My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

The Vortex of Doom

Getting into beads is like being sucked into the vortex of doom.

Thank-you, Susan, for putting it so eloquently.

For those of you who are willing to be sucked into the vortex of doom, check out Purse Paradise, a source Susan recommended on her blog for supplies for making beaded purses. They have patterns, kits, beads, threads, purse frames, needles, etc. In short, everything you need to make a beaded purse.

In a rare fit of self-restraint, I did not order anything when I checked out the website. Must be something wrong with me. Maybe I’d better take my temperature and see if I have a fever.

Seriously, though, I went through a bead and jewellry-making period a number of years ago, and a few years ago gave away all my supplies and tools to a friend who was just embarking on the obsession. I am doing my best to resist the temptation to start all that up again.

Questions from the comments:

Alysa asked:
Does the pattern actually have the beads in (-like curves, or is it just the angle of the photograph?

The beads curve a little because at some points in the pattern you are slipping several beads between stitches — so the weight of the beads make the curve. Very clever, I thought.

Knittingnurse pointed me to another website where you can buy kits for beaded purses:
Ho boy! If you enjoyed THAT one, you really need to check out www.c2knits.com. They have some really nice beaded bag pattern/kits. These are big enough to use as actual evening bags, etc. Most are just big enough to carry a girls “MILK” – Money, Identification, Lipstick and Keys!

Thank you. I’m averting my eyes from that site as well.

Shirley offered a link to a site with beaded fish for Lucy. icon smile The Vortex of Doom

Lucy sez:

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Now you’re talking!

TeriP asked:
Do you like knitting with that fine stuff?

I do. I’ve always liked very fine work and miniatures. Now I’m not sure I’d want to knit a 15 by 15-inch purse on size 000 needles with seed beads, but the tiny amulet bag was a quick and satisfying project. And really quite easy to make — honest! Not as fiddly as you might think.

Dave commented:
What I liked the most about the one and only beaded knit piece I’ve seen — a bookmark — was the feel of it. Very slinky. I totally didn’t expect that, and it was totally cool.

Excellent observation, and that’s exactly how this little bag feels — slinky. Because the beads can move slightly, it gives it a slinky feel when you handle it. And the little bag is surprisingly heavier than it looks — the weight of the beads.

Ellen commented:
I have a suggestion: if you’re picturing something small, could you please include a familiar object — a quarter or a business card, for instance, to give an idea of scale.

I photographed it on my laptop computer, so you could see the size next to the keys on the keyboard. But just for you, here’s a pic of the bag with a quarter! icon smile The Vortex of Doom

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State of the Sock In Progress

The first sock in Opal Handpainted is coming along nicely — see?

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Getting Serious for a Moment

A reader emailed me last night, chastizing me for not “remembering” the 5th anniversary of 9/11, telling me it was my “duty” as a blogger to mention it. I was going to ignore the email (as I often do with thoughtless and/or idiotic emails), but I find that this time I can’t.

Five years ago, as I do today, I worked in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and lived in the shadow of the Pentagon. Not a single day has passed since then that I have not thought about the events of 9/11 and the people murdered that day. Life changed that day. Forever.

Every day as the subway stops at the Pentagon, I think about the kind-looking Army officer I used to see get off there every morning, who I last saw on the morning of 9/11.

Every time someone who acts nervous gets on a train I wonder if it’s a terrorist.

Every time I pull my knitting out on a train I wonder (possibly irrationally) if I’m making anyone else nervous by wielding sharp pointy sticks.

Every morning as I go through airport-like security to enter the federal building where I work, I wonder if someone with a weapon will slip through the screening process. (It has happened once that I know of.)

Every time a plane flies through the no-fly zone over my office, my heart sinks.

Every time our evacuation alarm goes off, my heart sinks.

Et cetera. Dear reader, rest assured that I do remember. I don’t see how I could ever forget.

So no, I watched no memorials or 9/11 “specials” on television. I did not watch the news. I did not feel the need to do anything to mark a five year anniversary (apart from feeling horrendously sad all day), because it is something that is with me every single day.

