My current work in progress:

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


Yowie Zowie!

Hey you guys! Thanks for all the birthday wishes you sent my way. You all are great.

I had a good birthday — didn’t go to work (and am not going today either) so I got to sleep late. Then out to brunch and shopping. Then champagne with dinner. Mmmmm!

We won’t discuss the Carvel ice cream cake. The humanity!

And another amazing surprise gift! This one from Sabine in Berlin, Germany. A ball of wonderful Lang Jawoll sock yarn! And it’s in lovely shades of blues and greens, my favorite colors:


Isn’t it gorgeous? I was delighted, amazed, and touched. Sabine, thanks so much for your thoughtfulness!


On New Year’s Day I started knitting the Virgin sweater from Norsk Strikkedesign. I altered the pattern to make it a tunic rather than a cardigan, and am using the pattern chart for the back on both the back and the front. Here’s an early progress pic:


Again, thanks to everyone for your birthday wishes. Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Happy Birthday, Wendy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Carvel cakes are WONDERFUL, I’m glad to see that they didn’t ALL go out of business… I wish they had them in Texas… I used to be able to get them when I lived in New York (upstate) & then the store went out of business… they have ice cream cakes here, but it’s NO match for Carvel… I guess I’ll just have to wait until I go & visit my family, hopefully this summer…

  2. I am glad you celebrated in style. In my book, a birthday wouldn’t be complete without a Carvel Cake!

  3. I like your version of the Virgin sweater already! And which language will you be knitting?

  4. yum! ice sream cake! too bad i’m on a diet!wendy, what yarn are you using in the virgin sweater?

  5. I’ll be knitting in Norwegian. ๐Ÿ™‚ The yarn is Vestlandsgarn from Gjestal, as Theresa said in the tag-board. She’s the one who very kindly got it for me and sent it to me.

  6. Wendy:

    Happy Birthday! Here’s to a great year with minimal frogging!

    Kitty in NYC

  7. What’s a Carvel cake? I assume it’s not available in the midwest (Minnesota)? Also, Wendy, you said you modified the sweater to a tunic — how do you go about doing that? Just wondering what the process is….Thanks! And a belated happy birthday!

  8. Happy B-lated B-day Wendy!
    Ooooh, Carvel cake??
    That was a family tradition for years. Did you get it with the chocolate crunchies?
    I bet it’s a gazillion WW points!

  9. Kathy Merrick says:

    Wendy! I am so enamored of the Virgin garment, and the lovely mellow colors in your photo make me want to see more. Knit, woman, knit! Then photo, woman, photo! Then post, woman , post!
    Mmmm, RED.