. Seems like that should be backwards!

  26. The heat and humidity, are making your hands hurt, and what are you eating? I was a human salt lick , I use to eat so much salt, sodium, therefore swell, but finally gave it up! there are natural anti inflamatory agents in some foods, goole it print it copy for fridge, and one for wallet when your shopping. this works for me, AND KNITTING PAIN IS NOW REDUCED TO JUST ERRATA LOL

  27. traceymae says:

    as an odd side-bar comment …I cannot believe the ‘color’ difference in those 2 photos of the cable swatch !!~I love the 2nd photo …lovely lavendar !

  28. My kitties just steal the foot of the bed to get the fan first plus the breeze from the window. Especially Ashley who is the princess of the house. ๐Ÿ™‚ She forgets who pays the bills. Oh and Oscar has finally discovered his favorite yarn – cashmere. He did not hurt the project but I looked over and he had the ball of cashmere out of the plastic bag using it as a pillow and his paw was in the bag resting on the scarf and he was sound asleep all content.

  29. We only had a few days of “way too hot” (and that was just in the 80s), but now it’s cool and absolutely gorgeous! I feel Lucy’s pain!

  30. I like your swatch. Quite a few of those sewn together would make a lovely throw. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am curious: what is that round box behind Lucy in image 3?

  31. Wendy, we had the unseasonably warm 80 degree heat last week, and then this morning — SNOW!!! I hope that’s not coming out your way again!

    I always enjoy seeing “cat included for scale” pictures, as you have said before ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Susan in Texas says:

    Just wanted to add another comment on needle size/pain issues. I have occasional hand and elbow pain (knitter’s elbow). It is definitely worse with big needles, I think because the repetitive stress involves a wider range of motion.

  33. Oh man, I’ve been having mad wrist and elbow pain recently, too. I actually gave myself tendonitis from knitting too much a few years ago, so I try to keep it cool these days. I thought it was carpal tunnel issues, but apparently I actually have ulnar nerve problems instead… so now I can’t rest my elbows on anything! Oh well… hazards of the job, I guess.

    For me, it’s less about the size of the needle as it is the fiber and tension of what I’m knitting. I can see silk being hard to knit, since it has very little give. Stretchy wool blends are the easiest for me right now.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Refine School โ€“ Pattern now available! =-.

  34. I’ve made a couple of afghans with the Big Stix size 50 needles. I feel like Wilma Flintstone knitting with them, but the knitting sure goes fast!
    .-= jayayceeblog´s last blog ..Lunch with Author Robert Goolrick =-.