My current work in progress:

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


Clean Living

Yep, I attribute my current allergy-free state to clean living. Well, clean eating, more specifically.

I don’t know what specifically did the trick. I do eat some dairy, but not a whole lot — just homemade fat-free yogurt from time to time. I do not eat anything that is processed or refined — no sugar, no white flour — stuff like that. And nothing with additives and preservatives.

Last summer I contracted an upper respiratory infection that hung on and hung on and wouldn’t go away. My primary care doc couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it, so I went to an ENT specialist at the end of summer and got prescriptions for several meds, including steroidal nasal sprays, to be taken daily. I started the clean eating at the beginning of December, and by the end of December I completely stopped taking all those meds, with no adverse effects.

And now, presto chango, so far no allergies. Long may that continue.

Several of you asked for information on clean eating. Google “clean eating” and you will find many, many great resources online.

In knitting news, I just got this:

I think it may become “something” soon. Something other than a skein of yarn, that is.

Lucy is ready for the a/c.


  1. That yarn is very pretty!
    I count myself fortunate that pollen no longer bothers me. Awful as a kid, but as an adult, I’ve been minimally bothered over the years. And so far, not at all this spring! I know it must be a relief to you to not be dealing with allergies.

  2. Mmm that yarn looks delicious!
    This post couldn’t have come at a better time actually. My husband just found out today that his cholesterol is through the roof, and we need to find a better way to eat in a hurry. He’s talking about diets and this and that- while I’m trying to advocate an entirely new way of eating permanently. I’m going to have him google clean eating and hopefully it’ll be something I can have him try.


  3. Barb Harger says:

    I am already trying to eat that way for other reasons…I sure hope it helps with the allergies, because they are awful this year! thanks for mentioning it!

  4. maybe I should try this clean living thing since I can no longer take the good allergy drugs because of my blood pressure – I might have to pick your brain about it
    .-= Karen´s last blog .. =-.

  5. gorgeous yarn! I agree with you on the clean living. I grew up on a dairy farm, we were quite poor as a single mom’s income and no child support. So we ate what we grew…literally! Until i was married i wasn’t really introduced to fast foods and my eating style changed a lot! I had started eating meat, before i ate fish only, etc etc. I was always catching colds, started having digestive problems, etc. Dr’s couldn’t help. Now 15 years later i am back on track, nothing processed, no white flour, sugar, only fish/seafood for meat. And a ton of veggies / fruits / berries (many canned, frozen from our organic garden) I am so much healthier again! I agree with you 100% on this! (hey, do you know if the clean living magazine died before it took off? I saw 2 issues then it seemed to disappear)
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..Look What I Caught Ma ! =-.

  6. I’m with you on the clean-eating bandwagon. I’m not super strict about it, but I’m all about whole foods these days. They just make me feel so much better! Getting a weekly CSA-box delivery is really helping with that, too.

    And, can I say DROOL over that yarn! Can’t wait to see what happens with it!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Refine School โ€“ Pattern now available! =-.

  7. It’s perfectly lovely as a skein of yarn… I bet it will be even more lovely as “something.”
    .-= GeekKnitter´s last blog ..The Beginning Of The End =-.

  8. Oh my, that yarn is worth stealing.. Lucy, if I send you my address, do you think you can snag it for me??? Okay, okay, just get your momma to post what it is, the colorway and where she got it so we can clean out the place!!! Thanks Wendy, for always including a picture of Lucy. With her, you always have a blog subject…

  9. Long time reader delurking here…

    Good for you! Thanks for sharing! I think knitters need good eating examples because we *tend* to be a creative, nurturing, and somewhat sendentary bunch, and that does lead to comfort eating. I’m always glad to hear of people completely shunning processed foods and seeing wide-ranging health benefits. I did it a year ago and haven’t regretted it at all. Lost 20 pounds, became much stronger and fitter, and have never felt better, including no more joint pain and reduced allergies. The big thing for me was ditching all grains (even whole grains are processed, after all – google paleo or primal eating), but ditching all the white flour and sugar and additives means you’re avoiding the really bad stuff. People often claim they’re trying to “eat healthy” and then they chow down on Lean Cuisine pizzas and Special K bars and other “low fat” crap that’s super processed, full of sugar, and that doesn’t even resemble real food. (But it’s well marketed for sure!) Give me a steak and a salad any day! (I disagree with a previous commenter’s stance on meat being unhealthy.)

    Not to mention, taking a stance like “clean eating” and “no preservatives” takes all the stress out of food decisions. Why eat poison “in moderation”? There’s too much good food out there to enjoy.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..WOD: Grace and Affiliate Cup tryout results =-.

  10. Good for you on the clean eating. We’ve eaten similarly for years. I make all our foods from scratch, including whole-grain breads, yogurt, etc. I think it makes a huge difference. We started eating like this because it’s cheaper when raising a large family (we have six children), but we’re addicted now, lol. The yarn is lovely, as is Lucy. My Bengal kitty, Lily, sends her regards!

  11. I made the decision to avoid sugar and generally clean up my diet with foods high in fiber in February, and I’m so not sorry that I did. I don’t eat sugar that is above 1 gram per serving, and I eat that gorgeous Ezekiel 4:9 bread for sandwiches and toast. Oh, of course with some lovely Polaner All Fruit Jam. I have to say that I have lost inches rather unconsciously, and have just felt better all around. What a great thing!


