My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

We Were On A Break!!

Okay, it seems as though I do owe some sort of explanation. I feel a little mean just leaving you hanging.

And apart from the comments, I’ve gotten maybe . . . oh . . . 500 emails so far.

This is how things are:

Blah . . . blah, blah, BLAH, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Any questions?

Yes, I have a case of the blahs. I feel as though I’ve run out of things to say.

And my right hand and wrist are throbbing painfully, making knitting (and keyboarding for that matter) decidedly unfun.

Time to get out the wrist brace, I guess.

And my desktop computer died yesterday. (Though hopefully it can be resurrected. Lucy’s dad will help me with that this weekend.) I have a laptop, but I have a hard time editing photos on the laptop. So I felt that the blog would suffer.

But . . . you don’t seem happy . . . icon smile We Were On A Break!!

Wanna compromise?

How about abbreviated blogging, maybe once or twice a week? Who knows — I may return to it fulltime again, but right now I need to cut back.

I wasn’t going for drama here . . . honest. It’s just that after reading all the emails and comments I feel as though there may be a way to make everyone happy.

Maybe a daily Lucy photo and some knitting talk a couple of times a week? How about that?

Tell me what you think.

Yes, I did start knitting again on my Ingrid sweater. I’ve got maybe three inches to go before starting the front neck shaping.

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The state of my wrist makes me think I need to curtail my knitting, though. I know: maybe I should clean my house. Now there is a novel concept!

And by the way, Lucy would like Igor to know that we were watching cooking shows when she was reaching for the remote. A cat can only take so much!

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One more thing. I realized that it is SO not fair to stop blogging before mentioning that I received my last Secret Pal 2 package.

Secret Pal 2 Revealed

As those of you involved know, the Secret Pal 2 project ends at the end of October. And I just received my final Secret Pal 2 gift! My Secret Pal was Bente in Germany. And she sent me an assortment of lovely autumnal items!

Here is a cute little wooden cat, and a package of autumn-themed cocktail napkins.

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And a beautiful autumn leaves table runner. Bente, you are obviously a gifted seamstress — this is lovely!

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And thank you for being such a wonderful Secret Pal!

Okay . . . intermittent blogging for the near future and we’ll see what happens. Is it a deal?

Comments

  1. That sounds a bit more fair, how else are we goung to live vicariously through your amazing sweater progresses ;) ?

  2. Your site, your rules, You’re the bad ass mama of em all. In short DEAL.

    That isn’t to say I didn’t breathe a sigh of relief to hear that you would consider the whole abbreviated blogging (I can only imagine that daily would take it out of the best of us) I need that inspiration dontcha know (and I promise more l’eponge bob photos too :)

    Thank you for all you put out there!

  3. Glad to at least know why last nights entry was posted. I’m really sorry to hear about your wrist. My girlfriend threw her back out yesterday so I can only imagine what typing and knitting must be like with a bad wrist, judging by her attempts to walk with a sore back.

    Random spaced blogging is great, so long as you feel you aren’t being demanded to post. Take some time off and let your wrist and the blahs heal. Your entries will be welcome whenever they come.

  4. YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! We humbly and gratefully thank you, O goddess of the knit-blogging universe!! My day and my knitting wouldn’t be the same without you!

  5. You write it, we’ll read it. :) Please don’t jeopardize your wrists just for us, though. If blogging, even modified blogging, ever caused serious damage and prevented you from knitting, I don’t think I’d ever forgive us.

  6. Oh Wendy !!

    I was just reading comments when your new post appeared. It made me so happy. As far as I am concerned, you don’t owe your readers anything. If it works for you to space out your posts, that is fine. I will still check every morning, and will look forward to seeing you there.

    Shelley (in Cincinnati)

  7. Oh, Wendy, *hugs* *hugs* *hugs*

    I’m so glad you’re okay. But Wendy, you need to do what’s best for you! If your wrists hurt, give up blogging, not knitting! We’ll all miss you if you leave, but it’s really no one’s business but your own.

    If you do keep blogging, change is good! Look at how your blog has evolved over the years (judging by your archives). I support whatever descision you make (not that you need my support or anything!) and hope you do what makes you happiest.

  8. It would be wonderful, Wendy! And a big thank you from me too for all the inspiration and information you have provided. It has been a joy to read your blog.

