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.

What’s It All About, Alpine?

There’s something about the Alpine lace.

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It’s certainly not the most complicated lace I’ve ever knitted.

It’s not the biggest lace piece I’ve undertaken.

But there’s something about it. I just love it.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m extraordinarily picky about the lace projects I make. If there’s one little element that I don’t like, I dismiss the pattern. It takes me forever to pick a project to knit. When I selected the Alpine lace from Victorian Lace Today, I thought to myself, “This is acceptable.”

Then I went Into The Stash to find a yarn for it. The Morehouse Merino laceweight singles that had been marinating there seemed like a good choice, so out it came.

As soon as I started knitting it, I fell in love. The yarn is wonderful to knit. It’s soft and sproingy and has the rough-hewn look of handspun. And I think it is perfect for this lace. The combination of the yarn and the lace pattern just clicks for me.

I like a lace pattern that’s got a lot going on — I don’t like lots of “blank places” in my lace, and this pattern certainly does have a lot going on. It’s densely populated lace. icon smile Whats It All About, Alpine? And I’m not bored with the never-ending rose leaves in the center because of the diamonds on the border — they add some welcome variety to the knitting.

In short — it’s fun. And I am inspired to keep knitting on it because I am very anxious to block it and see what it’s gonna look like blocked.

Hey, Guess What?

When you knit socks in sportweight sock yarn, they go really really fast.

The Serendipity sock yarn has 241 yards per skein, and I bought one skein for a pair of socks. As usual, I split it into two balls and am knitting toe up. Here’s the first sock:

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The ball is what’s left of the first half. Enough for a decent length on the leg, I think.

Polly asked:
I must ask, have you had any problems with felting with the superwash merinos? It’s never been a problem for me until yesterday when my STRs felted. I am distraught. How do your socks hold up in the wash or are you one for handwashing them?

Arrrgh! I’m so sorry to hear about your STRs felting!

I wash my socks in the machine. I put them in a mesh bag and use the delicate cycle (cold wash. cold rinse). I confess that I even put them in the dryer, but I take them out when they are still damp, and lay them out on a towel to finish drying.

I have one pair of STR socks that I’ve worn and washed in the manner multiple times, and no felting yet. The only thing I can guess is that my machine’s gentle cycle is a lot gentler than yours.

Lisa asked
I have a question about (appropriately enough) sock gauge swatches. Do you knit them flat in stockinette stitch? Do you knit a very small tube? I’m always confused when a sock pattern says “make a gauge swatch”, but don’t specify whether the swatch is flat or in the round! icon sad Whats It All About, Alpine?

Well, I know that when you are knitting in the round, you are supposed to do your swatch in the round. But I don’t. I knit them flat in stockinette. And for socks, my swatch usually consists of — cast on 12 stitches and work in stockinette for 12 rows.

Lucy’s Rough Afternoon

Actually, Lucy’s had a rough couple of days.

A couple of evenings ago, when I was sitting on the couch, knitting, she came out of the master bedroom. limping. Apart from the limp, she’s been perfectly normal, and I couldn’t find a thing wrong with her little foot or leg. But she was still limping this morning so I took off work early and took her to the vet this afternoon.

The vet discovered that her knee on her right rear leg was swollen and said that it seems likely she pulled a muscle or tendon, most likely jumping off something, and that she should recover in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, Lucy is on light duty. No heavy lifting or playing!

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“I had a tough afternoon and my knee has a boo-boo!”

Comments

  1. Sending nose kisses, belly rubs and gentle petting for Miss Lucy. Your leg will feel all better soon little girl…take it easy…no Olympic tryouts for you. Tell you mom I love her shawl and can’t wait to see it blocked.

  2. Poor Lucy! I’ll bet she’s happy not to be in a cast, which happened to one of mine when he fell wrong. Perry & I are sending soft pats, smoochies, tuna treats and best wishes.

