My current work in progress:

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


Hangover Day


As you can see, we spared no expense for the New Year’s Eve decorations:


And poor Izzy was just plumb tuckered out on New Year’s Day!



I got two wonderful surprises! First, this from Stephanie, a knitting friend in New Zealand.


It’s a first day cover of postage stamps for Lord of the Rings. New Zealand is where the movies were filmed, of course. The stamps are beautiful. Thank-you Stephanie for such a thoughtful gift!

And then guess what? Flor in Brazil sent me a birthday present. What a great surprise!


This is Knitting Fair Isle Mittens and Gloves by Carol Rasmussen Noble, which was on my wishlist. I’ve taken a quick look through it and it looks wonderful. There are lots of beautiful traditional fair isle patterns and I can’t wait to knit something from it.

So thank you Stephanie and Flor for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

And yes . . . today is my birthday!


  1. Happiest of birthdays Wendy!! May this be your year. Here’s wishing you much joy, health, happiness and creativity.


  2. Wishing you a very happy Birthday, Wendy. You are an inspirational knitter!

  3. Sending you best birthday wishes from cold and snowy Maine!

  4. Happy birthday, Wendy! And thanks for your continued sharing and inspiration! (It’s thanks to you that I *ever* had the courage to steek my first Dale, just this fall.)


  6. Gratulerer med Dagen, Wendy! :O)

  7. It’s my birthday also – Happy Birthday to us! I can’t think of a cooler person with whom to share a birthday! Have a great day.

  8. Just adding to the chorus of voices wishing you a Happy Birthday and a Happy New Year!

  9. happy, happy birthday!!

  10. Happy Birthday,Wendy! Indulge in your knitting today! Looks like you already indulged in the bubbly! πŸ™‚ You deserve it!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    What a wonderful way to start the New Year (with a birthday). Hope you have a wonderful day! Happy Birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday, Wendy. I got that Knitting Fairisle mittens book for Christmas. I love it.

  13. Here are my birthday wishes from Cologne


  14. Wishing you a happy birthday and a wonderful new year!

  15. Happy Happy Birthday Wendy!

  16. Happy Birthday Wendy! Have a fun day. I hope you get lots of wonderful wishes and presents!

  17. Joyeux Anniversaire Wendy!

    Mai tout de vos rΓͺves vient vrai!

    Which in English measns: YaddaYadda You RULE!!!
    Bonne Marie

  18. Happy Birthday!!!!!

    My partner says it’s a Birthday Month…not Day. I like the way she thinks!

  19. Have a Very Happy Birthday Wendy. I hope you have a great day.


  20. Happy Birthday, Wendy! From way, way, all the way downtown D.C.

    P.S. I love those stamps — I’m a big LOTR fan myself! LOL


  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I hope you have a great day!
    Have you seen LOTR Two Towers? Which character is your favorite?

  22. Happy Birthday from snowy Colorado (in the mountains at least) I read your blog every morning and am so inspired by all that you do. It’s great to know that there are other fanatical knitters out there. Have a GREAT DAY and a happy new year!

  23. Thanks you guys!

    And Lisa, I haven’t seen the new LOTR movie yet — I won’t until it comes out on DVD.

  24. Happy Birthday Wendy!
    I have something I have been wanting to send you as well… could you email me your address?

  25. Happy Birthday Wendy! Poor Izzy looks really thrilled. πŸ™‚

  26. Happy birthday Wendy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. *H*A*P*P*Y* *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*

  28. another *voice from the chorus* here sending my best wishes to you (and izzy as well) for another grand year-

    from soggy east texas where the rains only stop long enough to tease us-

  29. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WENDY!!!! (and happy day to you to Izzy!) Kristy

  30. Happy Birthday, Wendy!!! I finally got a move on with my Mt Rose sweater and I think you’d be proud! I just wish my gauge was as even and perfect as Wendy’s… (I hope your hangover slips away silently and painlessly!!)

  31. Hangover Day reminded me of an old saying that what you are doing at midnight New Year’s Eve is what you’ll be doing all that year! So,Wendy, I hope you were knitting while you were imbibing!

  32. Shetha, glad to hear that you’ve got a start on your Norgi. And remember, blocking will make any unevenness go away and it will be perfect.

    L-B, I was knitting at midnight, so that’s a good thing, eh?

  33. to the ultimate sock mistress:
    happy birthday to wendy
    happy birthday to wendy
    happy bi-i-r-r-t-h-d-a-y to w-e-n-d-y
    happy birthday to wendy!

    and izzy, too!

  34. Happy slightly belated birthday to you!
    Happy slightly belated birthday to you!
    Happy slightly belated birthday dear Wendy!
    Happy slightly belated birthday to you!

  35. ooh! I love singing! Thanks you guys πŸ™‚

  36. Happy Birthday, Wendy. You’re really incredible. πŸ™‚

  37. Happy belated birthday – you ROCK the fairisle world, sweetie! (and every other knitting world, too!)


  1. robin knits says:

    birthday girl

    happy birthday to my sock goddess!