  9. DEAL.

    Phew. I really thought something awful must have happened. (Not that a sore wrist isn’t awful enough. :-( ) I’m just glad there hasn’t been some catastrophe.

    And I promise that if anyone gives you a hard time about abbreviating your blogging (or stopping if that’s eventually what you decide), just give me (and the other Minions) their e-mail address, and we’ll take care of them. Pronto.

  10. As Stinkerbell said, whatever you choose is fair; it’s your blog, your bandwidth, and your time. I would love to get to see what you’re doing, but if you need to recharge yourself and let your wrist heal (be it a few days a week or years and years and years), then your need is more important than our entertainment.

    I just want to say, though, how much I have appreciated your blog. Because of you, I knit my first sock. Because of you, I first looked at a pattern and really saw how it worked and what changes I could make to make it exactly what I wanted it to be. You’ve really inspired me. (And, of course, I’ve loved the Lucy pictures.)

  11. Wendy! Can you believe I let my PC on just to see if you give a sign you’re alive?? Yes, I do understand you have the bleah. And I think your proposal of intermitting blogging is a good compromise, even a very good one.
    Soooo happy we’re not going to lose you!
    Tace care of yourself. I wish you all the best – especially that your wrist doesn’t compell you to slow down with your knitting.
    Hugs,
    Marta

  12. just so glad to know you are ok! take care, we all love you :-)

  13. It’s your blog – you can start or stop whenever you want (though you’d be missed, of course!). This should be fun for you, not a chore (or painful!).

    So, just blog when you’re inspired… :-)

    And take it easy with that wrist!

  14. I’m so glad you are not going away for good!!!! I just dedicated my blog to you today (picture and all)—I’ll leave it there and put in a footnote that you will be a part-timer for a while!!! Wonderful!!!!!

  15. Vanessa and I were just puzzling over what awful thing someone could have said to you that would have made you pull the plug. Glad to hear it’s normal life stuff and not an overload of hate mail or something. I think a daily Lucy photo would be great, I need my eye candy! And cleaning your house might be very therapeutic.

    Please still publish your patterns if you were still planning to…

  16. Many thanks for the explanation and the hope of some blogging :-) Sorry to hear about the wrist. sounds like rest is definitely in order. 500 emails! I cannot imagine that. you need a personal blogging assistant!

  17. Yipee, ei-yay! I found the news just as I hit refresh after adding my voice to the chorus of I’ll miss you/thank you posts…

    Just think of the added anticipation each morning, “did she, or didn’t she?”

    Seriously, blog when you want–it shouldn’t be a burden in your life. I’ll be glad to read it whenever it strikes your fancy to post. :)

  18. Yay!!!

  19. Ok, I had NO idea what was going on until I scrolled down – and immediately panicked. But, like everyone says, it’s your blog, your life. I would just be happy to know you and Lucy are doing ok….

  20. Deal! Selfishly I felt a little like an addict being forced to quit cold turkey! Glad to hear you will intermittently update Wendy!

    I hope your wrist starts feeling better soon!

  21. Hey you. Do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself. I will miss you and Lucy tons, but as a professional writer, I will be the first to say you will do us all a favor if you do yourself one and rest … we’re your public, after all *lol* And we want you well and happy… And writing as fun and eloquently as you always do … when you’re up to it again. A couple times a week is cool. (It will only make us want you more …)

    You’ve cost me too much money in new wool anyway, wench!

    Hugs to you, hedbuttz to Lucy and lots of healing thought being sent your way. Ciao for now, bella.
    Feel better xo Diana, Orion & Finwe, our evil kitten

  22. Hurray! More Lucy pics! (That’s what MY three cats come to see! the two ladies are jealous of her fur, and the gentleman cat is saying to them, “Why can’t YOU look that good in the morning?”)

    Hurray! More knitting advice and pics and patterns!

    I suffered the wrist thing as well, and still have several types of braces for accessorizing my sweaters. Too bad that velcro catches so much! My problem was the computer work I did. The doctor I had then told me to quit my job. Why don’t you try that? Yeah…..right! I didn’t either! Seriously, please take care of the problem and go easy on yourself. We would rather not hear from you for a while and know that you are healing! Find a non-wristy hobby for a while! Thanks for letting us know!

  23. thank you – thank you – thank you…glad it was not forever and hope your pc recovers…i work off a laptop when travelling and can understand how “painful” it can be.