  3. Sorry to hear about Lucy’s boo-boo. :(
    And, I love the title of your post today…Just watched the Michael Caine version of Alfie a week or so ago…can’t say that I’ve watched the Jude Law remake…

  4. Shirley, in PA says:

    Poor Lucy. I’m so sorry she’s hurt. She must be kept on silks and satins and fed chicken and tuna and allowed to watch her favorite movies. I love the way your shawl is looking – heirloom quality. Can’t wait to see it blocked.

  5. Patricia says:

    Beautiful shawl! The sock is pretty hot too!

    Get better soon Lucy!

  6. Sorry to hear about Lucy’s knee! When I lived in an apartment in Minneapolis years ago, my Lucy and Linus would hurt their back legs a lot because they would get them stuck in the ClosetMaid brand shelves with the white metal slats on them when they tried to jump off. I couldn’t restrict access to the shelves because there was no door on that closet in the apartment and they don’t exactly let you add framing and drywall to apartments these days. I hate it when one of my animals gets hurt.

    I recall the vet telling me to keep my 80 lb dog “quiet” after he nearly died from eating a plant my friend’s mom dug up in my yard. I was going to dig up the plant and throw it away due to it being poisonous to dogs. She wanted to plant it at her house and then dug it up and left part of it sitting in the yard. I wasn’t home when she dug it up and didn’t know this had happened, so my dog had his usual unrestricted access to the yard and ate the poisonous plant. Once he was feeling better, it was tough to keep him “quiet.” Animals are so stoic about their injuries and you always know it’s probably worse than it seems. I’m sure that’s way too much information. Hope Lucy feels better soon.

    Love the alpine lace, btw. Absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t attempted any complicated lace, but this inspires me to consider it.

  7. I’m sorry to hear about Lucy’s leg. I hope she gets better.
    I’m loving your Alpine Lace. Its making me want to finish my Cap shawl and give Alpine a second try.

  8. I am always inspired by your work. You make me feel, I a novice knitter can one day achieve. As for poor Lucy, loads of love,fresh chicken and special woolly places to sleep are definately the order of the day.Get well soon precious princess! My boy recovered from major stomach surgery with this recipe.

  9. Lucy – take it easy and use this opportunity to get as much spoiling as you can from Mom.. We know how to do that real good! And tell Mom that our Mom says the shawl is fab!

    Jesse, Charlie, and Belle (Ricki’s kids)

  10. [::] Here’s a bandaid for you, Lucy!

    The sock is looking great. Do you have any suggestions to help me with ssk? My decreases on my first sock are making me crazy! I don’t know if my stitches are too tight (I’m on the toe – top down sock) or what, but these toothpick needles and skinny yarn are giving me fits. Any tips you can give will be most appreciated.

  11. Isabelle says:

    Beautiful lace and great socks! Your projects are always inspiring. Sorry to hear about Lucy. Letting her rest on an electric heating pad (set on low and only under human supervision) might help her feel better. (We used to do that with our elderly gentleman cat when he’d pull something.)

  12. I really like how the Serendipity sock is looking!!

    Please give Lucy some scritches from me. I hope she gets to feeling better soon.

  13. Sherilan says:

    This is an exceptionally good picture of Lucy today!

  14. keep an eye on that feline beauty – my admittedly aged kitty took to limping a couple of years ago – and it turned out to be an infection that took a couple of rounds of antibiotics to fix. it was very odd – nothing external. and she’s all better now. well except for the bad teeth and unattractive cyst that we’re ignoring.

  15. Aw! Poor Lucy. :( Hugs and nosekiss to the poor dear and wishes for a speedy recovery.

    BTW, you’ve got me itching to try the Alpine Lace. It’s just gorgeous!

  16. The Alpine Shawl is almost enough to get me over my avoidance of lace. Almost. Then I remember that when I knit lace my mind wanders and, oops, ugly lace.

  17. Love & ear-scratches to you, Lucy!

    The Alpine Lace is gorgeous! I admit to having the exact opposite requirement of my lace projects; I like them NOT to have a whole lot going on. But I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to lace. Maybe someday I’ll want a real challenge, but right now I want something that I have only a slight chance of totally messing up. :)

  18. awww! kisses, lucy!!! get well soon!