This is just me. I am in no way trying to tell people how to feel, what to say, or when, or where to say it. And I respectfully ask that people extend me the same courtesy.

My blog is predominantly about knitting and I will keep it that way.

There. End of rant. Let’s not speak of this again. icon smile The Vortex of Doom

But lookie here. Can you guess what this is?

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Comments

  1. Personally, commenting on it just to check it off the “must do” list is tacky, in my mind. Good on you for not putting up with sass, ma’am!

    BTW… is that Alchemy Haiku? Possibly… transforming into an Icarus? Or am I just HOPING you’re copying me? ;) (even though I’m onto repeat 5 of 6, you will no doubt beat me, despite the fact that all I do is knit all day!)

  2. I think that the purse you made is prettier than the one you got for a gift. It is the colors that I think look better. Lucy looks especially beautiful today.

  3. I live in NYC and I felt the same way. We were there, we live with it every day, and we all have our own way of remembering. Personally, I choose to make myself incredibly busy and productive as a direct rebellion against what the attackers want us to do. I get on with my life of free choice and hard work, for which I am eternally grateful. That is the best way I know as a small, insignificant individual to fight back in this crazy world made by lunatics. KNIT ON!

  4. Is that KidSilk Haze Jelly? It looks like the right shade. No clue as to what you’ve got started there, though.

  5. Thanks for the links to all the beady goodness. They are incredible.

  6. Wendy, I thank you for the bead links. My husband does not *wink*
    The socks are lovely, I like them much better than that blue zit colourway.
    Lucy may think she wants a beaded fish but I’m certain she’d be better off with some kitty greenies.
    As for that blindingly rude e-mail, well, you’re right. You have the right to say, or not say, whatever you wish. That’s one of the joys of being an american.

  7. Thank you for putting that person down so beautifully. It is, indeed, YOUR blog and YOU are the mistress of it (as Lucy allows). Lace, huh? I wonder what… But we’ll all know when you’re ready to tell us :)

  8. second the alchemy haiku vote.

  9. Hear, hear. I am a Manhattanite and lived through it…I don’t need to see specials, etc. I see our scarred skyline every day when I go to work.

    Purse WAY cute and do I smell an Icarus in the making there?? hmm??

  10. I vote for Icarus too. No desire to make it, myself, but it is pretty. I am working on Miriam’s “Adamas” shawl – very much like the Flower Basket shawl I just finished. Thanks Wendy for making one that was so pretty! It inspired me (becuase the picture on the Fibertrends flyer did not).

  11. I do like the look of that laceweight! Like others, I’m gonna guess Kidsilk Haze but I’m probably completely wrong! :D

  12. Wendy, I want to thank you for NOT mentioning 9/11 in your 9/11 post. It has been all over the news and newspapers. We have all remembered the grief and feelings of helplessness from that day. It’s not something that will ever be forgotten. On a sad and somber day, I don’t need something else sad and somber to read. I come to your blog to be inspired and uplifted and encouraged in my knitting. You have always done that well, and I know you will continue to do so. I don’t read your blog for political commentary. (Although your post today on how 9/11 affects you every single day was beautifully said.)

    I’m ignoring the beading websites. I’m not letting you encourage and inspire me right into knitted beading….

  13. I applaud you for addressing this issue as you did. Thanks.

  14. It’s lace! Lace….something! And yarn!!!! (I’m good at this.)

    (I didn’t blog about the 9/11 anniversary either. Fortunately, I’m not a famous blogger-type-person, so no one was offended. It didn’t even occur to me that you were supposed to. But what you wrote applies to us all….and that’s wrenchingly sad.)

    Look….that Opal, at least in this light, matches your Lucy socks! Or rather, Lucy’s Lucy socks. (Sorry, Lucy…I slipped.)

  15. Say something or don’t. But nowhere is it an obligation. Jeez. Some people.

    Your amulet bag is awesome! Not getting sucked into it though, sorry. Grin.

    Icarus? Rowan kidsilk haze? Hmmm.