  24. Wow! I feel better knowing you’re not leaving completely.

    Post when you feel up to it.

    We’d miss you terribly if you left us completely!

  25. *completely selfish smile*

    Glad to have you back, Wendy.

    KB

  26. We ALL get a case of the blahs. Frankly, I was amazed at the fact that you managed to post something substantial every single day, how could any of us fault you for wanting to take a break from that? I’m glad to hear that you will still be posting, and don’t worry about all of us. (Although it will be nice to continue to be enabled by you.)

  27. Okay. I, for one, think you should do whatever you want to do regarding management of your time. If you’re not into it anymore, why bother for the sake of others? It’s just an internet blog (one of the best one out there, and I’m including Andrew Sullivan’s in this, f’real, but, hey).

    I”ll still keep it syndicated so I can read whatever you do happen to post! Give your kitty some snuggles and, seriously, be selfish. You’ve been so dilligent for so long that you deserve it.

  28. Yay! Works for me. I myself update my blog, well, when I can and when I want. Sometimes it’s several times a week, sometimes it’s only once. And I update only if I feel like it! When vacation rolls around, I go offline completely. No updating the blog, and no blog surfing. Breaks are good, and for some (like me), necessary in order to keep the experience from getting…BLAH.

    And just so you know: My heart did a happy little heap when Bloglines showed me you had updated :-)

  29. Hi Wendy,
    I have become totally addicted to your blog! I have learned so much and enjoyed reading your entries tremendously! Please take care and feel better. You brighten every knitters day! We will miss you, but you need to do what’s best for you!God Bless! Mary

  30. Sorry to hear that you’re in pain. Do take time to take care of yourself. We all need to take a break from time to time, even from the things that we love to do. You’ll be refreshed when you return and we’ll still be here waiting for ya :)

    Tanya

  31. Yay. :) I might be only an occasional visitor, but Lucy is such a cornerstone of the knitter’s Internet that I’d have been devastated if she were gone for good. :)

    Thanks for all your informative posting through the years, and take care of that wrist!

  32. You don’t owe anyone anything, obviously you would be missed, but do whats right for you. We dont want you hating to be writting in your blog. Write when you want, don’t when you don’t!

  33. Dear Wendy
    ‘knittikins’ said it all perfectly!
    Good Luck, Love, Hugs and BE HAPPY – Whatever you do.
    Love and Kisses to Lucy too
    Vicki
    P.S. Please don’t resort to house cleaning!!

  34. Thanks so much for your wonderful blog, in whatever form it takes. I started reading this summer after the Post article, and when (due to arm surgery) I was forbidden to knit for months, or do much of anything else. Vicarious knitting became very important and it was certainly easy to get a knitting thrill with the progress you make. I’ve since started knitting again (slowly) and have looked at lots of other blogs, but read yours every day for your wit, obvious love of your craft, the encouragement you give others (whether intentional or not), and the knowledge you share freely. I’m sure blogging gets hard sometimes, and who can’t understand the desire sometimes to just be quiet. But please know that your efforts have amused, and inspired, and been appreciated.

    Oh, and thanks to you, my kitties appreciate their kitty bed too!

  35. Shirley, in PA says:

    Yes – it’s a deal. Whatever you choose to do. Daily Lucy photos and occasional knitting content works for me. Sorry about your hand and wrist pain – I can so relate to that.

  36. Deal! I’m so glad you are ok. I had visions of something terrible happening for you to leave us so abruptly and with so little explanation. Ok – your blog, your rules. We will take what we can get with great pleasure. I, too, am amazed that you have continued at the pace you have. I post to my blog about once a week and struggle with that. You give a lot of people a lot of pleasure – your blog is NEVER boring. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us. Your adoring public does hope you will continue, but do be sure to take care of yourself and don’t burn out – PLEASE!

  37. Your blog. Your life. We’re just the voyeurs. You do what feels right to you.

  38. When I saw your post this morning, I heard the Hallelujah chorus playing in my mind. I will look forward to your intermittant posts popping up in my Bloglines window :)
    Danielle
    (First time poster, long time lurker)

  39. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

    Sorry that your wrist is feeling bad. I have some sweaters that need seaming. Perhaps that would provide a nice break for your wrist? (I know the response but I couldn’t help asking.)

