My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

You guys are lucky that I have such awesome friends who send me stuff to give away to you!

The winner of Rachael Herron’s How to Knit a Heart Back Home is Rachael! No, a different Rachael. 😉

Rachael, I’ve emailed you!

Thanks to everyone who left a comment to be entered into the drawing.

And now on to Awesome Friend Number Two: Firefly. Here is what Firefly sent me:

Knitters’ eye charts! How cool are those??!!

Firefly talked about these on her blog, here. (That blog post is worth clicking through to, because she also shares the ingredient list for a very yummy-sounding for split pea soup! The recipe itself is here.)

These charts are available for sale in Firefly’s etsy shop and are a collaboration between her and her son (who has his own etsy shop here). There are three different charts — one taken from a lace pattern, one from a cable pattern, and one with various knitting abbreviations. They are printed on heavy 11×17 stock and can be framed, like this one:

I have one each of the three styles to give away. Who’d like one?

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment to this blog post, by 4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Three winners will be chosen at random at that time.

On to the Knitting

Look what I finished!

Look what I started!

More on the new project on Tuesday.

I Hate Daylight Savings Time

But it doesn’t seem to have affected Lucy’s schedule.




  1. Love the eye charts- dislike daylight savings time also- it is still dark at 5 am.

  2. I love anything that combines knitting & my love of self-testing!!
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  3. I love the baby sweater. I bought the yarn to make one for my on-the-way-still-cooking granddaughter! I love those eye charts…I think every eye doctor should get rid of the dumb big E and use these instead!

  4. Victoria says:

    Those are so neat!

  5. I would appreciate winning a chart.
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  6. Pretty baby sweater! And cool eye charts!

  7. yes..I would love one. thanks for sharing!

  8. Those knitter’s eye charts are absolutely AWESOME. Just what my craft room needs (once the remodeling is done).
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  9. Celestine says:

    I was looking at these on the etsy site. What a credtive idea. I want one…pleeeeese.
    Lucy and I think alike….I slept extra today so this day light saving stuff does not get to me….Thank you Wendy for Sharing.

  10. These are great! Thanks for bringing them to our attention!

  11. With my glasses on, I just might be able to read that eye chart.

  12. The eye charts are cute. The sweater is absolutely adorable. Your lace is to die for.

  13. I’m with you – I hate daylight savings time, too. But would love to win one of the eyecharts!

  14. Sandra D says:

    I hate the time change. I wouldn’t care which we used, but I wish it would stay the same.
    The baby sweater is just lovely – lucky child!
    The charts are really cool and I would like one – thanks for yet another fun prize offering.
    My cats have trained me to their schedule, which seems to have more to do with the daylight than the clock. So they’re with Lucy – “doesn’t affect me!”

  15. cool charts!

  16. RustyBird says:

    Knitter’s Eye Charts – perfect!

  17. windzgirl says:

    Daylight savings always trips me up! I love the eye charts!

  18. Those are fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. I’d love to win one!
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  19. Patty Turner says:

    I’m a teacher of the visually impaired AND a knitter!! Must have one of these for my office!! 🙂

  20. I’d love one of those eyecharts, to give as a gift to my fantabulous opthalmologist, who last winter gave me back my eyes. N.B. If yours tells you you need cataract surgery, run, do not walk, to the clinic to have it done. The procedure is painless and fast, the results are immediate, and there are no bandages or other paraphernalia, though it is wise to wear very dark, preferably polarized, sun glasses for a few months at least. It takes your eyes about four months to reach optimum results, so you’ll notice fuzzy haloes around point-source bright lights, but they don’t really impair vision. Speaking of which, another of the bonuses is that, while they’re replacing your old yucky occluded lenses, they go ahead and put your glasses prescription into the lenses, so NO MORE EXPENSIVE ANNOYING GLASSES OR CONTACTS! Just sayin’…

  21. Those charts are awesome. So are you! Thanks for the chance.

  22. What a cute idea I would like to have one for our Knit In group. Also what a cute baby sweater.

  23. Would love one of those eye charts! They are too neat! Your baby sweater came out beautifully!!! Love it! The new start looks interesting too!!!