  16. Had I needed to be reminded, I had many other places to go. These are the places I go to be reminded of all the good things in the world; the places I go to take my mind off aching sadness and pain. Thank you for you handling of the situation.

  17. Wendy, you handled being scolded by an idiot much more gracefully than I would have. :) Everyone has different comfort levels as regards discussing September 11…honestly, I don’t like to discuss it much. If I were a blogger, I’d have let it slide without a mention too, I’m sure. But no one has forgotten what a horrible blow we all suffered that day, and only idiots accuse others of having forgotten. And that’s the end of my rant. :)

    No, I can’t guess what your new project is…but I LOVE that color!

  18. Funny idea that as a blogger you have to pronounce on certain matters, even if they’re a million miles from your blogging subject. And that if you don’t announce to the world that you’re feeling something, then you’re not feeling it, how silly. I would have thought that a blog is one place where you talk about what you wish to talk about, in the way in which you wish, and if anybody doesn’t like it, then they can read other blogs.

    That’s Kidsilk Haze, in Jelly. You don’t seriously expect us to recognize the pattern, do you? Although I don’t think it’s an Icarus.

  19. I’m going to vote that it’s Kidlin Pixie. The selfsame yarn I am using to knit the Wing o’ the Moth shawl.

  20. Your “duty”? Gosh. And here I thought blogging was a CHOICE.

    Oy. Some people, ya know?

  21. I felt like crap all day yesterday and only blogged about it because it made me feel better to get it off my chest. Working in NYC makes me feel the same way you do, so I totally understand.

    That must be another shawl in the making, no?

    And as usual, I love the daily Lucy pic. :) She always makes me smile.

  22. Ummm, I think it’s lace. Yup, lace. Other than that, you could be up to almost anything!

  23. Sheesh!! That was quite rude of the person.

    I hold no expectations of any of the blogs I read. If the bloggers chose to share and entertain, I’ll happily read along and comment as I feel is warranted.

    Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful blog to read. :O)

  24. I spy with my little eye — Kidsilk Haze. Jelly. Yum!

  25. Well, I had a small Sept. 11 post on my blog. But I don’t watch television about it, or listen to radio about it. I vos dere, Chollie. I’m happy to read about knitting.

  26. Sorry to comment twice, but thought you might want to know that for once, rather than offering temptation to purchase (like the Noni bag for instance), this time you’re actually tempting me to dig out that lovely silk thread & beads I bought YEARS ago, right before I quit knitting little bags.

    But yeah, I now have the Bobbles Noni bag on my knitting agenda.

    Thanks. REALLY.

  27. Sorry to comment twice, but thought you might want to know that for once, rather than offering temptation to purchase (like the Noni bag for instance), this time you’re actually tempting me to dig out that lovely silk thread & beads I bought YEARS ago, right before I quit knitting little bags.

    But yeah, I now have the Bobbles Noni bag on my knitting agenda.

    Thanks. REALLY.

  28. Amen, Wendy. Thank you. I have trouble imagining how to adequately “honor” something that haunts all of us every day. Unless it’s by remembering every day how important the good things are and being grateful that we have them. Like knitting and beads and the sweet “Lucy’s” of the world, like families, best friends, and blog buddies. We can’t go back. We can’t forget and we won’t. Not any day. Those of you who were affected by being in the places attacked have earned the right to tell the rest of us off when we get thoughtless.
    Your commenter was just that.
    (((hugs)))

  29. Your mention of 9/11 was elegant. Thank you.

  30. I must say – your amulet bag is beautiful, but that is something I would probably buy at a craft show rather than create myself. So you offer me no temptation there. The socks, however, another story altogether.

    You said it was the end of the subject so I wasn’t going to comment, but as a blogger that can see the Pentagon from her office building, I echo your sentiments. I haven’t posted since I finished my first little sock on 9/9! : )

  31. There’s the beautiful MaryElla from Knitty which I think is an easy and awesome beaded knit. http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmaryella.html Earthfaire.com sells beaded knitting kits for some lovely things as well as having the supplies for MaryElla.

