My current work in progress:

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


Quick Update

I’ve not too much to talk about here today, but here I am, nevertheless. I’m working along on my Sideways Shawl:

I’m a good two-thirds the way through it at this point.

Last night Sheri posted in her blog the details for the second Camp Loopy project, so I have ordered my yarn for that. As Sheri details in her blog post, if you purchase your yarn for your Camp project from The Loopy Ewe this week, you’ll get a 20% discount on your yarn purchase.

I’m not one to pass up a bargain, so I have purchased my yarn. I am once again using Three Irish Girls Cashmerino Worsted — that’s what I used for my first Camp project. It is spendy, but it is lovely lovely yarn, and a 20% discount is sweet!

When my yarn arrives I’ll post a pic and I’ll talk about what I’m going to knit then. It’s a bit of a departure for me and I’m looking forward to it. And it is all part of a Grand Scheme. 😀

Novel News

Did you hear that Ann Shayne (that would be Mason-Dixon Ann) has written a novel? Well she has: Bowling Avenue.

She announced publication last week so I immediately purchased the Kindle version. I was finishing up a book, so started reading it within a day of purchase.

I’ll be the first to admit that I bought it because it is written by someone I know, someone I have met in Real Life. And as I started reading it, that thought was uppermost in my mind. “I know the author. I know the author.”

By the time I was about a quarter of the way through this book I completely forgot about the fact that I know the author was was completely immersed in the story. I read every chance I got — I went so far as to read it on my commute instead of knitting. I finished it at lunchtime today. After I finished it I remembered: “Wow, someone I know wrote this!”

What an enjoyable read. The characters were interesting, three-dimensional, and realistic and the story compelling enough to make me happy to forego my commuter knitting to read on the train and during lunch. There was a wee bit of knitting content, and humor and sadness, and after reading it I was very happy that I did so.

I love to read and I’ll read just about anything . . . as long as it is well-written. And sadly, lately, I have accidentally purchased a lot of poorly-written stuff that was self-published as an e-book.

Bowling Avenue so very much does not fall into this category. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am in awe of Ann for having written it. Ann, I do hope this is the first of many novels!

Ann just posted on Mason-Dixon Knitting that there will be a book party in Nashville next Monday, June 18. That’s nine days before I am going to be in Nashville. Rats! Timing is not my strong point. Ann, I’ll be there in spirit!

Lucy sez:

“I’d rather nap than read.”



  1. I just downloaded Bowling Avenue — thanks for the tip!

  2. Thanks for the link! And also for the book suggestion. I just clicked through and bought it for my Kindle. It sounds like one I’ll enjoy!

  3. I want the book even more now — I read the free Kindle sample and then my husband took my Kindle on a business trip. So now I want the book even more. Guess I have some incentive to get him at O’Hare at 5:30 Friday night (yes, epic traffic…)

  4. Susan Shelly says:

    Thanks for the info. on the book! Have yarn wound for KAL – swatching soon;O))

  5. What will you be doing here in Nashville? (= A knitting event? A book event?

    I just got the call that my copy of Bowling Avenue is in at Parnassus Books. Glad to hear you liked it. I can’t wait to read it.

  6. Melissa says:

    Hm. Bowling (even if no pins are actually involved) and knitting. I may have to look into that. Speaking of knitting, Wendy, do you think your Shetland Pi in laceweight would be good for a first Pi? I’m trying to pick out my second project for Camp Loopy and the Shetland is definitely in the running. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the book review. Bowling Avenue looks like a fun read. I will be starting it tonight.

  8. I ordered the hard copy for my sister’s birthday and hope she will loan it to me when she is finished. If not, I’ll get the Kindle version for myself.

    Lucy, maybe there will be an audio version you can listen to in your dreams!
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  9. Liz Phillips says:

    Love the new shawl-looking forward to that pattern too!
    really, really looking forward to the KAL.

  10. I love the sideways shawls you have been doing lately so pretty:)
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  11. Another beautiful piece of scarf.. I know your kittens will like it. Thanks for posting this.
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