    Congrats to the book winner!

  24. Denise in Ohio says:

    LOVE the baby sweater. I don’t currently have any babies in the works to knit for. Enter me for the eye charts, please.

  25. The eye charts are awesome, what a clever idea –
    definitely would love to have one:)

  26. Clever eye charts – would love one for my former sewing room, renamed the sewing/knitting room!

  27. I love the eye charts. Which reminds me, I should probably make an appointment with the eye doctor soon.

  28. Sweet baby sweater!

  29. Ihave a new “knitting room” – an eye chart would be the perfect decoration!

  30. Love the baby sweater! The eye charts are awesome!

  31. Like Deb@5:38 p.m., I wonder how the patterns on the charts would look knit up. Hmmm.

    And thanks for the look at a pink version of the Helena sweater. It’s been on my to-do list since Knitty published it (in green) 2008; and it’s bumped up to near the top now that my granddaughter is a year old. It’ll be perfect for next fall/winter here in Florida.

    Thanks for the drawing, Wendy! We’re lucky to have “virtual friends” like you.
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  32. Lisa from w mass says:

    Great eye charts! My patients would get a kick out of any one of them.

  33. I love oddball things like these charts!

  34. I would love an eye chart. Good for Lucy for not letting a silly thing like DST throw off her groove! That little sweater is all kinds of adorable and thanks for the link to the etsy shop 🙂 That place always puts a major dent in my credit card 😉

  35. What a cool idea! People are so creative!

  36. I’d like to be entered into the giveaway! It’ll go perfect in the new craft room!
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  37. Busy, busy, busy knitter. Cool eye charts. I remember the first time I took my daughter to the eye doctor – I think she was complaining about ‘floaters’. She was pre-school age, but knew her alphabet. The doc started her with the all-E chart. I commented that he could use the letter chart – and he said you’d be surprised how many school-age kids couldn’t read the letters – and not because of their eyesight, either. Oh, and her eyes were fine.

  38. i’d love to win one, those look awesome!
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  39. Those knitting eye charts are such a great idea! I especially like the lace one.

  40. Love those! Pick me 🙂
    funderbug´s last blog post ..and the lists go on…

  41. Those charts are brilliant!
    Natalie´s last blog post ..Disaster in Japan giving more in March

  42. Love the pink sweater. I think I need the eye charts after reading some patterns that the printing is so small. (or maybe it’s just old age)

  43. I need magnifying glasses when I’m working with anything from sock yarn and finer…I need one of those charts!

  44. Love those Eye Charts! Thanks for sharing!

  45. Love the knitting-themed eye charts! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  46. Those eye charts are so cool! They would make a fabulous decoration in my dorm room.

  47. These charts are great. Wonderful conversation starters.

    Thanks for the opportunity to be in a drawing for one.

  48. Ooh, love the eye charts! How clever.

  49. Cheryl S. says:

    How clever!! I’d love one for my knitting room wall.

  50. suitable for framing in a place of honor – LOVE IT!!!!

  51. HaHaHa! Love the eyecharts! Not exactly Snellen, but certainly fun. I would love to carry one to my eye doctor; he’d get a kick out of it too.

  52. The time change didn’t affect my cat either… I got to sleep in till 8!

  53. Alice Moisen says:

    This would be great to hang on my office wall. It would prove a nice addition to all the company acronyms we deal with

  54. Love the sweater! The charts are great and Lucy’s perfect as usual.

  55. Those are awesome! Please enter me in the drawing.
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  56. Fantastic eye charts. I’d love to have one to hang in my knitting room 🙂

  57. madonnaearth says:

    The charts are awesome! How appropriate since I have to wear glasses all the time anyway! I wish my doctor knitted; I would buy her one!

