My current work in progress:

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


Back at Camp

I am back at Camp Loopy with my third camp project, started in the wee hours of yesterday. (Sometimes insomnia is not a bad thing.)

Here is a lace edging:

That is the start of a sweater, similar in style to the last lace pullover I made. The edging is the bottom edge of the back of the sweater. I knit the edging sideways, then turned it and picked up stitches along the long straight edge:

And I am knitting a body pattern up from there.

This is Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Silk in the “Boreal” colorway. The Camp Loopy Project III must use at least 800 yards of yarn — this will likely use more than 1200 yards, so I am good there. I’m using a U.S. size 6 (4mm) needle — one 0f my beloved Signature Circulars.

I cannot tell you how much I love Swiss Mountain Silk. I was very pleased to see that The Loopy Ewe got a new shipment of it and it went up in yesterday’s shop update.

There is a distinct possibility that I ordered more of it for another sweater. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One Week

One week from today, Wendy Knits Lace will be published. It seems like I’ve been waiting forever!

Twelve Days

And in twelve days I’m starting a new job, in a different federal agency. This Friday is my last day at my current job (where I have been for ten years).ย  I am taking next week off from work. I have special friends coming to stay with me and go to my book release party with me on August 27. Y’all are invited to that as well! Then I’ll start my new job on August 29.

Lucy Sez

As long as she comes home so I can sleep in her lap, I don’t care what else she does.


  1. Congrats on the new job, and in particular… the week off of work and PARTY! ~Cat

  2. And now all I can think of is “this one time in band-camp”….

    Congrats on the new book, new job and a week on vacation!

  3. Congrats on the new job and the d-day for your book.

    If I had known what project 3 was going to be, I think I would have taken a week off somewhere in the middle just to knit. Possibly silly, but I’m kind of competitive and don’t want to fail any of the challenges. (I’m also working a sweater with at least 1200 yds of yarn. However, with you it is not unreasonable and for me it is stupid levels of bravado.)

  4. Congratulations on both the new job and the new book!! (I’m counting down the days to release date on the book.) Scritches to Lucy.

  5. Congrats on the new book and the new job! I love that picture of Lucy, she is such a sweetie.

  6. The book is coming soon! Yay! I can’t wait to see it.

    New job, I am glad. I hope there are some nice peeps there! Maybe even another knitter?

  7. That edging looks amazing! Congrats on the new book, and I can’t wait to see the goodies it has inside.

  8. Congratulations on both! I wish I could go and grab one copy.
    Enjoy your week off!
    My cat must think like Lucy…

  9. Congrats on your new job!

  10. Awesome! Are you making ‘Watershed’ by Indigirl?

  11. I love the look of the yarn – both the sheen and the color variation.

  12. anne marie in philly says:

    ooooooooooooooh, new job! will you tell us which agency?

    and I can’t wait for the new book either; it’s on my wish list for my birthday!

    steven and meredith say: “meow, cousin lucy, your momma will NEVER leave you! you will always have her lap, or your daddy’s, for a sleepy spot! lucky girl!”

  13. Congratulations on the new job, the book, the beginning of your sweater project and your week off. Enjoy all of the above!!

  14. Best Wishes in your new position! Can’t wait to see the new book!

  15. That is some beautiful yarn! And the lace looks fantastic so far. Can’t wait to see this project completed.

  16. Congrats on new job, new book, and the book signing. I wish I could be there. Are you planning on publishing the new lace sweater pattern? How about the older one? I’m far too lazy to design my own.

  17. WOW! Congratulations on the new job! And the publication of a new book… not to mention a week off with friends. Perhaps that’s the best part? Take care and have fun,

  18. I’m a recent subscriber to your blog (which I love). I’ve been totally amazed at the amount of knitting projects you complete. Now I find out you also work full time. Wow, you really are amazing! Best wishes for your book release and the new job.

    And, of course, happy knitting!

  19. How great that you’ve got some down-time between jobs. And that you’ll be celebrating a new book as well as a new job. Lucky lucky you. Best wishes.

  20. August certainly is a busy month! A new book (I cannot wait for my copy to arrive!), a new job and a week of lap time for Lucy!

  21. Congratulations on your new job, new book, week off and party-all very good stuff! I retired from federal employment but spent my whole career in one agency-I hope you enjoy the switch.
    I have a pre-order of your new book coming so am anxiously looking forward to that!

    I could send you a comment each day about Lucy-she is beautiful and such a sweetie!

    And I could send a comment each day about how much I look forward to reading your blog-like many others, I am AMAZED at the number of projects you finish and your creativity in designing SO MANY!

  22. Good luck on your new job, congrats! Enjoy your time off with friends and Love the lace edging!

  23. Congratulations on the new gig. I hope it’s an enjoyable change!

  24. Two big events in your life — hope everything goes well with both.

  25. That is a beautiful piece of lace edging. Would you please skootch it a little closer to the monitor so I can reach in and feel the texture?

    Congratulations on the new job and the new book, and have fun at the party. We’re having our Art Trail event that same day, and I will send happy thougths your way for a successfu book launch.

    Warm wishes,

  26. Congratulations on the new job! I’m really looking forward to seeing the new book. I love the color on the lace piece you’re working on now.

  27. Oh, Wendy, so many good things happening for you! I’m so glad. Many congrats on the new book and I can’t’ wait to get mine! (I tend to resist change with ever fiber of my being but then I’m glad I finally do decide to do something).

    You may have convinced me to try some Swiss Mountain silk. off to look…

  28. Gretcheng says:

    Wow, what a busy and exciting time! Congratulations on your achievements and changes–I’m happy for you that life is going pretty darn well lately! Enjoy it all–

  29. Wendy in Cambridge says:

    Congratulations on your new job, and especially on the book! I pre-ordered my copy months ago and can’t wait to receive it.

    Enjoy your vacation and much love to Ms. Lucy von Ragdoll!

  30. Wow–you have a lot of exciting changes coming all at once. Congrats on the new job–and the book release! Too bad I’m not in VA any more–no more racing to your book signings…unless you come to Columbus…hint, hint. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. The knitting is beautiful. Congratulations on the new job. What is your commute going to be like? Is it any better?

  32. good luck with the new job and i can’t wait for the book!!!!

  33. I’m waiting for my copy of Wendy’s Lace to arrive from Amazon, Good luck with the new job.

  34. congrats!! on everything!!! I know I am slow but I have been under the weather and really want my new book signed by you.Would you mind please sending me the shop again where the book signing is? Have FUN on you week off with friends.