  32. I found a pattern that is similar to the beautiful amulet bag that you made. Here is the web site.
    http://members.cox.net/sdsantan/bag.html
    I wish susan would make the pattern available to those of us that are too far to take her class. I would be more than happy to purchase it from her.

  33. I think we should give the person who wanted the September 11 observance some slack since we don’t know what she/he went through. No, they shouldn’t tell anyone else what to do but I’ve not walked in those shoes. I took the 11th off and felt pretty somber and depressed all day. However, it’s just my opinion – feel free to ignore.

  34. How one wishes to honor the “anniversary” of 9/11 is a very personal decision. The real question here is why would anyone give any other person grief for writing or not writing about it on their blog. It’s a free country and we worked hard for it to be that way. Perhaps the emailer should make it his/her duty to understand the freedoms we have here.
    Sorry for the rant but that just bugged me.
    I prefer to simply say Kidsilk Haze.

  35. Your tiny bag is fabulous!
    I love working with really thin needles and fine yarn, too. Don’t know why.
    There was a book I read, maybe by Jane Austin, where the heroine gave a pattern for a beaded, knitted bag to the sister of the handsome hunk, but mean gold-digger had messed the pattern up so the sister wouldn’t like the heroine. Anyone remeber the book?

  36. love the links!…..and yes!…..Lucy deserves her own beaded fish……..as to you: well…..obviously this person does not visit this site often or they would know that you are a kind, caring person and personally I sought out some normalacy without disrespecting the event or the loss of loved ones……it felt too horrible to revisit…….so thanks for being you……

  37. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that that is some yarn. And needles. ;)

  38. I’ve never seen it in person, but my guess would be kid haze silk – not sure of the color – but it looks yummy :-)

  39. Thank you! You voiced what I was feeling yesterday myself. NO ONE should tell you how to feel when you were a part of 9/11…a part that most of the country would never fathom. As a former New Yorker I had a good friend in that building. I still chat with him everyday.

    A long time ago my father and I tried to save 2 boys from drowning in Lake Michigan. I am the only survivor. Every year I hear the same story and it just brings me to tears. I feel the same way about 9/11…it is nobody’s right to tell you how to feel or mourn and sometimes people have to live with the memory of that alful day everyday.

  40. I, along with many, am glad 9/11 was not referred to yesterday in the blog. Like many, there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of that horrible, ghastly day. I read this blog to drool over the beautiful knitted items and gasp at the knitting efficiency of the Blogmistress and to escape the cares of the day. This blog makes me smile and inspires me. Am also a little jealous of the wonderful knitted work turned out so (apparently) effortlessly!

    Of course, last but by no means least, I read the blog to keep up with the goings on of Lucy!!

    Haven’t the foggiest as to the newbie on the needles, but might it be a shawl of some kind? m.

  41. Gail Lucille says:

    Dear Wendy, if there ever was a time to leave you a comment, it is now>>>
    I Love reading your Wendy Knits blog, always makes
    me feel good inside…makes me want to knit…Never ever would think anyone has the right to say rude or mean things to you, or anyone else for that matter, Life is too short too bitch & moan…But…You wrote the Perfect reply to a thoughtless human.
    You make me proud to be a Knitter.(Hi Lucy)

  42. Wendy, bravo….

    What a beautiful bag.

  43. I wrote yesterday about the day. But I think it has to be easier for those of us who were far away and were fortunate enough not to lose someone they knew and loved. And no one has an ‘obligation’ to write about any particular topic or event.

    I thank you for your blog, one of my every-day reads, and for the adorable pictures and comments you include about the lovely Lucy. I just wish your publisher would send you to the other coast for a signing or 3.

  44. You explained it perfectly. Most of us have not forgotten, and did not need to re-live the horror on the anniversary to recall it clearly. And, as you pointed out, it’s a knitting blog, and you’re under no obligation to report your thoughts on other topics, no matter what date it is. So blog (and knit) on, sista!