    Hope the blahs go away with the sun starting to shine!
    Phyl

  40. It’s not just about entertaining us. You are not simply eye candy.
    You truly have inspired people to develop their knitting skills.
    We have learned new techniques and “dared” to take on challenging projects, because you gave us confidence.
    There is also the charitable work you have led and supported. There are many feline friends who owe their comfort to your (and your fans’) efforts.
    I will always enjoy your posts, whenever you have something to share.
    Love to yourself, Ian and Lucy.

  41. Daily updates are really hard. I know I couldn’t do it. I update only when I have something to say, which could be as little as once or twice a week sometimes. I think a break is important if you need it, or just update once in a while, but we’d miss you lots if you just went away.

  42. so, you really are a bad ass knitter, doing whatever you want, whenever you want:-

    so, it’s your blog, therefore only you can decide how often you want to blog:-)

    but of course, I’ll check it up every day as usual:-)

    heidi

  43. Some prayers get answered – so maybe there is a God.

    Wendy – we all want what is best for you; but just want you to know how much you are part of our lives even if we only know you through your blog.

    Take care and hopefully you will want to keep sharing with your greedy fellow knitters.

    mp

  44. Wow! A girl misses one day, and all this drama!!!

    Wendy, please don’t let us guilt you into continuing if you don’t want to. I read some of the comments yesterday, and can’t believe how selfish and rude some of us readers could be.

    I know how much time, effort and energy goes into keeping a DAILY blog, and have been so impressed that you have done it for so long. I would completely, totally miss you if you choose not to continue, but please remember that this should be YOUR decision, not ours.

    I hope you do decide to continue, and I wish you a speedy recovery. Congrats on … what, 4 years of daily blogging? Impressive as always.

    Love you, Jojo

  45. What they said. I enjoy what you write (and knit), but it’s your life, and your time.
    Get well, be happy, and do what you need to. I’ll be thinking good thoughts in your direction.

  46. Wow, it sounds like we gave you a real guilt trip!I personally think it would be very hard for you to just stop “cold turkey.” We all love you and want you to be happy. You need to do what’s best for you. . . and that’s the truth, so there! (Lily Tomlin would stick out her tongue and give you a razz!)

  47. Change is good! I must be psychic, though, I my wrist is killing me and I forgot to read your blog this a.m. (How did that happen? It’s my HOMEPAGE) Anyway, I was just sitting here wondering how does Wendy knit so much? I didn’t feel like I got that much in yesterday and my wrist hurts. Well, it’s my whole hand. . .
    Take care, deary:)

  48. Hi Wendy,

    Having RSI and carpal tunnel I COMPLETELY understand where you are coming from. Blog as much or as little as you’d like. But above all be well, get better and enjoy yourself.

    There is no sense in doing something if it’s become a burden.

    I am glad, though, that you’ve decided to stick around, even if it’s intermittently. I’ll always be happy to read what you write.

  49. Yay! But definitely don’t do more than your wrists can handle!

  50. Wendy,
    Thank you very much for letting us know what’s going on, I’m so glad I checked back again today.

    I appreciate your frankness, and I just want to let you know that like many of your readers my knitting is a quantum leap better than it would have been if I hadn’t been reading you, learning from your techniques sections, and being inspired by your gallery of finished works.

    Of course you should do what you need to do, know that you’ll be missed and anything you choose to share will be appreciated.

    With wishes for peace and a healed wrist,
    Linda

  51. In Kitty’s words (word) “Yay”! Like Becky too, I love Bloglines and was hoping you were saying you were back.

    Hey, it’s your deal, so whatever you say. But I’m glad you aren’t gone completely. That was just too sad.

    I hope your wrist feels better soon!!

  52. OK, I was only joking the other day when I said “…then she wouldn’t be around to blog!” :)

    Most of us know (or can imagine) the incredible demand and work it takes to keep up with a blog, let alone one that is daily and has so many readers that communicate directly with you. You have done an amazing job with it for years and I’ve been in awe that you mangage to do it. I am very grateful for each and every post you provide but certainly believe you deserve to have more of your “life” back. Thank you for sharing it with us. Enjoy yourself!

    Shelley

  53. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! So glad to hear you’re going to continue! Intermittent is better than never. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore for you but know that you would be missed (extremely). I don’t think I would have ever tried fair isle without your wonderful inspiration. (Now I have a “mild” addiction) :)
    Whatever you feel like blogging will be devoured with gratitude! Thanks again for the inspiration.

