My current work in progress:

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


March Contest!

Yes, it’s that time again! Something different this time — a poetry contest. To be more specific, a limerick contest. (In honor of St. Patricks Day — limerick. Get it?)

Here’s what you gotta do.

Write a knitting limerick. What’s a limerick? Here is a good definition.

Your limerick will be in the proper aabba rhyme scheme and will incorporate your name or nickname in the first line and will be about knitting. Here’s an example:

There once was a knitter named Wendy,
Who would never use yarn that is trendy,
But she goes into fits,
As she maniacally knits,
So her needles become somewhat bendy.

Okay, so T.S. Eliot I ain’t. Gimmee a break — you try finding good rhymes for “Wendy.”

“Why should I do this?” you are asking yourself. To humor me. And for the following prize:


Nine count ’em nine 100 gram skeins of Plymouth Galway in a glorious Irish green that would make St. Patrick proud. It’s 100% wool worsted weight and according to recent intelligence, has approximately 230 yards per skein.

The small print

Entries are due to me via email by 5:00pm EST this Thursday (March 13). I will display the winning limerick (and any or all others according to my whim) in Monday’s blog (St. Patricks’s Day), but you retain the rights to your original poetry. The winner will be selected by an impartial judge (i.e., not me).

Please note that I had to disqualify the first contest entry I received because of its pornographic nature. Ian assures me that he didn’t do it on purpose, he was just trying to find a word that rhymes with “sock.”

Find this contest just too irritating for words? Go check out the contest over at QueerJoe’s blog.


The Official Oregon Cardigan Page is complete. Check it out for new photos! And bear in mind that the sun was in my eyes when we took the photos, hence the bizarre little squint.


Blocked and ready to go!


This is Bonne Marie’s Bucket-O-Chic pattern. I highly recommend it — it’s great fun and easy and makes a great looking hat. Bonne Marie, my hat’s off to you!

What Izzy and I Did This Weekend

Izzy had a tough weekend of lying around.


I spent the weekend working on secret projects. And will for the next couple of days. I will probably start knitting Hank 8 on Wednesday.

Happy Monday all!


  1. wendy, have you blocked oregon, or is your knitting tension that naturally perfect? beautiful!

  2. You look great in Oregon Wendy. And I just bought some yarn to do Bucket-O-Chic. Fun contest! Hope your week gets off to a good start.

  3. Thanks Melissa! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vanessa, the only blocking I did was a light steaming. I have pretty good tension.

  4. that’s the understatement of the century! i’m still hoping for wendycam!

  5. Wendy – you look so chic and ready for action in your aviator shades!

    Heh, nice hat too!

  6. I feel tres chic, Bonne Marie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Yeeee – many thanks to Ian for my first belly laugh of the day!!!
    I’ll refrain from contest entrance since I won the last one but you can expect to see me in the future (I’m not the best at showing restraint!).

  8. Caroline F says:

    Re Blocking, I don’t have tension as perfect as Wendy’s! so I follow the washing recommendation I got from another experienced fair isle knitter: hand wash in very warm water and Ivory Snow, rinse well, and either lay flat or dry on a wooly board. Everything gets so nice and soft and bloomed.

  9. Wendy, your “Talk to me” has a message saying too many messages..just in case you didn’t know.

  10. Purl, the tag-board is hosted elsewhere — it’s a service I pay for. I don’t have any control over stuff like that, but it should be back son if it isn’t already.

  11. Don’t we even get to see Ian’s limerick? ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh please Kathy — don’t encourage him!

  13. Oregon looks great and I love the hat.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one having problems with the tag board. It always happens when I try to post something – which inevitably disappears into the ether. I’ll just keep quiet in future! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Thanks, Kate, for abstaining — your name’s pretty rhyme-able. Not that mine isn’t — this will be a fun diversion, so thanks to you, too, Wendy.

  15. The hat makes you look Garbo-esque, Wendy. It must be your Swedish genes looking the part.;-)

  16. Great hat, and sweater, Wendy! It really seems to fit you perfectly. Such amazing work!

    I’m definitely going to enter this one, even though that particular shade of green is not one of my favorites. (No Irish blood in me at all.) I already have one limerick done, but I’m not sure it’s a “winner” — I have to keep pondering it!

    Have a great day!


  17. There once was a glam-cat named Izzy
    for ham she’ll go into a tizzy.
    Bloggers need her each day
    but on the couch she’ll just lay.
    Her Mommy’s knitting speed makes us all dizzy.

  18. Oh, that’s too good, Geane! Glam-cat indeed! And I can only imagine what Ian came up with.

  19. Eeeekkkkk!!! Its a headless Wendy!

    Please, we’re all curious now about Ian’s limerick…. and isn’t the point to make them sort of naughty?!

  20. Oregon and you ,in the sunshine ,*STUNNING* !

  21. A limerick with a rhyme for Katherine? Sure…uh-huh…

  22. The first line doesn’t necessarily have to END with your name, Katherine. And you can use a nickname too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. A late day post…busy here at work!

    Oregon looks fab on you Wendy!

    The bit about Ian’s limmerick made me laugh out loud this morning so my co-worker wanted to know what I was laughing about. Great way to start the day!

  24. I’m another late arrival today! Wendy,your Oregon photo shoot is terrific! Don’t let that sweater languish on a shelf—it must be worn again and again and again! Kudos!

  25. Oh,and your new hat—looks like you have an Audrey Hepburn Holly GoLightly gig going on there! Very mysterious!