  45. I can’t believe someone would chastise you for not mentioning 9/11 yesterday. Sheesh . . . and when he or she could have been admiring that beautiful little bag instead? That’s just wrong!

    Oh, and I guess I shouldn’t mention the http://www.firemountaingems.com website for beads, huh?

  46. I was thinking Icarus and then noticed great minds think alike, as several guesses lean that way.:) As a side note I appreciate your thoughts on 9/11, well put and heart felt – I think that we are all entitled to have things we keep to ourselves – and many of us may choose to honor 9/11 in our own way, on our own time. I don’t think anyone can forget – those of us who live elsewhere probably don’t always “get it” quite as you described – so thank you.

  47. Oh, I sure hope it’s an Icarus. My knitting buddy made one, and it is just spectacular. I think the green would look amazing!

    And one more minion chiming in on the rude email. As another DC worker, I don’t need any special reminders of that day, either. I think the movies and docu-dramas are in poor taste. I think the politicking over the events is even worse. I hope the sender of that email is lucky enough *not* to have any personal connection to that day, other than watching it all unfold while sitting safe and sound in front of a TV. I wish that were all the connection I had to it.

    Peace.

  48. amen

  49. Wendy, You are one classy knitter.

  50. (delurking to say…) Right on* – this is YOUR space. ps – I’ll add a nice place to visit :) (*I know, this is a dated phrase)

  51. Why on earth are you obligated to blog about the anniversary of 9/11? Obviously it touched you deeply and you have no obligation to share your take on the events with us.

    Kudos for setting her right.

  52. I loved the Amulet Bag so much I ordered a kit from the recommended website. My first ever beaded project. Thanks for the inspiration Wendy!

  53. Love those little beaded purses. Had a ton of fun surfing the Perfect Purses website. I think I need to update the Rx of my glasses before I attempt one, though!

    And the mystery knit? Something with mohair, is all I can guess! And I’m sure it’ll be lovely – can’t wait to see what it is!

    [And as far as the 9/11 blogging, I feel the same way. I know two people who died in the WTC so I don't really feel the need, personally for extra-special words or moments to relive those days -- they're still right here with me all the time. A raw, open wound that has barely scabbed over. And I find it almost amusing (amazing, even) that there are folks who feel they should (or even can) dictate the content of someone else's blog. So silly and arrogant, really.]

  54. Mm! New lace! New lace! Fun!

    Oh Wendy, if you would like to try a variegated sock yarn that doesn’t pool and streak (yes, I know you do love the pooly streaky type but that’s not generally what I dye), I’ve got some superwash available now. Would you ever consider selling advertising space in your sidebar to us non-commercial yarn dyers? :)

  55. I have to thank you, twice. Five years ago, my second FO was a small amulet bag. I started a second larger one. Then I dropped some stitches. I didn’t know how to pick them up so the bag became my first knitting UFO. Your bag has inspired me. Now I’m going to have to go back and finish. It will be a lovely bag. Red with black jet faceted beads. Thank you.

    Also thank you for your comments on 9/11. I so agree. I was made to feel uncaring yesterday because I commented that I didn’t see how the victim’s loved ones were helped by annually peeling off the scab to see if the wound was still bleeding.

  56. Thank. you.

  57. You ARE a BadAss Knitter :)

    I toyed with doing something on my blog for 9/11 as I try to keep just to knitting topics as you do and I felt I had to do something besides being unconsolably sad all day…I guess I needed something more concrete because I don’t live it every single day as you do. Most of us have the “luxury” of denial most of the time.

    Thanks for sharing your perspective Wendy, even tho you didn’t have to.

  58. The purse is simply lovely, and does look slinky indeed. I have expressed already my not being a fan of the Opal colorways … what can I say. But, the mystery shot of yarn at the end does look awfully sweet. No idea what it is, but it looks so soft.

    Whoever the writer was who chastized you was completely out of line, but sometimes people are. It is a private matter, what goes on with each of us on that day and your post illustrates the fact that you never know what is in another person’s heart or mind. Each of us should tread lightly with one another in this regard.

