My current work in progress:

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


Highlighter Tape

How ’bout that?


A bunch of you indicated in the comments that you didn’t know about highlighter tape. And here I thought I was the last person on earth who was in the dark about the glory that is highlighter tape.

I got a few emails asking where to buy it. Well, as I mentioned in my last post, Karen at Needlework Unlimited gave me mine, so if you are in or near Minneapolis, hie thee over there asap. Everyone else? Google it. 😉

You can indeed lift and reposition this tape multiple times and it retains its stickiness. In the comments, Colleen shared an excellent tip to aid in placement:

I found it very hard to pry up the ends, quickly, so I learned to put a fold (hem) on each end, so that I can just grab the flap and unstick it to move it up.

So brilliant, and yet so simple!

So, the lace knitting continues.


The answer to the many many questions I have been getting is: No, I am not writing a lace book. See, I can’t work full-time, promote my sock book part-time, and write a new book all at the same time. Just thinking about it makes me wanna take a nap.

Lucy sez:


“This does nothing for me.”

Hot Monday

The temp shown in my Firefox weather app:


I think the heat index was supposed to make it feel something like 105 degrees. But right now it is a chilly 96 degrees. Brrrrrrr!

I returned home last night from a great weekend in Minneapolis. Karen, the owner of Needlework Unlimited picked me up at the airport on Friday afternoon and we proceeded to have huge amounts of fun all weekend.

My classes at Needlework Unlimited on Saturday were great and I got to spend some quality time fondling yarn. What’s not to love?

Saturday night after classes, Karen took me out to dinner at Salut Bar Americain, a great restaurant with delicious food and a touch of whimsy. And late Saturday night, when we were back at Karen’s house, sirens went off in the distance. Something I have no experience with in my east coast life — tornado sirens! A tornado touched down not very far from us. It was all very exciting, since it wasn’t close enough to be really scary.

It was a great weekend — a fabulous yarn shop, good company, good food, and knitting. And kitties. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Since I got home fairly late last night I had arranged to take today off from work. A good thing too, because my respiratory crud returned last week and I haven’t shaken it yet. And the air quality today was bad, so I was just as happy to stay inside.

What knitting I did was on a stealth project, so no photos of that.

Hey, remember my Tilli Tomas bleeding yarn? It went to a new home with Sarah W. last month. Well, right before I left for Minneapolis, this came in the mail.


Sarah made this from the Tilli Tomas yarn. Isn’t it lovely?

Inside the pretty little pouch is a jar of apricot preserves. YUM! And thank you so much, Sarah!

Lucy Sez


“Can you make me some salmon preserves?”