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. I love the Schaefer yarn colors. Waiting to hear from Lala about her trip to TNNA.

  2. So nice of you to share your freebies. Sign me up.

  3. Beth in Ohio says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Ooh, sign me up for the needle card drawing! And that edging looks so fun!

  6. Thanks for offering the inventory cards!

  7. redheadyaya says:

    Beautiful yarns. I could almost feel them through the computer. I have a paper needle list, but it’s not easy to take with you when shopping. I would love a card like you’re giving away.

  8. Thank you for the drawing! That Needlecards sounds like the best. idea. ever!

  9. Always love the giveaways!

  10. The apple green Anne is beautiful! I can’t wait to see your shawlette with it.

    I’d love one of those needle cards! Neat concept.

  11. Love the sample – that’s really neat.
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..Caroline Ranks the Season Finales =-.

  12. Loved those needle cards – but also love the Schaefer yarn. Can’t wait to scope
    it out!!!

  13. Mary Anne says:

    I love the knitted edging sample. So happy you had a good time.

  14. Would love to have some organization come to my needles!

  15. Lucy is sure cute. I love the yarn too.

  16. Margo D. says:

    That green Anne is gorgeous!

  17. Love the edging and finally a way to track my needle inventory.

  18. Jennifer Y says:

    I love contests! Thanks a bunch!

  19. Natureknitter says:

    Thank you for sharing. These yarn samples are just asking to be displayed as …oh, the possibilities!

  20. Very nice to hear that you had a good time. Love that edging not just style but color combo.

  21. Everybody loves freebies–thanks for sharing!

  22. Love the yarn! =] Pretty pretty!

  23. I’d love to be picked for the goodies. Pick me!

  24. Sally Eller says:

    I am so excited to see you featuring Schaefer yarns! I live about 10 miles from Cheryl Schaefer and her amazing studio. I love “Anne” and would be thrilled to win a skein!
    Thanks so much for your very entertaining and informative blog!

  25. Please enter me in the drawing.

  26. Someday I will attend TNNA, it sounds like a ton of fun!

  27. Beautiful, beautiful, I would love to be the proud winner. But regardless, I want that pattern.

  28. I can’t wait to see what you do with ‘Honor’. Love the color! Needle Cards – you mean I maybe could actually carry around an actual real inventory count of what I have?

  29. Sounds like fun! I stayed home and worked the LYS while the owners went to TNNA. Someday this Cinderella will get to go along… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Karen in Toledo´s last blog ..Now Appearing On Stage… =-.

  30. The colors you have shown from your TNNA seminar are beautiful. I would love to have your needlecards. They don’t carry them in any stores around here.

  31. Glad you had a great time! Thanks for sharing the goodies!

  32. Lorraine C. says:

    You are so nice for sharing your booty.

  33. hmmm. would those needle cards streamline my life?

  34. How wonderful! Thank you for sharing the wealth!

  35. Great to hear some snippets from your trip!
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..April/May KAL Wrap Up =-.

  36. Crystal says:

    Those needle cards look really handy!

    The yarns look lovely, and that new Lorna’s Laces one sound absolutely breathtaking.

  37. Leisa B says:

    So glad you had fun! I would love some inventory cards!!

  38. Sounds like a good time. You brought home some wonderful “souvenirs”.

  39. You’re so generous with the give-aways!

  40. The needle thingys are awesome!

  41. Ellen Adrian says:

    Scrumptious yarns (especially the green–my favorite!!)–and the cards are very nice!!
    Lucy must know that a little catnip makes a girl happy…;)

  42. Needlecards – just what’s needed to keep myself in the know.
    Don’t ya just hate when you come home with a new pair of needles only to find you also possess the very same. ! ! !
    .-= Gerry´s last blog ..Quilter’s Organizer Raffle Bag – it’s Debbie’s now ! ! ! ! ! =-.

  43. Please enter me!!

  44. Oh… those yarns do look yummy!!! Is that yarn in Lucy’s paws??? My pups like to sniff my yarn as soon as it comes out of boxes and bags! lol
    .-= Jill M in Ohio´s last blog ..Sewing Projects Last Week =-.

  45. Love the needle cards.

  46. That Lorna’s Laces yarn sounds fabulous!!

  47. DONNA STOUT says:

    Looooove your website….am very interested in your newest book for socks….those cards look like the “bee’s knees”

  48. Sandy in NJ says:

    Organize needles? What an achievement that would be in this lifetime!

  49. That is a great idea and is nice that you would share them so we can get our needles organized
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..Rainy day =-.

  50. Couldn’t I use something to keep my needles in order? It’s always chaos in the needle drawer. Pick me, please?

  51. Oh to have control over all of my needles on carry around cards rather than scrunched pieces of paper! What a great idea for “stocking stuffers” for my knitting friends as well. Thanks for the info!

  52. Beverly Shaw says:

    I could definitely use help keeping inventory.

  53. Donna in Ely says:

    I sure would love to have the Needlecard, pretty sure I ordered 2.25 mm dpns again today.

  54. One of these days I want to take a class with Lucy Neatby. I wouldn’t mind winning a needlecard either.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Visiting the frogs =-.

  55. Caroline says:

    That red yarn is just gorgeous!

  56. Love these cards – right size for your purse.
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..WWKIP DAY JUNE 2010 =-.

  57. I submitted several names for the Lorna’s Laces yarn naming contest, and didn’t win. I am glad, however, that they chose Honor, it looks just yummy!
    .-= yarnsnob´s last blog ..Post 210-Hark, Who Goes There? =-.

  58. Yona Myers says:

    You picked up some nice things!
    Please add me in for the drawing.