  54. Wendy,

    Please blog when you want. As many others have said it is YOUR blog and you should do with it what you want. Thank you so much for all the information you pass along to us and for getting me personally back into the knitting groove. I have been inspired many times by reading your blog and have learned a lot from you. Take good care of yourself and I hope your wrist heals quickly so your needles can fly again.

    Hugs, Kirsten

  55. Wendy,

    Yikes! Just saw your sign-off and then your solution. I’m thrilled you’re still planning to share a bit of your knitting/kitty life with us. I read your blog 1st thing each morning. It’s lovely. However, you got to do what you got to do. We’ll accept whatever you want to give. Best of luck to you.

  56. You go to bed at night thing the world is going to be fine and what happens?! The world of blogging is turned up side down. It’s a wonder that you have kept it going for this long as it is such a huge time commitment both on-line and keeping up with the content that needs to be created daily. It isn’t worth it if it causes pain or permanent injury and stress of any kind. Being kind to you is the only way to go. We’ll look forward to your infrequent posts and hope that you will heal quickly. You might want to look into physical therapy for the pain. I did so a few years ago and have been able to knit and do needlework pain free since that time. Take care, Wendy!

  57. I guess intermittent is better than not at all. Maybe you could wean us off slowly…. I’ll be having withdrawls for sure.

    Take care of you and think of us when you can.

  58. I echo Stinkerbell. Your site, your rules. (but I’m glad you’re not permanently gone. I would miss you)

  59. Wendy, you’ve given so many people a lot of encouragement and (for many) a will to try harder to accomplish what they can in their craft. It must be quite a burden to you, to have to fulfill the vicarious knitting wishes of so many lurkers. None of us has a ‘right’ to expect more of you than we’ve already gotten. We still know we can check your site for good advice and instruction on ‘how to’. Be good to yourself, and thanks for everything.

  60. WHAT THEY SAID! All of ‘em! Deal, Dudette! And there are some really good basic stretches for alleviating incipient carpal tunnel challenges. In my non-knitting life am a licensed massage therapist. will go on a hunt for the article that shows the technique and will send it via email as soon as I find it, how-to pictures and all.
    hugs and whew!

  61. Look after that wrist Wendy.

    Glad to hear you’ll be posting when you feel like it. I love your knitting and seeing your Knit Happens purchases.

  62. Oh Wendy, whatever you would like to do is fine. Taking care of yourself should be your first priority. I would miss your blog-you have taught me so much, but if you are finished that’s o.k. Of course if you even only posted once a month I’m sure we would all be very happy, lol!!!

  63. I’m so glad you won’t be leaving altogether (can you hear the collective sigh of relief?), and I’m so sorry to hear about your wrist. Hopefully it will clear up. I hate that you’re hurting.

  64. Kathleen in Germany says:

    Glad I didn’t have a chance to blog surf yesterday – I’d probably still be in the hospital with heart failure. I’m glad you are going to stick around. I learned to knit 2 years ago from my mum before quickly returning to Europe and blogs like yours have fed (my habit) my knowledge and love of the craft in a way unparallelled by phone calls home :)
    Don’t forget how much you were influencing the patterns that Alice *More was re-issuing at one time. Far and wide, baby, far and wide!

  65. Woo-Hoo. All is right in the knitting world. In a way I’m glad to know it wasn’t the “jerks that lurk” out there that got you down. But I’m sorry to hear you are in pain. Take care of yourself and post when you feel like it and we will all be happy. Jan

  66. Wendy —

    Do what you want to do. You don’t have to blog just because other people want you to! Do what makes you happiest!

    Julie

  67. Whew!! The planets are aligned again!! Thanks! I really would miss you and your projects and your kitty!

  68. Can I come out of the shadows and recommend these: http://www.imakproducts.com/products/smart_glove.htm

    They work wonders on sore wrists (mostly when typing, not sure about knitting). I wear mine whenever I’m at a computer, and it’s made my carpal tunnels very, very happy.

    Take care, and hopefully we’ll see you soon!

