My current work in progress:

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



As you may recall me mentioning last week, I went to TNNA last weekend.

I came home totally exhausted but happy. It was a great time.

I got to meet up with friends I don’t see nearly often enough, as well as online friends I’d never had the chance to meet in real life, as well as make some new friends.

On Saturday morning I took a class with Lucy Neatby on creative edgings for your knitting. Lucy is not only a great teacher, but utterly charming as well. Here’s my favorite of the samples I did in her class.

I did a signing of my newest book (Toe-Up Socks for Everybody) at the Unicorn Books and Crafts booth later Saturday morning and that was a blast.

And then Saturday afternoon I was free-range and wandered around the exhibits. I got some freebies — always a nice thing!

Check out this beautiful green!

This is Anne in the new “Apple Green” colorway, from Schaefer Yarn Company. I’m thinking shawlette . . .

And look at this little lovely:

This is Honor, a new yarn from Lorna’s Laces. It’s 30% silk and 70% baby alpaca and is as yummy as it looks. I think I’ll make a little lacy smoke ring from this sample.

And a non-yarn goodie:

These are needle inventory cards from Needlecards. They can be custom-designed for a LYS with their logo on them. Sarah was nice enough to give me several “generic” ones, so I’ll pass them along to you all. Leave a comment on this blog entry and on Thursday we’ll randomly pick 4 people who will receive the samples I got.

And here, the mighty hunter with her prey:


  1. thanks for signing a book for me!

  2. so happy you had a great time ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Sock In Progress =-.

  3. ooo nice freebies. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= LittleWit´s last blog ..Sticks N Stitches 2010 =-.

  4. I saw the Needlecards booth on Sunday but my posse was sprinting in a different direction and I couldn’t stop to check it out. I’d love to check one of them out in person!
    .-= DPUTiger´s last blog ..Busy Busy Busy! =-.

  5. I also meant to add that it was great getting to meet you! but I hit submit too soon.
    .-= LittleWit´s last blog ..Sticks N Stitches 2010 =-.

  6. TNNA is one of those places you want to go to at least once in your life! Glad you had a great time! And you are sharing…lucky us!

  7. heather says:

    such an adorable hunter ๐Ÿ™‚ my boys would love her

  8. Carol Wymer says:

    Sounds like you had a fun time

  9. Glad you had fun!!! Wish I could have been there!!

  10. Wow, wish I could have been there! I tried to get to Charlotte when you were there, but it didn’t work out. (Family came from out of town.) I did consider ditching them though ๐Ÿ˜›

  11. Glad you had a safe trip & enjoyed the show. The cards look like a big improvement on my Excel worksheet listing of the needles I have. Please include me in the drawing.
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..Absent, But Busy.. =-.

  12. How nice of you to share the cards. Please put my name into the hat.

  13. Thanks for sharing. Please include me in the drawing.

  14. Sounds as if you enjoyed your time in Columbus. Wish I were a shop owner, so I could have met you while you were here ๐Ÿ™ However, I could certainly use a needle inventory card!

  15. Oh, that green is lovely!! And it looks soft! Well, honestly, don’t they all??

    I’m saddened by the fact that many of the fun events happen so far away. Maybe one day I’ll get to go. *crosses fingers*

    And please include me in the contest for the cards. They look awesome!
    .-= Lee´s last blog ..The Doctor, Vincent and Myself =-.

  16. Dr. Jackie says:

    Oh more give-away goodies! Pick me, pick me please!

  17. How did you know I’ve got a needle collection of new and old needles? Some I’ve bought, and some I inherited from my mother. And they are all over the house.

  18. Aussie Rosemary says:

    Just what I need

  19. is jealous of littlewit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. deknits says:

    Glad you had fun at TNNA – that apple green color is gorgeous!

  21. Ooh needle inventory lists. How to charm the OCD side of me.
    .-= Tiny Tyrant´s last blog ..Cosmology Corner: Feel the Power of the Dark Side =-.

  22. I’m glad you had a nice time. I live in Columbus but didn’t get to stalk knitting celebrities like you!. One think I miss about not working in an LYS, going to TNNA. It’s a wonderful experience.

  23. Paulette says:

    Those cards look cool – thanks for sharing!

