My current work in progress:

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


Let It Snow

We’ve got another “major snow event” blowing through here tonight and tomorrow, so once again the federal government is closed and I am at home. Snow is supposed to start . . . well . . . any minute now.

Things had better be all clear by next Monday, because I’m doing a mini-trunk show at fibre space in Alexandria, Virginia.

And here’s a good reason to stop by — they will be having a big Presidents Day sale! Here is the info, shamelessly lifted from their newsletter:

We are delighted to announce our first big President’s Day Sale!

Monday, February 15th
10 am – 7 pm
We are making room for new Spring and Summer yarns by putting many of our favorite winter fibres on sale. Discounts will be from 10% – 40%. Find sale prices on Kathmandu Tweed, Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky, Berroco Cuzco, Malabrigo Chunky, Shokay Yak and much much more. All single patterns will be 30%-40% off.

And here is the bit about me. 🙂

Knitwear designer Wendy Johnson will also be at the shop on President’s Day from noon – 2 pm along with a mini trunk show of her three newest shawlette designs! Meet Wendy, purchase her patterns and ask questions about the projects. Her new three designs can be worked up in only one skein of sock yarn.

Fibrespace will have copies of my one-skein shawlette patterns for sale (Argus, Seaside, and Miss Woodhouse), and I’ll be there with the original shawls for you to see, fondle, and try on. I’ll be happy to answer questions about the designs, offer my opinion (whether or not I am asked) on your yarn selections for each design, and just generally hang out to knit and chat.

Oh, and I’m betting I’ll do some shopping too.

Speaking of fibre space, the other night I signed up for fibre space’s new new Fibre Girl club. You can read about it from that link.

And I’m just sayin’ that I may or may not be providing a pattern for one of the club offerings somewhere along the way . . .

Current Knitting

I’m making good progress on the second Manly Aran sock.

The red lacy thing from yesterday’s blog? I’ll show you that tomorrow. That is, assuming I have electricity to power up the ‘puter and access the internet. We are supposed to have blizzard-force winds tonight and tomorrow, so if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know why.

Lucy is on snow watch.

O What Fun

I’ve posted my first event of 2010 on my Teaching Schedule Page. Here it is here as well, shamelessly lifted from Fibre Space’s email announcing the event:

Designer Scavenger Hunt

Featuring Jared Flood, Catherine Gagnon, Tanis Gray, Wendy Johnson and Courtney Kelley

Sunday, January 17, 2010, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Mansion on O Street: 2020 O St NW, Washington, DC

Join fibre space™ for our most creative event yet! We will gather at the unique and historic Mansion on O Street for a day long scavenger hunt, featuring some of our favorite designers. Participants will start the day with a luxurious brunch at the Mansion and the opportunity to explore the Mansion’s 100 rooms and discover some of its 32 secret doorways. Among its many rooms are four workshops, featuring five spectacular designers: Jared Flood, Catherine Gagnon, Tanis Gray, Wendy Johnson and Courtney Kelley. Each participant will experience four one hour workshops in a variety of different skills. Read more here.

Register online or by calling 703-664-0344. Cost is $275 and includes four one hour workshops, brunch and goody bag. Supplies not included.


It amazes me that although I’ve lived in the Washington DC area for my entire adult life, I’d never heard of the Mansion on O Street before Danielle contacted me for this event. It sure looks like a fun place and I understand the food is wonderful. I hope I’ll see a lot of DC area knitters there.

My one complaint is that I won’t be able to take the workshop that the other designers are giving!

In With the New

It’s new project time here. Whee!

It’s lace. 🙂


And it’s a “shawlette.” Triangular in shape and shorter than a full sized shawl. Just a little something to throw over your shoulders.

I’m knitting it from Dream in Color Baby in the November Muse colorway.


This is a great laceweight yarn — not too heavy and not too fine. It’s got 700 yards per 4 ounce skein. This project will take under one skein (unless I’m very very wrong). I’m using a U.S. size 5 needle and chugging along nicely.

I Still Love My Droid

I’ve had my Droid phone for three weeks now and I still love it. Over the weekend I discovered an Android group on Ravelry, for people who have smartphones with the android operating system. There are some very helpful posts there, including a thread for your favorite apps.

A few of my favorites:

Dockrunner — I mentioned this one before — it puts your phone into multimedia mode without a multimedia dock, thereby saving you the $30 that the multimedia dock costs.

Contact Owner — puts your contact information on the locked screen of your phone. So, if you have your phone locked for security purposes and you lose it, if an honest person finds it, he or she will be able to contact you. The information you put on the locked screen is customizable. I have my name, email address, and office phone number there (since I no longer have a landline at home)

DC Metro — well, this one is only useful for people who use the Washington DC subway system! It tells you next train arrivals and service alerts. Very handy if you are on a train that’s sitting in the middle of a tunnel and you want to know what the heck is going on. I’m betting there are similar apps for other subway systems

Calorie Counter — a nice app that keeps track of your daily caloric intake and exercise, and syncs beautifully with a website where you can also enter data.

USA Today — great little news app, with the lead news stories every day, plus weather and photos.

Battery Widget — an icon that gives you a graphic representation with percentage of your  battery status.

Lucy Sez


“Where’s that leftover turkey?”