My current work in progress:

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


Dismal . . .

I was dozing off to sleep last night when I heard the sound of helicopters. I got up and looked out my window — traffic on the highway was at a standstill, at close to 11:00pm. I heard police sirens and more helicopters. So I knew the sniper had hit again.

Sure enough, another person had been shot and killed, this time very close to where I live. The police had shut down a number of major roads in an effort to catch the sniper.

So I laid awake last night, listening to sirens and helicopters. And I kept getting up to check the news online, hoping to see that the murderer had been caught. I finally fell asleep less than three hours before my alarm went off, but kept waking up. I’m tired.

But on to knitting.


Izzy was happy to stay snuggled on the couch yesterday — the weather’s turned a bit cooler.

She was a big help with the knitting, we got a lot done on the sleeve. Progress photo here.

The increases are coming along fine — I’m keeping track of them closely so have no problems incorporating them into the pattern.

As per usual, I’m not increasing at the frequency directed by the pattern. The pattern says to increase every fifth row — I’m doing it every fourth row. Why? My experience is that by the time I’m done with the increases, I’m pretty damned close to having the required length of the sleeve. I often like to shorten sleeves a little, so I like a bit of room to negotiate, as it were.


  1. Hi Wendy. I have been unable to sleep this evening too and turned on the tv. As I sat and spun I was thinking of you and all those who must endure this. I wish I could do something but I guess all I can do is to send good thoughts and prayers.

    Thank you for the continued inspiration from Izzy and yourself.

    On knitting news..I asked Kate to explain to me (I needed the visuals) your toe up sock at the last Snb. I seem to be making large holes as I pick up the stitches that were wrapped on the purl side of things. This is the second attempt. grrrr.
    I will get it eventually. Hang in there and know that many people are keeping you and your neighbours in their thoughts. (Sorry this is kinda sounding religious and I don’t mean it to. )

  2. Thanks Ruby ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hang in there Wendy. The sniper thing is horrible… another form of terrorism. Stay safe.

  4. Caroline F says:

    Scary that it was so close to you. I hope they catch this guy soon.
    I did exactly the same thing on my Valtos sleeve increases because otherwise the proportions weren’t right and the sleeve would have been too tight. I got a bit up the sleeve then realized the ribbing was too long and out of proportion to the body ribbing, so I went all the way back and did it again.

  5. Ah Caroline, great minds think alike ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. {{{HUGS}}} Here’s wishing you a good night’s sleep and peaceful rest tonight. I can’t imagine what it’s like being so close to those attacks. Keep on knitting and stay safe. Mike, Kelly, and I are sending prayers your way. :-)) (Of course, you can always head out our way to the Midwest where nothing much happens except a tornado or two, wind chills well below zero, oh and a tremor or two since there’s a major fault that runs through here! )

  7. In a way there’s a sense of unreality about the whole thing. You just carry on and do your normal stuff because what else can you do? And we joke abut it at work. When I left the office on Friday, one of my coworkers said, “Don’t forget — keep movng!” and we both laughed. But there’s a note of seriousness there too. I think I’m pretty safe in the because I come into work so early, but I feel like a sitting duck in the afternoon. And I’m dreading having to go to the grocery store!

    But like you say, at least the weather isn’t conspiring against us!

    Thanks everyone for your good wishes! xxx

  8. I was thinking of you last night too when I saw the newsflash about the latest shooting. You’ve had one hell of a year – 9/11, anthrax scares, sniper. I hope and pray this all goes away very, very soon.

  9. Thanks Kathy. Yeah, enough is enough! If they’re not sending us anthrax through the mail, they’re shooting at us with long range rifles. Enough, already!

  10. Stay Safe Wendy–Valtos is beautiful!!!!

  11. I’ve been praying for all the people in the DC/Maryland area. I hope they catch this guy, soon.

    every morning, before I turn on the radio news, I hope REALLY HARD that the top story is “the sniper has been caught”.

  12. Again, thanks guys! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s nice to know that you all are out there, thinking positive thoughts.

  13. Wendy, I am so sorry that you have to go through all this – Melissa is right, it’s a form of terrorism. Keep safe, and know that everything you post is an inspiration to many, many people. I’m sending safe Canadian wishes to you.