  24. Nice edging , possibly for a future shawl??

  25. helene harris says:

    wonderful pics and commentary! almost makes you feel you were there! thanks.

  26. Lovely new yarns for you to experiment with. The cards look very useful as well.

  27. Such lovely goodies!

  28. Linda S. says:

    I would love a needle organizer card. I never know which ones I have…expecially the circular. Is it 24″ or 36″. Thanks.

  29. Lynette Holzer says:

    I’m anxious to hear more about the new Lorna’s Laces. The color is gorgeous and just thinking about the fiber content is a sensual experience!

  30. Someday I hope to get to some of the big events too – glad it was a good time. Thanks for the chance in the drawing!

  31. Nancy N says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  32. Free yarn! Ah, so jealous!

  33. Rebecca says:

    I love the edging you did at TNNA. I am looking for something here in the southeast that I can attend this next year. . . hope you will be there ’cause your sock books have changed my knitting life.

  34. Sounds like a fun time. Maybe when I retire . . .

  35. Cool cards. Does Lucy like toys that make noise? I recently got a toy that makes mouse sounds when it moves for my cats and they love it.

  36. Can’t wait to see what a little lacy smoke ring is….the color is totally awesome!!!

  37. Jen Davis says:

    So nice of you to share!

  38. I’m glad you had fun! I wish I could have been there. :o)

  39. Sounds like you had fun. I’ve knitted 2 of those mice, and they have both disappeared………….

  40. I ran across this blog while looking for the Kitty Pi pattern I found in the Crazy Aunt Purl. I ran across her blog just a few days ago. I’m so behind the times!

    Thanks for the great patterns and your Toe Up Socks for Everybody book just arrived today. Socks will have to wait, the Masters (3 cars) insist that their beds come before my socks.

  41. evestarr says:

    I LOVE the little garter/seed/scalloped edging. Did Lucy give it a name, or is it one of Nicky Epstein’s?

  42. Love the green yarn – great goodies!

  43. glad you enjoyed your weekend!

  44. Wow! Free yarn! Can’t get much better than that!

  45. That edging is so pretty. Wondering where and when we will see it again…
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..We have a winner! =-.

  46. Needlecards look handy. I love the green yarn and the silk and alpaca yarn looks yummy too.

  47. linda-kay says:

    More goodies to share – thanks so much Wendy – glad you had a great time and are safely home (I’m sure Lucy is glad too!)

  48. Wow–thanks for sharing–you are, as always, so generous with your readers!!!

  49. Please include me in the drawing for the needle cards. Thanks!

  50. Needle cards–what will they think of next?

  51. Thanks for sharing! So many needles, so little time.

  52. Beth Aalberts says:

    Oooh yummy yarn! I’m glad you had a nice time! I love all the cute ending pictures of Lucy, always look forward to those. I would love to be entered into your drawing!

  53. Barbara Petraske says:

    Love the thought of silk and baby alpaca – love soft – wish i could be creative with edgings they add so much to a project – please include me in the needle card drawing and glad you had a good time at TNNA

  54. Tons of give-a-ways this week. Thank you for your generosity. I can’t wait to try Honor.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Ten on Tuesday =-.

  55. Hmm – needle inventory cards look great. Glad to hear you had a good time and congrats on the new book

  56. SweetpeaTX says:

    Thanks for sharing the needle cards. I could sure use one! Hope I win.

  57. Woo! Samples!

  58. Will these cards magically organize my needles too? That’s what I need!!

  59. There’s a handsome, lacy smoke ring pattern on Ravelry which I’ve made a couple of times, “Vent d’Est, Vent d’Ouest”. It’s not frou-frou lacy, it’s an attention-holding but not difficult pattern, and it’s free. You might want to check it out for the LL yarn. (Sorry to have missed you at Needlework, Unlimited in Minneapolis. I was sicker than a … sick animal. Next time!)

  60. HeatherB says:

    Some day I hope to make it to one of the funny knitting/yarn type weekends …”sigh”. It sounds like it was great fun!

  61. Diana C says:

    Those cards could come in handy.

  62. deidre corbet says:

    Glad you had a great time & got to go home with some pretties!

  63. Lucy looks like she just might meditate that mouse to death!
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..Sunday Night. Yuh. Woo. Hoo. =-.

  64. Sylvia Jordan says:

    Thanks for sharing your freebies.