  19. Wendy- I was looking at the Alpine Lace pattern, and it is a true knitted lace, as opposed to lace knitting. I have begun the Spider Web Full Hexagon, which is ginormous.

    Kiss the boo-boo for me.

  20. Poor Lucy, I’m sorry to be laughing, but her circumstances have brought to mind a story my friend told me about her new kitten.
    Finnegan was evidently a less than graceful puss in his youth and managed to fall from the back of the couch and land badly. First time kitty mom panicked and started looking for something to ice his injury with. Sadly, all she could find was a frozen lamb chop. *snicker* She spent the evening defrosting her dinner while trying to keep her 10 week old kitten quiet. Oh, and this friend? Pre-Finn claimed to not be a cat person.

  21. I hope Lucy feels better really soon!
    I have been admiring the Alpine lace ever since you started it (I have a weakness for leafy patterns). How do you think it would look in black? I ‘rescued’ some black laceweight from my mom, because she will never use it and wanted me to make something that shape. I love the lighter colors though usually, I’d hate to do all that work and have it look bad.

  22. Owie! Poor Lucy! Do you have to immobilize her leg so it can heal more efficiently?

    Muffin sends Get Well Wishes, too!

  23. Steph B. says:

    I really love the shawl. I have the book too and feel like I’m just spoilt for choice and so I’m still just looking and dreaming…
    Nimue and Egbert send purrs to Lucy. Hope she’s feeling well soon.

  24. Wendy,
    The same thing happened to my Maine Coon Cat, Gracie. She used to like sitting on top of my bookcases and to get down she had to jump to a counter below. After a few days of rest, she was just fine. It is hard to keep cats “down”.

    Shelley

  25. {{{{{hugs}}}}} to Lucy.

    I had a kitty–KC–who managed to dislocate one of her hind leg “hocks.” I absolutely thought I was imagining things because it would pop out, then back in. She had to have surgery (right after my freaked out trip to the vet’s)–they figured she had landed badly after a very long jump (she was notorious for getting into very high places). She recovered very nicely from that and I hope Lucy does too. Cats just don’t seem to take the advice to “slow down and take it easy” very seriously ;-)

    Love you Alpine lace and I know what you mean about that yarn; I have some of the monet dyed yarn (gorgeous for scarves) and it has the same qualities–very different from other lace yarns I’ve used. A wee bit more straw to pick out too :-) but worth it.

  26. Poor Lucy. Maybe she and my Micha would like to commiserate? Micha had to go to the vet for her shot today. She peed on me ’cause she REALLY didn’t want to go…..

  27. {{{{{hugs}}}}} to Lucy.

    I had a kitty–KC–who managed to dislocate one of her hind leg “hocks.” I absolutely thought I was imagining things because it would pop out, then back in. She had to have surgery (right after my freaked out trip to the vet’s)–they figured she had landed badly after a very long jump (she was notorious for getting into very high places). She recovered very nicely from that and I hope Lucy does too. Cats just don’t seem to take the advice to “slow down and take it easy” very seriously ;-)

    Love your Alpine lace and I know what you mean about that yarn; I have some of the monet dyed yarn (gorgeous for scarves) and it has the same qualities–very different from other lace yarns I’ve used. A wee bit more straw to pick out too :-) but worth it.

  28. Poor Lucy =(

    She wasn’t trying to dismount off a horse was she? That’s how I trashed my knee two weeks. I’ll send her my crutches and my knee immobilizer. =)

  29. Vibes to Lucy that she’s back to normal soon. My Pollie, a Siamese girl, dislocated her knee, while jumping down from her indoor tree. Being the dramatic girl that she is, you would have thought she was dying. It *was* quite painful and took a long time to heal. She didn’t need surgery, thank goodness.

