My current work in progress:

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


All is Revealed!

But before we get to that, here are Friday’s gifts!


This adorable little guy is from LisaK, another faithful blog reader. Look at him! He’s sporting a beautiful gansey handknit by Lisa — complete with underarm gussets and the initial “W” knitted above the welt.

Lisa also sent me three different kinds of hand cream. Ahhhhhhh!

Izzy was quite taken with Mr. Bear.


But she was even more taken with the other gift Lisa sent — a handknitted catnip mouse!

Click here for photos of Izzy enjoying her catnip mouse. She’s been playing with it since we gave it to her Friday night.

Thank you Lisa!

Conspiracy Revealed!

All was made clear to me on Saturday, which the arrival of a package from Kate. Kate thoughtfully enclosed a framed print-out of an exchange I had with Amy last October in her blog comments. It was Amy’s birthday and I was whining about the fact that my birthday is invariably overlooked as it comes just a few days after Christmas.

(Note to myself: sometimes it pays to whine!)


These lovely ladies decided I wasn’t going to overlooked this year. And anyone who has been reading my blog for the past month can see that I haven’t!

So, huge thank yous and love to Kate, Amy, Kathy, Theresa C., Theresa S., Carolyn, Bonne Marie, Jenanne, Moira, Lisa, Caroline F., Caroline M., Emma, Kateri, Colleen, Laura, Lindsey-Brooke, Lola, Marta, Sabine, Shelda, Suzanne, Tracy, Veronique, Flor, Catherine, Mary, Katherine, Melissa, and Geane.

And of course, Odie and Ian, who were my “gift administrators” and fulfilled their duties so well and so creatively.

It’s been a month to remember!

Virgin Sweater Photo Shoot

As promised, we took some outdoor photos of the virgin sweater, viewable on the Official Virgin Sweater Page.

You’ll be pleased to hear that when I wore the sweater on Saturday to my brother’s birthday dinner, my mother was highly impressed and exclaimed over it at great length.

(My sister-in-law, on the other hand, made a point of not even looking in my direction while my mother was admiring the sweater.)

Oregon Ho!

Got some done on it and I’m liking the way it looks! I’m just getting started on the little trees.



  1. An extra bonus birthday present?
    I made a blinkie to link to you, Wendy.. Any “Wendy’s blog-lovers” out there; feel free to use it. ๐Ÿ™‚ See the URL…

  2. Wendy,

    The Virgin Sweater fits you perfectly! Do you usually wear something underneath your sweaters?

  3. I LOVE the button, Marit, thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks Melissa! I wear either a t-shirt or turtleneck (depending on how cold it is) under my sweaters.

  4. Caroline F says:

    I love the way the virgin sweater fits! I wish all my knitted sweaters fit that well!

  5. Wow that sweater looks great on you! Just beautiful! And the Oregon cardigan is looking wonderful. Inspiring as usual!
    I had to laugh at Izzy’s stuper with her mouse. What a doll! It is always so fun to see what you’re up to each day! Thanks Wendy!!!

  6. Love the Virgins! You work is so precise. adn teh Oregon colors are beautiful! Love seeing Izzy, it’s the only way I can get an animal fix due to allergies. so keep the cute kitty pictures coming!

  7. The Virgin Sweater is beautiful on you even though I’m not sure it’s ethical for a Fiber Hussy to wear at Virgin Sweater. I’ll have to think on that for a while.

    Lovin’ Oregon.

    Oh and…families…ya can’t live with ’em and ya can’t live with em.

    Have a great Monday!

  8. The sweater looks absolutely beautiful on you Wendy. And Izzy looks like she’s completely blissed out : )

  9. Wow, what a great fit! And the colorway looks fantastic on you. Congrats on yet another amazing job!

  10. Admire the set-in sleeves in the Virgin sweater–that sweater really fits you well.

    In-laws……you can’t live with them, but it’s a felony to shoot ’em… ;D

  11. how cute is izzy? and what awesome work on the Virgin Sweater! your talents continue to amaze and inspire.

  12. Wendy you look stunning in your beautifully knit Virgins. Wanderful fit .
    I really like Oregon .Always have . Would knit it if I could get the pattern … like hundreds of others I’m sure.

  13. Love the Virgin Sweater. It looks great on you. Oregon is coming along beautifully, too. And of course, Izzy is a doll.

  14. The Virgin sweater looks great. The best thing, though, is seeing Izzy playing like a kitten with her mousey….

  15. Oh, Wendy! The sweater is incredible. Congrats on the beautiful work… and the wonderfully funny cat. Be well!

  16. Wasn’t it only a few days ago I was jealous over the Virgins? (looks fab on you) Now I have to be jealous of Oregon, one of my all-time favorites? Oh, and here’s another in-laws line: can’t live with ’em, can’t leave ’em by the side of the road when you’re done with ’em. (stolen from Bruce Willis)

  17. The sweater really suits you, Wendy. And it worked. :-)) You were able to annoy your SIL – she must hate it; being shown up in lacking the knitting skills you have. Her loss, not yours. Loved the “loved brother look” in his blue sweater yesterday.

  18. I’m so glad we got to see pics of you wearing the Virgins sweater. It looks terrific! I just checked out the picture of the original in the book and I really like your pullover version better. Wonderful job!

  19. Don’t tell Izzy, but she has spots on her tummy!! (I used to have a boy tabby that looked a lot like her who also had a few “secret spots.”

  20. I love the way Izzy looks longingly into the Teddy’s eyes. Ah, love. I just started reading this blog not long ago, when you were apparently just starting the virgin’s sweater. I wish I knit as fast as you. I think I’ll still be working on the bobble-hem shawl I’m knitting when Oregon is just a memory for you. Thanks for letting us read along as you knit!