  65. Glad you had a good time. Always love a give away.

  66. Ah, Shaefer Anne, such a pretty yarn. The green is great. I love the colors in your edging sample.

    Nice freebies.
    .-= Suzanne´s last blog ..Dolomite Socks =-.

  67. That edging is very pretty.

  68. Ashley W says:

    TNNA looks amazing. Thanks for sharing about your trip!

  69. I think I might need that apple green. It’s simply divine ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Mireille says:

    The needle cards sound interesting, and the yarns look yummy! Was the edging difficult to master?

  71. I could sure use something to help me keep my needles straight! Thanks for offering to share. Speaking of sharing, I’m passing along the URL of someone who want to have a show on Oprah’s new network, OWN. Her name is Karynne Boese, and she’s just a great person with so much to offer. Please go vote for her: Thanks.

  72. Sounds like fun!

  73. Robin May says:

    I’m in!

  74. Lynn Jackson says:

    Ooooh! Alpaca and silk!

    I’m in for the needle inventory cards!

  75. I love Lorna’s Lace yarn, my favorite sock yarn. I sure could use those needle cards. I have friends from, Knit with Sandra, Riverside Ca., that go to TNNA. I also have a Harley Davidson Sporster named, Purl, she is pink.

  76. Jennifer B says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love the new yarns you got, especially the Lorna’s Lace.

  77. Needlecards! Ohmygoodness! A knittin’ bookkeeper’s dream!
    .-= Susan Kunze´s last blog ..Looking Back, Moving Forward =-.

  78. Cyndi J says:

    Those yarns are beautiful! and the needle cards would be so handy to have.

  79. Lee Long says:

    What a neat item! The yarns are beautiful as well!!

  80. Have you ever knitted Lucy a toy?? I think she’s a beautiful cat and I love that you mention her in your blogs……………and I think she sleeps almost as much as my dog Ziggy!

  81. Kathy L. says:

    I am sure the TNNA show was a blast! Would have loved to see all the goodies there.
    Please include me in the drawing for the freebies … thanks!

  82. It sounds like great fun. Wish it was closer to Portland.
    The needle card sounds great. It will remind me how many UFO’s I have, tying up my needles….

  83. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    Please enter me for this drawing!! You are so generous with your goodies. I love reading my newsletter and cannot wait to get each one!
    Thanks for my daily smile.

  84. I’m so jealous – I would love to have made it to TNNA. Maybe next year..

  85. drooling over that yummy green Schaefer yarn, and mentally petting the Lorna’s Laces yarn… and I may have to break my self-imposed yarn-buying “ban” !!

    please add my name to the hat!

  86. Sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your freebies.

  87. Natalie says:

    that honor yarn looks soo yummy! and the needlecards are cute!

  88. Great idea with the needlecards! I keep making little lists that are supposed to stay in my bag, but I keep losing them. Having the info on a card is fantastic.

  89. Kathleen says:

    Sounds like you had a great time. Love the idea of having needlecards to carry with me in my purse. Crossing my fingers for luck!

  90. Robin Diebold says:

    Love the knitted edging. Sounds like you had fun

  91. Debbie Wigen says:

    You are such a sweetie for sharing! Glad you had fun. I think you & Lucy should teach classes and we could all come learn.

  92. Elisabeth says:

    How lovely:new, bright yarn, new techniques, old-and-new friends. Its nice, I think, that you and Lucy spend quality-away time; makes the heart grow fonder.

  93. thanks

  94. The red yarn looks absolutely delicious. Would love the needle card freebie. Would feel like I won the lottery. Love your blog, it always brightens my day – and Lucy is a dream, looks so cuddly and yet full of mischief. Sometimes I can’t tell which “end” is going forward. You must brush her often, she is beautiful.

  95. What a great idea the keep track of what needles you have…..Thanks so much for sharing

  96. Stacy and the rugrats says:


  97. 96, that sounds like a good random number!
    .-= Freda´s last blog ..School’s out for…the remaining part of the spring…. =-.

  98. Jill Morlan says:

    Hi! I’ve never heard of such a thing….but wouldn’t that come in handy once I start trying to tame the needle drawer! Hope I’m a winner!

  99. Yes, Please, to goodies!

  100. peggy c says:

    Those needle cards are what everyone needs!!