  30. Darn! I didn’t get any Zen String because it’s so much for one skein and it says on Sheri’s website that you need two skeins for a pair. I guess I should have looked at the yardage…I have started knitting toe up with your pattern.

  31. I remember when my Puma had her hysterectomy the vet said, “Don’t let her jump around for a few days.” HAH! Feel better soon, Lucy darling, and stay off those high places. (Your lace is gorgeous, Wendy.)

  32. Yes, there certainly is something about your Alpine Lace … it’s beautiful.

    Oh poor Lucy. We can commiserate with you. Mirabel my cocker spaniel (who I fondly call the high maintenance girl) had an unexpected trip to the vet today. Yesterday, Mirabel & Sammy, my toy poodle, went to the groomer. After I picked them up she seemed fine. We came home they ate. A little while later we went for a short walk. Then last night I’m in my office and Mirabel couldn’t relax. She’s was just either sitting or standing. This went on for a few hours. Then we went to sit on the couch & she wanted to come up, but wasn’t & was looking at me for help. So I picked her up & she let out a loud yelp. She came up on me & just stood on me for about a half hr. When we went to bed, she couldn’t get comfy, she looked like she was in pain, but she wouldn’t let me look at her belly, etc. We hardly slept all nite. This AM I called the vet & took her in. Of course, she’s so happy to see people & be at the vet she’s acting fine. Fortunately, I had been able to find the swollen bumpy area so I pointed it out. They drained it a bit & tested it. (She was not happy about the needle). We don’t know what it is or what it’s from. It doesn’t appear to be a bug bite. It could be that somehow she banged herself hard & it’s a bruise w/ blood. They gave us pain meds (well, actually just her … even tho I’ve come to realize when your pet is sick you “feel the pain” because you worry plus they don’t let you sleep) She’s also on an antibiotic. Thankfully, she seems so much better already. We’ll keep our fingers and paws crossed for both Lucy and Mirabel.

  33. Chaos and Mayhem send get well wishes and lots of purring (because it’s healing!) to Lucy!

  34. Debra in NC says:

    Awwww……poor Lucy! I hope that she’s feeling better soon. But, she does need to take it easy for at least a few days so that her injury has a chance to heal.

    My dog sends her sympathy, she too had to make a sort of emergency visit to her vet this Monday. She somehow got bit by something (we’re not sure if it was a bee or wasp or something else) right on her right cheek and it developed a nasty allergic hotspot. They had to shave half of her face, scrub it clean, then they gave her an allergy shot. Now she’s on antibiotics for 2 weeks and has to wear a satelite dish over her head (e-collar) whenever we can’t supervise her.

  35. Love the shawl, it is tooooooo beautiful. I doubt I’ll ever knit anything like that, but I love looking at patterns for this type of thing.

    Darling kitty! Please take care of yourself. Please be careful when you jump! I know Mom will spoil you with goodies, head& tummy rubs and attention. Feel better soon.

    luv.m.

  36. I don’t leave a comment often, but I do read your blog everyday. I really like how your alpine lace wrap is turning out. Those diamonds are very pretty.

    Sorry to hear about Lucy’s injury. When I was little, my grandmother had a big orange cat, Max, who started limping. She took him to the vet, where he was given a cortisone shot. He was great for quite a while, but then he started holding his paw up again. Before Grandma Frances could decide if she needed to take him back to the vet, she noticed that he did not limp when he thought he was undetected (he was outside on his leash and she was watching through a window), but if she went outside he would start to limp again (he also made the mistake of sometimes changing which paw he held up–little brain). She had a steroid abuser-wannabe kitty. The vet agreed with Grandma that he did not need more meds, and after a few days Max gave up trying and stopped limping. I know Lucy would never behave in such a nefarious manner, but I thought you might enjoy the story.

  37. Awww poor Lucy :o( Although it is amusing to think of cats having knees ;o)
    Thank you for the sock update which let me know, as a novice sock knitter, that I can get a pair out of 1 skein of sportweight. I have recently added a couple of sportweights to my stash after having only bought and used fingering, and it didn’t even occur to me that I might need more than one skein – doh! Such a rookie!

