My current work in progress:

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


Baby Norgi Thoughts

It occurs to me from the questions I’ve been getting that I can clarify some things about my Knitty design, the Baby Norgi.

The sizing shown is S, M, L to adhere to Knitty conventions. This equates roughly to 6, 12, and 18 months, though of course, it depends on the size of the child. Your best bet is to look at the finished size in inches.

When choosing needles, just go with the size that gives you the gauge state in the pattern, and go down a size or two for the smaller needle called for. It was pointed out to me that generally a 3.0mm needle is a size 2, not a size 1. Go by the mm size I’ve stated, as that’s the constant. I’ve got a huge number of needles from quite a few different manufacturers, so I always just look at the actual size of the needle in millemeters rather than the U.S. needle size.

And lastly, some of you have reported having trouble accessing the pdf file for the charts. I can access them at home but not at work, for some reason. If you’re using Internet Explorer, right click on the link for Chart A and select “Save Target As” and you should be able to save the pdf file to your hard drive. If you’re still having trouble, please email me and I’ll email you a copy of the charts.


Working! Working! I’m almost done, possibly tomorrow. I’ve slowed down considerably on this due to back pain that prevents me from sitting still too long — it kinda breaks your knitting concentration to have to keep getting up. But it’ll get done. Soon.


And no, I don’t know what’s causing the back pain, but I’ve a sneaking suspicion that it has something to do with my limping from the bone spur in my heel (yes, it is all connected, isn’t it?) And no, I haven’t gone back to the doctor for it and yes I know that I ought to.

The above was for my mother’s benefit, just in case she’s reading this.



Isn’t she sweet?

By the way, I feel as though my blog has become a bit . . . uh . . . boring lately. Uninspired. I apologize. I am insanely busy at work these days and when I get home at night, I have very little left in the way of creative thought. So you guys suffer.

But it’ll get better again. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back . . . “


  1. Boring? Never! But I know what you mean about lack of inspiration, only because I feel that myself lately. I think it’s an end of winter thing. And being busy at work and having a sore back can’t help — I see this with DH, he’s working more than overtime these days to make up for the fact that his contract will come to and end, and all he wants to do when he comes home is sit down…

  2. Don’t apologize! Work and winter weather has left me feeling depleted. I like following your progress with each of your masterpieces. Some of it is vicarious livin’ but I feel like with each sweater, I store away helpful information.

    P.S. Consider me converted….. I am a floater!

  3. Same here Wendy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, the daily picture of Izzy is more than enough to make up for any lack of inspiration in the posts..LOL. But I’ve never thought your blog has been boring. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Wendy, it’s not boring at all and I’ve learned so many useful tips since I have been reading this blog.
    However I do think we’re all suffering from an overdose of winter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. vanessa says:

    boring? never! reading your blog is one of the highlights of my day! and the only good thing about monday morning ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Wendyknits boring? That’ll never happen! But,I am waiting for you to shake us up with pictures of your Pink Floyd sweaters!

  7. Boring? Never!

    Personally, I’ve been lucky to never have had back problems (knock on wood!) but know several people who do…I know it’s not fun. Take care of yourself!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Wendy, how can you possibly call your blog boring? You always come up with something that brings us all back to see what’s next. I visit you every day and learn something new every day. You have and continue to be an inspiration to my knitting, and I’m sure to others as well. Keep up the good work and a big THANK YOU!!!!

  9. Well I’m glad to hear that so far I’m the only one who finds Wendyknits boring. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think y’all are right — winter blahs!

  10. Boring? No. I’ll admit that I have noticed you haven’t had quite as many “topic” entries lately, but everyone gets busy sometimes. Here’s a suggestion for a topic: do you work the “jogless jog” on fair isles? Any insights on it? You had so much to offer on the float v. weave issue!

    Thanks for keeping up your entries, even though you’re swamped!


  11. As someone who peeks in your weblog every weekday, boring or uninspired is so NOT the way I’d describe it. Right now or any other time!

  12. Wendy, I have been totally inspired by your blog. I have read all the archives and looked at your finished projects (over and over).

    I have always wanted to do a stranded knit sweater, I have done a couple hats, recently. So now I have dug out AS Fair Isle Knitting and am designing my own pattern and colorway. I intend to practice the steek on Baby Norgi, it’s such a cute pattern!

    By the way, I tried the kitchener cast on for my last hat on circular needles. It is really stretchy with good form. I want to try the kitchener cast off, next.

    You are very talented and I admire your work! Keep up the good work. (A good, long soak in a hot tub or whirlpool would ease the muscles in your back…)

  13. NO WAY – it’s not boring at all! Yours is a ‘must read’ for me every morning, and a must look for my 14 yr old son every night ( he likes to see the new pix of Izzy!)


  14. Never boring; and I almost wish it was because the more time I spend savoring your gallery, trying your tips, and searching your archives, the less time I have for knitting. And as others have said, the first thing I do in the a.m. is to log onto your blog, mostly for validation that I’m not alone in my new obsession with knitting.

    Take care of yourself Wendy, we wouldn’t want you to burn out re knitting and blogging:)

  15. Wendy, you are a truly gifted writer and an inspiring knitter – I have never found your blog boring – I find it fun and funny and inspirational and supportive – And, as a cat lover, I love the pictures of Izzy!

    – If I had any complaints – which I don’t – they would be the following: 1) when do you find all the time to knit? Inquiring minds want to know and I want to know your secret! 2) how can I quit my day job and knit all the fair isle and aran sweaters and sox that you have inspired me to make? 3) but I can’t quit my day job cuz it’s the only way I can buy all the yarn and knitting books you’ve inspired me to get.

    Many many thanks for providing a safe and exciting haven in these sad and serious times,

  16. Boring? Never! You are probably the most bookmarked blog ever! And your pictures are worth a daily read alone. You keep some of us motivated to achieve. And I am attempting no weaves and knots in my current Norgi because of your blog.

  17. We all agree, it is never boring! I read/view every day.

    I’m having a brain fog…. What’s the next Wendy Project?

  18. Boring? Not a chance! The browser’s home page on my home computer is “Wendyknits”. Wendy, I can’t thank you enough for your educational and entertaining blogs.

  19. Boring! Hardly…Your use of color and the professionalism/quality that you bring to your projects has encouraged me to be more careful about my projects overall – which have been showing marked improvements in fit and finishing!

    The knitting is great – and as a fellow federal employee working in Washington, who also takes the Metro – I very much identify with your posts…though can’t come close to your kitting speed.

    Thanks for taking the time and the energy to share with us every day.

  20. Wendy, your web is not boring. It has been the highlight of my day since I have been unemployed for 10 months. I read it daily and even check in on the weekends to re-read the week due to withdrawal on Sat and Sun.

  21. My gut feeling, sweeties, is that you are feeling a little uninspired and having troubles being bright & bubbly on the blog. It’s not showing at all on the blog, but that won’t stop you from perceiving that you are. Finish off Oregon – wear it this weekend & you’ll feel fabbo again. The next project will stumble into your hands & you’ll feel better again. It’s starting to feel like autumn here in Sydney, so fingers crossed, spring is marching in, in Washington.