  69. I turned my back for a moment….

    Wendy I’m so sorry your wrist is bothering you. I agree with with Cait’s post. You do what is best for you. I haven’t read your blog for long, but appreciate the time it took for you to do it and for sharing the phenomenal knitting that you do. Best of luck and good wishes coming your way. Thanks for the memories and so on(and if you do decide to continue blogging occassionally……YEAH!!)

  70. Sorry to hear about your wrist, hopefully a rest and or some therapy will help. So glad to hear that you aren’t leaving blogland completely. Blog when you want, about what you want—you are The Bad Ass Blogger!!!
    Jeni

  71. Thank you for thinking of us, but please do what is best for YOU. It will thrill me to still see posts from you (even if they are random or seldom). Blogging should be done because you want to, not because it is expected. Who needs another chore added to their life? Take care of your wrist most of all. I personally do NOT think housecleaning is good therapy – UNLESS it is done by someone else and you get to just enjoy the benefit.

    With a sore wrist and the inability to knit as much, blogging is more of a burden when one feels there is nothing sufficiently new to show. We love Lucy and hope you are still considering a 2005 calendar of our favorite girl.

    I’ll take any deal that keeps you healthy. Hopefully you will miss us just enough to pop in on occasion to let us know how you are. Wendy you have done more to promote knitting and give confidence to knitters than any book or magazine ever could. Be well my friend.

  72. Wendy, you are a big part of me getting back into knitting. I will miss your daily posts (the best thing about coming to work! lol). Take care of yourself and that beautiful kitty.

  73. Dear Wendy, even blogging/updating once a week would be great! You are such an inspiration to us all.

    But first, do let your wrist heal! I injured my wrist (though not badly) while strength-training, icing (with those jelly-like packs) and a wrist bandage helped. Also, have you considered switching your computer mouse from the “hurting” hand to the other one? It is a bit difficult in the beginning, but I got used to it quickly, and it helped a lot.

    Regards, and hugs to Lucy, from Frankfurt.

  74. Whenever you want to write is fine with me. Daily, weekly, bi-monthly. You’re the boss here. (And take care of that wrist!)

  75. Thank you Wendy! I look forward to your blog and I’ll take it in any way you are willing to offer it – as long as your wrist will hold up! Thank you!
    Karen

  76. Wendy, it is your blog, your rules! And you have to take care of your wrist. (I am speaking from experience from the shoulder injury side here.) You are great inspiration to a number of us out in the great cyber yarn world. If you feel like posting a picture of Lucy or even a metro sign once a week to let us know that youare still alive would be great.

    mia in maryland

  77. Hey Wendy, I am with everyone else, do only what makes you happy…..and please don’t resort to housework, nothing is ever that bad!!!
    take care of you
    Yvette

  78. Wendy: I’m so glad you are willing to intermittently blog. And I’m glad to see some advice for your wrist in these comments. I would like to add another suggestion: please consider the ‘pencil hold’ discussed in Sally Melville’s book The Knitting Experience (book 1), The Knit Stitch. A different way of holding your needles may help your wrist. It feels odd at first but you will get used to it. Sue & Carley

  79. It’s a deal! :-)

  80. oh wendy please feel better I will wait forever on all your words of knitting thank you and it is definitly a deal.
    kathy

  81. I had to come back here just to check if it was a dream that I had that you lurched out of here….man, am I happy to see your message BUT as stinkerbell says, your site your rules. I would be EXTREMELY satisfied with just a couple of posts a week, even one–and it doesn’t have to be knitting. You are an interesting person, and so is Lucy so, have at whatever you want.

    It’s weird, this cyber space community stuff. I felt like someone I cared about had died too suddenly and unexpectantly. Even chocked up when I was telling my husband. Jeez.

    Whatever you and Lucy want, Wendy.

  82. Feeewwwww, I was a bit worried. I read your blog every day. You inspire me to be a better knitter. I am glad to hear no one was mean to you. Until your next blog…………..

  83. Whatever you want abd feel lke doing.it’s not your job to worry about us.You’re under no sort of obligation to keep us rabble happy ! ;-]
    I,on the other hand,shall worry about your wrist and hand.Rest and take care of yourself.

    Love,Emma.

  84. I still appreciate everything that you have done for us, your readers. I just hope that you can find something to relieve your wrist pain and that your computer gets fixed soon.

  85. Your saying goodbye was like someone telling me that there is no more coffee. Nope, you don’t even get that last cup. Shudder.