  59. Wow, i feel kinda dorky for admitting this but I hadn’t heard of TNNA before now! ^_^;

    That’s cool though, that you got freebies and you’re passing them on!

  60. I would love the needle cards. Love your site.

  61. Hope you enjoy Columbus. The Apple Green looks yummy

  62. The cards seem like a good idea, and just the right size. Please include me in the draw. Thank you.

  63. That silk/alpaca yarn sounds luscious.

  64. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Only a Mother Could Love These Faces =-.

  65. LOL! Just gave my nine week old hunter-in-training his first furry mouse and my adorable, affectionate, gentle kitten started to growl like a thing possessed and demolished it entirely in 45 minutes! Now he’s interested in all those things moving around my screen and the “mouse ” in my hand!

  66. Forgot to add, for all those who don’t win a card, Ravelry has a page in the “My” section for doing an inventory of your needles. Maybe not as convenient as a card you can slip in with your needles, but…

  67. Diane Liebenthal says:

    You are such a generous person – thanks for the opportunity

  68. Hi Wendy,

    I love your sample of creative edging with Lucy Neatby, does she have a website? I would love to find out some more.

    Many thanks for the update.

  69. Sure, I’ll enter to win one of the cards.

  70. Nancy P says:

    Always learn about the most amazing things from reading your blog. Thanks for another opportunity to win something!

  71. Sounds like you had a great time!

  72. Stickweaver says:

    Hi Wendy, I’m not after your needle cards – I bought some from KnitPicks. I took a double knitting course from Lucy this spring – I loved it! Then my husband and son bought me some of Lucy’s instructional DVD’s for mothers day. They’re like a workshop in a DVD. I hadn’t seen edgings though. Your’s is lovely! I’m off to see if I can get more info on this. BTW, as a result of the workshop I tend to try to turn anything with two colours into double knitting – interested to see if edging takes you the same way.

  73. Caty Bach says:

    Sounds like you had a really good time at TNNA. Thank you for showing us the yarn!

    Schaefer Anne is a pretty yarn. I have a pair of socks in “punishment” that I am using Anne for. They have been there…multiple years…..I will use Anne for other things but not for socks ever again!!!!

    Enjoy! Love the Lucy pictures!

  74. the needle inventory cards look so useful!
    .-= KathyB´s last blog ..Hosting Some Unwelcome Guests =-.

  75. Boniblu says:

    Thanks for sharing with us your gifts and also your creative ideas. I always enjoy seeing what you are doing and am often inspired to try new things.

  76. Hillary says:

    Those Needlecards look great! I’ve been trying to devise my own (mobile) system for keeping track because there hasn’t been anything close to what I want. About turn: these are almost exactly what I wanted!! Thanks for sharing,

  77. I wanted to win a LOT of things but these cards are going to save me a LOT of money!!!! Just a great idea!

  78. Susanne says:

    Sounds like TNNA was a blast and freebies are always the best. Have a grand day everyone. Suez

  79. These cards are a great idea! I’m envious of the yarns you received. That green is reaaallly purrrrdy!!
    .-= Jenifer´s last blog ..You just never know =-.

  80. herasmom says:

    I can never keep track of my needles! This sounds like a goodie I’d love to have.

  81. Organizing needles is always a good idea!
    .-= Patty Madrigal´s last blog ..Sugar Bombs =-.

  82. The needle cards can come in handy especially when you don’t have one. Love the green yarn and the red yarn also. Can’t wait to see what you have made up with the yarns.

  83. Melinda says:

    Hope springs eternal that I will create and maintain an accurate needle inventory (especially the “maintain” part). I’m sure I just lack the proper tool ๐Ÿ˜‰

  84. Diane Domenic says:

    I REALLY need to get going to some of these events. I love your new project, and can’t wait to see the final product.

  85. I am practically drooling over those skeins of yarn! The colours look so vibrant!!

  86. Ruth Schoof says:

    Please include me in your drawing! Thanks..

  87. Those all look so yummy! I can’t wait to try out Lorna’s Laces new Honor yarn!
    .-= Elaine´s last blog ..MD Sheep and Wool =-.

  88. Lynn Bruff says:

    Wow, your yarn is so pretty! Wish I could have attended.

  89. Honor is a lovely looking yarn. I love how soft it looks. Is that the yarn they were doing the naming contest for?

  90. CandyceJ says:

    I’ve had one of these cards, or something like them, many years ago from my LYS, but it assumed that you were only using straight needles. Either way they are great, but if they include places for circulars it would be perfect. Thank you for sharing.

  91. what a great time! I would love to be able to take a class. I love your goodies. Beth

  92. Sounds like TNNA was fun. That Schaefer yarn is gorgeous.

  93. Roseanne says:

    Inventory cards, cool!

  94. What an exciting time TNNA must have been : ) Those needle cards are a fantastic idea..I feel like I’m always fumbling around trying to figure out if I have the right size or not!

  95. yay! i always love a chance to win something!

  96. I wish I lived close enough to go to TNNA! It sounds like a lot of fun!

  97. Kristine M. says:

    I love the yarns you found. I had the pleasure of seeing a sneak preview of the new Lorna’s Laces yarn and I really want some. It will make a great shawl.

  98. It sounds like great fun! You got some lovely yarn–so should we be expecting some creative edgings on your next project? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the contest!

  99. Christiane says:

    All your projects look great! I can’t wait to try one someday!

  100. Johanna says:

    Ooh, can the needle inventory card help me actually *find* the needles I know I own? Please? That would be awesome.

    In the meantime, it would be great for someone like me who doesn’t have access to my Ravelry account on the go.