  38. oh boy … tell Ms Loose to get it together – I almost had that same experience a few days ago when the little badcat jumped from the top of the kitchen cabinet (you’ve been here) to the kitchen floor (probably about 8 feet away) without using the middle jumping-off spot aka the dishwasher counter, and was limping for a couple of minutes – I freaked, she recovered with the help of some tasty treats and now is fine – I’m sure that Lady L will be 100 percent sooner rather than later -

  39. Poor Lucy. ;_; I’m sure she’ll make good use of an excuse to be pampered more, though.

    I love to Alpine pattern, mostly because of the border diamonds. I don’t know what it is about diamond patterns, but I have yet to find one that I dislike.

  40. The shawl is coming along beautifully!

    Get better soon Lucy!

  41. Interesting to read how you pick your lace projects, makes perfect sense :) Lovely sock, and poor Lucy — hope she feels better real soon!

  42. Oh no. Poor Lucy. Get better soon pretty kitty.

    You should try socks in worsted weight. They fly off the needled. =)

  43. Oh no! Poor Lucy. I’m happy nothing is broken, though. My Punkin jumped down off a tv tray, knocking it over and scaring himself. Well, he took off so fast, he must have come down on his hind foot wrong, because the contraction of his muscles actually fractured his own leg! Yowch!! The poor thing was in a cast in the biggest dog cage we could find AND an Elizabethan collar (to add insult to injury) for upwards of 2 months.

    The vet told us that pound for pound, cats are stronger than orangutans. That surprised us. Who knew?

    Get better Lucy! It could be lots worse…at least you get lap time!

  44. Your shawl looks great, im looking into my first lace project-harder than i thought to pick one i think will be good. :)
    Please give Lucy kisses on her boo-boo from me and my 2 kitties :)

  45. The lace is as beautiful as are all of your projects. I’m just working up to knitting the lovely new ‘Moonlight Sonata’ shawl free at Elann (http://elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=206024); with only 2 lace projects done, this pattern, with no plain reverse, is a new challenge for me.

    Midnight sends sympathy to Lucy. Years ago I had a cat who hit the edge of a metal magazine rack when leaping down from a height. She developed impact gangrene (!) and needed surgery and an Elizabethan collar. I hope Lucy’s leg is better soon.

  46. raja sends kisses and hugs to lucy :-)

  47. Poor Lucy! Get better quick, kitty. If you play your cards right, you can get Wendy to bribe you to lie around and eat treats.

    I have a friend whose very active dog had arthroscopic ACL surgery. She had to keep him inactive until his knee healed, so he ended up being crated a lot of the time. He’s a medium-sized dog, so she borrowed one of my large-sized dog crates, which the orthopedic vet said was just fine. The dog liked the crate, too. Or maybe he liked the chewies he got when he was in it.

    Now that I’ve seen the Alpine scarf in progress, I’m thinking of knitting one myself in Knitpicks Shimmer. The last time I knitted anything major in lace was in the ’60s, when I knitted several lacy shells in Spinnerin mohair. I think I’m going to knit the Syrian pattern shawl first, also in Shimmer, for practice. It looks a little less complex.

  48. I feel so bad about Polly’s socks… I wanted to comment on the felted STR’s… I machine wash all my socks that claim to be washable, but I put them in a lingerie bag to avoid snagging and rubbing against rougher stuff, AND I have a front loading washer. I don’t think I’d be comfortable agitating hand-knits in a conventional top-loader… plus, some of those top-loaders are really rough on clothes – especially the older ones. Polly can tell how rough her agitator is by checking out how much lint gets into the lint filter in her washer (not the dryer filter). Hopefully this little discussion will help someone else avoid her pain.

    As for poor little Lucy, if she’s anything like my beloved felines, bed rest shouldn’t be a real chore. An excuse to increase rest time from 18 to 23 hours a day? Sign them up!!