    ~firefly

  59. susan Johnson says:

    Well said. Your space, your blog, your words. No one else to answer to but you. I, too, am an avid reader (also have your book), and your common sense approach to knitting is just like your common sense approach to life. You remember and honor 9/11 in your own way, not needing anyone else to tell you how. Good for you. Good for all of us.
    Sue J.

  60. I read your blog daily, and don’t often comment, but I wanted to say that I totally agree with your sentiments about 9/11. I don’t think any of us who lived through it will ever forget, but some of us don’t have the need to re-live it every year. I’m impressed with the way you firmly yet respectfully stood your ground.

  61. Amen on your thoughts about 9/11….from a New Yorker who ran for her life when the first tower fell…

  62. Big hugs, Wendy. I read your blog everyday, have been doing it for over a year now, and I like it the way it is. Funny, witty, and full of knitting content!

  63. Do I see a shawl coming on? As for 9/11, it’s as personal and individual as we and our knitting are- there are many ways to do the same thing. Respecting others views and ways I thought, was an unspoken blog rule.

  64. It boggles the mind that someone would think that they had the right to tell yu what to write or not write and how you should mark the day. ‘Nuff said.

    I love the picture of the bag with the quarter. Somehow the quarter puts it perfectly in perspective and I can’t believe how small it is. I have no idea what the new project is – a shawl? I can’t wait to see.

  65. What you and others who lived through it said about 9/11. I was in downtown Manhattan, and I don’t need ceremonies or the blogosphere to remind me. This year I spent the day on an airplane…wondering whether any of my fellow passengers were made uncomfortable by my pointy sticks.

    I love the amulet bag!

  66. Wendy, you summed up my own thoughts around 9/11 perfectly – thank you!

    I also noticed that I am, in fact, one of your FO’s this year, and that you, in fact, designed the pattern – is this one that’s available to the general public? – I’ve never looked so good!

  67. Quel chutzpah!

    Love the baglet. I think it will be handy for stashing a spare quarter, too. xox Kay

  68. Bravo, Wendy!

    Living in NYC, I also have the “how can I ever forget?” feeling. I used to see the Twin Towers from my office window, from my roof. I have friends that lost loved ones. We all have a little shell-shock.

    I hate when people think you have a DUTY to say something. If they want to say something, they should get their own blog and not try to talk through you.

    I love the beaded purses! Beaded knitting is a passion of mine but I never thought of trying to make those…

  69. Thank you. From the heart of this former-EMT who was on duty that day, THANK YOU for addressing that and standing your ground.

    Your only DUTY is to yourself, to please yourself. I admire your very graceful reply.

    (and your knitting. Every post, you amaze me.)

  70. Testify Wendy, Testify!

    Seriously – living in DC (or NY) and thinking about 9/11 is completely different than living in Podunck Iowa and thinking about 9/11. We deal with this crap everyday (my building was evacuated last week for a bomb scare) and it’s not right for folks to send email crap like that. Craziness.

  71. I also live in the DC area. Five years ago, I lived a 5 minute bus ride from the Pentagon and ride that bus everyday to get to work. The only reason I wasn’t there that day was because I had an out-of-town guest that I needed to drive to the airport that day around noon. Needless to say, we neither of us went anywhere for a few days. It is really hard to forget that you live in one of the biggest targets of the world.

  72. Bead (or beaded) knitting I forget which is which is completely addictive. The amulet you knitted is known as “apache” style (don’t ask, I have no idea why). Yours is quite lovely!

    I make mine with 0000 needles, and recently knitted reverseable cuff bracelets with size 8 triangle beads. If it weren’t for the stringing, my least favorite part of the process, I may not knit anything else.

  73. What a thoughtless boob to write and say that to you….I also did not post on the 11th. I mourned in silence. There wasn’t a conscious person old enough to remember that didn’t remember that day….