    So I am sooooooo happy that you’re back at it on a reduced schedule (OK, so we found some more coffee, but you don’t get it every day…). Personally, I always wondered how you managed to post 5 days a week. I always thought that it was a great volunteer effort on your part to entertain all of us on your time and your dime.

    Kudos to you for all of your hard work and thank you for continuing to post!

    And my cat Maggie will be happy that she gets to keep in touch with Lucy’s goings-on. Thanks!

  86. …..now is the time for you to enter the spinning world….vary the tasks your wrist is to do….by exploring your drop spindle and maybe even a wheel, the repetitive knitting motions will ease and you’ll start creating wondrous handspun yarn ….this will become a whole new world to you and you will love knitting your very own handspun—double the creativity….this is called thinking around a problem and letting new streams of creativity spin out….vary the tasks and learn new fiber arts…..from Janet

  87. Wendy: #1. It’s your blog, you can do with it what you wish. Now, don’t get me wrong, you will be sincerely missed, but take it from someone who knows, when your hobby ceases to be fun, it’s time to cease (or ease up on) that hobby. Yes, you will be sorely missed, but you gotta do what you gotta do to enjoy what it is you do. Am I making any sense? If you keep writing, we’ll keep reading. But make it fun for you

  88. It’s a deal!

    I just had to check again this morning to see if you’d changed yoru mind and I am so glad you did!

  89. Wendy, even at the ungodly Oh-Dark-Hundred Hour you usually post, I would gladly take dictation from you if it meant your wrists wouldn’t have to suffer and that we loyal friends and fans would have the joy of more WendyKnits! Please PLEASE take care of yourself. We’ll be here for you. Intermittent blogging and all. Hugs to Lucy!

  90. Wendy, Hope your wrist and hand are feeling better soon! We’ll miss you :)

  91. You have been such an inspiration to me. I have looked forward to your blog each workday BUT please take care of those talented hands. Blog intermittently and maybe show us the finished items so we can drool. BTW I am glad to see you back at work on Ingrid. I love the yarn and the pattern is great.

  92. Methadone for us Wendy-addicted junkies :-))) I have to admit that apart from adoring your knitting I really love the way you write so I would say YES PLEASE to once a week. Blogging and knitting should be fun. But – wow – 500 Mails… it is not fun to be under pressure… so I can understand your decision. Best whishes from near Munich, Germany

  93. Hey, I’ll take whatever I can get and be GRATEFUL for it. It’s not like you are getting PAID or anything. Take care of that wrist and we’ll be here if you decide to come back- full or part time.

  94. Good god, I thought that was a joke. Girl, you know I love ya, and you’re in my Bloglines, so it doesn’t matter when/where/how you post, I’ll be checking in on you. Hell, write once a week or once a month. We’d miss you too much. You’re the stuff of legends, doll. And you’re just plain fun.

    I raise a virtual umbrella drink in your general direction. (It has to be virtual because I have to work tonight, or else I’d go make one just fer you.)

    xox

  95. Yay! That’s so cool and so beyond thoughtful. You do whatever you need to! Take a break, blog, whatever – just look after you!
    Erratic blogging should stop people taking you for granted too! Sally

  96. A thousand thank you’s for all that you have given us. You are so generous with your advice and sharing of your life. I admit I’m selfish when it comes to my daily Wendy Fix. I would rather give up coffee and chocolate than Wendy. Well, maybe just coffee… but you will never know how much your blog brightens our worlds and connects us to the knitting universe. Heck, Wendy, you are the center of the knitting universe. Please don’t ever leave us for good.

  97. While I’m glad that you’re going to continue to post, it’s your blog. End of story. :) Take care of that wrist! (Lucy needs more cat-toys… lol!)

  98. Thanks for letting us all be a part of your knitting life and your Lucy’s life. I have appreciated so very much all aspects of your blog, your knitting tips, your wip’s … Because of you I have tried new (to me) knitting patterns and methods. And through you I have discovered other knitting blogs and sites that have been most helpful. Again, my thanks.

  99. YAY! Thank you, thank you!

  100. The selfish part of me is saying ‘Yay!, but like everyone else says, your blog, your rules. Do whatever feels right and don’t feel guilty.
    Having suffered from RSI (due for a Carpal Tunnel test in 2 days time) for the past 2 years, I know where you’re coming from with the wrist thing. Get lots of rest and look after yourself.