  49. I feel so bad about Polly’s socks… I wanted to comment on the felted STR’s… I machine wash all my socks that claim to be washable, but I put them in a lingerie bag to avoid snagging and rubbing against rougher stuff, AND I have a front loading washer. I don’t think I’d be comfortable agitating hand-knits in a conventional top-loader… plus, some of those top-loaders are really rough on clothes – especially the older ones. Polly can tell how rough her agitator is by checking out how much lint gets into the lint filter in her washer (not the dryer filter). Hopefully this little discussion will help someone else avoid her pain.

    As for poor little Lucy, if she’s anything like my beloved felines, bed rest shouldn’t be a real chore. An excuse to increase rest time from 18 to 23 hours a day? Sign them up!!

  50. Oh, poor Lucy. Hope she’s feeling better soon. Your shawl is lovely, and I’m inspired to start knitting some lace soon.

  51. I hope Lucy recovers well and fast!

  52. Lucy, you poor kitty! I’m so sorry your knee has a boo-boo and I hope you feel better very soon.
    hugs & kisses for you.

    The shawl and sock are looking great, Wendy.

  53. I must admit, I don’t swatch for socks…since I’m such a slow knitter I go ahead and start and then measure my gauge after I’ve gone a bit (I’m a top down)…for some reason I don’t feel so bad ripping it out, and I actually feel better when I go back to knitting it once more since I know what I’m supposed to be doing. :)

  54. Bless Lucy’s little kitty heart. Tell her Lexi sends kitty kisses and wishes her well.

  55. HI Wendy

    I love your shawl and am keen to see it blocked as well. Lace knitting was a passion of mine at one stage and I am starting to feel the itch to knit it again! :) I too have Victorias lace and have been very strong and not read it yet as I have been busy on exhibition and commission knitting but soon…soon.

    I do have a question tho. Sorry to hear about Lucy’s knee. We are the devoted owners, no slaves to a calico cat called Patches. In New Zealand of course cats have free range and go outside. You seem to live in an apartment? is that right. [ Just going off your snow pics ] Does Lucy go out side at all? How do you find this? I can’t imagine trying to stop our cat…she is such a good hunter and loves playing in the garden when I am weeding etc. I suppose an inside cat would be used to it. Anyway just wondering??

    Cheers

  56. Kisses and snuggles for Lucy. Hope she’s feeling better soon.

  57. Hi Wendy! I love your lace-it looks dainty and snuggly all at the same time! I saw this and thought of you and your sock blockers: http://www.feltupdesigns.com/sockblocker_keychains.htm

  58. i love the morehouse laceweight too—in fact, it’s one of the few really thin yarns i have truly enjoyed knitting with, and would knit with again many times over. it’s the only wool laceweight i’ve worked with that is soft enough (i’m not counting the cashmere i knit casino with).
    i think it’s a brilliant choice for the alpine shawl; how much more alpine can you get than winter white merino raised in the catskill mountains??

  59. So sorry to hear Lucy has an injury, thank goodness it’s a minor one! She’ll be back up in no time! (So I guess we’ll see a lot of Lucy basking pictures for a while. As if that’s any trial.)

    Alpine Lace is gorgeous. I’m also looking forward to seeing it blocked, but it’s looking pretty huge in its unblocked state – do you anticipate that it will grow much in size when you block? (or were you stretching it out a little for photographing and you won’t stretch it much more in blocking?).

    I’m new to this whole blocking idea – other than a few steam-blocked items, 1 real-blocked mohair scarf and some baby booties, I’m a rank beginner.

  60. Theresa in Italy says:

    Get well soon, Lucy!

    Wendy, thanks for showing us your Serendipity sock in progress—I too bought only one skein and was kinda wondering what kind of mileage I’d get out of it (given that I have very long feet). And if you don’t mind hearing it one more time, the Alpine lace is just gorgeous.

  61. Awwww!!! Move over, beautiful lace and sock knitting…. Lucy has a booboo! Smooches and love and admiration for you Miss Lucy. Heaven knows you surely don’t get ALL the attention you so richly deserve just from Mommy and Daddy!