  74. Your “rant” was very well said! I knew you worked in a Government building but maybe the complainer didn’t know that. We all deal with stuff differently. Very well said!
    Sheri in GA (who LOVES that little purse – more yarn? more needles? beads? oh my)

  75. Good for you I always thought that was whaat freeedom was all about :-)The yarn sort of looks like KSH in Jelly but it also looks slightly variagated so maybe it isn’t

  76. In today’s world, at least here in the USA, we are reminded constantly of the potential “dangers” that surround us. Not one of us will forget where we were on that day 5 years ago. It seems to me that you are doing something highly significant and worthwhile within your communication to so many of us; you are giving us goals and ideas. Your blog makes me smile with every entry. That’s what you, I hope, will continue to do for many entries to come. Thank you.

  77. In today’s world, at least here in the USA, we are reminded constantly of the potential “dangers” that surround us. Not one of us will forget where we were on that day 5 years ago. It seems to me that you are doing something highly significant and worthwhile within your communication to so many of us; you are giving us goals and ideas. Your blog makes me smile with every entry. That’s what you, I hope, will continue to do for many entries to come. Thank you.

  78. In today’s world, at least here in the USA, we are reminded constantly of the potential “dangers” that surround us. Not one of us will forget where we were on that day 5 years ago. It seems to me that you are doing something highly significant and worthwhile within your communication to so many of us; you are giving us goals and ideas. Your blog makes me smile with every entry. That’s what you, I hope, will continue to do for many entries to come. Thank you.

  79. In today’s world, at least here in the USA, we are reminded constantly of the potential “dangers” that surround us. Not one of us will forget where we were on that day 5 years ago. It seems to me that you are doing something highly significant and worthwhile within your communication to so many of us; you are giving us goals and ideas. Your blog makes me smile with every entry. That’s what you, I hope, will continue to do for many entries to come. Thank you.

  80. I work in NYC. On Monday morning while walking to the office a firetruck raced by with sirens wailing. Most people on the sidewalk stopped to see where it was going. My heart sank. It is always a weird day and I try very hard to make it normal for me. I was glad to see that some of my daily reads were business as usual.

  81. Your non-tribute is the best tribute I have read all week.

    I’m sorry someone was so unkind to you.

    ((Hugs))

    Donna

  82. I don’t know what that wonderful green mohair is (I don’t think it’s KSH–it doesn’t appear to be wound up the same way KSH is. Maybe Alchemy?) but I can tell it’s going to be something fantastic. I hope it’s a Moth shawl! :-)

    Never mind the 9/11 twit. Your space is your space, and you get to choose what you share with your readers, and what you keep to yourself.

  83. While I don’t live in the shadow of danger as you do, 9-11 did affect all of us. We all deal with it differently. I couldn’t watch the coverage either. Living through it again would have been to much and I didn’t want to spend the weekend in tears. The world changed and our perception of daily life changed. But, we go on, we live well and free. That’s all we need to do.

  84. I love your blog. I personally refrain from criticizing personal blogs because they are just that…personal. No one asked me to read their blog, it’s just out there for viewing if you so choose. I would never chastise a blogger for speaking or not speaking to a particular topic. I read your blog for the fabulous knitting information, not for your take on world events. I would also like to thank you for continuing to focus on knitting, even with your recent success as an author. I find other well-known knitting blogs less interesting these days because they spend too much time talking about their travels and their book tours. YAWN. Having said this, I don’t write nasty comments to them–after all, it’s their blog. I just don’t bother reading them. Loved your book, by the way.

  85. I don’t know what it is, but the yarn sure is pretty!

  86. You Rock Wendy! Living within eyeshot of the Manhattan skyline as you live and work so close to the Pentagon keeps 9/11 in our daily lives. Once again, you show your class. My neice was in the south tower and we are blessed that she is here. I spoke of that to no one on Tuesday; but that doesnt mean I didnt relive the day and agonize over the friends and neighbors and parents of my son’s classmates who never made it home. It’s not in the spoken or written word that one remembers; it’s in the heart.

  87. I love the amulet bag, but I have to admit I really enjoy things I can use. Besides holding quarters, is there anything you can use it for (so I can justify making one)?