  58. Those eye charts are amazing! And timely…need my eyes checked, and dear daughter #3 has an appointment for that as well! OK, she doesn’t knit, but at least she is an enthusiastic knitting recipient…
    What is the pattern for the pink baby jacket? Did I miss you talking about it? Grandbaby #1 is about to get here, so I’m looking for (even more) stuff to knit for her.

  59. Karen Scheer says:

    Very cool eye charts. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  60. I’d love one! I have the perfect place for it, too!

  61. One of those charts would look great hanging in my craft room!

  62. Cute Sign! Thanks for sharing. My craft room could use some more art.

  63. Love the charts–and your sweet pink sweater!

  64. Those eye charts are so cool! Very creative!

  65. Those eyecharts are just too cool! The pink sweater is lovely, by the way.

  66. Love the cute sweater. At my age the eye charts are a must. Could use one in my knitting/quilting space. Also like the new look of the blog.

  67. c3tog sounds more like a crochet order- chain three together. I don’t think I’ve seen that as a cable command.

  68. Roseanne Nichols says:

    The eye charts are wonderful, would look great in my log house. LOL

  69. Those eye charts are pretty awesome. 🙂
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  70. Love these!

  71. Liz Andrsn says:

    Nice baby sweater! I’m fond of the non-traditional colors too.

  72. Those eye charts are so very cool! I’m with you, I hate daylight savings, too — especially the spring forward. 🙁
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  73. Oooh, I’d LOVE one! Much to the chagrin of my bf, I have a collection of knitting-related pictures hanging in the living room 🙂

  74. Love those charts! Funny!

  75. Those are great. They would make excellent art for my craft room.
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  76. Really love the eye charts – I’d like to take them to my next appointment!
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  77. Haaahaha, the signs are hysterical. Even better because my dad’s an opthalmologist. I’m going to show him the link, but I’ll have to explain what the acronyms mean 🙂 I’d love one!

  78. What a very clever idea! Love the Eye Charts! And that little pink sweater is very sweet, also.

  79. I hate Daylight Savings, too, but I think I LOVE those charts.
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  80. Knitting Eye Charts – I love it! What a great idea.

  81. I would love one of those charts! Absolutely adorable!

  82. Those charts are hilarious! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
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  83. I love the eye charts! They are way cool.

  84. Theresa P. says:

    Love the knitting eye charts. Very clever. Your Helena looks wonderful. Love the pink.

  85. Knitting eye charts? Crazy cool. I probably need one framed next to my yarn stash. 🙂

  86. Kim C in NC says:

    Would love a chart – those are awesome!

  87. How clever!

  88. Omg, I Looovvvve the knitters eye charts. A friend of mine is married to an optometrist and even tho she doesn’t knit herself, she shows appreciation for the art.

  89. Marsha in CO says:

    I would love to have one of those charts!!!!

  90. Those charts are awesome! I’m off to order them.

  91. Wow, this is the coolest thing ever. I would love to have one of them.
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  92. What a sweet little sweater! Those eye charts are great, my husband likes to give impromptu “poetry readings” by reading out his non-knitting interpretation of lace patterns. 🙂

  93. That sweater is adorable! I hate daylight savings time too. Yay for another giveaway!
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  94. How timely! I just went to the eye doctor and got new contacts & glasses. Yes, bifocals will be in my future next year…ugh! Anyway, I’d love to win one of the eye charts for my eye doc 🙂

    The little pink sweater is adorable!!!

  95. Those are fantastic eye charts — please enter me. I’d love to put one on my office door.

  96. Your Helena is beautiful! I made one about a year ago and it’s already been packed away because my girl, Lucy!, is too big.

    I’m legally blind w/o my corrective lenses and need all the help I can get–please enter me in the drawing!! 😉

  97. Debbi Overweg says:

    Those are incredible signs! I’d love to hang them in my craft room!!!

  98. fun!

  99. One of these charts would certainly bring a smile to my day :>)

  100. I would love an eye chart for my knitting room/ I hope I win!!!!