    I’m really loving the Alpine lace – gotta get me that book! I’m working on my first genuine laceweight project and wow, it’s got me hook line and sinker!

  62. anne marie in philly says:

    meredith and steven send their (((((hugs))))) to lucy for a quick recovery.

    take it easy, sweet girl. make your momma wait on you hand and foot (like she doesn’t already…).

  63. I’d be happy to offer a lap to Lucy to lounge on while she recovers. I dislocated my hip (for the second time since December) two weeks ago, so I feel for the little lady.

  64. Poor Lucy! The P-Man and I hope you feel better very soon!

  65. Poor Lucy! The P-Man and I hope you feel better very soon!

  66. THe Alpine lace is looking beautiful. It’s on my list but now I have the wheel, the list is getting longer and not progressing much at the moment :-)
    Hope Lucy is feeling better soon – pulled muscles are no fun.

  67. The lace is very pretty! I read your book, Wendy Knits, the other day. Very enjoyable! I’ll be knitting at least three of the patterns for summer… =)

  68. Nancy Hart says:

    Best wishes to your sweet kitty. And the lace looks just lovely. Can’t wait to see it blocked.

  69. That piece of Alpine Lace is very beautiful. I am about to start on my first lace piece in quite some time and it is inspiring to see your work.

    And now, our new puppy Blu would like to give a shout out to Lucy … here he goes:

    “Woof. I like you. Our colors match, kind of. Later.”

    Best,
    firefly and Blu

  70. Poor Lucy! I hope she’s feeling better soon. My cat had his patella slip out once, it was very scary for all of us. He’s never had it happen since then though.

    I’m intrigued by your lace experiences. I’m trying my first, but am having trouble sticking with it. I’ve tried three patterns already, and still haven’t gotten into a groove.

  71. I can’t wait to see how your alpine lace looks blocked too, come on, hurry up ;) Just kidding. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I hope Lucy’s feeling better soon.

  72. We had a cat once who blew out her ACL. (We guess this was because we’d moved from a house with hard wood to a house with carpet.) But the vet told us not to worry because cats’ will eventually heal themselves — and it did, for the most part. Good luck to Lucy; I hope she’s mended soon!

  73. Must have been all that interpretive dancing Lucy did the other day. Have her stick with some kitty yoga (stretching and holding) for a few days and she should be back to laying on your knitting in no time at all.

  74. Awww! Feel better Miss Lucy. That’s the worst thing about pets, they can’t tell you what’s wrong. I’m just getting to know the joys of kitty mom paranoia. I adopted a cat about three weeks ago, and he throws up periodically. I’m usually not with him when he does it, but from some grassroots investigation, I think that it’s just hairballs and whatever else happens to be in his stomach when he expels the hairball. (I hope!) He needs to get a rabies shot soon anyway, so I’ll ask the vet when I take him to get it.

    I love the Serendipity sock yarn! The colorway is fantastic!!

  75. I am _so_ relieved to hear you’re getting good mileage out of the Serendipity – I bought a skein last week and divided it in two and thought sad things (about not having enough) – but looks like I’ll be good to go. I’m gonna push my luck and try it on a 3 with something like 40 or 45 sts (I usually use 48 with Koigu and that fits me perfect).

    Thanks for the progress pics – best,

  76. The Meezer (and I) send our best get-well wishes to Lucy! Sore knees are NO FUN…
    (The socks look cool, Wendy!)
    (((hugs)))

  77. Oh poor Lucy girl! Give her boo-boo a kiss for me – Mack and Lucy send cheek rubs.

    Love how Alpine is progressing. I just ordered some Helen’s Lace to make one for my sister, and can’t wait to get started.

  78. OOOHHHHHHHHHH!!! Pooooor Lucy!! She has such a good Momma to take her to the vet so promptly. Lots of hugs and kisses for Lucy.

    I too love your lace! It is absolutely beautiful!