  88. More bag enabling! I’m not sure I can handle the temptation. And the green/yellow stuff (on my monitor anyway) looks like a sick spider got loose in your knitting bag. I can’t wait to see what marvelous thing it turns in to.

  89. noone has to do anything.

    people are so oh i dunno picky? judgemental? looking for a reason to pick on others?

    at any rate i love the little bag
    the sock looks nice (not my fave colors)but it looks good.

    and i cant believe someone had the gall to tell you to blog about 9/11.
    people just dont get it – especially with you being so close to the pentagon – how could you not remember?
    the attacks affected everyone differently
    i didnt have to blog about it but i did. i dont have the reader base you do but it was something i believed in.
    i respect those who wish to deal with it in their own minds.
    bravo to you for not putting up with shit from people.
    and the yarn looks nice i dont know but i agree it looks like the start of icarus

  90. Well said. I too didn’t mention anything on my blog because it’s not, for me, the place for it.

    I do not know what you are kntting, but whatever it is, I love the color.

  91. noone has to do anything.

    people are so oh i dunno picky? judgemental? looking for a reason to pick on others?

    at any rate i love the little bag
    the sock looks nice (not my fave colors)but it looks good.

    and i cant believe someone had the gall to tell you to blog about 9/11.
    people just dont get it – especially with you being so close to the pentagon – how could you not remember?
    the attacks affected everyone differently
    i didnt have to blog about it but i did. i dont have the reader base you do but it was something i believed in.
    i respect those who wish to deal with it in their own minds.
    bravo to you for not putting up with shit from people.
    and the yarn looks nice i dont know what it is but i agree it looks like the start of icarus

  92. noone has to do anything.

    people are so oh i dunno picky? judgemental? looking for a reason to pick on others?

    at any rate i love the little bag
    the sock looks nice (not my fave colors)but it looks good.

    and i cant believe someone had the gall to tell you to blog about 9/11.
    people just dont get it – especially with you being so close to the pentagon – how could you not remember?
    the attacks affected everyone differently
    i didnt have to blog about it but i did. i dont have the reader base you do but it was something i believed in.
    i respect those who wish to deal with it in their own minds.
    bravo to you for not putting up with shit from people.
    and the yarn looks nice i dont know what it is but i agree it looks like the start of icarus

  93. Your duty as a blogger???? What’s that supposed to mean? The only duty you have is… well, frankly, none that I can think of. Thank you for being a blogger and sharing with the rest of us.

  94. Wendy, I feel privileged to read your blog. It is a daily read, because the content is knitting, the style is witty and I love pictures of cats. All bases covered then :-)

    No matter what one’s taste or interests are, at the end of the day, this is YOUR blog, and the content is nobody’s business but yours.

  95. No idea but I LOVE it.

  96. Isn’t freedom of speech about the choice to speak on or not speak on any given subject at any given time? It isn’t freedom if you have to do/say the same things as others are doing/saying.

    I love how your amulet bag turned out and those beaded fish kits are very tempting to make a mobile (put very high) for a little one.

    I’m going to guess that you are starting on another shawl.

  97. I’m certainly not the first to quess lace. I also thought about the Icarus shawl…which is lovely…but I don’t think that’s what you’re doing. I love the colorway, green is my favorite color. I know we won’t be in suspense long. :)

  98. Lovely purse!
    Maybe the person who wrote that to you doesn’t live in a place where the memories are so close at hand.
    I was very close to the Pentagon also. I remember the fear that a plane would crash into my building. I hoped that I would live to see my children again.
    I’m glad you kept to knitting content – a welcome distraction.

  99. Thank you. Thank you for not making a political post about 9/11. Thank you for honestly letting us in on how the memory has affected your life, without being ridiculous. Not that I’d have expected anything less from you (several months a reader, new commentator). And thank you for your blog! It’s nice to read about/see some beautiful knitting on my breaks. Helps get me through the workday. -N*

  100. RE 9/11 – thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, your loyal readers. Well said, as always, and clearly, deeply felt. Thank you.

    It is your blog. You have the right to say or not to say what you want. I support you 1000%.

    Love to Lucy!