My current work in progress:

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


Snow Day?

Ha! Fat chance.

Izzy and I spent yesterday evening doing a snow dance. Well, in Izzy’s case it looked suspiciously like she may have been doing her ham dance — which is a sight to see, let me tell you. But maybe not, as she usually only performs her ham dance for her daddy when he’s in the kitchen slicing . . . uh . . . ham.

Then she appointed herself snow lookout.


So . . . it snowed. But not so much. It looks like there’s an inch out there, and although the government is on unscheduled leave, it’s off to work I go.

(Amy, it’s way cold, so your cute little hat will be put to goood use!)

Virgin Sweater

Here are a couple of close-up photos of virgin faces.



Now, who do you think is wise and who do you think is foolish?

Does it make me a bad person that instead of “foolish virgin” and “wise virgin” I think “silly bitch” and “smart grrl?”


Tuesday’s contest results: and the winner is . . .

Patricia N. of Toronto, Canada! She correctly guessed the Oregon Cardigan, designed by Alice Starmore — pattern in the long out-of-print The Scottish Collection. I had eighteen entries with correct answers. Not bad at all. I even had some of you search doggedly through all my old blog archives to find the entry where I mentioned buying this wool. (Don’t worry Kate, I won’t tell them you did that. And besides, I admire your resourcefulness.)

So Patricia is the lucky recipient of the Knitter’s Stash book. And remember, this contest was made possible through the generosity of Catherine S., who sent me the book.

Happy Friday, all! Stay warm!


  1. Wendy
    Congrats to Kate on winning the copy of ‘Knitters Stash’ (I have it already – it’s great)
    But what is the answer to the competition? I really need to know!!! It’s driving me mad!
    Jean x

  2. Patricia is the winner, not Kate. And idiot that I am, I didn’t tell you guys the answer! Duh! It’s Alice Starmore’s Oregon Cardigan from “The Scottish Collection” — gonna revise my blog entry right now!

  3. I too am a fed- and I think we were all “snow dancing” harder than the kids! You’d think with all this snow this winter, we’d get at least 1 day off! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I know! What a disappointment. We need a good old fashioned blizzard!

  5. I was cheering for a blizzard for you guys in Washington. But Weather Channel said it might go south of you. I wonder if Izzy’s “ham dance” is anything like my Spooky’s “there’s raw fish being prepared and I want some” dance?

  6. Ya know Karen, I think Izzy’s dance may be very similar to Spooky’s dance!

  7. Well,Wendy,I’m at work ,too. They sure called this one wrong–we have maybe 3 inches! But it is beautiful! I don’t feel so bad about missing the contest answer—I’ve never heard of that sweater! It will be fun “watching” you knit it! Put some snow in one hand and ham in the other so Izzy will know the difference next time you ask her to do the snow dance! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yah, MAJOR snow disappointment. Izzy obviously needs some instruction in snow-dancing. For a picture of my friend Geane’s Oregon Cardigan, go to:

  9. In our house it’s a “there’s a can being opened, I hope it’s for us!” dance… what IS it with cats & can openers, anyway?? Doesn’t matter what’s in there, the older cats always get excited about cans being opened…

  10. Caroline F says:

    Actually I think the ‘wise’ virgins have a sort of foolish look on their faces, and the ‘foolish’ ones look grumpy. So we have the vacuous virgins and the grumpy virgins…

  11. I think the wise virgins are smirking about how wise they are. Sanctimonious little bitches.

    Jessica, I used to have a cat who learned how to turn on the electric can opener. He’d jump up on the kitchen counter, put his paw on the can opener and start it, and all the other cats would come running.

    He finally broke the can opener and I switched to a manual one I keep in a drawer.

  12. OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH! I just looked at the picture of the Oregon cardigan. How lovely! Oh, how I WISH I could find that book….

  13. The Virgin sweater is looking so incredible. I can’t wait to see it on you.

  14. Thanks Kathy! In a couple-three weeks, hopefully. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Karen, did you email me about Dale sweaters last night?

  15. That cardigan is lovely! Maybe you could start a pattern-rental service? Oh,and I like your new names for the virgins—that’s how I’ll be referring to them now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I have a feeling that the Copyright Guarda would come after me if I started a pattern rental service.