    Only $19.97 for a year of 6 issues. Looks really good, I’m gonna get it.
    We eat mostly clean and I make my own cat food, too. One of my cats is over 16 and he still has his teeth and is very healthy. Another 2 were diagnosed with some feline immune deficiency virus thingy as kittens, the vet said they’d be dead by 2 years old. They’re 14 and still going strong, no sign of any illness.
    It pays to eat well…..for anybody.

    And of course, that yarn is gorgeous!
    .-= Susie´s last blog ..Artsitic Bench Block Pads =-.

  13. I have already had the air on. I cannot deal with the heat and niether can the kitties or ferrets. My hubby likes it cool and we had mostly 64 degrees all Winter. It will take me a while to get use to much over 70 degrees. That yarn is luscious!!

  14. I love that yarn,I got some last year when a co-worker who’s Canadian went home for a visit and I gave him money to go to Lettuce Knit for me, I gave him a wide range of colors to choose from and was very happy with what he brought back.Its still in my stash,LOL.You always inspire me,maybe it’ll become first shawl in the Miss Woodhouse pattern:-)

  15. I agree that your healthier eating is what has made the difference. A few years ago, I read Jordan Rubin’s book, The Maker’s Diet. My husband and I followed the plan for a few months, and what a difference in the way we felt! Unfortunately, my finances are tighter than tight, so a lot of the healthier options are out for me.

    I applaud what you’ve done. A lot of people read your blog, so you are sure to be an inspiration.
    .-= Nathalie´s last blog ..What Do You Really See? =-.

  16. OMG! I thought that was a Bigfoot or Cousin It peeking up at me when I saw that yarn pic…SRSLY I am not on anything!!
    but I’m sure that yarn color will turn out BE-YOU-tiful when completed.

    CONGRATS on clean eating~ there’s no going back, once you’ve gone clean ๐Ÿ™‚ โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

  17. I’m very interested in what you do with your Sea Silk. I have two skeins of the same color and I need something wonderful to knit it into. I look forward to what you create and hope you’ll be sharing your progress.

  18. The new yarn is pretty – it almost looks like human hair in this photo. Can’t wait to see the new SOMETHING that it becomes…
    .-= Jenifer´s last blog .. =-.

  19. Adrienne S. says:

    I’m totally jealous of your non-allergy state! I quit eating anything with ingredients that I don’t recognize back in December, and while I”m sure it’s better for me and don’t plan to go back to eating weird processed junk, there haven’t been any big changes in my overall health. I could cut back more on wheat products but getting me to stop eating cheese is a lost cause, so I guess I’m doomed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. That sea silk yarn is gorgeous – can’t wait to see what you make from it! I also experienced a “dietary crisis” last year that changed the way I eat. After ending up in the ER with horrible stomach pains, my doc and I concluded that I could no longer eat anything made with white flour. No pretzels, no regular pastas or breads – only whole grain. So…I can eat a bowl of oatmeal, but I can’t eat a bowl of Cheerios. Only brown rice…I had to give up my much-beloved risotto… Oh, and no dairy. Within a couple weeks, I noticed that it seemed I’d lost quite a bit of weight…no…I was just no longer bloated! Almost a year later, I find I can “cheat” a little – can have a container of yogurt for breakfast again (YAY!) and can have a handful of oyster crackers on my chili. But, in general, my new way of eating has become a lifestyle I don’t want to change, and every time I finish a meal without puffing up like a blowfish, I’m a happy woman! ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..They’re laughing at me, you know… =-.

  21. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Beautiful color on the sea silk! Eager to see what it becomes.

    Kudos on the clean eating. Glad it’s working so well for you! Avoiding processed foods, sugar and white flour seems easy enough (and is something I already practice) but I can’t help wondering – how difficult is it to find foods with no additives and preservatives? You’ve gotten me curious, darn it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Will have to pay more attention next trip to the grocery store…

  22. YUMMM sea silk. I have a skein in my stash. I can’t wait to see what you decide to do with yours, I might follow suit. I love sea silk….

  23. Hi Wendy,
    Sorry not about knitting here, but I
    just want to comment on your clean living!
    I started this slowly last year, just buying organic milk, meat, though I don’t eat allot of meat, and a bit of milk in my coffee in the am.
    I don’t have any allergies, just didn’t want free antibiotics.
    Well, in Jan. I had heard enough to convince me to go all the way clean living.
    Quit eating refined sugars, fake sugars, white flour, ect.
    I lost a needed 17#, the chronic fatigue that had been plaguing me for over 5yrs, started being longer between bouts, drinking green tea(which now I absolutely love) and the sugar cravings, which i thought would never leave, did.
    Though walking down the grocery store isle prior to easter, we have a local choco factory here in town, absolutely about drove me, just for a while. I do eat a bit of Salmon and fish once a week, but make sure I take a pure Omega 3 fish oil.
    It absolutely drives me crazy that my sister, the only thing I tell her to do is at least buy fresh milk from the local dairies, as my niece and nephew (7 and 9) who have horrible allergies and have been on every antibiotic on this earth.(being an RN I have seen young adults now not respond to any antibiotics due to overuse.
    Anyway, its great to read this, just wanted to say YEAH for you!!