My current work in progress:

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


Snowy Thursday


In case you can’t quite figure that out, that’s Izzy lying on Fulmar, keeping it warm for me. She was her regular perky self last night. Tuesday night after her vet appointment she was one sleepy kitty. The vet said that would happen — a result of her getting her shots.

Because it’s so cold outside, here’s a nice warm old sweater:


This is another gem from the Debbie Bliss Traditional Knitting book. I knitted this out of Bovidae Farm fisherman weight wool. One of the cool features is that the front bands have openwork cables in them, and you use those openwork cables as the buttonholes. Cool, huh?

Here’s the back of the sweater, being supervised by Izzy:


This was another one that was a lot of fun to knit, and I think it was the first design I knitted from this book.

Well, we got our snow last night. This is the view outside my window, at about 4:45 a.m.

Snow day

At this moment, the Federal Government is open, with a liberal leave policy. Because they are saying we could get up to 8 inches of snow by 5:00 this afternoon, and because I live at the bottom of an unplowed hill, I’ll be staying home today.

Some people outside the DC area may consider us “such wimps” but I’m not interested in risking my car with all the maniacs out on the road who have no idea how to drive in snow.

So it’s a knitting day for me. Assuming this headache goes away. I think the change in weather has set my head to a-pounding.

If it’s snowing where you are, be careful and stay warm!


  1. Have a relaxing home day! Here in Maine, we need to get at least 12-18 inches for people to consider staying home from their jobs.

  2. Thanks Melissa! I’m from Massachusetts, so I know about real snow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately most people in this area have no idea how to drive in snow, so staying off the road is the best thing to do.

    And its a good excuse to stay home and knit.

  3. Hi Wendy. I don’t blame you one bit. I drove from Kensington to DC this morning and it was scary; none of the streets were plowed or salted yet! I envy your day at home with your knitting, I have to work. ๐Ÿ™

  4. Sorry you have to work, Michelle. I’ll knit a few rows in your honor!

  5. I love the Izzy is keeping Fulmar warm for you! I’m almost finished with my Inishmore – I have about 16 more rows of the collar and it will be done (I’m knitting the Aranmor collar onto it)! One of the things that I’ve noticed is that I’ve probably knit some dog and cat hair right into the sweater…I know that would gross some people out, but I like to think it’s just preserving something that’s special to me!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay Warm – I heard you guys are going to be hit with quite a storm today!

  6. Mary from MD says:

    I’m living in Baltimore right now, originally from western NY. The other drivers scare me to death, especially when you factor in sleet. I’m staying home to knit, too! This will be a great day to knit.

  7. Hi Mary and Mary,

    Yes, we’re having a good day here — the snow is still piling up, and I’ve got all my chores done. So it’s time to knit!

    I’ll be knitting lots of Izzy fur into Fulmar today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Enjoy your day home, Wendy. In Charleston, all they have to do is FORCAST snow and the schools close. We don’t do well with snow (or even the thought of it) down here. lol

  9. Hi Wendy, I really enjoy reading your blog and
    I hope you are enjoying your snowy day. I am in the Seattle area where we might get one snowy day per winter.

    Your “old crap” is really exquisite. I especially love the sweater you feature today. Unfortunately, the book is out of print and starts at Amazon for a wapping $132. I’m hoping the library has it.

  10. Karen Berglund says:

    Pat, check I found it for $27.95 (I hope) they haven’t told me yet they can’t ship it. Wendy, I always assumed for some reason you lived in a one level house; it appears you are some floors up in an apartment complex? As always, admire your knitting accomplishments and lots of pets and greetings to Izzy from my 30 or so cats.

  11. I live in a high-rise condo, on the tenth floor. Great view of everyone slipping and sliding as they try to navigate the hill!

  12. Pat, I hope you can fnd the Bliss book in the library — it really is a great one in my opinion!

  13. Dear Wendy, I love all of your beautiful knitting! And your precious kitty.

    We really envy your blizzard! We have such a drought here in Nebraska. Send some moisture our way.

  14. I *saw* snow once. A kid brought back a pint sized snowman in an icechest from a vacation once. I was amazed.

    Yes, I live in southern california, why?

    It’s pushing 80 here today, but we’ve got a cloud! (not a cloud cover, just one cloud. He’s floating along over the Oxnard plain.) Yey!

    As for bad drivers… well, here in So.Cal it seems like people can’t drive in the *rain*; snow’d kill all of us. Be warm and safe, and knit some for me! (god knows that’ll be the closest i’ll come to making such wonderful sweaters for quite some time. ๐Ÿ˜› )