    As for the virgins . . . I call ’em like I see ’em! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Yes, Wendy, that was me. I just started knitting a year ago and love to do socks, and I’ve started on a simple mitered square vest, but I love the Dale sweaters that you’ve been referring to also. I think I have more ambition than time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was just wondering how difficult they are to make….

  18. That sweater you are knitting is incredible! I’m taking a fair isles class next month — maybe someday I will work up the courage to attempt something that wonderful. How long have you been doing this kind of knitting? You seem to be VERY quick on such a complicated pattern.

    And I have to tell you, I have three cats and one is a serious “snow watcher.” I just wish we were getting s little more here in IL this winter!

  19. Okay, I’ll email you in a little bit Karen — Windows crashed last night in the middle of email and I lost your message.

  20. Hi Julie! I’ve been knitting since forever (I learned at age 4) and have been doing complicated stuff since I was maybe 18 or 19. It’s not as hard as it looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Well, I guees I need to go to VY and beg for reprints or kits from old designs! Think she’ll ever do it?

  22. I think not, but I hope I’m wrong.

  23. Oooh, you found the close-up picture! I totally forgot about that one! So what is this trinket under Izzy’s tail? Is it a little catnip bird?

  24. Just wanted to say thanks again, to Catherine for sending Wendy the Knitter’s Stash book, and to Wendy for having such a generous contest!! I’m really looking forward to that book!

  25. The trinket under Izzy’s tail is my “Babs the Knitting Chicken” action figure that YOU sent me, Geane! Also on that end table mostly obscured by Izzy is my Wallace and Gromit alarm clock — featuring Shaun the Sheep.

    I am a sick sick woman.

  26. Patricia, I sent your book air mail this a.m. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. That’s Babs? It looks like a Bob the Builder Bird or something. See what a space I am? I didn’t even recognize her! Humph.

  28. Didn’t help that Izzy had her fat little tail obsuring it!

  29. Catherine says:

    Wendy, I want to know more about Izzy’s Ham Dance. I have 5 Ragdoll cats. The Grande Dame is the lovely LaLaPearl, usually a crabby diva.

    Start to cook up some bacon and she turns into a slut. What is it with cats and the salted cured meats?

    You’re really humming along on The Virgins. I’ll bet you can hardly wait to wear it (and answer many questions about what the words mean).

    We have no snow here in Minnesota. Every flake has gone to you. You’re welcome.

  30. Thanks for the close-ups of the virgins. They’re so funny! What a witty pattern. And your knitting is so perfect, it’s hard to believe that those little faces are knitted and not just printed fabric. Amazing!

  31. Thanks Alison! The virgins have been great fun to knit. Catherine — 5 ragdolls? Wow! I’m jealous. But don’t tell Izzy. Thank you for the snow — please send more!

  32. More snow on Thursday,Wendy? I’m feeling cynical,though,after we were fooled Friday. Tell Izzy to start the snow-dancing NOW! I need a snow-day for Fulmar—this is some sloooow knitting, but I love it! Did I tell you I finally truly finished Inishmaan? I’ll e-mail you a picture when I finish the roll.

  33. Okay Wendy — I think I have your secret scheme to garner more gifts figured out. Every day for the past month I have faithfully read your blog and marvelled both at your knitting and, lately, your ever-growing pile of gifts. So varied! So creative! But, underneath the surface I started getting this niggling little feeling, like: “Should *I* have sent Wendy a gift? Is it too late for this year? Maybe I should wait until next year. . .” etc. This culminated when I was soaking in the bath reading my local paper’s food section, and they had, of all things, a recipe for Tuna Kitty Treats. I thought “That’s it!! I’ll send Izzy a present–no one’s thought of that yet!”
    So, just know that not only are receiving riches from people who have read your blog for a long time, there are people out here that barely know you and yet feel strangely compelled to send you (or Izzy) a little something.
    Maybe next year, (Happy Belated Birthday Anyway!)

  34. Congratulations Patricia! I am looking forward to seeing the Oregon Cardi come into being. Did you have to make any yarn substitutions Wendy?
    Izzy if you need snow just pass along your fedex drop off spot we can arrange a fast shipment!