    WendyT

  79. OOOHHHHHHHHHH!!! Pooooor Lucy!! She has such a good Momma to take her to the vet so promptly. Lots of hugs and kisses for Lucy.

    I too love your lace! It is absolutely beautiful!

    WendyT

  80. Oh no poor Lucy, I hope she takes it easy and gets well soon.

    The Alpine Lace is looking lovely.

  81. OOOHHHHHHHHHH!!! Pooooor Lucy!! She has such a good Momma to take her to the vet so promptly. Lots of hugs and kisses for Lucy.

    I too love your lace! It is absolutely beautiful!

    WendyT

  82. OOOHHHHHHHHHH!!! Pooooor Lucy!! She has such a good Momma to take her to the vet so promptly. Lots of hugs and kisses for Lucy.

    I too love your lace! It is absolutely beautiful!

    WendyT

  83. Lucy – GET WELL SOON – I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

    Love to Wendy and KOARC!

  84. The Six-Pack + 1 send purrs and headbonks Lucy’s way!
    I have a question about sock yarn – I’m all about instant gratification. When I saw that your Zen Serendipity was sport weight, I trucked on off to purchase some. Alas, it was all gone!
    What other sport weight sock yarns do you love?
    Thanks in advance!

  85. I hope Lucy feels better soon! Maybe curling up on your lap to hamper all of that beautiful lace knitting will help?

  86. Awww…Lucy! That’s not good! It never occured to me that they could pull muscles…

    The more I see of your shawl, the more I think I could probably attempt that one. I can’t wait to see it blocked!

  87. Poor Lucy. I have a persian seal point given to us by someone who was allergic. I told our Phoebe about Lucy and she sends get well kitty hugs to Lucy.

  88. Poor Lucy. Serendipity sends wishes that she get better soon as she knows how bad jumps can do that. Poor Sara sprained knee/ankle when she had a little fall during the construction phase at my home. Light duty and some prednisone and she was better in about a week.

  89. I know this coment may get lost in the 88 previous, but I have to say I love the colors of that sock, and I like the lace because it looks like 2 project peices in one :)

    Thanks!
    Gia

  90. Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy says:

    Meow meow, meow meow, meow meow, OW! And then meow, meow, meow! Wow! Meow! Me! Now! Meow. And then prrrrrrrrrrr.

    (transl: Gwyndolyn sympathizes and tells Lucy to take it easy, let Momma wait on her, cuddle, and get well soon. Meow.)

  91. My first comment here!

    Oh Lucy is adorable! And your socks look great.

  92. Barkley and I both hope Lucy recovers very soon. Barkley thinks that showing her his pictures should help make her feel better!!! : )

  93. Oh poor Lucy! My new dog Barnabus went cuckoo in the backyard when we had that first really nice day of spring, and he went and sprained his little knee. Poor animals! Hurting themselves doing what they love. :) At least they have us to take great care of them! GET WELL SOON, LUCY!!!

  94. Looks like Alpine is comming along fast. Are we going to have a FO on Sunday?

  95. Yeah, as a general rule, the only manly socks I make are with sport or worsted weight. I have some fingering weight manly socks in the UFO pile. I should have married a woman with size 5 feet. I’m glad your socks are knitting up speedily!

    I hope things go with with Lucy!! Under the weather pets are so sad!!! I just want to stay home and cuddle mine when they’re hurt or sick!

  96. Hi Wendy,

    I am so sorry to hear about Lucy and hope she
    is well on the way to recovery. I understand
    how you are feeling and trying to keep her
    from doing to much. We had a cat called Jasper
    and he broke one of his legs and they had to
    put a pin in his leg, so we hired a large cat
    cage to keep him in while we were at work it
    was like a play pen. He could move around and
    and we kept everything he need while we were
    out in it.
    Wishing Lucy a speedy recovery.

    Robyn

  97. Poor baby. Hope she heals quickly!
    (I was afraid you were going to say that she got the tainted cat food)
    No heavy lifting? haha